Project image
)}
AU$ 1,133
pledged of AU$ 5,500pledged of AU$ 5,500 goal
13
backers
24days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, December 12 2019 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

Two new jazz / fusion albums from Benjamin Harrison

Following the release of my debut 2019 album, producing my next independent release has resulted in the creation of two new albums!

Two new jazz / fusion albums from Benjamin Harrison

Following the release of my debut 2019 album, producing my next independent release has resulted in the creation of two new albums!

AU$ 1,133
pledged of AU$ 5,500pledged of AU$ 5,500 goal
13
backers
24days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, December 12 2019 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

I'm releasing two new albums 'Onward' and 'Tokyo Blues'!

At the beginning of 2019, I released my debut contemporary jazz album 'Nomad' - helped along by a very successful Kickstarter crowd funding campaign. However, 'Nomad' took me three years to compose, record and produce while on tour full-time and when I moved back to Australia in June this year, I made a solid commitment to myself to compose, record and produce a new album while I was located in one place for more than a few months and had the opportunity!

So I started composing material for a new jazz album in earnest and if you've been following me on social media you have no doubt seen several videos of the recording process. The original plan was just to release one album; however, eventually it became clear to me that I actually had written two different albums that deserved separate distinct releases.

Album covers for 'Tokyo Blues' and 'Onward'. 'Onward' photography by Alessandra Gonzalez. 'Tokyo Blues' illustration by IP Lobato.

The first of these two albums is 'Onward', a classic piano jazz trio featuring myself on piano, Matias Menarguez (Argentina) on drums and Oli Hayhurst (UK) on bass. The album consists of six tracks; four originals and two covers, including 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow' sung by special featured guest Alessandra Gonzalez.

The second album is 'Tokyo Blues', which is a jazz/funk/fusion album inspired by my recent trips to Japan and Japanese jazz music/bands that I love such as T-Square/Four of a Kind/The Seatbelts. On this album I am playing saxophone (soprano/alto/tenor/baritone), keyboards, guitar and bass and featuring several incredible drummers from around the world such as Senri Kawaguchi (Japan), Jordan Perlson (USA), Dre Energy (USA) + special guests! Cover art by IP Lobato.

I have put a lot of love, time, energy (and money!) into producing these albums and I'm really proud of what I've been able to achieve in the last several months.

However, producing albums with top-notch artists and engineers from all around the world isn't cheap and if this crowd funding campaign is able to reach it's goal, it would help me cover about 50% of the total cost of producing these two albums which is around AUD$10,000 so far (including artists fees, studio hire, mixing engineer/mastering engineer fees and production costs). I will be covering the remaining amount myself as I am committed to producing and releasing these recordings at a very high standard!

Importantly though - Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING platform, so if the campaign goal of AUD$5,500 is not reached by the deadline, then I will not receive any of the money and backers will all be refunded their contributions! If you're unfamiliar with Kickstarter and/or crowd funding in general, please click here for more information.

So through this crowd funding campaign, you can pre-order the albums, support my music and also get some EXCLUSIVE incentives that will ONLY be available as part of this project.

Get this awesome exclusive 'Tokyo Blues' t-shirt!

One of the reward perks you can get is this exclusive t-shirt with incredible artwork (of the 'Tokyo Blues' album cover) by Spanish manga-inspired illustrator/artist IP Lobato (@iplobato). Available in Men's and Women's styles and printed on quality t-shirts (AS Colour Staple Tee sizes S-3XL available and AS Colour Women’s Drop Tee sizes XS-XL available).

And please check out the full list of available rewards along the right hand side of this project!

Thank you for your support!

------

About Me

Benjamin Harrison is a multi-instrumental musician, composer and  producer from Australia. He has performed and toured across five  continents - most recently with Cirque du Soleil's touring productions of Quidam, KOOZA, VOLTA and Alegria.

Benjamin graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor  of Music Performance, specializing in Jazz Saxophone, after being fast-tracked through the course. During his studies Benjamin held the 1st tenor saxophone chair in the Downbeat magazine award-winning Big  Band One, and in 2008, received an award from dB Magazine for Top  Undergraduate Saxophone.

From 2010-2012, Benjamin toured North America with Cirque du Soleil's arena show 'Quidam' playing saxophone and keyboards, and as acting bandleader. In 2014, Benjamin joined Cirque du Soleil’s  big top tour of ‘KOOZA’ and toured Europe, North America, South America and Australia until late 2016 playing saxophone, keyboard, electric guitar, tin whistles, duduk and clarinet. After this, from 2016 until  late 2018, Benjamin toured North America as bandleader on Cirque du  Soleil's big top production of ‘VOLTA’ (with music by Anthony Gonzalez of M83) playing keyboard, synth, bass guitar and saxophone and  subsequently worked on Cirque du Soleil's latest production 'Alegria' in Montreal until April 2019 as bandleader/keyboards/programmer.

In 2019, Benjamin released his debut contemporary jazz fusion album Nomad.

Benjamin is a P. Mauriat saxophones and Légère signature reeds endorsed artist.

Please visit http://benharrison.com.au for more information and follow me on social media at http://facebook.com/benjaminharrisonmusic and http://instagram.com/benjaminharrisonmusic

Risks and challenges

The fundraising goal for the album is an "all-or-nothing" venture through Kickstarter and making these albums takes a lot of time and resources so any help in supporting this release will be greatly appreciated! - Thanks, Ben.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    AU$
    About $7

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 15 or more About US$ 11

    DIGITAL

    Pre-order digital downloads of 'Tokyo Blues' and 'Onward'.

    - Digital album downloads (high quality 320kbps mp3)

    Includes:
    • Digital downloads
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    AU$
    About US$ 11

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About US$ 18

    DIGITAL DELUXE

    For the connoisseur of high fidelity audio.

    - Digital album downloads (lossless 48kHz/24bit WAV files) of 'Tokyo Blues' and 'Onward'
    - Digital album downloads (high quality 320kbps mp3) of 'Tokyo Blues' and 'Onward'

    Includes:
    • Digital downloads
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    AU$
    About US$ 18

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 40 or more About US$ 28

    CDs + DIGITAL

    Let's get physical!

    - Signed CDs of 'Tokyo Blues' and 'Onward'
    - Digital album downloads (high quality 320kbps mp3 and WAV format)

    Includes:
    • Signed CDs
    • Digital downloads
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    AU$
    About US$ 28

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 65 or more About US$ 45

    CDs + DIGITAL + EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT!

    Get a sweet manga-inspired tee with the cover art of 'Tokyo Blues'.

    - Exclusive ‘Tokyo Blues’ T-Shirt
    - Signed CDs of 'Tokyo Blues', 'Onward' and my 2019 release ‘Nomad’
    - Digital album downloads (high quality mp3 and WAV format)

    Includes:
    • Exclusive 'Tokyo Blues' T-Shirt
    • Signed CDs
    • Digital downloads
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    AU$
    About US$ 45

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 80 or more About US$ 55

    DIGITAL + JAM TRACK BUNDLE

    For fans of Ben's Jam Tracks - get an exclusive discounted bundle offer!

    - Complete Jam Track Bundle including Vol.1 and Vol.2 (tracks 1-60) in all versions
    - Digital album downloads (high quality mp3 and WAV format) of 'Tokyo Blues' and 'Onward'

    Includes:
    • Digital downloads
    • Complete Jam Track Bundle Vol.1 & Vol.2
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    AU$
    About US$ 55

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About US$ 69

    THE ULTIMATE FAN!

    Get detailed piano transcriptions/charts of four of the tracks from 'Onward' along with the exclusive 'Tokyo Blues' tee, Jam Track Vol.1 and Vol.2 bundles, and signed CDs!

    - Piano transcriptions/charts of four tracks from 'Onward'
    - Exclusive ‘Tokyo Blues’ T-Shirt
    - Complete Jam Track Bundle including Vol.1 and Vol.2 (tracks 1-60) in all versions
    - Signed CDs of 'Tokyo Blues', 'Onward' plus a copy of my 2019 release ‘Nomad’
    - Digital album download (high quality mp3 and WAV format)

    Includes:
    • Piano transcriptions/charts (PDF)
    • Exclusive 'Tokyo Blues' T-Shirt
    • Complete Jam Track Bundle Vol.1 & Vol.2
    • Signed CDs
    • Digital downloads
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    AU$
    About US$ 69

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 350 or more About US$ 239

    REMOTE RECORDING

    Send me your song and I'll record either saxophone (soprano, alto or tenor), piano/keyboard/synth or bass guitar on it.

    PLUS

    - Piano transcriptions/charts of four tracks from 'Onward'
    - Exclusive ‘Tokyo Blues’ T-Shirt
    - Complete Jam Track Bundle including Vol.1 and Vol.2 (tracks 1-60) in all versions
    - Signed CDs of 'Tokyo Blues', 'Onward' and my 2019 release ‘Nomad’
    - Digital album download (high quality mp3 and WAV format)

    Includes:
    • Remote Recording
    • Piano transcriptions/charts (PDF)
    • Complete Jam Track Bundle Vol.1 & Vol.2
    • Exclusive 'Tokyo Blues' T-Shirt
    • Signed CDs
    • Digital downloads
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (3 left of 3) 0 backers
    AU$
    About US$ 239

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge AU$ 1,500 or more About US$ 1,023

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    Be credited as Executive Producer in the liner notes of ‘Tokyo Blues’ and ‘Onward’

    - Piano transcriptions/charts of four tracks from 'Onward'
    - Complete Jam Track Bundle including Vol.1 and Vol.2 (tracks 1-60) in all versions
    - Exclusive ‘Tokyo Blues’ T-Shirt
    - Signed CDs of 'Tokyo Blues', 'Onward' and my 2019 release ‘Nomad’
    - Digital album download (high quality mp3 and WAV format)

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer credit
    • Piano transcriptions/charts (PDF)
    • Complete Jam Track Bundle Vol.1 & Vol.2
    • Exclusive 'Tokyo Blues' T-Shirt
    • Signed CDs
    • Digital downloads
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (2 left of 2) 0 backers
    AU$
    About US$ 1,023

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.