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Artemis presents a lush, sensual new album plus a music video with acclaimed choreographer Robert Dekkers and dancers of SF Post:Ballet
Artemis presents a lush, sensual new album plus a music video with acclaimed choreographer Robert Dekkers and dancers of SF Post:Ballet
152 backers pledged $8,470 to help bring this project to life.

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The new album is done!  I'm thrilled to announce that Sephyra is mixed, mastered, and ready to go off to the press. The songs are eagerly awaiting the chance to jump into your ears and wiggle into your heart. All we've got to do is put a pretty bow on them and they'll be off like a prom dress…

This is where YOU come in. I will press CDs and VINYL (yippee, it's a first!), and make a music video with San Francisco Post:Ballet artistic director Robert Dekkers and his acclaimed dancers - rehearsals are underway! I also hope to collaborate with a team of talented artists to create an art book to visualize the journey of the music. 

And this music has been a journey.  One of rising up, falling down, and getting up again a bit stronger and wiser.  Over and over.  Like humans do.  The album was a few years in the making, but the songs span a greater distance.  Some are new, some were conceived in the last millennium.  Some I wrote on my own, and others are the fruits of collaborations with various genius composers, producers and musicians.  Several songs went through many incarnations before finding their way here. 

Join me for this final leg of the journey, and I'll share the behind-the-scenes stories, snapshots, and snippets, the dreams and poetry that became songs, and where on earth the name Sephyra came from.  You'll hear from the artists who contributed to this work, and I'll share my process of bringing the album and music video together as well.

There's much I want to do.  While Sephyra is my sixth release, this is my first fundraising campaign, so aiming for a BIG SUCCESS, we'll start with the basics and add on goodies if we exceed our goals. 

If we reach our goal of $8,000 we will produce a music video for the song 'Down by the River' with SF Post:Ballet, and will release Limited Edition runs of Sephyra on both CD and VINYL!  Both the CD and double stereo-LP vinyl will be packaged in beautiful, 100% recycled eco-sleeves with either hand produced (by us!) screen-printing or gorgeous letterpress artwork.

If we raise $10,000
we will upgrade to COLORED Vinyl, and upgrade both CD and Vinyl pressings, including lyric inserts and letterpress artwork for both editions.

If we raise $12,000 we will produce a Limited Edition Art/Lyric Book containing handwritten lyrics, sketches, photos, collages related to the making of the album and the stories behind the songs. We will also produce a PDF/Video version of the Art Book including audio and video clips related to the making of the album, and high-res files of Down by the River, Ella and Easy videos. 

If we exceed $12,000 extra money raised will go towards some or all of the following:  Covering the costs of production, mastering, photos and artwork on the album ($7,200); putting an amazing live band together to do a few special performances of the songs on Sephyra; and production costs for the next album, which is already written and ready to go into production.

All pledgers receive:

  •    Advance download of Begin Again & Passage singles
  •    YOUR NAME in the Sephyra album liner notes Eternally Grateful section (Pledge by October 1 to have your name in the printed CD liner notes.  Pledge after October 1 and your name will appear in the digital liner notes only).
  •    YOUR NAME in the Angel Producer credits of the 'Down by the River' music video
  •    Pledger-only blog updates (including video, audio, photos) throughout the campaign.
  •    A big ol' heap of gratitude from me, and warm heart-cockles that come from helping independent art get born in the world.
  •    Any other goodies I think of along the way…

What the money buys:

  •    CD pressing ($2000-2500)

      *      Basic: CDs, Eco-wallets, Letterpress design & printing $2000
      *      *Upgraded: Add lyric insert $500

  •    Music video production costs ($5000)

      *      5 Dancers: $2500
      *      2 Fire Performers: $100
      *      Videographers/Editor: $1000
      *      Makeup/hair for 6: $1000
      *      Costumes for 6: $400

  •    Vinyl pressing ($1000-2500)

      *      Basic: Vinyl pressing on black vinyl, DIY eco-sleeve artwork $1000
      *      *Upgraded: Add Colored Vinyl, letterpress artwork, lyric insert $1500

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    {Advance Singles Download} - Pre-release download access to Begin Again and Passage. Two lovely songs for just a buck! Plus a heap o' love & gratitude from me. Can't beat that with a stick.

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    {Advance Album Download} - Pre-release Sephyra album download access. Includes PDF of liner notes and artwork, B-sides and demos not available from us anywhere else. Hear the new album before non-backers have access, ooh lucky-loo!

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    {Pledger-only Poster & Postcard set} - New Artemis poster and set of 3 postcards, designs never to be sold by us anywhere else! Includes {Advance Album Download}

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    {Handmade Art Card} - Decorated with hand-cut hologram-backed broken glass piece used in Sephyra photo shoot (I only bled a little, thanks for asking), and colored feathers used in the making of the Ella video (the ones we threw into the air at the beach!). Includes {Advance Album Download}

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    {Limited Edition Sephyra CD} - Hand numbered and signed (upon request) Sephyra CD in 100% recycled eco-wallet and beautiful letterpress printing. *If we reach our secondary goal ($10,000), this reward will include a lyric booklet. Includes {Advance Album Download}

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    {Pledger-only Artemis T-Shirt} - One of two new limited edition designs, never to be sold by us anywhere else! Your choice of size and color. Includes {Advance Album Download}

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    {T-Shirt & CD Combo} - Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD} and {Pledger-only Artemis T-Shirt} - Hello, bargain!

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    {Limited Edition Sephyra on VINYL} - You asked, we listened! This is the first Artemis album available as a double stereo-LP on high quality vinyl packaged in 100% recycled outer sleeve and beautifully hand produced (by us!) artwork. *If we reach our secondary goal ($10,000), this reward will be upgraded to COLORED vinyl, letterpress artwork, and will include a lyric insert/poster. Includes {Advance Album Download}

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    {Musical Skype Chat} - Let's Skype! 20 minute Skype video call where we can chat and I'll play you a song or three. To be scheduled within 6 months. Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD}

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    {MY BIG STICK} - Ok, since there's just 3 hours to go, and we've made our goal, I'm celebrating by adding one last reward. Get the big stick I walk softly carrying in the Down By The River music video we just finished shooting. I'll decorate it with beads & colors & carvings. It's big, so you might be a deer and add on $20 if I need to ship it to you, since that will be interesting. Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD}

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    {Mix Tape or CD} - I will make you a personalized mix tape or mix CD of music that inspires me, by brilliant artists you may have never heard of (not all genius musicians are famous, and a bunch of them are my friends), including a song or two I will perform live and record just for you. Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD}

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    {Dream Pillow & Resonant Journey Fragrance Blend} - I will hand make you a dream eye pillow containing flax seeds, herbs and essential oils for relaxing & remembering dreams. Dreams are where I find many of my song inspirations, and I'll seal this gift with a wish that your dreams bring you inspiration as well! Also included is a hand-crafted (by me!) pure essential oil fragrance blend. Unisex - even Keith Crusher loves wearing it, so you know it *must* be good! Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD}

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    {Private Listening Party} - Tickets for you and a friend to attend a PRIVATE, PRE-RELEASE listening party - come hear the new album on a lovely sound system along with Artemis and friends, including some of the cast of the new music video. A few songs will be performed live, and drinks and nibbles will be served. All attendees will receive a giftie bag with postcards, Artemis CDs, and special surprise treats. If pledging before September 25, you will be invited to attend the final music video dance rehearsal. Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD}

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    {Astrology Reading} - Let me tell you what the planets were singing on the day you were born - I've studied astrology for many years, and love reading people's twinkly stars! One hour Skype chat where I will read your astrological chart (or your child's), including transits. To be scheduled within 6 months. Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD}

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    {Personalized Sound Immersion Treatment} - I will come to your house and offer you a personalized 45-60 minute sound immersion treatment with a set of seven large hand hammered Tibetan singing bowls and other sound accoutrements. Deeply relaxing and restorative. Can also incorporate a short acoustic performance upon request. If outside the San Francisco Bay area, transportation and lodging must also be provided. To be scheduled within 6 months. Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD}

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    {Personalized Sound Immersion Treatment For Two} - The lovely Lynda Arnold (aka Divasonic) and I will come to your house and offer you a personalized 45-60 minute sound immersion treatment for you and your friend or partner with two sets of seven large hand hammered Tibetan singing bowls and other sound accoutrements. Deeply relaxing and restorative. Can also incorporate a short acoustic performance upon request. If outside the San Francisco Bay area, transportation and lodging must also be provided. To be scheduled within 6 months. Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD}

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    {Picture Me This} - Personalized Picture Song Creation on CD-(R)ecord OR 7" VINYL - I will create a vocal looping song inspired by a photograph or drawing you provide (or I will choose one). I will post an mp3 of your song for free public download on Bandcamp. You will receive your song on your choice of 7" picture vinyl (mono), or a pressed CD-(R)ecord (plays in your CD player AND ON YOUR RECORD PLAYER) with your picture printed on it - how effing cool is that?
    *Vinyl option can have your choice of one Artemis song on the back. CD-(R)ecord option can have your choice of 5-7 Artemis songs on the CD portion (25 minutes max).
    Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD} or {Limited Edition Sephyra on VINYL}

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    {House Concert} - I will come (with one other musical guest) and play an intimate concert in your living room! Invite friends, charge for tickets if you like. Sets will be acoustic unless stereo or PA is provided. If outside the San Francisco Bay area, transportation and lodging must also be provided. To be scheduled within 6 months. Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD} or {Limited Edition Sephyra on VINYL}

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    {Handmade Art Collage Dress} - One of a kind! I made this collage dress which is featured in my theremin photos and will be featured in an upcoming vide. Can be worn again, or hung on the wall as lovely art. Clear vinyl, hot colored glue, feathers, fabric, beads, jewelry pieces, shells, glitter & sparkly things. Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD} or {Limited Edition Sephyra on VINYL}

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    {Everything Under the Sun} - For being so incredibly supportive of the birth of this album and video, you will receive my enormous gratitude along with: {Pledger-only Poster & Postcard set}, {T-Shirt & CD Combo}, {Limited Edition Sephyra on VINYL}, {Private Listening Party}, PLUS your choice of TWO* of the following: {Mix Tape or CD}, {Dream Pillow and Resonant Journey Fragrance Blend}, {Astrology Reading}, {Personalized Sound Immersion Treatment}, {Picture Me This} *Choice of two items can include duplicates of any of the choices. Services to be scheduled within 6 months.

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    {Sur La Table} Beautiful, handmade table created by Keith Crusher, constructed of copper pipe, wire and sheet. Top surface has deep blue patina finish and subtle chessboard design, with envirotex epoxy finish. Includes {Limited Edition Sephyra CD}

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    {Even More Everything Under the Sun} - For being so incredibly supportive of the birth of this album and video, you will receive my enormous gratitude along with: {Pledger-only Poster & Postcard set}, {T-Shirt & CD Combo}, {Limited Edition Sephyra on VINYL}, {Private Listening Party}, PLUS your choice of THREE* of the following: {Mix Tape or CD}, {Dream Pillow and Resonant Journey Fragrance Blend}, {Astrology Reading}, {Personalized Sound Immersion Treatment}, {Picture Me This} *Choice of three items can include duplicates of any of the choices.
    Services to be scheduled within 6 months.

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Funding period

- (30 days)