The Forgotten Fairground Project is raising funds to begin making our debut album and short film.
The theme of the work is Imagination and the inspiration for this project comes from the truly unique ability children have to immerse themselves in worlds of make believe. Childhood is a relatively small proportion of our lives where we are able to be playful in such an uninhibited manner and our album and film will be a tribute to that beautiful time.
Performing compositions which include the spontaneous, improvisatory talents of both musicians and dancers, The Forgotten Fairground will journey back to show what inspired play in us as children.
We invite you to join us for the adventure in the telling of The Forgotten Fairground's stories about childhood. It may even ignite feelings of nostalgia and memories of your own as we explore the driving concept behind our work - Imagination.
The album will consist of original compositions performed by The Forgotten Fairground's unique large ensemble featuring Trumpet, Voice, Flute, Saxophone, Piano, Drums, Double bass and String quartet.
Our film will showcase some of the pieces from the album as well as additional music composed specifically for the film, brought to life by animation, visual effects and our fantastic dancers.
We are very excited and thrilled to announce that for this project The Forgotten Fairground will be produced by Andy Bush for B&L.
Andy Bush has been amongst the UK’s most sought-after composers and producers of music for film and television since the 1990’s, and is the recipient of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Sound. He is also an educator, writer and broadcaster, and renowned instrumentalist, having played trumpet and brass with, amongst others; Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Goldfrapp, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Eurythmics, Queen, Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Barbara Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Terry Riley, Lontano, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, and as part of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concerts, throughout the 2000’s.
As “B&L,” Andy and long-time creative partner, Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Sachal, Mark Ronson), have recently scored new films by Mark Russell and Gail Lerner and contributed orchestrations to the Lionsgate/Johnny Depp feature, “Mortdecai,” as well as producing “Sunlight on Water” - Andy’s acclaimed radio profile of US vocal legend, Bonnie Herman, which continues to win plaudits, internationally.
…“Michael and I agree that it takes a special musician to compose and orchestrate beautiful chamber music, whilst also understanding how to create a context where jazz musicians have free rein to stretch out and do what they do best. Add to this, Matt’s heartfelt love and understanding of dance, and the stage is set for something uniquely expressive. Throughout recording history, there are particular collaborations (Charlie Parker with Strings, Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool and Stan Getz’ Focus, to name but a few) which have become touchstones for those striving to successfully ‘mix the genres’ and achieve a special ‘alchemy.’ The Forgotten Fairground is a wonderful opportunity for us to attempt exactly that. Recording ‘live’ and entirely in the analogue domain - using vintage microphones, discrete ‘tube’ board and signal processing, and 2-inch tape - will further play to the emotional warmth and intimacy of the piece. It’s an exciting prospect!”- Andy Bush - www.andybushmichaelleonhart.com
As you can see we have some terrific people behind this project already but we need your help too. We have a very committed group of friends and performers who make up The Forgotten Fairground Project so when you pledge you can be sure you are supporting a very dedicated group. We hope you'll consider supporting us and becoming part of The Forgotten Fairground adventure.
Thank you for looking at our Kickstarter page.
- Matt Gough - Creator & Director of The Forgotten Fairground Project.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk with this project is that our goal on Kickstarter will only fund the initial studio sessions needed to record the album. In order to complete the post production on the album and create the film, we will need to secure additional funding. We're confident that we'll be able to do this, however it's possible that the launch may need to be delayed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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