To Be Sure (Nathan Matthews) Record Release

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Hello! My name is Nathan Matthews. I a percussionist, artist, and elementary music teacher living in Charlotte, NC and I perform under the artist name To Be Sure. I am currently working on the release of TWO independent records to coincide with an upcoming summer tour. Costs for both of these endeavors are high, so I am asking for your support in the recording and physical release of the albums. In order to meet the June release date of the two records, funds are need by March 31st.  



The Records!

The first record will be a solo album of newly commissioned and arranged music, for marimba and voice, solo percussion and electronics, and American folk songs arranged for the Zimbabwean mbira.

The second record will be an instrumental chamber music album, consisting of the premier recordings of 5 brand new commissioned open-ensemble works. These 5 pieces were written by 5 talented and diverse composers and will be recorded by a cavalcade of incredibly gifted local musicians. 




Why Your Support Matters!

As a contributor you will be supporting the documentation of exciting new music from a overwhelmingly incredible group of composers.
- Meredith Butterworth (Charlotte, NC)
- Isabel Crespo (Denton, TX)
- Rob Funkhouser (Indianapolis, IN)
- Anthony Green  (Netherlands)
- Krissy Lassiter  (Princeton, NJ)
- Dr. Leonard Mark Lewis (Winthrop University)
- Eric Mathews  (Denton, TX)
- Andrea Mazzariello (Carlton College)

You will also be helping to fund the documentation of physical music. With so much chatter, noise, advertisements, ignorance, despair,  etc. it's sometimes a relief to put on a record or CD and have an intimate sound experience, rather than an unwanted sonic interruption. The chamber and solo music I strive to create is challenging, nuanced and  "sometimes weird", yet always balanced with accessibility, simplicity, and heart. The need for physical music is just as important as it's ever been, and I hope you consider contributing to this project.

The Rewards! 
(Note: all donations will receive a hand written thank you note)

$10: Digital audio download of both records

$15: To Be Sure tote bag, sticker, and digital download

$30: One Record or CD, tote bag, sticker, and digital download

$40: Two Records or CD's, tote bag, sticker, and digital download

$55: To Be Sure coffee mug, Two Records or CD's, tote bag, sticker, and digital download

$70: A Personalized Post Card from Tour! Coffee mug, two records or CD's, tote bag, sticker, and digital download

$100: Your name included in the acknowledgments for both records, a post card from tour, coffee mug, two records or CD's, tote bag, sticker, and digital download. 

$200: Free Music for Life! For any music I release in the future, I will send you a digital download, as well as, your name in the record, a postcard from tour, coffee mug, two records or CD's, tote bag, sticker, and digital download

$300: Free Percussion Master class or group lesson, music for life, name in the record, a postcard from tour, coffee mug, two records or CD's, tote bag, sticker, and digital download. 

$500: Free Marimba, Mbira, or Percussion concert (travel not included). Free music for life, your name in the record, a postcard from tour, coffee mug, two records or CD's, tote bag, sticker, and digital download.  

Please send an email with your shipping information to tobesureofficial@gmail.com

Thank you!


- Nathan Matthews (To Be Sure)
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