Sumkali is a professional Indian music group based in Ann Arbor, MI. We have been performing, recording, and teaching Indian classical, light classical and world fusion music for 7 years. We have performed at many reputable venues and festivals, including The Ark in Ann Arbor, The Michigan Theater, Kerrytown Concert House, The White Crow Conservatory of Music, the Ann Arbor Summerfest, the Manchester Riverfolk Festival, the GLAC Sarovar Indian Music Festival and many more. Please take a look at our website to see more pictures, videos, and listen to our first album, "Mandali".
This project has been in the works for over a year now and we are getting very close to finishing up all the tracking. Next we go into post production and C.D. design. Up to this point, every musician involved in this project has worked for free. It has been a true labor of love. We have pooled our resources to use top notch recording equipment that we set up in our homes, creating a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Each member involved has dedicated large chunks of time to assure that we get only the best takes, at times spending hours on just a few measures of music. This will no doubt be our best effort to date and we can not wait to share it with you!
One of the more exciting aspects of this project has been the 'in studio' creation of original music. For the first time, we have been using the tools of the studio to create new music from the ground up. Most of the pieces have come from hours of improvised recordings that have been whittled down to just the best stuff. For good measure, we have also included some traditional folk music right from India, and it sounds incredible!
The funding we receive will go directly towards producing and promoting the C.D. The costs will include:
1. Hiring a professional to do the mastering of the audio.
2. Printing and packaging the actual C.D., posters, and other merchandise (this is the most expensive part!)
3. Fees associated with Copyright, UPC coding, Digital Distribution, and promotion.
4. Producing a great C.D. Release Party.
Thank you for your time and help with this project!
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