About this project
"HARMONY FOR ELEPHANTS"
A breathtaking combination of eye-catching photography, knowledgeable insight and evocative music, brought together as a unique book with an accompanying album of specially written music, all about elephants and how they can live in harmony with humans.
This is a joint project between professional wildlife photographer and biologist Mrs Lesley Wood and Dr Kate Evans, biologist, elephant researcher and founder and director of the charity 'Elephants for Africa'. They first talked about publishing a book on elephants together back in 2010 and since then the concept has grown and developed massively into the amazing book and music project that it is today.
The aim of the project is to publish a beautiful fine art book about elephants and elephant conservation with its own CD album of music specially written for this project, recorded and donated by several world renowned musicians including ex-Genesis band members, Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips.
The book will be available both as an A4 sized unlimited standard edition and also as an A3 sized boxed limited edition version (250 copies only) which will come with a specially produced signed and numbered limited edition fine art companion print. The limited edition books will be signed by Lesley and Kate, and some of them will also be signed by the musicians involved, making them extremely sought after by collectors.
Both editions of the book will have an accompanying CD album of music composed specially for the project. The music will be a mixture of instrumental tracks and tracks with lyrics.
This Kickstarter project will raise the funds that are needed to publish both versions of the book and produce the accompanying music album. It will also help to raise awareness of the work being carried out by the “Elephants for Africa” team in Botswana.
Most of the work to produce the book and album is done. An excellent publisher has been sourced, the writing is well underway, the photographs selected and the music is being composed and recorded. A top record company is involved. All that’s needed now is help to raise the funds in order to get the book published and the album mastered.
Once published, 50% of the proceeds from the subsequent sale of the book with its accompanying album will be donated to “Elephants for Africa” to help them to continue and extend their valuable elephant research, conservation and education work and their ongoing harmonisation of the local community and elephants in Botswana.
“The World is currently losing between one hundred and two hundred African elephants a day due to the illegal ivory trade. However poaching is not the only threat to the long-term survival of the African elephant. Throughout their range the African elephant requires land outside of protected areas in order to survive, and this brings them into contact and therefore conflict with humans. Botswana is home to the largest remaining population of African elephant in the world and is therefore vital to the long-term survival of this iconic species. Due to recent ecological changes and an increasing population the African elephant is returning to old historic rangelands bringing them into contact with communities that have not had to live alongside wildlife, and in particular elephants, for a long time. The Boteti River region where the “Elephants for Africa” research camp is based has the highest reported incidences of human wildlife conflict.
So how do we move to a world of harmony where wildlife and humans can live safely side-by-side? We at Elephants for Africa believe this is achievable through applied research and education and the understanding of the requirements of both animals and humans. We take an holistic approach towards finding solutions for the communities living alongside wildlife and to benefit from it." Dr Kate Evans, Founder and Director of Elephants for Africa.
The book will be a stunning combination of Lesley's beautiful fine art elephant photography and Kate's compelling writing giving her expert insight into elephant biology and behaviour. It will take the reader on a journey through the lifecycle of the African elephant, babies, juveniles, adolescents, adulthood and old age and the challenges faced by them.
Along with the accompanying album of music it will be a breathtaking combination of eye-catching photography, knowledgeable insight and evocative music. This is an extremely exciting project and once produced we hope that this book along with it’s music will be a real indulgence for the senses.
The book will also include facts and statistics about elephants and short comments from local stakeholders in Botswana about their thoughts and experiences with elephants in their daily lives and how they are working hard to live peacefully alongside their local elephant population.
This project is unique.
It’s not just a book and its not just an album of music.
It's a book with its own accompanying album of specially written music.
The album of music will be a compilation specially composed for this project and donated by a selection of world-renowned musicians and it will ONLY be available together with the book and via this Kickstarter project as a digital download. Musicians involved include ex-Genesis band members Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips. Other renowned musicians are Nick Magnus, John Hackett, Nad Sylvan, Rob Townsend, Amanda Lehmann, Andy Tillison, Tony Patterson and Andy Neve who composed the music for the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ awards and Chris O'Connell.
This special collection of music truly is a ‘Live Aid’ for elephants, music written by famous musicians to be the voice for elephants and give an audio companion to Lesley's beautiful images of wild elephants.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Lesley Wood Lesley is the driving force behind this project, pulling together her photography with Kate's expert writing. Lesley's contact with the music industry has taken this project to another level and she's the one responsible for getting all the wonderful musicians to join the project. Lesley has a BSc (honours) degree in Applied Biology (Ecology). She became a professional wildlife photographer in 2006 following a 20yr career in industry as an entomologist. In 2013 she was awarded ‘Natural World Photographer of the Year’ and gained her Fellowship qualification in 2015. Lesley is passionate about Africa, its people and wildlife, particularly elephants and their conservation.
See: www.wildearthfineart.com for more of Lesley's wildlife photography.
Dr. Kate Evans Kate has over 18 years of experience as a field biologist in Southern Africa. Having completed her BSc in Zoology in 1993 she volunteered throughout Southern Africa to gain fieldwork experience before completing a Masters on the parasitology of a pride of lion in the Okavango Delta. In 2002, she set up a long-term research project on elephants in northern Botswana, which was the basis of her PhD on adolescent male elephant behaviour and the foundations of the charity Elephants for Africa. She has also studied meerkats in the Kalahari, insects in the Namib Desert, monkeys in South Africa and hippopotami in the Okavango Delta. She continues to be inspired by the wilderness of Botswana and is passionate about conserving African elephants. Her commitment to conservation has been recognised internationally by being awarded the Best Research Award from the animal welfare charity Wetnose in 2010 and the George B Rabb Conservation Medal from the Chicago Zoological Society in 2011. Kate is a research associate of the University of Bristol and a member of the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group.
Steve Hackett is a musician, songwriter and singer. He gained prominence as lead guitarist of the British progressive rock group Genesis, which he joined in 1970 and left in 1977 to pursue a solo career. Steve contributed to six Genesis studio albums, three live albums and seven singles. He has released albums and toured worldwide on a regular basis since. His body of work encompasses many styles, including progressive rock, world music and classical. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.
Anthony Phillips is a British composer & guitarist. He is known as a prolific writer of music for film and television as well as being a founding member of the band Genesis, with whom he recorded the albums From Genesis To Revelation and Trespass. Anthony’s debut solo album The Geese & The Ghost was released in 1977 and since then he has created an extensive output as a recording artist. Whilst Anthony continues to release solo albums to critical acclaim, increasingly his music has been much in-demand for film and television both through commissioned works and the licensing of tracks from his extensive output of Production Music. Commissions have included scores for the award-winning Survival series on ITV and the Natural World series on the BBC. Anthony’s music has also been featured on commercials, films and television series throughout the world. See: www.anthonyphillips.co.uk
Nick Magnus Composer, keyboard player and producer Nick Magnus is best known for his work with ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett from 1978 to 1989, providing his keyboard talents to at least twelve of Hackett’s albums to date, as well as touring Europe, the UK and the US. Nick started his musical career in early 1976 with the cult symphonic rock ensemble, The Enid. At the end of that year, he and drummer Robbie Dobson left The Enid to spend two years with the progressive rock band Autumn. The latter half of the 80's was spent doing session work with many diverse recording artistes such as China Crisis, Renaissance, George Martin, Mungo Jerry, Johhny Mars, Cilla Black, Jose Carrerras, Brian May, Richie Havens, Bonnie Tyler, Mike Batt, Classix Nouveaux, David Essex, Pete Bardens (Camel), Duncan Browne, Chris Rea, and Colin Blunstone. Nick also penned the soundtrack to the cult horror movie "Bloody New Year". He has contributed to numerous other works for film, TV and radio, and has since gained much experience in working with music to picture. See: www.magnus-music.com
Nad Sylvan began playing the piano at the age of four and started composing almost immediately. In 2008 he was involved with the highly acclaimed Unifaun album; a project of original music paying homage to the 70's era Genesis. The Unifaun album caught the attention of Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings and Transatlantic. Together they formed Agents Of Mercy in 2009 and have released three albums to date as well as touring extensively. Nad is vocalist for Steve Hackett and has joined him on several World tours. He has recently become a full time professional musician and has released his own solo albums, the most recent one “Courting The Widow” See: www.nadsylvan.com
Rob Townsend started playing the sax when he got fed up with carting drums around and has never looked back. He's played nearly everywhere with nearly everybody but he's particularly made his mark in jazz, having worked with, amongst others, Sam Rivers, Eddie Henderson, Bill Bruford, Django Bates, Tim Garland, Laurence Cottle and James Taylor of JTQ fame. Rob writes and records reams of music for TV, film, computer games and other media See: www.voodookazoo.com
Andy Neve: composer, songwriter, musician, producer, sound designer with over 25 years experience in writing and arranging songs and music soundtracks. He has recorded 6 library albums, 5 children’s albums, co-produced a top 30 album for the band Free The Spirit and wrote the music and lyrics on the title track of Shirley Bassey’s top 20 Album "Thank You For The Years". Andy’s broadcast work includes: Wogan’s Web (BBC1), Voyage of Terror (ITV) Secret Service (BBC1), Tomorrow’s World (BBC1), Business Matters (BBC2) Horizon (BBC1), A Word In Your Ear (BBC1), Over The Moon (Channel 4) The Jarmies (Sky) and 7 BBC World Service radio programmes including Europe Today and Newsday. Commercials include: Mercedes, Mizuno, Coop & Meltus. Corporate clients incude: British Telecom, ICI, Shell, Nationwide, Cemex, VW/Audi and Reed. He's worked with: Alison Moyet (Top 20 Album), Free the Spirit (Top 30 Album), Godley & Crème (10cc), Dame Shirley Bassey (Top 20 Album), The Move, Nick Magnus (Steve Hackett), Universal Music, WEA, Sony Music UK, etc. He was a non-executive Director of the Performing Right Society (PRS) for 12 years and the MCPS-PRS Alliance Board for 6 years. See: www.nevemusic.co.uk
Amanda Lehman Originally a classically trained pianist, Amanda fell in love with the power of rock and the overdriven guitar. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Amanda has written and recorded many pieces, and is currently working on her solo album. She has played in several bands and has been involved in various duo and solo work, session vocals and guitar, and also written music for film and TV. From 2009 Amanda has been playing guitar and backing/lead vocals with Steve Hackett, recording vocals on "Out of the Tunnel's Mouth" and subsequently joining the band on the UK 2009 tour, and continuing throughout 2010-2013. Amanda has also recorded vocals on Steve Hackett's "Beyond the Shrouded Horizon", Squackett's "A Life Within a Day" and Steve Hackett's "Genesis Revisited II" and Wolflight. She also performs on the live DVD "Fire & Ice", and appears on Steve's "Live at Hammersmith" and "Live at the Albert Hall" DVDs. She is currently working on her solo album. See: www.amandalehmann.co.uk
Andy Tillison Diskdrive is a Songwriter and Keyboards player from Yorkshire, England. He will celebrate 40 years as a recording and gigging musician in 2018. Best known for his work in two of the bands he has led, "Parallel Or 90 Degrees" or "Po90", and since 2003 "The Tangent", a project that started off as a Progressive Rock Supergroup but quickly became a vehicle for Andy's writing. He works from a broad palette, incorporating diverse influences into his music, frequently flitting between German style electronica, Funk, Jazz and even Punk and Classical, he's reworked pieces by Stravinsky, Debussy and Borodin for electric ensembles and has composed two "electric sinfonias" most notably The Tangent's "Le Sacre Du Travail" released in 2013. After 40 years, Andy Tillison has refused to compromise his stance on music and while he's never likely to end up a household name he has the respect of many around him. He has been an animal rights campaigner since his college days "As a keyboards player" he says. "I am aware I am a part of a tradition that historically exploited the ivory trade in a huge way. It saddens me to know that such a large contribution to such a thoughtless and wasteful industry was conducted on behalf of my antecedents. I am delighted therefore, to be a part of a project that seeks to redress the balance". See: www.thetangent.org
Tony Patterson is best known for his work with ReGenesis but has also written countless pieces for film & TV. He has worked with Nick Magnus and John Hackett and in 2006 was a finalist in the BBC New Composer campaign. In 2014 he released the critically acclaimed 'Northlands' album with fellow North East musician, Brendan Eyre and releases his firth solo album 'Equations Of Meaning' in February 2016.
Chris O'Connell was born in Liverpool started learning guitar at15 and began singing at 19. He's worked in various bands and has been involved in studio recordings and live solo gigs. He studied live performance and has written an albums worth of material which is as yet unreleased. Chris has an amazing voice, a real stage presence and a vocal tone reminiscent of a young Phil Collins. See: www.genesisvisibletouch.com
*** NEWS: We have more musicians joining Harmony for elephants - see project updates for info! ***
HOW DO WE MAKE THIS HAPPEN?
Most of the hard work has been done, photographs taken, writing is underway and music is being composed and recorded. All this has taken many many hours of dedicated hard work – all of which has been paid for by ourselves. We now need to raise £20,000 in order to fund the publishing of the standard A4 book, the limited edition A3 book and the mastering of the accompanying album.
How can you help to fund this project?
Kickstarter projects are all or nothing. If this project is to succeed, it will have to meet its target amount, if not, no money will change hands and the book and album may not happen.
Please help us to reach our target of £20,000 by buying one of the rewards on offer.
Here's a summary of the rewards on offer (for full details of each reward see the full descriptions in the rewards column):
PLEDGE £1 OR MORE: A donation: A donation of any amount to help get this project started.
PLEDGE £5 OR MORE: A Digital Wallpaper: A digital wallpaper picture of elephants for your computer, taken by Lesley showing an elephant enjoying bathing in the Boteti River.
PLEDGE £15 OR MORE: Mounted and signed elephant photograph: A 10x8 inch mounted photograph titled "Near and Far" taken and signed by Lesley. Will fit any 12x10 inch frame.
PLEDGE £20 OR MORE: Digital version of the book and music album "Harmony for Elephants": A digital download version of both the book and the music album "Harmony For Elephants". This will be made available to download a few months after the publication of the book and album. See reward listing for full info.
Pledge £40 or more: STANDARD EDITION A4 COPY OF THE "HARMONY FOR ELEPHANTS" BOOK AND MUSIC ALBUM CD:
Pledge £150 or more: LIMITED EDITION FINE ART PRINT "AN ELEPHANT FOR AFRICA": A 20 x 24 inch Limited Edition Fine Art Print (only 500 produced) "An Elephant For Africa" by Lesley Wood, numbered and signed by BBC's Nick Knowles, James Honeybourne, Lesley and Kate 15 of these available here.
Pledge £180 or more: STANDARD EDITION A4 COPY OF "HARMONY FOR ELEPHANTS" BOOK AND MUSIC ALBUM CD AND FINE ART PRINT PACKAGE: An A4 sized standard copy of the book "Harmony For Elephants" with a CD album of music specially produced by several world renowned musicians. PLUS a 20x24 inch Limited Edition Fine Art Print (500 produced) "An Elephant For Africa" numbered and signed by BBC's Nick Knowles, James Honeybourne, Lesley & Kate. (Normal RRP for the combination: £195 10 of these book & print combinations available.
Pledge £220 or more: PAINTED ELEPHANT FOOTPRINTS ON CANVAS - ORIGINAL PAINTINGS BY ELEPHANTS These are canvas paintings created by the elephants of Memphis Zoo by walking on paint and then stepping onto canvas. 5 available.
Pledge £345 or more: A FABULOUS ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE AT MEMPHIS ZOO PLUS A STANDARD EDITION OF THE "HARMONY FOR ELEPHANTS" BOOK AND MUSIC ALBUM CD: An intimate experience with the elephant keepers at the Memphis Zoo and a standard copy of the book, for more details see actual reward write-up. Just 1 available.
Pledge £350 or more: LIMITED EDITION BOOK PACKAGE (numbers 151-250) : See reward listing for full information. 100 available.
Pledge £400 or more: SPECIAL MEET AND GREET SOCIAL EVENING: Join Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips and Nick Magnus (plus some of the other musicians if available) and Lesley and Kate for an informal buffet meal with refreshments on Saturday 30th July 2016 at a private location in Surrey. Your opportunity to spend the evening with and chat to the people involved in bringing this project to fruition! Food and refreshments provided. This reward is an amazing opportunity to get close to your musical heroes and have a wonderful time! This will be sought after and there are only ten places on offer so don't waste time snapping one up! This reward includes a free standard A4 edition copy of the book and music album CD "Harmony for Elephants" (which will be available for approx Christmas 2016) and a special book insert that you can get signed on the night.
You have to be able to get yourself to a location in Surrey (it is easily reachable by car or train from London and a very short taxi drive). 10 places available.
Pledge £400 or more: A FABULOUS ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE AT THE MARYLAND ZOO PLUS A STANDARD EDITION OF THE "HARMONY FOR ELEPHANTS" BOOK AND MUSIC ALBUM CD: This reward is for one group of four people. To be taken by the end of May 2017. See actual reward listing for full details.
Pledge £500 or more: LIMITED EDITION BOOK PACKAGE (numbers 51/250 - 150/250) : An A3 limited edition (limited to 250) copy of the book "Harmony For Elephants" numbered and signed Lesley and elephant expert Kate. The book will be in a special presentation box along with the album of music CD in a special "album art" case. Also included is an A3 limited edition (limited to 250) fine art companion print "Harmony For Elephants" signed by Lesley. This print is only available with this Limited edition book. Also includes an A3 album art photographic print. Limited edition book numbers for this reward: 51/250 to 150/250 Also includes a free standard edition A4 copy of the "Harmony for Elephants" book and music album CD. 100 of these available.
Pledge £560 or more: AN "ELEPHANT WILD ENCOUNTER" AT ZOO ATLANTA: This is a private elephant encounter for one group of up to ten people at Zoo Atlanta, USA. See actual reward listing for full details. Also includes one A4 sized standard copy of the book "Harmony For Elephants" with a CD album of music specially produced to go with this book by several world renowned musicians. To be published in time for Christmas 2016. (Normal RRP £45). Only 1 available.
Pledge £1,000 or more: LIMITED EDITION BOOK SPECIAL PACKAGE (numbers 11/250 - 50/250): An A3 limited edition (limited to 250) copy of the book "Harmony For Elephants" numbered and signed by Lesley & Kate AND SIGNED BY ALL OF THE MUSICIANS. The book will be in a special presentation box along with the album of music in a special "album art" case. Also included is an A3 limited edition (limited to 250) fine art companion print "Harmony For Elephants" signed by Lesley. This print is only available with this Limited edition book. Also includes an A3 album art photographic print. Also includes your name mentioned in the credits in the book as a valued backer. Also includes a free standard edition A4 version of the "Harmony for Elephants" book & music album CD. 40 of these available.
Pledge £1,500 or more: LIMITED EDITION BOOK SPECIAL PACKAGE (numbers 2/250 - 10/250): An A3 limited edition (limited to 250) copy of the book "Harmony For Elephants" numbered and signed by Lesley and Kate AND SIGNED BY ALL OF THE MUSICIANS. The book will be in a special presentation box along with the album of music CD in a special "album art" case. Also included is an A3 limited edition (limited to 250) fine art companion print "Harmony For Elephants" signed by Lesley. This print is only available with this Limited edition book. Also includes an A3 album art photographic print. Also includes a limited edition (of 10) mounted A3 photograph of Steve Hackett taken by Lesley and signed by Steve and Lesley. Also includes your name mentioned in the credits in the book as a valued backer. Also includes a free standard edition A4 version of the "Harmony for Elephants" book and music album CD. 9 of these available.
Pledge £2,000 or more: TOP REWARD PACKAGE WITH LIMITED EDITION BOOK NUMBER 1/250: For more information see the reward listing. THIS BOOK WILL BE HIGHLY COLLECTABLE AND EXTREMELY SOUGHT AFTER. Only 1 available.
PLEASE HELP TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN
Elephants need all the help we can give them to ensure their long-term survival. Please support this fantastic Kickstarter project and reserve your copy of this beautiful and heartwarming book and album of music, to enable Lesley, Kate and the musicians to bring their vision to realisation.
Join in the journey of the African Elephant, through its life stages from birth to old age. Learn about their challenges and how scientists are working with communities to enable humans and elephants to live alongside each other. Immerse yourself in a wonderful experience of stunning photography and evocative music.
Proceeds raised from the subsequent sale of the book will ensure that the hard work by Elephants for Africa can carry on and expand to make the lives of both people and elephants better, achieving a safe and sustainable livelihood for people and “Harmony for Elephants”
Risks and challenges
Most of the hard work for this project has been completed.
This project is being managed by professionals throughout. Lesley is a professional wildlife photographer who is efficient at producing fine art quality photography and has many contacts in the professional photography industry. Kate is a leading expert in elephant conservation and the musicians are all well known competent professionals who are totally committed to the project.
- Lesley has all of the photography finished and the pictures are of beautiful fine art print quality.
- Kate has planned out the theme of the book, the writing is underway and the 'Elephants for Africa' team is working closely with the farmers and school-children in Botswana for their contributions.
- The musicians are all committed to producing and recording their tracks for the album and many of them have already completed their tracks.
- We have excellent publishers ready to get to work on the book. Several meetings have taken place and everything has been carefully costed out.
- We have a top UK record company on board, Esoteric Recordings (Cherry Red Record Group) who are ready to produce and master the CD and help with marketing.
The only challenge that lies ahead is to keep it to our estimated timescales, this isn't just a book project, it isn't just a music album project, it is both at once which makes it a complex project to manage.
Lesley, as manager of the project, will endeavour to keep this project running to plan and aims to have the books with their album ready in time for Christmas 2016.
If fully funded, with the professionals involved, we have no doubt that this project will be completed. We see no risk involved for investors and we will do all that we can to reach our estimated timescales although these could potentially slip by a few weeks if printers/producers have any issues beyond our control.
Any questions about anything relating to this project please get in touch via the contact button.
A BIG THANK YOU from Lesley, Kate and the musicians
Many thanks also to Leanne of "Bellatrix Photography & Film Ltd." and Dick of "TriMedia Enterprises" for their expert help in creating our Kickstarter video.
Thanks also to Matt Le Quesne for book mock-ups.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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