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Artists Ken Berman, Kai Eckhardt and Akira Tana create a new soundscape of original compositions  -"Sound Poetry"– and embark on a Tour
Artists Ken Berman, Kai Eckhardt and Akira Tana create a new soundscape of original compositions -"Sound Poetry"– and embark on a Tour
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Update - July 8th

Thanks to your generosity we have achieved our goal!  I am filled with gratitude at the tremendous outpouring of support.  Does the campaign stop here?  No.  Can you still contribute?  ABSOLUTELY!

The more funding we have, the more we can focus on the second phase of our campaign, which is publicity and tour support.  Professional publicists can cost upwards of $5000 for a 4-week promotional campaign.  With more funding we can extend our promotional campaign, achieve more radio and internet airplay and arrange more tour dates at more locations, specifically in your area!

And an extra bonus: if we reach 15K, we will produce a limited edition vinyl LP!

Thanks again and keep spreading the word!  4 more days to go!

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Sound Poetry - CD Release, Promotion and Tour

Thanks for your interest in this project!

My name is Ken Berman - I'm a jazz musician and composer.   I am currently working on a project with my trio called Sound Poetry.  I invite you to participate with me so that I can finish the manufacturing and release of this CD, engage in an extensive publicity campaign and then embark upon a multi-city tour in 2014 from the West to East coasts, Europe and beyond.

Sound Poetry evolved from my work and close friendship with the late poet Eythan Klamka.  The last time I saw him in New York, he said that "any good musician is a sound poet."  This project is in part a tribute to him: my composition "The Poet" was written for Eythan.  I am looking forward to sharing the rest of this material with you - it includes eight original compositions written during the past two years, compositions inspired by great poets and musicians (from Langston Hughes and Allen Ginsberg to Bob Dylan and Bill Frisell), as well as my reinterpretations of two great jazz standards, Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" and Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me." 

In December of 2012 I recorded several tracks at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, with my trio - which includes Kai Eckhardt and Akira Tana.  Both Kai and Akira are phenomenal musicians who have performed and recorded with a "who's who" of jazz greats including Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Milt Jackson, Bill Frisell, and many others.  This is our second CD together, and will be our first tour beyond Northern California! 

Our last CD, Looking Forward  garnered rave reviews and was named "One of the Ten Best and Most Important Jazz Releases of 2010" by Philip Booth in Jazz Times.  It received airplay rotation on over 40 NPR Jazz stations across the country.  To do justice to my new music, and to be able to perform it nationwide (in your hometown) and internationally, we need to take it to the next level.  This is where you come in! 

Your participation goes towards:

  • Studio Time
  • Recording Engineer, Production
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Cover Art Work and CD Graphic Design
  • Manufacturing of CDs & DVDs
  • Publicity
  • Promotion
  • Radio and Internet Radio Promotion
  • Tour Booking
  • Tour Support

Rewards: What do you get?  See the right panel for specifics, but here's a preview:

  • Digital Downloads
  • Limited edition CD
  • Autographed CDs
  • DVD excerpts of the recording session
  • Unreleased tracks and alternate takes
  • Autographed Music Scores
  • Concert Tickets
  • Backstage Passes
  • Invitation to a future Recording or Mixing Session
  • Name mention in CD Booklet
  • Producer Credit
  • In House Concert

Most importantly, you get to participate and play a meaningful role in the creation of new and original art. 

Thank you for your support!

About Ken Berman

Born in NYC and classically trained, Ken Berman studied piano and composition at the University of Michigan and at Berklee College of Music, and later with legendary jazz mentors Barry Harris and Charlie Banacos.  He performed at Carnegie Recital Hall at age 11, and has since graced the stages of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Fox Theater in Detroit, Yoshi's in San Francisco and Oakland, The Hertz Concert Hall U.C. Berkeley and The Sunside in Paris among other places.  He has performed and recorded with Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, Bob Gullotti, Jaleel Shaw, Akira Tana, Kai Eckhardt, Bob Moses, Hadrien Feraud and others.

Ken Berman’s music has bee playlisted on over 50 NPR-Jazz radio stations nationwide.  Jazz Times critic Philip Booth chose Berman’s CD Looking Forward as “One of The Ten Best and Most Important Releases of 2010.”  Hailed by the SF Examiner.com as “a fiercely imaginative pianist” and praised by Le Monde as a performer whose “complex improvisations are imbued with delicate sensuality and brilliance,” Berman has also been the recipient of several grants and awards for his ongoing work in jazz education.  In addition to teaching at U.C. Berkeley, Ken is currently director of a jazz band at the Bentley School in Oakland, and a lecturer in jazz history at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program.

Risks and challenges

The major challenge of a project of this scope after the project is funded is working within a set time frame. We will set our sights on specific deadlines (CD release dates, radio promotion campaign dates, etc) well in advance, with the knowledge that these dates may change slightly as the project advances. Specific results of a radio promotion campaign and tour arrangements are often difficult to predict as well. If we achieve full funding, this will make the process much smoother!

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    THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS REWARD: Autographed copies of all four Ken Berman Trio CDs, an unreleased early EP (with vocals) + original session music scores emailed to you in PDF format.

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    THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS AND VIDEO COLLECTION: Autographed copies of all four Ken Berman Trio CDs, an unreleased EP (with vocals) , signed original session music scores and a DVD of the "Sound Poetry" recording session.

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    THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS AND VIDEO COLLECTION PLUS ALTERNATE TAKES: Autographed copies of all four Ken Berman Trio CDs, an unreleased EP (with vocals) , signed original music scores, a DVD of the "Sound Poetry" recording session and a digital download of alternate takes.

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    EDUCATIONAL REWARD: Autographed copies of all four Ken Berman Trio CDs, an unreleased EP (with vocals) , signed original music scores, a DVD of the "Sound Poetry" recording session, and one 45-minute piano lesson either in person or via Skype.

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    THE BACKSTAGE PASS AWARD: Autographed copies of all four Ken Berman Trio CDs, an unreleased EP (with vocals) , signed original music scores, a DVD of the "Sound Poetry" recording session, a digital download of alternate takes and 2 tickets and backstage passes to an upcoming CD Release concert of your choice.

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    V.I.P. REWARD: Autographed copies of all four Ken Berman Trio CDs, an unreleased EP (with vocals) , signed original music scores, a DVD of the "Sound Poetry" recording session, a digital download of alternate takes, 2 tickets and backstage passes to an upcoming CD Release concert of your choice and name mention in the CD booklet.

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    PLATINUM REWARD: Autographed copies of all four Ken Berman Trio CDs, an unreleased EP (with vocals) , signed original music scores, a DVD of the "Sound Poetry" recording session, a digital download of alternate takes, 2 tickets and backstage passes to an upcoming CD Release concert of your choice, an invitation to our next RECORDING or Mixing session (San Francisco Bay Area only, flight not included), and name mention in a special section of the CD booklet. YES!!!

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    PRODUCER'S CORNER: Autographed copies of all four Ken Berman Trio CDs, an unreleased EP (with vocals) , signed original music scores, a DVD of the "Sound Poetry" recording session, a digital download of alternate takes, 2 tickets and backstage passes to an upcoming CD Release concert of your choice, an invitation to our next RECORDING or Mixing session (San Francisco Bay Area only, flight not included), name mention as co-producer in a special section of the CD booklet as well as the film, and I will perform or record a jazz standard of your choice. FANTASTIC!!

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    • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER STATUS REWARD: Autographed copies of all four Ken Berman Trio CDs, an unreleased EP (with vocals) , signed original music scores, a DVD of the "Sound Poetry" recording session, a digital download of alternate takes, 2 tickets and backstage passes to an upcoming CD Release concert of your choice, an invitation to our next RECORDING or Mixing session (San Francisco Bay Area only, flight not included), name mention as co-producer in a special section of the CD booklet as well as the film DVD, I will perform or record a jazz standard of your choice, and give you a PRIVATE CONCERT (in NY, Paris, London, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston metro areas only - piano must be provided). AMAZING!!

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