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Ekstasis Ensemble is an independent chamber group based in Redland City, Brisbane, Queensland.
Ekstasis will be performing several concerts as part of its 2014-15 Concert Season and we need your support to help us achieve our goal of bringing a variety of concerts balanced with:
-  Cinema Classics,
- New Originals,
- TV theme favourites,
- Game Music and
- Traditional Classical works by the greats you love to Queensland. 

Ekstasis consists of two violinists, cello, piano, drums and percussion. Most of the works performed will be arranged by members of the ensemble alongside original creations by Brisbane composer Rachel Merton. Ekstasis Ensemble has a burning desire to create quality music and present concerts to local communities. Each musician involved is committed to the ensemble but also works full time, part time, studies, juggles family commitments or all of the above!
Ekstasis Sample Sounds


Some Of My Previous Work


Rachel Merton, director of Ekstasis, is an award winning Australian composer.
Her most recent prize was the Fine Music FM Young Composers Award 2013.
Her composition 'And the World was Finally Right' was written for symphony orchestra and chorale. You can view the video here:

When composing new music Rachel always calls upon her non musical friends to test the waters with her works. The feedback is always positive, the music is catchy, melodic, emotional and accessible.
Realising that all the Ekstasis members shared the love of trying new music and the favourites of memorable movie music, and love of epic game music, Rachel decided to create the 2014 season on a mix of genres. Disbanding the elitism of one genre is better than the next, a fusion of all will provide an entertaining and surprising programme for all ages and interests.


You can hear some of her original music at Bandcamp here: https://rachelmerton.bandcamp.com/





How The Funds Will Be Used

All support pledged will go towards the administrative expenses associated with the ensemble - rehearsal/performance venue hire, music licencing, advertising, performer appreciation fee, marketing and all of the other ins and outs that occur during concerts.

UPDATE: We will also be using funds raised to  have a RECORDING and YOUTUBE video made of our current concert set.

These will allow us to stress less on the admin and focus more on giving back to you - our supporters! Planning concerts throughout SE QLD is no easy task, and with your generous help we can set in motion our 2014-15 concert series.

BREAK DOWN OF COST:

Concert Hall Hire:
CWA Hall 4 Concerts ($75 for 3hrs) : $300
Southport Community Centre 4 Concerts (3hr hire $117): $468
Multicultural Centre Auditorium, Kangaroo Point 1 Concert: $800

Other expenses:
Musician Performance Appreciation Fees Total 9 concerts (per concert $200): $1800
APRA licensing Fees: TBA
Marketing and Promotional Costs 9 concerts ($200 per concert): $1800

Total Budget: $5,168.00


Help us play the music YOU love and introduce you to much more in the musical landscape.
In our 2014-15 Concert Season, we aim to bring you a range of music through our performances:

CONCERT SERIES ONE :
UPDATE: performed in  Cleveland, Redland City 9th August and Gold Coast, September TBA Brisbane August TBA;  Sunshine Coast TBA.

-Rondeau
from Abdelazar or the Moor’s Revenge – PURCELL arr. DYER.
-Theme from Game of Thrones
- DJAWADI arr. MERTON
-Journey
(3 movements) -MERTON
-Lullaby
(modern interpretation of Brahms famous Lullaby) -MERTON
-The Traveller
-MERTON
-Unity
- MERTON
-Redlands
(Arranged for Ekstasis and inspired by the local community Redland City) –MERTON

UPDATE:
Ekstasis has decided to focus on our current concert set, and create a Recording and YouTube Video to release online. All supporters will receive priority in viewing the material. In such a multimedia age, we feel these steps are a must to create more exposure of our unique sound.

CONCERT SERIES TWO:
UPDATE 2015  PERFORMANCE

Themes from Favourite Games Including:
-Skyrim
-Assassins Creed
-Mario
-Tetris
-Halo
And original new works.




CONCERT SERIES THREE:
March 2015 Movie Favourites and Originals.

-Harry Potter
-Lord of the Rings
-Princess Bride

*Set list may change during the new year but Theme will be the same.
Brisbane TBA, Redland City TBA, Gold Coast TBA



CONCERT SERIES FOUR: JULY 2015
Classical Music Favourites and originals.

-Moonlight Sonata
-Vivaldis Four Seasons
-Fur Elise
-Pachabell Cannon

*Set list may change during the new year but Theme will be the same.
Brisbane TBA, Redland City TBA, Gold Coast TBA


Committing to weekly rehearsals, regular concerts, arranging music, and creating new works in your own free time is tricky to balance around jobs, studies and family commitments. Despite the challenges, Ekstasis has been running on $0 funds since 2012 and are now seeking support for their mission to show SE Queensland the great music they have been preparing.

We thank you for supporting Ekstasis and your contribution will not only give young musicians excellent professional development, but also help foster new audiences for chamber instrumental music in South East Queensland.




Photography by Mark Greenmantle

The Challenges


Committing to weekly rehearsals, regular concerts, arranging music, and creating new works in your own free time is tricky to balance around jobs, studies and family commitments. Despite the challenges, Ekstasis has been running on $0 funds since 2012 and are now seeking support for their mission to show SE Queensland the great music they have been preparing.

We thank you for supporting Ekstasis and your contribution will not only give young musicians excellent professional development, but also help foster new audiences for chamber instrumental music in South East Queensland.
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A$1 +$1 Reward- video Thankyoufor $1, Ekstasis will email you a video of us saying a big thank you for your support!
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$10 +Our sincere thanks and gratitude and good karma!!
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$20 +Help only, no ticket.This reward is for pledges who wont be able to attend the concert, maybe interstate or international but would still like to put money into the project to help us. Pledges will receive priority viewing of our recording and YouTube video and a big thank you from the ensemble.
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2014
A$25 +Our sincere thanks and gratitude and ONE ticket to one of our first concerts (Bris; Redlands; Gold Coast; Sunshine Coast) in the first or second VIP row and public thanks at the concert for your contribution.
7 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$30 +Help only, no ticket 2This reward is for pledges who wont be able to attend the concert, maybe interstate or international but would still like to put money into the project to help us. Pledges will receive priority viewing of our recording and YouTube video and a big thank you from the ensemble.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2014
A$50 +Our sincere thanks and gratitude and TWO tickets to one of our first concerts (Bris; Redlands; GoldCoast; Sunshine Coast) in the first or second VIP row and public thanks at the concert for your contribution. Your name or business will be included on our website as a SILVER contributor to Ekstasis.
7 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$52 +Help only, no ticket 3This reward is for pledges who wont be able to attend the concert, maybe interstate or international but would still like to put money into the project to help us. Pledges will receive priority viewing of our recording and YouTube video and a big thank you from the ensemble. You will also receive a signed photo from Ekstasis.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2014
A$100 +Our sincere thanks and gratitude and FOUR tickets to one of our first concerts (Bris; Redlands; Gold Coast;Sunshine Coast) in the first or second VIP row and public thanks at the concert for your contribution. Your name or business will be included in our program and website as a GOLD contributor to Ekstasis AND you will receive a Ekstasis Poster.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014
A$110 +Help only, no ticket 4This reward is for pledges who wont be able to attend the concert, maybe interstate or international but would still like to put money into the project to help us. Pledges will receive priority viewing of our recording and YouTube video and a big thank you from the ensemble. You will also receive a signed photo from Ekstasis AND poster, and listed on our website as a supporter of Ekstasis.
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2014
A$250 +Pre-Purchase TicketsOur sincere thanks and gratitude and FOUR tickets to one of our first concerts (Bris;Redlands;GoldCoast;Sunshine Coast) in the first or second VIP row and public thanks at the concert for your contribution. Your name or business LOGO will be included in our program and website as a PLATINUM contributor to Ekstasis. You will also receive a poster and a meet and greet and photo with the ensemble an 30min before the concert.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2014
A$300 +HIRE Ekstasis for a EventThis reward will allow you to hire Ekstasis for a personal concert. This could be a house concert in your home with your chosen friends as guests. The performance will consist of our current program and will offer the chance for a mingle and Q and A with the ensemble. You can also use this pledge to Hire Ekstasis to perform at your chosen event, be it a festival, concert etc. Unfortunately this reward is for South East QLD Pledges only so we can organise transport easily.
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A$500 +Yearly SubscriptionOur sincere thanks and gratitude and TWO VIP reserved tickets to ALL of our concerts for 12 months and public thanks at the concert for your contribution. Your name or business LOGO will be included in our program and website as a DIAMOND contributor to Ekstasis AND a Major Sponsor of the ensemble. Meet and Greet and photo after the concert. You will also receive a signed framed photo of Ekstasis Ensemble.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2014