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Beautiful CD for Healing & Reconciliation: Jews & Germans

Jewish, German and Original music by Tina Levin Larkin, harpist, and fiddler, and Wolfgang Portner, guitarist, vocalist. Plus Friends!

Beautiful CD for Healing & Reconciliation: Jews & Germans

Jewish, German and Original music by Tina Levin Larkin, harpist, and fiddler, and Wolfgang Portner, guitarist, vocalist. Plus Friends!

$225
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 6 2013 5:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 6, 2013

About

Hi- I'm Tina Larkin, a harpist, fiddler and composer who specializes in Celtic, Klezmer, Hebrew and Early music.  My music colleague is Wolfgang Portner, a fabulous guitarist, composer, recording artist and singer, who can be seen at 14 different youtube videos, and who has researched and recorded songs in Plattdeutch, a North German dialect that was outlawed by German Officials.  We think music can solve world problems and bring people together. Literally. This music CD is a collaboration between Jews and Germans.  I grew up in St Louis, in the University City Loop District. Neighbors sat out on hot summer nights, in their undershirts, tattoos on their forearms-from concentration camps. Being Jewish, I knew what those tattoos were from. My family had dozens of relatives in Poland who did not survive the Holocaust and I grew up fearing anything German. Then at the age of 18, I backpacked across Europe. At a London youth hostel, I met a nice young man with whom I shared days conversing about ethics, social justice, and human dignity. He invited me to come visit his family, and that was the beginning of my love affair with Germany, for Christian Varchmin was German and without his encouragement, I would never have visited that country. I visited Christian again this year, and  met wonderful musicians who became valued colleagues. When discussing the Holocaust. I realized that both my German and Jewish friends need healing, as do I. This music project is borne out of this most recent trip. Every country, every ethnic group has committed atrocities and every country and every ethnic group has suffered at the hands of others. We can't go on hating each other. (This in no way minimizes the blame of the truly guilty, but guilt does NOT pass from one generation to the next). Music is the one true international language that we humans have, and this language can and should be used for communication and reconciliation. So here is our project: a CD of Jewish and German music, made by a Jew and Germans with love and sent out into the World to Help Heal. But we need YOUR help- These Kickstarter funds will  be used for the actual mixing, mastering and printing of the CDs and required travel. If the funding goes over our goal, the extra funds will be used to promote the CD, and hopefully start up even more reconciliation dialog between groups with troubled history. This is our greatest wish. Thank you and Hugs and Peace from Tina and Wolfgang.

Risks and challenges

The actual recording of our music was started in Germany in April. Much of it will be finished, mixed and mastered here in the US, with the support from our Kickstarter supporters. Our commitment to this project will mitigate the difficulties involved in finishing the recordings long distance, (since Wolfgang is in Bielefeld, Germany and I am in Cincinnati). Another great factor in our favor is how much easier it is, technically, to record and mix long distance, since recording technology is all digital! Another trip to Germany is figured into the plan, for both Wolfgang and myself to perform. December is a feasible delivery date. I hope the project does not take any longer than that, and will keep all supporters updated regularly as to our project schedule.

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    Thank you! Every bit helps to make this project a reality. Your name will be added to our Website Donor List, www.tinalarkin.com
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    The above, plus a digital download of the new CD, and digital lyrics booklet, a full two weeks before it is available to the general public!

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    All the above, plus an autographed HARD COPY of our CD, and lyrics booklet, mailed to your address, two full weeks before they are made available to the general public.

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    All the above, plus an autographed hard copy of our Reconciliation booklet, which details our personal journeys with reconciliation, which led to this very special musical project. This booklet is written and illustrated by me, Tina, and has exclusive photos and drawings not yet seen anywhere else.This is a Kickstarter exclusive, as this book will be published conventionally in 2014.

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    All the above, plus a personal 30 minute Skype phone call with Tina. Get a personal Concert, or fiddle or harp lesson! Or talk about reconciliation issues anywhere in the world, or share dog stories, or art ideas!!! Subjects we can share include the music scene, gardening and cooking, too!

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    All of the above, plus digital copies of Tina's first CD, Senka's Joy, and Wolfgang's CD Unsere Senne. Plus patron status on our CD, concert brochures and website.

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    All the above, plus 2 tickets to the CD Release Concert and backstage admittance, to be held in Bielefeld Germany and the US. German concert with Tina and Wolfgang. American CD Release Concert with Tina and friends, location TBA.(Wolfgang can't travel). (You are responsible for your own transportation to concerts).

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    All the above, plus Golden Patron Status on our CD, Concert brochures and website. Invitation for 2 to private after-concert party.

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    All of the above, plus a personal concert at your house performed by either Tina and Friends (USA), or Tina and Wolfgang (Bielefeld Germany). Some travel fees may apply, depending on how far you are.

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Funding period

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