Hi, my name is Shaul Bustan. I am a composer, double bass- and oud player. Originally I am from the South of Israel, but Berlin has been my home since 2011. Following the success of my last album "Negev", it is time to record a new jazz-world music album with new compositions. Especially for this, there are various guests by my side: wonderful, international musicians who will play with me on instruments such as violin, cello, saxophone, piano and percussion in the recording studio.
In 2016, I made a rediscovery: the instrument - the oud- the short-necked lute from the Middle East or also called the Arabic lute, came back into my musical life. I came to realise, that it is actually the oud with whom I can be myself: spontaneous, timeless, deep, between Orient and Occident. Since then, I've been in the process of establishing this wonderful and highly diverse instrument at the center of my music.
“(...) it is obvious and can clearly be heard, where the Israeli composer and musician Shaul Bustan belongs at this moment in time: between Israel and Germany, between classical music and tradition, between the Middle East and Europe, between the double bass and the oriental instrument oud. " Jüdische Allgemeine newspaper
"There is no doubt that Shaul Bustan is one of the up-and-coming young composers of our time and a cultural enrichment for Germany." Giora Feidman
A year after this wonderful discovery, I started performing regularly with my trio in front of an enthusiastic audience all over Germany. In 2018 my album "Negev" was released, a musical journey through my Israeli homeland with the oud as the main instrument. Now, between the end of this year and spring 2021, I will record the pieces of music, I have newly composed, in a recording studio together with my trio (consisting of violin, cello and oud / double bass). Three other great musicians are there as guests who will accompany me on the piano, saxophone and on the percussion.
This project is an album recording in a recording studio in Berlin. The total duration in the recording studio is 120 hours over a period of four weeks. This is followed by the production of the album (CD, digital and vinyl), including new photos for the album cover, the design of the album cover and layout of the CD, as well as the CD pressing and the subsequent PR work.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
With the high-quality recording in a recording studio and the resulting new album, I want to bring my music closer to music lovers all over the world and thus reach them. And I want to give the oud, as an instrument, the central place on the stage that it deserves. Because the oud makes it audibly clear, how all differences and boundaries can be overcome and how that, which supposedly does not belong together can become one very harmoniously, as if it never had been any different.
The music of the chamber jazz - world music project itself arises from my own compositions. They consist of a unique mix of Israeli music with sounds from the desert and European music. There are fascinating new worlds of sound and improvisations - inspired by my own musical family history. The aim is to create a smooth and completely new listening experience that brings the connection between the east and the west audibly to life.
My music appeals to people who are interested in at least one of these genres: Jazz, world music, oriental music, classical music, improvised music and crossover music projects in general.
Why would you support this project?
Music is an international language without any limits - it speaks to the hearts of people all over the world without making a distinction between religion, gender, skin color or origin.
As a composer and multi-instrumentalist, who works hard every day to bring his music and the music of other artists to his loyal and diverse audience in Germany and the rest of Europe, Israel and the USA, I urgently need your support now for this project.
Why? Because recording a new album is expensive. With the help of the Berlin Senate, I got 75% of the costs for the recording studio alone. However, I did not receive any funding for the remaining 25% of the costs for the recording studio nor the fees for the musicians and the production of the CD. In other words, this project will not take place without support.
That's why I need your help. Your support would ultimately make this project possible. It would enable me to complete this demanding project and bring it to the highest musical level and also give the other musicians a platform, and beyond that - to grow myself with this task as a composer and musician.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
After a successful financing, the 6 musicians and the remaining costs for the recording studio will be paid first. With the second funding goal, depending on the amount of your support, the album production will begin. Of course in the hope of the total amount * in order to be able to produce a high-quality cover and a complete booklet as well as to be able to take new photos and do PR.
* IMPORTANT: Even with a smaller amount of the second funding goal, the album will be released!