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Cutting-edge international talent meets Australia’s new generation of local stars, in uniquely compelling concert experiences.
Cutting-edge international talent meets Australia’s new generation of local stars, in uniquely compelling concert experiences.
94 backers pledged AU$ 6,196 to help bring this project to life.

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Dots+Loops is a post-genre concert series and artist collective, based in Brisbane, Australia. Exploring the space in between a traditional classical concert and an underground club gig, our unique concert experiences have been consistently applauded by critics, audiences and performers alike since 2014—you can find out about our previous shows here, and find reviews here.

Chris Perren — "Fibreglass Forestry" (2016). Live recording of world premiere at Dots+Loops Recomposed, 2 July 2016.

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Dots+Loops 2017

Our 2017 season is our biggest yet, and sees cutting-edge international talent meeting Australia’s new generation of local stars. With three major concerts, including our first mini-festival, our 2017 season features a load of Australian exclusives, world premieres, and has us fostering local talent and diverse programming more than ever.

  • Season launch and Kickstarter thank you concert, featuring Nonsemble Trio, Cara Tran and Dots+Loops Quartet
  • Music from Newspeak by David T Little, featuring Eileen Mack and Dots+Loops Ensemble (Aus premiere)
  • Nonsemble and friends perform Robert Davidson's "Above Ground"
  • Solstice Trio (VIC) perform premieres of music by Maja Puseljic, Xani Kolac, and Pascal Le Boeuf's "Obliquely Wrecked"
  • Software of Seagulls (DJ set)
  • Ashley Bathgate presents Bach Unwound (Aus premiere)
  • Big Dead
  • Kupka's Piano perform Louis Andriessen's "Hout"
  • Rosa Guitar Trio perform two new commissioned works by Chris Perren (QLD) and Brechtje Van Dijk (NL)
  • Airport (DJ set) 

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Rewards

We have some out of this world rewards for helping the 2017 Dots+Loops series become a reality! Just check these out:

  • $5: Exclusive thank you and dog* photo
  • $25: Dots+Loops Digital access
  • $40: Dots+Loops Art Print
  • $40: Entry to Dots+Loops Compassion concert
  • $50: Dots+Loops Compassion package posted to you
  • $75: Session with curator Kieran Welch
  • $100: Compassion Major Supporter (Compassion concert entry and optional thank you listing on program and website)
  • $150: Session with composer Chris Perren
  • $250: Dots+Loops Family VIP Season Pass
  • $500: Personal commissioned piece dedication (includes Family VIP Season Pass)
  • $2,000: Your own Dots+Loops Concert!

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Funding

Dots+Loops is and has always been a very community-based series. We work hard to support and empower local artists, and to create an inclusive, welcoming and rewarding community of musicians and music lovers. And a big part of this inclusivity is keeping our ticket prices accessible. But this means we need your help to complete our budget in 2017, and support all the fantastic performers, composers, technical crew and administration staff who make our concerts happen! With many major arts funding bodies currently in a precarious situation, your vital donation to this Kickstarter will join funds from grants and corporate sponsorships and ensure we can make our budget for the year.

In the event that we are unsuccessful with our first-round major grant applications (announced in April), this $6000 Kickstarter goal will provide us with the bare minimum we need to put on our April and May shows, during which time we will be able to obtain advice from the funding groups to complete successful resubmissions in good time for our September mini-festival. If we are successful with these grants, the Kickstarter will then enable us to cover artist costs for all rehearsals and travel they are currently undertaking in kind, in support of the series. Either way, it's an absolutely vital aspect to us creating this year of fantastic music, and all money raised will go directly to the artists involved!

Stretch Goals

$6000-$8000: will go directly towards paying our Dots+Loops team for time they are currently giving pro bono to curate and run the series.

$8000+: will go directly towards creation of our 2018 Dots+Loops season!

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Risks and challenges

Since 2014, we have surmounted pretty much every risk and challenge you could conceive a concert series facing, including multiple funding pitfalls, last-minute artist and venue cancellations, and unexpectedly having 150db of white noise directed at us during a drastically shortened soundcheck time.

As with many arts organisations, funding is one of our major challenges. However, we have designed the 2017 series funding plan to allow for multiple contingencies. Combined with expertise from years of primarily self-funded operation, with more recent grant-supported concerts, we have the flexibility to make the season happen no matter what. However, we are primarily an artist-funded series, and your donation will ensure we can do that without incurring significant debt.

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    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About $4

    Exclusive thank you and dog* photo

    You may not be aware, but the Dots+Loops team have a special secondary mission to follow as many "aww"-inducing dog Instagram accounts as possible. As a thank you for supporting the Dots+Loops 2017 season, you'll get a dog* photo selected specially for you, and emailed alongside a personalised thank you message. We can't wait!

    *Don't go for dogs that much? Don't worry, we'll send another equally enticing photo featuring an animal of your choice.

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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $19

    Dots+Loops Digital

    Dots+Loops Digital is a new digital platform to showcase the highlights from our 2017 series. Pledge $25 or more, and you get access to recordings and material updated throughout the year, including live recordings of every piece premiered in the 2017 season, and a Kickstarter exclusive mixtape with hits from previous Dots+Loops shows. All delivered straight to the device of your choosing! What a world we live in!

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    Pledge AU$ 40 or more About $31

    Dots+Loops Art Print

    Pledge $40 or more for a beautifully minimalist, printed A3 Dots+Loops artwork by Chris Wardle, exclusive to Kickstarter donors. You'll also get access to our new 'Dots+Loops Digital' platform. Chill!

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    Entry to Dots+Loops Compassion concert

    The first 50 supporters to pledge $45 or more can choose exclusive entry to our headline reward event in Brisbane, the 2017 season launch and Kickstarter 'thank you concert' Dots+Loops Compassion.

    Specially curated just for supporters of our Kickstarter campaign, the evening features music by the likes of Philip Glass, Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe and Chris Perren, and top-notch performers Nonsemble Trio, pianist Cara Tran, and the Dots+Loops Quartet. Entry also includes a complimentary drink of your choice and nibbles provided all night. Come and hang out with us all, to celebrate beginning a year of fantastic music!

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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $38

    Dots+Loops Compassion posted to you

    Can't make it to our 'thank you' concert? Let us come to you! You'll get a special limited edition CD featuring selected performances from the Dots+Loops Compassion concert, and hits from our previous shows. We'll also throw in a personal thank you note signed by a feature composer, and one of our custom designed Dots+Loops 2017 Art Print posters. If that wasn't enough, you'll get access to our 'Dots+Loops Digital' platform for exclusive recordings from our upcoming 2017 shows. Ace!

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    Pledge AU$ 75 or more About $58

    Session with curator Kieran Welch

    An exclusive one-on-one online or in person* session with violist, DJ, and Dots+Loops founder, curator and producer Kieran Welch. Get advice on starting or running your own concert series. Discuss finding, commissioning and performing new works for your instrument. Or just ask him about dogs and hear him get steadily more emotional. The choice is yours!

    *Dependent on location. Where a mutually convenient in person meeting cannot be facilitated an equivalent online session will be provided.

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $77

    Compassion Major Supporter

    As a major Dots+Loops supporter, you'll be thanked on our website and in all our 2017 programs! (You are welcome to remain anonymous if you prefer). You'll also score entry to the Dots+Loops Compassion season launch and 'thank you' concert.

    Includes:
    • Credit as a major Dots+Loops supporter
    • Entry to Dots+Loops Compassion
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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $115

    Session with composer Chris Perren

    An exclusive one-on-one online or in person* session with Nonsemble composer, Mr Maps mastermind and Dots+Loops team member Chris Perren. Go through a composition of your own with him for advice. Ask him about his kaleidoscopic musical career, spanning playing in rock bands, running club nights, producing, composing, and creating audio-visual works. Or just discuss beards. The choice is yours!

    *Dependent on location. Where a mutually convenient in person meeting cannot be facilitated an equivalent online session will be provided. Limit of one hour.

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    • Credit as a major Dots+Loops supporter
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    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About $192

    Dots+Loops VIP Season Pass

    Wow, what a legend! For donating $250 or more, you secure your place at every Dots+Loops event in 2017—an offer only available to Kickstarter donors. But more than that, you'll get to be part of our family! Become a part of the journey from start to finish, with exclusive invites to rehearsals. Meet-and-greet with our featured artists. Hang out with the Dots+Loops team, and let us know how your thoughts and ideas on the shows. You'll be thanked as a Dots+Loops Family member at our shows, in programs and online (or you're welcome to remain anonymous here if you prefer). And if that wasn't enough, you'll also get a load of exclusive Dots+Loops goodies, including a signed CD, wall art, and a personal thank you signed by a featured composer. What a year!

    Includes:
    • Dots+Loops VIP 2017 season pass
    • Credit as a Dots+Loops Family supporter
    • Exclusive signed Dots+Loops CD
    • Entry to Dots+Loops Compassion
    • Dots+Loops Art Print
    • 'Dots+Loops Digital' access and exclusive mixtape
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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $384

    Personal commissioned piece dedication

    Choose the dedicatee of one of the new works that we're commissioning this season from Chris Perren and Brechtje Van Dijk! Have the work dedicated to you as one of our supporters, or choose someone you would like to dedicate it to as a unique gift. How cool is that?! Plus you'll become a part of our Dots+Loops Family, with a VIP season pass to all our 2017 events, and all the benefits listed above.

    Includes:
    • Personal dedication on a 2017 Dots+Loops commissioned piece
    • Dots+Loops VIP 2017 season pass
    • Credit as a Dots+Loops Family supporter
    • Exclusive signed Dots+Loops CD
    • Entry to Dots+Loops Compassion
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    • 'Dots+Loops Digital' access and exclusive mixtape
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    Pledge AU$ 2,000 or more About $1,537

    Your own Dots+Loops Concert!

    Your very own, one-of-a-kind intimate Dots+Loops concert, in your home or a place of your own choosing*! Tailor made to you, including a one-on-one consultation with Dots+Loops Curator Kieran Welch to put together your dream program of solo, duo or trio music. Don't miss out, only one available!

    *Concert must take place in the greater Brisbane region, Australia.

    Includes:
    • Personal Dots+Loops concert
    • Personal session with Kieran Welch
    • Dots+Loops VIP 2017 season pass
    • Credit as a Dots+Loops Family supporter
    • Exclusive signed Dots+Loops CD
    • Entry to Dots+Loops Compassion
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    • 'Dots+Loops Digital' access and exclusive mixtape
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