While many musicians would dream of performing at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, Adrian Carr is dreaming of performing there again.
Carr was living in the city when he was chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall to debut his “Days of the Year” in 2004.
“It was quite a remarkable experience,” recalled Carr.
Though nervous to perform in the world-famous venue, Carr said once it was over, it helped him “relax” as a musician — and left him wanting more.
“Once you’ve performed at a place like Carnegie Hall, I think it’s a lot easier to relax and put things in context,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to go back.”
Now, Carr is taking steps to do just that. Through Kickstarter, a website that helps people and groups raise money for creative projects, Carr is putting a call out to fans of his music — and even those who may have never heard of him — to aid him in raising $6,570 to record and arrange to perform a new album at Carnegie Hall.
“Kickstarter is a great new way for musicians to raise money,” said Carr. “The world of the music business has changed and the record labels aren’t really out there to support the musicians like they used to be. This puts the power in the hands of the musician, but, at the same time, puts the responsbility on them to find their own funding to do the projects they want to do.”
What helps create an incentive for people to donate, said Carr, is how the artists can reward people for donating at various levels. In Carr’s case, those who donate $10 or more get access to all project updates and invitations to special events. The rewards continue as a person’s level of generosity increases, including signed copies of his album, a dedication on the new piece, and even tickets to his Carnegie Hall performance. The top level, for those who donate $10,000 or more, gets a donor’s travel arrangements to New York City made by Carr and include two nights in a four-star hotel. Additional perks include the donor being able to commission a piece on the album along with a story that Carr will tell at his concerts, and more.
“I was really hoping to give people a chance to tell their story or really get involved with the actual making of the album,” said Carr. “This would be almost like a collaboration.”
The new untitled album will be one that is different than Days of the Year, which was inspired by the idea “certain days are big transformers in our lives and we remember those days,” said Carr. Since moving to the North Country in 2004, Carr said he has had several new inspirations in his music, from nature to the Spanish and Cuban influences in drumming circles he’s experienced in nearby Montreal.
“I’ve looked at new ways to incorporate rhythm and make the music more interesting,” said Carr. “It sets up a bridge for appreciation of difference types of music.”
Those interested in contributing towards the recording of Carr’s new album may get more information on-line at www.kickstarter.com by searching for “Adrian Carr” or visiting Carr’s website at www.adriancarrpiano.com.
The deadline for funding of Carr’s project is Saturday, Nov. 5.