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Rhombal

Pre-order the new album or other exclusive offers to join us behind the scenes of this story and creative process.

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Hi, I’m Stephan Crump, bassist and composer from Memphis, living in Brooklyn for over twenty years now, where I make music and raise two boys with my wife. Although I pursue many different modes of music-making, I’m best known for my work in creative instrumental groups, such as the Grammy-nominated Vijay Iyer Trio.

Welcome to my first PledgeMusic campaign. This will be my tenth album as leader, and it presents a perfect opportunity for this format, as the project and music are both highly personal but grow from a story that I believe to be universal. The album we’ll make, “Rhombal,” is dedicated to my brother, Patrick, whom we lost just over a year ago to cancer.

When you pledge to this campaign, you’ll get access to regular updates from my home studio about work on the music and the compositional process, rehearsal notes, live performance videos, and behind the scenes views of the studio recording at The Bunker, coming up in late January. I also plan to share stories and reflections on the journey that led me to this music and place, including history with my brother and the painful but beautiful moments he and I shared in our last days together.

And of course, you’ll get the music.

What’s most important to me in putting a band together is less the instruments than the creative spirits involved. From our first rehearsals the chemistry among these unique artists exceeded my hopes, and it continues to grow. It’s thrilling, magical, and rich. I cannot wait to get us into the studio. One valuable aspect of the band is the generational and experiencial breadth, spanning four decades, from veteran explorer Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone to brilliant young trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, along with the limber, deep rhythm team connection drummer Tyshawn Sorey and I have forged through more than a decade of collaboration.

By sharing this project with your friends and pre-ordering the album in any form, including the many exclusive offers found in the Store, below, you will not only gain access to this story and creative process…you will in fact become an integral part of that process. You will make it happen. Thank you.

P.S. A percentage of any funds exceeding our initial goal will be donated to my brother’s very worthy charity of choice, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis.

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10% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis.

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AccessPass: 'Rhombal' - The New Album Digital Download

'Rhombal' - The New Album Digital Download
$10
10.00
Available

You’ll gain access to exclusive photos, videos, and stories about the making of this music and the journey that led to it, the band, artwork, and more. Each day, I’ll write reflections on all of this, in addition to uploading sounds and views…join us!

Signed 'Rhombal' LP

Signed 'Rhombal' LP
$35
35.00
Available

‘Rhombal’ on virgin heavy-weight black vinyl, signed just for you!

Signed 'Rhombal' CD

Signed 'Rhombal' CD
$25
25.00
Available

‘Rhombal’ on CD. Signed just for you…

Signed LP set of 'Rhombal' & 'Thwirl'

Signed LP set of 'Rhombal' & 'Thwirl'
$60
60.00
Available

Get the new ‘Rhombal’ album plus Rosetta Trio’s latest ‘Thwirl’ album, both on virgin heavy-weight black vinyl LP and signed just for you…!

'Rhombal' on CD

'Rhombal' on CD
$15
15.00
Available

The new album available on CD. PLUS the album download and access to the exclusive updates.

Signed Art Photo from Brooklyn, Memphis or Tour

Signed Art Photo from Brooklyn, Memphis or Tour
$20
20.00
55 left

One of my favorite art photos taken during a bicycle adventure in Brooklyn, a visit to Memphis or from tour – signed! Take your pick!

Rosetta Trio's 'Thwirl' on Vinyl LP

Rosetta Trio's 'Thwirl' on Vinyl LP
$25
25.00
Available

My longstanding Rosetta Trio’s latest album, just released on heavy-weight vinyl LP. “a declaration of increased proportions, a culmination of
superior interplay, chemistry, delicacy and
vision” DownBeat (4.5 stars)

Sheet Music, Personalized & Signed

Sheet Music, Personalized & Signed
$25
25.00
Available

Any tune of your choice. I’ll personalize, autograph, and send you the chart.

Signed Album Art Poster

Signed Album Art Poster
$25
25.00
Available

Poster featuring new artwork from ‘Brothers’ by artist Andy Friedman. Signed. Size tbd, approx. 11″×15″

'Rhombal' on Vinyl LP

'Rhombal' on Vinyl LP
$30
30.00
Available

The new album on virgin heavy-weight black vinyl.

Signed Rosetta Trio 'Thwirl' on Vinyl LP

Signed Rosetta Trio 'Thwirl' on Vinyl LP
$30
30.00
Available

My longstanding Rosetta Trio’s latest album, just released on heavy-weight vinyl LP, signed just for you. “careful attention reveals the intricacies of its repertory and the calm intensity of its rapport” NYTimes

WALRUS T-Shirt

WALRUS T-Shirt
$30
30.00
Available

My brother Patrick’s band, still in action. Signed by the band, if you’d like!

Signed Secret Keeper CD Collection

Signed Secret Keeper CD Collection
$35
35.00
9 left

Both albums on CD, signed, by my duo with visionary guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson. ‘Super 8’ and ‘Emerge’

Signed Drum Sticks

Signed Drum Sticks
$40
40.00
All gone!

Used on recording and signed by Tyshawn Sorey.

Signed Rosetta Trio CD Collection

Signed Rosetta Trio CD Collection
$45
45.00
Available

All three Rosetta Trio albums on CD, signed just for you.
“Rosetta” “Reclamation” & “Thwirl”

Homemade Cookies

Homemade Cookies
$50
50.00
4 left

My boys, Maceo and Van, and I will make and send you a batch of cookies!

One of a Kind Concert Experience - April 22nd

One of a Kind Concert Experience - April 22nd
$50
50.00
All gone!

2 front-row tickets to Rhombal concert at Cornelia St. Cafe, NYC, 4/22/16 at 9:00pm, seated next to my wife, Jen Chapin.

One of a Kind Concert Experience - January 17th

One of a Kind Concert Experience - January 17th
$50
50.00
All gone!

2 front-row tickets (drink minimum included) to Rhombal concert at Cornelia St. Cafe, NYC, 1/17/16 at 9:30pm, seated next to my wife, Jen Chapin.

Phone Call

Phone Call
$50
50.00
3 left

Let’s talk for a bit on the phone…say, up to a half hour. About the music or anything else you wanna discuss…!

Signed 'Rhombal' CD + Homemade Cookies

Signed 'Rhombal' CD + Homemade Cookies
$65
65.00
4 left

Munch on a box of cookies (made by me and my boys, Maceo and Van) while enjoying the new album on CD, signed just for you.

Signed 'Rhombal' LP + Homemade Cookies

Signed 'Rhombal' LP + Homemade Cookies
$80
80.00
4 left

Munch on a box of cookies (made by me and my boys, Maceo and Van) while enjoying the new album on vinyl LP, signed just for you…

Bass Lesson

Bass Lesson
$100
100.00
Available

One-hour bass lesson with Stephan via Skype or in his Brooklyn studio.

Pledger’s travel Expenses not included.

WALRUS T-Shirt + DVD of 10th Anniversary Show

WALRUS T-Shirt + DVD of 10th Anniversary Show
$100
100.00
Available

WALRUS T-Shirt (signed by the band, if you want!) + DVD of 10th Anniversary Show (my brother’s last performance).

Your Name In The Liner Notes + Signed CD

Your Name In The Liner Notes + Signed CD
$100
100.00
All gone!

Your name will appear in a special “thank you” section of the album’s liner notes. Plus a signed CD.

Your Name In The Liner Notes + Signed LP

Your Name In The Liner Notes + Signed LP
$110
110.00
All gone!

Your name will appear in a special “thank you” section of the album’s liner notes. PLUS a signed LP.

Signed Crump CD Collection

Signed Crump CD Collection
$125
125.00
Available

Get my entire catalog of 10 albums on CD, signed.

Matted Print of Album Art

Matted Print of Album Art
$150
150.00
14 left

A ready-to-frame, matted art print on archival paper of ‘Brothers’ original album art by acclaimed artist Andy Friedman. Image shown is an example of his work (Rosetta Trio), but ‘Brothers’ art is still underway.

International Pledgers will be contacted regarding shipping on this item after pledging.

Bass Strings from Recording

Bass Strings from Recording
$175
175.00
All gone!

You get the full set of bass strings used on the album recording (Velvet Anima A, D, Garbo G, and Pirastro Eudoxa E). I’ll sign them, too, if you help me figure out how…!

Album Listening Party

Album Listening Party
$250
250.00
10 left

Come listen to the new album and hang with me and others in my Brooklyn home studio on the evening June 14, 2016.

Lunch Hang

Lunch Hang
$250
250.00
3 left

Let’s get lunch in NYC!

Pledger’s travel expenses not included.

Bass Song for You

Bass Song for You
$350
350.00
3 left

I will compose and record a personalized bass piece just for you, then deliver it to you in the digital format of your choice (mp3, WAV, FLAC).

I'll Write and Record a Piece For You

I'll Write and Record a Piece For You
$475
475.00
2 left

I’ll write a personalized multi-instrumental piece for you and record it in my home studio. Then I’ll send it to you in the digital format of your choice (CD, mp3, WAV, FLAC). Have something in mind? Let’s discuss…

House Concert with Jen Chapin / Stephan Crump Duo

House Concert with Jen Chapin / Stephan Crump Duo
$1,000
1000.00
2 left

Jen’s powerful poetry laid bare in a super-intimate bass/voice duo. 2 sets!

NYC 20-mile radius, or elsewhere + travel expense.

House Concert with Secret Keeper

House Concert with Secret Keeper
$1,200
1200.00
Available

My duo with visionary guitarist Mary Halvorson performs 2 sets for you and your friends.

NYC 20-mile radius, or elsewhere + travel expense.

“almost miraculous” -El Pais

House Concert with Rosetta Trio

House Concert with Rosetta Trio
$1,800
1800.00
Available

My longstanding all-string trio performs 2 sets for you and your friends

NYC 20-mile radius, or elsewhere + travel expense.

“stunning….as close to telepathy as we’re going to get” -TheJazzSession

Jen Chapin Trio Sings Classic Songs of New Orleans

Jen Chapin Trio Sings Classic Songs of New Orleans
$2,000
2000.00
2 left

Wanna hear me sing backup vocals? And Jamie Fox switching to lead vocals on a few tunes? This show is so much fun, and of course the tunes are…classic songs from New Orleans.

NYC 20-mile radius, or elsewhere + travel expense.

WALRUS Concert at Your Home/venue

WALRUS Concert at Your Home/venue
$2,500
2500.00
Available

WALRUS Concert at Your Home or venue. Must be within 20 miles of Memphis.

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