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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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