About this project
ABOUT ROSE & THE NIGHTINGALE
Rose & the Nightingale is four powerful New York based multi-instrumentalists and improvisers: Jody Redhage (voice, cello, compositions), Leala Cyr (voice, trumpet), Sara Caswell (violin, mandolin), & Laila Biali (voice, piano). The band’s warm sound of three part vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and burning solos has proven to cut through to a deeper level of connection with audiences. Our debut album, “The Spirit of the Garden,” features original songs celebrating botanical gardens' role as contemplative & inspiration spaces, with lyrics exploring the nexus of spirituality and nature. We blur the boundaries of world music, folk, art song, and jazz improvisation. Rose & the Nightingale live performances have proven to uplift audiences with fiery rhythmic energy, sublime harmonies, lyrical beauty, and staggering talent. Onstage, the band is a great demonstration of female strength.
We four band members are having an exciting time developing a new and fresh sound as Rose & the Nightingale, and celebrate our first birthday as a band on Oct. 24, 2012, the day this Kickstarter campaign is launched. The campaign ends on Thanksgiving Day--for what could we be more thankful than a community of encouraging friends, family & supporters?
Members of Rose & the Nightingale have performed internationally on five continents, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Barbican in London, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Chicago Symphony Hall, and at the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals including the North Sea (Holland), Montreal (Canada), Montreux (Switzerland), Newport (Rhode Island), San Francisco, and Cape Town (South Africa) Jazz Festivals, and Tokyo’s Blue Note. In 2012, Rose & the Nightingale performed the first ever concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, the first concert in 12 years at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, at Descanso Gardens in Los Angeles, and at San Diego’s Water Conservation Garden.
ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF THE GARDEN PROJECT
Two years ago, while sitting in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Japanese Garden, I was overwhelmed with the sensation that we are all made of the “same stuff." When I left the garden, I felt a heightened sense of compassion for every person I passed on the sidewalk. This was a stark shift, as I had been going through a period of frustration with the harried pace and lifestyle of New York—a city not always the most obvious breeding ground for enhanced compassion. The afternoon's realization suggested it didn't matter where I am, satisfaction is about mindset. In gratitude to "the spirit" of the garden that gifted such an experience of connection and compassion, I began writing The Spirit of the Garden song cycle, celebrating the sublimity of gardens through poetry & song.
Over several years, the song cycle evolved, and poetry by living American poets exploring the nexus of spirituality & nature became the lyrics to new songs. I became musically and personally close with fellow multi-instrumentalists Sara Caswell (violin & mandolin) and Leala Cyr (voice & trumpet) while traveling across 5 continents as members of Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society band in 2010 & 2011, and I knew the time to launch the project was near. While on tour, I finished the compositions and arrangements for the new band, all the while visiting botanical gardens across the world for re-invigoration of creative energy. The puzzle pieces fell into place when the perfect fourth band member Laila Biali (voice & piano) moved to NYC from Canada and became available to join the band. With the perfect personnel gathered, Rose & the Nightingale began live performances of The Spirit of the Garden in October 2011, quickly gelling to become a powerhouse quartet of female multi-instrumentalists. Rose & the Nightingale's sonic palette of violin, cello, piano, three voices, trumpet, and percussion seems to musically personify a garden itself, with soaring lyricism, a fragility of texture, and warmth of tone.
On February 21 & 22, 2012, we went into the recording studio to track The Spirit of the Garden. We recorded at renowned Skyline Pro Studio in Hampton, NJ with Paul Wickliffe engineering and Ben Wittman producing. The two days in the studio were a real joy and the smoothest recording sessions we four ladies have ever been a part of. We basically did three complete takes of each track--(the ladies are that good!) The original compositions, full of lyrical melody, juicy three part vocal harmonies, and stunning improvisations, blur the boundaries of world, folk, jazz, and art song. Eight months later, after two successful tours of botanic gardens across the country, we're finally in the last week of mixing the album and ready to master and release it to the world.
In order to spread this music to many people, we need support from our greater community.
Kickstarter funds support mixing, mastering, album layout, replication, and publicity and marketing of the album's release.
Audience response at our live concerts has proven the ability of this band to cut through to a deeper level of connection. Help us spread Rose & the Nightingale's reach through the release of our debut album.
At the end of the day, we hope this project inspires listeners to seek connection in their own favorite place in nature. Thank you for your consideration!
Jody Redhage, cellist, composer, vocalist
Risks and challenges
We are done recording our album, and are in the final weeks of mixing and mastering with a great production team including Ben Wittman (Wittman Productions, Brooklyn) and David Glasser (Airshow mastering, Colorado). The main challenge we're now facing is finding the right team of people to publicize and market the release of our debut album to listeners who will enjoy our music.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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