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I'm making my first ever solo album!

The erratic energy of Gypsy jazz meets the meditative sonorities of Indian music.
I'm making my first ever solo album! The erratic energy of Gypsy jazz meets the meditative sonorities of Indian music.
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Hi Everybody!

I’m Filippo Dall'Asta and welcome to my Kickstarter project. 

I have started recording my first ever solo album, where I am creating a totally new sound: Gypsy jazz meets Indian music!
I need your help to finish the recordings and release the album.

I am a UK based professional guitarist with many years of experience as a performer, composer and arranger of Gypsy jazz music. I feel very fortunate to have had a very successful career so far, performing all over the world doing what I love, and playing with some of the best artists and bands in London.

I started playing the piano at the age of 5, and the guitar at the age of 13. When I was 16 years old, my dad gave me a record by Django Reinhardt as a present. From then on, I was hooked. I knew that Gypsy jazz music was my passion in life. I have since spent time with Gypsy guitar Masters in France and Holland, going right to the source to learn everything I could.

Learning from Lollo Meier in Holland
Learning from Lollo Meier in Holland

Then, during a 2009 trip to India, I found a love for Indian classical music as well. It wasn’t long afterwards that I asked myself how I could merge these two very different styles... I started dreaming of an album where my two biggest loves - Gypsy jazz and Indian music - could marry.
This fusion has never been explored that much before, and for nearly ten years, that question was at the forefront of my mind. 

Learning Sarangi in India
Learning Sarangi in India


When I attended the Django Reinhardt Festival in France two years ago, I learned that the Sinti Gypsies, the ethnicity to which Django himself belonged, might indeed come from India.

This really inspired me to "go for it" and make my dream come true: to combine Gypsy jazz music and Indian music in my first solo album: "Mediterrasian".

I spent the past two years working on composing and arranging 9 songs, and finally in January this year I went to the studio and recorded the rhythm section: 2 guitars, double bass, drums and tabla, and I am pleased to say that the experiment is really working and it's sounding great!

Recording the first part of "Mediterrasian"
Recording the first part of "Mediterrasian"

A short snippet of the first part of the recordings

Recording the first part of "Mediterrasian"
Recording the first part of "Mediterrasian"

A short snippet of the first part of the recordings

The rhythm section of "Mediterrasian"
The rhythm section of "Mediterrasian"


I really believe this album will be something innovative and special, but I need your help to finish it! 

I am really excited about creating, with your help, something completely new and innovative.

THE PLAN

I intend to have the Album ready for public release by July 2018 and make the album available for purchase across all the usual channels – Spotify, Itunes, Amazon.

The songs still need sitar, sarangi, a string quartet, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and vocals, each of these performed by some of the best musicians in the UK.

My goal, with your generosity, is to raise £4000 through Kickstarter to fund the final step of this project: finishing recording, commissioning the artwork, duplicating 300 CD's, registering with CDbaby.com (making the album available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, etc.), make promotional videos and organise a release party in London.

I plan to have the CD and artwork ready to ship out for duplication by July 1st, 2018.

MY VISION

My vision is that this is just the beginning of many more albums to come. I want to travel around the world performing for people who love what I’m creating. I truly feel that music is a powerful tool to connect people who otherwise wouldn’t even notice each other. It is a language that everybody speaks. It has the power to unite, rather than divide, and that is something this world needs now more than ever.

Thank you so much for listening to my story. Please SUPPORT ME and help make my dream become a reality. I cannot wait to share my DEBUT ALBUM with you all!

Filippo

Risks and challenges

The only challenge I foresee with this project is that occasionally with recordings, the process can take longer than expected. This can delay the delivery of the overall product as costs may go above the budget.

That said, I'm feeling very confident in my estimations and in my team of fantastic musicians to deliver this album well before the proposed delivery date of July 2018.
I'm also putting a lot of my own money into this project, so extra costs should definitely be covered with our combined efforts!

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    Skype Guitar Lesson - 1 hour

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    Making this record couldn't be done without you, so to show my appreciation I will credit you with special thanks on the sleeve of the album, for people to see forevermore. PLUS you will also receive a T-shirt, the Access All Areas Pass, a digital copy and a signed CD of the album.

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    My band and I (two guitars, tabla, drums and double bass) will play a live set in your lounge room, within 2 hours drive away from London!

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