Hi! My name is Monica. I'm a harpist and poet and a mother. I'm recording an full-length album with my band, The Daphnes, called Braids of Kabuya.
I'm excited about this because these are songs that mix together my love of music and poetry. I'm a classically trained harpist who has expanded into songwriting for my band, and I'm a published poet.
For the past several years,I have been working on a full-length album: composing and recording of these original tunes. There are twelve songs in all. Braids of Kabuya reflects my wide range of musical tastes, from jazz and rock to classical and Indian raga, ambient drone, do-wop, and folk. I've spent many years, working other artists' projects and have gained so much knowledge along the way. I'm so excited to put forth my own unique work!
I'm an experienced professional. As a performer I've worked with Ahamefule J. Oluo in his critically acclaimed show, Now I'm Fine, and toured around the country. I am a teacher to a dozen harp students; and I also play therapeutic harp music for hospice patients. I have recorded on albums with notable musicians like: Jherek Bischoff; Hey Marsailles; Secret Chiefs 3 plays John Zorn's Book of Angels. In 2013, I released a solo Christmas album, Harp Carols.
Most harp songs fall into two categories classical and Irish harp. My songs are new. They are personal. For example, I'm a mom, and many of the songs on Braids of Kabuya, reference motherhood and time constraints with small children. These harp songs are unique and they are contemporary. With your support, it will help me reach my goal of having these songs streaming and playing on traditional radio.
I have a stellar cast of Seattle musicians participating! Including my bandmates (Nate Omdal, bass and Julie Baldridge, violin), plus two amazing drummers (Greg Campbell and GRAMMY award winner Jeremy Jones), accordion by Scott Adams, and Jeppa K Hall singing backup vocals.
I've started a KICKSTARTER campaign because I need to complete the production end of the recording project. We sourced some tracks from an excellent live Sonarchy Radio session recorded at Jack Straw Productions in Seattle, and I've been able to keep costs low by tracking other songs at my home studio. Even though Braids of Kabuya is creatively and physically near completion, the financial backing is not. The one area I need the most help in, is your financial support right now. I work full-time as a harpist and a mom. My time and resources are precious to me, so your help is greatly appreciated.
I'm asking for: $3500 Basically, my budget needs are: mixing & mastering; CD duplication; limited edition of Braids of Kabuya book lyrics w/ download; design and promotion. KICKSTARTER gives all or nothing at all, so please help me reach my goal!
I care about these songs deeply because I think they touch people. When I play out with The Daphnes at places like: hotels, clubs, and museums they were mesmerized; transfixed; and they they want more. This will be a way for my music to get out there in the world. I am committed to seeing this project through.
With your help, I can share this music broadly and widely. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges has been doing the project while simultaneously parenting. Stephen Schildbach and I have done hundreds of hours recording, mixing and mastering after the kids go to sleep. We have take time away from our paying jobs to do this project. Also, we had a piece of equipment break last year while recording and had to research and purchase a new audio interface.
We have done this project with our own labor and haven't outsourced it much due to budget restraints. We are taking a risk putting so much time into this unpaid. A successful KICKSTARTER is what is going to help us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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