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“Recordar” revisits songs from 1930-1970s highlighting influential artists who provided the soundtrack for social change

RECORDAR: Remaking Classic Latin American Songs of Love & Protest

I've created an album that reinterprets 11 classic Latin American songs from the 1930s-1970s with the goal of introducing this music and its writers to new audiences. The album features songs by musical folk heroes who used music as a way of inspiring social change, including Victor Jara, Ali Primera, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Chavela Vargas, and Os Mutantes.  

Here's  3 samples of songs from Recordar:

Deja la vida volar  written by Victor Jara

Macorina written by Chavela Vargas & Alfonso Camin

Volver a los 17 written by Violeta Parra

This music remains as relevant as ever. We really need to remember the risks required in standing up for social justice. This music is a reminder and a way to start a conversation about all that has been sacrificed, and all that remains to be done.

Recordar brings together an astounding cast of musicians and friends including, Charles Giordano of The E Street Band, Kelly Pratt from David Byrne's band, Arcade Fire, and Beirut, percussionist for Malian musician Vieux Farke Toure, Tim Keiper, long-time associate of Wynton Marsalis, Omar Akil Little, who also collaborates with world-renowned producer Lee Scratch Perry, composer and cellist Brent Arnold, pianist Rod Miller from Bee & Flower, Erich Hubner from Man or Astroman, Tyler Burba, Vin Sciala, Eric Eble, and Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes.

The album is recorded and mastered, but there are still expenses ahead to get this record out into the world.  The money collected here will pay for:

STAGE 1) Licensing Fees: This is the standard fee paid to the publisher, or songwriter (or their estate) for use of their song.  Estimated initial licensing fees for this album are about $2,000.

STAGE 2) Manufacturing: Working with a designer on album artwork, and pressing the CDs with Eco-Cases about $1,500.

STAGE 3) Promotion: Getting the album into the hands of press people without the support of a record label means I will need the help of a great publicist - about $2,000 for a 6 week campaign.

STAGE 4) Touring: I would love to bring this music to a city near you.  To make this happen, I can use all the help we can get to pay for travel expenses and to pay the musicians that help me bring this music to life on the stage.

To help fund this project, there are a variety of prizes, including VIP tickets to concerts, singing on your album, and these beautiful one of a kind original watercolor portraits by Nicole M. Boitos of the artists who inspired this album.  You can click on the portraits below to find more information about each artist.

Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentina (1908 – 1992)
Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentina (1908 – 1992)
Victor Jara, Chile (1932 – 1973)
Victor Jara, Chile (1932 – 1973)
Chavela Vargas, Mexico (1919 – 2012)
Chavela Vargas, Mexico (1919 – 2012)
Piero, Argentina/Colombia (b.1945)
Piero, Argentina/Colombia (b.1945)
Eydie Gorme, New York (b. 1928)
Eydie Gorme, New York (b. 1928)
Violeta Parra, Chile (1917 – 1967)
Violeta Parra, Chile (1917 – 1967)
Alí Primera, Venezuela  (1942 – 1985)
Alí Primera, Venezuela (1942 – 1985)
Alberto Beltran, Dominican Republic (1923 - 1997)
Alberto Beltran, Dominican Republic (1923 - 1997)
1999 Ani Cordero Split Vinyl 7" with Audio Explorations (see description)
1999 Ani Cordero Split Vinyl 7" with Audio Explorations (see description)
Photo of Self Esteem Salon Group (Ani far left). You can buy this Chris Verene original photograph as part of the reward: "ANI CORDERO COLLECTOR"
Photo of Self Esteem Salon Group (Ani far left). You can buy this Chris Verene original photograph as part of the reward: "ANI CORDERO COLLECTOR"

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This is the first time I'm releasing an album without the support of a record label. In the past, I've counted on record labels to help with the recording, promotion, and manufacturing costs and to handle much of the behind the scenes business that needs to happen with each release.

I've been working on this album for three years, paying for the recording costs a little at a time, and I'm determined to share this music and its message with the world. Setbacks may slow me down, or affect the timeline, but they won't stop this project.

I'll be keeping you posted as we reach each step.

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