358 Days Ago………….

Dear Friends,

When all this began 358 days ago, who knew we’d clear so many hurdles and get this out to market before another Valentine’s day passed.  The smartest thing I ever did was pick up the phone and call my good friend and master sonic wizard Elliot Scheiner.  He signed on without hearing a note of music, just a clink of a wine glass over some veal piccatta, and we were off.  With that, I found the courage and wherewithall to explore that crazy crowd funding concept.  It all seemed like and impossible dream, but after exploring the options, I settled on Kickstarter and took a fast class in marketing and video editing.  Oh, it makes you so humble when you venture off into unknown territories, but I knew it was where I had to go, so go I did.  Filming and editing was challenging, but once I got over how selfconscious I felt, it was fun and I cut together something that served as my proclamation to my crowd, my posse, my yet to be revealed gaggle of people that might jump into this swimming pool with me.  I gave myself a little over 30 days to raise what I hoped was an attainable number, $17,000.  It was less than 20,000 and enough, I thought, to get the basic recording tracks done (i.e. trio cuts for all 12 songs).  So I entered the Kickstarer vortex and so the story begins.

I survived the campaign, and raised $17,556 to be exact.  I immediately earmarked 5% of that to  Sandy Relief Funds; feeling my good turn deserved another good turn.  And with that, I booked Avatar, Andy Ezrin, Ben Wittman, David Finck and Will Lee.  Another smart thing.  Andy and Ben and I share a deep and rich musical background, having worked with New York Voices and on my past solo projects over the past 20 plus years.  I’m a hardcore fan.  And bringing in David  was a perfect fit with the music and solidfying a killer the trio.  And while I was dreaming big, I thought it would be a great opportunity to finally work with Will Lee.  Those two days could not have gone any better or been any more delightful.  Elliot thought the record was good enough to be done at that point, but I had other plans.

Over the spring we finished the vocals and got everything gathered enough to start thinking about sprinkling in some special visitors.  As I started to think about what instrument was crying to be heard on each track, artists starting popping into my head.  Phone calls went out and a wonderful collection of some of my very favorite musicians said yes to their cameos:  Randy Brecker, Romero Lubambo, Donny McCaslin, Joel Frahm, Gary Versace, Peter Eldridge and Aaron Heick all offered up tasty morsels to the project.  My dear friend from Berklee College of Music days, Marlon Saunders and my daughter Ella joined the chorus on Circle in a Square.  And Rob Mounsey did another lush string arrangement that was played by an all star quartet:  Sara Caswell, Jody Redhage, Joseph Brent and Lois Martin.  Matt Scheiner was on my left, Elliot on my right and we edited and mixed this in good speed.  Elliot did his usual magic of turning the knobs just the right way, and boom, everyone sounds like a million bucks and the cohesion within the songs and then the overall ride just seems to flow perfectly.  He won’t tell me his secret, but I must say, you are in for a treat.

Working with Sandrine Lee on the photo shoot garnered the surprise shot that I never would have suggested.  But she knows how to set the stage, so I just did what I was told.  I’m so happy I thought to have her shoot the recording session, too, because that all helped present this nod to old 50’s and 60’s covers that Burton Yount and I wanted to convey.  The fold out was Burton’s idea, wanting to create the feeling of reading the back of an album cover, holding it in your hand and turning it over.  All and all, I wanted the package to feel lush and real, the way I feel about the music, the people I work with and the way I feel about the art of making music itself.

I hope you enjoy letting this project reveal itself to you.  I loved writing and creating the music.  I love working with all my co writers.  And I am most grateful to the trio and musians who offered up their artistry and ideas to make this all come together as Circle in a Square.

 

Many Thanks, LaurenCircle in a Square cover art

The Deep and Defining Line

Dear Friends,

As these things go, it all comes down to the mad dash to the finish line.  Artwork is being finessed, press releases are being drafted and redrafted, gigs are getting booked, moved and rebooked.  Game on.  I haven’t left my kitchen table where my computer sits, always at the ready, with empty teapots, coffee pots and crumbs strewn about demarking a spot that’s well lived in.  Right now, I have a serious relationship with my computer, so back up, we’re busy.

But on the flip side, it’s coming together and all this hard work is paying off.   The release date is January 7, 2014 and it kicks off at Birdland in NYC!  I’ve never been more excited about a release than this one.  Probably because every part of me has been invested in every facet of the creation, production and launch.  Different from years past where your primary involvement was the creation of the music, today’s artist has to be the producer, composer, arranger, assistant to the producer, social marketing maven, booking agent, musical director, food services, and chief bottle washer.  That intermixed with my New York Voices duties and Mom duties, I fall into bed every night wondering where is this all leading?  How long do I think I can maintain this all people for all jobs pacing before something slips.  And then I wake up the next morning, make my list and start checking things off one by one.

Nope, no one will be able to say I was a slacker in life.  I have always worked hard, made stuff happen and laid it on the line.  This time, that line is deep and defining.  Deep because it matters, it’s always about the music and the expression.  And defining because Circle in a Square, unlike Hardly Blinking and Avalon, is the completion of one circle and the beginning of the next.  I worked it out.  I did the math and it all adds up to “this is it, I’m home.”

And part of that exercise was going outside my circle and reaching out to the greater listening audience.   Through the Kickstarter crowd funding format, I got the seed money for starting this adventure.  Who knew that 203 people would show up ready to send me to work.  I am forever indebted to those friends as in truth, it was a most needed push off the diving board.

And with every new hat I have had to put on, it has demystified the music industry.  We don’t really know how to manipulate this large unwieldy puppet anymore, so why don’t we reinvent the process and cut a new path.  Well, that suits me fine.  I was never much of a joiner anyway.  So I’m gonna make it up.  I’m gonna keep making it up until I get to the next place, wherever and whatever that may be.

So here is the cover artwork for Circle in a Square.  Sandrine Lee is a wonderful photograher and Burton Yount is now in the hot seat of creating the rest of the visual magic.  100 promo copies arrived at my door (well not exactly, I had to drive to the UPS facility to take it off the truck before they shipped it to the wrong address – so add to my list of  job descriptions delivery service) and out they went again to my darling press agent, Ann.  Now it’s her turn to stir the pot.  Next, advance copies to radio to start seeing what catches hold.

And as I close my eyes and hope and hope and hope that a song will speak for me, and a bridge will be built to ensure I do this again and again, I say thank you for listening.  I do hope the music resonates with you as it was intended and that it can bring some joy or solace to your everyday.  And now, I must make another pot of coffee, for the snow has finally come to Long Island and the long winter’s hibernation has begun.

Cheers,

Lauren

What rhymes with Terry Litmus?

Dear New York Voices Fans,

We’ve done it!  We’ve been threatening for years, and we’ve finally done it!  Holiday Cheer is coming right to your doorstep from the four of us.  With the help of the incomporable Elliot Scheiner and our fearless arranger Darmon, we’ve rounded up 13 traditional and secular favorites and took them on a sleigh ride.  Let it Snow promises to be a classic in your annual celebrations for many years to come.  There are lush orchestral treatments and big band romps, and of course, a few stellar a capella moments.  Visit newyorkvoices.com to order your copy or find it on Amazon and iTunes.  Release date, October 29, 2013.

Oh, and the answer to the riddle is Happy Holidays, silly.

 

Photo by Peter Blum

Musical Mahem on Another Level – NYV Live

Of the 25 years that New York Voices has been on the scene, I’m coming up on my 21st year on this E Ticket Ride on April 1st. Yup, April Fools Day. But this day all those years ago made no fool of me, but instead designed a seasoned road warrior and fed this musically curious mind to the brim. We have shared life’s ups and downs, our marriages, our babies, our hopes and our dreams. We have learned how to survive this fickle business and forge on with sometimes only one of us rowing. We have learned how to make this group work living in four separate States, rehearsing in hotel rooms and thriving off of deadlines. It’s not a perfect storm of productivity, but what makes this group special is that very thing. We have a tempo, for better or for worse, and we let whatever blossom is pushing to the surface, fight to break ground and get our collective attention. Once its in the ethos, it cues up and awaits its assortment of notes and rehearsal process. Not every song gets completed and not every wish gets granted, but we’ve done our best to please ourselves and hopefully please our listeners. And that’s that.

With New York Voices Live, we went back and collected some old favorites, some in rotation staples and a couple newbies. Then we threw them to the brilliant musical mind of Michael Abene. Now he’s a force to be reckoned with. And the super sweet thing about Michael is he was the producer of NYV’s debut recording back in 1989, so it’s truly a career coming full circle for the group. Combining his powerful arrangements with the WDR big band – of which he is the creative director – is already a match made in jazz heaven, add NYV, and you’ve got musical mayhem on another level. We are so thrilled to have this retrospective of our career – thus far – captured, and are even more happy that so much wonderful press has concurred:

The big band arrangements, raw energy and excitement of New York Voices Live propels this elite group to another level.

A sizzling vocal and instrumental experience.

Slithery, masterful, multilayered and dazzlingly cacophonous.

We are leaping up the Jazz Charts which is still fun after all these years (currently #9 as of 3/30/13). I know it doesn’t matter, but the mystery is entertaining (especially when it’s working in our favor) and it gives our proud parents something to brag about at the library.

I hope you get a chance to check it out. And while you’re at it, visit our new website, newyorkvoices.com.

Yours, Lauren

12 Tracks in 24 Hours!

Avatar Studios, February 15, 2013
Elliot Scheiner, Ben Wittman, Ella Marcus, Andy Ezrin, Will Lee, Lauren Kinhan
Not Pictured: David Finck

Have you heard the one about the rabbit and the hat? Well, that’s what we did on February 14 and 15, 2013. We tracked 12 songs in 24 hours. Poof, you are a record!

I can’t quite express the ease and joy in which these songs went to tape last week. It was the vibe I wanted to create, an atmosphere that was relaxed, filled with good friends and musicians and a console at the ready to capture the notes. First of all, Elliot Scheiner brings all his years of wisdom and puts everyone at ease knowing the music will be recorded perfectly and honestly critiqued. That we rehearsed once before the session relieved any pressure of not knowing the music and the goals going into it. I worked tirelessly tweaking the charts, adding the changes from the rehearsal, and making sure the music was ready for the marathon ahead. And it must also be said that Andy Ezrin helped in getting many of the newer arrangements up to speed and ready to go under the microscope. Andy, you’re my hero!!!

So on Valentine’s Day we embarked on recording 12 songs with only a schedule and a dream. One by one, we checked off the songs. We began with a lamenting ballad entitled “We’re not going anywhere Today” which turns out to be Elliot’s favorite of the bunch. It’s sparse and delicate. I’m not sure why I thought that it would be a good leaping point, but it really did focus our energy and set the tone. By lunch break we had tracked almost three songs, taking a break from the third because we were overthinking. After lunch we checked the third off and moved on to two more before dinner. I purposely put some of the heavier and more ambitious songs on the first day’s roster, so that the second would be less pressure filled and would allow us to linger in other ways. One tune that I am personally proud to have recorded is a song that was first titled “Turn the Bass Around”, but is now titled “Chasing the Sun.” It’s a wordless brazilian influenced piece. The original title references a repetive bass motif that gets slightly displaced as the song rolls along. I knew I couldn’t keep that title and finally came upon this new option while on the Jazz Cruise with New York Voices. A woman on the cruise was telling me how she and her husband were following the summer while their home was being remodeled. The idea hung in the air just long enough for me to realize that would suit very well the feeling of this joyful song. This song is inspired by one of my favorite orchestral-like songs written by Antonio Carlos Jobim entitled Stone Flower. I hope I can come close to that brilliance.

At 7:30 PM, Will Lee walked through the door, replacing Dave Finck for the evening’s line up of songs. Working with two incredible bassists is a thrill. It’s my first time working on my music with both of them. Dave is a master and there will be more on him later. But Will is just the consumate pro, rock star and hysterical human being all wrapped up in one. And he’s the perfect bassist for the title track, “Circle in a Square.” This song takes you on a ride, a tour de force, if you will. I brought the head of this tune to a wonderful saxohonist Ada Rovatti who really took it to an incredible place with her harmonic choices and groove. I told her to write a musical interlude that we could play together. But then I had to write a different melody and story over her changes and suddenly it became something else. The more I thought about it, it was kind of like one of those Beatles bridges that takes you out of the tune and transports you someplace else. Well, that’s all I had to say to Will, Ben and Andy for them to figure out where to take this section. Can you say classical trumpet solo? I’m very pleased with how this turned out. And that closed the first day’s recording. A technical glitch in the studio prevented us from getting the rest of Will’s tracks done, so we were luckily able to reschedule him for Friday in the afternoon. We got 7 songs done and had 5 to do the next day. Perfect.

The next morning we began with Peter Eldridge’s cameo appearance on our collaboration “The Deep Within.” There’s always an Eldridge/Kinhan collaboration on my projects and this one will not disappoint. It worked differently this time in that I wrote the poem and then we set it to music. It was a pleasure approaching the music this way and it came together fairly quickly. It’s very motivic and elegant. Dave Finck, this is where I’ll gush, used his bow for the whole piece and it’s just extraordinary. I conducted the song while trying to stay in my performance head in hopes of catching a final performance. The purity of the whole performance from everyone was really really special.

It was hard to leave that space, so we stayed in ballad mode and did “Another Hill to Climb.” This song is inspired by Donny Hathaway’s “A Song For You” and then wanders off and does it’s own thing. Including Andy, who really played his *@!! off.

Finally we finished the Ben, Andy, Dave trio with “Vanity’s Paramour.” What’s interesting about this song is it’s about 25 years old. It’s the bookend to where all this current repertoire sprouts. I’ve included it because I think it shows that I’m still the same after all these years. The music I was writing back then is still as spirited and weird as I write today. As my mother would say, “I’m the same damn dog.” And I am in so many ways. It was one of those ambitous writing assignments I have given myself over the years where I’m mutitasking goals while still trying to make a cohesive composition. In this song, the melody bounces from singing a bass line to an upper structure melody line. It’s kind of like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time. But if that wasn’t enough, I wanted to write a lyric that was sensual, dark and troubled. The guys did a great job transporting me back while also making it current.

After lunch, Will popped back in to record the remaining two tracks. One song is a collaboration with a dear old friend from my Berklee College of Music days, guitarist Jiro Yoshida. He wrote the music and titled it “Bear Walk”. That sent me down the path of writing a lyric that touched on Goldielocks and the Three Bears, but gone wrong! I had a lot of fun with it and I think it’s a fun addition to the line up. And finally, the last song that was written is also the last to be recorded, “Pocketful of Harlem.” I had the head of the tune and lyric written and gave it to Andy Ezrin to play with. I thought this was gonna be a swingy little number, but he took it to a really groovy place. I’m still trying to figure out how to sing it, but there’s always one of those on a recording that gets born right on the spot. Oh, and Ben Wittman is featured on this one in a big way.

After dinner I asked Elliot if I coudl sing two passes to each of the songs before we called it a day. I mean, I sitll had 3 hours left before our session was over and I wanted to get our money’s worth out of the studio time. And for the record, I had already been singing 12 hours the day before and 8 that day, so my voice and body was a tad bit weary. But I was in the zone, so I just wanted to keep going. We did passes to five more songs and at 9:30 PM, Elliot called it. He was right, I was turning into a pumpkin.

Today I listened to what we recorded and I’m still scratching my head in wonder at what we accomplished. Everyone played so beautifully and gave so much heart to every note. I am so thankful to Elliot, Andy, Ben, Dave and Will. A special shout out to Aki, Elliot’s assitant and Melissa, my assistant. Because of them, edits were made efficiently and meals were at the ready.

I can’t wait to begin the overdubs and sprinkling in our special guests!

Thank you one and all for your support in this musical adventure.

Yours Sincerely, Lauren

Kickstarter Fund Funds Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

On October 29, Hurricane Sandy hit 1000 miles of the Eastern Seaboard like no other Hurricane in recent decades. As a Long Island resident, we were evacuated for Hurricane Irene and saw our hamlet sustain serious damage from the ocean breaching Dune Roads, Bays and Canal communities. So when the news said this was going to a larger storm, we didn’t even doubt that it would and could have it’s way with us. The wrath of wind, water and storm surge are fickle and willfull factors, one could never know where your luck would lay on the roulette wheel and where the storm would exact it’s fury. For my community, we were lucky on so many levels. Even though the ocean did indeed pass through some of my neighbor’s living rooms and basements, we were soooooooo much more lucky than the Rockaways, Manhattan or the New Jersey coastline.

I had been readying my Kickstarter campaign before the Hurricane, but after the storm, everything looked and felt so different. My project hardly seemed important in light of such greater challenges. So I put it on hold and turned to things that needed to be done immediately. As November came on, the holidays were fast approaching. Geez, this just seems like an awful time to think about asking for Backers to support my next recording when we’re in the throws of communities recovering and our minds are turning to family time, holiday meals and that crazy holiday shopping. Should I wait til the New Year? I gave that serious thought, and then I just closed my eyes and counted. How can I connect my work with the world? How can I connect more profoundly with my listeners? Aha, I’ll earmark 5% of the budget to something I’m passionate about – Hurricane Sandy Relief – push the launch button and start moving forward.

During much of the campaign, I was consumed with marketing and promotion. I’ve never embarked on such a journey. Ever the prideful Leo, I haven’t always been so good at asking for help, but this ball started rolling down the hill and I had to get my running shoes on. There were ups and downs in the 35 day long fund drive, plenty of time to get excited, be filled with self doubt and everything in between. Slowly but surely though, those CD preorders started to add up and it was turning into a possibility. One Angel touched down on December 12th, promising a chunk of money that put the project over the halfway mark. This caused another big flurry of investors and momentum. On December 15th, another large donation was promised and on the 17th we reached our goal. Besides being equal parts thrilled and shocked, I felt humbled by 203 people’s generosity and faith in me. Suddenly I had a recording contract, a promise to these friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers to make the very best recording imaginable.

While the rehearsal and the recording sessions are booked, there was still some business to attend to, spending that 5%. I researched many things, but really wanted to find something personal to fund. I found two things that interested me. In my Backers honor we outfitted St. Frances de Sales School in Rockaway with their early learning music instruments they lost in the Hurricane’s wake. St. Frances has been an on going resource for drop off donated items and people to gather and get things they might need. They have done so much to help their community and continue to do so. And I also donated $500 to the organization Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund that was founded by the dynamic duo, Romi Sloan and Kym Smith, owner and manager respectively of Gardens by Romi. They have been driving back and forth from Southampton to the Rockaways since November bringing building supplies, coats, furniture, volunteers, you name it. They made a difference in the post trauma and continue to do so months after the event. They are dedicated to the cause and I am thrilled to personally support and endorse their passionate efforts.

So there you have it, a great kiskstart to a new year. People helping people, passing it on and planting new seeds. I thank my Backers, each and every one of them, who are helping me make my next dream project. And I thank them for providing me an opportunity to give back in my moment of good fortune.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2013. I encourage you to dream big and put it out there. I’m proof that it can really happen.

Yours Sincerely, Lauren

Final Days of the Kickstarter Extravaganza!

Dear Friends,

I’m happy to report I am nearing the completion of my maiden voyage down the Kickstarter Canal.  With only a few more screws loose than were loose before, I can say this project is looking like it will move forward.  Because of almost daily stealth midnight postings to the Facebook Nation, multiple annoying email blasts to a tolerant list of fans and the good graces of hundreds of Pledgees who have kicked in and spread the word, this project will likely have it’s day in the sun.

But there is still more work to be done.  We have a little more to raise in order to reach the $17,000 goal.  The number changes by the minute, so I can’t report an accurate need, but as of 12/14, we still need around $2,000.  It’s a lot or a little depending on how you look at it.  Here’s some fun math facts:  If 100 folks pre ordered the CD for $20, we’re done.  If 40 people pre ordered the CD and Book of Lead Sheets for $50, we’re good to go!  And if 44.44444 people pre ordered all three of my solo projects (Hardly Blinking, Avalon, and the new one, Circle in a Square), we’d be cookin’ with gas.  So, it’s within reach.  And hopefully, you were planning on buying the CD anyway, so this is just your promissory note.

in my prior story, I shared one of the pieces of artwork that I commissioned for the Book of Lead Sheets.  Each song is getting it’s own artistic interpretation by different artists that I know and love.  Most of them are family in one way or another.  This project is kind of a celebration of my journey in the arts, and these people and artists have played a huge role in the development of my creative mind.  So what better way to explain how I got here than by introducing you to the cast and characters that contributed to my story.

My cousin, Paul Slifer, has finished his watercolor depicting my jazz waltz, “My Painted Lady Butterfly.”  The tea stained paper gives this painting an aura and earthiness that I just love.  Here, you will see the final version.  Paul is the owner of the tatoo shop, Red Hot and Blue in Edinburgh, Scotland and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design.  I wanted his take on my Butterfly and I could not be more pleased with his depiction.  This song is about wild youth and the search for what to do in one’s life.

Next up is this first draft by my dear friend, Amy Estrin.  She is working on my song, “Chaussure’s Complex.”  I began this song when this statement came spilling out of my mouth, “Love me, don’t let shoes stand in the way of all this awkward romance.”  It was just the tongue and cheek I was looking for in the writing assignment I gave myself and I am very pleased with how it evolved.  It’s a rhumba with humor and attitude, just what the doctor ordered.  And Amy is just the girl for the job.  Amy graduated from The Museum Art School (currently called PNCA) in 1982.  She showed extensively in Portland, Oregon’s art scene.  Later she opened The Whole 9 Yards, an interior fabric store, with her husband Jamie Eoff in 1991.  I can’t wait to see how this evolves!!  Go Amy!

 

I have more commissions in the works and look forward to sharing the “rushes.”

So please join me if you can on this latest undertaking.  It’s a recording, it’s a retrospective, it’s my life coming full circle, it’s “Circle in a Square.”

Yours, Lauren

Circle in a Square meets My Painted Lady Butterfly

Dear Friends,

While my Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds for my new CD is ongoing til December 17, I have already commissioned some artists to begin work on depicting each of the 12 songs.  They aren’t just any group of artists, though, they are family and close friends.  I’m drawing upon the world I grew up in, incorporating their splendid inspiration into a CD coming full circle.

I grew up in a house where artists of all sorts were around.  My mother has a natural ability at most anything.  We’d often come home from school and find her in the basement sculpting or painting.  I’ll never forget a 4’x3′ oil study of a Kandinsky that she decided to do.  I grew up staring at that painting over the sofa and only in recent years did I have the pleasure of seeing it in person at the Guggenheim.  It was a quiet thrill to come face to face with it and feel like, gee, my mom’s version was pretty damn good!

And while her natural ability was evident, she was equally as passionate about buying and supporting other artists.  My mother owned a wine store in Portland and a high end gift shop on the coast of Oregon.  A big part of those ventures included representing and showing art.  Our dinner table was often visited by local artists that my mom had discovered, many of whom continue to be a part of our extended family to this day.

Circle in a Square is a full spectrum of music that shows all my interests as a composer.  I want to infuse these visual artist’s works in the story and packaging, because they are as much responsible for the shaping of my creative mind as my back ground in dance and my lifelong passion for music.

My mom and brother David – who is a painter and teacher of fine art – are in production, and I expect rough sketches any day.  My cousin Paul Slifer is nearing completion of his contribution.  He is a tattooist, illustrator and painter living and working in Edinburgh, UK.  He began tattooing in 1990 while attending the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a BFA in painting.  His tattoo work is award winning and frequently published in international tattoo magazines and books.  Paul owns and operates Red Hot and Blue tattoo, one of the UK’s most respected tattoo studios, in the heart of Scotland’s capital.  I asked him to work on “My Painted Lady Butterfly,” a jazz waltz about a wild and beautiful young woman on the verge of who she is to become.  I’m sharing the early outline of the tatoo/painting.  You can view the full process of his work and the work of the other artists by joining my Kickstarter Campaign.

Come on, join the FUND!

Best, Lauren

 

New York Voices is turning 25!

Shocking, I know.  Cuz we look so young, right?  But it’s true, the group will be celebrating it’s 25th anniversary throughout 2013.  And what better way to do that than start releasing product.

In February, just in time to blow out the candles, we’ll be putting out a live concert we did with the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany under the direction of Michael Abene.  This is one of the best big bands on the planet, every musician is a stand out.  Abene writes so well for his band and he also really understands New York Voices.  You see, he produced their debut CD back in the late 80’s, so how appropriate that this is the project that gets the ball rolling on the big year – Life coming full circle.  (Apparently, there’s a lot of that going around, as I too am releasing my solo CD that is entitled “Circle in a Square” which address’ said topic quite heavily.)

The CD is a collection of NYV old favorites, current in-rotation tunes, and a few never recorded and/or new arrangements.  The other cool thing about the recording is it stretches.  There are lots of featured soloists that break up the usual vocal palette and make it an all together different NYV experience.

It’s coming out on the Palmetto label.  I’ll keep you posted on the exact release date and provide all necessary links to get that into your hot little hands.

Cheerio, Lauren

 

 

 

 

I get a Kick out of You!!!

Dear Friends,

I am happy to announce the launch of my Kickstarter Campaign.  I have been getting this together for the last couple of months and I finally pushed the green button.  I’m excited and freaked out at the same time.   It’s a huge leap of faith into a new way of creating art and alliances with friends and strangers.  I’m telling you, the veteran coterie are shedding their old pumps for a new set of stilettos.

I’ve cooked up a new batch of songs that I am very proud of and anxious to have recorded.  Elliot Scheiner was the first to get the momentum running by agreeing to co produce this with me.  Done, the music is going to sound fantastic under his care.  I’ve asked my favorite musicians to help me do it:  Andy Ezrin on Piano, Ben Wittman on Drums, Dave Finck and Will Lee on Bass.  And then I reached out to my wish list and things started to get hot!  Paquito D’Rivera, Randy Brecker and Romero Lubambo, among others, are on board and ready to go.

I’m learning all kinds of new skills these days, like producing the video for this project.  HELLO, I think I lost more sleep over this than everything else combined.  It’s no Fellini, but what the hell, it’s this woman’s honest attempt at getting the ball rolling.

If this peaks your curiosity, please visit my Kickstarter page to read on.  I would be ever so grateful to you for your support and promise to make the best CD possible.

Much Gratitude, Lauren