Sunday, May 25, 2014

Five Years of JKDC

The five year anniversary of JKDC:

In Jane's words...
Skeptical.  That would be the word to describe my reaction when Andrés proposed the idea of signing on for a competition to play our first three originals on May 25, 2009 at the Cavern in Buenos Aires. It wasn’t that I doubted
us as composers and performers but more about what it would mean for us as a couple and then also potentially a musical duo. It seemed like a lot of commitment at the time. You see Andrés and I had only been dating for about six months, and I was finishing my Master's as a Rotary Peace Fellow (the reason for being in Argentina in the first place) and was also going to be leaving in less than one month to Senegal for work. My doubts were high. However, I begrudgingly agreed (sort of an MO for me...resist first and then love completely later). May 25 came, and simply put it was a pivotal moment for me as I hadn't actually considered before that time that my childhood dream of being a "singer" (as in the kind that is professional and does it for a living) could and would actually become a reality. It was also the night that "Jane Kellum and Don Casalaspro" which later became the much simpler, JKDC, took on its own life. Obviously, love and music prevailed as I promptly returned to Argentina after finishing my assignment in Sub-Sahara Africa. The journey since then has been rich with happiness, frustration--being ultra-independent can pose some challenges--and many successes. In these five years, we've edited two albums independently, contributed to two compilation albums, and played live on internationally broadcasted television and radio shows all while I have pursued my other passion as a humanitarian and development worker which has landed JKDC in Haiti since 2011. Open hearts, flexible minds, and patience is how we've approached the JKDC project. We look forward to sharing another, even bigger five years of JKDC with you.

And Andrés'...
These five years that today JKDC is celebrating have been a road of lived experiences. They have also been a tool that has helped me learn by observing myself and those around me.
Five years filled with the challenge of sharing our music with the world, walking together, learning that it is the best that I have to give of myself, and discovering what I did not know that I had to give.
Five years on this path where I've met so many people, realizing that music is the true universal language.
Five years understanding how to realize the dream of making a contribution in the world of music, and how to reach the hearts of others.
Five years of learning from mistakes, and learning to be wrong and to make a change quicker in order to experiment and get the expected results, but paradoxically I also learned that it is not necessary to change anything because wanting to change something is the equivalent of denying it, and denying something voids the possibility to understand it.
In short, five years of walking together with this project during which there has been a constant learning about myself through all obstacles and limitations, which I understand are nothing more than inventions of my mind.

Thank you all for these 5 years.

From us both...
We have a little gift on our anniversary to you. While we love giving you our own originals, there are some of our favorite covers we can't resist sharing as well. This is a new cover of a Radiohead song: Karma Police. It's a live recording and video. Our goal was to capture how JKDC started...just Jane and Andrés, a mic and an acoustic guitar. We hope you like our version as much as we liked producing it. Let us know what you think and share freely. Here's to five years and more to come...