Azul Balam, 8 musicians from 5 countries, wants to publish their first album. Our music is transnational–just like the musicians behind it. We name our style “Latin grooves” - different musical languages united through Latin American rhythms.
What is this project all about? : After several wonderful concerts, we are finally going into the studio to preserve and share our music. This album is for the people who have experienced our live concerts, for those who are far away and haven’t been able to share those moments...and for us. This record costs money, money we do not have. That’s why we need your help to make it a reality! In return for your help, you can choose one of the gifts we are offering here.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
Our goal: to record at least ten of our compositions. We have to mix, master and render the music to digital and CD format. Our first funding goal of 4,500 euro will enable us to do all that. In order to create the artwork and stream our music on-line, we will need a bit more – our second funding goal of 6,000 euro. Who is our target audience? You, of course! If you have already navigated to this site it is because maybe you know us already? Or maybe our campaign has gone further than we thought? Maybe you have seen us live? Or maybe you come from El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia or Peru and you want to help your friends and relatives? Or maybe you simply love music!
Why would you support this project?
Our music crosses borders, and we make it ourselves. The compositions are both upbeat, and nostalgic. Music brings us together ; our biographies, languages, stories and places unite us. We play together because we love it and because life allowed our paths to cross. Our motivation is the joy of playing together, improvising, composing, building and experiencing music and life together. If you want to support these kinds of encounters and motivations for cultural, non-commercial projects to come to life and thrive, you will understand why we need your help.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
This crowdfunding will pay for our recording sessions and enable us to mix and master the tracks. The layout of the cover and content will also be financed with this crowdfunding. The album promotion will be made afterwards (hopefully by reaching the second funding goal.)
Who are the people behind the project?
Azul Balam are: Jojo Berchtold (violin, Germany), Manuel Martínez (Alto Sax, Colombia), Max Vidal (Tenor Sax, Peru), Gerardo Cotto (Guitar, El Salvador), Carlos May (Bass, Mexico), Antonio Garmendia (Conga, Mexico), Burkhard Barthel (Timbales, Germany), Octavio Salman (Drums, El Salvador)