Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Koppel, Colley, Blade Collective: Exploring Musical Landscapes

With their debut studio album underway, we are proud to welcome the Koppel, Colley, Blade Collective. The group is comprised of Benjamin Koppel on saxophone, Scott Colley on bass, andBrian Blade on drums. These remarkable musicians have appeared on dozens of albums as leaders and sidemen. However, this is the first time that we will be able to hear their innovative musical landscapes in high-definition stereo.

The album will illustrate the relationship of sound and vision in a beautiful way. The compositions will capture the essence of different physical landscapes that the band holds dear: creating musical shapes, colors, textures, and forms inspired by the musicians' travels. The music will continue grow and evolve as they explore the European landscapes during their 
current tour.

Even though the band has already embarked, the ArtistShare journey has just begun! You have the chance to be a part of the stories and scenery that will go into making of this album. There will be answers for any and all of your questions, as well as an intimate relationship with the musicians that comes only from ArtistShare. 
Receive prominent crediting on the albuma composition dedicated to YOU, or even dinner and a private concert from the musicians!

We can't wait for you to be a part of this unforgettable experience. Click 
here to learn more about the project and how you can help to make it happen.

Written by Philip Engsberg

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Thompson Fields: Maria's Home Away From Home

We are so excited to announce the latest project from the three-time GRAMMY winning Maria Schneider Orchestra. It has been seven years since the band has recorded together and they are ready to give you an experience of a lifetime! The Thompson Fields, her eighth album as a leader, will be a culmination of her musical career, her connection with her musicians & fans, and her roots in Windom, Minnesota.

The music, as always, will come straight from the hearts and minds of Maria and her fellow musicians. In ArtistShare fashion, you will get to see and hear the sights and sounds that will go into the making of this album. You can share in the rehearsals, the magic moments, and the stories from the band’s life on the road.

There are already plenty of ways that you can contribute to this great work of art! Maria has included additional levels of participation that are especially tailored for jazz improvisers and her close friends. We whole-heartedly welcome your support for Maria, her musicians, and all things ArtistShare.

This album is going to be wonderfully unique, as three pieces have been commissioned DIRECTLY from ArtistShare Participants!

The ArtistShare Commission Project (2009) - The Thompson Fields
Commissioned by Christophe Asselineau

Spring 2010 ArtistShare Commission Project - Lembran├ža
Commissioned by: Bill & Carol Bloemer, Justin Freed, Paul James, and Little Johnny Koerber

Spring 2012 ArtistShare Commission Project - Arbiters of Evolution and Home
Commissioned by: Bill & Carol Bloemer, Justin Freed, Paul James, and John Koerber

The music has been written. The recording dates have been set. All that is left is the most important part of the project: You.

Click to broswe the participant offers and take part in creating some of today's most outstanding music.

Written by Philip Engsberg

Steve Wiest: Concerto for Folded Space Pre-Release!

With the album release only weeks away, we would like to give a preview into what is on the horizon! Steve Wiest has pre-released selections from his newest album “Concerto for Folded Space.” This beautifully modern music is available to ALL participants in Steve’s current project.

The album features an eclectic combination of trombones, flutes, and guitars to take the listener on a journey based around Steve’s new science-fiction book, “The Dover Stone.” A tasteful blend of hard-hitting, classic orchestration and driving funk-rock grooves gives this 80’s style fusion an attitude of its own.

Steve has made his music available on both his ArtistShare page and SoundCloud. Take a tour of the great unknown and get ready for the upcoming album release!

We would like to thank ArtistShare® Bronze participants Robert Wendland, Joe Merritt, Pete Kamp, Paris Rutherford, Scott Hastings, John Roesch, Dean Barker, Adam Waddell, Jack & Anne Gauer for their gracious support in helping bring this album to life.

Click here to begin the adventure of the "Concerto for Folded Space"

Written By Philip Engsberg

Friday, July 25, 2014

15 DAYS LEFT: The Spanish Harlem Orchestra Project

15 days left to join Spanish Harlem Orchestra's ArtistShare project as a premium participant! With featured guests Joe Lovano and Chick Corea, the GRAMMY Award winning 13-piece ensemble continues to explore traditions of Jazz, Salsa, and the many other styles of Latin America.

With musical direction from renowned pianist Oscar Hernandez, the band continues their legacy of traditional latin music. They strive to create beautiful music that is steeped in history and tradition while sharing the integrity of the SHO members who help to create it. They are currently in the final stages of their final project that is to be released on September 15, 2014.

If you thought you had missed out on a chance to connect with the band, there is still time! SHO would like to invite you to be a part of their project. Participation is still open for ArtistShare Bronze through ArtistShare Executive Producer. Receive credit listing on the finished album, access to personalized videos, a year of VIP access to all performances, and original scores from the recording session. You can even go as far as sponsoring a SHO concert at a local school.

Click here to jump into the world of Spanish Harlem Orchestra.


Written by Philip Engsberg.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Just Launched: Spanish Harlem Orchestra ArtistShare Project!

Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! We're thrilled to announce the launch of Spanish Harlem Orchestra's debut ArtistShare project, "Spanish Harlem Orchestra," which also just so happens to feature legendary jazz musicians Chick Corea and Joe Lovano as guest artists. Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO) is a two-time GRAMMY Award-winning salsa and latin jazz band based in New York City.

SHO's music is heavily rooted in history and tradition, and this project hones in on these aspects deeply. For SHO fans/participants, this is an amazing way to learn about the legacy and culture of authentic latin jazz music - an experience like no other. Want to meet members of the orchestra? Sponsor a SHO concert at a school to carry on the history and tradition of latin jazz music? Go to all their concerts as a VIP guest for a whole year? Well now you can. Join their project today!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Robin Eubanks: "Klassik Rock Vol. 1" Now Available!


Robin Eubanks' latest fan-funded ArtistShare album "Klassik Rock: Vol. 1" is now available! Robin's debut project is full of original compositions as well as classic rock and funk tunes by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Sly Stone! Robin would especially like to thank his ArtistShare Bronze Participants Jeffrey Thomas and Don Jones for helping bring this project to life. 

You can order "Klassik Rock: Vol. 1" here.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Recap: Gil Evans Project @ Jazz Standard NYC

The Gil Evans Project at Jazz Standard a couple weeks ago was quite a magnificent experience. Directed by Ryan Truesdell, the GRAMMY Award-Winning Gil Evans Project consists of incredible top notch jazz musicians, creating an extraordinarily powerful group as a whole. Each night was filled with nothing but true, pure Gil Evans love. Previously unrecorded, unheard Gil Evans music. The entire week was recorded live and will be released on ArtistShare.

Here's the exciting part: you can help this project come to life by becoming a participant! In other words, you can stay up to date on the project, access behind-the-scenes content, and so much more -- all while supporting this project and guaranteeing it's success! More information here.

Legendary vocalist Helen Merrill and jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz attended the show. 
Lee Konitz & Ryan Truesdell

Photos courtesy of Tak Tokiwa.