Mignarda, award-winning duo for voice & lute, is recording music by John Dowland – Elizabethan blues by the 'Shakespeare of the lute'.
Less than a week to go...THANK YOU, kind supporters! We have met our minimum, so we will just about meet our production costs. We've just added a new incentive for the person whose donation puts us over $3,500, which would cover our Kickstarter and Amazon fees, pay for the postage to mail your CDs, and still leave a full $3,000 for production costs.
We are Mignarda, a professional duo specializing in music for voice and lute from the 16th century. We are embarking on a project to record a personal selection of the music for voice & lute by John Dowland, one of the most important and innovative composers of the Elizabethan age. After 7 award-winning self-produced CDs and 50,000 miles of travel, sharing this music through concerts and lecture/recitals to a diverse audience – and with absolutely no artist representation – we're ready to record our interpretations for posterity.
The music of Dowland is a standard measure by which performers specializing in the very small niche of lute songs are judged. While there are many recordings of his music available, we have spent a great deal of time with Dowland's deeper, more mature music and we tend to feature some of his lesser-known works.
Our motivation for pursuing this project is twofold: 1) We wish to have a recorded example of our interpretation of this great music, and 2) We strongly feel that our interpretations are unique, sensitive, and very moving to the listener.
To reinforce this last point, while we are committed to historically accurate interpretations of Dowland's music, we are also committed to performing it in a more direct, accessible way. To put it plainly, we don't treat the music like a museum display. On our most recent tour with this music, our performance of one of Dowland's more effective songs received standing ovations, and a comment from a musicologist that she thought she had just heard the perfect interpretation of the song. We're ready to record and share this music with the rest of the world.
We will create a high-resolution recording working with a Grammy Award winning engineer, with whom we have already recorded our last two CDs. This means we have many of the time-consuming setup details worked out and we can spend our time capturing the nuances of the music. While we work very efficiently, the project dollar amount we are proposing will barely cover the costs of recording, mixing, mastering and a short manufacturing run of CDs. We respect your generosity and intend to give the best possible value for your contribution.
We urge all potential contributors to visit our website to peruse examples of our music, and reviews of our previous releases. Or Google the name "Mignarda" or even the term "lute song" for examples of our work ethic. Or just contact us with questions.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Nov 26, 2010 - Jan 5, 2011
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IF YOU ARE THE PERSON WHOSE DONATION PUTS US OVER $3,500, we will send you a copy of each of our 6 in-print CDs - great for gifts - and the new Dowland CD when it's released.
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Pledge any amount at all and forgo the tangible rewards below. This option is for the pure philanthropist.
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A handwritten thank-you note on our special stationery (with a lute stamp), and our undying gratitude!
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A digital download of our 2009 CD, Au Pres de Vous.
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A physical copy of the new Dowland CD mailed to you before the general release. (It's just like pre-ordering our album, only it actually helps us to get the album made!)
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A physical copy of the new Dowland CD mailed to you before the general release AND your name listed in the CD liner notes.
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An autographed physical copy of the new Dowland CD mailed to you before the general release, AND your name listed in the CD liner notes, AND an autographed copy of our award-winning release, Divine Amarillis.
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A music lesson with Ron (available to local donors - within 50-mile radius of Ithaca, NY), AND a physical copy of the new Dowland CD mailed to you before the general release. Ron teaches lute as well as guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin.
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We'll make a video of your choice of any song we have ever recorded or performed (we'll send you a list of choices), dedicate it to you, and upload it to YouTube. AND a signed, physical copy of the new Dowland CD mailed to you before the general release.
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(Available to donors within 100-mile radius) A house concert: one of the best ways to hear our music, which was meant to be shared in intimate settings... AND an "Executive Producer" credit on the album, AND a signed, physical copy of the new Dowland CD mailed to you before the general release.
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( Available to donors within 100-mile radius) An afternoon lesson/coaching, OR lecture/recital for your class, plus an evening house concert, AND an "Executive Producer" credit on the album, AND a copy of the new Dowland CD mailed to you before the general release.
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An autographed, limited edition high quality print of Donna's cover photograph from the new Dowland CD, AND our entire discography of in-print CDs, AND an "Executive Producer" credit on the album, AND a copy of the new Dowland CD mailed to you before the general release.
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Help Ron pick out a new lute! AND our entire discography of in-print CDs, AND an "Esteemed Benefactor & Patron of the Arts" credit on the album, AND an autographed copy of the new Dowland CD mailed to you before the general release.