About this project
I am Graham Smith-White and this funding campaign is for my music project, The Sunrise Review. I am raising funds to help cover expenses for recording my next E.P.
The Sunrise Review is a collaborative recording project focused on using natural spaces as inspiration for music. Solar powered recording equipment allows these spaces to function as a studio as well, adding a unique production style and opportunities for collaboration.
I began writing music to the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean in 2005 while I was living on the Australian coast. In 2010, I recorded the first E.P. of these tunes, River East, RIver West, during an artist residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast. These recordings combine Eastern and Western musical styles in a collaboration with an Appalachian string band, the Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band, and Guitarist Geoff Metts. Printmaker Catherine Chauvin contributed artwork for the album and Ceramicist Mindy Chaffin contributed an Udu Clay drum to the instruments on the recordings.
In addition to the 3 finished songs from those sessions, I started on a handful of other tracks in the forest on Cascade Head during my residency. In February of 2012 I will be going to Hawaii to work more on these tracks and finish a second E.P., Palms and Pines.
This is an excellent opportunity to continue working on the music I have written which was inspired by the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii was chosen for a handful of reasons,
- 1. It is smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, making it an incredible fit for the Pacific Project.
- 2. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is perfect for carrying on some of the subthemes of the Pacific Project, namely volcanoes, and using UNESCO conservation sites.
- 3. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with a new community and grow my fan base outside of Portland.
- 4. The climate of Hawaii allows me to continue working, using solar energy, even through the winter.
- 5. I am able to draw on in kind support through friends and acquaintances on the island to help keep costs low.
The funds will be used to help defray the costs associated with transporting me and my equipment to and around Hawaii. They will also be used to cover any needs I will have once on location such as lodging and equipment rental.
I have already set aside some of my own money for this endeavor. To help ensure my funding goal is met, I will be contributing $500 of my own to this campaign. I just need you to help me with the rest!
This is not simply a request for money, however.
I’m really excited about my partnerships with other artists resulting in rewards for your contributions. These include albums of music, limited edition prints of album artwork, handmade gifts and an opportunity to participate in the recording sessions on Hawaii. In addition, you will be receiving updates and exclusive content during the recording sessions from Hawaii.
I look forward to collaborating with you on the Sunrise Review and thank you for the support !!
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