The Forgotten Fairground are delighted to present this Kickstarter campaign to create two new studio recordings:
- The Man with the Umbrella - a specially composed five-part suite.
- Hushabye Mountain - an interpretation of the Sherman Brothers' classic.
These recordings will mark our first international collaborations, as we welcome our featured guest artists from the USA, trumpeter Marvin Stamm as flugelhorn soloist on The Man with the Umbrella and vocalist Bonnie Herman to sing Hushabye Mountain.
The Forgotten Fairground are a contemporary ensemble that explore and celebrate enduring themes of childhood, imagination and love through a combination of music, dance and film. It’s the process of allowing these different artistic idioms to inform each other that we believe makes The Forgotten Fairground's work uniquely expressive, both in a recorded and a live context.
Our previous Kickstarter campaign enabled the ensemble to record our debut album at State of the Ark Studios, Richmond, London. The album was subsequently mastered at Abbey Road Studios and launched at BFI Southbank, earlier this year, alongside our eponymous short film, shot on location at Lissan House, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
That entire process, plus the wonderful interest and following that we've received since, has allowed the ensemble to develop and flourish, creatively-speaking, and we’re delighted to now present this brand new recording project to Kickstarter.
Notes from the Producer...
The Forgotten Fairground are a rare and precious thing. Their unabashed playfulness and spontaneity, plus a hugely skilful forging of the elements - jazz, orchestration, dance, theatre and film - equates to a joyous, energising celebration of life. Nothing less. Whether seeing them ‘live’ or spinning vinyl in quiet contemplation, one is lifted up. Theirs is a special alchemy and it’s been a great privilege to help shape and frame both their recording and cinematic debuts.
A challenge indeed, then, to find a worthy sequel. And yet, thanks to creator/director Matt Gough’s seemingly boundless energy and inspiration, we find ourselves on the cusp of what will surely be a thrilling new chapter. Marvin Stamm and Bonnie Herman…my goodness! It’s a true honour to know and to work with these exceptional musicians and beautiful souls, whose phenomenal body of work has done so much to colour and enhance the soundtrack to all our lives. Moreover, no two artists better exemplify that timeless spirit of collaboration, or that all-embracing, unbridled creative state-of-mind to which The Forgotten Fairground so obviously aspire.
The Persian philosopher, Rumi, famously wrote, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” If ever there was a guiding sentiment or an artistic ‘milieu’ worth chasing down, that must surely be it. What an opportunity this is! Please join us.
(Andy Bush, Emmy Award-winner: Outstanding Achievement in Music & Sound)
Bonnie Herman - guest artist
As a studio vocalist in Chicago since her teens, Bonnie Herman has, by definition, ‘eschewed’ fame and the limelight throughout her career, but it’s hard to find a musician or music-lover, anywhere, who isn’t completely in thrall to her exquisite and unique tone, flawless intonation, phrasing, style and groove.
In addition to being, quite literally, one of the most recorded musicians of all time and ‘the voice’ of American advertising, Bonnie’s fifteen albums with The Singers Unlimited for MPS Records are universally regarded as a high water mark in vocal Art Music - the defining touchstone in that realm of recording, a cappella and jazz vocal groups over the last fifty years. The quality of the singing, the other-worldly arrangements of Gene Puerling, the stylistic versatility, studio craft and sonics of that body of work, stand alone.
Innumerable contributions to fellow artists’ work - among them, Ken Nordine, Ahmad Jamal, Lyle Mays, Gary Burton, Eberhard Weber, Barbra Streisand, Gloria Estefan, Mavis Staples, Minnie Riperton and Richie Havens - leave no part of the music spectrum untouched by her quiet genius and selfless artistic creed. An inspiration.
Marvin Stamm - guest artist
Memphis native, Marvin Stamm, has the rare distinction of being not only one of America’s foremost studio instrumentalists, but also a world-renowned trumpet soloist and recording artist. A bona fide ‘jazz original.’
Discovered by Stan Kenton whilst a student at North Texas State University, Marvin recorded five albums with the Kenton orchestra and toured worldwide with Woody Herman. Settling in New York City, he quickly established himself as one of the leading studio musicians of the day, gracing recordings by Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Bill Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Patrick Williams, Michel Legrand, Lena Horne, Claus Ogerman, George Benson, Donny Hathaway and Paul McCartney, to name but a few. During his early years in New York, Marvin also made his name as jazz trumpet soloist with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Duke Pearson orchestras, and subsequently toured extensively with both the Benny Goodman Sextet and Frank Sinatra.
Acknowledging his debt to former teachers and fellow artists, Marvin also commits a great deal of his time to helping young musicians develop their own voice, so perpetuating the tradition of innovation and creativity that jazz represents. His involvement in education takes him across the US and around the world, as performer, clinician and mentor.
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Risks and challenges
As with our previous Kickstarter campaign, we care about delivering the highest quality. Our work can evolve and develop for the better during the recording and post production processes as we craft the best artistic product we can. This can sometimes add time to our schedule and as a result there may be a delay on delivering rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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