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Many thanks to all my supporters, especially the 165 people who backed me via Kickstarter! Still Forms is on its way. Thank you for believing in my vision!
Many thanks to all my supporters, especially the 165 people who backed me via Kickstarter! Still Forms is on its way. Thank you for believing in my vision!
165 backers pledged $8,023 to help bring this project to life.

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Leoncarlo: First Full Length Album "Art Forms in Nature"

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*July 25, 2015, 2:54pm: New updates! Scroll down for "Stretch Goals" and audio previews!

Hello!

My name is Leoncarlo. I'm a violinist based in the charming city of Denton, TX. I've been playing music for a little over 20 years, adopting a personal mission to find my voice within this powerful art form. During my undergrad at UNT, I had a full schedule performing with the different university orchestras, ensembles, and lab bands, while also doing professional session work with orchestras, touring bands, and other groups. Soon all of my time became devoted to performing, sessions, and touring. 

Then in early 2013, everything changed. My grandmother, Lily, passed away. I was on tour with my old band, Seryn, in Colorado. As we drove through those giant snow capped mountains, I felt so displaced and insignificant. Suddenly I realized how fleeting our time on earth is. In honor of her memory, I returned to the practice room and began to write music again.  Eventually, I had 4 good songs, and decided to release an EP in 2014

"Colossus (For Lily)" is a live EP recorded by Jay Simon at Sofar Sounds Dallas
"Colossus (For Lily)" is a live EP recorded by Jay Simon at Sofar Sounds Dallas

But I didn't stop there...

Over the last year, I've continued to develop some of the songs from my 2014 EP, combining them with other ideas, some of which I've been carrying for nearly a decade. And so now, here I am in the process of developing a full length album. 

The Album

The core sound of my work was developed in front of live audiences at various shows over the last two years*. I've taken these recordings to my personal studio, and have been working on mixing and producing the album in house.  The album currently stand at 35:35, and is nearing completion. Here is an unmastered sample: 

However...

After all my work, I've come to realize that I can't complete this album to the high level of quality that it deserves, without my community. And so, I'm humbly reaching out to you. Will you join me?

We can do it!

In order to finish the album, I need to raise at least $5,000. The money will go towards vital things like: album art & design, audio mastering, manufacturing, and distribution. (More on that soon. Keep checking back for updates as we reach the goal!)

In exchange for your support, I'm happy to offer up different exciting rewards to match your contribution. Please check them out! Hopefully you'll find an incentive that works for you. 

Designed by Nika Potts, and printed by Pan Ector Studios. Soft Tultex Blend: 35% Cotton + 65% Polyester
Designed by Nika Potts, and printed by Pan Ector Studios. Soft Tultex Blend: 35% Cotton + 65% Polyester
Heathered Green and Navy, Available in Men + Women sizes XS-XL
Heathered Green and Navy, Available in Men + Women sizes XS-XL

 After we reach $5,000, I have some exciting ideas in mind for the extra money. Some of these stretch goals would include things like adding more music to the album, funding a music video, funding tours, and more. Fingers crossed! (More updates about this later.)

Spread the word!

The best way to help me out, of course, is to fund my project right now. But beyond that, an extremely effective way that you can help me, is to personally message my Kickstarter page to 2 or 3 good friends who really love music.

Thank you.

Cheers!

Leoncarlo Canlas

*Special thanks to Heath Gage from the Granada Theater in Dallas, and Jay Simon from Sofar Sounds DFW

**More special thanks to Tyson Adams for his crowdfunding wisdom, Sam Martinez for his audio guidance, and Daniel Routh for his film making knowledge.

***Extra special thanks to my family, friends, and sweet girlfriend, Nika Potts, for always being supportive. I love you guys.

**** This Kickstarter closes on August 22, 2015 at 11:59PM CDT

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WE DID IT! 100% funded on July 25, 2015 with 28 days to go!

Read on to learn more about stretch goals, and listen to previews from the album.

- Listen to previews from the upcoming album. Click the image. -
- Listen to previews from the upcoming album. Click the image. -

 Stretch Goals

  • $6,000 - NEW SINGLE - Stream it and share it with a few friends. I'll eventually add this new track to the album! 
  • $7,500 - MUSIC VIDEO - I know some cool folks who will help me create a stunning music video if we reach this amount! I can't dance like Lindsey Stirling (or kick as high), but I know this piece will move you. 
  • $8,000 - GUEST MUSICIANS - Many of my good friends are also incredible musicians from around the world, whom I have a great deal of respect for. Reaching this stretch goal affords me the ability to record some of these talented folks as guest musicians on the album. Get excited. 
  • $11,000 - SHORT FILM - I believe in music's power as an art form to unite and inspire a community. The idea for this prize is to reach out to a handful of talented filmmakers, and create a short film based on the album's concept. 
  • $1,000,000 - POTATO SALAD - I will make a delicious potato salad. Mayo, potato, etc.

Risks and challenges

- As you may know, if Kickstarter projects do not meet at least 100% of their funding goal, then all pledged amounts are immediately refunded to the backers, and the project gets NOTHING. So it's very important that this project reaches $5,000.

- Reward delivery dates are mostly dependent on the album's completion. Completing an album is hard work, and I have a full time job. But I give you my word that I will deliver, to the best of my ability! Look for my contact info on this page if you have any questions.

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    DOWNLOAD A SINGLE FROM THE ALBUM

    Thank you! Every bit helps. I will send you a download link to a new single!

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    DIGITAL PRE-ORDER

    For $10, I'll send you a digital pre-order of the album, just before I publicly announce its release. How cool is that?

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    CD, DIGITAL PRE-ORDER

    It's all about the music. Backing this project for $15 or more gets you a CD Pre-order. You know, for that sweet Walkman that you still like to use every now and then.

    (Pictures coming soon!)

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    VINYL PRE-ORDER! Comes with DIGITAL ALBUM, and 2014 "COLOSSUS" EP DOWNLOAD

    $25 or more gets you a Vinyl pre-order. Comes with 2 digital downloads: the new album, and my 2014 EP release, "Colossus (For Lily)". Hear how the ideas have evolved.

    (Pictures coming soon!)

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    T-SHIRT, CD + DIGITAL ALBUM + a "KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SINGLE

    $33 or more gets you a "Leoncarlo 'Lion'" T-shirt + a CD Pre-order + a "Kickstarter Exclusive" single, only available to project backers!

    These shirts are a hit. Super comfortable, Tultex breathable cotton blend. Features a unique line-drawing design of a Lion's head on the front, designed by Nika Potts. High quality printing by Pan-Ector studios in Denton, TX. Men and Women sizing available.

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    VINYL (Comes with DIGITAL ALBUM) + T-SHIRT + "KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SINGLE" + "COLOSSUS" EP DOWNLOAD

    Here's a great deal for true music lovers. You'll have the new album, the 2014 EP, and the kickstarter exclusive single! For optimal effect, be sure you're wearing the T-Shirt as you're listening to the music!

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    SHOW ADMISSION FOR 2 + 2 SHIRTS! Plus VINYL & CD (w/ DIGITAL ALBUM &"COLOSSUS" EP DOWNLOAD + "KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SINGLE" DOWNLOAD)

    Thank you for your support! In exchange for a kind donation of $120 or more, you and a friend will be my special guests at a future show! Plus I'll send you the 2 Shirts, the Vinyl & CD, digital downloads for the new album & "Colossus" EP. I'm looking forward to meeting y'all!

    NOTE: Delivery date for the show varies by region. I have a full-time job, and have to plan months in advance to do shows outside of Texas. Estimated delivery date of "January 2016" applies to Pre-orders and downloads.

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    COVER SONG TIME! Plus SHOW ADMISSION and SHIRTS for 2, VINYL, CD, and DIGITAL ALBUM + "COLOSSUS" EP DOWNLOAD & "KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SINGLE"

    That's right! We'll need to sync up so you can help me figure out which song to cover. I have some limits, but I promise to give this my best effort. Afterward, I'll record it and dedicate it to you when it's ready for the internet. Help me go viral, yeah?

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    SHOW PERFORMANCE AT YOUR EVENT + IN PERSON DELIVERY of VINYL, CD, and T-SHIRTS! (INCLUDES DIGITAL ALBUM, "COLOSSUS" EP, and "KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SINGLE")

    Thank you! $2500 is a generous sum. In exchange for your golden kindness, I'd love to travel to your home or event, and perform for you! I'll fly or drive on over and play my heart out (at no extra cost to you, I add).

    NOTE: My instrument, since it's made of wood, has certain temperature and humidity restrictions. We'll get in touch to discuss show details a bit further. I'm looking forward to playing for you! Also, for all rewards where I travel to you, there is no extra cost for my travel. All I ask is for advice on lodging in your city. Thank you for having me!

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    VIOLIN LESSONS (via Skype) or SESSION TIME + SHOW PERFORMANCE, VINYL, CD, & DIGITAL PRE-ORDERS + "COLOSSUS" EP and "KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SINGLE" DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

    This is the best reward I can offer. For $3500, I'll connect with you about finding an instrument, and then give you 3 free lessons. Since a house show is included with this deal, we'll have our first lesson that same day, in person! If you're not interested in lessons, I am also offering my time in a recording session for YOUR project. I appreciate you tremendously for your support. We'll be in touch.

    NOTE: My instrument, since it's made of wood, has certain temperature and humidity restrictions. We'll get in touch to discuss show details a bit further. I'm looking forward to playing for you! Also, for all rewards where I travel to you, there is no extra cost for my travel. All I ask is for advice on lodging in your city. Thank you for having me!

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Funding period

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