Crowdfunding: Painter ✾ Piano

My first-ever crowdfunding campaign is for an  album of solo piano sketches recorded on my childhood piano, and inspired by the paintings of my mother and grandfather. The piano, a wonderful 120-year-old Heintzmann in my family for generations, is still in my parents’ rural home in Nova Scotia. 

I like to call the music I make “Thoughtful Music for Troubled Times” and that’s certainly the intention behind this collection. The pieces are meditative, atmospheric and emotionally charged. They are influenced by the many kinds of music I’ve played over the 40+ years I’ve been playing piano.

I’ve chosen GoFundMe as a platform because it’s flexible, recognized and trusted, and offers excellent terms so most of the money you donate goes where you hope it will, not to support the platform and its investors… 

More information on the project,  and more audio samples, can be found on the project page

The money raised will be used to complete and release the album to supporters and, later on, the public. That includes final track mixing, sequencing and mastering, graphic design (including, of course, the beautiful paintings which inspired the music), CD manufacturing and shipping, digital release expenses, and miscellaneous associated costs.

There are rewards for this campaign! Just drop me a line to let me know where and how to send the appropriate items your way… I’ve listed “suggested donation” amounts in Euro and Canadian dollars…  CDs will be shipped, and download codes sent out, around the middle of December. As a bonus through the end of the year, I’ll include a download code for my electronic christmas album, Switched-On Yule!

– €10/$15 – digital only, single volume, download
– €16/$25 – digital only, Special Edition 2-volume set, download

– €20/$30 – CD, single volume, shipped anywhere (+download code)
– €32/$48 – CD, Special Edition 2-disc set, shipped anywhere (+download code)

– €32/$48 – Special Edition 2-volume set, plus back catalog of piano works (download)
– €40/$60 – Special Edition 2-disc set, signed, shipped anywhere (+download code)

– €80/$120 – CD, Special Edition 2-disc set, signed, shipped anywhere, special thanks on website, plus my complete piano discography  (download) 
– €120/$180 – CD, Special Edition 2-disc set, signed, shipped anywhere, special thanks on website, plus piano discography on signed CD (+download code)
– €200/$300 – CD, Special Edition 2-disc set, signed, shipped anywhere, special thanks on CD packaging, plus piano discography on signed CD (+download code)

… or if you want to get a few to give as gifts (feel free to write me to ask about other quantities, or if you’d like to get them signed): 

– €60/$90 – 5-pack single volume 
– €100/$150 – 5-pack Special Edition
– €100/$150 10 pack single
– €160/$240 10-pack Special Edition

CDs are available in cardboard jackets only (no plastic jewel cases!), printed and pressed at very high quality, and shipped directly from the production facility in New York. (Signed copies will take a little longer as I’ll have to have them shipped to me first…) 

I’m planning to finish all production on my end by early December so as to get physical products shipped before the holiday season! The sooner donations for CDs are received, the sooner I can get that whole process started – especially important in the case of signed copies. 

This is a very personal project and there’s a lot of family history behind it – the magnificent paintings of my grandfather have been treasured heirlooms as long as I can remember (he died before I was born, but I have felt his influence profoundly throughout my life). My mother’s beautiful work is like a counterpoint to her father’s, visually different but closely related, I think, in spirit… And the fact that we are all linked by this wonderful old piano was the impulse to begin this project. I hope you’ll help me finish it!

More advance samples of the music can be found at this link…. 

I’m enormously grateful for any and all support, which will help give this little boat a push out into the world. I hope you enjoy the music!