You may not know that David Chesky in addition to founding and operating HDtracks and Chesky Records is a very accomplished musician, composer, and Grammy nominee. He and I have known each other since I started AIX Records back in 2000. We’d run into each other at trade shows and have brief conversations about high-fidelity audio in the lunch line or during the load in. And I’ve always felt a kinship with him due to our mutual love of music, technology, composition, and great sounding recordings. My life choices didn’t take me to Taiwan, where David has been the composer-in-residence for the National Orchestra of Taiwan. I stopped composing many years ago but David has managed a major career as a performer and composer.
His bio tells the story:
“David Chesky, a three-time Grammy nominee, is the composer-in-residence for the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. David’s works span both jazz and classical genres, and have earned him the distinction of being the only jazz composer ever to be nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary Classical Composition. His operas, ballets, and orchestral works have been performed all around the world. David has developed is own unique style of composition he calls Urban Orchestral. This music emanates from the sounds he hears on the streets of New York. Also a pianist, David performs with the Grammy-nominated group The Body Acoustic, an ensemble that performs a mixture of Latin jazz and 12-tone contemporary classical works. In addition to working with major classical orchestras, David has performed at the world-famous jazz club The Village Vanguard, as well as the Newport, JVC, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. Besides being a musician and composer, David is also known worldwide as one of the leaders in the advancement of technological research on high-resolution recording techniques. He has produced hundreds of classical and jazz albums from artists as diverse as Peggy Lee, Astor Piazzolla, John Pizzarelli, Chuck Mangione, The Royal Philharmonic, and the great classical pianist Earl Wild.”
Yesterday, I received an email from him announcing the launch of his first KickStarter campaign. The project seeks funds to turn his theatrical production “The Mice War”, a comedic children’s musical, into an animated movie. You can check out the KS page by clicking here. His goal is high ($298,000) but when you’ve been in the production business as long as I have, I don’t blink at numbers in that range. It takes a lot of effort and expensive talent to do a first class job animating a story. And from the description of the project, he’s planning a fully 3D rendered project…think “Toy Story” or any other Pixar blockbuster.
He’s already recorded the music and dialog tracks. The only thing his campaign will fund is the animation of the story.
As readers of this blog, you know I try to avoid blatant advertising or misplaced promotion…except for my own AIX Records catalog, of course. But David is a good friend and serious artist. This project is worthy of your support. I will be signing on as a backer and hope that you will consider adding your name to the list…at any level.