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This project was successfully funded on December 16, 2014

Watering Can

by Jackson Hardaker


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This is the music of a Kiwi jazz-trombone-playing-transplant in New York City. "Watering Can" is my interpretation of free-jazz and improvised music with the influences of Jackson Pollock, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Paul Motian, and many others.

"Watering Can" is my debut album as a bandleader. Some of the music has been written for a few years, while other compositions are more recent explorations. I knew 2014 would be the year to launch this, and I spent the better half of the year assembling the band, recording the music, and creating a piece of work I am very proud of.

What’s left to do?

Thanks to the hard work of a whole slew of people, the audio has been recorded, and I also have more than a smattering of photographs taken during the recording process.

Now all I need is to mix and master the audio, have some photos taken of a watering can (which came into my possession mere days ago), design the album art, and get the album pressed, printed, and released!

This is where you come in. With your help, we can reach a new milestone in my career: the product of the past five years of my musical experiences. Reaching our minimum goal will allow everything remaining to be completed, resulting in the album being released! Anything above and beyond the minimum will go towards promotion, gigging, and touring. If funding gets above and beyond “above and beyond”, we may even be able to get started on a second project much much sooner!

The goal is to have all of this done by early 2015. Let's get together and make this a reality!



Jackson Hardaker

The Squad

We recorded at The Bunker Studio, with engineer Aaron Nevezie (who will also do the mixing). The Bunker is a gorgeous space, and sounds amazing. Aaron made the whole process as smooth as butter.

Syberen van Munster (guitar) is a wizard specialising in guitar based magic. I’ve known him for years, and each time we play he takes the music in a new direction.

Nico Dann (drums) and I have played together in a few different groups and styles, and he always brings with him a deep groove. Also, he’s Canadian, which is practically the New Zealand of North America.

Lorenzo Kim Sandi (bass) came in and nailed the bass parts. He put up with being stuck in a tiny bass room for two days with no complaints.

They, all played there arses off and were so good, I bought them each a sandwich.

Finally Steph Ziemann (photography) came along to the first day of recording and took an abundance of fantastic photos. I found her on craigslist, and she didn’t even try to murder me!

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