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Pianist Dan Espie and filmmakers Nick Kohut and Zach Van Heel are collaborating on a multimedia performance and need your help!
Pianist Dan Espie and filmmakers Nick Kohut and Zach Van Heel are collaborating on a multimedia performance and need your help!
19 backers pledged $581 to help bring this project to life.

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Building from a long-distance collaboration from the spring of 2015, we are engaged in multimedia performance utilizing live piano with film. The original project, which premiered in June 2015 at the Royal Academy of Music Piano Festival in London, was entitled 'Two Scenes' and took two contrasting works for solo piano - Toru Takemitsu's Rain Tree Sketch no. 2 and the third movement from Samuel Barber's Sonata for Piano. This successful collaboration became the launching point for a large-scale collaboration focusing exclusively on the music of Toru Takemitsu, a Japanese composer from the late twentieth century. 

We've brought Zachary Van Heel, a filmmaker living in Philadelphia, on board to expand the stylistic dynamic on the visual element. Zach's films explore more abstract regions of visual representation, whereas Nick's are generally more focused with narrative and realism. 

The collaboration will produce a unique performance platform; due to the nature of our long distance interactions, the performances will have the potential to travel around the world. Beyond the venues of London, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, we would love to take this project elsewhere, into regions where multimedia performance is being developed by intrepid artists like ourselves. 

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The biggest hurdle for us is a financial one, which is why we are seeking your help. The money we raise in this Kickstarter will fund transport and equipment costs for the filmmakers, as well as venue hire in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world.

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    Digital downloads of audio tracks recorded by Daniel Espie. The music of Takemitsu will be performed on solo piano.

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    Digital downloads of the films produced for the project. Audio will be recorded piano by Daniel Espie.

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