We are Anabaptist Bestiary Project!
We are the people that give the rocks that cry out some well deserved time off.
We sing original songs about animals and how their way of life sets an example for human life.
We are making a new record and we need your help. We have the recording well underway and need money to produce the c.d. (specifically mastering, replicating and printing).
We are really excited about Indiegogo because it creates a community out of the people who fund and make the record. We are a band of eight students and one professor and our roster changes every year. Our music is all about community. We love the opportunity to extend that community here.
What we need:
We have set our funding goal at $3500. This will cover the costs of mastering the recordings and producing 1000 c.d.'s. If we exceed that goal our first priority will be to press Vinyl albums. Money earned beyond these goals will allow us to purchase sound equipment to facilitate our live shows and advertise our music.
What you get when you join us:
We have exciting perks from digital downloads to songs written about an animal of your choice. Each perk is named after one of the animals we sing about and the benefits include:
- digital downloads
- vinyl albums (if funded)
- signed posters!
- signed c.d.'s!
- your name on the c.d. credits
- a song written for you!
As the campaign progresses we will release exclusive campaign only goodies and other rarities. These will include behind the scenes interviews, acoustic versions of songs and other photos and videos!
Added bonus!! If you have funded us at any level by May 21st you will receive a link to an exclusive live e.p. of songs performed live at Bluffton’s town hall by Chris Jennings and Trevor Bechtel. Share with your friends to get them on board! We need everyone!
What happens if we don't fund:
If we don't meet our goal we will produce fewer c.d.'s and cut back on production costs wherever it makes the most sense, but that's not going to happen because of you! All funders above $7 are guaranteed a digital copy of the full album.
If you can't donate by credit card you can mail a check made payable to "Anabaptist Bestiary Project" to
Anabaptist Bestiary Project
1 University Drive
Bluffton, OH 45817
Rocking the world through reflection on creatures the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a large alternative rock ensemble under the creative direction of Trevor Bechtel. The ABP collects vocal and instrumental musicians from Bluffton University to delve into the artistic and literary heritage of the spirituality of creatureliness.
Each ABP song explores a different creature (animal, insect, plant) by poetically reflecting on the place of that creature in nature and the relevance of the creature’s life for humans. Combining the best insights of natural science, animal behavior, ecology and theology, these songs suggest a future for human animal relationship that is at once intimate and strange.
In this way, ABP is a rock and roll band that functions as a contemporary bestiary. Bestiaries, which reached the height of their popularity in medieval England, are illuminated books that collect natural accounts of animals (as well as some plants and minerals) and then offer moral and allegorical reflections on these animals. The beautiful thing about these reflections is the way they confidently go about exploring every aspect of the natural world and finding the divine therein.
Anabaptist Bestiary Project was created five years ago when Bechtel, Associate Professor of Religion at Bluffton University, was awarded a faculty scholarship to engage ecological concerns in a unique way. Bechtel gathered students at Bluffton to play songs written about the ways that God reveals God’s will for human life through reflection on creatures. ABP’s first c.d. was released that spring including songs about cats, trees, and whales.
Bechtel does most of the initial writing but all songs are arranged and performed by the full band as a community effort. Songwriting collaborations include current electric guitarist Brent Schroeder, Asheville songwriter Jonathon Reuel, and Canadian poet Margaret Atwood.
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