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.
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Where the money is going:
Studio Cost: $2300
Album Artwork: $200
CD Duplication: $2000
Merchandise: $2030 (Poetry Book & Hoodie - “Kickstarter Gifts”)
Amazon and Kickstarter fees: $837
Love. Love is almost free: $3.00
Thank you so much!
I can’t wait to make this album for you!
Risks and challenges
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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