My name is Darrell Grant
I am a performing musician, a composer, an educator, an arts advocate, a husband, a father, and a believer in the power of music.
I started my career as a touring jazz artist based in New York City. Now I live in Portland, Oregon-in the heart of the Willamette River basin, in the shadow of Mount Hood.
I’m using Kickstarter to help me complete a musical circle.
In January 2014, I will return to New York to give my first performance there in 13 years. I will be joined by 8 amazing musicians to present the New York premiere of "The Territory," a work that was inspired by the land and stories of this place that has become my home
About "The Territory"
In 2012 I received a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant to compose and perform a new jazz piece for chamber ensemble.
I have long had an interest in the connection between music and place. My goal with this project was to see if the concept of "terroir" - the way that soil gives a unique flavor to the grapes that grow there - might also apply to art. I have come to think that there might exist a vibration of sorts that arises out of the land and seeps into the lives of the people who live in a place. I wanted to do my best to capture it in music.
The result was "The Territory" a 60-minute suite for 9 musicians. "The Territory" was inspired by the topography and the human stories of hope, disaster, courage, profligacy, promise and betrayal that connect us to our place.
We had an amazing world premiere in Portland last July. It went really, really well!! So well, in fact, that I was one of 4 composers invited to appear on Chamber Music America's national commissioning concert in New York.
I was also able to land an engagement at The Jazz Standard, one of NYC's finest jazz venues, to present the New York premiere of "The Territory" on January 15,2014.
I'll be joined by my amazing ensemble as well as 4 incredible guest artists - Portland vocalist Marilyn Keller, cellist Dorothy Lawson from the noted contemporary string quartet ETHEL. Grammy-nominated trumpeter Terell Stafford, and woodwind master Charles Pillow.
Why This Kickstarter Project?
After putting together all my available funds- the remainder from my 2012 CMA grant, stipends for the commissioning concert with the fee from the Jazz Standard performance, I am $5400.00 short of the $16,500 budget needed to produce The Territory premiere performance in New York.
Where does the money go?
Your money goes directly to covering the production costs for the New York premiere performance at the Jazz Standard including:
- Travel and lodging costs for the ensemble members;
- Rental of instruments, microphones and sound equipment for the performances;
- Rehearsal studio costs in New York City;
- Musician fees for my wonderful band and guest artists
Making the Connection
If my music has touched you in some way...If one of my recordings brought you some joy or solace...If we have made music together...If a lecture or a class of mine inspired you to harness the power of music…If you left a performance feeling more like the person you want to be…If you are a dreamer too, then we are connected.
What I'm About
When I released my "Truth and Reconciliation"album in 2007 I wrote myself this mission statement:
"I choose to believe in the power of humans to change the world, that Art is the substance of our dreams and the medium through which resonates our most fervent hopes, highest aspirations, deepest truths, and most profound experiences.
I believe that we who create art possess an extraordinary power to communicate, inspire, provoke, inform and to move others to transform society and themselves. We can use this power to affect positive change in our communities and the world."
Kickstarter provides me a means to acknowledge the wonderful community I belong to. I've put together some great rewards for each level of support. Please help me complete the circle. What I can promise in return is that I will give my best every day to enrich my community, and encourage others to do the same.
See you on the Territory. _______________________________________________________
How Kickstarter Works:
You can pledge any amount and choose a reward. At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all pledges for our project meets our $5,400 goal, then the credit cards of those who have pledged are charged and we receive the funds to pay our expenses. If we don't meet our goal, then the money is not withdrawn from your account and no rewards are provided. If we exceed our goal then the extra funds will be used to support the next phase of The Territory Project-the editing and mixing of an audio CD from the world premiere performance and creation of a concert video/documentary about the making of Territory, Aside from a 5% Kickstarter fee and a 3.5% Amazon credit card processing fee, all funds raised will be used directly in the production of The Territory NY premiere.
Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?
YES! Once you donate to the campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to the project page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive. What happens if all the money isn’t raised in time? Unfortunately, NOTHING. If our entire $5,400 goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and my NY premiere project will encounter some stormy weather. Thank you for not letting this happen!
Can we exceed the goal?
YES! Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Even though $5,400 is already a lot of money, it doesn't provide that cushion one always seeks for the unexpected. More money would mean provide some piece of mind as well as moving the next phases of this project forward. How do you contact me? You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other ways to help: Spread the word! Tell others in your community about The Territory. Like my event on Facebook. Follow me on Tumbler. Link to my On The Territory blog. Talk about us on social media, blog it, or promote it any way you can think of. Everything helps!
Risks and challenges
The risks in this project involve items completely out of our control such as weather events which might halt domestic travel. Like most winter events, we have built in a travel cushion to deal with this possibility.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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