Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra (http://www.bjorkestra.com) is my big band that plays my original arrangements of the music of Bjork (and yes...she knows about us!). We're based in NYC, and we've been performing around U.S and internationally for the past five years. It is a fun, cool, and innovative group that pays homage to Bjork and at the same time fully expresses my jazz influences. It is also fully stocked with amazingly talented and hip New York City jazz musicians! Two years ago, we released our debut album, "Enjoy" on Koch Records. Now it's time to release a new CD, and I'm doing it on my own, indie-style.
In March of 2009, The Bjorkestra performed a two night engagement at the acclaimed New York City jazz club the Jazz Standard. Recording engineer Robert Olmsted came in to record both nights, resulting in over four hours worth of recorded material. Rob and I have been working together closely over the past year to compile, edit, and mix this music for a full length live album. I'm excited to say that this part of the process is nearly complete, and I'm elated with the results. This recording captures the energy, intensity, and soul of twelve extraordinary jazz artists performing at their absolute best.
"Live at the Jazz Standard" will consist of nine tracks that include several brand new arrangements, as well as a few live versions of the arrangements from "Enjoy" - an excellent follow-up to the studio album where you can hear the band "throw it down" live. I'm self-releasing the CD with my own marketing and publicity campaign, and plan to obtain distribution in North America, Europe, and Japan.
Although this music has been recorded and mixed, there is still a long way to go before this project can be fully realized. The musicians need to paid their recording fees, the Jazz Standard needs to be paid so I can commercially release the CD, the CD itself needs to be mastered, packaged with artwork/liner notes, and duplicated, and a publicist needs to be hired (phew!). In order to fund this project, I'm asking friends, family, and fans (the 3 F's, if you will) to donate whatever they can through this new and awesome website - Kickstarter.com.
Kickstarter.com is a great company that allows you to raise money for a project of your choice and it keeps everything very organized. For your generous donation you can get some really excellent rewards such as the Bjorkestra debut CD, exclusive never-before-released content, autographed scores (by me), and even a live private performance with myself and Bjorkestra vocalist, Becca Stevens! Also with your contribution, you will receive my undying gratitude and the knowledge that you're keeping new music alive!
You won't be charged a cent (or receive the awesome rewards) unless the project goal of $4000 is raised by the deadline, so any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much for your help and support!!!
"Photo courtesy Salvatore Corso