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TWO HARPS. 94 Strings. One Recording. Duo Scorpio needs your help to fund our first album!

Dear music lovers, friends and family,  

Duo Scorpio is on a mission to expand and modernize the harp duo repertoire and we need your help to record our first album! 

Because an ensemble made up of two harps is so unique, there is little music written specifically for us. We want to change that! We are working with the finest living composers and are commissioning them to write outstanding music for two harps. We want to get this music recorded for the world to hear, and that's where you come in.

THE PROJECT: We are scheduled to record in late March with Adam Abeshouse, a Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and one of the best in the business. He will be recording us for a release under the American Modern Recordings label with the help of composer Robert Paterson, who will play a major role in the recording process.

WHAT WE NEED TO DO IT? We need to raise $12,000 in a month in order to cover our costs for recording, editing, mixing, production and cover art. 

TIMELINE FOR RAISING MONEY: 30 days...No big deal! We know we can do it with your help.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON'T MEET OUR GOAL OF $12,000? You don't have to pay and don't get your rewards in return. More importantly, the project will not get funded and this exciting recording will not get made.

WHAT IF WE MEET OUR GOAL? We immediately get started on the recording process. We are aiming to release the CD by June 2012 at the latest so if we are fully funded, you can expect to be enjoying your copy of the CD by June!

WHY SHOULD YOU HELP? By helping you will become part of this project. No donation will be overseen. We have rewards for every level of donation starting at $1. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and we promise you will not regret helping. This is only the start for us. We want to make it our priority to continue finding and commissioning new music and sharing it through our CDs and performances.

IS MY DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE? Absolutely! Duo Scorpio is partnering with American Modern Ensemble, a 501(c)3 non-profit and as such, your donations are tax deductible!

More about the recording:

So far we have been successful in tracking down the best current repertoire we could possibly find for this album. We are thrilled to be working with composer Robert Paterson and are excited to record his piece Scorpion Tales, Duo Scorpio’s first commission. This commission was made possible by a grant the duo was awarded this year from the American Harp Society. Robert has a great sense of the capabilities of our instruments as he has written several outstanding pieces featuring harp. We have asked him to study our personalities and to create harp parts showcasing our traits and quirks. The album will also include the world premiere recordings of Grawemeyer Award winner Sebastian Currier's Crossfade, Steve Taylor's Unfurl, Raga, by Canadian composer and harpist, Caroline Lizotte and both Parvis and Le Jardin des Paons by celebrated French composer Bernard Andres.

More about Katie and Kristi:

A few fun details about the origin of our duo's name: We were born on exactly the same day, November 5, 1982, making us both Scorpios. Besides our birth dates, there are many other coincidences between the two of us: we both moved to New York City after undergrad, went to the Manhattan School of Music, studied with harp legend Susan Jolles, go to the same gym, share many of the same friends and both played the flute at one point in time! Scorpios are known for their determination, love a challenge, and work hard until they get the job done. We encompass all of these characteristics and together make a dynamic team.

By making this recording, we hope to introduce people to a new side of harp playing and to new sound worlds. One harp is great, but two harps are amazing! We want to push the harp to the limits and create a new chapter in harp repertoire. Most importantly, we hope to bring joy to people through our music and artistry.

We are very passionate about this project, but we need your help. Any amount helps! Please consider being a part of our recording. 

Thank you all for your generosity and support!

-Katie and Kristi

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