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A landmark recording project of Spanish music for a quintet of instrumentalists, featuring Grammy-winning percussionist Glen Velez.

Harmonious Blacksmith is making a new CD!

This project has been in the works for several years, and we're pumped that it's finally coming to completion.  We've brought together a group of amazingly talented musicians and together we've arranged all the pieces ourselves.  On top of this framework, we'll add our own improvisations to create wonderfully spontaneous recording. 

We're incredibly lucky to have Glen Velez playing with us. Glen is the founding father of the modern frame drum movement, and these beautiful traditional drums fit perfectly with the early instruments Harmonious Blacksmith performs on.  Not only has Glen won four Grammy awards, he’s a prolific composer and has had numerous pieces written specifically for him, including a work by John Cage.  He’s performed with a wide range of musicians – from Steve Reich to Suzanne Vega to the Israel Philharmonic, and many more.

Unlike many recordings where the drummer's tracks are overdubbed in the studio, Glen is joining as at our recording venue to lay down all the tracks in single takes - it makes for a much more exciting and truly collaborative performance.

Our ensemble features five fantastic musicians playing over a dozen instruments - recorders, drums, harpsichord and organ, guitar and theorbo, double bass, viola da gamba and colascione, a three-stringed fretted bass instrument, which we purchased from Carlos González in Spain just to make this recording.  We've spent literally hundreds of hours writing, arranging and rehearsing the music that will be on this CD.

We have some great rewards...

In return for backing this project, we have a lot of great rewards for you. We also know that a big part of backing projects is the spirit of joining in and helping people who have a strong vision and great talent to creative something new and wonderful.  Beyond the rewards, we'll send you live updates, photos, and sound samples of the recording sessions themselves so you can see the process from the inside.

The $15,000 we hope to raise will help offset the following expenses.  We've already made considerable personal financial contributions and donated many hours of time to this project, so we'd love to exceed our Kickstarter goal.

  • Producer, recording engineer/editor, keyboard technician/tuner for 3-5 days of recording and approx. 40 hours of editing/mastering ($7,000)
  • Graphic design, photographers and digital processing ($1,000)
  • Five musicians for 3-5 days of recording, and multiple days of rehearsal ($8,000)
  • Manufacturing an initial 2000 CDs with DiscMakers ($3,000)
  • Covering the lodging and travel costs of the many flights and road trips between Boston, New Jersey and Washington DC as we met together to rehearse and then record this album ($2,500)

Here's our team and program info:

MUSICIANS

PRODUCTION

PROGRAM

  • Santiago de Murcia: Jacaras, Tarentellas, Cumbees, Fandango, Gallardas, Fustamberg, Espanoletas
  • Gaspar Sanz: Canarios, Clarines y Gaitas, Lanterlu
  • Francisco Guerau: Marionas
  • Improvisation: percussion solo and Jota

TIMELINE

  • Recording sessions: November 19-22, 2012; early January 2013
  • Editing/mastering: January-March 2013
  • Manufacturing: March 2013
  • Release: April 2013

Sounds and Images:

Here's three sample recordings of several pieces we recorded at a rehearsal at Smacktone Studios in New Jersey several weeks ago (Thanks, Paul Ritterhoff!)

TARANTELLAS (Santiago de Murcia)

JOTA (improv)

CANARIOS (Sanz)

A few photos of that rehearsal:

Photo by Arpi Pap
Photo by Arpi Pap
Photo by Arpi Pap
Photo by Arpi Pap

Become a part of this exciting project!

Check out all our info and choose the right reward for you.  Help us make a truly exciting and unique recording, and then look forward to a great CD in a couple of months!

Thanks!

HB

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We've been involved in numerous recording projects as musicians and producers, so we know how this works. This recording follows a successful Kickstarter project we did for my first solo CD last fall, so we also have experience with working with backers and making Kickstarter fun and successful.
This project requires a lot of people to come together to create it, so there's always the risk that someone could have a personal emergency or a hurricane or snowstorm could postpone it, but we've put so many hundreds of hours into this already, that there's no way we're not going to make it happen.

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