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New recording - the product of a turbulent and nomadic period of my life - 12 encounters with landscapes both beloved and unknown.
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ALERT: 5% OF ALL MONEY RAISED TO GO TO THE PUERTO RICO RELIEF EFFORT through Direct Relief.   

I have always been a vagabond. Dual citizen since birth, I was brought up in a suitcase, finding homes all over the world, from England to Korea, from Iran to the Oregon coast. I have been everywhere a foreigner and everywhere at home but never entirely settled. I am now addressing this as an artist for the first time.

After 20 years based in New York, but traveling a lot, I moved back to the UK to take care of my dying mother.  I had to stay put in a part of the world I have loved since childhood but only truly came to know through the hard and beautiful months of her dying.  Time to compose was rare, both during and after that time, but I grabbed it when I could (or it grabbed me) and this record, GEOGRAPHY, is the result. The landscapes that inspired these songs each fed me in a different way and gave me a distinct kind of music.  What unites them is my curiosity, my joy in each place, and the process of my grief.

It turned out that the first recording date was the day after I was diagnosed with cancer. The long months following would not have been possible without the amazing support of my community, whom I thank with all my heart. But it was also wonderful to have this project to focus on, as I wrestled with my own illness so close upon the heels of my mother's death. Happily I have had extraordinary musicians to share the journey with:

Dana Lyn, violin; Doug Wieselman, clarinet, bass clarinet, guitar, mandolin; Marika Hughes, ‘cello; Greg Cohen, bass; plus Isaac Alderson, Irish flute, uillean pipes; Peter Apfelbaum, tenor sax, clappers; Steven Bernstein, slide trumpet; Charlie Burnham, violin; Dave Hofstra, bass; Matt Munisteri, guitar; Mauro Refosco, percussion; Marc Ribot, electric guitar; Kenny Wollesen, drums. And engineer John Kilgore of Kilgore Sound and Recording, without whose incredible support this never would have happened.

The recording is done, and most of the mixing. The funds from this campaign will go to pay for final mixing, mastering and duplication - the finished product!  This is my testimony to the past few years, to what I have loved; a world of beauty to put on the scales against the dark times we live in.  Love and beauty, that's what we have to offer.  Come along for the ride - take a look at the rewards here, choose what suits you, and by giving your support, be a part of this!

Risks and challenges

The only risk I can see is in the scheduling - mastering and duplication, printing, all these things can be delayed for one reason or another, but I have tried to foresee this by giving a completion date of January 2018. The challenge is to come in at or under budget, which I'm sure I can achieve.

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