Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Kit Eakle's DjangoSphere Jazz Violin CD Project project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
  • Off
    • English
    • Español (España)
    • Français
$871 pledged of $3,000 goal
backers
By Kit Eakle
$871 pledged of $3,000 goal
backers

About this project

I have been working on the DjangoSphere Project for several years now, and believe it's time to record it, but I'll need your help! Thelonious SPHERE Monk and Django Reinhardt were too originals that really set a standard for modern jazz as a unique personal expression. Although not usually associated in listeners minds, both Monk and Django both had unmistakable personal approaches to both their instrument and their composition, with indelible effect on all jazz performers that came after them. Listen at the links above to hear a snippet of there most daring and similar compositions

Their compositions are also distinctive in their relative simplicity, AND originality. They allow performers to explore new areas of expressiveness by taking one outside of usual patterns, yet maintaining a strong sense of form.

Using the violin for such a project might seem a bit strange. Why would a violinist play the music of Monk? I have been advocating for the violin to be taken more seriously as a mainstream jazz instrument for years. I believe the violin can and DOES work well in ALL forms of jazz. My concert series Point Richmond Jazz has introduced many people to the finest jazz violinists in the world. 

I LOVE Gypsy Jazz! In fact I have published my own transcriptions with historical notes of over 220 Gypsy Jazz tunes in my digital "Djypsy Jazz Djam Book." But all too often Django Reinhardt's famous partnership with violinist Stephane Grappelli in the Hot Club of France has served as much to confine we violinists to playing with the Hot Club's classic guitar rhythm section as much as liberating us to play jazz. My aim is to place the violin AND Django's compositions in a more modern jazz context, at the same time exposing a whole new take on Monk. To my ear his compositions work well on the violin.

Although a devotee of jazz violin for over 50 years, most of my career has been focussed on teaching. Now in retirement, I find I want to devote my time more and more to performing and sharing my own music and musical ideas. Making this CD would be a major step forward in that goal!

Risks and challenges

I plan to take some time actually finishing this first CD. It is hard to tell from here all the difficulties and problems that may arise, but there WILL be a CD. I am suggesting it might be as late as July 2017 before it is complete, but it COULD be sooner.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    DjangoSphere DEMO download

    ALL donations over $10 will receive a download of the original DjangoSphere Demo available NOW!

    Includes:
    • 150× DjangoSphere Demo - A DEMO download NOT a CD!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Digital download of finished CD

    When our CD is complete you will be the first to receive the music and cover art online. You will also receive the demo above right away.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    DjangoSphere CD mailed to you.

    A signed copy of the CD will be mailed to you on completion. You will also receive the demo download right away.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Final CD + Djypsy Djazz Djam Book

    When it is completed, you will be mailed the final CD AND you'll receive a digital download of Kit Eakle's transcriptions of over 220 Gypsy Jazz standards catalogued and ready for use anywhere, including in the iGigbook app on your iPad, as soon as our goal is reached.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    PR Jazz DjangoSphere concert + CD

    When it is completed, you will be mailed the final CD AND you can attend DjangoSphere's concert on November 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm FREE. (http://prjazz.org for more info on the concert)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    OSH DjangoSphere concert + signed CD

    When it is completed, you will be mailed the final CD AND you can attend DjangoSphere's concert at Old St. Hillary's Church in Tiburon, CA on February 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm FREE. (More concert info at http://landmarkssociety.com/events/concerts/)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    DjangoSphere CD + digital Lead Sheets

    When it is completed, you will be mailed the final CD AND you'll receive a digital download of my lead sheets of arrangements with chord charts used by the players to record the final CD.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    2 tics PR Jazz DjangoSphere concert + CD

    When it is completed, you will be mailed the final CD AND you will receive a PAIR of tickets to Kit Eakle's DjangoSphere's Pt. Richmond Jazz concert on November 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm FREE. (http://prjazz.org for more info on the concert)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    2 tic to OSH Concert + signed CD

    When it is completed, you will be mailed the final CD AND you'll receive admission for TWO to DjangoSphere's concert at Old St. Hillary's Church in Tiburon, CA on February 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm FREE. (More concert info at http://landmarkssociety.com/events/concerts/)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Final CD + P R Jazz Season ticket

    NOT ONLy will you receive the Final DjangoSphere CD on its completion, you will receive a season pass to the Point Richmond Jazz violin concert series, including the DjangoSphere concert on Friday Nov. 25 at 7:30 in Point Richmond California. See the info for ALL concerts at http://prjazz.org

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Private DjangoSphere performance + 5 CDs

    When it is completed, you will be mailed FIVE final CDs AND DjangoSphere will play in a venue of your choice within a 50 mile radius of downtown Vancouver, or Victoria, BC, OR Point Richmond, CALIFORNIA at a mutually agreeable time. ANY OTHER locations will also work, as long as travel and accommodation are covered by the purchaser.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (52 days)