PERCUSSIVE DANCE AND MUSIC INNOVATOR MAX POLLAK LAUNCHES PROJECT ON AIM | HATCHFUND
New York, March 2014 — Percussive Dance and Music Innovator Max Pollak will launch his first crowdsourcing project on Hatchfund on May 12th, 2014. Pollak chose this unique online community because of its exclusive dedication to accomplished artists working in the United States. At Hatchfund anyone can discover original projects from some of today’s most innovative artists and make tax-deductible donations to support their work. With a funding success rate of over 75%, Hatchfund has helped accomplished artists from thirty states realize their artistic projects with support from more than 14,000 unique donors.
Max Pollak’s first CD release under his own name – a culmination of 20 years of research and development – is a recording of original compositions and arrangements featuring RumbaTap, a pioneering dance and music ensemble integrating six tap dancers/body percussionists. Dancing on custom made wooden boxes, the troupe acts as the main rhythmic driving force in an Afro-Cuban style orchestra consisting of a saxophone quartet, one marimba and three vocalists. Co-producers are saxophonist/music director Paul Carlon and recording engineer/tap-box designer Patrick LoRe of One Soul Group.
The musical concept takes Afro-Cuban drum rhythms, songs and dances and transplants them onto tap/body percussion. By using custom made wooden tap instruments of various sizes and pitches, the resulting sound reflects the melodic interaction of traditional drum ensembles. At other times, the drum rhythms are carried by the saxophone trio, reflecting the sacred trinity of the bata drums of the Yoruba based Afro-Cuban Santeria religion. The marimba adds harmonic texture and low-end frequencies to round out the sound.
Six of the tracks feature guest artists: percussion stars Bobby Sanabria, Cyro Baptista and Pedrito Martinez, all of whom are mentors and major inspirations to Pollak.
The object of recording this essentially live dance and music group is to demonstrate two major points:
- The astounding musical and dramatic possibilities of integrating tap dance and body percussion into an instrumental musical ensemble as the driving cohesive force; and
- The revolutionary sonic qualities of custom designed, hand made wooden tap boxes, which are tap floor-instruments that deliver a bass presence, warmth and definition of tone never before heard on a recording of tap dance.
Pollak is seeking funds through a micro-philanthropy campaign to finish the post-production phase of the album. Monies raised will help cover the final mixing, mastering and printing of the CD. He expects to be finished by July 2014.
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