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Composer and classical guitarist Mark Charles Smith records his first CD, an album of original solo guitar and chamber works.
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I am excited to announce that after fifteen years of writing music, I am launching this Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to record and release my first album, a full-length CD of my compositions for guitar(s).

My aim as a composer is to create music that is interesting and evocative.  I strive to create music that brings joy, and yields greater joy with repeated listening.   

Above all else, the natural beauty of our planet drives my creative process. Mountains inspire me because they are a boundary where the earth and the sky intersect dramatically. The vivid memory of the look and sound of a glade of golden aspen trees quaking on an autumn afternoon resulted in the composition of an entire solo guitar piece which aims to capture the essence of the landscape in that moment. I have come to recognize that this beauty includes the relationships in my own life: sometimes my inspiration comes from creating music specifically for other musicians and artists. When you are writing music for someone else you know, the character of that person finds its way into the music and influences the outcome of the piece.

This album will contain the following original compositions: Triptych [for guitar trio] (2012), Mountain Standard Time [for guitar quartet] (2007), and selected solo guitar compositions.

from the Charleston, SC premiere of Triptych, June 2012
from the Charleston, SC premiere of Triptych, June 2012

I will be performing the solo compositions myself, and will be joined by guitarists Kami Rowan, Carey Harwood, and Laura Boswell on the chamber works. The CD will be recorded and produced by Edd Kerr, and mixed and mastered by Michael DeLalla of Falling Mountain Music.

All of the money that this Kickstarter raises will directly pay for the creation of this record. This includes securing space to record the music, paying the musicians, the costs of production of the album, the design and physical pressing of the record on CDs, reward fulfillment, as well as fees for Kickstarter/Amazon.  

If I am not able to meet or exceed my goal amount of $5,000, I will not receive any of the money that has been pledged.  Thank you for supporting this project at whatever level you are able!  Let's hit this goal and make this CD happen!  

Sincerely,
Mark

Risks and challenges

The single biggest challenge here is making it to the financial goal. Whatever other challenges come up during the undertaking of this project, I'm fortunate enough to be working with great musicians and a production team who believe in me and my music. The cumulative creative and problem-solving powers of this team will get me through anything this process may throw at me!

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    A personalized thank-you e-mail and a digital download of one track from the album.

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    SPECIAL REWARD: A solo piece for guitar, composed specifically for you or a friend! This reward is not cumulative with the other rewards, but also includes a digital download of the entire album.

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