It's been a while since EoJ has actively supported any crowdfunding projects. This one is interesting to me and I want Sylvain Picard to have a successful campaign! As most of us have realized over the years, music worth supporting isn't really being played to the masses on radio. The record labels that are left are still all about pushing and plugging artists that fit a certain look or a stereotype.
Fans can truly make a distinct difference in the lives of musicians more and more these days. Please consider pledging funds to Sylvain's project hightlighted in this blog post. Click here to go directly to the fundraising page for Gloria where you'll find different levels to pledge and the perks! I also encourage you all to go OUT and SEE LIVE MUSIC!!
The Origins of Gloria
Sylvain shares his thoughts about this project:
Gloria is Is a jazz mass, a sacred music, which essence is to celebrate humanity. Played by four seasoned jazzmen, Gloria proposes a contrasted fraternal experience.
Originally, Gloria was written as a jazz mass commissioned by Gesù Church (Montréal, Canada) which premiere was celebrated on July 6th 2013. The musical mass tradition goes back a long way. In 'classical music' Mozart, Bach, and Stravinsky were among the plethora of composers that wrote magnificent masses. On the jazz side, Lalo Shifrin wrote a jazz mass and Duke Ellington created many sacred works. With respect to the quality of these established "standards", composing a jazz mass represented a major challenge for me.
Instead of feeling pressured to do as good or better than those that have gone before me, I decided to focus on my own truth. I tried to translate it into music as honestly as possible, with confidence, a loving and embracing experience. The music that I wrote emerged from there and emotion always had precedence over style.
This project consists in the recording of an album featuring Gloria's ten pieces jazz mass. In order to do so, all of these activities have to be done:
- Record Gloria in a state of the art studio in downtown Montréal (approx. 2 days)
- Document the recording session with video and photographs
- Mix and master the recording
- Design the CD cover and booklet
- Hire a PR agent to promote a CD launch-concert
- Rent a venue with staff (sound engineer, lighting, bar, tickets)
- Present an energizing and inspiring CD launch-concert
This self produced album will have two functions. First, we will be able to share this invigorating music with all. Second, it will be easier for us to book tours in America and abroad with a great CD!
What We Need and What You Receive
By contributing to this, you take part in a one of a kind project: the crowdfunding of an instrumental jazz mass! All and any contributions will enable us to reach our goal. All of 'em!
Other Ways To Help
Spread our Gloria Indiegogo link everywhere. Email it to friends, facebook it, tweet it. Become part of our Gloria story: check on our progress, and get your friends and family in on the story as well. Here is the link to spread:
Thank you very much for your generous support!
Should you have questions or suggestions, feel free to write to Sylvain @