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DVD and CD of performance and methods of tap dancing saxophonist Michael Shoehorn Conley
DVD and CD of performance and methods of tap dancing saxophonist Michael Shoehorn Conley
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This campaign will fund a new recording project, with the product being a DVD and CD. I will demonstrate my style of rhythm tap dancing, including playing wind instruments, and my electric tap dance instrument. I want to not only show what I do as entertainment, but also to leave a template for younger artists to use as a foundation for further exploration of my methods. I feel that there is a great deal of potential in my methods and that I will not be able to exploit all these possibilities in my own lifetime. I will document several original works and several  arrangements of popular or folk materials that showcase my abilities as a tap-dancing saxophonist and improviser. In the course of taping we will be simultaneously capturing audio for a CD which I will sell at performances and online. I have engaged a director for this video who is a professional from the broadcast TV industry. By backing the project you will help me achieve my goal of offering an up-to-date document of my current capabilities. I am middle-aged and want to do this before any unforeseen health issues compromise my abilities. I have several things to record that are my own "standards", and also want to document the artistic growth I have experienced since my last CD project in 2008. My previous projects were self-financed, the last one including loans, but considering my family responsibilities, I do not want to incur more debt. Crowd-sourcing will enable me to complete work that I feel is crucial to my career. The final product will also include as a chapter an already-taped video about how to build your own Tappercussion™ e-tap™ electric tap dance instrument. In addition to showing my own performances, I want my Tappercussion™ instruments to be seen and used by other artists with energy, talent and skill so that it may find it's true potential in modern performance art.

Risks and challenges

I have designed this project to be virtually risk-free. There are challenges to capturing a performance on video as opposed to my previous audio-only releases, especially cosmetic visual considerations, lighting and focus, and the vibrations of a particular venue or date, but my material is all performance-tested and ready to be documented. By using this site for funding, I am minimizing my exposure to further personal debt, yet I remain confident that the product will generate meaningful income over time and that I will be able to deliver a quality product to my backers. I believe it will also aid in marketing my performances and teaching. One comment I have often heard about my audio recordings is that they sound wonderful; due to a variety of performance conditions a live show does not always afford me the best technical conditions to present my art. That is one reason I need to make this video, to capture a performance in optimum conditions. In this instance I have engaged a professional video director from commercial TV who is doing this as a side project as a personal favor to me. I will also obtain enough audio to put together a CD for listening. All of my 5 previous CDs have turned a profit, the main challenge will be ensuring my physical condition for the actual day of the shoot. I plan to schedule an alternate date in case anything goes wrong. This amounts to pre-ordering a CD at the smaller pledge levels, so the risk to backers is also minimal.

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    A tip of the cap via email from the artist. This level was inspired by someone from my golden days in the busking world.

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    I will email you a thank you and an mp3 of a song of my choosing from the CD.

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    DVD and CD and T-shirt

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    Anyone pledging at this level will receive a hand- written thank you note, along with all the premiums offered at the next lower level of support. CD and DVD will be autographed.

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    Anyone pledging at this level will get a lesson with me in the area of your choice. They will also receive a hand- written thank you note, a T-shirt, and the CD and DVD will be autographed. These premiums will be made available at the lesson.

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    Anyone pledging at this level will receive a short personalized tap or music video, done with my laptop, along with all the premiums offered at the next lower level of support. CD and DVD will be autographed.

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    Associate Producer Level. At this level I offer to make a special one-of-a-kind glass cigar ash tray or a glass sushi tray. Anyone pledging at this level will also receive a short personalized tap or music video, done with my laptop, along with all the premiums offered at the next lower level of support. CD and DVD will be autographed, your name will be included in the packaging if desired.

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    Executive Producer Level. At this level I offer to make a special one-of-a-kind glass cigar ash tray or a glass sushi tray. Anyone pledging at this level will also receive a short personalized tap or music video, done with my laptop, along with all the premiums offered at the next lower level of support. CD and DVD will be autographed, your name will be included in the packaging if desired. There will also be 3 private lessons, by Skype if necessary.

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