Renowned bassist hopes to crowdfund color music therapy program
By David Sands
April 13, 2017
Groovemaster Jerry Jemmott is developing a therapeutic software program to help teach people music through color association—and he wants your help to make it a reality.
The Grammy-winning bassist recently launched an online crowdfunding campaign through Launchpad to get his ColorSoundMusic project off the ground. (SEE VIDEO BELOW.)
As a child, Jemmott suffered a series of concussions that deeply impacted his hearing, vision, focus and balance. Inspired by the work of jazz bassist Paul Chambers, however, he entered the world of music. Eventually through his hard work and talent he became a successful session musician and sideman for some of the biggest names in jazz, blues and soul (like Aretha Franklin, B.B. King and Herbie Hancock), as well as an influential solo artist whose stuttering funk bassline influenced an entire generation of musicians including Jaco Pastorius.
His therapeutic software program is based on a technique he’s created to compose music using colors. Jemmott hopes it will be helpful to people suffering from dementia, CTE, ADD/ADHD and other degenerative brain diseases.
“It has been proven many times that music wakes up the brain,” Jemmott says in a statement for his Launchpad campaign. “The software program I have started creating combines music with colors in a way that stimulates the senses and provides a level of comfort and love that only the cross referencing of sound and vision can produce.”
“With a programming team in place and ready to go, the only risk we face is lack of funding for this most worthwhile and creative endeavor,” he adds.
So far, Jemmott has raised $440 of his $60,000 target, with 38 days remaining in the campaign. Those who donate at least $5 to the project will receive a downloadable copy of his song “Bone to Bone,” which he plans to record with his All-Star band. Other perks include online Skype Lessons and even Jemmott putting his musical skills to work for donors by contributing a bassline to their music or composing a song for them.
Supporters can donate to the project here.
FBPO interview #1 with Jerry Jemmott
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FBPO interview #3 with Jerry Jemmott