REED MY LIPS

The concept

DropCard_2013medWho would be a good guest vocalist for this track? Should we modify the horn section? Add strings? What about the packaging? Do we need more tracks? REED MY LIPS:THE ROUGH CUT lets you hear and see the raw materials that will eventually become REED MY LIPS: THE FINAL MIX. Most importantly your comments will be taken into consideration as we pull it all together.

Once you purchase the download card you can become a virtual producer — with an opportunity for an album credit and all.

If you already have the download card, check out the raw tracks and leave a comment in The Rough Cut section of the site. The download card also includes videos, phone conversations from creative and production meetings, design sketches, music video concepts and more… whatever we do, we’re sharing it with you.

If you don’t have a card, visit the Shop and order it today. Once the project is completed, the same card will give you access to the FINAL MIX.

We’re in the studio now considering whether to add background vocals, horns, strings and maybe even some rap or spoken word. If you already have the download card, you can check out the tracks and sit in on the session. The download card also includes videos, phone conversations from creative and production meetings, design sketches, music video concepts and more… whatever we do, we’re sharing it with you.

If you already have the download card, you can check out the track and comment on Yonnet’s video commentary. If you don’t have the tracks, visit www.fredyonnet.com to purchase REED MY LIPS: The Rough Cuts. Once the project is completed, the same card will give you access to the FINAL MIX.


Get Exclusive Access to Frederic Yonnet’s Upcoming Release REED MY LIPS …Before It’s Completed!

In a bold and pioneering move that leverages technology, art and reality, Urban Jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet halts all aspects of production on his upcoming release, REED MY LIPS, to give you a snapshot of his work at this moment in the creative process. Dubbed his “Reality CD, REED MY LIPS: THE ROUGH CUT gives you access to his draft music, art, web and video concepts as they are still in development.

Tracks from THE ROUGH CUT and, once completed, THE FINAL MIX are available on the digital download card and available here or at live concerts. A unique activation code gives you access to files and email alerts announce when new material is available for download. Comments posted to the website will be considered in the subsequent REED MY LIPS: THE FINAL MIX, releasing this year and available worldwide on iTunes.

Purchase and activate your download card here.

There aren’t many recording artists who would expose their creative process to fans and critics alike, prior to completing their work, however, that is exactly what urban jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet does in his current project, REED MY LIPS, a smart blend of contemporary jazz, blues and hip-hop.

In a bold and pioneering effort that leverages technology, art and reality, Yonnet halts all aspects of production – recording, packaging and video – to give fans a snapshot of his work at that very moment in the creative process. The work in progress, subtitled THE ROUGH CUT,is available exclusively to fans purchasing digital download cards at live concerts or online at www.fredyonnet.com. A unique code gives users access to REED MY LIPS: THE ROUGH CUT files and ultimately REED MY LIPS: THE FINAL MIX. Email alerts will announce to and alerts fans when new materials, i.e. music, art and videos, are available for download. Listeners posting productive comments to the website will have their suggestions considered in the subsequent REED MY LIPS: THE FINAL MIX, (release date TBD) and available on iTunes and in a physical CD format.

Yonnet coined the term “Reality CD” to describe the bold concept of allowing fans to observe key phases of the production. “People are curious about the creative process so I decided to make them a part of it at a point when they could actually make a difference,” said Yonnet. While many of the tracks have been recorded and a packaging direction conceived, Yonnet still has to make decisions about artwork, guests, background vocals, song titles, etc.

The reality is that fans were constantly asking about the status of the new album and in order to give them an early listen, Yonnet decided to release the draft artwork and music tracks in their evolutionary state despite the fact that it might open up a floodgate of comments. “I realize it’s risky to expose drafts outside of musical circles, and even more risky to encourage feedback, but I welcome it,” said Yonnet. “I’m confident in my work and view all comments as constructive.”

The objective of Yonnet’s sonically adventurous third album is twofold. First, it establishes the harmonica as an instrument for the savvy and hip, a revived musical element with a broad palette that can hold its own in any genre of music. Just as the homophone “reed” is taken out of its proper context and placed in a new one, Yonnet takes the harmonica out of its traditional context – blues, country and folk music — and incorporates it into a more modern sound. Like a “pied piper” of the harmonica, he intends to usher a new generation of harmonic players with him.

The second breakthrough of REED MY LIPS is more of a technological feat that offers an innovative way for fans to experience the music and become a part of the creative process. Available via digital download card, REED MY LIPS: THE ROUGH CUT encourages listeners to weigh in on decisions regarding the CD’s artwork, background vocals, special guests, lyrics, track listing, song titles and album length. In the end, it is Yonnet who will decide whether to incorporate their comments into THE ROUGH CUT “I want to turn the people who have been looking forward to this album into active listeners,” says Yonnet. “Now, when they listen to the music, particularly the rough cuts, they’ll listen more closely knowing that they can make a difference.”

Yonnet collaborates on REED MY LIPS with New York production team nVMe and Washington, DC-based producer Sean Miles to feature the harmonica as the lead voice on beats laced with jazz, hip-hop and R&B. “Yonnet’s sound is stunning,” said nVMe’s Mesta Bish. “Neither he nor the harmonica can be contained in a box.” The albums bold, aggressive and head-bobbing rhythms signal not only that Yonnet can to play; with REED MY LIPS he clearly has something to say.

As one of the most innovative harmonica players on the international music scene, Yonnet is best known for his strong improvisational skills and ability to play chromatically on a diatonic harmonica. As a result, he has the freedom to stretch a reed traditionally meant for one note into the equivalent of a multi-sound Swiss Army knife. This intense experimentation follows the tradition of great Black harmonicists like Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Little Walter, who revolutionized the harmonica as a Blues instrument during the Great Migration of the 1950s. “The range of sounds that you get from the harmonica is deep and wide. It can sound like a saxophone, a violin, a guitar, or piano. It can make people smile, laugh, and cry.  Most importantly, it can inspire people to revisit the way they think about the harmonica, and perhaps even play”, says Yonnet.

Yes, many can play, but few like Yonnet. His impressive style has led to recordings and performances with music legends Stevie Wonder and Prince, award-winning songwriter David Foster, pop-icons, the Jonas Brothers, game-changing instrumentalist Kenny G, and R&B artists Erykah Badu, Wyclef, and John Legend. Rolling Stone magazine referred to Yonnet as “Prince’s killer harmonica player” and praise from comedian Dave Chappelle, contemporary jazzman Bob James, songstress Patti Austin and producer Pharrell Williams have affirmed his mission to change the way the music industry and enthusiasts regard the pocketsize reed instrument.

The musicians holding down the sounds on RML

Got the Download Card? Reed Me First!

Thanks for purchasing Reed My Lips: The Rough Cut and Final Mix.

As a cardholder, you’re part of an exclusive group of music enthusiasts — or FREeDlosophers — with unprecedented access to draft material, i.e., photography, artwork, packaging, and video treatments, that will ultimately be finalized to produce, Reed My Lips: The Final Mix. Your card is like having two different CDs because The Rough Cut could change significantly by the end of the production process. Either way, you’ll have the music from both phases when you register with your email address and maintain the access code on the back of the download card.

  • Redeem Your Code. From your computer, log onto www.FredYonnet.com and enter your unique access code, email and zip code in the form at the bottom of the homepage. Hit “redeem” and you’ll have the option to download all available files or select individual ones. You can only download each new file once. You can then sync it with your mobile device just as you would any other music file.
  • KEEP Your Card. After your initial download, keep your card and code. Email alerts will announce when new material is available for download. Return to fredyonnet.com, re-enter your code to receive new tracks or updated versions of works in progress.
  • Listen and Comment. Don’t be a passive listener when you can contribute to the music. Inspired by a song? Recommend a title or lyrics. Hear a voice? Recommend a vocalist. Once you’ve listened to the music, share your comments or suggestions in the Reed My Lips section on FredYonnet.com. We’ll select a few and upload the resulting version. At the end, there may be several versions of the same song on the Rough Cut. If we actually use your suggestion, you’ll receive a mention in the credits on the final CD and possibly compensation, depending on your contribution.

The process

RML: The Concept

RML: The Concept

We’re in the studio now considering whether to add background vocals, horns, strings and maybe even some rap or spoken word. If you already have the download card, you can check out the tracks and sit in on the session. The ...

FY Team

March 19th, 2011

Meet the Producers

Meet the Producers

nVMe Frédéric Yonnet collaborates on his current project REED MY LIPS with the Brooklyn-based production team nVMe to feature the harmonica as the lead voice on beats laced with jazz, hip-hop and R&B. nVMe — made up of ...

FY Team

April 16th, 2012

Packaging/Graphic Arts

Packaging/Graphic Arts

Did you have a chance to read the packaging concept that’s on the RML: The Rough Cuts? If so, you know the back-story.  Now we’ve got to re-think the final packaging. Know any good graphic artists?

FY Team

March 16th, 2011

RML Video Concept

RML Video Concept

Even though the music is not complete, we’re beginning to think about video concepts. We’ve got a few draft ideas.  Check them out on the Rough Cuts and let me know what you think.

FY Team

May 20th, 2011

The Rough Cut

Working Title: Freedlosophy (formerly A)

Calling_Sept_2011The first track (working title A) was co-produced by Frédéric Yonnet and the Brooklyn-based production team of nVMe. We’re thinking about adding some vocals — lyrics, rap or spoken word, along with some additional instrumentation. Musicians (so far): ...

FY Team

May 26th, 2011

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Working Title: Track B

The second track was produced in collaboration with the Brooklyn-based production team of nVme. What do you think about this track? You wanna hear background vocals on it? We’ve got a couple of names in mind but what would you call this song? If you already have the ...

FY Team

May 26th, 2011

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Working Title: The Kid ‘n Me (formerly Track C)

The third track was produced in collaboration with DC native Sean Miles. This is a real playful track that reminds me of a mischievous child.  It bounces, it dodges, it teases.  It’s the “kid in me.” Of what does it remind you? We’re looking for a ...

FY Team

May 26th, 2011

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Working Title: Track D

Track D is a Frederic Yonnet/Sean Miles Production. This track is probably the mellowest song on the project at this point. I was thinking of adding some faint background vocals. What do you think? Musicians: Sean Miles (keys), Jon Laine (drums), Robbie McDonald (guitar), ...

FY Team

May 26th, 2011

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Working Title: Reed My Lips (formerly E)

At this point, Track E is my favorite. When we perform it live, it generates crazy energy, attitude and grove. Grammy-winning R&B and jazz music singer Pattie Austin saw us play this live and like the track so much that she decided to jam on it with us.  Co-produced by ...

FY Team

May 26th, 2011

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Working Title: Is This Real Life? (formerly F)

Is This Real Life (formerly working track F) is another Frédéric Yonnet/nVMe Production. There are a two versions on the download card and one includes  a vocal track featuring Grammy nominated singer, songwriter Wayna.  How are your thoughts about this track? Musicians: ...

FY Team

May 26th, 2011

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Working Title: Takes My Breath Away (formerly G)

This track reminds me of carefree Sunday afternoon. The production team of nVme provided the beats and I wrote the harmonica melody that seems to almost float comfortably on top. Are you feeling this track? What does it say to you? Musicians: Sean Miles (keys), Jon Laine ...

FY Team

May 26th, 2011

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The Final Mix

Coming Soon …

Release date to be announced.

FY Team

May 20th, 2011

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