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About

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

Firstly, I want to thank from the bottom of my heart to all the backers of my last month crowdfunding campaign. Despite we did not reach the projected goal, this project deserves a second chance since I am sure that together we can get this beautiful and inspiring album to a lot of people around the world. 

Tendencias is 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. It represents my personal vision of contemporary Venezuelan jazz made in New York City, and I am honored to present it to the public along with an extraordinary cast of world-class musicians. 

Do not miss the opportunity to join this prestigious collective that exhibits a small portion of the vast but little known compendium of Venezuelan musical languages blended with jazz and concert music elements. The album is 60% complete, but as an independent producer I need your help to accomplish the projected release in January!

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, as well as the incredible sound engineers Kyle Cassel, Brian Montgomery and Mark Wilder. 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!! 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:

- 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!!

//VERSIÓN EN CASTELLANO//

Observing and listening while Kyle Cassel is doing his thing!
Observing and listening while Kyle Cassel is doing his thing!

Saludos, soy Fran Vielma multi-percusionista y compositor Venezolano residenciado en los Estados Unidos. 

Primeramente, quiero agradecer desde el fondo de mi corazón a todos los que apoyaron mi campaña el mes pasado. A pesar de que no llegamos a la meta propuesta, este proyecto merece una segunda oportunidad, ya que estoy seguro de que ustedes y yo podremos llevar esta música inspiradora a mucha gente alrededor del mundo.

Tendencias es el álbum debut de mi Venezuelan Jazz Collective. Soñé con materializar este ambicioso proyecto desde que llegué a EE.UU hace siete años. Este proyecto representa mi visión personal del jazz contemporáneo Venezolano hecho en la ciudad de Nueva York, y me honra presentarlo al público junto a una extraordinaria casta de músicos de clase mundial. 

No pierdan la oportunidad de unirse a este prestigioso colectivo que exhibe una pequeña porción de la vasto, y poco conocido, compendio de lenguajes musicales Venezolanos mezclados con jazz y elementos de música académica.

El álbum esta hecho en un 60%, pero como productor independiente necesito de la ayuda de ustedes para lograr el lanzamiento proyectado para Enero 2018. 

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, al igual que los increíbles ingenieros de sonido Kyle Cassel, Brian Montgomery y Mark Wilder. 

Todos ellos han impreso en este disco su magnifica 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! Les he preparado a ustedes, melómanos y músicos, una lista increíble de premios de acuerdo a su contribución, con esta cubriríamos lo siguiente:

- 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  

Graphic design by the Venezuelan artist Alejandro Calzadilla.
Graphic design by the Venezuelan artist Alejandro Calzadilla.
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!

Video teasers of the recording and mixing process! Check them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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    - 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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