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My name is Carlos Parraga, Ex accordionist of the Barons of Tang and a man on a mission. javascript:nicTemp();

In 2011 after touring the states with the Barons, I decided to travel to Colombia where my folks are from, to visit a man by the name of Andres "El Turco" Gil. "The turk" is an expert on the 3 row diatonic button accordion some say the best teacher in Colombia and after studying under him for 2 weeks He invited me to come back to his school  whenever I wanted. javascript:nicTemp();

This year after saying goodbye to the Barons of Tang I will be embarking on a 6 month musical discovery of my mother land including 2 and a half months studying with Andres "The Turk" Gil at the Academy of vallenato in Valledupar,Colombia. The rest of the time i will be searching for and visiting other teachers to learn different styles of button accordion and attending a plethora of folkloric music festivals. 
heres a list of links to a few festivals i wanna visit although you may have to hit translate on most of them:

The point of all of this is to develop the skills and gain the inspiration to create my own compositions following in the tradition but revolutionising the styles of folkloric and afro colombian music that i love, into something that has not been heard before.The working title i have for this project is "Impossible Monsters"
I will facilitate a core group of like minded and creatively ethical musicians and hopefully find ways to fund further explorations to Colombia and the Americas in order to get the traditional elements solid enough to break the rules in a precisely extraordinary way.

After my stint in Colombia in 2011 I had a few songs up my sleeve and in between performing and writing with the Barons of Tang I have been working on refining these songs as well as searching for the right people to play with. I met a Colombian bass player by the name of Maicol Garzon who has been living in australia for a few years and I also have asked my good friend Zak Pidd to be involved. We have been having a series of relaxed rehersals and percussion workshops over the past few months and this project is well under way, I just need some solid skills to make it all come together.

THE  BUDGET
All up I plan to raise $3000
 I have already bought the tickets to colombia and back
so its really just the flights to Valledupar, roughly $270
2.5 months of lessons plus enrollment fee exactly $1993.78 (at the current exchange rate)
and accommodation for roughly 85 days at about 10 bucks a day so around $850

If by chance people decide to pledge more than the allocated $3000 the money will definitely be going towards Travel costs to get to other festivals, accommodation for the other 3 and a half months ill be in colombia, further lessons with other teachers and maybe a few arepas to keep my belly full while practicing.  


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A$5 +FREE ENTRY TO A SHOW!!! When I get back from my trip i plan to be gigging by January 2014 but hey it might be sooner (Aus east coast only)
4 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$10 +MIXTAPE!!!! Thats right I will be collecting inspiring tunes as I travel and you can get your hands on one of these puppies in the mail or as a digital download
53 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is December 2013
A$15 +Post card all the way from colombia!!
9 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2013
A$25 +IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS SWEET ASS T designed by the incredible Rena Happens give us your size your mailing address and 5 bucks extra if you are over seas and youll be the proud owner of one of these
5 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is June 2013
A$30 +SLIDE NIGHT SPECIAL GUEST!!!!!! yeah ill be having a big party/slide show when I get back and you get to be the guest of honor. (melbs only)
13 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is March 2013
A$50 +IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS SUPER RAD SQUEAL DEAL!!!! Entry to one of the first shows,a Colombian mix tape,special guest to the slideshow and a sweet ass T shirt all for 50 bucks WATTABARGAIN!!! (Melbs only) P.s. first shows should be around jan 2014 but could be earlier. Slide show will be in the end of nov, Mix tapes will be up on line by oct for shizz and sweet ass T shirts should arrive in the mail by the end of may.
10 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$75 +CUMBIA cover! yeap thats right I will learn a song of your choosing on the button accordion and I will arrange it as a cumbia cover and dedicate it personally to you at a live show. this includes a mix tape and of course free entry to a show. (east coast aus only)
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$100 +3 lessons Thats right ill give you 3 lessons on button accordion or piano accordion and I may even throw in a cup of Joe. That said they dont have to be Accordion lessons I can help you with keyboard basics, latin percussion or we can just sit around and philosophise on the magical workings of music theory. (east coast AUS only)
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is February 2014
A$200 +COLOMBIAN DINNER PARTY!!!!! Me and my mum will come to your place, cook you and 3 friends some traditional Colombian food and ill do a special performance of the songs I learnt while I was away. (melbs only)
2 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2013