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The first Greek band bringing Greek music from the 50's & 60's to South by Southwest, one of America's most prestigious festivals.
The first Greek band bringing Greek music from the 50's & 60's to South by Southwest, one of America's most prestigious festivals.
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Imam Baildi @ South by Southwest: A once-in-a-lifetime chance to reach the American audience.

Imam Baildi is the first young Greek band that managed to bring Greek music of the 1940's, 50's and '60's to an audience around the world. Our music is based on remixing songs by legendary composers and singers such as S. Vembo, M. Linda, V. Tsitsanis and M. Hiotis, and combining them with new sounds and production techniques in order to embed them into a contemporary musical context.


Since 2007, we have released two albums that have been very succesful in Greece and have received wide critical acclaim in Europe -both albums were in the top-10 of the European World Music Charts in 2009 and 2011. We have played over 200 concerts in Greece and abroad, and collaborated with singers among which Mary Linda, D. Galani, El. Tsaligopoulou and El. Zouganeli.

We are one of the most active young Greek bands in Europe, having played over 40 concerts in venues all over Europe and participated in several major European Festivals, among which Roskilde (DK), Sziget (HU), Transmusicalles De Rennes (FR) and Lowlands (NL).

This year we have been invited to perform in South by Southwest, one of America's largest and most prestigious festivals in Austin, TX, on March 12-17. Most festivals of this caliber do not fund upcoming bands, as the exposure a new band receives by performing there is, indeed, invaluable in itself.

Nevertheless, travelling from Greece to the US is very costly for a band of 8 people. To this moment, we have accumulated part of our expenses from a sponsorship by the Greek radio station En Lefko 87,7 (www.enlefko.fm, facebook.com/enlefko877), Earth Friendly Products (ECOS, www.ecos.com), our own savings, and support from our families and friends, but we need an additional sum in order to make it happen.

Our dream is bringing the essence of Greek music to audiences around the world and the European part of it has already come true. We are now asking for your support in order to realize the American part. We would be truly grateful if you would consider backing our effort or just spread the word to anyone who might be interested. 

Risks and challenges

Our performance in South by Southwest on March 16, 2013 has already been confirmed by the festival. Festivals like SXSW are very selective as to who gets invited, but once they decide on a band, they never cancel an invitation, unless the band chooses to do so itself.

In short, this means that the only reason for not being able to fulfill our project is not managing to fund our trip. The cost of our travel, accommodation and miscellaneous expenses is $14.000. We have already secured $8.000 from our own savings, support from our families and friends and sponsors. This kickstarter project aims at $6000 which is the rest of the money needed in order to cover our expenses.

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    Reward 1 + Digital download of our first two studio albums + Exclusive digital download of our upcoming album (at least two weeks before official release date). The estimated delivery mentioned below regards the previous albums.

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    Reward 1 + Signed copy of "The Imam Baildi Cookbook" CD and a handwritten thank you note. Free shipping in the U.S. and E.U.

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    Rewards 1 & 3 + Imam Baildi t-shirt with your name on it (name inclusion is optional; both t-shirts come in black or white, all sizes available). Check out the t-shirts here: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/856/photo12oi.jpg/
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    Rewards 1 & 2 + Signed printed canvas of our first album cover.
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    Reward 1 + Your name will be included in the credits of our next album. You will also receive a signed copy of the CD and a signed poster of the album cover.
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    Free digital release of the next album + 1 hour Skype lesson with an Imam Baildi member (either in vocals, sax, clarinet, electric guitar, bouzouki, drums, music production,… or a Greek cooking lesson!). Skype lesson available upon our return (04/2013), the digital release will be sent two weeks prior to the CD release.

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    Receive a video with the band playing your favorite track live in a concert, personally dedicating the song to you or a person of your choice live on camera.

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    We will send you one of our Greek baglamas (stringed traditional musical instrument –a sort of short scale bouzouki) signed by us, or the AKAI S-3000 sampler, which we used to make our first album. Check out the baglama & sampler here: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/515/greekbaglamainopenedcas.jpg/
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    Imam Baildi will cover a song of your choice or compose a new song on a topic of your choice and send it exclusively to you.

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    Private 1.5 hour performance by Imam Baildi (please contact us for more information)

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