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Swede and Amber take on the vocal works of John W. Duarte, recording them so you can hear sincere sounds and witty ditties.
Swede and Amber take on the vocal works of John W. Duarte, recording them so you can hear sincere sounds and witty ditties.
24 backers pledged $1,475 to help bring this project to life.

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John Duarte is amongst a handful of serious guitar composers of the twentieth century, but to date there has yet to be a complete recording of his guitar and vocal compositions. We plan to remedy that by making a comprehensive collection of his works available to the public.

With your investment we will be able to bring together artists with the tools and facilities needed to bring these timeless pieces to today's audience.

  • Step #1: Unite!
  • Step #2: Rehearse!
  • Step #3: Record!
  • Step #4: Manufacture!
  • Step #5: Send out the rewards!

Remember, we must reach our goal to receive any of this funding. If you can't back us with money, you can still support us by sharing our project with others who may be interested. Thank you!

To hear an example of Swede and I performing together, here is a clip of a Duarte song from our 2007 live recital performance:

Note from Amber: This is from Duarte's most popular vocal work, the Five Quiet Songs. As much as I enjoy that song set, I think Friends and Lovers is much more fun, incorporating jazz and wit in a much more provocative way.

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    A special thank you listing your name on our to-be-created website for the album AND a digital track download of a song previously recorded by Amber.

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    FRIEND: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above PLUS) A digital download of a track previously recorded by Swede.

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    FAN: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above PLUS) A digital download of a newly recorded track, exclusively available to project backers.

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    MUSIC LOVER: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above PLUS) A digital album download of the Duarte project recordings.

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    AUDIOPHILE: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above PLUS) A signed copy of the Duarte project CD set. (Please +$10 for international shipping)

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    ART LOVER: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above PLUS) A signed poster of the album art from the Duarte CD set. (Please +$20 for international shipping)

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    COLLABORATOR: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above PLUS) A telephone or Skype call from us personally thanking you for your support. (Please +$20 for international shipping)

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    PATRON: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above PLUS) A special thank you printed in the liner notes of the CD set. (Please +$20 for international shipping)

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    GRAND PATRON: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above PLUS) An original mini-composition by Swede composed just for you!

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    HARK, HARK, THE ARK! PACK: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above PLUS) A private online concert streamed live with interactive chat.

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    DIRECTOR: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above PLUS) Request-a-Song: Request a song for us to learn and play at your private concert or over your Skype/phone call!

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    FRIENDS AND LOVERS PACK: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above except #10 PLUS) Concert at your house! (within 150 miles of Salt Lake City, UT) *upgrade from online concert: you get a house concert instead of Reward #10

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    SUPERFRIENDS AND LOVERS PACK: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above, except #10 and #12 PLUS) Concert at your house! (anywhere in the US) *upgrade from online concert and Reward #12: you get a house concert instead of Reward #10.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: (Rewards are cumulative, so you get everything above, except #10 and #12 PLUS) Name our duo! We will go by the name you choose for a minimum of one year and use it for the Duarte project album. Keep it clean, or at least PG-rated.

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