Hello dear Wild Strings Trio fans,
Our next album, Bendjistan, is on its way!
Since our first album Lost Weekend came out in 2016, we've done three years of composing, improvising, touring, meeting new and exciting musicians, getting new inspirations and playing concerts around Europe (and the world!), and we're finally getting ready to bring you our latest effort.
This album is much more than just our music: we rely on sound engineers and producers, a mixing and mastering engineer, photographers and design artists, not to mention a label, promoters, printers etc... A crowdfunding campaign will help us with the costs involved in hiring all these generous, gifted, highly-trained people, so as to reach the ultimate goal: putting our music in your hands.
Here's an overview of what all this is about.
This crowdfunding hopes to cover part of our costs (see behind the scenes, below). At this stage, we estimate a total expenditure of 8,000 to 9,000 EUR; we are hoping to raise half of this, and cover the rest with sales and gigs.
We'd like to give you the chance to participate in this, our latest creative adventure. We will offer you in return our gratitude in the form of CDs, Vinyls, collector tote bags, a bespoke tune and even should you wish a private concert.
Wild Strings Trio
We are three musicians from three countries and three distinct musical backgrounds, putting our strings together to shape a music as new and original as we can.
Petra Onderufová (Violin, Slovakia) combines her Jazz education with the Folk sound she has learnt from fiddlers from all over, exploding on stage with a high-energy delivery tempered by cool-headed themes and improvisations. Aleksander Kuzmić (Guitar+Vocals, Slovenia) has travelled from the Balkan songs he grew up with to musical cultures far and wide, teaching himself to compose and improvise fluently in styles from Flamenco to Greek and Funk to Metal, always merged into his own completely original and virtuosic performances. Toby Kuhn (Cello, France) left a lifetime of Classical music behind when he began to discover and invent new exciting ways to play his instrument, always fluently pushing boundaries with power as he journeys joyously into a musical world of boundless possibilities.
Together we have been working for five years to create an intense musical experience that takes you, our public, on an unforgettable voyage across style and invention, to then bring you home changed and exhilarated. And, of course, 'appy.
If you'd like to know more about us, our music, our story, and our upcoming gigs, check out our website wildstringstrio.org, our facebook, youtube, instagram and bandcamp pages. And of course, do write to us at email@example.com, we'd love to hear from you
This album is a series of original tunes that we wrote in a collaborative process over the last three years, getting our influences from the folk music that we hear every day, principally from the Balkans but also from further afield, from Celtic to Flamenco, Azerbaijan to Mali; as well from our training as Jazz or Classical musicians; from the music that we have listened to including Funk, Pop, Metal, Jazz and of course World Music of all persuasions; and finally from three lifetimes of improvising freely in jam sessions in cafés, bars, on the street, on big stages and backstages, by ourselves, together, and with amazing musicians from everywhere (Uzbekistan, India, Sweden, Iran, Bulgaria, UK, USA, Spain, Chile, Czechia, Serbia, Morocco, to name only a few... and of course our native Slovakia, Slovenia and France!)
We have tried to put all of our trademark energy and joyfulness into these tunes, but also care and attention to detail, with as much love and soul as we possess.
A step up from our last album brings our playing, composing and improvising to a new level, expanding our horizons inwards and outwards to that mythical and fantastic place where everything is music and music is everything, the country we call Bendjistan.
Behind the scenes
The composition of this album has been going on organically for three years. We've rehearsed in our homes (thanking our flatmates for their patience...), in friendly venues and most recently in our friend Matija Solce's home to get our material ready.
In January we arrived in GAM studios, in the Belgian Ardennes, to record 9 of our tunes. There our amazing producer and sound engineer Leander Meuris and his fabulous sidekick Toon Develetere recorded us over five days of intense music-making, accompanied by healthy doses of good food and drink! With their help, support, and clear decision-making we were able to get everything we wanted out of our session, i.e. not only a great album but also a very enjoyable moment.
We've just finished listening to the work that our exceptional mixing and mastering engineer has done: Leszek Kamiński has taken our raw material and extracted a real work of art in a magical process: painless, fast, professional, and fiercely exciting.
What's left to do?
We still need to make an epic album cover: our photographer Tadej Čauševič will travel with us in early july to Croatia to... well, you'll see!!
We need to design our album cover: Jan Ceľúch will be making it all look spiffy.
We are teaming up again with Slovenian label Celinka run by Janez Dovč, who did great work on our last album and who will help get the new one out to you, wherever you may be.
We will need to print our album; of course as a CD, but also as a vinyl, and we plan as well as a USB stick, and as a digital release so that everyone can enjoy our music, regardless of how
And of course we will then RELEASE IT TO YOU at the end of September.
Many thanks for your help and support, every little bit helps!
Risks and challenges
Small, independent music making is an arduous task. Most of the work that goes into a living, touring band is done by the band itself. That which is not is done by other independent artists and craftsmen, on whom we rely to get a work of art from our imagination to yours, and who we like to treat with the financial respect they deserve.
If we do not make our goal with this campaign, we will be completely self-financed. We know and accept this risk because we are committed to our art before all other considerations, however difficult that may prove. Your support is an essential part of a musical and artistic ecosystem that permits us, and the people we work with, to go on doing what we do best in the best possible way, and so we may get back to working hard to bring you more.
Together, you and us, we rise to the challenge of making this album happen, on time (by september), and land on our feet so we can go on making more music.
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