Below is a message from my good friend, composer, pianist and bandleader Pablo Ablanedo. The Octet is beginning a journey into the world of crowd sourced funding to help finance the next CD recording, and I am excited to be a part of it and help Pablo raise the money to realize this project. It has been such a joy to be in this band. Pablo and I share a love of Stravinsky and crazy poly-rhythms and his new work is steeped in both. The band is a world class outfit filled with some of the most creative players on the global jazz scene today and most of them just happen to make Boston their home. Greg Hopkins and Phil Grenadier are on trumpet, Daniel Ian Smith and Kelly Roberge on saxes, Fernando Brandao on flute, Fernado Huergo on bass, Franco Pinna and Bertram Lehmann on drum and percussion, Pablo on piano, and finally myself on guitar. Please visit Pablo’s Kickstarter page and support us if you can. FYI, I also appear in the KS video looking very ernest as I stare into the camera. I think I missed my true calling of working on infomercials.
(From Pablo Ablanedo)
Today I’m making a very special announcement.
In order to raise funds for the recording of Recontradoble, which will be the octet’s third album, we are launching a fundraising campaign today on Kickstarter.com. I hope that you’ll want to be a part of the adventure of making this new record a reality.
So, please take a look at our Kickstarter page,
PABLO ABLANEDO OCTETo – Kickstarter Link
where you can see our video presentation, listen to recent live recordings of pieces that will be on Recontradoble, and learn more about the group and the album. You can also follow the project’s progress and hear new recordings on my blog, http://octeto.tumblr.com/
If you decide to contribute, there are a variety of rewards for you that correspond to different levels of donation. Importantly, Kickstarter is set up so that nobody pays anything until the project’s funding goal is 100% reached. Our goal for Recontradoble is to raise $7000 in 58 days, from March 9th until May 6th, and we greatly appreciate any and all contributions that you can make.