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Ben Raznick - Birds of a Feather

Classical piano album recorded on a Steinway & Sons piano featuring ten composers and sixteen professionally edited video performances

Ben Raznick - Birds of a Feather

Classical piano album recorded on a Steinway & Sons piano featuring ten composers and sixteen professionally edited video performances

$7,500
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
105
backers
30days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, December 12 2019 9:02 PM UTC +00:00.

About

 Thank you for supporting Birds of a Feather! 

For my third studio album, Birds of a Feather, I have compiled ten of my favorite classical composers and recorded some of their most captivating pieces on a gorgeous Steinway & Sons piano. Each work is featured in a professionally edited video performance.

Colton Sparks, Michael Schulze, Tamara Goldstein, Ben Raznick

Over a rigorous period of three years, I had the honor to work with a small team of accomplished individuals to create this project.

After training with my inspiring piano professor Tamara Goldstein, I performed at my absolute pique abilities. Over a two year period, I took thirty piano lessons with Tamara, drastically improving my technical skills and compositions. I am humbled by Tamara's expertise and honored to have recorded a duet with her for this album.

I had the pleasure of working with Michael Schulze, founder and director of the Audio Production program at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. We spent four sessions recording on a Steinway & Sons 9’ Hamburg piano in Hamilton Hall. The audio and videos Michael produced and engineered for this album are absolutely breathtaking. 

Over a decade ago, I lived in Buenos Aires and met Tanja Hartlieb. A talented artist from Augsburg, Germany, Tanja watercolor painted ten stunning feathers. Each chosen feather represents a composer featured on my album. Tanja employed a wide variety of techniques and skills to create these beautiful watercolor paintings.

This painted feather represents me: 

Last but not least, creative director and mastermind behind the scenes, my husband Shawn Johnson. I met Shawn in 2013 while he was a legislative aide at the Colorado State Capitol working on legalizing civil unions, marijuana decriminalization and gun safety legislation. A brilliant mind I fell in love with, we married in 2017. I presented Shawn with my musical concept, and he complemented my idea with a brilliant artistic vision. 

The piano has always been one of my most honest and meaningful outlets for creativity. I am elated to release my interpretations of these composers' masterpieces! Thank you for your investment in me, my labor of love project, classical piano music and the local artist community. I cannot wait to share my project with everyone and I hope to see you at the premiere!

With love and much appreciation,

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Photography by Shawn Johnson. Kickstarter video filmed by Eve Richer and edited by Ben Raznick, using footage from Raznick's performance of Maple Leaf Rag.

Reward Options*:

Tote Bag - Choose your favorite feather: Raznick, Joplin and Gershwin pictured.

Card Deck - All ten composer feathers will appear in each deck.

Feather Print - Choose your favorite feather: Raznick, Joplin and Gershwin pictured. (Frames not included.)

Premiere Shows - Share this reward with your friend, or surprise your partner with a unique date! 

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Risks and challenges

My biggest risk was taking time away from my work in education to record this repertoire. Training and preparing for these recording sessions were my biggest challenges.

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