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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 10 2015 3:00 AM UTC +00:00
$8,892
pledged of $16,000pledged of $16,000 goal
86
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 10 2015 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

This project is the recording and release of my first album as leader and composer. It will be entirely original material, and will be available as a CD and as a download.

For almost 20 years, I've performed and recorded with top artists on the San Francisco Bay Area jazz and world music scenes. (Visit bobkarty.com for more info and sound clips.)

I've long dreamed of writing and performing my own music, but until now I've devoted my career to supporting other musicians' projects.

Last year sent demos of my songs to one of my music heroes, Paul McCandless. A gifted multi-reed player and composer, Paul is a founding member of the seminal jazz group Oregon, whose music has inspired me since I first heard it back in high school.

I've been writing music on and off for many years, but have never recorded - or even publicly performed - any of it. So I was feeling pretty green as a composer.

When he responded

     "...thanks for the music. I want to play every note of it"

I was floored.

That was the day this Kickstarter was born.

The Musicians

With your help, I'll be able to make this record with my dream team - some of the most accomplished jazz musicians in the world.

Steve Rodby told me that magic happens every time he, Paul, and Mark make music, but they don't get the opportunity nearly often enough. I can't wait to reunite them in the studio to work that magic on my songs.

Paul McCandless
Paul McCandless

Paul McCandless is best known for his work with the band Oregon, one of the longest-lived ensembles in jazz (founded in 1970). A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, he specializes in oboe, English horn, soprano and sopranino saxophones, bass clarinet and folk flutes from around the world. Paul has won three Grammy awards and is also a Grammy-nominated composer and arranger. He has appeared on over 200 recordings. Paul's collaborations include Bela Fleck, Lyle Mays, Jaco Pastorius, Wynton Maralis, and many others. Read more about Paul here. Watch him and Mark Walker perform with Oregon here and here. Watch his 2014 NYU Jazz Interview here.

Steve Rodby
Steve Rodby

Steve Rodby is best known as the acoustic and electric bassist in the Pat Metheny Group for three decades. He is also an editor and producer for both music and video. Steve has won 13 Grammy awards. His production credits include Charlie Haden, Boz Scaggs, Pat Metheny, Eliane Elias and Esperanza Spaulding. Read more about Steve here.

Mark Walker
Mark Walker

Mark Walker has played drums with the band Oregon for 19 years and with saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera for 26 years. He has played on over 60 albums, including 5 Grammy-winning and 9 Grammy-nominated projects. Mark has toured and/or recorded with Lyle Mays, Eliane Elias, Andy Narell, Michel Camilo, and many others. Mark is also a Grammy-nominated composer. Read more about Mark here.

Mark, Paul and Steve have collaborated on a number of projects, including Paul's record Premonition, three Oregon CDs that Steve produced (including quadruple-Grammy-nominated Oregon In Moscow) and recordings with pianist Fred Simon.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding (online fundraising) gives independent artists like me a chance to bring projects to life that would otherwise never see the light of day.

The total cost for making and releasing this recording is $32,000-$35,000 (typical for a project like this). This does not include any compensation for me - it's only my expenses. My Kickstarter goal is $16,000.

Two important things to know about Kickstarter

  • It's all-or-nothing: The fundraising goal must be met by the deadline - Friday, October 9 at 8:00 pm Pacific Time - or the project will not be funded. In that case, your credit card will not be charged, and I won't be able to make the recording.
  • Fees charged by Kickstarter and the payment processor total about 10 percent of the project amount.

Rewards

  • The listed donation amounts are minimums for receiving the corresponding reward, but you may donate any amount. Want to donate $28 instead of $25? No problem!
  • You may choose any reward at your donation level or lower. For example, if you donate $100 but want only the CD, then first enter $100 in the donation amount field, then click on the $25 reward, which is CD only. (It's important to do it in this order.)

If you wish to remain anonymous (for awards at $250 and above), please send me an email by the end of the campaign via the "contact me" link at the top of this page.

How the money will be spent

Your donation will go directly towards expenses, including:

  • Studio rental; engineer fee; instrument rentals (acoustic bass, drums); piano moving, tuning, and voicing; recording media (hard drives); and meals.
  • Travel expenses and hotel. Paul lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where we'll be recording, but Steve lives in Chicago and Mark lives in Boston.
  • Musicians' fees (except for me)
  • Post-production: mixing, and mastering
  • Graphic design of CD cover, CD booklet, and poster
  • Manufacturing of the CDs, music books, and posters
  • Reward fulfillment: mailing supplies and shipping fees
  • Publicity (print publicists and radio publicists cost $3,000-$4,000 each)

Work done so far

I've written the music, made charts and audio demos for the musicians, prepared the music book layout, sourced drums and bass rentals, researched recording studios, and created a lovely detailed expenses spreadsheet. I'm ready to spring into action and schedule the session once funding is in place.

Spread the word!

Please share this on Facebook and/or email it to anyone you think would enjoy this music.

Thank you!

Thank you for your donation, and for spreading the word.

Click here to read my blog about this campaign.

Feel free to send in any questions, and I'll respond as quickly as possible.

Bob

Note: all instruments in the video soundtrack are played and/or programmed by Bob Karty.

Risks and challenges

The main challenges are production delays, which can happen at any stage of the project. For example, the recording session might be delayed due to the busy schedules of the musicians, the engineer, and/or the studio.

Another example: Sometimes, despite your best efforts at quality control, you discover a typo in the liner notes, and the graphic designer is on vacation for a week.

I've worked on recording projects as pianist, recording engineer, mastering engineer, and co-producer, so I'm well aware of - and equipped to handle - these challenges. I'll notify you of any delays on the "Updates" page, where I'll also post progress reports.

You can contact me at any time with questions through the link at the top of this page.

Barring my death or alien abduction, this project will be completed. Period.

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Funding period

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