Karl Jannuska "On The Brighter Side" featuring Cynthia Abraham

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Karl Jannuska "On The Brighter Side" featuring Cynthia Abraham

For those of you who don't know me I'm a drummer and composer who was born and raised in the province of Manitoba in the canadian prairies and have been based in Paris, France for the past 18 years. While I am primarily known as a sideman in the jazz world, (currently a member of a dozen bands and my drumming can be heard on nearly 100 CDs) I find that my true musical voice shines brightest through my songwriting. 

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ON THE BRIGHTER SIDE is my sixth CD as a leader. Like my previous recordings it is entirely comprised of my own original songs. I also wrote all of the album's lyrics which are brilliantly interpreted by Cynthia Abraham. After having collaborated with Toronto-based vocalist Sienna Dahlen over an eight year period, On The Brighter Side marks the beginning of a new chapter with Cynthia as the voice of my music.

While I tend to cringe when asked if my music is jazz or not (the job of putting labels on music is better suited to critics than musicians) I often describe my music as "Indie Jazz" - music created by trained jazz musicians who pull inspiration from indie / alternative pop and rock bands and in my case those influences are Radiohead, Bjork, Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors and Syd Matters. Whatever category my music falls into, at the core lie strong melodies and unique drum grooves. There is a definite hypnotic quality present in my music and if I could give my music one superpower it would be the power of levitation.

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On The Brighter Side (OTBS from now on) is the continuation of a new approach to recording that I began with my last album Midseason. While my previous CDs were recorded in a "jazz way" - two or three days with the whole band in the studio - these two albums were recorded in a manner more common to pop music with instruments being recorded one at a time. The process is more time-consuming - the recordings for On The Brighter Side took place over a three year period beginning in 2015 in the wonderful Studio des Bruères with generous support from Jean-Christian Maas - but it is a direction that allows for increased focus on getting the right sound and intention from each instrument and facilitates overdubbing (the layering of multiple tracks played by one musician). If I got my feet wet with this approach during Midseason, I completely dove in the water with OTBS which features the participation of eleven musicians and the use of seven different recording studios.    

In 2015 I cofounded the Shed Music label with Tony Paeleman, Christophe Panzani and Pierre Perchaud (fellow members of a band called The Watershed and all of whom can be heard on OTBS). Our objective was to have a common platform for the music that we make together and individually. OTBS will be the label's 9th release.

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I feel very fortunate to have worked with many incredible musicians on this recording. Let me introduce you to some of them...  

Tony Paeleman is one of the closest members of my musical family. He is an incredibly talented pianist and sound engineer. We've known each other for ten years and have played in several different bands together. He played a big role in my previous release Midseason and had an equally big role on this recording having mixed, mastered and having played piano, fender rhodes, Hammond organ and various other keyboards. Words can't express how valuable he's been to bringing this music to life.

Pierre Perchaud and Federico Casagrande are two of my favourite guitarists in the world and I'm grateful to have them both on this CD. They complement each other marvellously and it's a joy to have them both in my live band.

Julien Herné is an incredibly in-demand bass player and there's a good reason for that! I'll share a little secret with you: despite the fact that he plays on OTBS and Midseason, we've never actually played a single note together in the same room. Gotta fix that one day...

Seamus Blake is an internationally renown tenor saxophonist who has toured the world over with some of the biggest names in jazz (John Scofield, Dave Douglas, Antonio Sanchez) and, while spending a few days off in Paris between tours, he accepted to record on two tracks, "I'll Find You" and "On the Brighter Side" (which required a great deal of imagination as the recordings were in their early stages and were missing several instruments). I have a confession to make : Last year, as an exercise in one of my Protools lessons with Philippe Kadosch (a musician and teacher who gave me the tools necessary to edit my own music and some great ideas about using technology to shape my music) I cut up Seamus' solo on "I'll Find You" and manipulated the sound as if he was playing in the Cathédrale de Chartres and, using the resulting long reverb, I created a soundscape which I ended up keeping for the album. Sacrilege ! One day I will release an alternate version with his real solo which is incredible ! 

While asking friends to recommend a french horn player, Baptiste Germser's name came up a few times and I was touched by his generosity and investment in my project. He can be heard on OTBS playing french horn, bass and keyboards. We spent a few late nights in his studio like mad scientists sampling french horns and trying out different vintage keyboard sounds.

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This record wouldn't have been complete without the presence of the fourth member of Shed Music, my friend and gifted saxophonist Christophe Panzani who plays clarinets and tenor saxophone on the track "Everyone's Superman". He came up with the woodwind arrangement and was given carte blanche to "do his thing" and, as was to be expected, he found what the song needed.    

Last but certainly not least a word about Cynthia Abraham. We've known each other for about three years and when I was looking for a singer in France to interpret my music she came highly recommended. Cynthia comes from a musical family and it was obvious from our first rehearsal together that, not only did she possess an incredible vocal technique, but she could also find the right intention for my songs instinctively before I had to give any indications. Sometimes when you mix a record and listen to a song 10 000 times you start to go crazy. Well, not when you have Cynthia's voice in your headphones... ; )  

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Why is this record called On The Brighter Side ? Partly because it's constructed using 90% major triads (even if it may not sound like it) and partly because the album's lyrics orbit loosely around the theme of happiness and the eternal search for life on the brighter side...

A word about the cover art : While searching Google for ideas, I stumbled across a pattern for a First Nations star blanket (after being introduced to this tradition at my brother's wedding last summer) and knew that I wanted that for the cover. Kudos to Oliver Degabriele who reconstructed the image digitally and who will do the graphic design for the CD.

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It has been a pleasure for me to help fund the creative projects of fellow artists through Kisskissbankbank and I am happy to offer my fans the opportunity to participate in the realization of this recording. I've put together some nice rewards and hope that you will find something that entices you to contribute to this work that I am extremely proud of. I look forward to following through with the next steps in the making of On The Brighter Side and can't wait for the music to hit your ears!

Kiss Kiss,

Karl

 

Here is the track list :

1) I'll Find You

2) On the Brighter Side

3) Blue, White and Red Flags

4) Orchid Child

5) Parsimony

6) Stil de Grain

7) Truth be Told

8) Hide Your Magic

9) Fade Away

10) Everyone's Superman

11) What Lies Within 

I would like to thank two other musicians who appear on this CD but weren't mentioned above : Guillaume Latil (cello) and Nicolas Moreaux (acoustic bass).

 

And here is what the press had to say about my last record, "Midseason" :

"TT - Highly recommended" - Telerama

"His compositions are the fruit of a unique imagination" - Les Inrocks

"Neither pop nor jazz. Luminous poetry" - Froggy's Delight

"Unclassifiable" - Paris Capitale

 

 

   

Allocation of funds

On The Brighter Side has already been recorded, mixed and mastered and all of the expenses up until this point (musicians, engineers and studios) have come out of my own pocket. There are however many expenses on the horizon before this music can see the light of day and that's why I'm here today asking for your help.

The money from this collect will go towards : 

- SDRM (mechanical rights necessary for printing music) : 400€

- Printing 500 CDs - 700€

- Graphic design (so the CD can look as awesome as it sounds) : 500€

- Promo pictures (so I can look as awesome as my music sounds!) - 500€

- Additional Promo (cost of sending promo CDs to journalists and radio, Facebook (and other) ads, cost of Tune Core distribution and fees to help make a professional video clip) : 1600€

- Costs related to the rewards for the generous contributors : 400€

- Kisskissbankbank commission : 400€

All of the money from this collect will go directly to me.

If I can reach my goal of 4500€ the CD will be released mid-November and contributors will receive the music a few weeks before the rest of the world.

If I don't meet my goal, I don't get anything and your contributions will be returned to you...

And if I manage to get more than my targeted amount then I'll have an even bigger budget for promotion which will help my music to reach even more ears. 

Thank you all for your generosity ! 

Choose your reward

For €10 and more

Download (music & graphics)

You will receive a download of the new CD a few weeks before the official release date scheduled for mid-November with my heartfelt thanks.
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For €15 and more

PACK #1 : Autographed CD or HD Download (with graphics)

Receive an autographed, physical copy of the new CD or a High Definition, 24 bit download (higher quality than CDs...). Your choice and in both cases before the release date and with my heartfelt thanks!
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For €20 and more

PACK #2 : CD (physical or download) + 1 of my previous CDs of your choice

Pack #2 includes the new CD (physical or download) plus your choice of one of my previous releases (physical or download) : Midseason, The Halfway Tree, Streaming, Thinking in Colours or Liberating Vines (download only). They will be sent before the official release date and with my heartfelt thanks.
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For €40 and more

PACK #3 : Karl Jannuska Collection

What? You don't have any of my albums? You can fix this problem quickly with a contribution of 40€ or more. In addition to receiving an autographed CD before the release date (or download if you prefer), you will receive a package of all of my works (or download if you prefer) including Midseason, The Halfway Tree, Streaming, Thinking in Colours and Liberating Vines (download only). Muchos gracias !
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For €80 and more

Limited edition collection of the sheet music + PACK #2

Play the music with your own group or follow the score as you listen to the music... With this contribution you will receive a limited edition, signed copy of all of the scores (including lyrics) from the new album. Plus, you will receive the contents of PACK #2 (see 20€ contribution for details). Thank you, thank you!, thank you!
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For €100 and more

Drum lesson / Explanation of the rules of baseball + PACK #1

Hey drummers! For this level of support I will give you a one and a half hour drum lesson in Paris (or by Skype). For those of you who aren't drummers I will explain the rules of baseball to you over a drink of your choice... Plus Pack #1 (see 15€ contribution for details). I tip my cap to you for your generosity !
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For €150 and more

300g of Karl's homemade granola + Limited edition book of sheet music + PACK #1

Most know me as a drummer and composer but making granola is one of my lesser-known talents. You will get 300g of my special "On The Brighter Side" granola (rolled oats, nuts, grains, and sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and baked in the oven - highly recommended with some Greek yogurt!). PLUS you will receive a limited edition collection of the scores PLUS an autographed physical copy or download of the new CD (and my sincerest thanks!)
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For €200 and more

300g homemade granola + Invitation to concert + Book of scores + PACK #3

With this level of support you'll get a nice mix of rewards : 300g of my own special "On The Brighter Side" granola recipe + an invitation to our CD release concert at the Sunset club in Paris on December 15th + Limited edition collection of the scores from the new album + Pack #3 : the new CD and all of my previous releases (physical or download except my first CD, Liberating Vines which is only available as a download). The whole package will be sent to you with my deepest gratitude!
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For €500 and more

"Karl's famous chili" + "Shed Music" T-shirt + PACK #3

You will be invited over to my house for a bowl (or two) of "Karl's Famous Chili" (veggie friendly). We'll have some of my granola with Greek yogurt for dessert. I'd be happy to explain the rules of baseball to you if you want or we could listen to my music together or just talk about life! PLUS, a limited edition "Shed Music" t-shirt (your choice of size) and PACK #3 (see 40€ contribution for details). Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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For €1,000 and more

Private concert and more...

Imagine, "On The Brighter Side" at your house (or another suitable venue)! How cool is that???!!! (Travel costs and possible equipment rental are not included for concerts outside of Paris). Cynthia, Tony, Pierre (or Federico) and I will play a one hour show for you and your friends (I reserve the right to hire quality subs for Tony, Pierre or Federico if they are not available...) + limited edition "Shed Music" t-shirt (your choice of size) + 300g of homemade OTBS granola + Limited edition collection of the scores + All of my CDs including On The Brighter Side which I will autograph and send to you before the release date with my deepest gratitude.
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For €60 and more

Invitation to the release concert in Paris + PACK #1

Be my guest of honour at our CD release concert Dec 15th at the Sunset club in Paris. Plus you will receive an autographed copy of the new CD (or download) before the official release date with my heartfelt thanks.
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