Elvanelle Music Launches This Week!

Look what you've done! This project has gone from a debut album release to a full-blown music collective in ONE YEAR. The album process was so inspiring that I am moving forward with a business, brand and band. Elvanelle Music is a collective for "time-traveling song" - that includes traditional jazz, American Song, folk, theatre music and vintage pop. Of course we play the newer stuff too! You'll get to hear all of it in an upcoming music video release, planned for this Wednesday, September 13th.

Logo and Design by Lindsey Morano. Elvanellemusic.com coming soon.

Logo and Design by Lindsey Morano. Elvanellemusic.com coming soon.

Now let me tell you about the significance of September 13th...

Elvanell Ellison was born on September 13th, 1917. Even if you're not good at math, it's easy to see that was 100 years ago exactly! Her sheet music collection from the 30s was delivered to my door so I could distribute them for Kickstarter perks. I had no idea I was getting someone's entire collection. I reached out to her living relatives and they had no idea the music even existed. I don't know much about her other than her birthday, her birthplace and that she drank coffee: "black. in a teacup. always with a saucer", according to her grandson. But I couldn't ignore that we had the same taste in music. Now that's a connection that transcends time. I think it's little ways like this that we can experience time-travel and connect with people across realms, borders and generations. Even the original artists and composers cross the boundary of time and continue to live as long as people perform their music.

Here are our upcoming shows. Most are with the 6-piece band. Please visit www.kimberlyhawkey.com for ticket links and details. Www.elvanellemusic.com is coming soon along with music videos. The collective will offer music for concerts, events and education. I'm offering a $10 student ticket to the Schenectady show and Music Industry professionals may email me at rsvp@elvanellemusic.com for free tickets on a first-come first-serve basis. 

Click for Ticket Links & More Info

Click for Ticket Links & More Info

Thank you all! Please head over to our Youtube Channel and click subscribe so you'll be notified when we release our first music videos, including songs that were requested by Kickstarter backers! 

Thank you all! Much love and PLEASE stay safe during this crazy time. Love to all,

KImberly

Elvanelle Presale

What a journey! I'm finally able to announce the May 10th release date for ELVANELLE & THE ESCAPE ACT, which coincides with my birthday. I figured that any new creative project is a symbol of renewal and rebirth, and besides, May 10th just has a ring to it, ya know? The EP is now available for presale across the major platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and CD Baby. If you are a Spotify subscriber, like me, you'll be happy to know that the album with be available for Spotify streaming in the near future. But the BEST deal is right here on my website, where you can purchase the Physical Copy or Digital Copy directly through me for $11.11. Just click here: www.kimberlyhawkey.com/album/

Photo: Lauren Desberg. Cover Art: Hollie Chastain.

Photo: Lauren Desberg. Cover Art: Hollie Chastain.

I'd like to thank the many beautiful souls who provided me with the strength and energy to move this project forward. I learned so much about myself and others through the process. Thank you to my partner, Ray Cetta, for the love and tuba playing. Thank you to one of my best friends, collaborators and music directors, Assaf Gleizner, for the unbelievable vision and arrangements. Thank you to the Elvanelle band: Mark McLean, Bjorn Ingelstam, Morgan Price and to the other musicians who added their voices to the album - Chris Bill, Andrew Miramonti, Milena Pajaro van der Stadt, Brendan Speltz, Andrew Janss, and Lavinia Pavlish. Thank you to my engineer and collaborator, Joe DiGiorgi at Headline Studios. Thank you to Johnny and Mikhail at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT for the welcoming artistic haven. Thank you to my Associate Producers (and family) Jeanne Hawkey, David Hawkey, John Cetta, Jon Hill, and David Rosen.  Thank you to my creative team: Hollie Chastain (Art & Design), Lauren Desberg (photography), Ryan McGovern (videography and consulting). Thank you to Chris Cain - you will always live through music. 

Artwork: Hollie Chastain. Portrait: Lauren Desberg.

Artwork: Hollie Chastain. Portrait: Lauren Desberg.

 

 

 

First Look & Live Premiere!

Dear Friends,

I'm very excited to write you today. The album progress is in it's final stages (although it's felt like that for a few months now!). But I can confirm that the album artwork is nearly complete, after which I will be able to order the hard copies and send them off to you with your Rewards. If you are in the NYC/Rockland/Westchester area, please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 18th. This will be the live premiere of music from my album, featuring a 5-piece jazz band. You'll finally get to hear all the crazy and sentimental arrangements we put together for songs by Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rodgers, Luther Vandross and myself! Be sure to call the number on the flyer to make reservations. It is a very intimate club; one of it's loveliest features. Or join me on Facebook and invite an adventurous friend. 

Elvanelle & The Escape Act (Premiere) - March 18th

Elvanelle & The Escape Act (Premiere) - March 18th

Now please enjoy this short teaser filmed by Ryan McGovern (www.roomcgoo.com)

Check out my latest Email Update for more upcoming shows, and information on how to host an in-home concert this year! Please be in touch if you'd like more details.

Your friend,

Kimberly (aka Elvanelle) ;)

Kim Hawkey is #elvanelle (2017) (11/19/16)

ARCHIVE 11/19/16

The album is slated to be release to the public early 2017. Thank you all for your patience! The tracks are coming along beautifully and I have decided to take my time with the mixing and release to ensure this project keeps it's integrity and focus. The additional time has allowed me a visionbordering on fantasy, of the story that is told through the album. The central character was born in my mind just as I was exploring alternate names for my persona - not out of need, but out of curiosity and playfulness. The name that came to me is ELVANELLE

Elvanelle is representative of my current artist. The Kim Hawkey that you know. We are the same. But in addition, Elvanelle invites voices of the past to join us in the present. She is the collective unconscious of every life that has ever been. I do believe that we are surrounded by and even made up of mixtures of energies once belonging to those of the past. I feel connected to this energy when I sing and thus want to honor it with a name I adore and feel equally connected to. (It doesn't need to be complicated or hocus-pocus-y. Just think about an ancestor or a passed relative who you always felt was by your side.) Not just a voice of the past, Elvanelle is also the present and the future. It's the ever-changing current of mass connection that is reflected in musical traditions and trends. Another way to say it - good music is timeless even though the sonic surface may shift!

"Elvanell Ellison"

"Elvanell Ellison"

Elvanell Ellison was a real woman. I only know that she was born on September 13, 1917 in New Mexico. She was married, divorced and then moved to California where she died in 1995. She collected sheet music in the 30s and 40s. I know because I own part of her collection. I bought a stack of it on Ebay for $25 not knowing where it came from or if anyone even cared about the music. Elvanell cared to the point of handwriting her name on every piece she owned. "Elvanell Ellison" right there on the cover. I couldn't help but wonder: Did she drink coffee? - Where did she get married? - Was she happy? - What was her favorite song? - Did she sing?. So many questions of the past that we can only leave to the imagination and perhaps some well-conducted research. I prefer not knowing too much about her. I get a warm feeling when I think about this mysterious, music-loving person from the past. I think I can probably guess the answers. I also think Elvanell would love be involved in the future of this music. I believe her memory crossed my path for a reason, considering I could not get her name out of my head after seeing it. Thus, I am adding an "E" and keeping it for my own. I will use it with intrigue and respect in association to this project - Maybe not forever, but for as long as it feels right. With love and thanks to Elvanell and the other voices of the past that brought me here. From Kimberly.

PS: Images rolling in! Photos by fellow singer and artist, Lauren Desberg. www.laurendesberg.com . Makeup by Priscilla Perez. Album cover art by the tremendously talented Hollie Chastain in the works. www.holliechastain.com

Unedited proofs by photographer Lauren Desberg.

Unedited proofs by photographer Lauren Desberg.

Thumbnails of artwork by Hollie Chastain, the artist I have selected for the Album Cover. Click to see her mesmerizing collages.

Thumbnails of artwork by Hollie Chastain, the artist I have selected for the Album Cover. Click to see her mesmerizing collages.

Questions? Thoughts? Please be in touch, my friends :) kimberly.hawkey@gmail.com

Or come see me in person:

  • Sat 11/19 Swing Session at the Red Room - 85 East 4th Street, NYC. 3rd Fl. 11:00pm until 2:00am. Open session. Dance, drink, play. No Cover
  • Wed 11/30 Winston Restaurant - 130 Main Street, Mt. Kisco NY. 6:00 until 9:00pm. No music charge. Delicious food. www.winstonrestaurant.com
  • 12/7, 12/8, 12/10, 12/15, 12/16 Holiday Tea Musicales at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts - Afternoon concerts paired with tea in the Rosen House. Selling out. www.caramoor.org

Open & Release... (10/14/16)

ARCHIVE 10/14/16

Taken at Clayton Jazz Festival last month. Photo: Carina Novello

Taken at Clayton Jazz Festival last month. Photo: Carina Novello

These words have been popping into my mind constantly for the past few months. Sometimes I write the phrase down when it comes to me. Sometimes I sit with it for a while to understand why it keeps coming back. Whether intentional or not, I suppose I am following this mantra.

For several years I have worked toward the moment of releasing a self-produced, mostly self-directed music project. The recording is finished, the studio days are behind me and only a few pieces of the puzzle lie ahead. Now, if you're a puzzle fanatic, you know that you can spend 75% of your time on the remaining 10% of the puzzle. The flowers, trees and animals are all in place, but I just can figure out where to place the 37 identical blue sky pieces! 

In this moment, my puzzle consists or reorienting my image as an artist through graphics, colors, text, web design, video and social media; Essentially everything except music! The elements are more important than ever in an industry where you need to convey your SOUND through a LOGO or a BIO or a VIDEO. I'm extremely pleased for the opportunity to redefine my work, and I'm finding that this process is as helpful in understanding myself as it will be for others to understand me. Still, I can't help but feel that I'm left with those 37 identical blue sky pieces...

Now to OPEN & RELEASE: I am humbled to look back at the beautiful, puzzle-y masterpiece created with my talented crew (and your generosity) and I am inspired to LET GO and RELEASE and MOVE FORWARD to make room for the final part of this debut. Forget Spring Cleaning - Let's dig deep this Fall and journey on! I'm grateful that you are joining me and I hope you may be inspired to explore your own idea of OPEN & RELEASE!

~Kimberly

Assaf and I with the String Quartet from "Music That Makes the Wind Blow". Brendan Speltz, violin; Lavinia Pavlish, violin; Milena Pajaro-van der Stadt, viola; Andrews Janss, cello. Recorded at Headline Studio, Mamaroneck, NY.

Assaf and I with the String Quartet from "Music That Makes the Wind Blow".

Brendan Speltz, violin; Lavinia Pavlish, violin; Milena Pajaro-van der Stadt, viola; Andrews Janss, cello. Recorded at Headline Studio, Mamaroneck, NY.

PS: Yes, it's a good album title (maybe), but I have other ideas. To be REVEALED SOON!

Everything I've Got Belongs To You (8/30/16)

ARCHIVE 8/30/16

Hi friends & family! I'm back to tell you that the recording session at Carriage House studios was a phenomenal SUCCESS! Here is a recap:

  • Wed 8/17 - Rehearsal with full band in Brooklyn, then off to stock up on liquid refreshment and food to last us for 3 days. Setup in studio. Late-night jam.
The Rhythm Section! Assaf Gleizner, Mark McLean, Ray Cetta

The Rhythm Section! Assaf Gleizner, Mark McLean, Ray Cetta

  • Thurs 8/18 - I made lots of eggs. We drank lots of coffee. Videographer and friend Ryan McGovern (ROO MCGOO!) arrives with camera! The talented Morgan Price (sax/woodwinds) arrives by Metro-North. We make music! We play with puppies! We make more music! We give each other high-fives!
  • Fri 8/19 - We wake up happy. I go on a 1/2 mile run. Bjorn goes on a 112-mile run. Ray sleeps in. Assaf gets a flat tire fixed. Joe eats some eggs. More recording! We finish late in the evening and thank studio-owner, Johnny Montagnese, who, along with Mikhail Pivovarov, made our time at Carriage House a complete delight (not to mention a saving-grace in the wake of losing our other studio). Thanks, guys!
Vocal Booth at Carriage House

Vocal Booth at Carriage House

Since the session...

...we've been busy with Swingaroos wedding gigs, spa time, and scheduling the next phase of work for the album. There is still much to be done, including some additional recording with a STRING QUARTET on an original song, choosing our best takes, mixing (by the Heaven-sent Joe DiGiorgi), mastering, design and concert planning. With continued luck, I will be hosting a Friends, Family & Press Pre-Release Concert & party in November/Early December for all of my supporters. You will receive the first copies of the Album, which will not be publicly released until 2017. 

 

Packing up the kids (Left to Right: Banjo, Tuba, Bass. Not pictured: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute)

Packing up the kids (Left to Right: Banjo, Tuba, Bass. Not pictured: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute)

Upcoming Performances...

And if you are around this week, please stop by one of these shows and say hello!

  • Wed 8/31 - Piano/Vocal Duo on the rooftop at Winston (130 Main St, Mt Kisco) from 6-9pm with pianist Joey Lieber. (*Free Cava tasting and $5 cocktail special.) www.winston.com
  • Thurs 9/1 - Bassist/Bandleader/Man of My Heart, Ray Cetta, makes his Birdland debut at 6pm with his Latin brass band, LA RECETA. Morgan Price, featured saxophonist on the album, will be a special guest that evening. Doors open at 5pm. www.birdlandjazz.com
  • Fri 9/2 - Solo Banjo/Vocal performance at the Gazebo on Nyack's Main Street. Part of the Nyack Art Collective's First Fridays! 6-8pm.

With warmest wishes and continued thanks,

~Kim

"How Little We Know..." (8/14/16)

ARCHIVE 8/14/16

One of my favorite songs has made the cut onto the album. I first heard it in the 1944 film, To Have and Have Not. Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael penned it for Lauren Bacall to sing to her onscreen/offscreen lover, Humphrey Bogart. It was the film that brought the famous pair together for the first time, marking the start of their epic romance [Lauren and Bogie, that is :) ] . Nothing was ever certain for them as the odds weighed heavy: a 25-year age difference, his marriage, the volatility of acting careers in Hollywood; the disapproval of the film Director who warned that Bogie's feelings toward his counterpart were typical displays for a Hollywood actor "getting into character". Their love was not perfect, but it lasted through life's trials until his death in 1957. "No one has ever written a romance better than we lived it," she wrote. 

I admire the way Bacall breezed through life both onscreen and off. Going with the flow. Working tirelessly in work and relationships: both romantic and familial. There were presumed affairs on both sides; idealistic tendencies; health complications; But I like the story best knowing they were human like the rest of us. I am doing my best to take a page from her book (and I am, in real life, reading her autobiography) and breeze through life - accepting the good with the bad and keeping a sunny outlook. Part of life is understanding your lack of control over it. 

"Maybe it happens this way. Maybe we really belong together but, after all, how little we know.

Maybe it's just for a day. Love is as changeable as the weather and, after all, how little we know.

Who knows why an April breeze never remains?... why stars in the trees hide when it rains?

Love comes along casting a spell; Will it sing you a song - will it say a farewell? Who can tell?

Maybe you're meant to be mine. Maybe I'm only supposed to stay in your arms awhile, as others have done.

Is this what I've waited for? Am I the one? Oh, I hope in my heart that it's so.... 

...in spite of how little we know."

- HOW LITTLE WE KNOW, Johnny Mercer / Hoagy Carmichael 

View from the Skaneateles House

View from the Skaneateles House

I'm now enjoying a brief retreat with friends in Skaneateles, resting up for what will be an epic week of rehearsals and recording sessions. The week begins with a band rehearsal tomorrow in Manhattan and ends with dual recording days on Thursday and Friday in CT. Since my last update, I lost my original studio booking due to circumstances outside my control. Channeling my inner Lauren Bacall, I calmly worked for 24 hours to contact studios and found a wonderful alternative. The project will now be recorded at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT. Located only 45 min from the city, I will now have the opportunity to bring some fantastic musicians up for the day. I have also worked through some very difficult personnel changes, but am extremely happy with the current sound and blend. I'm honored to be playing with my favorite musicians. Also since my last update, Assaf Gleizner and I wrote three new original songs: two of which are making it onto the album. How little we know, right?

"Music that makes the wind blow, silently through the window...

Seen as the breeze awakens the trees, then whistles toward the meadow.

Music that drifts above you, welcoming hearts to love what's peaceful and seeking and true.

Some will try to capture it and hide it; losing time, for love won't be divided.

Music that cools the weather brings all the world together...breeze by breeze."

- MUSIC THAT MAKES THE WIND BLOW, Kim Hawkey (music by Assaf Gleizner)

Can't wait to keep you posted on the progress. 

Love, music and happiness,

Kim

And now the fun begins! (7/19/16)

ARCHIVE 7/19/16

Dear Friend,

You are one of over 105 supporters of my debut recording project, to be released this year. Thanks to your overwhelming love, support and generosity, my goal of $8500 has been reached and even topped, with the grand total amounting to $8,875. Every penny of this money will be put toward this debut recording of Vintage and Original songs; including tracking, musicians, album design, physical production, mixing and mastering. 

I will say once more: THANK YOU. This is a dream that has been growing for the past two years; a dream that will come to fruition in a month! You are allowing me the rare opportunity to create and produce a project independently, with full, creative license given to my imagination and to the brilliant minds of my collaborators. 

The freedom has already sparked my muse! There are now four original songs in the works, which I hope will make it to the final album. These originals reflect and complement the selections of the classic jazz, pop and folk songs that I chose for the project. I can't wait to use this project as a way to honor great songwriters while carrying on their tradition with new music and lyrics!

The Recording Session

Next month in Woodstock, NY! Check out the magical DREAMLAND STUDIOS, where we will be tracking the session over two full days. I will be joined by Assaf Gleizner (pianist/co-writer), Ray Cetta (bass), Mark McLean (drums), Bjorn Ingelstam (trumpet), Joe DiGiorgi (engineer), and Ryan McGovern (videographer). As the arrangements come together, we will decide what other sounds and voices will suit the tracks.  **POST EDIT: The recording was done at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT over August 17-18, 2016

Rewards

I can't wait to send out the rewards! You will receive a "survey" from Kickstarter via email, which will ask you about Reward preferences and mailing/emailing info, depending on whether you selected physical perks or digital/personal perks. CDs and Digital Albums will go out after the recording is complete, of course. I am projecting November 2016, but it may be sooner. Music Lessons in person and via Skype may be scheduled at your convenience! I will be in touch, but feel free to contact me directly if you want to discuss availability - kimberly.hawkey@gmail.com 

That's all for now. Please enjoy my latest in the Vintage Song Youtube series. Happy Summer!  Love and music always

 ~ Kimberly