שלום חברים, עברית למטה
Hello dear supporters,
If you are reading this, it means that you have dedicated your time to look at my project. You cannot imagine how moved I am by this. I do not take any of you for granted and it is important for me that you know that.
This year is the 40th anniversary of my musical path. I began when I was 13 years old at the Israeli Song Festival and I have not stopped singing, writing, arranging, recording, performing in Israel, North America and Europe, to be interviewed on radio and television, and to create cartoon voice-overs to series like the Smurfs and the Barbie Movies (I am the the Hebrew voice of Smurfette and Barbie), Bob the Builder, The Little Lulu Show, as well as to direct, translate and so much more.
Beyond that and all throughout, I have created my life’s work, my family. I have married the gifted musician, Ron Druyan, and we have four children, Tomi, Tutti, Shaqed, and Emily. Each of them is a wonder on their own right. This is what I am most proud of, happy with, what I love and live for, without which no success in the world would fulfill or make me happy. But since I have my family around me, I can open up to the world and sing from within.
In the last few years, as part of my long career, I began my journey as a Cantorial Singer at Temple Emanuel of Andover, MA. What a change! I do not come from a religious family, but excellent music and beautiful lyrics always spoke to me. I do not think that I have ever come across music that affected me as much as the music at the Temple does. It deepens my ability to be emotional and vulnerable. Through this music I learned that it’s okay to break my walls in front of the world and to open a window to my soul. And this is where the name for this album and concert came from “Connected” - ״מחוברת״, because this is simply the truth, this is truly what happened to me, I became connected. And if you ask me what to, my answer is - to everything. It started with myself and continued to my surroundings, to a connection to my being which could be called the universe. A connection stemming from an emotional strength, that isn’t religious, it is spiritual.
I am in the midst of working on this album, work that includes rehearsals, recording, consultations and decisions made based on hard work. But don’t get me wrong, I call this hard work because it is intense, but if it were possible to measure my happiness and excitement at any point during this process, I would be 100 percent joyous on all accounts. I believe that if you listen to this album you will go through a similar experience. A journey of joy, tranquility, happiness, tears, and most of all - connection.
Your support is absolutely invaluable. I want to thank you here in advance, and to promise you that you did the right thing.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart,
One of the songs that will be included in Connected is Avinu Malkeinu. Here is a live version of Ron Druyan's incredible arrangement.
אבינו מלכינו יכלל בין שירי הפרוייקט, כאן בביצוע מתוך הופעה חיה בעיבוד מרגש של רון דרויאן
MAZAL TOV!! Together we made it happen - מזל טוב!! ביחד עשינו את זה
הרגשה נפלאה להגיע למטרה הראשונית שהצבנו לעצמינו!! המשיכו לשתף אנשים נוספים ע״מ שנוכל להמשיך ולהשקיע בפרוייקט בדברים מחויבי מציאות כמו וידאו קליפים, תקציב נוסף ליחסי ציבור וסיוע בתקצוב המופע החי
It's an amazing feeling to reach our first goal!! Keep sharing Connected so we can invest more in the project in necessities like music videos, a bigger PR & marketing budget & support budget for the live show.
איילת פינקס האחיינית המוכשרת שלי מגיעה כאן לגבהים חדשים בעיצוב שיצרה עבור ״מחוברת״ . אני נרגשת שהיא לוקחת חלק בפרויקט ומשתפת אותנו בכשרון הגדול ובעיצובים הכובשים שלה
Ayelet Pinkas, my niece, has been outdoing herself with the artwork for Connected. I am beyond excited to have her be a part of this project, sharing her talent.
Here is a sample of what is to come:
In the last couple of decades, the music industry has gone through significant changes. While some of these changes are challenging, they also bring about great opportunities. There is a great rise in number of creations, the level of expression, creativity and freedom, which allows us artists to search for quality and artistic truth. With that, the support of the record labels that has mostly disappeared, creates funding challenges. As a result, the dialogue between the artist and their supporters becomes more important than ever, and the crowd becomes involved by supporting projects and artists they love and believe in, through crowdfunding. This forms a type of partnership between the artist and their followers, which helps guarantee the continuation of these independent artistic creations.
My team and I have created a humble budget that would allow me to produce a high quality, professional album for you. I have already covered the recording, mixing, and the musical production expenses, which hold a significant portion of the budget any album. The sum I am asking for (Chai-thousand American Dollars, $18,000 USD) will go towards: Musicians, mastering, cover and campaign artwork, copyrights, CD printing, as well as Publicity and PR for the album and Performance production.
Since Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, I am asking the minimum amount needed to produce a high quality, professional production, and I promise you that every additional dollar that will be collected beyond the $18,000, will be invested in this project.
Examples of Investment of Additional Funds
· Music video / videos
· An increase in budget for Publicity and PR so Connected could reach as many people as possible
· Additional funds for rehearsals for the live concert production tour of Connected
· Tour support (North America / Israel)
If a sum greater than $18,000 will be collected at the end of this campaign, I will conduct a survey among all of you, supporters, so I could receive feedback that would help me make the decision of where to invest the additional funds in a manner that would support the promotion of Connected in the best possible way.
Risks and challenges
Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform. We will need every penny requested in this project, and therefore it is crucial we surpass our asking goal. In order to minimize delivery issues with our rewards, we have created gifts that are almost fully under our production control.
קיקסטרטר הינו פלטפורמה של הכל או לא כלום. לפיכך חשוב מאד שנגיע לפחות ל - 18.000 הדולר אותם הצבנו כמטרה. ע״מ לצמצם ככל האפשר בעיות במשלוחי חבילות התגמולים לתומכים, יצרנו מתנות שהפקתן היא תחת שליטה כמעט בלעדית שלנו
- (36 days)