- My aim is to create a musical recording which captures the diverse soundscape of Colombia which will promote their fresh and vigorous music culture.
- All contributors will be able to download their own 'free' digital copy of my album.
- I'm confident this will stimulate and resonate with many western listeners (even former choristers like me).
- Colombia is attracting a global music audience and I want to help shape its future in this exciting and pioneering phase.
- I will use mobile recording equipment and dynamic microphones to gather musical material and create a short album.
- Recordings will be made while learning, sharing & teaching music around Colombia. I will then refine and remaster these recordings in the very well equipped studio facilities at the University of York.
- The final album version will be completed and submitted in October as part of my master's dissertation in music production.
- All donations, no matter how small, will make a huge difference to the success of this project. Funds will allow me to travel widely and collect a greater diversity of music samples.
- I need to raise £2500 in total. I have already raised £500 through winning the International Connections award from Santander. If I can raise £1000 independently the university will match this figure.
- In addition to researching for the album, I plan to share my music knowledge and skills with the Colombian community; in particular, teaching children and musicians in short volunteer sessions in schools and colleges. This will be aimed at stimulating students to love music and to learn more.
- Working with charities Barefoot Foundation and Caring for Colombia will help me teach my music to children in the cities of Cali, Cartagena and Medellin.
- Barefoot Foundation is a charity set up by Colombian musician Shakira, who I aim to collaborate with in order to find out more about Colombian music.
- Further collaboration with teaching institutions such as University EAFIT will enable me to compose and produce music with local musicians.
- I have been inspired by the works of musicians such as Quantic, Mala and Bjork and their unique multicultural fusions. I want to conduct my own research into Latin American music in order to be the first MA music student at York University to travel abroad for their dissertation.
Your help, networking and donations can turn this dream into a reality.
- One months music expedition around Colombia (July) £2,500 includes flights (2 external + 4 internal) + accommodation
- Two month production process in York (August-September)
- Funding for a Album launch party with the possibility of a performance. Location to be confirmed!
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Who am I?
Hi, I'm Matt Thorns and I am a music production Master's Student at The University of York, England. I have been a professional singer since the age of 7 and also play a variety of instruments.
'From the age of 16 I have composed, recorded and produced my own music.'
"Music truly is the universal language" - Herbie Hancock.
'I’ve always wanted the chance to go to another country and explore the depth of their musical culture.'
'This is a hugely ambitious project which can not be attained alone.'
HOW TO HELP ME SUCCEED?
- Your donations are what will make this album possible - any amount will help!
- Your donations will go directly into teaching, planning and funding of an album that promotes Colombian music!
- You, the donors, will receive rewards or donate anonymously.
- Its a chance to make something we can all be proud to be a part of.
- As a reward to each donor I will make a pledge based on the amount you donate. (see pledges)
- This will range from a personal thank you on social media sites, to a copy of the extended album, to access to my personal research information, to a copy of my music diary film, to special mentions on the album's credits and many more.
- All donators will be credited as being part of the support for the album. Thank you in advance!
Even though I ask for your money, I would like to thank you for reading through this crowdfunded page. It means a great deal to me that I can share the word on the most exciting project I have ever created!
'What most excites me about this project is the opportunity to work with musicians of all backgrounds and feel completely focused on their music...'
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I am currently half way through my expedition. Its been a very unusual journey. I've met a LOT of interesting people and have been generally very moved by the capacity of the Colombian people to help me achieve my quest. Of course they are happy to see a foreigner adapt to their culture yet still they go above and beyond to help me make this trip the best possible.
You meet people in strange ways you don't expect. I bumped into some very talented musicians from Bogota whilst on a remote beach at an Ecohostel at Costeno Beach inside Tyrona National park. We played music together on the beach late into the night and almost instantly clicked. Im now meeting them in my final week of the trip in order to work recording them through practise instrumental jams sessions and booked recording time using their University studio.
I've also been in good contact with Tomas Botero from Medellin. He has been very helpful trying to scout some really talented musician professionals. We bonded whilst I helped him record a gig off of Parque lleras. He has a partner Simon who have both created a professional studio that they live and work from. There both really well connect bright 24 years who are just really keen at the chance to get involved in all the local musical talent and create projects left right and centre.
I've met Alvaro Arango. Senior Head of Production for Codiscos and Disco Fuentes. They were the biggest labels to come out of Colombia and single handedly produced all the hit music that made it from out between 1950-1980. He was the youngest 80 year old that I'd ever met. Semi hippy/ semi gangster. I will never forget the moment we met and ended up listening to his greatest hits, dancing whilst drinking rum and looking out over the Andes from his farm house balcony. Forever inspired Alvaro you are truly living the dream. He really made me realise that it doesn't matter where you start in life if you have enough character, belief and determinism you can really make a difference to the music of your country.
I met Juan Rafael Ramirez. Head of the Folkloric Music Ensemble at the University EAFIT. He was a cool talented guy and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the roots, origins and development of the music throughout Colombia. Even though the University was out of term. He came in and gave me a 2 hour lecture workshop where we discussed and made initially recordings of instruments and tropical beats.
There have been lots of interesting traveler who I've met who have helped me shape my project as I go along. Explain to everyone that your traveling around Colombian making a Fusion album comes with a lot of questions. All these questions I've had to think about the answers carefully and its really made my workflow on the holiday more concise. When you have to explain yourself to Peers they help you review your work. And what better way to meet people that in every town along the way on my quest.
Anyway watch this space to see more about my progess. Its going to be a very busy final 2 weeks!!!!
So after 25 hours of traveling I have arrived at my first stop in Colombia, Medellin. It is the second largest city in Colombia and is situated in a massive valley. I am currently staying with a friend in their apartment and they are begin very hospitable to me. Thank you Carolina.
Preparations to meet musicians are already underway.
Next Monday I am meeting with the head of folkloric studies at EAFIT University and will also meet some musicians from the Caribbean Coast who will join our discussion of the history and culture of music in Colombia. There may also be the opportunity for me to do some recording with them so I can begin to start writing music.
There will be more updates so stay posted as everything is constantly very exciting.
Very exciting news today!
I have got in contact with Jacob Edgar who is the head of Cumbancha Records. He is very influential music producer with label of artists from all over the globe. He has many connections in Colombia and has agreed to help me get in touch with some quality musicians. This means my album will have some professional collaborators on now!!
Furthermore thanks to those who have supported me so far. We have now raise 1/6 of the £2500 target.
Thanks & keep the buzz going
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