a message from George Sapounidis – that affable Greek-Canadian who
sings in Mandarin Chinese. He is producing his new indepedent CD
and invites people to support him. I gave him my $20 when he was
last in Vancouver for a Spring concert at the Michael J Fox Theatre in
check out these pictures of me with George and the story of how we met
you who have contributed to the upcoming CD “George, from Athens to Beijing”.
have extended the deadline to April 29 in time to include your name in
the CD booklet
support. See options below.
will appear in Canada soon. I will let you know.
CD in advance. See www.being–george.com
! George Sapounidis,
would like to thank all of you who supported my previous CD and to those of you
who attended my series of 'East meets West' concerts. This letter is an
invitation to you to be part of the new CD recording project described below.
journey connecting the music of China and Greece is about
to reach a very exciting level in 2005 for two reasons
First, my new CD “George, from Athens to Beijing” will be released
in June 2005 ! I'm pleased to say that after having taken two
years to promote, perform and write songs in between lots of travelling and
jetlag to places like Beijing and Athens I returned to the recording studio last
December 2004. The songs have all been recorded and are at the mixing stage.
There are 14 Greek and Chinese songs on which I sing and play guitar or Greek
bouzouki. Some of the songs were recorded in Beijing and Guangzhou with Chinese backup musicians and
singers. One song was recorded live on the Great Wall. Most of the songs have
been recorded in Ottawa with Canadian and Greek guest artists
and consist of folksongs, popsongs and Greek rembetika using a wide variety of
world instruments. The CD is unique not only because it juxtaposes Greek and
Chinese repertoire but because it combines Chinese lyrics and instruments in
Greek songs and Greek instruments in Chinese songs along with unexpected
instrumentation. It is truly an inter-cultural musical recording that you and
your children will enjoy listening to !
international documentary film chronicling my personal and musical odyssey
through China and Greece during
the last two years will also be released in 2005 ! This
one-hour television documentary movie has been produced by EyeSteelFilm in
Montreal. It will appear in Canada on CTV and in Europe on BBC. It will appear at film festivals and have a
theatrical release. This international film will be in a position to provide
excellent publicity for the CD.
see a trailer of the film AND listen to songs from the CD at
meet me to listen to all the songs on the new CD.
call me to arrange an appointment.
given you a taste of the artistic details, I'll get to the financial point. The
most challenging part of the album is raising funds to cover the costs. The
production (studio rental, engineer, co-producer, musicians, mixing and
mastering) of this album will cost approximately $15,000. This includes
manufacturing and artwork. Yes, it's a big project. For those of you who are
seeing this for the first time – the cost is VERY reasonable and considered low
by industry standards.
addition to private fundraising, I am contributing to some of the funds myself.
EyeSteelFilm will cover part of the manufacturing costs. Please take a look at
the ideas and perks BELOW and I hope you will consider supporting this project.
It would be very helpful to hear from you before APRIL 29 . Feel free to pass this letter on to
people you know who may be interested.
Thanks very much for your support ! George
FROM ATHENS TO
TO PRE-BUY A CD….$20 each
contribution towards the production. You will receive a CD and your name will be
included in a draw for a free house concert. The location must be within a
reasonable 1 hour drive from Ottawa. (If this is outside your area you can
give it to someone inside the area. It would make a great
contribution to overall production costs. You will receive two CDs and your name
will be added to the house concert draw detailed above.
contribution towards production costs of one song you like. You will receive
three CD's. Your name will appear in the CD booklet. Your name will also be
included in the draw for a free house concert. See details under 'Count Me
towards the production costs. To be paid back in
call to discuss the amount you wish to contribute.
receive two CD's and your name will appear in the CD booklet.
cheques or money orders, please make them payable to
Sapounidis and send to the address below.
If paying by cash, please deliver to the address below – you may call
first. Don't forget to fill out the info and send it
complete, detach and mail.
Tel: (613 ) 228-5307