The Mentors Project: A Big Band Album


I’m Lennie Moore . I’ve been a composer, orchestrator and conductor for video games, film, television and commercials for about 30 years. I also teach composition for media as an adjunct professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the Technology and Applied Composition  program. 

I’ve done everything in music you can imagine, from working on great video games the Halo Anniversary series, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2: The International 2016, Disneyland Adventures, the Rising Storm and Outcast series; I’ve arranged for string sections on rock songs, scored a Pamela Anderson movie, orchestrated a ton of Lifetime Channel movies where everything ends with a trial, to creating funky arrangements for horn sections to sell cans of chili! 

Yet out of all of these wonderful projects and experiences there has been one project that I’ve wanted to do that hasn’t come to fruition, until now.

I’ve wanted to do a big band album for a long time (literally decades!), and about two years ago I was thinking back to all of the mentors I’ve had in my life who helped to shape or influence who I am as a composer and an artist. And I just felt so grateful for each of them, in their own ways, spending time and energy with a young musician to share their knowledge and wisdom. I've been thinking a lot about the importance of mentors, the master/apprentice relationship, and how art advances through the ages on a continuum of community. This is at the heart of why I mentor young composers and it’s the core concept for The Mentors Project. 

Each track on this album is dedicated to someone who was a mentor or major influence in my life as an artist. Their teaching, philosophies, advice, critiques, support and encouragement all made major impacts toward developing my own aesthetics about my craft and the creative decisions I make every day. For some of these influences it was simply their body of work and the inspiration it gave me to do what I do. 

Every composition on this album is my tribute to them. With each composition, I’ve reflected on who they are as a person, what they taught me, and elements of their artistry that were inspirational. In my arrangements I’ve experimented with form, texture and melodic/harmonic development that pushes the boundaries of typical big band writing.

I’ve spent the past year composing, arranging and refining the music and everything is in place to get the recording done. With your help, we can get this project completed.

My goal is to record this project in Los Angeles with an amazing collection of my favorite world-class musicians in a legendary recording studio like Capitol Records  (where those great Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole records were tracked), Larrabee Sound Studios  or a studio of equal quality depending on availability. 

Your support can help pay for 20 musicians, recording/mixing sessions, and CD expenses. 

Total costs for the production of this project will be $60,000.
$40,000 goes to all the musician costs, payroll expenses, and equipment rentals.
$20,000 for studio time, recording/mixing engineer, CD mastering, artwork and manufacturing

Whatever funds are raised will only go towards the production costs of this project. 

Full funding would mean that I can record this entire album over three days with everyone performing together. This would create the absolute best environment for interaction between the musicians and capture that magical energy that naturally occurs in these kinds of jazz sessions. Additionally, it would allow me to complete the production in the fastest and most efficient timeline. Incomplete funding would necessitate redefining the scope of the project to where it could be recorded in pieces and stitched together over a longer period of time. I’ll stay in communication with you on how this project is progressing with regular updates.

During the campaign I will be posting a weekly video series - where I dive into more details within each track, who it’s dedicated to and how they influenced me. I’ll also share some score examples along with audio from my demos for this project so you can get a sense of what the end product will be.

There are 8 tracks on this album totalling 60 minutes of music. Here’s the list of the tunes and who they’re dedicated to:

Manic (for Weather Report and Steps Ahead)
The Mardini Effect (for Arif Mardin)
Essence (for Michael Gibbs)
Two Peas In A Pod (for Nick Manson and Andy Suzuki)
Planetary Misalignment (for David Mash)
Smoke and Mirrors (for Don Grolnick)
The Kid (for Ken Kraintz)
Intentionality (for Toshiko Akiyoshi)

With your help, the release of this album will be possible. Thanks so much for taking the time to watch this, for your support, and please share with anyone you think would be interested in this project.

Musicians confirmed to be a part of this project (pending funding):
Billy Martin - Alto Sax
Andy Suzuki - Tenor Sax
Phil Moore - Bari Sax
Alex Iles - Trombone
John Van Houten - Tuba
Nick Manson
- Piano, Fender Rhodes
Jimmy Mahlis - Oud, Electric Guitar
Ken Lasaine - Electric Guitar
Dean Taba - Acoustic and Electric Bass
MB Gordy - Percussion

Reward Levels:

General Support
Reward Level: $5 or more
Reward Level Name: Supporter of The Mentors Project
Limited Quantity: N/A
Description:
Thank you!

Audiophiles
Reward Level: $10
Reward Level Name: Digital Album Download
Limited Quantity: N/A
Description:
Pre-release of album (digital download)

Reward Level: $25
Reward Level Name: Limited Pressing CD
Limited Quantity: 800
Description:
Limited Pressing CD
Pre-release of album (digital download)

Reward Level: $30
Reward Level Name: Limited Pressing CD (signed)
Limited Quantity: 200
Description:
Limited Pressing CD (signed)
Pre-release of album (digital download)

Reward Level: $60
Reward Level Name: Limited Edition Poster (signed)
Limited Quantity: 80
Description:
Limited Edition Poster of Album Cover (11”x17” signed)
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)

Reward Level: $100
Reward Level Name: Early Access
Limited Quantity: 20
Description:
Early Access to rough mixes (digital download)
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Original demos from album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)
Limited Edition Poster of Album Cover (11”x17” signed)

Documentarians

Reward Level: $35
Reward Level Name: One chart download
Limited Quantity: N/A
Description:
One chart download (pdf score and parts)
Pre-release of album (digital download)

Reward Level: $50
Reward Level Name: One chart download
Limited Quantity: 20
Description:
One chart download (pdf score and parts)
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)

Reward Level: $70
Reward Level Name: Two chart download
Limited Quantity: N/A
Description:
Two chart download (pdf scores and parts)
Pre-release of album (digital download)

Reward Level: $85
Reward Level Name: Two chart download
Limited Quantity: 20
Description:
Two chart download (pdf scores and parts)
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)

Reward Level: $135
Reward Level Name: Four chart download
Limited Quantity: N/A
Description:
Four chart download (pdf scores and parts)
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)

Reward Level: $150
Reward Level Name: Four chart download
Limited Quantity: 30
Description:
Four chart download (pdf scores and parts)
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)
Limited Edition Poster of Album Cover (11”x17” signed)

Reward Level: $250
Reward Level Name: Complete Eight chart download
Limited Quantity: 30
Description:
Complete Eight chart download (pdf scores and parts)
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)
Limited Edition Poster of Album Cover (11”x17” signed)

Reward Level: $500
Reward Level Name: Complete Scorebook
Limited Quantity: 50
Description:
Complete Scorebook (signed, professionally printed and bound)
Complete Eight chart download (pdf scores and parts)
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)
Limited Edition Poster of Album Cover (11”x17” signed)

VIPs

Reward Level: $1000
Reward Level Name: Musician Sponsor
Limited Quantity: 40
Description:
Musician Sponsor credit on the album
Early Access to rough mixes
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)
Limited Edition Poster of Album Cover (11”x17” signed)

Reward Level: $2500
Reward Level Name: Song Sponsor
Limited Quantity: 16
Description:
Song Sponsor credit on the album
Complete Scorebook (signed, professionally printed and bound)
Complete Eight chart download (pdf scores and parts)
Early Access to rough mixes
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Original demos from album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)
Limited Edition Poster of Album Cover (11”x17” signed)

Reward Level: $10000
Reward Level Name: Executive Producer
Limited Quantity: 2
Description:
Executive Producer credit on the album
VIP Access to the recording session
Complete Scorebook (signed, professionally printed and bound)
Complete Eight chart download (pdf scores and parts)
Early Access to rough mixes
Pre-release of album (digital download)
Original demos from album (digital download)
Limited Pressing CD (signed)
Limited Edition Poster of Album Cover (11”x17” signed)

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Lennie Moore 
Organizer
Santa Rosa, CA
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