The Black Fish Project

by Ton Beau String Quartet in Toronto, Toronto, Canada

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On 14th January 2022 we successfully raised $10,839 with 86 supporters in 28 days

The Black Fish Project needs your support. Help our project in the crucial stages of post-production and album release!

by Ton Beau String Quartet in Toronto, Toronto, Canada

New stretch target

What we have raised so far will allow us to release the album in May 2022! The money raised from here onwards will help the Black Fish Project curate an Album Launch Concert in the spring of 2022. We will have the following expenses:

  • Venue Rental - $10,000
    • Since we are looking to rent a high quality venue, this is easily our biggest item on our budget.
    • Minimum 600-person capacity
  • Musician Performer Fees - $6000
    • 9 performers
    • 3 days of rehearsal
  • Technical Costs - $6000
    • Lighting technicians
    • Sound technicians
    • Videography
    • Livestream production team
  • Marketing and Advertising - $5000
    • Approximately 3 months before the concert

TOTAL Expenses for Album Launch Concert: $27,000

Revenue:

  • Ticket Sales - $9,000
    • 300 tickets (50% capacity)
    • Average Price: $30
  • Private and Corporate Sponsorships - $15,000
  • Crowdfund Stretch Goal - $3000

Hi,

We are the Ton Beau String Quartet (TBSQ), a group based in Toronto, Canada, and we’re in the process of creating something very special called the Black Fish Project.


THIS PROJECT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT


We have been working on The Black Fish Project since 2019, and we are very grateful to have received funding from Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts since the very beginning of the creative process. However, an ambitious project like this needs your support too!

In November 2021, we recorded this captivating piece in one of Toronto's foremost recording studios along with our amazing fellow musicians, sound engineer and album producer. We are asking for your generous help with post-production expenses so we can release this album in May 2022 under the award-winning Canadian label, Centrediscs

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***Once we reach our first goal of $10,000, we will start raising funds to plan for an Album Release Concert in May 2022 and you get to see us perform the Black Fish Project LIVE!


BACKGROUND

The Black Fish Project began in 2019 when TBSQ approached composer Keyan Emami to write music that is loosely based on the book, 1639413154_original_cover_of_the_little_black_fish.pngMahi Siahe Kuchulu or The Little Black Fish. In this book, our protagonist, the little black fish, is wondering what lies beyond his little home inside the brook. Despite getting warned and ridiculed by his family, he embarks on a life-changing journey outside of the brook, leading to rivers and lakes to ultimately enter the ocean. On this journey, the little black fish learns just as many things about the outside world as he does about himself.

While this iconic book was the starting point for this project, our music tells the story of each of us as the Black Fish, and our own journey of self-discovery through the adventure of life!


MUSIC COMPOSITION (Complete)

The Black Fish is a three-movement, forty-minute composition scored for narrator, chamber ensemble and electronics by Keyan Emami. This work is the third creation of Keyan’s autobiographical trilogy. The composition explores the composer's lived experience, forming a musical interpretation of the mixed and conflicting emotional landscape of an adventurer.

To expand the musical expression of this work, The Ton Beau is joined by 4 additional musicians with backgrounds in Jazz, Middle-Eastern, and improvised music. These versatile performers have helped us capture the world of the Black Fish beyond what would have been possible with the string quartet alone.

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After 3 successful grant applications and numerous workshops with the composer and all the musicians, the music for the Black Fish Project was created in 2021.


MUSIC RECORDING (Complete)

We were fortunate to be joined by one of Canada's best producers, Roberto Occhipinti, and the gifted sound engineer, Pouya Hamidi as our recording production team. On November 27 & 28 of 2021, the entire team gathered at the prestigious Revolution Recording Studios in Toronto to record the music for the Black Fish Project. After 16 hours of recording, we now have enough material to create our album.

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MUSIC POST-PRODUCTION (In-Process)

One of the fundamental stages in the recording process is the post-production stage. Due to the complexity in recording this music, our post-production costs are very substantial and we want to make sure that the final result is up to a high standard. Here is a breakdown of the post-production:

  • Audio Post-Production ($4500)
    • Editing 
    • Mixing
    • Mastering
  • Album Production Costs ($5500)
    • Album Artwork
    • CD and Vinyl Pressing
    • Liner Notes and translation(s)
    • Marketing and Administration

TOTAL: $10,000


***The initial goal of this fundraiser is to raise funds so we can complete the post-production and release the Black Fish album in May of 2022.



ALBUM LAUNCH CONCERT (In-Process: May 2022)

An exciting part of every album launch is the activity that takes place on the day of the scheduled release (i.e when the album goes live). Once we reach our initial fundraising goal for post-production, we will solidify plans for our Album Launch Concert. Scheduled for May 2022, this event will feature the complete performance of the Music for the Black Fish Project (approximately 40 minutes) LIVE at a venue in Toronto. We will plan this event in accordance with Toronto Public Health guidelines, aiming for both in-person and virtual audiences.


BLACK FISH FILM (Scheduled to Begin in 2022)

Another exciting element of the Black Fish Project is the creation of a film that will be inspired by the very music that we have recorded. Our talented creative visual team will start to work on this project in 2022, and we anticipate the film to be completed in the fall of 2022. Stay tuned for additional information about the Black Fish Project Film, including a separate fundraiser dedicated to the creation of this film!

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

$125 or more

4 of 25 claimed

Waterfall

As a Waterfall supporter, you get everything in the River reward plus: 1 IN-PERSON ticket to our album launch in May 2021 (no vinyl)

$10 or more

Little Brook

We can't do this without you! You will receive the following as a token of our gratitude: Early-bird access to The Black Fish Album via streaming services, personal online thank you card from the Black Fish Project team AND our eternal thanks for supporting this awesome collaboration!

$25 or more

Creek

You will receive the above and: Limited-edition thank you postcard designed by the BFProject marketing team and mailed directly to your address (Canada only) AND Digital download of the Black Fish Album

$50 or more

12 of 50 claimed

Spring

In addition to the above you will receive: Physical copy of the CD to be mailed to your address (Canada only) AND Shoutout on our social media channels!

$75 or more

8 of 50 claimed

River

As a River supporter, you receive everything in the Spring reward plus: option of Vinyl or CD to be mailed to your address (Canada only) AND Livestream Ticket for Album Launch Concert in May 2022 AND Acknowledgment of your contribution on our website.

$250 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Freshwater Lake

As a Freshwater Lake supporter, you will receive everything included in the River reward plus: 2 VIP IN-PERSON tickets to our Album Launch Concert in May 2022 AND limited edition poster designed by the Black Fish team.

$500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Great Lake Sponsor (CORPORATE)

As a Great Lake Sponsor, you will receive: 2 VIP IN-PERSON tickets to our Album Launch Concert in May 2022, Acknowledgment of your support at the Album Launch in the program notes as well as on our social media + website.

$600 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Open Sea

As an Open Sea supporter, you will receive everything included in the River reward plus: 6 VIP IN-PERSON tickets to our Album Launch in May 2022, limited edition poster designed by the Black Fish team AND Acknowledgment of your support at the Album Launch by the MC.

$1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Open Sea Sponsor (CORPORATE)

As an Open Sea Sponsor, you will receive: 6 VIP IN-PERSON tickets to our Album Launch Concert in May 2022, Acknowledgment of your support at the Album Launch by the MC, in the program notes, as well as on our social media/website, inclusion of your logo and name in our marketing and advertising materials 3 months before the concert as an Open Sea Sponsor.

$5,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Ocean Sponsor (CORPORATE)

As an Ocean Sponsor, you will receive: 8 VIP IN-PERSON tickets to our Album Launch Concert in May 2022, Acknowledgment of your support at the Album Launch by the MC, in the program notes, as well as on our social media/website, inclusion of your logo and name in our marketing and advertising materials 3 months before the concert as an Ocean Sponsor (large print). Finally, we will also include you as a PRODUCER for the Black Fish Film.

$10,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Black Fish Presenting Sponsor (CORPORATE)

As a Black Fish Presenting Sponsor, you will receive: 20 VIP IN-PERSON tickets to our Album Launch Concert in May 2022, Acknowledgment of your support and opportunity to speak at the Album Launch, inclusion of logo and name as presenting sponsor on all advertising and marketing material (print, radio, and online), designation as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for the Black Fish Film.

$100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

River I (limit of 5)

As a River I supporter, you receive everything in the Spring reward plus: Choice of CD or vinyl autographed by the composer, Keyan Emami AND Livestream Ticket for Album Launch Concert in May 2022 AND Acknowledgment of your contribution on our website.

$110 or more

3 of 3 claimed

River - Christmas Special Edition

Gift Option Available: Purchase this reward as a gift for someone special (purchase by Dec 24th) Everything in the Spring reward plus: Choice of CD or vinyl autographed by a member of Ton Beau String Quartet (TBSQ) AND Livestream Ticket for Album Launch Concert in May 2022 AND Personalized e-card from TBSQ to gift recipient (if applicable) AND Acknowledgment of your contribution on our website.

$200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

River II (limit of 1)

As an River II supporter, you will receive everything in the Spring reward plus: CD or vinyl autographed by the composer, Keyan Emami AND two 45-min online or in-person piano/composition lessons at Key Music Studio with Keyan Emami AND Livestream Ticket for Album Launch Concert in May 2022 AND Acknowledgment of your contribution on the Black Fish Project website.

$300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

River III (limit of 1)

As a River III supporter, you will receive everything in the Spring reward and: CD or vinyl autographed by the composer, Keyan Emami AND three 60-min online or in-person piano/composition lessons at Key Music Studio with Keyan Emami AND Livestream Ticket for Album Launch Concert in May 2022 AND Acknowledgment of your contribution on the Black Fish Project website.


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