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Fresh off the heels of, "Let the Waves Come in Threes," (#6 National Folk Chart) we're making a new record. Huge thanks for your help!
Fresh off the heels of, "Let the Waves Come in Threes," (#6 National Folk Chart) we're making a new record. Huge thanks for your help!
141 backers pledged $13,323 to help bring this project to life.

Anna Dagmar Satellite CD Release Concerts and Music Video

Hello my Kickstarter backers! I am excited to announce the release of the "Satellite" CD this June and would like to let you know about several concerts and the title track music video. This has been quite a journey and this album wouldn't have been possible without your support. I would love to see you this summer on tour!

"Satellite" Music Video - we seized the opportunity to make a professional video!
Directed by Mitch Jacobson (Paul McCartney, Aerosmith)
Choregraphed by Annie Sailer (Eric Hawkins technique)
Featuring five Camerina ® dancers who film as they dance!

"Satellite" CD Release Shows

FRI. JUNE 1, 7:30pm @ Ebenezers, 201 F St. NE Washington D.C.
Co-bill with Margot MacDonald, Gideon Grove opens
$10 Tickets: 

SUN. JUNE 10, 4pm @ All Saints Church, 10 Billerica Rd. Chelmsford, MA
$10 tickets at the door, adults / $5 children and seniors 
followed by a wine & cheese reception

FRI. JUNE 15, 8pm @ 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St. New York, NY
Co-bill with grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Kate McGarry
$15 Tickets:

Many more dates being added at

Thank you again and be on the look out for your individual backer report requesting your address to send your Kickstarter reward :)
-Anna Dagmar

Gold Prize winner, Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest

(TO LISTEN to the new song, scroll to the audio player & click play)

Dear Kickstarter Backers,

I'm writing to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! And to let you know some good news. One of the songs for the upcoming album has been chosen for Gold in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest "Pop" Category

As a special, exclusive THANK YOU, I am attaching a pre-release version of the song, "We Were Children." (This is not mastered yet, but has been produced by our fave, Ben Wittman.) 

I'll be performing the song at the Contest Awards Gala on January 15th, 6pm at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA. Here is a link to the website with details:

The lyrics are below. This song was inspired in part by an incredibly haunting and meaningful book called, A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (the story of a child soldier escaping from Sierra Leon). 

Featured on the recording are myself (piano/lead vocals), Lucy Kaplansky (harmonies), Marc Shulman (electric and acoustic guitar), Ben Wittman (drums) and Richard Hammond (bass). I hope you enjoy getting a little preview of the album which YOU made possible! Expect the full record to come out in May/June 2012. 

We Were Children
Music and Lyrics by Anna Dagmar

Verse 1:
When we were young we knew the river
The woods divided by the streams
We’d cross the rocks and reach the lookout
Where we confided all our dreams

Verse 2:
It seemed to happen without warning
There were no clouds the day they came
We found our empty houses burning
Our lives would never be the same

We were children who lived by the border
We were grownups before we were grown
I put my trust in the arms of a stranger
Did you ever find home?

Verse 3:
The soldiers chased us to the river
The one we’d swum a hundred times
I thought I heard you right behind me
But you never reached the other side

Verse 4:
When you look at me will you remember
Before they taught you how to hate?
Before the guns, before the anger?
You had a hand in your own fate

We were children who lived by the border
We were grownups before we were grown
I put my trust in the arms of a stranger
How could I leave you alone?

Some are mothers before they are women
Some are soldiers before they are men
Others must run from the arms of their country
To be children again
Will the war ever end?
And will I find you, my friend?

When we were young we knew the river
The woods divided by the streams
We’d cross the rocks and reach the lookout
Where we confided all our dreams.

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Livestream - you can tune in tonight Oct. 20 at 10pm

Dear Kickstarter Friends,
We just got some great news (and I couldn't be doing this without you)! You'll be able to tune in to an exclusive Livestream at the, "Satellite," professional music video shoot tonight in NYC. This song will be the title track on my fourth album, coming out in spring 2012! Thursday, Oct. 20th at 10pm EST, open up: I'll be filming with my string quartet plus five dancer Camerinas ®, directed by Mitch Jacobson (U2, Paul McCartney) and choreographed by Annie Sailer. Looking forward and I hope you can be there with us! - Anna

Anna Dagmar: "Satellite" Music Video The Story of Creation meets the Big Bang NY, NY Oct. 20, 2011 - NY-based pianist and singer-songwriter Anna Dagmar will be featured in a music and dance video for her song, "Satellite," which juxtaposes the Creation Story with the Big Bang, and presents the artist's personal search to reconcile science with spiritual meaning. Directed by Mitch Jacobson (Paul McCartney, U2), and Choreographed by Annie Sailer, the video will feature Anna Dagmar with seven dancer "Camerinas ®" plus her string quartet, and will be filmed at St. Peter's Church on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. A livestream of the event will be open on from 10:00 - 10:30pm EST.

Anna Dagmar's song, "Satellite," begins with her dramatic string quartet arrangement, and begs the question, "Are we the sum of all we've chosen to believe? Can I be somewhere in between?" As family narratives unfold, the band kicks in along with a catchy, melodic hook. We learn that the satellite represents the artist's many views of the world. Director Mitch Jacobson interprets its swirling motion with an innovative filming technique - attaching action cameras to each dancer, "Camerina ®" for a kaleidoscopic display, which is simultaneously filmed from above. Highlighted by Annie Sailer's fluid, Eric Hawkins-influenced choreography, the artist sings, "Seven days and seven nights. Oh, to be a satellite. Yet I've circled 'round the truth. So today I turn to you."

Born in Britain and based in NYC, Anna Dagmar creates a beautiful, sophisticated blend of piano-woven folk-pop. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she has been influenced by artists including Joni Mitchell, Susan Werner, Billy Joel, Sufjan Stevens and Anais Mitchell. Her 2009 album, Let the Waves Come in Threes, was produced by Ben Wittman (Jonatha Brooke, Paula Cole), and charted #6 on the National Roots Music Report. Dagmar has been selected for the BMI Musical Theater Writing Workshop (Avenue Q, Book of Mormon), five awards in the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest, WFUV's, "On Your Radar" series, and Composer-in-Residence at The Nightingale-Bamford School. She performs in many venues around the northeast, including Club Passim, The Minstrel, Me & Thee Coffeehouse and BAM cafe. She is currently recording her 4th album, Satellite, propelled by fans, who doubled her fundraising goal on The album will be released along with the featured music video in spring of 2012.

Quick hello from Anna Dagmar

Hello!!! I owe you all a video update and have some awesome footage to edit and post of being in the studio with my STRING QUARTET, then LUCY KAPLANSKY (singing harmonies), then NATALIA ZUKERMAN (rockin' the dobro). I also caught the humble and shy MARC SHULMAN (guitar) on candid camera wearing a ridiculous cowboy hat and wailing away on the ukulele! Hee hee... We have now tracked all of the sounds and the album is officially in "mixing" mode. We will be releasing the title track single, "Satellite" this fall with a professional music video. That will also be the first song out for digital download. Then...the full record will come out in spring of 2012. The whole thing is taking about 1/3 the time of my last album thanks to all of your support! Seriously amazing. Thank you so much for your patience and for believing in me. Look out for my new Kickstarter update video this September. Yay!!! For those wondering my current tour dates: Sept. 04 at 7:30 Club Passim in Cambridge, MA Sept. 08 at 8:00 Port-City Blue in Portland, ME Sept. 24 at 7:00 House Concert in Eagan, MN (near Minneapolis) Oct. 14 at 7:30 Garden Stage "Carole King Tribute" in Garden City, LI Nov. 07 at 8:00 Bitter End NY Songwriter's Circle in NYC (featuring cellist Martha Colby)

Vocal takes and bloopers!

Dear Friends,

I'd like to share a new video update with you - footage in a lesson with voice teacher Tina Shafer, and then in the studio with producer Ben Wittman. Lots of music and buckets of laughter!!! I hope you enjoy and thank you for helping me make this happen :)

Happy spring, Anna Dagmar

P.S. Upcoming tour dates include 4/8 Massachusetts, 4/10 Long Island, 5/7 California, and 5/16 New York City. See my website for details...

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