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I'm recording and releasing my 11th studio album - with your help and support. Let's go!

WOW we're THERE. Thank you to everyone who's gotten involved already - now with the time that's left, let's aim for stretch goal #1 - every additional $ raised will mean the album will have some essential PR and marketing budget which will get it out there to more ears all around the world! :) 

Photo courtesy Farah Stop
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"(the) avant-garde soulful Pianist/DJ/Producer delivers his lifetime of journeys to different musical ports in a concise package, seamlessly... transporting not just in genre but in emotion and spirit." - Huffington Post

I'm a half-Japanese, half-New Zealander musician, based in Los Angeles since 2008 after spending a decade in London. That's a mishmash I know, and probably a big part of the reason why my music is such a melting pot too. I've released 10 studio albums since 1996 and numerous remixes, collaborations, shows and tours later, I'm here gearing up to independently record and release my next album! 

For the past three years I've had a live music event resident in LA and NYC that we named CHURCH. It's equal parts jazz club, live remix experiment and dance party - part acoustic, part electronic; part planned, part improvised. 

Each month I'd bring in special guests to collaborate with me and meld creative minds. From my favorite musicians, to my favorite singers and MCs, to my favorite DJs, I've been fortunate to have so many of them be part of the vibe. There's been amazing shows outside the US as well - Germany, Holland, Portugal and Australia have all hosted the event at different festivals and venues. 

Playing with the likes of Eric Harland, James Genus, Nate Smith, Mark Kelley, Chris Daddy Dave, Casey Benjamin, Jean Grae, Questlove, Nia Andrews, Gaslamp Killer, Jose James and others has been an amazing experience and tells me that this album is going to be something very special for sure. Every time we throw the event, people 'get' why it's called CHURCH. It's not about a religious angle - it's about uplifting the spirit and the human condition through the power of music.

I've been wanting to capture the essence of the live shows and share that as an album with the world. Now it's that time! The album is going to feature some very special collaborators from NYC and LA and I'm writing and arranging a whole stack of new music for the record. There'll be a mix of instrumental songs and vocal guests. We'll be in studio for a few days recording, then there'll be post-production before mixdown, mastering and finally having it sent off to be manufactured on CD and vinyl. 

HOW DID I GET HERE ??

My dad put me on the piano when I was 4 years old in Auckland, New Zealand and I grew up learning classical piano and aspiring to play acoustic jazz. I spent my teen years dabbling with hip hop and then later trips to Cuba, London, Paris, Tokyo and New York filled my imagination with so much more. I relocated to London when my album was signed there and landed right in the thick of a vibrantly creative music culture and community - those were my formative years in electronic music and studio production. When I moved to California five years ago, I reconnected with my jazz roots after a decade of juggling drum machines and synthesizers. CHURCH is the result of a lifelong journey and love of music. I can't wait to make this record!

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THE BUDGET

The $16,764 goal covers studio costs (recording, mixdown, mastering), performer fees, artwork and manufacture. 

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I've been a professional musician for 20 years. Since 1996 I've released 10 studio albums and numerous collaborations, productions and remixes - this next album is possibly the most special to me of all and I'm 100% committed to seeing it through to completion and beyond.

There's always the potential for unexpected delays and schedule changes and, while I truly hope to not have to experience those with this project, if such was to happen know that you'll be kept updated the whole way. As the album takes shape, as each stage happens, you'll be notified. If anything does run later than expected, you'll know in advance and we'll be able to reschedule the rewards to fit the new timing. I'm super excited for this project and it's definitely going to happen!

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