Posts Tagged ‘Austin’
Here is my 15 minutes of fame (maybe) as written up in the Austin Chronicle on 02/24/2012. The link is below as well as the excerpt form the interview…sweet!!!
“I’ve had a couple of people contribute who I didn’t know, and who have never seen me play. Some guy out of Germany gave me $150. I asked, ‘How had you heard of me?’ He said, ‘I just discovered you on Kickstarter.’ I was like, ‘Wow.’ That’s a major blessing, you know?”
In terms of what sorts of projects fare best on Kickstarter, Kazmark can’t say for sure, but does hint that, “Ideas that may not be a good fit for traditional institutions tend to do well.” A local project fitting the “nontraditional” parameter with snug certitude is a recent successful campaign by opera singer Julie Brown, who raised $4,005 for an album of arias. A UT graduate whose performance career was sidelined when she took time off to care for her son with special needs, Brown returned to singing only to find that she didn’t jive well with the local opera scene.
“They wanted to know what I had done in the last 10 years,” she explains, and when her answer was insufficient for the Lyric Opera, she took a different route. “I’m getting my voice out there, but not in the conventional way.”
Like Bobruk, Brown had to manage her expectations at first. An initial Kickstarter project in which she hoped to work with an entire orchestra reined in $10,000, but needed an additional $10,000 to achieve full funding. For her second attempt, she relaxed her ambition, asking for a fifth of that original sum. Her compromise worked, and, like Bobruk, she was surprised that the majority of donors weren’t friends and family.
“They were strangers from all over the world,” she says with some awe.
Yep…made it…thank you fans and supporters…Aurora Arias will be coming out in February!!! Watch for my CD Release party in Austin, TX…love, love, love you all .. ❤♫❤♫❤.•*¨`*•..¸♥☼♥ ¸.•*¨`*•.♫❤♫❤♫❤ la, la, la…..
I got a suspicious mail package and I actually called the Austin police department thinking it was a bomb. Ha and Boom! To my surprise, it turned out to a box from America’s Got Talent with a FAST PASS to to remind me to come to auditions for Americas Got Talent in Austin Texas Sunday, January 15th! Talk about LUCKY!!! Booyah!
Yep, I have decided to scale back my original “Phoenix” CD and instead will be doing the World’s 16 Most Difficult Soprano Arias with Piano, Flute, and perhaps violin accompaniment. The new album / CD will be entitled AURORA ARIAS and will be a dedication to all the great songs I have had to perform over the years. To my knowledge NO ONE has EVER attempted to record all these arias for a single album…so wish me luck…My voice is ready…lush, rich, fuller than it has ever been.
In any case, if you love opera, or great music, or me, or just want to help here is a chance for you to purchase a copy of the CD PRIOR to its release for $10 under the retail price!! That is right, you help me and I will help you too! Go to this link http://kck.st/vgIMJ1 and make any pledge that you want!!
In my last project I raised $6,150 but was not able to consummate the deal as I was looking for $20,000 in order to hire an orchestra…Now..I am only looking for $3,000…so I am pretty sure this will happen. You can purchase from now until January 21st, 2012.
Thank you so much for all the support, encouragement, and confidence you have given me in the past!!
Love and Light, Acapelladiva
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