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A California girl and a French band are recording one stellar album together. Your advanced purchase will bring beauty into the world!

Two years ago I made plans to visit Europe for one month to play my music. Before my trip I had a concert in San Francisco (where I live). A French gentleman came up to me afterward to talk to me about the show. Since I was headed for Europe soon I asked him what he thought of me performing in France. He was very intrigued by the notion and said he would introduce me to his friends and family there. He told me he knew some musicians…

Before I knew it I was being taken in by an extraordinary musical community in Nantes, France.

My first visit to France was only a week. I met Philippe Crochet (multi-instrumentalist), Josselin Sebille (Bassist) and Mourad Aït Abdelmalek (Percussionist). They were the members of my new band! I also met Christophe Loquet (Sound Engineer and brother of my French/San Franciscan friend). I met everyone in their families and it's just too many people to mention! But I quickly became to feel included in their group. During this week we had two rehearsals and two concerts and it was an unforgettable experience for me.

The music exploded into a lush, multidimensional, energetic concoction that I could have never imagined on my own.

Three days after my return to the U.S. I couldn’t get the new sounds out of my mind. I made the unprecedented choice to return to France seven months later. During that visit I spent one month with the band, who began calling themselves The Carbone Band. We played many concerts in and around Nantes, France, and recorded a demo. It was clear at that time that there was more music to create together.

My visit with The Carbone Band this year is four months long. It’s hard to believe I’m here. Playing music with a band in France is something I never would have predicted for my life.

During my lengthy visit we have three different projects: Playing as many concerts as possible; participating in an Artist in Residence at Maison des Arts; AND recording our very first album together!

As you can guess, all of these trips to Europe have taken a lot of time, energy and money. I’ve foregone many things in my life to follow the music thus far. And now I’ve found myself in need of even more resources to follow this music all the way to where it wants to go.

And thus, now, we’ve created the Kickstarter project to make our album possible!

Please consider participating in our project by purchasing some items in advance or simply by donating money. If I receive more donations than I asked for, it will all be used to take the music to the next level.

If you haven't heard my music before you can listen by visiting my official website: 

www.AmyObenski.com

Or you can find me on Facebook at:

www.facebook.com/AmyObenski

Where the money is going:

Studio Cost: $2300

Mastering: $500

Album Artwork: $200

CD Duplication: $2000

Merchandise: $2030 (Poetry Book & Hoodie - “Kickstarter Gifts”)

Mailing: $500

Amazon and Kickstarter fees: $837

Love. Love is almost free: $3.00

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Thank you so much!

I can’t wait to make this album for you!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There can always be challenges to fulfilling a project to it's end. My last Kickstarter project for my previous album was funded and released on time. And I released three albums with no outside funding before that. Because of my past experience I feel confident that releasing this album by Spring or Summer of 2014 is definitely possible.

We've already set aside our recording dates and we have the studio reserved. I've estimated most of our expenses on the high end to make sure we have enough money to cover our costs.

And if I find setbacks, whether with time or money, I promise I will be in communication with all my backers. I generally put a lot of my own personal money into my projects, so if I find myself with financial constraint it will most likely be coming out of my own pocket. I just have to teach more music students! Or if time is the issue, I have many friends and supporters who are more than willing to help me get things finished. I have no qualms about asking for help.

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    You'll be emailed a link to the full album download as soon as it's finished, before the release!

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    I will mail you the CD, signed by me! You will also be emailed a link to the full album download before it's release!

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    I will mail you: The CD, signed by me. And I will email you a digital (pdf) of my new poetry book plus a link to the full album download before it's release!

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    I will mail you: The CD and my new poetry book, both signed by me. I will also email you a link to the full album download before it's release!

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    I will mail you: The CD, signed by me; and the Amy Obenski & The Carbone Band Hoodie. I will also email you a link to the full album download before it's release!

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    I will mail you: The CD and my new poetry book, both signed by me; plus an Amy Obenski & The Carbone Band Hoodie. I will also email you a link to the full album download before it's release!

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    I will mail you: The CD and my new poetry book, both signed by me; an Amy Obenski & The Carbone Band Hoodie; AND the limited edition 2013 demo, signed by the whole band! I will also email you a link to the full album download before it's release!

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    I will give a concert for your friend's and family in your house or establishment. (Within 100 miles of San Francisco). I will also mail you the CD, signed by me; and the limited edition 2013 demo, signed by the whole band; plus you will be emailed a link to the full album download before it's release!

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    With my San Francisco band (duo or trio), We will give a concert for your friend's and family in your house or establishment. (Within 70 miles of San Francisco). I will also mail you the CD, signed by me; and the limited edition 2013 demo, signed by the whole band; plus you will be emailed a link to the full album download before it's release!

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    I will write and record a song about the subject of your choice! You will receive an mp3 only version of this song when it's finished. I will also mail you the CD, signed by me; and the limited edition 2013 demo, signed by the whole band; plus you will be emailed a link to the full album download before it's release! (Song delivery is promised by the end of 2014)

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    I will write and record a song about the subject of your choice! I will create a video of me singing this song live and thank you personally at the end and post it all over the web! Plus I will send you your own digital copy along with an mp3 version. I will also mail you the CD, signed by me; and the limited edition 2013 demo, signed by the whole band; plus you will be emailed a link to the full album download before it's release! (Song delivery is promised by the end of 2014)

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    The next time I'm in France, you can have Amy and The Carbone Band give a concert for your friend's and family in your house or establishment. (Within 150 miles of Nantes, France) I will also mail you the CD, signed by me; and the limited edition 2013 demo, signed by the whole band; The hoodie and the poetry book! You'll also be emailed a link to the full album download before it's release!

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