Talkin' Trad : Paddy Groenland on Leafzang's Fund It Campaign and the need for your Support

Leafzang is a soulful and energetic acoustic sextet that has performed with increasing regularity in Dublin since 2010 according to their Fund It profile.  They are hoping to raise funds for their first studio album.  They say that they are "an unusual group"  mixing as they do Irish traditional folk music, jazz and world music.  They are a young innovative group that like many others need support to achieve their goals.  They have 8 days to go on their campaign.  Paddy Groenland provided the following background when we spoke to him recently about their campaign.

"Leafzang began several years back" he says, "as an attempt of mine to perform my original music in the style of artists from the ECM record label: contemporary sounding European jazz with atypical structures and textures and practices borrowed from folk, classical and world music. I studied jazz in Boston, which is my own comfort zone, and while I was away some sort of hidden love for traditional music (which I had thus far ignored) emerged and ever since arriving back over three years ago I have yearned to mix trad with my own love for American and European jazz and improvised music".

"I'm involved with two similar crossover projects, Ensemble Eriu and the Clare Memory Orchestra. Leafzang’s strength is that the music has a presentation rooted in jazz, yet it sounds mostly Irish. In comparison to other European countries, Ireland’s national ‘jazz identity’ is underdeveloped, and this is a space that Leafzang wants to be in. As the band has developed, the music now reflects that; over the past year, Leafzang’s output has focused around the traditional Irish music background of vocalist/fiddle/viola player Clara Grimes (joined July 2012), and building arrangements of which include jazz improvisation and elements from world musics."

"We have moved from a 'reading' band (chamber music model) to relying on cues and looser dynamic structures (folk/jazz) that allows for greater group improvisation and the potential to build spontaneous excitement and tension in these non-scripted moments. These are the moments I Iive for! On top of our arranged Irish folk songs, we borrow rhythms from North-East and South Africa and music from Brazil – which has been a natural development since the addition of our powerhouse Brazilian drummer Andre Antunes in May 2012. With a successful Fundit we hope to record a selection of no more than 10 tracks in Hellfire studios, Dublin, February 2014, with a focus on our original material and accurately representing our different stylistic strengths. Then to master the tracks we'll get the renowned German engineer Thomas Schmidt (Maria Joao, John McLaughlin and Ernst Reijseger) who will take the mixes to the renowned MSM mastering studios (ECM records) in Munich. The lovely people at Ergodos records will then take the mastered tracks and release it via their label, which is quite exciting for us as we will be the first group of our type on Ergodos, who specialise in contemporary Classical music."

"Our aim for this Fundit application is to elevate the group to the next stage of development by enabling us to digitally and physically distribute an accurate representation of our work, and making possible tours (that were until now not possible) based on our existing networks in Europe, Brazil and Japan."

To Support Leafzang Follow This Link


Their campaign runs until Christmas Day.


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