Internationally recognized trumpeter & composer Charlie Porter is making his second album as a leader. Immigration Nation is contemporary art with a purpose. It carries a message that is two-fold: celebration of our rich immigrant history, as well as recognition and empathy for current immigrant struggles. In a time when immigration policy has become a heart wrenching political topic, Porter (the great grandson of Lebanese, Greek, Italian and English immigrants) felt compelled to reclaim the uniting power of the word immigrant.
"We live in a time of profound polarization on the subject of immigration. Paradoxically, with the exception of Native Americans and African Americans forced into the U.S. through slave trade, every person in the U.S. has immigrant roots," says Porter. "Our nation’s ideological divide has created a gap so large that our sense of unity is in question. Fortunately, art has the power to unite and when done with intention it can be a great balm to what ails us."
The American-born Jazz idiom has always welcomed the diversity of its multi-cultural constituents. Steeped in the jazz tradition, Charlie's writing explores the rich palette of human emotion involved in the immigration experience. The twelve compositions on the album include a wide range of global influences, including some from Porter’s own heritage, yet retain the core essence and language of jazz.
In 2018, Charlie’s self-titled debut record garnered high praise and reviews by prominent publications such as DownBeat and Jazziz, as well as receiving worldwide airplay. After the success of Porter's debut, there is no doubt that this album will be received by an even wider audience.
Upon it's release, ten percent of all future album sales of Immigration Nation will be donated to the International Rescue Committe (IRC), to help refugees survive, recover and rebuild their lives.
Charlie Porter (trumpet, flugelhorn), Nick Biello (tenor saxophone), Oscar Perez (piano), David Wong (bass), Kenneth Salters (drums) and special guest Sabine Kabongo (vocals).
Studio & Engineers
The studio: Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, Astoria, NY
Engineers: Grammy-Award winning engineers Mike Marciano and Max Ross
Think of it as a pre-order. For a minimum contribution of $10 you are essentially ordering this album in advance (digital download). If you can give more, we have some other great rewards (check them out to the right). Every bit helps, so please give what you can. Your contributions will help to ensure that we have what it takes to get this album off the ground.
As you can imagine, there are lots of costs to cover, including: the recording studio & engineer, producer, mixing & mastering, fees for the musicians, cost of CD design and printing, etc. A minimum of $10,000 is necessary to cover most of these expenses. Any funds raised above the minimum goal will be used to pay for a PR campaign and radio promotion, which are paramount in getting the message out about the album and making sure it gets heard by the world.
Thank you for your support!
The photo used for the project image was taken by Augustus Sherman. He worked as a clerk at Ellis Island in the years 1892-1925. He was an untrained, yet highly gifted photographer who created hundreds of images documenting the new arrivals to America.
Risks and challenges
If we are not able to reach our funding goal, we will not receive the money that has been pledged. This means there will be no album or that it will need to be privately funded, which could take considerably longer.
If we are funded, there could be other challenges. There could certainly be delays, since we are using a lot of different services and contractors to produce our album - this is a multi-step process with lots of components that have to come together to deliver a completed CD project. There are any number of unforeseen costs.
In any case, if funded, the rewards will be delivered, perhaps earlier or a little later than the anticipated dates, guaranteed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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