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My latest CD “Afropean Affair” is almost finished but it needs your help! It features new music performed by my band Nuevo Comienzo.

Thank you all for taking the time to check out this project. My latest CD, “Afropean Affair” needs funds! This is my second recording project as a leader. It has been five years and my writing for this specific group has evolved considerably. The album is almost finished, but it just needs the final push! The CD is recorded, mixed and mastered. but I still need funds for pressing the discs, publicity, graphic design and video production. Please show your support, and check out the cool incentives provided for anyone who contributes.

The music was composed after a commission from Chamber Music America. The result was a three movement piece entitled "The Afropean Suite". It was premiered at the Jazz Gallery in NYC and the OSPAC Jazz Festival in New Jersey in September 2009. It is the centerpiece of this CD. After many great gigs at venues like Zinc Bar, Kitano, Iridium and various Jazz Festivals, I finished writing this music and we recorded it in November 2010.

My group NUEVO COMIENZO features an exceptional and unique line up including some of the most outstanding jazz musicians on the New York scene: Greg Glassman on trumpet, Stacy Dillard on saxophones, Anthony Perez on bass, Emiliano Valerio on percussion and Jerome Jennings on drums. Special guest vocalist Charenee Wade appears on the "Afropean Suite" as well.

The CD is going to be released by Chandra Records, which is an artist cooperative record label that does not provide funding for the project. I love Kickstarter for making you a part of this record! Just remember: Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands.

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Your direct pledge will help me secure funds for the following:

1) Finishing the artwork and graphic design for the CD.

2) Funding the video you just enjoyed, which I will also use for press purposes.

3) Funding the photoshoot that will be part of the CD artwork and press.

4) Replication of the CDs

5) Hiring a Publicist to run a small press campaign. Ann Braithwaite of Braithwaite & Katz Communications has agreed to help us out with this huge undertaking. Such an exciting time!

6) With extra funds, I may be able to hire a radio promoter to push this music onto your local jazz radio station.

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Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about this project or for more ways to get involved. oscar@oscarperezmusic.com

Thanks again! And good luck to all of us...

Best, Oscar

Some quotes:

“Prolific pianist and composer Oscar Perez delivers an amazing bouquet of Latin jazz compositions. Perez blends his rhythmic Cuban roots and American jazz with high skill.” -Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez of JazzReview.com

“Perez shows his ample skill on this first album, incorporating the stylistic elements of Tyner, Hancock and Chucho Valdes. …It’s just a matter of time before his name enters the jazz public’s consciousness.” -Matt Merewitz, All About Jazz

“The pianist’s writing and arranging is smart, tradition inspired Latin jazz with the emphasis on jazz chords and colours. It’s an addictive, sultry sound rich with concise improvisations that always tell a wise tale and tell it well” -Joseph Blake of The Times Colonist

"This is a musician that has his own voice. Both his compositions and his improvisations are evidence of this" - Dave Miele, Jazz Improv Magazine

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