We are feeling a little silly! We clearly underestimated the love, support, and generosity of our fans, friends, and family!
LET'S GO FOR DOUBLE!
As of today:
- ALL backers get TWO extra surprise rewards (it's a little extra sumthin' sumthin' for everyone times 2!)
- If we get ONE more commission, we'll release an EP of the new songs/tunes (we've received 4 through kickstarter & one through a private commission.)
MUSIC FOR ALL!
NEW REWARDS: ALL $1 PLEDGES (& pledges under $10) will get ONE TRACK FROM THE NEW ALBUM with the not so secret goal of reaching 200 BACKERS!!! As an added bonus, ALL PLEDGES of $10 and under will be entered in a chance to win a physical copy of the new album!
We have gone back into the studio!
Whatever did we do?
We recorded our second album for you, and you, and also for us!
(well, sort of... We completed the first phase of creating the album and now we need your help to finish it and share it with the world.)
As many of you know, our second album is long over due. Not out of laziness or inactivity, mind you. One might say, just the opposite - we kept doing things. Big things, like getting graduate degrees and traveling overseas for months at a time, starting new careers as faculty in prestigious music institutions and all along performing hundreds of shows and writing tons of new music.
Speaking of music, here is a sample to go along with your reading further:
In case you don't know ANYTHING about us, you are welcome to scroll to the bottom of this and we'll introduce ourselves* (it's only the polite thing to do). Then you can come back up here and continue reading.
Finally this horrid winter, while the rest of the world slept under tons of snow, we got busy and recorded 11 new songs. We didn't simply record them. We made our musical dreams come true - wrote bold new arrangements and invited some of our favorite musicians to join us, co-produced the new songs with the incredible Peter Moore (Count Zero, Think Tree, The Blue Man Group, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Disney's Fantasia), invented a new instrument and dubbed it the tambo-coin, repaired instruments with rubber bands and pliers, baked cookies and drank celebratory tequila. One might say, the bulk of the work is done. We managed to finance most of the first phase of this complicated process with money we saved from playing shows and selling our first EP.
As we enter the second phase, we need your help!
Here's what's left to be done (and to be paid for):
- mix and master the songs ($2000)
- create album graphics ($500)
- duplicate CDs and vinyl ($1500 and up depending on demand)
- create T-shirt design, silk screen it on beautiful tees and tanks ($500 and up)
- promote the new album (this one has no bottom)
- pay the musicians who graciously donated their time for free ($500)
- produce and promote the best CD release show ever. You are all invited! (this one is bottomless too)
In other words we need $6000 to complete the absolute minimum required for the new album to end up in your hands, on your computers and ultimately in your ears.
Here is a glimpse of what else could happen with any money above and beyond the $6000:
- it will help us travel to some of you even if you don't live walking distance from us. (hint: we both LOVE touring)
- we can spread the word about this little duo that could wider and louder (hiring a publicity team to connect with press outlets near & far)
- give the Goli website a much needed redesign & some new photographs of the gals.
- we can finally properly repair our beloved instruments
- we can buy Vess a new Marimba Lumina in case the current one decides to retire. (Truth be told, we are very grateful and a little surprised it hasn't already.)
In return we thought of a few things YOU may enjoy:
First of course, you get the new album in whatever format you choose. We are personally very excited about the vinyl. So much space for eHawk's amazing graphics! (peek preview coming up soon!)
Our two favorites are the house concert, which could happen at your house or ours:
and the special concert on September 20th. We have invited all the musicians who contributed to the album, as well as Peter Moore (engineer, co-producer) and eHawk (graphic design). We'll share our favorite red wine and goat cheese spread with you, we'll play some music and last but not least, we get to enjoy the magical space we get to call home:
And we couldn't help ourselves but include a couple of silly rewards because taking yourself too seriously can be a dangerous thing!
How we came to be the little duo that could
GOLI appeared, like a Phoenix, out of the ashes of Fluttr Effect.
Playing in Fluttr Effect - a five piece art rock band with unusual instrumentation and eclectic musical influences - had been a life changing experience with enormous highs and invaluable lessons in independent band survival techniques.
After the vortex of emotions settled down, Val and Vess realized a few things: they were not done playing with each other; they still had a lot to say musically; and (arguably most important) - Val can sing. Really sing! And write great songs. We also knew from experience that we can manage an overseas tour if the regular tour manager falls off the face of the earth, we can book and promote our own shows, we are not afraid to play on the streets of Boston one day and at Jordan Hall the next, we are very good at arguing without fighting, and last but not least, we really enjoy making music together. Not to mention, marimba and cello sound fabulous together!
We recorded our first EP within a few months of calling ourselves GOLI, and began playing shows and writing new songs. A couple of years later we were ready to record a new album, when a brilliant idea came to mind: NOW is the right time to go back to school and get a graduate degree in Contemporary Improvisation. So we did. Together. And it was good. And hard. And fantastic. And exhausting. But it was definitely the right thing to do at that time.
It is now another two years later and this time nothing can stop us. The new album is well underway and with your help, we can take it to the end and then spread the word about it.
*Who we are:
Goli is a duo of misfit classical musicians with an appetite for world music that has cut its teeth in rock bands, world folk ensembles, symphony orchestras and the occasional free improv outlet. We play chamber music for the modern era and are madly in love with tango, Bartok, red wine, and goat cheese.
The two sides of Goli are: Valerie Thompson (voice, cello) and Vessela Stoyanova (marimba, melodica).
A Kansas City, MO native, cellist-songwriter-composer, Valerie Thompson, grew up as a classical cellist in a household filled with the music of Bach, The Beatles, The Chieftains and the blues. She graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music and holds a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory.
A cellist versatile in many genres, she has shared the stage with the likes of acclaimed jazz pianist, Fred Hersch; indie-rock icon, Amanda Palmer; multimedia artist, Christopher Janney; and CMH Records’, Vitamin String Quartet (including a guest appearance on CW’s TV show, Gossip Girl.) She has toured nationally and internationally with musical projects as diverse as Fluttr Effect (world music-infused progressive rock,) Long Time Courting (neo-traditional Irish/American quartet) and Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (indie-Americana) in addition to performing with Goli (song-driven chamber duo). Not just an engaged performer, Valerie is an active teacher, songwriter, and recording session musician, and her original music has scored independent films and plays.
A widely respected performer, composer, and educator, Vessela Stoyanova is a triple threat on the Boston music scene. Born and raised in Bulgaria, much of her original music is inspired by the folk music of the Balkans. Her compositions have been recorded by numerous ensembles and performed at major Boston-area venues including the Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall, The Loeb Drama Center at the American Repertory Theater, as well as at many smaller venues around the U.S. and Europe. As a performer Vessela combines virtuosic mallet technique with the world of electronics, especially via her prototype instrument the “Marimba Lumina” -- a sophisticated mallet MIDI controller. Currently she performs and writes for two projects: Bury Me Standing (a gypsy dirge-core band) and Goli (a modern chamber music duo), both of which she co-founded. Vessela recently joined the Jazz Composers Alliance and has been a featured soloist for a number of their concerts. Vessela holds a master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music. She is now a faculty member at the Berklee College of Music, where she teaches Harmony and Marimba.
Risks and challenges
Here in GOLI land we'd like to think that the sky is the limit. But we also have our feet well grounded on Earth. So while we'd love to reach millions of people with our clever, well played little (non)-love stories in musical form, we do realize, we may not ever be the next pop idols.
So instead of chasing after the giant and frankly, disoriented music industry, we turn to you - our current listeners - to spread the word and help us climb the mountain.
We hope one day you can say, "I helped them back when they were playing tiny clubs and sending homemade CDs out, and look at them NOW!" Hopefully with your help we can make that scenario a reality.
- (30 days)