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Rising braids together Celtic, Nordic, Balkan, and other folk traditions into music to lift you up and open your heart.
Rising braids together Celtic, Nordic, Balkan, and other folk traditions into music to lift you up and open your heart.
171 backers pledged $14,065 to help bring this project to life.

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Rising - Kendálin's second album

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Kendálin weaves together threads from Celtic, Nordic, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and other world folk traditions into a sound that is simultaneously new and familiar. We hope our music will lift you up and open your heart. This second album includes energetic instrumentals, lush vocal harmonies, and tender tunes. Some are new, while many we’ve been performing for years and have had many requests to record. Some are originals; others come from outside the group and are reshaped in the creative process that happens when the nine of us are making music together. We are excited to be in the midst of this undertaking and invite you, our community, to help us complete it so we can share what we are creating with a larger audience.

Most of Kendálin (Bryan, Rachel, Shawn, Tasha, Alex, Vera, Anna, David)
Most of Kendálin (Bryan, Rachel, Shawn, Tasha, Alex, Vera, Anna, David)

We are a band of musical kindred spirits who share a love of making music and a passion for excellence. We appreciate a wide variety of folk traditions and much of our sound comes from blending sounds and ideas from different traditions in unusual ways, while staying true to the heart of acoustic folk music. We all volunteer our time and talents to make this band a reality. Since our first album we have been refining our sound, welcoming new members into the band, writing more music, and developing new arrangements, and it feels like it’s time to share this new work with a larger audience. Our vision is to make the world a little bit better by sharing uplifting and inspiring music.

Jason Schooler, our bass player (photo by Sacha Müller)
Jason Schooler, our bass player (photo by Sacha Müller)

We are working in local Portland studios, with independent engineer/co-producer Sacha Müller, and some wonderful guest musicians, to record this new project. We received an amazingly generous donation from a long-time fan that, along with a few smaller donations already received, will cover about a third of the $21,250 it will take to complete this project. That sounds like a lot of money (we certainly found it a somewhat overwhelming number when we figured it out), but here’s the reality of doing a professional quality album with a 9 member acoustic ensemble (plus guests):

Studio space rental $5,800
Engineer/co-producer: $7,700
Mixing and mastering: $2,650
Rights to cover pieces: $600
Professional photos (for album cover, etc.): $300
1000 CDs and 100 download cards: $1,150
An album trailer to promote the CD: $450
Kickstarter costs (their fees, the video, merchandise for incentive, mailing costs): $2,600

So now we are reaching out to you, our larger community, to raise the remaining $14,000 to get this project done. We expect it to take about a year to finish, which would mean completing the CD toward the end of 2016.

Kendálin bumpersticker - Image created by Alex Atallah, Kendállin's percussionist
Kendálin bumpersticker - Image created by Alex Atallah, Kendállin's percussionist
Glimpse of Rising in Vera's Hand (full lyrics are on our website)
Glimpse of Rising in Vera's Hand (full lyrics are on our website)
This is the image that will be on the tote bag.  It was created by Alex Atallah, Kendállin's percussionist
This is the image that will be on the tote bag. It was created by Alex Atallah, Kendállin's percussionist

If you have questions about this project or the band, please email or call Tasha Harmon and Shawn Orpinela at: Tasha@Kendalin.com or 503-788-2333.

Thank you for considering supporting this project.

One of Bryan's many instruments (photo by Sacha Müller)
One of Bryan's many instruments (photo by Sacha Müller)
Anna in the recording studio (photo by Sacha Müller)
Anna in the recording studio (photo by Sacha Müller)
Rachel's five-string fiddle (photo by Sacha Müller)
Rachel's five-string fiddle (photo by Sacha Müller)
Vera recording Rising (photo by Sacha Müller)
Vera recording Rising (photo by Sacha Müller)

Risks and challenges

The biggest single challenge to this recording process is scheduling. As nine people with big, complex lives, we can’t do this project by setting aside two or three weeks and locking ourselves in the studio 10 hours a day until we get it done. So we are doing it more slowly, thinking creatively as we figure out where we can carve out the time.

A secondary challenge is the need for skills and knowledge we don’t have. Since we band members are all volunteering our time, providing the funds to support partnerships with people who do have those skills and knowledge is a large part of what you are helping us do by supporting this kickstarter. Paid partners for this project include our head engineer/co-producer Sacha Müller, assistant engineer Andy Nagatori, and Dana White who will do the mastering, as well as Ryne Freed who shot and edited our kickstarter video.

And then there is the challenge of raising the funds we need to make all this happen - and that is why we are reaching out to folks like you who love this kind of music and want to support the project. We can’t do it without you, and we hope you’ll be a part of making this CD come to life.

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    Egg Shaker Level - We’ll send you a code to download Rising in digital form as soon as it’s done.

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Piccolo Level - We’ll send you a code to download Rising in digital form as soon as it’s done, and a new Kendálin bumpersticker! (See image below and left.)

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Flute Level - We’ll send you a Rising CD as soon as it’s done.

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    Fiddle Level - We’ll send you a Rising CD as soon as it’s done, along with our brand new Kendálin bumpersticker. (See the image with our logo and the crows on the left.)

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Ukulele Level - We’ll send you a Rising CD signed by all nine band members as soon as it’s done.

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    Cajon Level - We’ll send you a Rising CD as soon as it’s done, along with a copy of our first CD, Opening. (You can listen to tracks from that album on our website: www.Kendalin.com.)

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Tabla Level - We’ll send you sheet music or a lead sheet for any Kendalin original signed by the composer(s) and a Rising CD as soon as the CD is done.

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Mandolin Level - We’ll send you 3 copies of the Rising CD as soon as it's done, so you’ll have one for you and two to give away to music-loving friends!

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Doumbek Level - We’ll send you our new Kendalin tote bag and a Rising CD as soon as it's done. (See the image with our logo and the crows in the main description.)

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Viola Level - Vera will hand write the lyrics of Rising, (or any other Kendálin original song, by request) for you to frame, and we'll send that and one copy of the Rising CD to you as soon as the CD is done.

    Please Note: We will assume you want Rising unless you tell us otherwise when we contact you about it.

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Guitar Level - We’ll send you 4 passes to the Kendalin show of your choice, a bumpersticker, and a Rising CD signed by all nine band members, as soon as it’s done.

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Octave Mandolin Level - We’ll send you a Rising CD signed by all nine band members as soon as it’s done. You also get to sit in on one of Kendálin's regular Sunday afternoon rehearsals.

    We’ll contact you to figure out details and scheduling at a later date. You are responsible for your own transportation.

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Mandocello Level - Shawn or Rachel will write a “Planxty” (a tune to say thank you) for you and we will perform it at the CD Release Party. You will also get a copy of the sheet music, the live recording, and, of course a Rising CD signed by all nine band members as soon as it's done.

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Harmonium Level - We will perform a full concert at your home or another suitable venue of your choice in the Portland, OR area. We’ll also send you a Rising CD signed by all nine band members as soon as it’s done.

    We will make arrangements at a later date for the concert, but you will need to do the set up of your home or book the venue. You can limit publicity/attendance to just those you want to invite, or we can also invite the folks on our fan list, as you wish.

    Please note: the CD will be shipped to you as soon as it is ready, and we will schedule the concerts in 2017.

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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    Upright Bass Level - be a Creative Sustainer of Kendálin - If you donate $1,500 or more, you can choose what you want from the list of incentives above (multiple small incentives, or one of the big ones) and we will also list your name (or, if you prefer, an “in honor of” listing) in the CD liner notes as a creative sustainer. (You can, of course, remain anonymous if you prefer.)

    Please note: if you choose a concert, we will do those in 2017. The CD will, of course, be shipped to you as soon as it is ready.

    Everybody who supports the project gets a thank you card signed by everyone in the band, and will be listed (if you want to be) on the thank you page on our website!

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Funding period

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