Hello & Welcome to my Kickstarter project !
I am seeking support to help with the costs of documenting and releasing the recording of my debut album.
Introduction - My name is Elliot Mason, I am extremely fortunate to be a trombone player living in NYC, following my life calling of being a jazz musician.
Thank you - This kickstarter is to help fund my debut solo album, entitled: "Before, Now & After". I am very grateful that you're spending time reading this, I hope that together with your help, we can bring this music to fruition.
The Concept - The concept for this project is to combine the feeling of some of the most powerful albums that have influenced me, with the creativity and originality of today. "Before, Now & After" includes music from some of the masters of composing, improvising and story telling. It was imperative for me to embrace the emotion and feeling that changed me, not only musically but as a person, while bringing a new vision with todays fresh insight.
The Influences - Some of my main influences for this project include: John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, McCoy Tyner, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Lee Morgan, Juan Tizol + many more..
The Why - Writing for this album has been very near and dear to my heart, because it encompassed values that have been integral to my growth as a musician; appreciating and embracing those who innovated before us while staying true to one’s own unique voice.
The How - I took a key component from each of the original compositions, then let myself expand upon it with a new perspective. Some compositions I stayed true to the melody, while broadening the landscape. For others, I used elements of the foundation, but wrote entirely new melodies. And lastly, I composed new original music purely embodying emotions from favorite recordings. All music arranged using new instrumentation to help bring different sonic textures.
The Cast - Finding the perfect cast is always a thoughtful decision, but this project involves additional challenges, technically and conceptually. I am honored and extremely fortunate to have this group of musicians who have a strong mastery of history while also bringing their contemporary individuality to help share my vision. Ali Jackson - Drums, Carlos Henriquez - Bass, Dan Nimmer - Piano, Sofija Knezevic - Voice, plus some very special guests.
The Goal - If you're not familiar with these tunes/albums, I hope this project will shine light on yesterdays momentous recordings. If you have explored them, I hope to bring back the emotion you felt when first listening, while adding an intriguing new vision of today.
Risks and challenges
Recording in NYC in a great studio with some of todays finest musicians is an expensive process, and I need your help to make this happen.
I have been working on this project for some time, at this point I am very prepared and feel there are few risks and challenges remaining that I haven't already addressed.
The main outstanding challenge is financial.
I have written and arranged all music, I have the musicians and the studio all ready to go, and even album release performances on hold in January!
Once we finish recording all of the music, it will need to be mixed, mastered, CD's printed and then sent out for radio/print promotion.
The budget goal that I set for this project is extremely conservative, it's actually close to half of the total predicted expenses.
I am prepared to cover any of the remaining costs, but the more we raise together, the more time we will have available in the studio to record, mix and create visibility for the music.
This is why any help backing and/or spreading the word about this project is greatly appreciated!
Thank you for your time, interest and generosity.
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