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Our forthcoming album is an intergalactic journey through global sounds. 2 poets. 30 musicians. 1 soul stirring record.
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We reached our "In the River" Base Goal! Thank you beloved community! We are moved beyond words for the wave of love we feel ushered by your generous hearts! We're now striving to reach our Stretch Goals: "Old Growth" and "Moving Mountains" (see details below!). Our first Stretch Goal will allow us to hire a publicist and a booking agent to ensure that the album thrives, and that all this work will be heard by thousands outside of our networks! For the last 13 years we have single handily booked and publicized all of our performances and projects. We need to pass that off so that we can focus on touring INTRINSIC, work with these incredible musicians, and make the live experience something folks won't soon forget! Not to mention keep the fire under all the myriad community-based projects we have founded and support! Check out the video above to see all the heart-work we are putting out into the world, and help support not only this album, but also creative interventions that carve pathways to liberation in our lifetimes.

Our gratitude is spilling over that you have arrived at this page, and that we have arrived at this moment! Thank you to everyone who has supported our grassroots independent poetic insurrection since we started writing rhymes for justice 13 years ago. And thank you to all the forces coming together, and coming through us, to stand at the brink of releasing our new record. We are launching this 32 day campaign in honor of the 32 artists that have come together to make this happen! 

DONATE THROUGH OUR FISCAL SPONSOR for tax deductible donations. Make sure to write INTRINSIC on the memo. 

After 10 years of incessant touring and relentless cultural activism since our last album release, we are in labor with a new collection of rebel-rousing love songs and anthems dedicated to catalyzing the change our hearts are thirsty for!

We have brought together a team of 30 phenomenal musicians, vocalist, and word-class producers to translate our brazen lyricism into compositions spanning  hip hop, soul, folk, dub, reggaeton, rock and blues. This multi-lingual feature-length record is being designed with precision to offer honey-coated healing, horizon-stretching knowledge, and evolution-catalyzing incitement to its listeners.

The powerhouse music legend, Toshi Reagon, is serving as our producer and our collaborators include: Carolyn MalachiRising AppalachiaB Steady, Taina Asli, Arooj Aftab , Juliette Jones, Ayla Nereo and many more. 

We are beyond excited to release this work-of-love to the world, and we are dependent on YOU to make that a reality. It could be as simple as 1,500 people pre-buying our album, and even less once we get these amazing perks rolling! 

One thing that we have learned in this wild, winding, tedious, miraculous journey carving our career as arts-activists, is that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE with unwavering commitment backed by the support of our community. WE CAN DO THIS! If you want to be part of this momentous unfolding, read on to find out how to bring this eclectic body of work to life! 

GOALS:

"IN THE RIVER" GOAL:

$44,000 Producing the Album 

[$32K production + $8K duplication + 10% Kickstarter + Credit Card fees]

To produce this album, the bare minimum we’ll need to raise is $44,000 in 32 days. Achieving this minimum goal will allow us to pay our incredible COLLABORATORS, cover fees for the RECORDING Studio and Engineering, and MIX and MASTER all 17 tracks. This amount will also cover the artwork, photography design, and duplication of our album in CD and custom thumb-drive form, as well as all Kickstarter and credit card fees (which are about 10% of gross pledges)… and make us cartwheel down Flatbush Avenue!

DONATE THROUGH OUR FISCAL SPONSOR for tax deductible donations. Make sure to write INTRINSIC on the memo.

 "OLD GROWTH" STRETCH GOAL: 

$64,000 Publicity and Tour Booking Support 

[$10K publicist + $10K booking support]

These days, to be heard above the noise, you need to have a GOOD PR campaign and SOLID TOURING circuit. In order to have our unique message and sound reach the ears and minds of the masses, and to give this album a fair chance to be heard, we’ve established a STRETCH GOAL (and a bonus reward to go with it!).

If we raise $64,000 or more in 32 days, we will be able to pay a publicist for 6 months to lead a PROFESSIONAL PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, including PRESS, RADIO, and INTERNET PROMOTION. This will give the album a much better chance of getting reviews and airplay and being heard by a wider audience.

DONATE THROUGH OUR FISCAL SPONSOR for tax deductible donations. Make sure to write INTRINSIC on the memo.

We also have aspirations to TOUR THIS ALBUM with accompanying musicians, deejays, and vocalists in different iterations to bring a whole new dimension of our live performance to stages nationally and abroad. We need to hire a BOOKING AGENT to help us manage the administration of a tour at this scale in state-of-the-art venues to create the performance experience we are ready to bring to communities across the globe. We have already created a relationship with a social justice-rooted booking agency who is excited to organize our album tour, integrating meaningful community actions into our schedule.

REWARD: If we reach $64,000, ALL BACKERS will get an exclusive bonus download of a song that will ONLY be available through Kickstarter!

"MOVING MOUNTAINS" 

Everything beyond our second stretch goal will go towards SUSTAINING OUR CULTURAL ACTIVISM OFF STAGE!

Since this is the first time we’re launching a crowd sourcing campaign as Climbing PoeTree, WE’RE DREAMING BIG! Imagine if we were able to raise enough funds to not only cover the album production and promotion, but also contribute to THE JUSTICE WORK WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT! Anyone who knows us, knows we are tirelessly devoted to a range of projects and movements that don’t pay beyond the currency of love; from organizing reforestation and collective healing initiatives in Haiti to leading workshops in prisons, from curriculum development to making art that inspires the next generation of change agents. (See some examples HERE) We are putting out this basket, woven with all the care and commitment we channel into our activism, in hopes that this RIVER OF PEOPLE-POWER might spill into these efforts that give MEANING TO OUR MISSION. Overflow funds will help sustain our volunteer energy as social architects; IT WOULD BE A GAME CHANGER!

PERKS!

The Thumb Drive Album will come in a sweet wooden box, with some fresh designs burned into into. This is a mock up to give you a sense, not the final product.
The Thumb Drive Album will come in a sweet wooden box, with some fresh designs burned into into. This is a mock up to give you a sense, not the final product.
Swoon Print
Swoon Print
Everything hand-silk screened by the artists!
Everything hand-silk screened by the artists!
1 of 3 designs to choose from!
1 of 3 designs to choose from!
Bamboo Scarf
Bamboo Scarf
Bamboo Scarf option 2 - gold lettering: "Solutionary"
Bamboo Scarf option 2 - gold lettering: "Solutionary"
Hand-Silkscreened, one at a time, one of a kind for Kickstarter (Sweatshop Free)
Hand-Silkscreened, one at a time, one of a kind for Kickstarter (Sweatshop Free)
Hand-Silkscreened, one at a time, one of a kind for Kickstarter (Sweatshop Free)
Hand-Silkscreened, one at a time, one of a kind for Kickstarter (Sweatshop Free)
Receive a signed copy of our book with personal note!
Receive a signed copy of our book with personal note!
"FREEDOM IS LOVE" LIMITED EDITION PRINT on archival paper. Created, numbered, and signed by Alixa
"FREEDOM IS LOVE" LIMITED EDITION PRINT on archival paper. Created, numbered, and signed by Alixa
"ORIGINS" LIMITED EDITION PRINT on archival paper. Created, numbered, and signed by Naima
"ORIGINS" LIMITED EDITION PRINT on archival paper. Created, numbered, and signed by Naima

Risks and challenges

There are always a million unknowns when launching into any dream, the future can surprise us with unexpected turns and challenges. That said, there is no force that has ever turned us away from a goal that we set. Sometimes we just have to get extra creative to get there!
People have been asking us for recorded material that they can listen to and share beyond our shows, and we decided to answer that call by stretching ourselves into a new realm of musicality and new scale of collaboration. This album is the single most expensive “product” we have invested in, but we are taking a bold step in honoring that our message is worth it. Worth the high quality studio, worth a professional team of co-creators, worth the gorgeous, unique and environmentally responsible packaging, and worth being heard! We have all the ingredients lined up, over an hour of lyrical arrangements composed, and all the people on board to make it happen. Now we just need a swell of support from the people who have our backs to take this project to the finish line! And when we get there, we can’t wait to reciprocate with all the love we are pouring into this record, reaching your ear drums and kissing your heart beats!

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    GLOW - We will CLIMB A TREE and sing your name in gratitude!

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    RADIANCE - Receive the first TWO SINGLES from the album (digital download) before the physical copy comes out!

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    SPARK - Be the FIRST to receive our new feature-length album BEFORE it is released publicly, via DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

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    SPARK - Receive a hard copy of our album in DISC form (available after official release) + Be the FIRST to receive the album before it is released publicly, via DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    KINDLE - Receive a pre-released hard copy of our album in DISC form, signed with a personal note + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album + Exclusive BONUS DOWNLOAD of a song that will ONLY be released through this Kickstarter campaign!

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    CANDELA - Receive a pre-release hard copy of our album as a charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new album in a super-fly package + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album!

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    LANTERN - Receive a PERSONALLY SIGNED copy of Climbing PoeTree’s BOOK + the pre-released, charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new feature-length album in a super-fly package + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album!


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    FIREFLY - you get to rep Climbing PoeTree in style when they receive this EXCLUSIVE SWEATSHOP FREE T-SHIRT HAND-PRINTED BY ALIXA & NAIMA with their original designs. (only available via this Kickstarter) + the SIGNED hard copy album in DISC form + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album!

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    MOON BEAM 1 - Collect a stunning, LIMITED EDITION PRINT created, numbered, and signed by Alixa Garcia (See design below) on 120 year archival Cottonwood watercolor paper + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album!

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    MOON BEAM 2 - Collect a stunning, LIMITED EDITION PRINT created, numbered, and signed by Naima Penniman (See design below) on 120 year archival Cottonwood watercolor paper + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album!

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    RAY OF LIGHT - Join Climbing PoeTree for an INTIMATE pre-release LISTENING PARTY & MEET AND GREET for two. We'll chill and listen to the album together at a SWEET undisclosed Brooklyn, NY location. You'll be the FIRST ones to hear this compilation BEFORE it’s released! + receive the charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new feature-length album in a super-fly package. (Travel not included)

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    FLAME - Get ready for a permanent hug from us when you put on your ultra-soft, HAND-PRINTED HOODIE custom-designed for this Kickstarter with our original designs. (Always fair-trade, only available here!) + the pre-released, charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new feature-length album in a super-fly package. 


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    FUEGO - Rock a stylish SILK-SCREENED BAMBOO INFINITY SCARF hand-printed by us + PERSONALLY SIGNED copy of Climbing PoeTree’s BOOK + the SIGNED hard copy album in DISC form + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album!

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    WILDFIRE - Be presented with a personal HAIKU WRITTEN JUST FOR YOU from Climbing PoeTree + a PERSONALLY SIGNED copy of Climbing PoeTree’s BOOK + A SET LIST from one of our shows, complete with a LOVE NOTE + Rock a stylish SILK-SCREENED BAMBOO INFINITY SCARF hand-printed by Alixa & Naima + the charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new feature-length album in a super-fly package + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album!

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    STAR - Get the first RESERVED TICKET TO OUR ALBUM RELEASE PARTY IN NYC + One Drink + The pre-released, charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new feature-length in a super-fly package + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album! + Exclusive BONUS DOWNLOAD of a song that will ONLY be released through this Kickstarter campaign! (The show will be happening late summer 2016, NYC. Tickets will be mailed to you by July. Travel not included)

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    METEOR - Get TWO RESERVED TICKETS TO OUR ALBUM RELEASE PARTY IN NYC + An exclusive SWEATSHOP FREE T-SHIRT HAND-PRINTED by Alixa & Naima + a PERSONALLY SIGNED copy of Climbing PoeTree’s BOOK + the pre-released, charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new feature-length in a super-fly package + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album! (The show will be happening late summer 2016, NYC. Tickets will be mailed to you by July. Travel not included)

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    NEBULA- Original signed Swoon print (see photo to the left) + the charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new feature-length in a super-fly package!

    "Alixa and Naima"
    5 layer screen print on tea stained paper with hand painted acrylics
    Signed original
    11” x 32”

    This is one of 3-part portrait series of Alixa & Naima as part of this phenomenal installation Swoon created in 2008, that has been featured on walls of galleries and streets the globe.

    Callie Curry, a.k.a. Swoon, creates street art, installations, and sculptural assemblages, merging art and activism. Since 1999, Swoon has been wheat-pasting life-size portraits of everyday urbanites onto walls worldwide from streets to museums. Internationally recognized and renowned, Swoon takes a humanitarian approach to art. She contributed to the reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. At the 2009 Venice Biennale, she shocked and delighted visitors by navigating a flotilla of rafts, handcrafted from scavenged materials and garbage, into the city's waterways. more

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    CONSTELLATION - Be awarded 4 VIP TICKETS TO OUR ALBUM RELEASE PARTY IN NYC with the best seats in the house and one DRINK per person + An Exclusive SWEATSHOP FREE Hoodie HAND-PRINTED BY ALIXA & NAIMA + a PERSONALLY SIGNED copy of Climbing PoeTree’s BOOK + the charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new feature-length album in a super-fly package + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album! (The show will be happening late summer 2016, NYC. Tickets will be mailed to you by July. Travel not included)

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    SOL - Accept our invitation for a HOME-COOKED, CANDLELIT Organic/Farm-fresh DINNER in Brooklyn, NY by Alixa (a master chef, if you didn’t know!) followed by a 90 min THAI YOGA MASSAGE session with Naima (a trained and acclaimed body worker, if you haven’t heard the buzz!) dates to be discussed privately! + the charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new feature-length in a super-fly package + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album + The Exclusive BONUS DOWNLOAD of a song that will ONLY be released through this Kickstarter campaign. (We will cover travel up to $200!)

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    GALAXY- Be presented with A PRIVATE SHOW for you and your friends! You choose where and we will be there! (location and dates to be discussed privately!) + Collect a stunning, LIMITED EDITION PRINT created, numbered, and signed by Alixa Garcia OR Naima Penniman (See design below) on 120 year archival Cottonwood watercolor paper + the charming THUMB DRIVE loaded with our new feature-length album in a super-fly package + the advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album!

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