To all friends of Charlottesville, near and far - we have some new music for you.
UPDATE: We are offering some bonus rewards in addition to the ones you see on the right. Check the updates tab (#2) at the top of the page to see what else we have for you.
About 8 months ago, a few of Charlottesville's very talented musicians got together to play one afternoon without any certainty or expectation as to what would come of it. After just a couple hours of playing together, we knew we had no choice but to move this project forward. The music was fresh and exciting, and an opportunity for each of us explore our own creativity in new ways.
With John D'earth on trumpet and flutes, Loren Oppenheimer on tabla and frame drum, and Dhara Goradia on upright bass, we quickly organized a show last winter in Charlottesville at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar with Daniel Richardson on drums, and we were able raise significant money for The Haven homeless shelter in Charlottesville. 8 months later, we now know we need a way to preserve this music and what it means to each of us.
And now, we ask you for your help as we reconvene this summer to record and produce a CD for our band, but more importantly, for you.
Take a look at the list of pledges and rewards on the right, and donate whatever you can. Anything helps! Pass this along if you can. We need at least $3000 to make this happen, to pay our sound engineer Abel Okugawa at Monkeyclaus Studios, to produce a sufficient amount of CDs, for promotion materials to support the CD release, for our next show (date TBA), and for future pursuits as a band. The more we raise, the better our rewards will be, but if we do not reach our goal, we won't get anything.
The CD will feature John, Loren, and Dhara, with Brett Jones on guitar and several other guests as we push this music forward. Drawing inspiration from the Balkans, North Africa, India, and Persia, and combining this with each of our individual modes of playing, the music will be indefinable yet engaging. We come from varying musical backgrounds, ranging from Indian classical to jazz and folk, each of us bringing a diverse sound to the table. While this project is an incredible outlet for us individually, it is actually bigger than just us. Combining sounds from all over the world with some of Charlottesville's finest musicians, we guarantee you will be pleased at the new sound this brings to your music community, no matter where you are.
We are very much looking forward to playing together again and seeing each of you soon. Thank you to everyone involved in this project, all the musicians for sharing their art, to Devyani Goradia for her help with rewards, and to YOU.
Many thanks in advance from all of us!
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