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"Around The World" is a CD that features music inspired by musicians I've performed with in the United States and around the world.

Serenade to My Lady - sample song from Around the World CD

Hello, I’m Charles Unger! 

I’m a San Francisco-based saxophonist, bandleader, composer and artist. I’m excited to tell you about my latest CD project - Around the World - and I want you to be a part of it! 

This music I’m doing is a lifelong desire to bring unity to the world through music.

The Around the World album will feature nine original compositions already recorded, some of which I would like to re-record, and five additional tracks to be recorded.  The music is inspired by musicians I’ve performed with and my many travels to different places around the world.  The album will feature elements of jazz, blues and r&b. 

If you like to check out my music, go to www.charlesungerexperience.com/music and listen for free. There you can listen to the nine compositions already recorded.    The new tracks are: 

  • Just Another Day in LA
  • Song for Nelson
  • Beyond Tomorrow
  • Into the Unkown
  • Nomads Of Cuba
Charles Unger Experience, Kristianstad Jazz Festival, Sweden, August 2012. Photo by Fredrik Bengtsson
Charles Unger Experience, Kristianstad Jazz Festival, Sweden, August 2012. Photo by Fredrik Bengtsson

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to finish recording, mixing and mastering these songs in San Francisco.  Additionally, we'll need to create new artwork and manufacture the CDs.  We need to pay for studio recording (rental/time/engineer), musicians, mixing, mastering, artwork, manufacturing and duplication. There're also a 5% Kickstarter fee and 3-5% Amazon fee -  if we meet our goal. (Part of creating a Kickstarter profile requires that you open an Amazon account).

All we need is your help you to complete the project! 

With the great rewards we're offering, we hope to surpass $,5,000! Additional money would be used to enhance the production, promotion and touring!  

Get Great Rewards!

Take a look at the rewards at the right side of this page!   From $15 and up - although you can back with any amount.  

The rewards include music, ringtones, t-shirts, VIP Release Party, artwork, concerts, a dinner for 10 people and more!

The rewards are structured so that with almost EVERY new reward you basically get EVERYTHING provided in previous reward/s. 

If you select certain rewards,  we would love to thank you publicly.  If you prefer to stay as an anonymous supporter, just let us know.


VIDEOS

Here's one of many videos.  For other examples, please go to www.charlesungerexperience.com  or www.youtube.com/user/TheCUESF or to YouTube and search on "Charles Unger."

Charles Unger Experience at the Gothenburg Cultural Festival, Sweden, August 2013
Charles Unger Experience at the Gothenburg Cultural Festival, Sweden, August 2013
                  
Poster for Kristianstad/Åhus Jazz Festival 2013, by Fredrik Bengtsson
Poster for Kristianstad/Åhus Jazz Festival 2013, by Fredrik Bengtsson

About Charles Unger Experience

- San Francisco Jazz Legend Saxophonist, Band leader, Composer and Artist 

A major force in the music scene of the San Francisco Bay area for the last 40 years, saxophonist Charles Unger is a musical institution. He is known for his exuberant style and talent, and for a stage show that is unforgettable.  

For more info on the bio, please look at the link called "Full bio" at the upper right side or go to www.charlesungerexperience.com/about-us or to www.facebook.com/charlesungerexperience 

What people say about Charles Unger Experience

"As a listener, I love it when I can see the passion in the music, even with my eyes closed. Few players can emote through their instrument as well as Charles." "As a musician, I crave the experience of watching players who care enough and dare enough to make each song a special event. Charles and his band never fail to add extra value to every piece." 

Bert Brown, sound engineer at the White Horse, Black Mountain, NC, where Charles played in July and December 2010 and August 2013 

I was immediately struck by the intonation of the tenor sax and the ease with which Unger and his band, The Experience, moved through Carlos Santana’s “Europa.” Since then I have seen them at both Sheba and Rasselas. Every time, it’s been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. With jazz, they say it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. These guys swing, and they do it in a way that incorporates a range of influences. The music moves and is inflected with a Latin groove and a Middle East undercurrent that creates a melancholy feel so sensuous a person can’t help but be moved. 

The New Fillmore, May 1, 2011, MUSIC | Anthony Torres 

Charles Unger has performed for numerous years at Les Joulins Jazz Bistro on Ellis, and the Rasselas Jazz Club on Fillmore, to the delight of regulars, tourists, purists and jazz aficionados alike. 

Eric Smith, Beyond Chron, Edgetone Records 

I’ve been playing your great JAZZ music from Mr. 2 AM around town for a while & it has been an experience I won't forget. The most powerful thing about your music is how it brings people together & making people smile through your music. Your Jazz music is a lifestyle, a way of thinking, an abstract impression of reality. Peace & Love 

Ronen Kohali, Tel-Aviv, Israel, DJ at Jazz events and Jazz Business on 88 fm Entry in web site Guest Book on February 4, 2012

ART WORK

Here're some sample of Charles Unger Art.  To see more samples, go to www.charlesungerexperience.com/charles-art

Floralscape - Red Flowers
Floralscape - Red Flowers
Floralscape - Yellow Flowers
Floralscape - Yellow Flowers
Abstracts - Walking
Abstracts - Walking
Portrait - Looking
Portrait - Looking

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Since nine original compositions are already recorded and the five additional are already written, this project is mainly about recording the last five songs and maybe a few of the nice previously recorded tracks. Then it's about doing mixing, mastering, creating artwork, manufacturing and duplication. And promotion - if we surpass the $5,000 goal! Based on years of experience in music recording, this process is very familiar to me.

The biggest challenge will be getting your rewards to you on time. As you might have noticed, the date displayed under each reward is an "estimated delivery" date. There may be changes in the schedule or unforeseen circumstances that may cause a delay in you receiving your reward, but we promise to do all we can to get your gifts delivered as close to the estimated delivery date as possible!

The actual fulfillment of the rewards will be somewhat of a challenge.... Although - we hope that we'll have a lot of rewards to fulfill - because that means we've done well! Since my passion is to play music - anything involving playing music will be easy! And I love painting - so that's an easy one too. Cooking dinner will take some time - but I've enlisted great friends to help. The biggest challenge will be anything involved in going to the post office.... But even here, we've already enlisted some great help!

Feel free to reach out to me if you're interested in the painting reward option, hosting a concert or have any other questions! You can reach me at thecue@comcast.net or at +1 (415) 640 1139.

THANK YOU so much for your consideration and support!!!

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