We have been so blessed over the past number of years to have had the opportunity to create and perform together. We are really excited about this next step but we need your help to make it happen! All our rewards for the various pledges have titles that link to the steps we believe are necessary to achieving 'the dream' - maybe you can relate to some?! Desire, Belief, Practice, Perseverance, Letting Go, Staying Positive and finally The Higher Power :-)
In 2012, we recorded a released a unique version of O Holy Night to raise money for charity. With over 150,000 views on YouTube, we gained new fans, reached number 1 in the iTunes download charts and raised much needed funds for the St. Vincent de Paul at Christmas time. It was the first time we recorded with orchestral backing and a choir and we would love to bring the same magic to this forthcoming album
We are currently recording and hope to complete our album entitled 'Struck by Affinití' this year. In addition to this we have a vision for a unique show of the same name that showcases the beauty, elegance and imagination that is so rich in present day Ireland.
The album features our arrangements of some of the most popular songs of the 20th and 21st century and although not all of the songs are by Irish composers, each one is injected with a unique celtic flavour and a strong nod to our classical, Irish and storytelling roots. It will feature our version of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' which we have fused with an Irish Reel, a pop/opera hybrid of Falling Slowly from the Oscar winning Irish film and current hit Broadway show 'Once' and our Celtic/Classical take on 'Runaway' by The Corrs! We love nothing more than creating and performing together and believe we have something new and fresh to offer the exciting world of classical crossover and celtic music: "Affiniti promises a different direction and sound to every artist in the genre...they breathe new life into a genre that is desperately calling for innovation" www.classical-crossover.co.uk
To get an idea of one of our arrangements, you can watch the video below which is our celtic/classical cover of the stunning Evanescence song My Immortal:
Inspired by the success of shows such as Celtic Woman and Riverdance which have showcased the depth and versatility of Irish music to audiences across the globe, Affiniti aims to bring a new flavour to the Celtic world at home and abroad! At the moment we are limited to the sound our own trio creates but we have plans to include a rhythm section, additional orchestral instruments to add more texture to the sound, and to feature Irish fashion and photography also - so Struck by Affiniti is really about a connection with all art forms that are found in modern Ireland and showcasing each, in one huge treat for the senses!
Funding We need your help to fund the completion of our album. This involves studio recording and producer costs, the hire of a rhythm and bass section, mixing and mastering the music, CD printing and the payment of mechanical royalties to the original composers. Your help would enable us to launch the 'Struck by Affiniti' show in Ireland and to film the premiere performance, which will enable us to engage with agents with a view to bringing ‘Struck by Affinití’ to an international audience.
What does 'Struck by Affiniti' mean? Well this is how we see it! Struck by Affiniti is that magical thing that happens when you experience a unique connection with people that can't be explained. You know the thing! It's what happens when you and your best friend finish each others sentences, or when you meet someone for the first time and you feel like you've known them forever or when you hear a piece of music that moves you and you know everyone else feels it too without anybody saying a word. Struck by Affiniti is about connection, inspiration and imagination. It is the artist's phenomenon - and we want to bring it to life :-)
How did it come about? The concept and name 'Struck by Affiniti' came about quite organically one day during a rehearsal when yet another song took on a life of its own with the three of us working together! We often come up with ideas by ourselves but it's when we are in the same room that the music seems to just click or become 'struck' by our special bond - our affinity with one another, with the music, with the story it tells and with the audience that connects to it. We can't wait to bring more of our transformations to the stage
Risks and challenges
So far, the challenges have been finding the time and money to continue creating new music while also continuing to eat and pay rent (although often the music does seem more important!) We have done all that we can with our own resources - and we're very proud of everything we've achieved so far - but we need the funds to stretch further if we're to bring to life what's been in our heads (and hearts) for the last three years. We have self-funded everthing we have done so far and we need help now to continue creating music together. Looking forward to bringing you on our exciting journey with us! :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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