"There's a way of playing safe, there's a way of using tricks and there's the way I like to play, which is dangerously, where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven't created before." — Dave Brubeck
With a band of merry friends & classically skilled and creative musicians, this project is about creating captivating live performances of songs from the Great American Songbook via an online Video Album & Channel; which will air throughout the next year. What else is it about? Doing it well!
Here’s what this project aims to do: Give you, the viewer, a superior experience of watching a live recording. How? By professionally recording and filming live performances of songs on a soundstage; where the quality of sound and video can be controlled. Through this process, we’ll also be able to record a LIVE AUDIO ALBUM to give to backers as thank yous and momentos. ALL backers will also be given early release of videos and mp3s, as well as a letter of genuine gratitude in the mail.
"Life is a lot like Jazz...it's best when you improvise" - George Gershwin
The heart of this project is the LIVE experience. So, the audio tracks purposefully won’t be edited. As per live music, if there’s a mistake, or we decide to play with the song, or try something new - you’ll hear it, see it, and be a part of it like you would if you were at a front row table, sipping a Tom Collins (people still drink those, right?). That’s what hair-raising, spine-chillingly good music is made of - putting excellent, skilled musicians in a room and shouting - GO!
So, why not just film a “gig”? Excellent question, my dear Watson! Having done that very thing before (and posted the cleanest, audio and visually, below) I have learned that some problems arise that don’t allow the viewer to really be part of the live performance. The problem with live recording at gigs is that the sound quality and equipment is often bad, to say the least, and impossible to manage. You’re also stuck with the weird lighting/setting that the venue provides (never good), and there’s often some odd drunk guy in the corner doing something dubious...ehem...it’s all distracting and it takes away from truly sharing the performance on the video and the audio with the viewer.
Okay, brass tacks: Where does the money go? I ask myself that same question every time I visit Trader Joe's on an empty stomach. This Kickstarter will employ top notch, well trained, seasoned musicians who know what they’re doing with notes in that way that your grandma cooks without measuring things. They will be manning a Jazz trio: piano, drums, upright bass, as well as a trumpet. This money will pay the people who will make the video and audio quality brilliant (camera operators, editors, live mixers), the arrangers and writers of the music, and rent the space and expensive equipment we’ll need. Never mind skittles and coffee to keep us going!
Help this project reach its goal and I can personally guarantee to entertain you with GOOD, energized performances that you’ll be proud to pull up on your smart TVs at dinner parties and say “I invested in this production, look what great taste I have. Now please pass the Port (or whatever classy people drink at dinner parties).”
Thank you so much for your support - I can’t wait to share this project with you!
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Want more proof that I'm a real-live musician who knows her way around a vocal cord before you hand over your money? So would I! Who has money to be giving strangers with no qualifications? Happy to oblige. Please enjoy this clip of me and pianist Greg Nabours (who will also be playing on this project), and my debut Studio EP: Song Singer:
Risks and challenges
I am fully confident in my, the crew's, and the band's ability to get this project done well, thoroughly, and on time. In the case that there are production delays due to scheduling, technical difficulties, or some sort of flood-like divine wrath, we will be sure to be in touch with our backers and...if it is the latter...make virgin sacrifices to the gods?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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