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We are Blato Zlato (“Swamp Gold” in Bulgarian), a New Orleans-based Balkan band featuring dreamy three-part vocal harmonies and hard-hitting  instrumentals. We perform folk and composed music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe with a particular focus on Bulgarian songs and dark, improvisational arrangements. 

Since the 2017 release of our debut album Swamp Gold and subsequent vinyl EP Voyage, we have broadened our fan base from bars and clubs to museums, universities, and the local festival circuit, and brought our music 'across the pond,' back to the lands from which these folk songs hail. We have been hard at work writing new music and new arrangements, traveling, and performing this music that makes us who we are. In the past 2 years, we've played shows in the United States, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and Bulgaria, and have been inspired by the physical and political climates in which we've found ourselves. We have a new batch of songs inspired by our experiences, and we can't wait to share them with you. 

Haven't heard of Blato Zlato and wondering what we sound like? Check out our previous releases here to get a feel for our sound: http://www.blatozlato.com/music/

About this album:

This sophomore album, tentatively titled "In The Wake", is a collection of mostly original songs that delve into themes of nature, water, fluidity, and the fragility of life. We've spent the last year writing and arranging these songs, and are excited to be recording with acclaimed engineers Mark Bingham (of Piety Street Recording) and Chris Bloch in Henderson, LA; and Mike Harvey (of NOLA Recording Studio) in New Orleans. We'll also be working with Dave Cook (of Area 52 Studios in Saugerties, NY), who mixed and mastered our previous releases and has a wonderful grasp on our sound.

A bit about the engineers:

“...Mark Bingham has worked with Louisiana music industry icons that include Dr. John, Little Freddie King and Dr. Michael White, as well as mainstream artists Marianne Faithfull, Allen Ginsberg, REM and Sun-Ra, to name a few. A music producer, composer, musician, and engineer, Bingham moved to New Orleans in 1982 and in 2001 opened Piety Street Recording, which was also featured in HBO’s “Treme.”" - prweb.com 

"Nominated for a Grammy for his work on the Hot 8  Brass Band's 2013 release, [Mike] Harvey is an established music producer and  professional musician.  He is the owner of Nola Recording Studios in New  Orleans, LA and leads Mike Harvey's Hot Club (recently nominated for  Offbeat Magazines Best of awards), which combines elements of gypsy  jazz, Brazilian jazz, New Orleans traditional jazz, bebop, classical  music, and rock'n'roll. " - marshlandband.com 

Dave Cook grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY, and now lives in Saugerties, NY, where he operates Area 52 Studios. Dave has worked with a impressive array of musical acts both in the studio and as a touring engineer, ranging from Laurie Anderson and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to The B-52s and Buckwheat Zydeco. He mixed and mastered both of our previous releases, Swamp Gold and Voyage, and we're thrilled to get the opportunity to work with him again. - more information at area52studio.com 

Blato Zlato on tour in Bulgaria. Photo credit: Hunter King
Blato Zlato on tour in Bulgaria. Photo credit: Hunter King

Here is a run down of what we are crowdfunding for: 

    1. Studio time
     2. Engineers 
     3. Mixing
     4. Mastering 
     5. Paying special guest musicians to appear on the album 
     6. Pressing of the album (including artwork, photography, graphic design) 

Because this is a Kickstarter campaign, if we don't reach our goal of $10,000 by our March 12th deadline, we will receive nothing and your pledges will be refunded. But we're confident we can reach this goal with your help, and might even be able to reach some higher goals as well.

Stretch Goals:

Our Kickstarter goal of $10,000 will only barely cover the above absolutely necessary expenses. But there's more we'd love to do if we could! So we're including some stretch goals as well:

  • If we make at least $12,000, we will produce, film and release a video for one song from the album. Releasing a video is actually very important for getting buzz and press around the album release, and we have some folks lined up to produce it. But we can only make it happen if we reach this stretch goal!
  • If we make at least $14,000, not only will we release a video, but we will also be able to release the new album on vinyl! Unfortunately, without reaching this stretch goal, vinyl is simply too expensive.

So if you want to make either or both of these stretch goals a reality, please consider donating at a higher reward level and/or passing on this Kickstarter campaign to your friends!

Recording our last album
Recording our last album

Want to hear more songs from In The Wake? Check out these live performances of some more songs on the upcoming album:

"Rodino Moio (My Homeland)" 

~composed by Blato Zlato; video filmed while on tour in Bulgaria in July 2018~

"Asho Chela" 

~arranged by Blato Zlato; traditional song from the Republic of Georgia~

"Shto Imala K'smet Stamena (and others)"  

~arranged by Blato Zlato; traditional songs from Macedonia and Bulgaria~

And more we haven't shared yet! 

Please help us make this dream a reality! Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

We know that there may be setbacks along the way with production of the album and merch, but we are flexible, tenacious problem solvers. We are committed to seeing this project to fruition and getting your rewards to you and are confident we can make it happen!

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    Physical CD of In The Wake + Sticker

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    Get a digital copy of all BZ recordings to date: Swamp Gold, Voyage and In The Wake!

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    Private Masterclass

    One hour masterclass with one of the Blato Zlatoans. Choose from: accordion, violin, percussion or voice!

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    Dinner with BZ!

    We will come to your house and make an assortment of Bulgarian and Georgian dishes to share with you! (Locals-ony)

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    A shout-out in the liner notes of In The Wake, plus all the swag!

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    Become a Patron of the Arts! With this reward level, you get your name in the liner notes of Rising Water, two VIP tickets to the album release show, a private table with nibbles during the show, a signed copy of In The Wake, a BZ T-shirt, a BZ trucker hat, a BZ canvas patch, and a BZ sticker!

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    BZ Arrangement of Song

    Blato Zlato will arrange and informally record a song of your choosing! Plus you get all the swag.

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    BZ Song Composition

    Give us a topic and we'll compose and informally record a song just for you! Plus you get all the swag.

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    BZ at your Private Party!

    Blato Zlato will play a private party or concert for you (within 100 miles of New Orleans)! Plus you get all the swag!

    NOTE: Donors outside the New Orleans area may choose this reward, but will not receive a private performance at their home or business. Instead, time-zone depending, we can set up a virtual live-streamed performance for you to tune into. We will still send you the signed CD, hat, T-shirt, patch and sticker, regardless of your location.

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