Aida's Second Album

33638560_1543593658225985_r.jpeg(photo by Ilya Natarius, playing a set with Jeremy Ilvysaker and JT Bates at Minneapolis' Ice House)

When I decided to record my debut album back in 2014, it was your undeniably generous support that made the dream come to fruition. We got to recording in December 2014, not knowing at all where it was all going to go. Jeremy, Jacqueline, Bryan, Amirhossein, Tim, and I got together for 6 days; I put down the backbone of the songs, the musicians brought them to life with their beautiful ideas; Tim recorded and mixed professionally yet humbly; and none of this… none of this would have been possible without your generous support. You believed in us. I am not lying when I say I did not believe it was going to happen. The gratitude I have for you is a daily practice and a humbling one at that. Thank you for inspiring me to continue.

33638560_1543594629887739_r.jpeg33638560_1543594649628064_r.jpeg33638560_1543594088335613_r.jpeg(Studio photos by Trevre Andrews. from the top: With Tim Iseler our sound engineer,  Amirhossein Kiani and I eating our pens like we do)

I have decided to do it again.

The songs are almost there. I am steering more and more clear of doing cover songs. I do write lyrics quite a bit but I am too attached to perfecting them. I want to give you more of a taste of my own work but this album will have a few re-interpretations of others’ songs as well. So if you like, stick with me as I develop more and write more and more of my own songs.


Your contribution will be an immense help in covering our studio, musician, mix and master, photography, graphic design, booklet design, and distribution/promotional costs. I am much more aware of all the hidden costs this time so I am setting our financial goal a little higher.


Here are the gift packages I have in mind for you in return for your generosity:

$25 : Aida-designed letter press card: Personalized thank you note.


$50-$100 : All of the above


Pre-ordered copy of second album, signed copy of first album



$200-$500 : All of the above


One signed high quality print of images taken during the making of the album in the studio



$1000 : All of the above


All Access Pass : come spend time with us when we have a show in your area, 3 high quality printed photos from the second album collection


** ONLY 5 LUCKY INDIVIDUALS** $2000 : All of the above


Gradolabs s80 series headphone, which is one of my favorite headphones: courtesy of their absolutely amazing company, mentioned as Producing Partner on physical and digital presence of album, 7 (instead of 3) high quality printed photos from the second album collection



$5000 :  All of the above 


Intimate concert in your town with myself and pianist, Nima Hafezieh, within the US and Canada region, Hang Out Pass: I would be honored to spend time with you when I’m in your area for lunch, dinner, coffee, or tea. Smoothies are ok too :)


***RANDOM BONUS: every seventh donor will get a personalized track at the beginning of their pre-ordered copy that will be a little message from me, addressing them and expressing my gratitude for their generosity

I thank you once again, for being a part of this small and loving community. I have been mesmerized and dearly humbled by anyone that has been interested in what I've been up to. I wish you all calm, joy, and just the right amount of challenge to make this life of ours more interesting.

with kind regards,
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    • 27 mos
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    • 50 $ 
    • 27 mos
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    • 30 $ 
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Aida Shahghasemi 
Minneapolis, MN
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