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A travelogue in music with an original text based on the writing of Barack Obama.
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For several months I have been working on my biggest project yet. It's called Obamalogue. It's a sort of travelogue based on the life on Barack Obama and the music around him in Hawaii, Indonesia, Chicago and Kenya. It's scored for saxophone quartet, bass, piano, drums and a narrator. 

The 16 sections are: 

Se Si Puede (Yes, We Can, from a speech)

He Was an African (about his father)

First Date (his mother's description of it)

At a Waikiki Bar (where his father and grandfather confront a racist)

Welcome to Indonesia

Gramps

Questions for Frank (poet and community organizer Frank Marshall Davis)

The Dance Lesson (given to him by his father when they reunited for a month in Hawaii

 Information Please (about searching for his identity)

Who was Being Tricked?

Mickey the Heroin User

Phone Call from Aunt Jane (telling him that his father was dead)

Never Seen It Like This (a description of Chicago youth by a community organizer)

Nothing More Than a Ghost (finding out that his father ended up an abusive drunk)

Before Babel (Obama's impressions of the Kenyan wilderness)

You'll Make Progress (from a speech) 

The end result will be a concert video of the performance, which will take place in April, 2019. I welcome your support in bringing this project to fruition. 

In order to make this video possible, I am offering several exclusive rewards. Perhaps the most challenging is to find individuals who will help produce the video with a fee of $200. Other offerings are dinner with the artists, a copy of the concert video and a previously unreleased CD of music by Charley Gerard, Wade Ridenhour and...Mozart!

Risks and challenges

Crowd-sourcing is similar to audience building. there are no easy solutions. Can I get a handful of people to pay $200 to be in the video producer category, to pay $100 for a copy of the video plus the Bukowski Liked Mozart CD? How about attending the two concerts on April 3rd? Dunno. I'm starting out by requesting a small percentage of what other Kickstarter artists request, so at least my expectations are reasonable. I guess I'll have to wait and see.

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    Bukowski Liked Mozart CD

    This is a previously unreleased recording with the BRSQ (Jenny Hill, Charley Gerard, Justin Flynn and Dimitri Moderbacher) with guest artist pianist Wade Ridenhour. It features Charley Gerard's madcap version of a Mozart violin sonata in the spirit of America's barroom poet Charles Bukowski and several pieces by Wade Ridenhour.

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    A video of the April, 2019 performance of Obamalogue

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    Have your name included on the Obamalogue video

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