About this project
UPDATE: New rewards, grand prize drawing, and more - click here
We cherish our fans, the music we have created, and the place we have earned in the history of progressive rock music. It is painful and disappointing that the very record labels who still happily profit from selling our extensive catalog of albums (from which we receive little if any royalties) have turned their backs and closed their doors to us in favor of working with quick-selling pre-packaged pop.
We have been busy composing songs for an album we believe will be the best of our career. Thanks to Kickstarter, social media, lovers of good music, and our own wonderful fans, we're able to reach out directly to make available our album in advance of it's commercial release as well as other special items which will support the recording, promotion, marketing and distribution of this, our first studio album in nearly twelve years: Grandine il Vento.
For your pledges you will receive an album we're sure you'll love, as well as enabling us to make our music with pride and independence from the world of corporatized record companies.
We appreciate the role you will play in helping to make this endeavor a reality.
Cover art of Grandine il Vento
Annie with one of her unique painted guitars
Annie's custom velvet dress, worn on BBC's Top of the Pops television program
Michael Dunford's guitars which performed Renaissance classics in the studio and live on stage
Annie's personal copy of the original Renaissance album, with her own cover art
Two unused tickets to the FIRST Renaissance show in the USA, from Michael Dunford's private collection
Royal Albert Hall 1977 ticket stub from Michael Dunford's private collection
For the grand prize drawing described in project update #3, where will the studio meet-up and dinner with Annie & Michael take place? Is travel included?
Recording will take place in the northeast USA. The invitation will be extended to winners of the drawing regardless of their home country, but travel and logding will not be provided.
The $500 reward should state that you receive a FRAMED Giclee print. We aren't allowed to edit the description since folks have already made pledges against the $500 reward.
Many of you have asked about the content of the bonus disc we've noted in rewards packages. It will contain:
A behind the scenes/rockumentary look at us in the studio
A video taped discussion about the album and band (and surely some humor)
Acoustic/unplugged performances of several of the new songs
A video message to you
Whatever else we may dream up...
What kind of a guitar is the painted guitar? Is it playable? Can I supply my own guitar to be painted?
These acoustic guitars supplied by us are works of art for display only. The age of the guitars vary from the 1950's. Most are made from Spruce and Mahogany.
Painting a guitar you own is possible, but there are caveats and requirements (not to mention shipping costs) -- please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. Notably, no laminate surfaces, completely clean body, no cracks or dents. If acoustic, painting will render it unplayable. A solid body guitar would remain playable.
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