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The Epichorus' 2nd record is a multi-textured gathering of Indo-Arabic Brooklyn sounds; Priya Darshini fronts a small world orchestra.
The Epichorus' 2nd record is a multi-textured gathering of Indo-Arabic Brooklyn sounds; Priya Darshini fronts a small world orchestra.
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I am thrilled to announce that The Epichorus is nearing completion of our second studio album which will be released on Sawdust Records, with a celebration at National Sawdust on February 1, 2018.  We need your help to make the final steps of our pilgrimage.

Drawing inspiration from Arabic and Indian folk traditions, we have woven an urban alchemy of master musicians on Oud, Violin, Accordion, Upright Bass, Dulcimer and Percussion, all to back the inimitable Priya Darshini.  The core ensemble is accompanied by special guests on flute, arabic lap harp, electric guitar and keys, kora, a men's choir and more.

The title of the record honors a 16th century poet, Najara, whose lyrics grace my original melodies.  He was drawn after the beauties of music, poetry and lyric and was willing to traverse borders of race, religion and culture for the sake of those lofty arts.  I found his to be a spirit fit for resurrection in our day.

As we near our release, we need finishing funds to complete the production of the album.  In sum, the album cost's may exceed $20,000, with funds going towards: studio time at the magnificent Dreamland Studios (Woodstock), gifts for the musicians, mixing and mastering costs, overdub time at studios in Brooklyn and Jerusalem, artwork and CD production costs, and more.  With a succesful kickstart, we'll honor the devotion of the musicians of the ensemble, and ensure that the gift of this music is introduced across rivers.  

We are most grateful for your support!

Zach Fredman & the Epichorus 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Our greatest challenge is from within. Is the art we're devoted to worthy of our time and yours? That's what the dark angel comes and asks us.

The challenges from without, bumps with studios, musicians, engineers and other delay causing entities - we have encountered these before and are assured in our ability to complete this project in a timely fashion and deliver this music.

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