THIS PROJECT strives to CREATE a new ALBUM called "WILDLY ETHEREAL: PERCUSSION & CELLO," which is an instrumental album to be improvised and curated in the studio March 4-7 at LandMark Sound Recorders in Tucson, AZ. The esteemed producer Petie Ronstadt of The Ronstadt Record Company will be at the board, doing his magic and making us sound absolutely stunning.
Michael G. Ronstadt is the ultimate genre-bending, chameleon cellist and musical collaborator. Inside the recording studio and on stage, he has periodically worked with award winning, world-touring percussionist Will Clipman for 14 years. They work really well together and individually live comfortably in their ethereal improvisational musical worlds with their many instrumental music projects/albums.
Michael G. Ronstadt has been dreaming of doing a project with Will Clipman for over a decade and one day asked him if he would be interested and the answer was YES!
Going into this, they aim to help cover Michael G. Ronstadt's two round-trip plane tickets to Tucson, AZ ($1000), plus $1500 dollars in estimated recording costs. Any money raised beyond the $2500 dollars will go towards ordering the physical CD's, promoting the album and covering any additional surprise costs that occur during their session work.
It may seem like a small amount of money to some, but to the touring musician, any help is the difference between seeing the album become a reality or not. We don't have support from record labels, so pre-ordering the CD is one way for us to successfully create music that we want to share with our audiences.
Will Clipman began playing his father’s drums and his mother’s piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, and has since then mastered a pan-global palette of drums and percussion in addition to the traditional drumset. Will has received seven GRAMMY® Nominations, including one for his solo world music album Pathfinder. He is a three-time Native American Music Award Winner, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Winner, a New Age Reporter Music Award Winner, a Zone Music Reporter Award Winner, and a two-time TAMMIE Award Winner, and has been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum for his contributions to the musical community in his hometown. Will has recorded over sixty albums, including over thirty for the world’s foremost Native American music label Canyon Records. Will has performed and recorded with the world’s premier Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai for over a quarter-century, as well as with many other internationally-acclaimed artists and ensembles, and has toured throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Germany, Morocco and Russia. His solo Planet of Percussion® performance and workshop takes audiences of all ages on a world tour of rhythm and polyrhythm.
Michael G. Ronstadt is an adept multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer, Michael G. Ronstadt has been captivating audiences throughout North America for nearly two decades. A master at his craft, Ronstadt traverses a mélange of musical styles that range from anywhere between folk, jazz, classical, indie-rock, Americana and the wildly ethereal. He lends his talents to a broad range of projects, including solo work and a variety of small ensembles, as well as larger bands. Primarily known for his prowess as a cellist, Michael G. has contributed his cello to hundreds of recordings from accomplished artists around the world, including Craig Bickhardt, Ezra Vancil, Amber Norgaard, and Zoe Mulford. Ronstadt has also premiered several classical compositions on behalf of composers like Norway’s Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred, as well as United States composers Conrad Kehn, Kenneth D. Stewart and Michael Ippolito. He has recorded over two dozen albums under his own name and in collaboration with his brother, Petie Ronstadt, in the Ronstadt Brothers. Also of note is Ohio’s Serenity Fisher & the Cardboard Hearts, and his work as one half of the Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt avant-folk duo.
Risks and challenges
* One of the risks is that the session has some issues getting off the ground due to technological problems at the studio and/or health issues in the musicians. That being stated, these two seasoned musicians, who have recorded on hundreds of albums, have a great track-record, so we trust that all will be well.
* One of the other risks is that we'll need a little more time finish up recording at a later date, so that might push the release date back from June into the fall, but we don't plan on that happening.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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