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Electro-pop/rock that merges the energy & technology of modern music with the drama & romance of classical music
Electro-pop/rock that merges the energy & technology of modern music with the drama & romance of classical music
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Hi everybody ... thank you for visiting my Kickstarter project page!

I'm so excited to start working on my debut album and music video, and I really appreciate your support.

Music is my passion ... it's a universal language that connects people and cultures. My songs reflect a life between two worlds, as an American who came from Russia. I explore themes that we all can relate to -- love, identity, alienation, dreams, disappointments -- amplified through my experiences, and struggles, as an immigrant.

I believe in bridges, not walls.

My musical compositions and production merge the energy and innovation of modern American and British rock/pop with the drama and romance of my traditional roots in Russian and other classical piano. As such, my influences range from Rachmaninoff to Radiohead, from Garbage to Grieg, from Mendelssohn to Massive Attack.

I've been performing classical piano and writing original music since I was a child. I emigrated to the U.S. in pursuit of greater creative freedom and a career in music. In the years since, I've performed my original electro-pop/rock music at clubs and other venues around the Northeast, including the Rainbow Room and the Metropolitan Room in New York City; the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ; the Newport International Film Festival and opening for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on one of their U.S. tour dates.

I also love my work as a voice, piano and youth band instructor, helping kids to learn music and to experience the joy of creating and performing music.  It is another passion of mine, another side of my musical expression and personality ... teacher by day, rocker by night!

Last year, I was invited to share the story of my personal and musical journey in a TEDx conference presentation.

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 I now am ready -- and eager -- to take the next step in my music career and record my debut album, along with a music video ... but I need your help to make this dream come true!

I've written all the songs and lined-up a great production team to work with me. The only thing missing to make this happen is your financial help ... I will be so grateful for any amount you can contribute!

 

About the Rewards

To thank you for your generous support, I've lined-up some fun rewards while adhering to the #1 priority and responsibility of using your contributions for their intended purpose: to move my creative project forward. Below is a description of these rewards, which are summarized in the list at right:

$5  --  Mingle with the Single!  For your $5 donation, I will send you a download of the first single from my new album.*

$10  --  Get Dec-adent!  Twice as nice ... for a $10 donation, I will send you a download of the first 2 singles from my new album.*

$25  --  All About the Album!  For a Jackson Five ($20 + $5) you'll get to groove to a digital download of my entire new album, which I will send to you starting in May 2017 as each song recording is completed. Plus, I will mail you a personally signed postcard photo from the studio!*

$50  --  Let's Get Physical!  $50 can really help get things moving, and I will thank you with a physical CD (and digital download, starting in May 2017 as each song recording is completed) of my new album, plus a personally signed postcard photo from the studio and a sporty Zaritza logo headband ... which is perfect for the gym or that classic 1980's look!*

$100  --  C-Noteworthy!  Your generous $100 donation will get you a physical CD and digital download (starting in May 2017 as each song recording is completed) of my new album, a personally signed 8" x 10" photo and a stylish Zaritza T-shirt!  Plus, you will receive 2 passes to an upcoming live performance in the NYC metro area and you will be named as a Key Sponsor in the album and video credits.*

$250  --  How Sweet It Is!  For your sweet support of $250, you will receive a physical CD and digital download (starting in May 2017 as each song recording is completed) of my new album, a personally signed 8" x 10" photo, a stylish Zaritza logo T-shirt, a cool Zaritza logo hat and a hand-selected box of gourmet Russian chocolates in a personally signed decorative box!  Plus, you will receive 2 passes to an upcoming live performance in the NYC metro area and you will be named as a Key Sponsor in the album and video credits.*

$500  --  "Indie" 500!  For your bold $500 contribution to my independent music project, you will receive a physical CD and digital download (starting in May 2017 as each song recording is completed) of my new album, a personally signed 8" x 10" photo, 2 stylish Zaritza logo T-shirts, a cool Zaritza logo hat, a box of gourmet Russian chocolates with personally signed decorative cover, a personally signed limited edition Russian "matryoshka" nesting doll and a limited edition Zaritza logo pendant with chain or velvet choker (you choose)!  Plus, you will receive 2 passes to an upcoming live performance in the NYC metro area and you will be named as a Major Sponsor in the album and video credits.*

$1,000  --  A Grand Gesture!  For your amazing $1,000 donation, you will receive a physical CD and digital download (starting in May 2017 as each song recording is completed) of my new album, a personally signed 8" x 10" photo, 2 stylish Zaritza logo T-shirts, a cool Zaritza logo hat, 2 boxes of gourmet Russian chocolates with personally signed decorative cover, a personally signed limited edition Russian "matryoshka" nesting doll, a Zaritza logo pendant with chain or velvet choker (you choose) and a Skype "meet and greet" call in which I can personally thank you for your support and update you on the recording progress!  Plus, you will receive 2 passes to an upcoming live performance in the NYC metro area and you will be named as a Major Sponsor in the album and video credits.*

$2,500  --  Executive Producer!  For your incredible $2,500 donation, you will receive a physical CD and digital download (starting in May 2017 as each song recording is completed) of my new album, a personally signed 8" x 10" photo, 2 stylish Zaritza logo T-shirts, a cool Zaritza logo hat, 2 boxes of gourmet Russian chocolates with personally signed decorative cover, a personally signed limited edition Russian "matryoshka" nesting doll, a Zaritza logo pendant with chain or velvet choker (you choose) and a visit to the studio (in metro NYC area), where you can play a cameo percussion or instrumental part in the recording process, followed by dinner with me and my producer at a nearby Russian restaurant! (travel not included)  Plus, you will receive 2 passes to an upcoming live performance in the NYC metro area and you will be named as an Executive Producer in the album and video credits.*

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*Delivery note: The first digital items (downloads) will begin to "ship"  in May 2017 at latest, while physical items will ship when the full album is completed and its physical CD has been manufactured, more likely in June 2017.  Schedules for live performances, Skype "meet and greet" calls, studio visits, etc. may range from April to June and will be finalized via direct communication/coordination with applicable backers.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Apart from raising sufficient funding, which I hope to solve via my Kickstarter campaign, there are no significant challenges facing my project and there is little to no risk that I will not complete my project. This assertion is based on the following factors:

1) I am a very experienced musician (pianist/keyboardist, vocalist) with a lot of recording studio experience ... so there is no "learning curve" involved and I can go through the recording/production process efficiently.

2) I have lined-up a team of very experienced producers and session musicians, and I have a lot of experience working with them, including at the studios where the album will be produced.

3) All the songs for the album already have been written and arranged, and a production schedule and budget have been defined.

4) Pre-production for the album already is well underway with the producers and musicians who will be involved in the project; and this pre-production work is taking place at the studios where the album will be recorded ... so the recording/production process will be quite efficient.

5) Because many/most of the production elements (rhythm tracks, instrument tracks, effects) for the album are digital, there is not a significant dependency on or risk related to musician time/availability or performance complexity.

6) The video production will be handled by a small, very experienced team, and the plan is very organic, simple and low-budget (but not low-quality), relying more on editing and post-production techniques/effects rather than on costly/complex sets, lighting, casting, etc.

7) In addition to music production experts, my advisory team includes business and marketing experts with extensive experience (and connections) in project management, product development, distribution, retailing, media, legal matters and financial administration.

8) In addition to being a music artist, I also am very business-minded, organized and disciplined -- including earning a degree in business management/economics from New York University (NYU), where I won several scholarships and graduated magna cum laude (highest honors).

Given the plan, preparations and team experience/capabilities, I do not foresee any substantive challenges or risks to the successful completion of my project.

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    Mingle with the Single!

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    All About the Album!

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    Let's Get Physical!

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    • Zaritza logo headband
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    C-Noteworthy!

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    Includes:
    • CD of my new album
    • Download of my new album
    • Signed 8" x 10" photo
    • Zaritza logo T-shirt
    • 2 live performance passes
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    How Sweet It Is!

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    Includes:
    • CD of my new album
    • Download of my new album
    • Signed 8" x 10" photo
    • Zaritza logo T-shirt
    • Zaritza logo hat
    • Signed box of gourmet Russian chocolates
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    • Listing as a Key Sponsor
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    "Indie" 500!

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    Includes:
    • CD of my new album
    • Download of my new album
    • Signed 8" x 10" photo
    • Zaritza logo T-shirt
    • Zaritza logo hat
    • Signed box of gourmet Russian chocolates
    • Limited edition Russian "matryoshka" doll
    • Limited edition Zaritza logo pendant + chain/choker
    • 2 live performance passes
    • Listing as a Major Sponsor
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    A Grand Gesture!

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    Includes:
    • CD of my new album
    • Download of my new album
    • Signed 8" x 10" photo
    • Zaritza logo T-shirt
    • Zaritza logo hat
    • Signed box of gourmet Russian chocolates
    • Limited edition Russian "matryoshka" doll
    • Limited edition Zaritza logo pendant + chain/choker
    • Skype "meet and greet"
    • 2 live performance passes
    • Listing as a Major Sponsor
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    Executive Producer!

    See description at left, under "About the Rewards"

    Includes:
    • CD of my new album
    • Download of my new album
    • Signed 8" x 10" photo
    • Zaritza logo T-shirt
    • Zaritza logo hat
    • Signed box of gourmet Russian chocolates
    • Limited edition Russian "matryoshka" doll
    • Limited edition Zaritza logo pendant + chain/choker
    • Studio visit + cameo part in recording
    • Dinner at a local Russian restaurant
    • 2 live performance passes
    • Listing as an Executive Producer
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