When Autumn Electric shared the bill for Moraine's Groundswell release party, they surprised everyone by playing a long set of new music from a new project, a concept album called Star Being Earth Child. Now they're looking to record the whole thing and go on tour.
by Jon Davis, Published 2015-01-03
From the Kickstarter page:
Despite the synthesizers and guitar octavizers, Autumn Electric has remained a DIY project. Michael books every show. Chris Barrios and Johnny Unicorn have donated their sound engineering talents to record/produce the band's last two albums, Flowers for Ambrosia (2014, Barrios) and Make Me a Tree (2012, Unicorn). Lauren Trew, Michael's wife, arranged violin, cello, and choir music for Make Me a Tree, and continues to contribute poster and album art (and the occasional delicious pie) to the cause. Louise Trew, Michael's multitalented mother, knits hats and scarves for the merch table. She also paints album covers and sews magical capes for the stage show. Keyboardist Naomi Adele Smith provides further design work and administrative assistance. It's the ultimate team effort!
With artistic ambitions, however, come questions of practicality. To do justice to "Star Being Earth Child," Michael is planning a stage show with lights, costume changes, and props. He's in the middle of booking a two-month tour for March and April of 2015, the goal being to put together showcases and mini-festivals with other progressive/avant-garde musicians across the United States. Because "Star Being Earth Child" has strong anti-pollution, pro-nature themes, he also plans to reach out to and collaborate with environmental organizations. But there just isn't enough money from the band members' modest day jobs and paid shows to record the album, have the CD mastered and pressed, buy the lighting equipment, install a trailer hitch on Johnny Unicorn's van, promote the showcases, and get a head start on gas/food for the tour. Every member is contributing as much as they're able, but community support is the only way that this project will be realized to its full potential.
Check out the link below and do what you can to encourage and support creative music.
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
John Hackett - Velvet Afternoon & Checking out of London – John Hackett has long been in the extended shadow of his brother Steve, who has seen high profile both in and out of Genesis. The flautist has finally stepped out on his own in both duet and full band... (2006) » Read more
Blackfield - NYC - Blackfield Live in New York City – This is probably the way all concerts should be released: as a double disk with an audio-only version as well as a DVD concert video. One or the other will likely pop up on a torrent site or YouTube... (2010) » Read more