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If the project overfunds to $7500, I will order a limited edition vinyl pressing for all who pledge $55 or more. Fibonacci!

100% funded! We did it!

We did it! 100% funded, with 2+ days to go! Kickstarter keeps the project open until the deadline (Sat, Jan 7, 2012 - 11:59pm Eastern / 10:59pm Central / 9:59pm Mountain / 8:59pm Pacific) - so if you're looking for some great new music (due in April 2012), make a pledge and pick a reward. My debut album IS happening, and I'm grateful for all the support!

New goal: If the project hits the $7500 mark, I will order a limited edition vinyl pressing of the album, and make it available to those pledging $55 or more.

The Project

My project is a reflection of my journey. My story started when my mother, a Russian native, met my father, a Sri Lankan engineering student, in Moscow. He spotted her wavy hair and contagious laugh as she was walking down the street, and acting on pure instinct, asked her out to ice cream. Before they knew it, this unlikely pair from different worlds was starting a life together with a cat who pooped in the toilet, and me, a bundle of joy named Roman (pronounced like romano cheese without the “o”). We lived in Russia only a short time before embarking on a world adventure (unfortunately, the cat had to stay behind)—moving to Germany and Sri Lanka, and finally settling in the United States. 

Each place, with its unique cultural and musical influences, left an impression—my dad singing and playing guitar around the house, American pop music on “The Voice of America” in Germany in the 1970s, Jamaican reggae played on Sri Lanka’s beaches, and traditional and contemporary Sinhala music.

As a teenager in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, my musical tastes included classic rock, skater punk thrash, heavy metal, progressive rock, folk and psychedelic rock. Inspired by the inter-cultural collaborations by the Grateful Dead’s drummer Mickey Hart, I became increasingly interested in world music. Inevitably, my skills as a multi-instrumentalist, and my ability to mimic sounds and language were a perfect match for the world music group One Drum. Other bands followed, including Sindoolaa (African), De La Buena (Latin jazz), and Urban Empress and The UrbanItes (reggae). Inspired by all these and other influences, I eventually started working on songs for a solo album.

I’ve channeled my life’s impressions into these songs. My hope is to take my audience on a journey as rich and meaningful as mine has been. Since I don't have major record label backing, your generous donations are the only way this will happen. Here’s your chance to be part of the process.

To the right, you will see a list of rewards I’m offering as incentives for your pledges. Scroll down the list and find the reward that best suits you. You may donate as little as a dollar to get a reward.

Please make a pledge. Kickstarter’s all-or-nothing fundraising means if the funding goal isn’t met within the allotted time, this project (sadly) doesn’t get funded.

A list of music I've done solo or in collaboration with other bands:

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    Choose one song from the album to receive as a digital file (your choice of MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV, AIFF), plus a PDF of that song’s cover art. Your name will be posted on my website as a donor.

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    Select two songs from the album to receive as digital files (your choice of MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV, AIFF), plus PDF album art for the selected singles. Your name will be posted on my website as a donor.

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    Choose three songs from the album to receive as digital files (your choice of MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV, AIFF), plus PDF album art for the selected singles. Your name will be posted on my website as a donor.

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    9 backers

    Choose five songs from the album to receive as digital files (your choice of MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV, AIFF), plus PDF album art for the selected singles. Your name will be posted on my website as a donor.

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    10 backers

    Choose eight songs from the album to receive as digital files (your choice of MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV, AIFF), plus PDF album art for the selected singles. Your name will be posted on my website as a donor.

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    50 backers

    Receive the complete album as digital media (your choice of MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV, AIFF), and PDFs of not only the CD art, but each individual song’s cover art as well. Your name will be posted on my website as a donor.

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    53 backers

    Receive the completed CD, a sticker, and everything at the $13 level. (International donors, please add $5 US)

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    18 backers

    Receive an autographed CD, a sticker, and everything at the $13 level. (International donors, please add $5 US)

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    Receive a personalized thank you note along with your autographed CD, a sticker, and everything at the $13 level. (International donors, please add $5 US for shipping and handling)

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    Receive a personalized note along with your autographed CD, a poster, a sticker, and everything at the $13 level. (International donors, please add $10 US for shipping and handling)

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    6 backers Limited (19 left of 25)

    In addition to everything at the $89 level, you’ll get exclusive access to digital media of early and alternate versions of the tracks, plus your name in the album credits. (International donors, please add $10 US for shipping and handling)

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    1 backer Limited (14 left of 15)

    You’ll receive a signed, hand-made, original artwork by Roman Rising, plus everything at the $144 level. (International donors, please add $20 US for shipping and handling)

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    This puts an anagram of your name, or a name of your choosing, as the title of a new hidden track on the CD, plus everything at the $233 level. (International donors, please add $20 US for shipping and handling)

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    I will work your name into the lyrics of a song on the album, plus everything at the $233 level.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    You will receive an autographed, limited edition CD of Roman's out-of-print album “Organica,” approximately fifty copies of which were gifted to friends and family in 2003, plus everything at the $233 level.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    You will receive an autographed, limited edition CD of Roman's very early recordings circa 1987-91 (these have only been heard by less than a handful of people), plus everything at the $233 level.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    I will fly out to your home (continental US only), and hand-deliver your rewards, plus everything at the $233 level. And I will sing you a song. (International donors: please add $1000 for airfare)

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    I will fly to your home (continental US only), and hand-deliver your rewards. I will impose on your generosity to stay at your house for a few days, during which I will cook you Sri Lankan food, and put on a house concert for you and your friends/family, plus everything at the $233 level. (International donors: please add $1000 for airfare)

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Funding period

- (30 days)