My name is Peter Kater. Thanks for coming to my kick starter page. I'm so excited to start working on a new album.
Initiating this campaign has been an interesting process for me. On one hand I’m a successful and established musician. And on the other, I’m a musician who’s always trying to stay true to my creative integrity, my Muse, while adapting to an ever-changing industry and audience without "selling-out". I've achieved many of my goals and milestones. I've won a Grammy, written for Broadway, film, television, the Olympics. I've played all over the world and headlined jazz festivals. And I have learned and exercised that I can help make a positive difference in the world by collaborating with organizations such Greenpeace, the Nature Conservancy, World Food Banks and Child Reach. I even received the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations as a result of my efforts.
But the music industry has changed so much in the last decade or two. With everything going digital and most people streaming music, records sales are at about 10% of what they used to be. And even though I'm proud to say that I get over 4 million streams a month on Pandora, Spotify and Amazon, that only amounts to a few thousand dollars every quarter. This Kickstarter campaign is in lieu of taking money from a record company where they take most of the profits. I'm wanting to keep my projects "all in the family" with support from my true friends and fans in exchange for some of the rewards and incentives I've created.
My music is used by 10's of thousands of healing practitioners around the world. Over the last few decades I've received emails and messages on social-media almost daily from people telling me how much my music has helped them get through the worst of times and helped heal their heart, soul and even their body. And that to me is vastly more rewarding than any award or amount of money.
In almost 4 decades of a career in music I've played in all kinds of situations from intimate home concerts to venues filled with 10's of thousands of people. I can honestly say that what inspires and excites me the most is working with individuals one at a time, lying under my piano while I play, just for them. I love the intimacy and the vulnerability of connecting with someone and feeling into who they are. I listen to their story, their joys and pains, their true nature and what makes them unique. I found that the more I am present, honest and transparent the more inspired I'd become and that I play differently for each individual. I have seen over and over again that authenticity heals. And what's more, is that I record these sessions, professional quality, and give the MP3 or WAV file to the recipient. My Grammy-winning album Dancing On Water is a selection of improvisations recorded for these unique "under my piano" experiences.
I create a safe, nurturing and inspiring space for people to relax, unfold and feel. To be truly present with who we are and where we are at this moment is the first step in any healing process. During the musical session individuals almost always have an emotional release and some have serious cathartic episodes. Afterwards in comes fresh energy, love, peace and inspiration naturally filling the space. You can go to my website, www.peterkater.com and read the testimonials.
I have found this to be the most personalized, intimate and powerful form of sound healing. I've had hundreds of sessions with individuals that have come to me while struggling with and healing from anything from developmental trauma and emotional wounds; divorce; death of a loved one; insomnia; physical illness's (including cancer) or just wanting to feel free and inspired. The feedback I've received is amazing, encouraging and humbling at the same time. I've realized that my greatest passion and life's work is to deepen and expand my research and exploration into healing through sound and music.
This Kick Starter campaign is about creating and recording an experience through music at it’s highest vibration and healing potential. I will begin recording dozens of these individual "readings" at the completion of this campaign on my new piano that's arriving the beginning of April. I'm so excited to be doing these readings on such a fine state-of-the-art instrument. If you pledge at a certain level you will can be one of those individuals.
I'm doing this Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the recording, mixing, packaging, manufacturing and some marketing of the album. Music and sound healing is my life-long path and my dharma. It is a God given gift for which I'm very grateful and is how I give back to the world. I'm asking for your support so that I can continue to share it with you and everyone else. I will be forever grateful. Thank you so much for your time and consideration! - Peter
If Kickstarter is new to you... here's some information that will help you participate:
Kickstarter provides creators like me with a platform from which I can raise funds to make my projects happen by the direct support of people like you.
I have listed several "rewards" on the right side of this page. If you choose to back this project, you will need to set up an account and click on the green button to the right of the video that says "back this project". After this, you can either select a level from the reward list or you can enter your own amount in the box provided. If you want to pledge an amount in between two levels you can do this - I will consider the amount above our preset level as a donation. I sincerely appreciate every dollar contributed here. Funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing. This means that in order for me to receive the money pledged to this project I must meet or exceed my funding goal within the funding period. If we are not able to do this . . . I don't get anything at all. Thank you so much for your support!
Risks and challenges
There are no risks or challenges to this project other than securing the additional training in using the equipment necessary to do the research and recording I've described.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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