This is a win-win thing. Get our latest and upcoming releases and help a great cause!
I created this kickstarter project for two reasons. 1: We have new cool music available that we are very proud of. 2: Mats Öberg, my longtime friend and musical genius, who is blind since birth, is now also about to lose his hearing as well (Read about his condition below). But let me start by talking about the music. In 2016, Mats and I celebrated 35 years of making music together. We recorded two anniversary concerts in Stockholm with former bandmates, left to right: Mats Öberg, Jimmy Ågren, Tommy Tordsson, Morgan Ågren, Robert Elovsson, Gustaf Hielm and Stefan Jernståhl (and Peter Wahlbeck).
We also composed new music for NorrlandsOperans Symphony Orchestra which was performed together with Mats/Morgan Band. All was filmed and recorded multi track. We released a pre-production of this orchestra music on a CD titled "Through The Eyes of a Morgchestra". Then we did a double CD titled, "The 35th Anniversary Collection" (Remastered best-of double, digipack-CD). There is also my solo debut album, "Batterie Deluxe" with guests such as Devin Townsend, Neyveli Radakrishna, and Fredrik Thordendal (of Meshuggah). And "TRUM", my drum TV show that was aired on Swedish television in 2001. These episodes are remastered and ready to download as well.
- Below you can listen to snippets from all these releases, just scroll down!
There are tons of other music available, too.. but there is an important cause here as well...As some of you might know, Mats' ears and hearing have been failing for a long time but recently it has turned into a nightmare. If Mats does not get help soon, it will be very hard for him to continue playing music at all in the near future. I made a post about this on Facebook and we got many supportive replies about how we can fight this. I have been in Skype chats with Stephen Ambrose in the US, who I believe is one of the best in his field for hearing aids and in-ear monitors. Stephen is very skilled in the treatment of all kinds of hearing problems and has helped musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Paul Stanley of KISS and Brian Johnson of AC/DC. Stephen agreed to take care of Mats and to try to assess his specific needs both for in-ear and hearing aids. Stephen wants to meet Mats twice. First to test Mats hearing, then once he knows what to build, we will need to get back to the US a second time to finish Mats' custom-made hearing aids and in-ear monitors. There is also laser and acupuncture treatments that have been recommended which are available in Sweden.
My idea is to begin this kickstarter thing to get help for Mats. But we have some new music as well, music that we are very happy with and that stands on its own, but if we can finance treatment from a top audiologist at the same time, that would be fantastic!
About Mats' hearing challenges and what is happening.... Lately for Mats the pitch can sound differently in both his ears simultaneously. For example, if you play a C on the piano, one of his ears detects the C while the other ear detects a D instead (at the same time) so he will hear TWO notes. And if he listens to music and changes the volume level on the speakers, the pitch can change as he adjusts the volume. Furthermore, one of his ears creates a delay, so he hears everything with a short, slap delay. This out-of-phase processing has been going on since January 2017 and is making it really hard for him to play music at all. As a result, tours and concerts have already been canceled. Nobody knows what causes these problems exactly but from what we've been told, acupuncture and laser treatment might improve things after some months. Having the best in-ear monitors will help when performing music on stage, and custom built hearing aids will improve his ability to follow daily conversations in a better way than now. It has been very hard to see this genius and friend losing his hearing and his energy like this. I hope we can improve his situation by doing this kickstarter project.
So what are the expenses?
- Mixing the video & audio from the symphony orchestra project.
- Printing and mastering of the CDs, DVDs and vinyls.
- Air tickets to Denver/USA to meet ear specialist Stephen Ambrose.
- Asius high end in-ear monitors.
- Stephen Ambroses' custom built hearing aids.
- Additional laser and acupuncture treatments.
Thank you for your time and any assistance in our fight to help Mats is greatly appreciated!
Sincerely // Morgan Ågren
Mats/Morgan & Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra snippet #1
Mats/Morgan & Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra snippet #2
SNIPPETS FROM THE ALBUMS:
FRANK ZAPPA on Mats and Morgan...
Mats ans Morgan TV debut (age 10 & 14) playing Frank Zappa
Risks and challenges
No risks here. We have all the music. Some of it still needs to be mixed, especially the symphony orchestra project, which also includes editing of video cameras, but much of the other stuff is already mixed. Mats’ ears are the only big challenge and risk here. We have to do something in order to try and save his ears. Stephen Ambrose’s expertise and hearing aids will most likely make Mats’ life easier and better.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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