The Long Way Home is the title of a new album I'm hoping to make with your help. I've been developing the material over the last 3 years and I'm excited to be at this point!
I've spent most of my professional life as a co-writer, arranger and/or musician assisting other creative artists with their projects. I've learned so much from the amazing and talented people I've had the privilege of working with along the way. It's been a great ride and I've had some awesome experiences performing and recording with them.
Here I am playing Hammond Organ on Mozambique with Steve Winwood and Traffic at Woodstock '94:
As time has passed the urge to express my own creative voice has grown stronger. I began that journey with my last album, Terra Cognita. and this next album will build on that foundation. Blending my love of improvisation, lasting melodies and great musicianship I hope to record an album that you will enjoy for many years to come.
I'm now finalizing the music charts and midi demos, the studio is booked and the musicians are on hold pending me raising the funds - which is where YOU come in!
My plan is to record and mix the album in three days. It will be an almost totally live recording with some of the finest musicians London has ever produced. Because these musicians are so in demand they have to be booked far in advance - so the two recording days are fixed already, and the mixing day can be scheduled afterwards.
The musicians I've booked are Gerard Presencer (Herbie Hancock, US3, Charlie Watts) on Trumpet and Flugelhorn and Nigel Hitchcock (Claire Martin, Tom Jones, Mark Knopfler) on saxophone, both as featured soloists. Virtuoso pianist Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck) will also be a soloist on a track, plus I have guitarist Hawi Gondwe (Amy Winehouse, Omar, Lewis Taylor) playing on most of the album. These musicians are people I've known and worked with at some time or another over the past 20 years. We have a great rapport and I know they are going to bring their magic to my music.
I have booked two recording days in my favorite studio in London called Air-Edel. I know this studio well as I have recorded music for a number of film score projects there. The house engineer there, Nick Taylor, has been the engineer on all the film scores I've worked on during the past four years including Me and Orson Welles, Nothing Like The Holidays and Forget Me Not.
The dates I've booked for recording are 15-16 of May 2013 (the mix day will scheduled once recordings are done), so if my funding target has been reached, I'll be able to confirm the studio and the musicians. Then it's full steam ahead!
Where's the money going?
The money that you pledge will go towards paying for studio time to record, mix and master the album, the musicians, the CD artwork design elements and CD manufacturing.
I will be paying UK Musician Union rates to the rhythm section musicians and have agreed to pay 'day rates' to the named featured soloists.
Once the album is mixed (around 4 weeks after the recording days) I will have a playback session for a few invited guests and sponsors. Once mixes are mastered, I will manufacture 500 CDs, some of which will be sent to YOU as a reward for all your help with the funding.
Once the album is finished and a release date set I will have a CD launch party (London venue TBC) where I'll perform material from the new CD.
You're helping independent music stay alive
So PLEASE, help me make this album a reality by making your pledge - whatever you can afford is appreciated. Keep in mind that you are not only investing in the making of what I believe will be a beautiful album and helping me achieve my vision, but you're also supporting new music and investing in the livelihoods of a number of dedicated and gifted musicians.
Risks and challenges
I have over 20 years experience composing and producing albums, film and TV scores with fixed deadlines, and working closely with musicians. So managing a recording schedule is almost second nature. I am planning rehearsals with the rhythm section before the recording dates which will be an opportunity for the drummer and bassist to play through the charts and get familiar with the material. They will also have been listening to my midi demos ahead of the rehearsals, so they will already heard the material.
What could go wrong?
Well, one of the musicians could get sick and not make the date...
I'd have to reschedule the recording sessions, which wouldn't be the end of the world, but of course it would delay the album's completion. It would also mean that the highest priced rewards (which are the chance to attend a recording date) would have to be rearranged for a later date.
I'm passionately committed to making this work and will be doing everything I can to make it a great success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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