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I am raising funds to support the premiere of my jazz composition "The" Territory at the Jazz Standard in NYC on January 15,  2014.
I am raising funds to support the premiere of my jazz composition "The" Territory at the Jazz Standard in NYC on January 15, 2014.
85 backers pledged $6,725 to help bring this project to life.

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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

Darrell Grant, Steve Wilson,  Joe Locke, Brian Blade, Clark Sommers
Darrell Grant, Steve Wilson, Joe Locke, Brian Blade, Clark Sommers

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.

The Opportunity

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 darrell@darrellgrant.com. 

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.

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    THANK YOU NOTES: You will have my sincere appreciation for your support. You'll get a personal thank you email from me. Your name will be listed as an "Official Kickstarter Supporter on my ontheterritory.com website (along with your photo if you like)

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    THANK YOU NOTES: You will have my sincere appreciation for your support. You'll get a personal thank you email from me. Your name will be listed as an "Official Kickstarter Supporter on my ontheterritory.com website (along with your photo if you like)

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    DIGITAL COMPILATION & UNRELEASED TRACKS:

    A 9 song digital compilation of Darrell Grant tracks from Lair Hill Records including previously unreleased material.

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    LIVE CONCERT DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: You will receive a digital download of the live concert recording of The Territory World Premiere at Kaul Auditorium in July, 2013

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    CUSTOM VIDEO POSTCARD:
    A custom recorded video post-card from backstage at the Jazz Standard in New York sent to your email, PLUS

    • the live concert download

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    AUTOGRAPHED TERRITORY POSTER:
    A limited edition autographed poster created for The Territory NY Premiere by Dylan McConnell (www.tinylittlehammers.com), PLUS

    • the live concert download and the video postcard

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    LIVE PERFORMANCE DVD OF WORLD PREMIERE

    • The live performance DVD of The Territory world premiere from Kaul Auditorium July 2013 recorded by acclaimed engineer Matthew Snyder, plus,

    • a signed copy of the CD of your choice from the Darrell Grant discography.

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    AUTOGRAPHED CD'S

    • 2 autographed CD's of your choice from the Darrell Grant discography, PLUS

    • the live performance DVD, and the live concert download

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    AUTOGRAPHED TERRITORY SCORE & SKETCH NOTES:

    An autographed copy of one movement the Territory score, with sketch notes, PLUS

    • Signed copies of 2 CD’s of your choice, and the live performance DVD

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    PIANO LESSON & SIGNED PHOTO
    A 45 minute in-person or Skype jazz lesson w/Darrell, PLUS

    • a signed photo print of the Territory ensemble, PLUS
    • your choice of any 5 autographed CD's from the Darrell Grant Grant discography, AND

    • the live performance DVD

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    LIVE SOLO PERFORMANCE or WORKSHOP & DARRELL DISCOGRAPHY:
    Darrell will give a live solo piano performance at your home or event OR An improvisation workshop or lecture by Darrell for your friends or organization, PLUS

    • the complete 10 CD set of the Darrell Grant discography, AND
    • a autographed movement of Territory score AND
    the Live performance DVD

    • your choice of signed poster, photo or live performance DVD

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    PRE-CONCERT RECEPTION, VIP TICKETS & ORIGINAL COMPOSITION BY DARRELL GRANT
    You will receive an invitation to the NYC pre-concert reception with Darrell Grant & members of the Territory ensemble.
    • 2 VIP tickets to the NYC or PDX Jazz (Portland) performance of Territory.
    • I will write an original jazz composition dedicated to you or the person of your choice, and provide you with an autographed leadsheet and a recording.

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    CONCERT BY DARRELL GRANT & FRIENDS
    I will bring an ensemble of my favorite jazz artists will play for your event. (Event must be within 3 hours of Portland, Oregon, and scheduled well in advance.). PLUS Front-row seats @ the NYC premiere AND premium seats at the PDX Jazz Festival performance in February 2014. AND a credit on the future audio CD of the Territory. PLUS benefits of your choice from Rewards 1-9.

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