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I'm producing my first album, using my bass and a groove to take you "HOME"

I'm a bassist and composer from Chicago, now living in New York City. I've spanned the globe as a musician, performing throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, as well as in the Middle East and the Caribbean (check out my website!)

I’m launching this Kickstarter campaign to produce my first album!

HOME could become a sensation!

WHAT'S IN THIS FOR YOU

If you become a backer and make a pledge, you're going to get some very cool rewards, listed to the right of this page.  We've got all kinds of fun stuff for you: CHICAGO-STYLE PIZZA, digital downloads, autographed CD's, jazz history lessons, my impersonations (yes that's right!), you can even become the co-executive producer!  

All rewards can also be gifted (great for the holidays!). Just send me the recipient’s name and I will send you back a personalized gift certificate for you to give.  Please be sure to send me the recipient’s email address so I can make all of the follow up arrangements.

THE INSPIRATION

Home will be a celebration of my musical and personal roots, showcasing the wonders of rhythm and what we musicians call “the groove.”  

The album will consist of nine original compositions, each connected by a focus on my bass playing, as well as the percussive sounds of vibraphone, steel drums, hand drums and piano, where harmony, melody and rhythm converge.

It's an exciting and innovative instrumentation.  It highlights the heartbeat of jazz, its pulse, which is the foundation, the HOME of the music.

The title also refers to those essential and foundational places we all cherish, the literal homes we inhabit, the figurative homes in our hearts, and the life-affirming spaces we continue to seek.

The musical pillar of my home was my mom Muriel who continues to bring music to my ears every day. 

This album is dedicated to her, as well as the loving memories of my father Gerald and brother Marc.  

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is when you pool contributions from various people to support a project in exchange for various rewards. Kickstarter is the most widely used crowdfunding website—on Kickstarter, if the funding goal isn’t reached within a certain timeframe, no one is charged a cent, and no rewards are distributed.

You make a pledge, become a "backer", and when the total amount is raised, you receive a "reward".

But, It’s an "all or nothing" model. 

So, in order to accomplish everything that needs to be done to complete this project I need to reach the total amount of my goal of $22,000 by my deadline or the project won't be funded...this would mean your pledge won't count you won’t get charged, and we won't get to make our record. You wouldn’t have the chance to have this music enrich your life, and you won't be able to reap the benefits of the very cool perks listed in the right column of this page! 

WHAT WILL YOUR PLEDGE GO TOWARDS?

Your pledges will fund the following elements of production:

  • Studio time
  • Musicians Fees
  • Promotion
  • Editing, Mixing, Mastering
  • CD Design
  • Photography
  • CD Replication
  • Kickstarter Fee (5%)

SPREAD THE WORD! 

Let as many people as you can know about this campaign-this is about galvanizing a critical mass and a community around creating something that could really break some new ground. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to watch my video, read what I have written here, and consider backing this project. Please make a pledge, join me, and reap the rewards! 

TAKE THIS MUSIC HOME WITH YOU, AND LET IT TAKE YOU HOME, WHEREVER THAT MAY BE

Videographer: David Rock/davidrockfilm@gmail.com
Photo Credits: Phil O'Brien/Twitter:@philobr, Lauren Cohen

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

These kinds of projects can always get pushed back, especially during the post-producton process of mixing, and desiging/replicating the final product. I have taken this into consideration, and have tried to leave some extra time for the fulfillment of rewards should such a delay arise. Please be confident though, that I WILL get you your rewards, no matter what happens. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to inbox me, and I’ll be happy to address them.

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