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Help us make an incredible contribution to the percussion quartet repertoire!

*UPDATE 5: 3 DAYS LEFT & NEW REWARDS! Check out the the right-hand side of your screen for a lot of new rewards! $50 for signed CDs, $150 for a steel pan lesson with the one and only Andy Akiho and we added new drafts and sketches from the score for $200. Plus we reduced the level on two rewards: you can commission your own short steel drum solo from Andy for $1000 and you can be a Co-Commissioner of this percussion quartet + arrange a performance with Time Travelers for $2500!

*UPDATE 4: WE DID IT! Thanks to you - we've reached our goal! That $7000 will cover the commission of Andy's new piece, but we ALSO want to make a recording. A really, really good one. Every dollar raised between now and the end of the campaign will go directly towards making that recording!

*UPDATE 3: You backed - we delivered! Here's an exclusive performance video from Andy and Ian to thank you for your support*

*UPDATE 2: New $240 reward added for percussionists! Get the score and parts SIX MONTHS before anyone else + exclusive performance rights for that time period*

*UPDATE 1: Check out a music video of Andy Akiho's amazing work 'Alloy' for 11 steel drummers and 1 metal drumset*

Time Travelers is a percussion group whose goal is to expose contemporary percussion music to a wider audience and to expand our repertoire. We’re using Kickstarter to help fund the commission of Andy Akiho’s first percussion quartet! 

Andy Akiho

If you haven’t heard of Andy, check him out! Originally trained as a classical percussionist, he's a steel pan virtuoso and a rising star on the composition scene. His myriad of influences results in music that is a beautiful blend of styles: his work displays the artistry and craftsmanship of a well-trained classical composer yet also unmistakably bears the stamp of someone who loves jazz and popular music. Andy’s music is appealing to an incredibly diverse audience - everyone can find something in it that they like. 

While Andy has written music for some amazing people in the last few years (eighth blackbird, ETHEL, Calder Quartet and the New York Philharmonic to name a few), he has never written a percussion quartet – something we feel is long overdue! We’re really excited about the possibilities and are looking forward to introducing this new piece to as many people as we can.

Why Kickstarter?

We chose Kickstarter because we feel that the future of music belongs to all of us – everyone who plays it, listens to it and goes to see it. This campaign will give you the opportunity to directly help create a new piece of art! And we hope you’ll stay involved. If you’re a music-lover, we hope you’ll come see one of the premieres. And if you’re a percussionist yourself, we really hope that you’ll play the piece!

What’s in it for me?

Aside from the satisfaction and good feeling of knowing that you’ve helped to fund a piece of really awesome art? 

Fair enough - we’ve got a ton of fun things to give you to say thank-you. There’s lots of recordings (including previously unreleased tracks!), invitations to rehearsals and even your very own private concert! 

The future

$7000 is the minimum amount of money that we need to make this commission happen. If we’re able to raise more than that, all of that money will go directly towards producing a professional audio and video recording of the piece to help get this piece in the hands (and ears) of as many people as possible.

More about the group

Time Travelers came together in 2012 to perform and record Paul Lansky’s beautiful quartet Threads for Bridge Records

The success of this project led to our first commissioning initiative: a new percussion quartet from rising composition star Andy Akiho. This piece will be Andy's first for percussion quartet and we're going to premiere it at venues across the United States in April 2013.

The members of Time Travelers are internationally acclaimed soloists and chamber musicians in their own right who have won the Concert Artist Guild competition, performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, commissioned countless new works and released numerous recordings. They hold teaching positions at Michigan State University, the Peabody Institute and the Universities of Miami and Massachusetts Amherst.

Time Travelers are: Gwen Burgett, Ayano Kataoka, Ian David Rosenbaum and Svet Stoyanov.

special thanks to Trent Casey for shooting and editing the video!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One of the most interesting aspects of playing a brand-new piece is working with the composer during the rehearsal process. Many performers don't get the chance to ask a composer why they made a particular decision because in so many instances, the piece of music in question was written more than a hundred years ago!

The process of turning a newly-composed work into a premiere performance is a challenging one. We'll read through numerous drafts and many times the composer will make changes right up to the show - we can even remember one time that the composer in question was making changes while we were backstage getting ready to perform!

Sometimes a composer will write something that works perfectly in their head but works less well when it's actually tried, and sometimes a composer will NOT put down something that was in their head because they thought it would be impossible to execute. This constant dialogue gives us a chance to iron out all of these kinks and more. It's vital to the creative process, and it's one of the reasons that we love working with living composers!

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    A personalized thank-you on our website + choice of one of the following uncompressed digital recordings from our commercial collection: Svet Stoyanov: Electric Counterpoint (Steve Reich) / Gwen Burgett: Marimba Suites (J.S. Bach - your choice of 1) / Ayano Kataoka: Breaking Training (Dennis DeSantis) / Time Travelers: Threads (Paul Lansky)

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    A limited-edition-Kickstarter-backer-only CD containing the premiere of Andy Akiho's new percussion quartet and our recent recording of Paul Lansky's 'Threads'.

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    *JUST ADDED* Get the $30 exclusive CD + Andy's debut recording 'No One To Know One' - BOTH SIGNED by the artists!

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    The limited-edition CD + a 45 minute Skype or local* music lesson with a member of the quartet or Andy. Can be a percussion, composition or general music lesson! *we have studios in NYC, Princeton, Amherst, Miami and East Lansing*

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    The big CD bundle! Commercial recordings from Svet Stoyanov, Gwen Burgett (2-CD set), Ayano Kataoka and Andy Akiho + the limited-edition-Kickstarter-backer-only CD containing the premiere of Andy's new piece and our recent recording of Paul Lansky's 'Threads'.

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    The limited-edition CD + a page from Andy's sketches and drafts of the new piece signed by the composer himself!

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    FOR JAPANESE BACKERS - a 60 minute percussion lesson with Ayano Kataoka at her studio in Chiba or in Tokyo.* Also includes your choice of the $5 recordings and the $30 limited-edition CD. *if you choose Tokyo, add $20 to cover studio rental*

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    *JUST ADDED* A 60-minute steel pan lesson with virtuoso Andy Akiho. Must be in the Princeton/NYC area!

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    *JUST ADDED* Due to popular demand, we've added more sketches! The limited-edition CD + a page from Andy's sketches and drafts of the new piece signed by the composer himself!

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    The percussion quartet package! You'll get the score for Andy's new piece plus a complete set of parts SIX MONTHS before it goes on sale to the general public + exclusive performance rights for those six months!

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    Ever wonder what it takes to get a brand new piece ready for its first performance? Get in on the action: invitation for 2 to one of our rehearsals in Miami + have a drink with us after! If not local, then we can Skype you in!

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    Andy and Ian will come to your home and play a show for you and your friends of original music for marimba and steel drum! Limited to a 2-hour driving radius from NYC - if further away, then we'll perform just for you live on Skype!

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    *SPECIAL REDUCTION* After talking with you to see what your tastes are, Andy Akiho will compose a short steel drum solo dedicated to you! He'll perform it for you live on Skype and you'll get a digital recording and a copy of the score!

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    *SPECIAL REDUCTION* The backer at this level will be listed on all copies of the score as the single Co-Commissioner of Andy's new piece and we will arrange a public or private performance for you. (please email us before backing to discuss) We'll also include a signed copy of the score, and your choice of CDs from our collection!

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