Cambodian Child: Music by T Lytle

$2,295 of $13.6k goal

Raised by 19 people in 9 months
Tiffany Lytle  LOS ANGELES, CA
I'm Tiffany Lytle, a 2nd year M.A. student in the Asian American Studies program at UCLA. 

For the past year, I have been working on writing songs about Cambodian American experience for my Master's Thesis' creative project. This EP will include a fusion of Cambodian and American style pop, with both Khmer and English languages intertwined.

Touching on the experiences of Cambodian Americans who survived the Cambodian Civil War and Genocide, these songs explore and critique the treatment of refugees in the United States, while providing a musical voice to first generation Cambodian Americans, like myself, who try to negotiate Cambodia's tragic past. 

I'm extremely lucky to have a team of musicians interested in helping me with my project! Money raised here will go toward having these songs played and recorded by an amazing team of professionals that include producer and drummer Donald Barrett, and bass player Bobby Watson of Rufus. Funds would pay for studio space, mixing and mastering by Thai Long Ly, and a small team of amazing session players.

We are also seeking funding for our short film about the making of this project, and the larger social implications of work like this. I hope that we can support artists whose stories and histories we can learn from in order to recognize the cycles of oppression that our world continually goes through.

We are hoping to release this record by Spring of 2017 with a short video documenting our recording process and a choreographic project! Yes! That means there will be DANCE (of course)!

This EP is a true expression of my creativity and artistry, allowing me to negotiate academic and socially conscious thought while providing an entertaining musical experience. As a mixed-race Cambodian American, it has been difficult for my voice to be heard against the chatter of questions about "what I am," so I hope this EP can show you a little bit about what is on my mind and in my heart.

Donations of any size will help me get closer and closer to my goal! Thank you so much for taking the time to support this campaign! Please share this campaign to your friends and family who also seek social justice through art!

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Update 7
Posted by Tiffany Lytle
1 month ago
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Our first single from CAMBODIAN CHILD is coming out on March 21st on all music platforms! Help support this project's production! We are still seeking funding for the film project and beyond!
WE premiers 3/21/17: all music platforms
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Update 6
Posted by Tiffany Lytle
2 months ago
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This project uses Cambodian American history to reflect on things that are repeating right now politically!
Every single day we get closer and closer to our goal! Thanks so much to those that have donated! Let's keep the support coming!
The amazing J Mike O'neal on the keys!
Joel Whitley, guitar/Bobby Watson, bass
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Update 5
Posted by Tiffany Lytle
2 months ago
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Thank you to all those that have donated on day 1 of our campaign! I really appreciate your generosity! Please continue sharing our promo video! We can reach this goal!
Sheet music from the recording session!
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Update 4
Posted by Tiffany Lytle
2 months ago
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Check out our promo video for "Cambodian Child," and please consider donating to this project!
Check out a promo for "Cambodian Child"
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$2,295 of $13.6k goal

Raised by 19 people in 9 months
Created July 23, 2016
AC
$250
Asian American Studies Center
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
IU
$500
Institute for American Cultures, UCLA
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
YK
$50
Yanna Keam
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
JD
$50
Jean-Paul deGuzman
1 month ago
$50
Sabrina Nguyen
1 month ago

Thank you for guiding us in our journey through Asian American literature and culture and inspiring us to reflect on our own histories and identities. We all support you and everything your creative project stands for! -Your students in AAS 30W

LB
$150
Lucy Burns
1 month ago

So proud of you Tiffany. And excited about your work being out in the world to enjoy, admire, and appreciate!

$25
Mary O'Maley
2 months ago

You are awesome!

RW
$50
Robert Winter
2 months ago
SP
$50
Sarah Penrod
2 months ago
WF
$50
Wendy Fujinami
2 months ago
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