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By Fran Vielma
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About

I am Fran Vielma a multi-percussionist and composer from Venezuela now residing in the United States. 

I am proud to present to you Tendencias - the debut album of my ‘Venezuelan Jazz Collective’. I dreamed of putting together this ambitious project since I came to the USA seven years ago. Great artists from around the world inspired me to bring Venezuelan roots into my craft; I am honored to do it so with an extraordinary cast of world-class musicians. 

This album represents my personal vision of contemporary Venezuelan jazz made in New York City. This vision exhibits a small portion of the vast but little known compendium of Venezuelan musical languages blended with jazz and concert music elements. 

I want to personally invite you to join me, and this prestigious collective, as a contributor to this crowdfunding campaign. The album is 60% complete, but as an independent producer I need your help to accomplish the projected release in mid November! 

The crewmembers in this voyage are Luis Perdomo, Miguel Zenon, Michael “Mike” Rodriguez, Angel Subero, Pablo Bencid, Roberto Koch, Cesar Orozco, Jeremy Bosch, and Manolo Mairena. They have imprinted their amazing artistry, vision and souls on each note that I wrote taking it to a wonderful level of excellence!! 

Let’s finish this exciting project together, so we can inspire people around the world with these beautiful and exotic Venezuelan sounds!! I have prepared for you, music lovers and musicians, an incredible list of rewards, and with your much-appreciated contribution we will cover the following expenses: 

- Musicians 

- Studio time 

- Sound engineer 

- Mastering and Mixing engineer 

- Graphic designer 

- Marketing & Promotion 

- Licensing fees (copyrights)

- Manufacturing

- Distribution (domestic & international)

- Kickstarter fees 

- Kickstarter credit card fees

Any additional funds beyond the goal we have set will be invested in the marketing, promotion, and tour planning. In that way, we can get this work to as many people as possible! 

Sail along with this collective on a boat that once again reconnects Africa, Europe, and the New World!! 

Album cover!!
Album cover!!

My story: 

Being born in the small college town of Merida in the Venezuelan Andes, I am privileged to have grown up in this city surrounded not only by nature, but also by an incredibly artistic and diverse community where the prestigious University of Andes is located. 

Recalling the university’s Center for the Arts (CUDA), encouraged by my mom – Maritza Vielma- I took my first steps in music by joining the university’s children choir, learning theory, and playing Venezuelan cuatro (small guitar). At this amazing school, I observed photographers, sculptors, painters, ballet dancers, and musicians working on their passions, which motivated me to dedicate my life to music. 

Seven years have passed since I arrived in Boston, MA after spending a period in Caracas working extensively with amazing musicians. I never imagined ending up in such a musical and academic city like Boston, studying at two among the top ten music institutions in the world, Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music. 

I am happy that this record –Tendencias- represents the work I have sculpted in the US for a few years. It expresses some of the elements that my spirit has embedded from Merida, Caracas, Boston, and New York.

Piece!

Fran

Versión en castellano:

¡Saludos! Soy Fran Vielma multi-percusionista y compositor Venezolano, residenciado en EE.UU. Me siento orgulloso de presentarles Tendencias, el álbum debut de mi Colectivo de Jazz Venezolano. He soñado con materializar este proyecto desde que llegué a los Estados Unidos hace siete años. Excelentes artistas de todas partes del mundo me han inspirado a expresar mi trabajo con raíces Venezolanas, y me honra hacerlo acompañado de extraordinarios músicos de clase mundial.

Este álbum representa mi visión personal del jazz contemporáneo venezolano hecho en la ciudad de Nueva York. Mi visión, exhibe una pequeña porción del vasto compendio de lenguajes musicales venezolanos mezclados con jazz y música la música académica.

Quiero invitarlos personalmente a acompañarme junto a este prestigioso colectivo, con su contribución para esta campaña de recaudación de fondos. El álbum está en un 60% listo, pero como productor independiente, necesito de ustedes para lograr la meta de lanzarlo a mediados de Noviembre 2017.

La tripulación para este viaje está conformada Luis Perdomo, Miguel Zenón, Michael “Mike” Rodríguez, Angel Subero, Pablo Bencid, Roberto Koch, Cesar Orozco, Jeremy Bosch y Manolo Mairena. Estos músicos han impreso en este disco su increíble habilidad artística, visión y alma en cada nota que escribí y la elevaron a un nivel maravilloso de excelencia.

¡Los animo a que terminemos este emocionante proyecto juntos! ¡Y así podremos inspirar a mucha gente en el mundo con bellos y exóticos sonidos Venezolanos! Les he preparado a ustedes, melómanos y músicos, una lista increíble de premios de acuerdo a su contribución, y con esta cubriríamos lo siguiente:

- Músicos

- Horas de estudio de grabación

- Ingeniero de sonido

- Masterización y mezcla 

- Diseño gráfico 

- Mercado y promoción

- Licencias (derechos de autor)

- Impresión

- Distribución (domestica e internacional)

- Porcentaje por el uso de la plataforma Kickstarter 

- Porcentajes de Kickstarter por uso de tarjetas de crédito  

Cualquier fondo adicional una vez cumplamos el monto de esta campaña, será invertido en el mercadeo, promoción y organización de gira. ¡De esta manera, podremos llevar este trabajo a la mayor cantidad de gente posible!

¡Naveguemos juntos con este colectivo en un barco que una vez más reconecta África, Europa, y el Nuevo Mundo!

Abrazo, 

Fran

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Cassel engineering and me producing :)
Kyle Cassel engineering and me producing :)

 

Multi-Percussion: a hybrid instrumentation with Venezuelan and other hand drums with cymbals and snare!
Multi-Percussion: a hybrid instrumentation with Venezuelan and other hand drums with cymbals and snare!

 

Risks and challenges

Completing the production:

It is very challenging for an independent artist to produce an album. I am lucky to have the support of amazing artists and beautiful souls, from musicians to sound engineers and from designers to videographers. I am sure we can reach this goal with your support.

The policy of Kickstarter demands that if the project does not reach it’s total funding goal I will not receive any funds from the campaign. The project will have to be postponed while I find other alternatives to finish the album.

Let’s work to finish it together!

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    This is especial offer for musicians interested in practicing with solo transcriptions from the album. You will also be able to play along with an awesome Venezuelan rhythmic section! You will receive:
    - Tendencias' physical CD
    - Downloadable PDF parts with 4 transcriptions with solos by:
    • Miguel Zenon
    • Michael Rodriguez
    • Angel Subero
    • Roberto Koch
    Note: PDF parts are available in C, Bb, Eb, and F.
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    This is an especial offer for musicians, music educators, and enthusiasts interested in learning a few Venezuelan music styles. You will receive:
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    a) 8 tracks mixed with the soloist muted for you to practice playing along with an amazing Venezuelan rhythm section!
    Plus PDF parts in the key of your interest: C, Bb, Eb, and F.
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    - 30 minute's private lesson in person or via skype of percussion, composition, arranging, music history, jazz history, or analysis. It could also be a discussion on the connection between music and visual arts (Washington, DC, NYC, or Boston only).
    - Behind the scenes videos, and photos
    - Score of "Tendencias," the tune with the album name
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    - 2 tickets to a concert of your choosing during the Venezuelan Jazz Collective 2018 US tour. Does not include the release concert in NYC. (Dates to be announced in the spring 2018 at www.franvielma.com)
    - 30 minute's private lesson in person or via skype of percussion, composition, arranging, music history, jazz history, or analysis. It could also be a discussion on the connection between music and visual arts (Washington DC, NYC, or Boston only).
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    - Score of "Tendencias," the tune with the album name
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    - Your name written in the thank you credits on the album.
    - 2 tickets to a concert of your choosing during the Venezuelan Jazz Collective 2018 US tour. Does not include the release concert in NYC. (Dates to be announced in the spring 2018 at www.franvielma.com)
    - 30 minute's private lesson in person or via skype of percussion, composition, arranging, music history, jazz history, or analysis. It could also be a discussion on the connection between music and visual arts (Washington DC, NYC, or Boston only).
    - Behind the scenes videos, and photos
    - Score of "Tendencias," the tune with the album name
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    - Your name written in the thank you credits on the album.
    - 2 tickets to a concert of your choosing during the Venezuelan Jazz Collective 2018 US tour. Does not include the release concert in NYC. (Dates to be announced in the spring 2018 at www.franvielma.com)
    - Behind the scenes videos, and photos
    - Score of "Tendencias," the tune with the album name
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    - Everything with my cool autograph :)

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    - Tendencias' full digital download
    - Tendencias' physical CD
    - Honorary Donor credit on the album.
    - ONE hour private lesson in person or via skype of percussion, composition, arranging, music history, jazz history, or analysis. It could also be a discussion on the connection between music and visual arts (Washington DC, NYC, or Boston only).
    - 2 tickets to a concert of your choosing during the Venezuelan Jazz Collective 2018 US tour. Does not include the release concert in NYC. (Dates to be announced in the spring 2018 at www.franvielma.com)
    - Behind the scenes videos, and photos
    - Score of "Tendencias," the tune with the album name
    - Copy of my previous release: Inesperado
    - Everything with my cool autograph :)

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    - Fran Vielma's trio one hour concert: (Washington DC, NYC, and Boston only).
    - Honorary Donor credit on the album.
    - ONE hour private lesson in person or via skype of percussion, composition, arranging, music history, jazz history, or analysis. It could also be a discussion on the connection between music and visual arts (Washington DC, NYC, or Boston only).
    - 2 tickets to a concert of your choosing during the Venezuelan Jazz Collective 2018 US tour. Does not include the release concert in NYC. (Dates to be announced in the spring 2018 at www.franvielma.com)
    - Behind the scenes videos, and photos
    - Score of "Tendencias," the tune with the album name
    - Copy of my previous release: Inesperado
    - Everything with my cool autograph :)

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    For kind hearted art donors you will receive:
    - Tendencias' full digital download
    - Tendencias' physical CD
    - Honorary Executive Producer credit on the album
    - Fran Vielma's trio one hour concert: (Washington DC, NYC, and Boston only).
    - 2 tickets to a concert of your choosing during the Venezuelan Jazz Collective 2018 US tour. (Dates to be announced in the spring 2018 at www.franvielma.com)
    -2 tickets for the release concert in NYC. (Dates to be announced in the spring 2018 at www.franvielma.com)
    - ONE hour private lesson in person or via skype of percussion, composition, arranging, music history, jazz history, or analysis. It could also be a discussion on the connection between music and visual arts (Washington DC, NYC, or Boston only).
    - Behind the scenes videos, and photos
    - Score of "Tendencias," the tune with the album name
    - Copy of my previous release: Inesperado
    - Everything with my cool autograph :)

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