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We are honeybird & the birdies, based in Rome, Italy, and we're heading into the studio to make our sophomore album!!
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/// HERE IN ENGLISH /// SOTTO IN ITALIANO /// 

YOU SHOULD COPRODUCE (THE BIRDIES)

Ciao A Tutti! Hey Everyone!

We are honeybird & the birdies, based in Rome, Italy, and we're heading into the studio to make our sophomore album. We will record at Obst und Gemüse, a magical place in a rustic country house in northern Italy in the mountains near Verona, from 1-7 April, one full week of production, followed by one week of mixing in Milano in June. Music makes life better.

Who are we and what do we play?

honeybird - charango, guitar, bağlama, berimbau, mandolin, vox

p-birdie - drums, percussion, ukelele, guitar, vox

walkietalkiebird - bass, u-bass, eko tiger, xuxuca, vox

Who will we be working with? (the wow-factor for us)

The Creative Producer and Bass Clarinettist: Enrico Gabrielli (of Mariposa, Calibro 35, Mike Patton's Mondo Cane, and Der Maurer)

The Recording Engineers and Amazing Musically-Minded Peeps: Rocco Marchi and Francesca Baccolini (of Hobocombo)

The Mix Engineer: Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Calibro 35)

The Studio: Obst und Gemüse, Cerro Veronese, ITALY

It is an honor to work with this team. Enrico and Rocco play in a band called Mariposa, who I saw three years ago for the first time in Rome and was blown away and thought how excellent it would be to collaborate with them in some way, shape or form. And now, here we are!!

 Album Title?

"You Should Reproduce".

Why?

Because it's an absurdity. The Italian gynecologist told me this the other day and I could not believe my ears. We took the concept and wrote a song about it. We strongly believe it is each woman's choice to reproduce or not and we respect both choices. 

From Reproduce to Coproduce?

As you read our kickstarter page, you are already indelibly involved in our album. We are sharing the pre-production and production with you, family, akron/family, friends and perfect strangers, in hopes of having our album reach more people. Music unites people, music can heal, music is culture and we live in a country where culture is often not appreciated by local leaders. We wish to go beyond these confines.

Therefore by coproducing our album you get to take part in this. 

What are the songs about?

At the moment, there are 16 songs, in 6 languages (English, Italian, Mapudugun, Catanese, German and Macedonian) - on a wide variety of topics, ranging from Roman cats, Roman drivers, genocide, local foods in Skopje, Macedonia, dream travels to Mali and Burkina Faso, life changes, relationships, swimming underwater to the Earth's core, coldness, and of course, reproduction!

PLEASE NOTE: The successive rewards do not automatically include the previous rewards.

we love music, unconditionally, and we thank you for coproducing with us! 

///////////////// IN ITALIANO ///////////////// 

YOU SHOULD COPRODUCE (THE BIRDIES)

Ciao a tutti! Hey everyone!

Siamo honeybird & the birdies, una band con base a Roma, e stiamo per realizzare il nostro secondo album. Registreremo ad aprile al Obst und Gemüse, uno studio magico situato in un posto idillico del nord d'italia. Poi a Giugno, seguirà il missaggio con un superfonico a Milano. La musica rende la vita migliore.

Chi siamo e cosa suoniamo?

honeybird - charango, chitarra, baglama, berimbau, mandolino, voce

p-birdie - batteria, percussioni, ukulele, chitarra, voce

walkietalkiebird - basso, u-bass, eco tiger, xuxuca, voce

Con chi lavoreremo? (la nostra ciliegina sulla torta)

Sarà l'eclectico produttore e basso clarinettista Enrico Gabrielli ad accompagnarci in studio (Mariposa, Calibro 35, Mondo Cane di Mike Patton, Der Maurer)

Si occuperanno delle riprese Rocco Marchi e Francesca Baccolini (degli Hobocombo)

Il missaggio sarà fatto da Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Calibro 35)

Lo studio: Obst und Gemüse, Cerro Veronese, ITALY

E' un onore per noi avere a disposizione una squadra come questa. Enrico e Rocco fanno parte dei Mariposa, che ho visto tre anni fa per la prima volta a Roma, e sono rimasta senza fiato. Da allora ho pensato a quanto sarebbe stato bello collaborare con loro in qualche modo, qualsiasi modo. E adesso…eccoci qui!

Titolo dell'album?

"You should reproduce" 

Perché?

Perchè è un assurdità. Una ginecologa italiana una volta mi disse questo ed io non potevo credere a ciò che sentivo. Da li abbiamo estrapolato il concetto e scritto una canzone su questo. Crediamo fermamente che ogni donna sia libera di "riprodursi" o no, e rispettiamo entrambe le scelte.

From Reproduce to Coproduce?

Da come potete leggere nella pagina Kickstarter, siete già indelebilmente coinvolti nel nostro album. Stiamo condividendo la preproduzione e la produzione con voi, famiglia, akron/family, amici, perfetti stranieri, con la speranza che il nostro album arrivi e si estenda a più persone. La musica unisce la gente, la musica può guarire, la musica è cultura. Viviamo in un paese dove spesso la cultura non è abbastanza apprezzata. Speriamo di andare oltre questi confini.

Perciò, dalla coproduzione del nostro album, prenderete parte anche di questo.

Di cosa parlano le canzoni?

Al momento abbiamo 16 canzoni, in sei lingue (Inglese, Italiano, Mapudugun, Catanese, Tedesco e Macedone) - con un ampia varietà di argomenti, a partire dai guidatori romani, gatti romani, genocidio, specialità culinarie locali in Skopje, Macedonia, sogni di viaggi dal Mali a Burkina Faso, cambiamenti di vita, relazioni, immersioni sott'acqua fino al centro della terra, freddo, ed ovviamente, la riproduzione!

NOTA BENE: i premi successivi non includono automaticamente quelli precedenti

Amiamo la musica, incondizionatamente, e grazie per la vostra coproduzione!

(per una spiegazione dei premi in italiano, scriveteci)

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    Receive a list of each birdies' favorite 10 albums, books, movies, websites, bands and songs. Also get your name (or your band's name) on the album artwork as executive producer-birdies and really impress your friends at your next dinner party or concert with your hipness!

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    A skype chat with the birdies in which they play you a new song from the album live and tell you what went in to writing, composing and arranging the song. (optional: quickie Italian and/or English and/or Catanese lesson)

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    Perform live on stage with honeybird & the birdies at an upcoming show near your hometown (2012-2013). Decision will be made together as to what you will do. Be elastic and ready to wear colorful flowers and boas.

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    We will listen to your band's demo and record some unique vocal harmonies on it, you choose whether or not to use them! You will also receive your very own bird-name and become an honorary birdie :-)

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    A surprise present via email from each member of the band and three original greeting cards by honeybird (deemed too risqué and bizzarre by Hallmark). Look here: http://honeybird.net/photos/photos.html

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    Singing lesson with p-birdie in Rome + original piano sonata in three movements by honeybird (includes sheet music and mp3). NOTE: if you come to Rome, honeybird will perform the piano sonata live on the grand piano at Groovefarm Studios.

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    Live improvised secret concert of the birdies with Enrico (Gabrielli) in the Pantheon of Rome. The event will be announced six hours before and all can attend. The music will start slow and will be entirely improvised.

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    honeybird will let her hair grow out, p-birdie will cover any song of your choice and upload it to youtube, and walkietalkiebird will play a personal u-bass concert for you via skype.

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    Live improvised concert "per strada", on the streets of Rome, in Piazza Campidoglio. This is a provocation to the Mayor Of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, who recently deemed it illegal to play music on the streets.

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    honeybird & the birdies will play your favorite song (of theirs or anyone elses) as their encore at all of their live shows in 2013. please send 5 top choices.

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    Enrico will conduct a concert of honeybird & the birdies, as in a classical setting, however the concert will take place at Il Pincio, in Villa Borghese, overlooking the city of Rome.

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    honeybird & the birdies will come to your party and play entirely improvised music the entire time, from the beginning to the end of the party (airfare must be covered by you).

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    An original suite will be composed by honeybird for grand piano and bass clarinet in the key of your choice (please avoid G flat) to the theme, photo, poem, idea of your choice. This will then be performed live. Gabrielli has already said yes. He will dress up for the occasion. You choose his outfit.

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    Explore ancient Rome by night with honeybird & the birdies as your "sexy tour guides" (http://bit.ly/yk0SeL) and play Truth or Dare after a delicious Roman meal complete with lots of limoncello. Finish the night by sneaking into the Imperial Forum or Pantheon and playing live improvised music until dawn (travel expenses to Rome not included).

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    honeybird will record a cover of your favorite album entirely with charango and vocals.

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    Original unreleased recording of honeybird playing her songs and singing on bass at 13 years old in LA. You will receive the original audio cassette. Note: side B contains an album by the Cult.

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    You choose the language, any language in the world, and we will write and record a song in that language. Attend the recording session and mix session and have a say in the lyrics of the song.

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    We'll print our album in vinyl with your drawing printed on the label (final decision on artwork to be decided by you and the birdies)

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    Accompany honeybird & the birdies on tour in the USA, date to be determined, the tour shall involve Axis of Justice (http://axisofjustice.net/) and Tom Morello will be invited to open each concert with spoken word performance about social justice.

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    honeybird & the birdies will go on a "You Cannot Deny Our Sacred Loop" tour, to raise awareness in which they will play concerts in countries where genocide has been hard hit, such as Armenia, Cambodia, Serbia, Rwanda, and the Dominican Republic.

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    honeybird & the birdies will record an original version of one of the above albums in its entirety: Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus; Paul Simon - Graceland; Elliott Smith - Either/Or; Tom Zé - Com Defeito de Fabricação; Mariposa - Portobello Illusioni

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