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Exciting new film music for chamber orchestra, piano, and electronics. Let's get Hollywood to take notice!
Exciting new film music for chamber orchestra, piano, and electronics. Let's get Hollywood to take notice!
Exciting new film music for chamber orchestra, piano, and electronics. Let's get Hollywood to take notice!
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LA STRADA: Classical-Electronic Soundtrack by KEVIN KELLER

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Thank you for joining me on "La Strada"!

There are so many of you that I want to thank for supporting me over the years, and for traveling along this creative road with me. With your help and encouragement, I've been able to reach some great milestones in the last 20 years, like:

  • 9 full-length albums and 8 EPs
  • Albums featured on multiple "Hearts of Space" and "Echoes" broadcasts
  • ZMR Award for "Best Neo-Classical Album of 2012"
  • Syndicated airplay on Sirius/XM and Music Choice
  • 25 modern dance and contemporary ballet commissions
  • Music for United Way, Make A Wish, History Channel, and many others

This new project is going to be the next milestone, and I'm really excited to share it with you!

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WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

Ever since I first saw "Star Wars" back in 1977, it's been my dream to be a film composer. Film music inspired me to learn the piano (the "Chariots of Fire" theme was one of the first pieces I learned), to study music in college, and to combine electronics with classical instruments on my albums.

Like my 2009 album "In Absentia", which was sent to choreographers (resulting in major ballet commissions), this new album will be sent to filmmakers, leading me to work as a film composer. I need your help in order to complete this project.

Please back my project now by choosing a pledge level  ----->

and clicking the green "Back This Project" button. (It only takes 60 seconds to pledge, and all major credit cards accepted). Thank you so much for your support!

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HOW WILL WE DO THIS?

For inspiration, I've chosen scenes from films by the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Terrence Malick, Michael Mann, and Ridley Scott, to compose new scores for them. The finished project will establish my unique voice as a film composer, and it will be sent to music supervisors, producers, directors, and agents.

Since December, I've been working with Russel Walder, who produced my album "The Day I Met Myself" in 2012. That album won the ZMR Award for "Best Neo-Classical Album", and this was largely due to Russel's ability to push me emotionally, and to create music that is deep and compelling. For this project, Russel suggested that I use scenes from visually and emotionally compelling films, in order to push the music into newer, and deeper places.

The music is now being prepared for recording and mixing.  To get the biggest emotional impact, I've lined up the Salome Chamber Orchestra, one of New York City's premier string ensembles. I've also lined up Academy Award-winning engineer Robert L. Smith. Robert has mixed records for artists like U2, Sting, and David Bowie, among others, and he's mixed over 30 film soundtracks. 

All of us are really excited about this project, which is called "La Strada".

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WHAT IS "LA STRADA"?

"La Strada" is Italian for "the road" - and the theme of this album is the road of life that we all travel. It's about our search for meaning as we travel down this road, with time relentlessly pushing us into the future. "La Strada"will be my biggest and most ambitious project so far.

Musically, I'm taking things further than I've ever gone before. In addition to working with a live string section (as many as 14 musicians), I'm also creating electronic rhythms using the sounds of cars, arc welders, stun guns, and lightning strikes. The result will be a marriage of cutting edge sound design, deep rhythms, and edge-of-your-seat music played on strings and piano - both emotional and exciting

Here's a sneak preview (imagine what this will sound like played by a live string orchestra!)

By backing this project, you'll be part of an inspiring, exciting journey to create new music that will wake people up!

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Please back my project now by choosing a pledge level, and clicking the green "Back This Project" button. (It only takes 60 seconds to pledge, and all major credit cards accepted). Thank you so much for your support!

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WHAT ARE THE REWARDS?

The significance of this project cannot be overstated: a finished, full-length album of music for live strings, piano, and electronics that will be used to get work for me as a film composer. Not only that, but it will be an album that you can listen to and enjoy for years to come.

In addition to a digital download album, a CD, and a Deluxe Edition (with a bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions), there are also fun rewards like:

A cool T-shirt

Your Name in the CD liner notes as "Supporter"

(Example)
(Example)

A Signed Music Manuscript with a Personal Message

Example Only (Work in Progress)
Example Only (Work in Progress)

A Flash Drive containing my complete catalog

Design Draft
Design Draft

Attending a Studio Session + Associate Producer credit

and even a Personalized Track written just for you + Executive Producer credit

As you can see, there's something for everyone, and I really hope that you'll join me on this journey.

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Please back this project now by choosing a pledge level ->

and clicking the green "Back This Project" button.

(It only takes 60 seconds to pledge, and all major credit cards accepted).
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THANK YOU so much for your support!

The Good Karma Cat smiles upon you!

Kevin Keller and the "La Strada" team

Risks and challenges

There are some creative risks in this project: working with new sound designs, creating something outside of my usual "comfort zone", and giving up some of my creative control by handing the project to a mix engineer to finish the album.

To help me face this risk, I'm working with producer Russel Walder, who produced my previous album "The Day I Met Myself" (Best Neo-Classical Album of 2012, ZMR Awards). With Russel's wisdom and guidance, I will be able to push through the next "wall" and create something bold and exciting. I'll also be working with a renowned mix engineer.

The challenge will be in working with a large ensemble of live musicians (as many as 17 string players), and integrating their performance into the electronics, piano, and keyboards.

To meet this challenge, I'll be working with a seasoned group of professional musicians in a renowned New York City recording studio, and an Academy award-winning engineer.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Thank you! You've funded 3 seconds of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the COMPLETE ALBUM in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)
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    Thank you! You've funded 6.5 seconds of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    "LA STRADA" CD

    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)
    + the 0:06.5 clip that you funded! (mp3 in a personalized email)

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    Thank you! You've funded 15 seconds of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    DELUXE EDITION "LA STRADA" (Signed CD, with a Bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions

    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)
    + the 0:15 clip that you funded! (mp3 in a personalized email)

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Thank you! You've funded 22.5 seconds of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    T-SHIRT with KEVIN KELLER MUSIC LOGO

    + Deluxe Edition "La Strada" CD (Signed, with a Bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions)
    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)
    + the 0:22.5 clip that you funded! (mp3 in a personalized email)

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Thank you! You've funded 30 seconds of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    ALBUM CREDIT as SUPPORTER

    + an extra "La Strada" CD to give to a friend
    + T-Shirt
    + Deluxe Edition "La Strada" CD (Signed, with a Bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions)
    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)
    + the 0:30 clip that you funded! (mp3 in a personalized email)

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Thank you! You've funded 45 seconds of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    a SIGNED MUSIC MANUSCRIPT of the "La Strada" Theme, with a PERSONAL MESSAGE from Kevin Keller

    + Album Credit as "Supporter"
    + an extra "La Strada" CD to give to a friend
    + T-Shirt
    + Deluxe Edition "La Strada" CD (Signed, with a Bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions)
    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)
    + the 0:45 clip that you funded! (mp3 in a personalized email)

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Thank you! You've funded 1 minute and 15 seconds of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    FLASH DRIVE of the COMPLETE Kevin Keller catalog (10 full length albums and 8 EPs in mp3 format)

    + Signed Music Manuscript
    + Album Credit as "Supporter"
    + an extra "La Strada" CD to give to a friend
    + T-Shirt
    + Deluxe Edition "La Strada" CD (Signed, with a Bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions)
    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)
    + the 1:15 clip that you funded! (mp3 in a personalized email)

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    All-righty then! You've funded 1 minute and 45 seconds of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE - A custom engraved and beautifully framed plaque, including Album artwork and CD

    + Flash Drive of the complete Kevin Keller catalog (10 full length albums and 8 EPs in mp3 format)
    + Signed Music Manuscript
    + Album Credit as "Supporter"
    + an extra "La Strada" CD to give to a friend
    + T-Shirt
    + Deluxe Edition "La Strada" CD (Signed, with a Bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions)
    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)
    + the 1:45 clip that you funded! (mp3 in a personalized email)

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Wow! You've funded 2 minutes and 30 seconds of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    ATTEND STUDIO SESSION with Kevin Keller and watch "La Strada" being made
    and ALBUM CREDIT as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    + Commemorative Plaque
    + Flash Drive of the complete Kevin Keller catalog (10 full length albums and 8 EPs in mp3 format)
    + Signed Music Manuscript
    + 2 extra "La Strada" CDs to give to friends
    + T-Shirt
    + Deluxe Edition "La Strada" CD (Signed, with a Bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions)
    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)
    + the 2:30 clip that you funded! (mp3 in a personalized email)

    (Does not include travel costs or accommodations in New York City)

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Woohoo! You've funded 3 minutes and 45 seconds of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    HOUSE CONCERT (NY Region) - Kevin Keller will present a private concert in your home, anywhere within 200 miles of New York City

    + Album Credit as "Associate Producer"
    + Commemorative Plaque
    + Flash Drive of the complete Kevin Keller catalog (10 full length albums and 8 EPs in mp3 format)
    + Signed Music Manuscript
    + 2 extra "La Strada" CDs to give to friends
    + T-Shirt
    + Deluxe Edition "La Strada" CD (Signed, with a Bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions)
    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)
    + the 3:45 clip that you funded! (mp3 in a personalized email)

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Yes! You've funded 5 minutes of "La Strada". In appreciation for your help, you'll receive:

    PERSONALIZED TRACK written for you and included on "La Strada" and ALBUM CREDIT as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    + Commemorative Plaque
    + Flash Drive of the complete Kevin Keller catalog (10 full length albums and 8 EPs in mp3 format)
    + Signed Music Manuscript
    + 5 extra "La Strada" CDs to give to friends
    + T-Shirt
    + Deluxe Edition "La Strada" CD (Signed, with a Bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions)
    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)

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    Pledge $3,500 or more About $3,500

    ANGEL DONOR LEVEL

    In appreciation for your generosity, you will receive:

    PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT (Continental U.S.) - Kevin Keller will present a private concert for you and your invited guests, anywhere in the Continental United States

    + PERSONALIZED TRACK written for you and included on "La Strada"

    + Album Credit as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    + Commemorative Plaque
    + Flash Drive of the complete Kevin Keller catalog (10 full length albums and 8 EPs in mp3 format)
    + Signed Music Manuscript
    + 5 extra "La Strada" CDs to give to friends
    + T-Shirt
    + Deluxe Edition "La Strada" CD (Signed, with a Bonus CD of album outtakes and alternate versions)
    + digital download of the complete album in high quality mp3 format (including digital booklet)

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