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In search of the truth behind a woman's visions of Atlantis: the bridging of two worlds. Help make Jillian's third album a reality! Read more

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In search of the truth behind a woman's visions of Atlantis: the bridging of two worlds. Help make Jillian's third album a reality!

About this project

WOW!  Thanks to your incredible support, we reached our $5,000 fundraising goal within the first 12 hours of the Kickstarter campaign!  Your belief in this project is overwhelming; I'm truly grateful.

So where do we go from here?  By adding some fundraising stretch goals, we can expand the scope of Atlantis Awakening to include even more rewards for everyone to enjoy!

$8,000 - Goal Met!

If we raise $8,000, I will create FREE, backer-exclusive Atlantis Awakening SONGBOOKS featuring the sheet music (melody, chords, lyrics, and guitar tabs) for every playable piece* on the album!  Everyone who pledges $5 and up will receive these in PDF format, and for backers $75 and up: printed & bound!  (*A couple of tracks might be too ambient to lend themselves well to sheet music.) 

$10,000 - Goal Met!

At $10,000 raised, I will record MORE LIVE INSTRUMENTS - something that would truly take Atlantis Awakening to the next level!  Possibilities are live strings, hand percussion, and a range of other interesting ethnic instruments.  And exclusively for backers: I'll show you before & after comparisons, so you can see just how much of a difference your contributions made to the final product!

$15,000 - Goal Met!

Something I have always wanted to do is create a really cool, fully produced MUSIC VIDEO.  At $15,000 raised, this would finally be possible.  I'll even create a poll so that backers choose which song they'd most like to see!  The video will be uploaded to YouTube for everyone's enjoyment, and just for backers: a free HD download to enjoy at any time.

$20,000 - Goal Met!!!

If we make it to $20,000, I will not only create a SECOND MUSIC VIDEO (again, backers choose the song!)...  I'll also release an Atlantis Awakening REMIX ALBUM later this year, featuring awesome new arrangements from Mr. zircon and more of my amazing composer buddies.  FREE to all backers!

Those who have pledged $100 and up (which lands you the Limited Edition remix packs) will also be eligible to enter a Remix Contest for more cool prizes, with winning tracks considered for the new album!

Awakening to visions of a civilization long buried beneath the sea, she begins to wonder if they are mere dreams or memories from a past life. Aletheia: in search of truth, her timeless journey begins...

I have always found myself drawn to the imagery of tsunami.  Since I was a child, these giant waves have permeated my dreams - so frequently, in fact, that I began to realize they must hold some sort of significance to me, however subconscious.  It is this curiosity that led to the inception of Atlantis Awakening, my third solo album.

Unlike my previous original works, Atlantis Awakening is a true concept album with both a literal story (a woman experiencing visions of the lost world) and a metaphorical meaning (her search for truth in a sea of doubt).  Over the past five years, there have been many times I felt ready to give up on this project... not for lack of inspiration, but rather I was afraid of the truths I might uncover about myself in the process.  It's a scary place to be, but at some point, we all must face the unknown.

The legend of Atlantis tells of an ancient, advanced civilization that was swallowed by the sea and erased by time.  Though Plato wrote of it over two-thousand years ago and its existence is debated to this day, it continues to influence much art and literature.  My hope with Atlantis Awakening is to add to this mythos and canon, and through the music, inspire you to journey and discover your own truths as well.

Jillian Aversa - Composer, Vocalist, & Co-Producer
Jillian Aversa - Composer, Vocalist, & Co-Producer
Andrew "zircon" Aversa - Producer & Co-Composer
Andrew "zircon" Aversa - Producer & Co-Composer
Christopher Tin: Composer ("Will o' the Wisp")
Christopher Tin: Composer ("Will o' the Wisp")
Malukah: Guitar & Vocals
Malukah: Guitar & Vocals
Tina Guo: Cello
Tina Guo: Cello
Jeff Ball: Violin & Viola
Jeff Ball: Violin & Viola
Philadelphia Boy's Choir & Men's Chorale
Philadelphia Boy's Choir & Men's Chorale
Sandro Friedrich: Duduk
Sandro Friedrich: Duduk
Aurora Wienhold: Visual Artist
Aurora Wienhold: Visual Artist

Atlantis Awakening is by far my largest solo project yet.  My first two albums, Origins and Through Sand and Snow, were created using a simple DAW, USB mic, and bedroom recording setup (although I'm no less proud of them).  Featuring a 50-person choir, more live instruments, and beautiful custom artwork, this album has demanded higher production quality across the board...  Not to mention the studio upgrades I have made with new equipment and an acoustically treated recording room!

As an independent musician, these costs have all come out of pocket.  I have high hopes for the album's public reach, but can't afford to break the bank with additional costs to be incurred in manufacturing and distribution.  With your help, I know it will be an amazing production - and there are some truly unique rewards reserved just for backers like you!  (Want some examples?  Read on!)

Every dollar of my $5,000 project goal will go toward the physical production of Atlantis Awakening, backer-exclusive rewards, shipping costs, and album promotion. This includes:

  • Gorgeous, eco-friendly UV coated CD digipaks with 8-page booklet inserts, high-quality disc replication, and full-color silk screen printing
  • Hand-crafted collectible glass magnets in five different designs featuring the Wienhold watercolors
  • Beautiful and durable 11"x17" fine poster prints with hand-torn edges (for the ancient explorer within us all)
  • Torn-edge postcard packs of the five watercolors in the same quality cardstock
  • Handmade, hardcover artbooks lovingly assembled by me!  Featuring woven cloth covers, fold-out accordion design, and a personal written note to you, these make for a very special keepsake.
  • Limited Edition discs containing remix packs and karaoke versions of the songs (go wild!)
  • Show tickets to any one of my live performances
  • Album and radio promotion through a trusted New Age music promoter I've worked with in the past
  • Shipping and handling to all backers
  • Kickstarter/Amazon fees
My first two solo albums, Origins & Through Sand and Snow
My first two solo albums, Origins & Through Sand and Snow

My goal is to release Atlantis Awakening this June (2013). It's been a long time coming, but I'm determined to make it happen!  Backers can expect their physical rewards during June as well, although international shipping can potentially take a little longer.  All backers at $10 and above will receive a lossless digital download of the album before the public release, however, so that should tide you over until your package arrives.  :D

As with my previous albums, Atlantis Awakening will eventually be available to purchase through most major channels: iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby, etc. BUT: I won't be offering signed CDs and most other merchandise after the Kickstarter ends - nor the personalized rewards like voice greetings, custom songs and EPs -  so now's your chance to get a hold of the really special stuff!

Risks and challenges

This being my third solo album, I have gone through the process of releasing CDs twice before myself, and many times with Andrew's zircon releases. There is always the chance of unforeseen delays: manufacturing errors, postal service mishaps, broken legs, etc.

I am doing my best to avoid these speed bumps by getting a head start on the CD design and printing of backer rewards. Still, I can't in good conscience *guarantee* a June release. I CAN guarantee, however, that the album will be in your hands by a reasonable date!

It's also important to note that Kickstarter backers are never charged *unless and until* a project successfully meets its funding goal. You can also cancel (or upgrade!) your pledge at any time during the campaign.

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    9 backers

    Thanks so much for your support! Before the official release, you'll receive download codes for any 3 songs of your choice from Atlantis Awakening, *plus* a lossless digital copy of my debut solo album, Origins.

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    149 backers

    Thank you! Please enjoy an advance, lossless download of the ENTIRE Atlantis Awakening album - including lovely PDF liner notes - plus a lossless download of Origins!

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    207 backers Limited (293 left of 500)

    Your very own PHYSICAL copy of Atlantis Awakening, 1 collectible GLASS MAGNET featuring the album artwork, and lossless downloads of BOTH my first two albums: Origins and Through Sand and Snow!

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    72 backers Limited (228 left of 300)

    A SIGNED copy of Atlantis Awakening, TWO collectible glass magnets featuring the album artwork, and lossless downloads of both Origins and Through Sand and Snow!

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    33 backers Limited (217 left of 250)

    Beautiful SIGNED POSTER (11"x17") with hand-torn edges, 1 signed copy of Atlantis Awakening, THREE collectible glass magnets, and lossless downloads of both Origins and Through Sand and Snow!

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    40 backers Limited (60 left of 100)

    TWO signed copies of Atlantis Awakening, 1 signed poster, 3 collectible glass magnets, and PHYSICAL copies of both Origins and Through Sand and Snow!

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    3 backers Limited (97 left of 100)

    Hand-torn POSTCARD PACK (featuring all 5 watercolors), plus... 2 signed copies of Atlantis Awakening, 1 signed poster, 3 collectible glass magnets, and physical copies of both Origins and Through Sand and Snow!

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    54 backers Limited (21 left of 75)

    SPECIAL THANKS in the CD liner notes and an ancient HANDMADE ARTBOOK featuring the watercolors, lyrics, and a personal note from me! Along with your THREE signed copies of Atlantis Awakening, you'll receive 1 LIMITED EDITION version containing karaoke instrumentals and remix packs of the songs! And, of course: the hand-torn postcard pack, 3 collectible glass magnets, 1 signed poster, and SIGNED copies of both Origins and Through Sand and Snow!

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    3 backers Limited (22 left of 25)

    SUPER SUPPORTER credit in the liner notes, FIVE signed copies of Atlantis Awakening (including 1 Limited Edition), and a fun custom-recorded VOICE GREETING for yourself or a loved one! Of course, you'll also receive... the ancient handmade artbook with personal note, the hand-torn postcard pack, ALL FIVE collectible glass magnets, TWO signed posters, and signed copies of both Origins and Through Sand and Snow!

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    6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)

    As a LEGENDARY SUPPORTER in the liner notes, I will CREATE AND RECORD a brand new arrangement from any video game, film, musical, or artist of your choice, OR write and record original vocals for your own song! Wait, there's more? 1 SHOW TICKET to any of my live performances. (If there are no shows within your reach at the moment, I'll make sure to personally notify you when I'm coming to your area. There is no expiration date!) And don't forget, you'll also receive... 5 signed copies of Atlantis Awakening (including 1 Limited Edition), a fun custom voice greeting, the ancient handmade artbook with personal note, the hand-torn postcard pack, all 5 collectible glass magnets, THREE signed posters, and TWO signed copies each of Origins and Through Sand and Snow!

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    ...Wow! For a Legendary Supporter such as yourself, I will create and record a COMPLETELY ORIGINAL SONG just for you, or I can use your provided materials. You'll also receive TWO SHOW TICKETS (for yourself and a companion) to any one of my live performances and a PERSONAL HANG-OUT! (If there are no shows within your reach at this time, I'll make sure to notify you when I'm coming to your area. There is no expiration date!) Also included in your deluxe package... 5 signed copies of Atlantis Awakening (including 1 Limited Edition), a fun custom voice greeting, the ancient handmade artbook with personal note, the hand-torn postcard pack, all 5 collectible glass magnets, 3 signed posters, and THREE signed copies each of Origins and Through Sand and Snow!

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

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    !!!! For the ultimate patron of the arts, I will create and record an ENTIRE EP (3 songs) of original or arranged music of your choice! In addition to your Legendary Supporter credit, you'll receive THREE SHOW TICKETS (for yourself and two companions) to any one of my live performances and a PERSONAL GROUP HANG-OUT! (Again: if there are no shows within your reach right now, I'll make sure to notify you when I'm coming to your area. There is no expiration date!) In deep gratitude for your incredible generosity, of course you should also expect the deluxe package of... 5 signed copies of Atlantis Awakening (including 1 Limited Edition), a fun custom voice greeting, the ancient handmade artbook with personal note, the hand-torn postcard pack, all 5 collectible glass magnets, 3 signed posters, and 3 signed copies each of Origins and Through Sand and Snow!

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Funding period

- (30 days)