Tuesday, January 10, 2012

RED DUST: Kickstarter launch!

In February, we'll be recording our first 5-track EP titled Red Dust. My dear friend, and also our Ukulele player's husband, will be engineering the album from his home studio, with the assistance of Otto and Ella (the best dogs ever.) The album will feature percussion by Cody Rahn, guitar by Charlie Rauh, Viola/Violin by Concetta Abbate, vocals and Uke by Nidia Medina, vocals by Cydney McQuillan-Grace, and myself (voice, piano, guitar, marimachu)

In order to make this recording happen, we have just launched a Kickstarter, which is a fun new way of fund raising for creative projects. I'm collaborating with photographer Scott Walsh, who will be working on a series of Black and White photos of the subway and coney island. His artwork will eventually become the album artwork, but for now we are exploring the ideas of anthropology in music and photography; how culture influences landscape and human relationships.

How does Kickstarter work? For the increasing amounts that you donate, you always get something in return. For example, for $10 you will get a hard CD of our EP. For $150, you get an 8x10 original Black and White print from Scott, in addition to the CD.

To check out our Kickstarter page and make a donation, copy and paste the link below into your browser:


AND check us out on January 30th in Long Island City:
Opening for Inti and the Moon
45-58 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City, NY 11101

Happy New Year and thanks for all of your support in 2011!

Monday, January 2, 2012

January Events and updates

Dearest MELA fans!

Check here VERY soon (hopefully in the next day or so) for an update about our Kickstarter to raise money for the first Mela EP!

Melanie Closs will be teaming up with photographer Scott Walsh to create this debut EP titled Red Dust, plus a photo series by Scott exploring what transient traces we leave behind, whether human connection in Mela’s travels, impressions of a natural environment, or a mark of graffitti on a subway station wall.

We'll be posting soon about how to donate, and what you get in return.

Also, check us out on January 30th, opening for Inti and the Moon.

30 January
Free (plus Free buffet!)
LIC Bar (Long Island City)

Happy New Year! It's going to be a good one!