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New Record: Come Thief, Come Fire!

Help me with the promotion and touring of my seventh studio album, Come Thief, Come Fire!

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Hi friends!

I made a new record! The heavy lifting is over.

Just kidding. It’s only just started.

I started making this record (my 7th studio album….what?!) back in July, 2013 when I took some new songs to my good friend, collaborator and producer Willy Porter (willyporter.com) thinking we were making an EP of songs recorded live in the studio. We did that- playing them live and unadorned and they came out perfectly bony and real. But one of the songs, “What Comes After,” felt like it wasn’t done. So I sent the song out to my good friends AG (byaginc.com) and Meg Toohey (meghantoohey.net) in Los Angeles and the little folk ditty became an explosion of sound. Then AG and I went out to the desert with the amazing Bryan Mir (blend-studios.com) and the fabulous Holly Miranda (hollymiranda.com) and we made a video of the song (as contributors to this campaign, you’re gonna see this video first before it’s available to the youtube world!) and suddenly, there was a story unfolding. I realized that all the songs were centered around fire- its power to destroy, to resurrect, to light and ignite. So I kept working with AG (who besides producing and engineering, also sang and played her ass off on this record!) and also asked my friend Erin McKeown (erinmckeown.com) to produce one of the songs. The three of us ended up writing together! In fact, this record has three co-writes (one with Erin, one with AG and one with both of them!) and it is the first time I’ve ever recorded a cover, the song “The Light Is Gone” by my friend Robby Hecht. (robbyhecht.com) Holy crap is it an amazing song! It’s one of those songs you hear and just have to hit repeat 1000 times. I asked Robby if I could record it. He said yes. I asked him if I could pretend I wrote it. He said no. (But I still wish I did!)

So that leads us to now….why launch a fan funding campaign and why this time?

I’ve always done fan funding in the past through pre-orders and small paintings and you’ve been so incredibly supportive over the years. I literally couldn’t have done what I’ve done without you. But this time I want to do it all on a bigger scale with the help of the great people at Pledge.


I decided that for me to create a pledge campaign, I needed it to be a creative, integrative experience for me and for you. That’s why we came up with the virtual gallery idea! It’s a way for you all to be in touch with me and with each other, a way to take the platform that we have and make it interactive. I’m so excited about this part and can’t wait to hear your thoughts! I’m excited to be a part of history- we are at a time when these fan funding platforms are transforming the music industry. They are the new model of the record label where YOU are producer and collaborator. I’m excited to watch it transform and to be a part of that process with you.

In more realistic terms- what is the money for?

Well, making records is expensive, even when we are doing it alone. I’ve already spent almost $10,000 on recording, artwork, mastering, video and promotion for this campaign. I don’t expect to recoup all of this, though that would be amazing. What I do want the money for is to hire one of the best publicists out there to help this record reach a larger audience than I’ve been able to do in the past. Publicity is expensive but it’s totally worth it! I also have all the cover artwork and graphic design still left to do, the redesign of my website and then, most importantly- getting the music to YOU. I have a slew of dates booked for the fall already (with more being added all the time) and I would love to be able to bring a band to most, if not all, of these shows. Playing and traveling alone is, well, lonely and the folks I want to hire are amazing and deserve to be paid top dollar!

So take a look at the gallery. Visit often. Check out the other exclusives in the store and let me know if I’ve left something out that you’d like to see. This is truly a journey that we are taking together. So buckle up, friends. Here we go!

With so much love and thanks,
nz

A portion of the proceeds from this campaign will go to the amazing organization Keepers of the Waters (http://www.keepersofthewaters.org), whose mission is to inspire and promote projects that combine art, science and community involvement to restore, preserve and remediate water sources.

Pledge video by the great Jen Lee (jenleeproductions.com)

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10% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to Keepers Of The Waters.

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AccessPass: Digital Download of "Come Thief, Come Fire"

Digital Download of "Come Thief, Come Fire"
$10
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you’re so with the times you don’t even know what a cd is. good for you.

NZ Museum Guide, 1st Edition (signed)

NZ Museum Guide, 1st Edition (signed)
$50
50.00
Available

There are museums and galleries around the world that are home, cathedral, halls of memories and sacred spaces for me. In this illustrated guide, I have some stories about my favorite paintings, where they are permanently housed and when I first saw them. I’ll also tell you about the gift shop (skip it or don’t), if the fancy coffeeshop in the museum is worth it (usually, when you’re in a very breakfast at tiffany’s mood- fabulous!), where to go when your “museum legs” set in and your lower back is killing you. It’s a lonely planet guide for the not-so-lonely.

Signed CD

$20
20.00
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I not-so-secretly LOVE sharpies and can’t wait to sign a cd for you! You’ll get the digital download as well of course!

Original Acoustic Demos

$30
30.00
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I have a ton of recordings that I don’t let anyone else hear- sketches of songs as they first appear- usually late at night! When I listen to them, well after the recorded versions are done, they’re sometimes my favorite versions- different words, stumbles, noisy neighborhood sounds, incomplete verses- but there’s a flow and a realness to these versions that can’t be reproduced. You’ll get those, as well as some live versions of songs from the record and even some tracks that didn’t make the final cut.

Pledger Only T-Shirt

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New design exclusively for pledgers.

"Come Fire"

"Come Fire"
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4″×4″
This small painting is the moment that a fire goes out. What was lit and what was extinguished?

"Come Thief"

"Come Thief"
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4″×4″
Is this the beginning of a long, slow burn or a means to an end?

Signed CD + Pledger Only T-Shirt

$50
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"A Place To Go"

"A Place To Go"
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8″×8″
This song is about a character named Burnin’ Vernon, a firefighter from Woodstock, NY who became a hometown hero because he single handedly put out about 50 barn fires. Turns out he was lighting them on fire himself! I tried to portray the imagery of shadows, barns and fire that are in that song. The lyric is about his own search that makes his story all the more tragic. And compelling!

"Decide"

"Decide"
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12″×12″
This line is from “One Of Us,” another song about Burnin’ Vernon. Sometimes we are compelled to act because we have no other choice.

"Plan I"

"Plan I"
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“8”
One is a hot flame that burns cool, one a cool flame that burns hot. I was playing with color here. And the idea that passion in all its forms defines us.

"Strangers II"

"Strangers II"
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8″×8″
There is a line in Courage to Change that says, “Be kind to the visitor. We’re all strangers trying to feel less strange.”
A bit of a biblical reference (“You shall neither wrong a stranger, nor oppress him: for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”), we have chances every day to isolate or to engage. I took this idea pretty literally and observed some strangers in New York City.

Limited edition print of painting (signed, matted)

$75
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Signed CD + Limited Edition Print

$85
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Signed copy of Come Thief, Come Fire and a limited edition print on fine paper, matted.

"Making Circles Round Your Heart"

"Making Circles Round Your Heart"
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5″×5″
This is the same imagery as The Hunter but the line is from Hero and talks about looking for belonging. What happens when we stifle our true nature? Our truth? Our desire?

"The Hunter"

"The Hunter"
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8″×8″
This song is all about the traps we set for ourselves, the way that the hunter and the prey become indistinguishable, especially when it comes to matters of the heart!

Handwritten Lyric Sheet

$100
100.00
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love the lyrics to one of my songs? i’ll write them out for you on beautiful paper and even add an illustration or two.

Songwriting Class

$100
100.00
9 left

Covering the basics of harmony and lyric-writing, along with some of my best practices.

"Lifeboat II"

"Lifeboat II"
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8″×8″
The song asks the question: “What comes after? The lifeboat or the rapture?” Are we rescued or destroyed by our actions? We get to choose!

"When There's Nothing Left To Decide"

"When There's Nothing Left To Decide"
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3 panels 8″×8″, 4″×4″, 5″×5″
This is the first painting I did based on this group of songs. The imagery and colors in this painting ended up really informing the entire series.

Skype Lesson (individual, guitar or songwriting)

$200
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Let’s hang out on our computers and play guitar! Have a song you want to learn or a technique you’re working on? Have a song that is dying to come out of you and needs a little bit of help? Want to learn some slide guitar, jazz voicings of chords or talk about right-hand rhythmic techniques? I can’t wait to spend some time with you and give you a lesson- while we both try not to look at the picture of ourselves in the corner of the computer screen. So hard!

"The Life Boat"

"The Life Boat"
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12″×6″
What does it look like if we’re rescued? Then what?

"Keep From Hiding"

"Keep From Hiding"
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8″×8″
I love the idea of hiding in tall grass, knowing that you’re only hiding from yourself! You’re gonna get caught whether you reveal your secrets or not!

"Plan II"

"Plan II"
$300
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8″×8″
One is a hot flame that burns cool, one a cool flame that burns hot. I was playing with color here. And the idea that passion in all its forms defines us.

Drawing Class

$300
300.00
Available

(Met Sculpture garden – bring your own pencils and paper, 1 hour)

One of my favorite places in the world, let’s meet in the sculpture garden! Bring a sketch book, pencils and/or pens and we’ll talk about perspective, negative space, shading, etc. Or, you know, stare at naked sculptures.

Signed Original Artwork

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First draft of the album’s concept art, in your hands!

"Secrets"

"Secrets"
$400
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5″×5″
This song is about cleaning up- metaphorically of course. Taking care and filling up our reserves. There is a saying I’ve heard many times that goes, “You’re only as sick as the secrets you keep.” This song uses that idea but says, “A sickness grows inside the secrets we keep.” This is true. Let the work to clean up and reveal begin!

"Stay"

"Stay"
$400
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8″×8″
In this song, I sing, “I wind up here wrapped in fear, my feet trapped in clay. So I’ll build me a house of mud, crawl inside and stay.”
Only when we get comfortable in our own mess can we truly find a way out.

Cover Recorded

$400
400.00
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I love learning cover songs. That’s how I learned how to write and play guitar. It’s so fun for me. Wanna hear me cover Beyonce? Nina Simone? Cat Stevens? That song from the Hyatt commercial? Sky’s the limit. Ask away.

(demo, not to be used commercially)

"Strangers I"

"Strangers I"
$500
500.00
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12″×9″
There is a line in Courage to Change that says, “Be kind to the visitor. We’re all strangers trying to feel less strange.”
A bit of a biblical reference (“You shall neither wrong a stranger, nor oppress him: for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”), we have chances every day to isolate or to engage. I took this idea pretty literally and observed some strangers in New York City.

"Strangers III"

"Strangers III"
$500
500.00
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12″×9″
There is a line in Courage to Change that says, “Be kind to the visitor. We’re all strangers trying to feel less strange.”
A bit of a biblical reference (“You shall neither wrong a stranger, nor oppress him: for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”), we have chances every day to isolate or to engage. I took this idea pretty literally and observed some strangers in New York City.

Cover Painting

$500
500.00
Available

Have a favorite lyric from one of my songs (or any song you want! except for maybe “mamasaymamasamamakoosah.” What does that look like?)You choose the lyric, I’ll choose the image and voila! Original painting that we collaborated on.

Tour Natalia's Favorite Museum

$600
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let’s go to a museum together! or galleries on the lower east side! or the ones in chelsea and walk the high line too and talk about art. um…FUN!

(you pick, 2 hours)

Self portrait "Warning"

Self portrait "Warning"
$700
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12″×9″
From “The Light Is Gone”
This image comes from the first verse of this song by Robby Hecht: “There was no warning in the stars last night. No foreboding in the sky today. There ain’t no reason she should feel this way, but the light is gone from my lover’s eyes.” The image is a still from the video of “What Comes After.” I love combining all of these songs and images to create even more layered stories!

Group Painting Class

$1,000
1000.00
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Natalia will teach you the basics, along with her approach toward art and capturing an image. For you and 5 friends!

Original Song For You

$1,500
1500.00
5 left

have a song idea or an event (wedding, birthday, birth of a baby) that you want commemorated in song? we’ll talk about all your ideas and I’ll write and record a song just for you!

House Concert

$2,000
2000.00
3 left

Invite your friends over (or maybe you want a private concert?!) and have a party at your house. We’ll hang out, eat snacks and then I’ll play songs. That’s a house concert. It’s the BEST.

Make Me A Mural

$2,500
2500.00
2 left

Natalia will design and paint a mural in the location of your choice, based on the content you’d like. (nothing explicit.) Size of mural should be bigger than a cigar box, smaller than the sistine chapel. (travel and lodging will be negotiated)

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