LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
"This will be our reply to violence: To make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."
~ Leonard Bernstein, in response to the assassination of JFK ~
If you spend any time listening to the news, scrolling through your FB feed or just being in the world you know there's a lot of negativity floating around.
Question: Do you ever feel like you don't know how to respond to this? Or even if you did, would it make a difference ... would anyone listen?
If your answer is yes, you're not alone - me too.
I've found that music is one of the few ways I can process everything and respond personally.
In 2015, through a commission by Spark & Echo Arts in New York City, I created a 48 minute long, 6 movement jazz suite called "Light in the Darkness" that explores the age-old struggle of light (or goodness) within darkness (you know... badness).
It was personally inspiring and enlightening on so many levels. Since 2015, my Chicago based jazz sextet, SearchParty, has performed this all over the country and I can say, it has inspired and enlightened listeners, too.
We went into the studio last August at Overneath Creative Collective and recorded the whole suite. We are slatted to release the album on August 31st. I am so proud of every aspect of it.
BENJE DANEMAN & SEARCHPARTY
By the way, if you don't know me, I'm Benje - a jazz trumpeter, composer and educator. I spent a bunch of years living and playing in New York City and have now moved back to the midwest with my wife, jazz singer-songwriter Ashley Daneman and three daughters. You can find out more about me here: http://www.benjedaneman.com
I can't imagine doing this project with any other group of people - and can't begin to explain their unique voices and expertise on their instruments. Plus, they all are amazing human beings. All but the Daneman's are Chicago based, and all are taking over the international jazz scene (no joke). They're the real deal and you can hear it. If you have a minute, check them each out:
Ashley Daneman - Voice
Greg Ward - Alto Sax
Rob Clearfield - Piano
Andrew Vogt - Bass
Jon Deitemyer - Drums
NEXT STEPS ... AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
The music and message don’t mean anything unless it gets out to people. Some pretty cool opportunities are on the horizon that I need your help in funding:
3 Month International Publicity Campaign: One of the best in the business, Fully Altered Media (representing the top jazz artists of our day from Dave Holland to Vijay Iyer to Dave Douglas), will be taking this project on, which I’m over the moon about. This is exciting, as it will get the music in the hands (and ears) of many different outlets and people literally all across the world.
Promotional Material: My great and talented friends at Overneath Creative Collective are working on some amazing video and photos to promote this release to the world.
Shipping & Other Production: As a part of the publicity campaign there’s LOTS of shipping costs needed, including LOTS of international shipping (which is pricey!). There’s also the odds and ends needed for the final end of production.
NONE of this is cheap at all. All said and done (including the costs for rewards, Kickstarter and credit card fees), we need to raise $7,000 by May 7!
As you probably know Kickstarter is an "All or Nothing" deal - either all the money is raised by May 7, or I get NOTHING (and you don't get your reward!)!
If you choose to help contribute to make this happen, I’d love to offer you some pretty fun rewards. Check out the different levels to the right - everything from advance copies of the album to getting some coffee with me/my family or even a chance to have a concert in your living room!
Everyone who contributes will not only receive their reward, but get a public "shout out" on social media, in addition to being listed on my website (http://www.benjedaneman.com) as a "Supporter of the Light"
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; Only light can do that." ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ~
I'd love for you to be a part of this with me - and I'd be even MORE honored if you shared this with your community, friends and family!
Thank you so very much for being a part of spreading the light!
Risks and challenges
This project is ready to be released - everything is set in place, all people and ends are on board and excited about it.
I just need the money to make it happen!
Help me clear this one last hurdle to make an impact of POSITIVITY to international audiences.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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