Heritage

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Welcome to heritage

Owen Broder's American Roots Project aims to integrate two American musical traditions – American Roots music and jazz – in a full-length album, entitled Heritage. The repertoire will feature original and re-imagined works by six of the leading composer/arrangers in contemporary improvised music, played by eight prominent musicians on the world stage, assembled exclusively for this project. Each of the nine new compositions will be inspired by the rich heritage of traditional folk music that is distinctly American, crossing numerous forms (bluegrass, spirituals, blues, and others), paying tribute to American Roots music that led to a unique cultural identity shaped by American tradition. 

Heritage will serve as the launch into an extended performance life and exciting collaboration with The American Folk Art Museum to provide images of companion American Roots art pieces paired with the music. This partnership is designed to provide an interdisciplinary exploration of American folk art and jazz music, drawing parallels between the self-taught artist, improvisation, and the role of societal influences on creativity. The images from the their collection will accompany each performance of Heritage by The American Roots Project, including one at The American Folk Art Museum. 

Through the ArtistShare® platform on which this project is being presented, you have the opportunity to contribute and help bring this project to life, and stay involved through exclusive interviews with the composers, rehearsal videos, photos, downloads, and more. We are excited to share this new journey with you and we hope that you will enjoy the path to making this recording. Join us for Heritage

 

Composers

Owen Broder
Miho Hazama
Bill Holman
Alphonso Horne
Jim McNeely
Ryan Truesdell

Ensemble Personnel

Sara Caswell, violin
Owen Broder, woodwinds
Scott Wendholt, trumpet
Nick Finzer, trombone
Frank Kimbrough, piano
Jay Anderson, bass
Matt Wilson, drums
James Shipp, percussion
Wendy Gilles, voice
Kate McGarry, voice
Vuyo Sotashe, voice

 

Project Advisor: Willard Jenkins

Recording Date: August 23, 2017
Anticipated Release: March 2018

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The ArtistShare® Experience

Welcome to the Heritage project website. Through the various levels of participation offered on the ArtistShare® platform, we will be sharing the creative process behind this recording with you, the Participant, every step of the way. You will gain insight into how the composers and musicians conceptualize the music they create and have an insider's look through rehearsal footage, interviews with the composers and musicians involved, sketches of music, exclusive previews, footage from the recording session and more.  

By clicking "See Details," you will be directed to corresponding Participant level on the ArtistShare® website. There, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Experience, and participate in the Heritage project at a level of your choosing.  

$7,500

+ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PARTICIPANT

  • Prominent ArtistShare® Executive Producer credit listing on the new recording
  • The Heritage Limited Edition Physical CD – autographed and personalized by Owen Broder (Ship Date Mar 1 2018 12:00AM)
  • Invitation to a recording/mixing/mastering session (date/location TBA)
  • Dinner for Executive Producer Participant and +1 with Owen Broder and 1 other member of the project based in NYC
  • First page of a score used in the recording session, signed and framed – one work of participant’s choosing
  • One album track performed and recorded live in the studio with dedication to ArtistShare® Executive Producer Participant
  • A private concert for you and your friends by Owen Broder
  • The complete ArtistShare® Project Experience including all content, services, and privileges of the ArtistShare® Gold Participant

$5,000

+ GOLD PARTICIPANT

  • Prominent ArtistShare® Gold Participant credit listing on the new recording
  • The Heritage Limited Edition Physical CD – autographed and personalized by Owen Broder (Ship Date Mar 1 2018 12:00AM)
  • Dinner for Gold Participant and +1 with Owen Broder and 1 other member of the project based in NYC
  • First page of a score used in the recording session, signed and framed – one work of participant’s choosing
  • A 1-hour masterclass with Owen Broder can be donated to a school or educational program
  • The complete ArtistShare® Project Experience, including all content, services and privileges of the ArtistShare® Silver Participant

$2,500

+ SILVER PARTICIPANT

  • Prominent ArtistShare® Silver Participant credit listing on the new recording
  • The Heritage Limited Edition Physical CD – autographed and personalized by Owen Broder (Ship Date Mar 1 2018 12:00AM)
  • 2 VIP access tickets to performances with backstage access (where possible) and acknowledgement at the Release Event
  • A digital playlist with our CD recording, plus our favorite music that inspired the compositions
  • The complete ArtistShare® Project Experience, includes all content, services and privileges of the ArtistShare® Bronze Participant

$500

+ BRONZE PARTICIPANT

  • Prominent ArtistShare® Bronze Participant credit listing on the new recording
  • The Heritage Limited Edition Physical CD – autographed and personalized by Owen Broder (Ship Date Mar 1 2018 12:00AM)
  • Downloadable audio interviews with soloists about their approach to playing this music
  • 1-hour private lesson with Owen Broder, saxophone or composition, at his home studio or over Skype within a year of the album release; able to be gifted to an individual
  • The complete ArtistShare® Project Experience, including all content, services and privileges of the Partner Participant

$250

+ PARTNER PARTICIPANT

  • The Heritage Limited Edition Physical CD – autographed and personalized by Owen Broder (Ship Date Mar 1 2018 12:00AM)
  • Credit listing on the project website
  • An exclusive audio listening guide to Heritage, narrated by the composers, discussing the recordings that inspired this project, the story behind each of our tracks, and listening tips.
  • Video recorded performance by Owen Broder of your favorite song that represents your heritage
  • The complete ArtistShare® Project Experience, includes all content, services and privileges of the Friends Participant Offer

$125

+ FRIEND PARTICIPANT

  • The Heritage Limited Edition Physical CD – autographed and personalized by Owen Broder (Ship Date Mar 1 2018 12:00AM)
  • Credit listing on the project website
  • Early access to the album art and track titles
  • The complete ArtistShare® Project Experience including access to the creative process behind the making of the recording

$18.95

+ HERITAGE PHISICAL CD

  • The Heritage CD via mail (Ship Date Mar 1 2018 12:00AM)
  • The complete ArtistShare® Project Experience including access to the creative process behind the making of the recording

$12.95

+ HERITAGE DOWNLOAD

  • The Heritage recording via download (Delivery Date Mar 1 2018 12:00AM)
  • Downloadable project cover art
  • The complete ArtistShare® Project Experience including access to the creative process behind the making of the recording

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ARP Concept Origins Audio Download

The idea to bridge American Roots music with Jazz has been brewing in my mind for a while. I've toyed with this concept on smaller scales with my trio and with my quintet Cowboys & Frenchmen, arranging music from the "O Brother Where Art Thou" sound track for these small jazz groups. The arrangement of Man of Constant Sorrow has been particularly well received, having won a an award from Downbeat Magazine.

If you'd like to get a look into the origins of the concept behind the American Roots Project, follow the link below to the project page on ArtistShare® for a free download of Man of Constant Sorrow and two other American Roots influenced tracks!

Free download on ArtistShare®

Meet Project Leader Owen Broder

Get to know the leader of Heritage, saxophonist Owen Broder. Visit OwenBroder.com to hear his music and follow his musical activities, including exciting developments with Heritage.