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Help us get to the Boswell Sisters Tribute Festival in New Orleans

We’re O Sister! a vocal jazz band from Seville, Spain, formed in homage to the North American music of the 30’s. We need your help to take our music to New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz, where the family of the legendary Boswell Sisters has invited us to play - a great honour for us.

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WE’VE REACHED OUR MINIMUM GOAL! : COVERING THE AIR-FARES TO NEW ORLEANS FOR THE 6 BAND MEMBERS.

Thank you to all our donors!!! We are ecstatic :)

NOW WE ARE FOCUSING ON A NEW GOAL: COVERING OTHER TRAVEL EXPENSES AND EXTENDING OUR PERFORMANCES IN THE U.S.
WE’VE GOT TILL AUGUST 5TH TO ACHIEVE IT!!

We’re O Sister! and Swing’s our thing. Towards the end of 2012 we tackled one of the most rewarding challenges of our career: Bringing to life an unfinished and unrecorded song by the legendary American band “The Boswell Sisters”, women musicians who pioneered a vocal jazz style in the 1920’s and 30’s.

Our link with the Boswell Sisters comes not only from our admiration for their music and their way of understanding it, but also from the bond we’ve developed with fans of the group on the other side of the Atlantic, initiated through Cynthia Lucas and the bozzies.org website.

Thanks to the discovery by the late singers’ family of a group in Spain which was bringing the Boswell Sisters’ songs to life, as well as to our own commitment to a repertory we love, we had the opportunity to harmonize and arrange their unfinished “Yoo-dle-ee-oo-de-oo” and finally record the finished song in Seville. It is difficult to explain the thrill it was for us to have the approval of the Boswell Sisters’ heirs and to be congratulated by people who knew them personally.

We’ve recently had the honour of receiving a personal invitation from Kyla Titus, granddaughter of Vet Boswell and a representative of the family, with whom we’ve been in contact all this time. She wants us to participate in a series of special events which are being held during 2014 to celebrate The Boswell Sisters and their legacy (“The year of the Boswell Sisters Revival”) in their hometown of New Orleans. Thus, to culminate an exhibition dedicated to them and in collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection, a music festival entitled "The Boswell Sisters: Their Music Goes Round and Round", will take place on October 9th, 10th and 11th, celebrating the Sisters’ huge artistic legacy and how it remains vibrant to this day. The schedule of activities includes lectures, conferences, guided tours and, of course, concerts, with at least five American bands participating, plus one all the way from Australia. In our case, we are the only European band invited to the event.

Following our initial euphoria, however, reality hit us. The organizers in New Orleans can’t cover the band’s travelling costs from Seville to New Orleans. Times are such that, similar to the days of the Great Depression, neither our concert activities nor our record sales are enough to self-finance an adventure abroad even in Europe, much less in the US.

In the short period of time since we received the invitation we’ve applied for grants, knocked at different doors and sought different ways to fund the trip, but with no success. At the most we could manage to cover the costs of daily expenses, accommodation and local transportation, but the air fare for a minimum of 6 band members, is well beyond our means.

Finally, because we don’t want to give up yet, we thought of you, our Fans, asking support through the Verkami platform from all of you who have followed O Sister! since its early days and from all you new friends who have discovered us more recently. If we reach our goal, we will be enormously grateful to you and would love to share this adventure with you.

What your donations will be used for

The minimum quantity we need would be the estimated quantity to cover the air fares for the 6 band members from Seville (Spain) to New Orleans (Luisiana, USA), plus all the costs derived from the campaign (rewards, service commissions, promotion…). From there on, all that we could add would still be of great help, and would be used to cover other travel expenses, as well as trying to extend our concert dates in the U.S. in order to complete this experience.

About the rewards

By way of thanking you for your invaluable help, we’ve prepared some incentives which we hope will be appealing. Among them are the chance to download the unpublished song that illustrates this story, not yet included in any of our albums, and the pre-release purchase of our next EP “Spooky Sessions”, recorded live in two special sessions held at Sputnik Studios in Seville, including the rarely performed “Cryin’ Blues”, a very personal and humorous rendering of one of the first songs recorded by the Boswell Sisters way back in 1925.

Among the rewards you can also find signed scores of some of our original arrangements, photographs by Juan Luis Morilla signed by the band members, or an exclusive t-shirt created for the occasion, with two different designs: one for adults (with the phrase “I sent O Sister! from Seville to New Orleans”), and another one for children with a cool illustration by Pedro Alpera. We also have special presents like a limited silkscreen print by illustrator Jose Luis Ágreda, and a vintage fashion pack with a bow tie and a hair ornament exclusively designed for O Sister! by LaVique & Marilene D’Sastre. We’ve also included 2 free tickets for a concert in our next tour, and a possibility to attend a live session and an encounter with the group at Sputnik Studios (Seville) before the year is over.
And not forgetting our romantic side, we’ve included gifts like a postcard sent by the band from New Orleans, or the recording of a video of our adventure to share it with you, with all your names in the credits :)

Planned Schedule

The trip to New Orleans will take place in the second week of October.
As some of the rewards will be created exclusively for this campaign, we won’t be able to start their production until the end of the campaign, on August 5th. Therefore, our idea is to start sending the rewards once the campaign finishes, but some of the more special prizes will have to be sent at our return from the trip. Regarding the attendance to a recording session and the encounter with the band, as well as the Festival DVD which the organisers will provide us with, we’ve set up the end of the year as our deadline to have all our donors content with their rewards.

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  • osister

    osister
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    over 4 years

    Hola de nuevo! Aviso para ausentes y descolgados: Para cualquier pregunta, o incidencia sobre la entrega de recompensas podéis escribirnos a pedidos@osister.es
    Os rogamos lo hagáis con el mismo email con el que realizasteis la aportación, para poder identificaros correctamente. Gracias!

  • hormigo

    hormigo

    over 4 years

    Hola. He estado un poco descolgado del proyecto. Cómo reclamo mi descarga y las entradas para Madrid. Gracias!

  • osister

    osister
    Author

    about 5 years

    Puede ser en Madrid o en cualquier otra localización donde actuemos durante los próximos meses, a vuestra elección.

  • Plástico Fántástico

    Plástico Fántástico

    over 5 years

    La entrada para la gira incluye concierto en Madrid? Saludos y mucha suerte.

  • osister

    osister
    Author

    over 5 years

    ¡Por supuesto! La discografía completa de O Sister! (3CDs) incluye: "Crazy People"(2009), "Shout, Sister!"(2012) y "Spooky Sessions" (que publicaremos dentro de muy poco).

  • Jlandro

    Jlandro

    over 5 years

    Hola, en la recompensa de la discografía completa, ¿está incluido Spooky Sessions?. Gracias

  • osister

    osister
    Author

    over 5 years

    Hemos intentado crear aportaciones que incluyan diferentes tipos de recompensas con la esperanza de que sean de vuestro agrado.
    Tenemos diferentes aportaciones que incluyen el nuevo disco + la camiseta exclusiva "I sent O SISTER! from Sevilla to New Orleans", pero no una aportación que exclusivamente ofrezca esas recompensas. Una vez comenzada la campaña, Verkami no permite reformular las aportaciones y sus recompensas ¡Lo sentimos!

  • Joan Llabrés

    Joan Llabrés

    over 5 years

    Hola,
    ¿Qué tal una recompensa que sea el nuevo disco más camiseta? Gracias!

#05 / ¡Objetivo conseguido!

¡¡¡GRACIAS A NUESTROS 289 MECENAS!!!

¡Habéis conseguido que esta campaña sea un éxito!

No tenemos palabras para agradecer a cada uno de vosotros lo felices que nos habéis hecho. Cuando pusimos en marcha esta campaña no podíamos esperar una respuesta tan buena. En unas semanas os escribiremos para facilitaros la información sobre la entrega de recompensas.

¡Hasta pronto! ¡Os queremos!

La Crazy People
Marcos, Paula, Helena, Matías, Camilo y Pablo

THANKS TO OUR 289 PATRONS!!!

You have helped to achieve a successful campaign!

We have no words to thank you about your support. When we launched this campaign, we couldn't expect such a good response. We are very happy! In a few weeks, we are going to give you more information about rewards delivery.

Write you soon! We love you!

La Crazy People
Marcos, Paula, Helena, Matías, Camilo and Pablo

#04 / Ultimos días de la campaña #HelpOSister

ENTRAMOS EN LOS ÚLTIMOS DÍAS DE LA CAMPAÑA: #HelpOSister
Sólo quedan 6 días para que puedas conseguir camisetas exclusivas de nuestro viaje, nuestra discografía, el próximo EP "Spooky Sessions" o el resto de recompensas que hemos ideado para ti. No desperdicies esta oportunidad ¡Difunde entre tus amigos!

LAST DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN: #HelpOSister
Six days left! So remember, you can get exclusive T-shirts of our trip, our discography, our next EP "Spooky Sessions" or other rewards that we have designed for you.
Don't waste this opportunity! Spread this new among your friends!

#03 / New Live EP Spooky Sessions!!!

¿Conoces la Escalofriante Historia de Ol' Man Mose?
Tema adelanto de nuestro próximo EP "Spooky Sessions", grabado en directo en Sputnik Recording Studio. A la venta en septiembre, estará disponible por anticipado para nuestros mecenas.

Do you know the Creepy Story of Ol' Man Mose?
Advance single from new live EP "Spooky Sessions", recorded at Sputnik Studios (Sevilla, Spain). Available for sale in September 2014, but will be available in advance for our patrons.

Os recordamos que, aunque ya alcanzamos el primer objetivo, los 6 billetes de avión para los miembros de la banda, todavía podéis ayudarnos a cubrir los demás gastos del viaje -¡que son muchos!- e intentar aumentar nuestras actuaciones en EEUU con una pequeña gira.
¡GRACIAS A TODOS!

We remind our donors that your donations… read more

#02 / Let’s go for the next goal!! :)

YES WE CAN!

We’ve reached our minimum funding sum!!!

Thanks to your donations we will be in New Orleans next fall to take part in a series of events celebrating the Boswell Sisters and their legacy. The festival will be held on October 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. This is a dream that seemed far-fetched only a few weeks ago, when we started this crowdfunding campaign.

The amount raised to this moment allows us to assume the airfares for the 6 band members plus the costs derived from the Verkami campaign, but we still have to cover other expenses like extra-seat tickets for musical instruments or their rental at destination, as well as board and lodging during our stay, which we haven’t managed to cover yet. We thought it impossible to cover this minimum, but having still 15 days of campaign to go, we dare to keep on dreaming in order to try to extend our stay in the US for more possible concerts in the area, a purpose for which our manager Ivan Pivotti is already at work.

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#01 / ¡Hemos alcanzado el objetivo mínimo de financiación!

¡GRACIAS!

¡¡¡Hemos alcanzado el objetivo mínimo de financiación!!!

Gracias a vuestras aportaciones estaremos el próximo otoño en Nueva Orleans para participar en la serie de actos de homenaje a The Boswell Sisters que tendrán lugar en esa hermosa ciudad durante el 9, 10, 11, y 12 de Octubre, un sueño muy lejano hace tan solo unas semanas cuando comenzamos este proyecto de crowdfunding.

Con la cantidad conseguida tenemos lo justo para viajar los 6 miembros del grupo y asumir los gastos derivados de la campaña en Verkami, pero aún nos resta cubrir otros gastos asociados como los billetes extra para instrumentos o el alquiler de los mismos en destino, así como la manutención y alojamiento que a día de hoy aún no hemos conseguido cubrir. Nos parecía imposible llegar a este mínimo, pero con 20 días por delante, nos atrevemos a seguir soñando e intentar ampliar la estancia en EEUU para poder hacer más conciertos por la zonaread more

10€
53 backers

Digital pre-order of our next release "Spooky Sessions" (5 tracks)
+ Digital download of unpublished song "You-dle-ee..."
+ Raffle of 2 tickets to the concert of your choice in upcoming O Sister! Tour
+ Credits in USA trip documentary

20€
89 backers

CD of our next EP “Spooky Sessions”
+ Another CD to choose between Crazy People” (2009) and “Shout Sister!” (2012)
+ Digital download of unpublished song "You-dle-ee..."
+ Credits in USA trip documentary

35€
48 backers

O Sister! Complete recordings (3 CDs)
+ Digital download of unpublished song "You-dle-ee..."
+ O Sister! photograph by Juan Luis Morilla signed by the band members
+ Credits in USA trip documentary

65€
20 backers

An "I sent O SISTER! from Sevilla to New Orleans" exclusive t-shirt
+ exclusive t-shirt design by Pedro Alpera for babys
+ CD of our next EP “Spooky Sessions”
+ Digital download of unpublished song "You-dle-ee..."
+ Score of original O Sister! arrangement signed by the band members
+ Credits in USA trip documentary

100€
28 backers

2 tickets in next O Sister! Tour
+ An "I sent O SISTER! from Sevilla to New Orleans" exclusive t-shirt
+ O Sister! Complete recordings (3 CDs)
+ Digital download of unpublished song "You-dle-ee..."
+ O Sister! photograph by Juan Luis Morilla signed by the band members
+ Credits in USA trip documentary

250€
46 left (of 50)

Postcard sent from New Orleans
+ Vintage pack with bow tie and hair ornament exclusively designed by LaVique&Marilene D'Sastre
+ 2 tickets in next O Sister! Tour
+ O Sister! Complete recordings (3 CDs)
+ Digital download of unpublished song "You-dle-ee..."
+ Credits in USA trip documentary

350€
49 left (of 50)

Postcard sent from New Orleans
+ DVD of Boswell Sisters Tribute Festival in New Orleans, October 2014
+ Vintage pack with bow tie and hair ornament exclusively designed by LaVique&Marilene D'Sastre
+ 2 tickets in next O Sister! Tour
+ O Sister! Complete recordings (3 CDs)
+ An "I sent O SISTER! from Sevilla to New Orleans" exclusive t-shirt
+ Score of original O Sister! arrangement signed by the band members
+ Digital download of unpublished song "You-dle-ee..."
+ Credits in USA trip documentary

500€
14 left (of 15)

Exclusive attendance at O Sister! studio recording session and encounter with the band members in Seville, Spain (Dates to be confirmed, travel expenses not included)
+ Postcard sent from New Orleans
+ DVD of Boswell Sisters Tribute Festival in New Orleans, October 2014
+ O Sister! Complete recordings (3 CDs)
+ Digital download of unpublished song "You-dle-ee..."
+ An "I sent O SISTER! from Sevilla to New Orleans" exclusive t-shirt
+ 2 tickets in next O Sister! Tour
+ O Sister! photograph by Juan Luis Morilla signed by the band members
+ Credits in USA trip documentary

50€
45 patrons (sold out)

An "I sent O SISTER! from Sevilla to New Orleans" exclusive t-shirt
+ O Sister! silkscreen print by Jose Luis Ágreda (limited edition)
+ CD of our next EP “Spooky Sessions”
+ Digital download of unpublished song "You-dle-ee..."
+ Score of original O Sister! arrangement signed by the band members
+ Credits in USA trip documentary

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