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"4 Seasons": a recording of original music for the quartet of unique acoustic archtop guitars built by luthier John Monteleone.

It's all about the guitars.

John Monteleone (www.monteleone.net) is widely acknowledged as the dean of American luthiers. He specializes in the acoustic arched-top guitar, and with his recent quartet of instruments "The 4-Seasons" (http://blog.metmuseum.org/guitarheroes/archtop-guitars-the-four-seasons/) he reaches the pinnacle of his art.

During the process of building The 4-Seasons, Monteleone asked guitarist Anthony Wilson (www.anthonywilsonmusic.com) to compose a piece that could appropriately showcase the purity of sound, dynamic range, and wide stylistic potential of these instruments. The result is "4 Seasons," an original suite in four movements that will be premiered -- by guitarists Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage, Steve Cardenas, and Chico Pinheiro -- in a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC on April 10th, 2011, an event connected to the Met's "Guitar Heroes" exhibition (www.metmuseum.org), which opens on February 9 and features the work of John Monteleone, as well as the work of his esteemed predecessors James D'Aquisto and John D'Angelico.

We are launching this campaign to raise the funds to produce and manufacture a recording and video (combination CD/DVD) of the world premiere performance of the "4 Seasons" suite. The performance will also feature Anthony Wilson's quartet arrangement of Joni Mitchell's seasons-based song "The Circle Game," plus solo features by each participating guitarist.

Speaking of participating guitarists: Chico Pinheiro (www.chicopinheiro.com.br), Steve Cardenas (www.stevecardenasmusic.com), and Julian Lage (www.julianlage.com) are three of the most acclaimed players working today. Composing with the talents of this ensemble in mind, Wilson has created musical settings that range from jazz, to American roots music, to traditional Brazilian samba.

Funds raised in this campaign will be used to compile the technical "kit" and team (including grammy award winning engineer Todd Whitelock) necessary for audio and video recording, mixing and mastering; to cover musician fees and costs; for photography and package design work by artist Ian Gittler (www.iangittler.com); for printing of the package by Stumptown Printers in Portland, Oregon (www.stumptownprinters.com); and for final manufacturing of the CD/DVD.

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    A digital song download of "The Circle Game" from the "4 Seasons" recording upon release.

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    A digital download of the full "4 Seasons" recording upon release.

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    A signed (by all artists involved and John Monteleone) copy of the full "4 Seasons" CD upon release.

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    "4 Seasons" hand-silkscreened print postcards by Brooklyn-based artist Asuka Ohsawa (www.asukaohsawa.com). A set of four cards, playfully depicting the seasons. Limited to an edition of 10.

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    A signed copy of the "4 Seasons" CD, and "Campo Belo," a CD to be released in April 2011 by Anthony Wilson (recorded in Brazil with André Mehmari, Edu Ribeiro, and Guto Wirtti).

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    Signed copies of three CDs: "4 Seasons," Anthony Wilson's "Campo Belo," and "Nova," a collaboration of Chico Pinheiro and Anthony Wilson.

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    A pair of tickets to see the Anthony Wilson Nonet on April 14, at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC. Show begins at 9 PM. Plus I'll bring in a bottle of some really good wine, and we'll share a glass or two after the show.

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    I've got this 2005 era, brand-new, never opened ipod shuffle. It's yours, and I'll load it to the brim with some amazing music (about 200 songs or more). Rare brazilian tunes? Jazz? Bluegrass? Classical? You name it.

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    A pair of reserved seats for the April 10, 2011 premiere performance of "4 Seasons," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC (including general admission for two to the Met that day), plus a signed copy of the "4 Seasons" CD upon release.

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    A one-hour music lesson with Anthony Wilson, plus a signed copy of the "4 Seasons" CD upon release.

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    A one-hour music lesson with Steve Cardenas, plus a signed copy of the "4 Seasons" CD upon release.

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    A one-hour music lesson with Julian Lage, plus a signed copy of the "4 Seasons" CD upon release.

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    A one-hour music lesson with Chico Pinheiro, plus a signed copy of the "4 Seasons" CD upon release.

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    A six-bottle case of wines from traditional producers who practice sustainable farming & non-interventionist winemaking, selected for you by Anthony Wilson (see his blog at www.anthonywilsonmusic.com for some of his writing about wine).

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    One 11"x14" unframed print by photographer Ian Gittler, of a representative image taken during the April 2011 rehearsals or premiere performance of "4 Seasons." Pigment ink on 100% cotton paper, archival. Limited to a signed edition of 7.

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    An evening with John Monteleone, Anthony Wilson and friends in NYC. John Monteleone (as well as being a master luthier, he's also an incredible cook!) will prepare a meal based around his very authentic Neapolitan pizza. Anthony Wilson will select the wines for the evening. After dinner, along with a good bottle of old Madeira, we'll take out our guitars and have a set of music, in an intimate home setting. Expect a few special guests, depending on who's in town!

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