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Student Band Uses Kickstarter to Raise Recording Funds

What started as a few freshmen playing together in the Just About Music program house will culminate next January in a studio album, due to the over $2,000 student band Kenziek & Friends raised through a kickstarter campaign last month. Kenziek & Friends, a self-styled “jazz fusion jam band,” was formed in 2012 by Jaden Gladstone ’16, Skyler Gray ’16, Marshall Mucasey ’16, Rain Zhou ’16 and Josh Rollin ’16, who is no longer part of the group. Over their careers at Cornell, the band members performed several times at venues in the Ithaca area, including The Nines and the Bear’s Den, but decided at the start of this academic year that they wanted to consolidate their work in an album before graduation, according to Zhou. In order to cover costs of recording, mixing, editing, C.D. production and distribution rights, the group launched a Kickstarter campaign on Oct. 21.