Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 9, 2011.

Update #16

A conversation about the 13 WAYS Kickstarter campaign


Here's a great conversation about this Kickstarter campaign, via Greg Sandow's blog. I thought you'd like to see it!

More testimony to the power of what we’ve been talking about here: Lara Downes, a pianist, posted a comment, sharing her experience raising money on Kickstarter to fund what seems like a terrific CD. Again, it’s a story of communication and community, with warm benefits for everyone involved.

Thanks, Lara! Here’s what she wrote:

The experience of running a Kickstarter campaign last winter to raise funds for my new recording “13 WAYS of Looking at the Goldberg” taught me so much about channeling the creativity that goes into developing a new project in new directions: communication about what the project was, what it meant both to me as an artist and to the audience I was hoping to reach, what its potential was… I found myself deepening my inner narrative about the project’s relevance even as I was working on communicating that relevance to my supporters. And I also realized the tremendous power of a communal effort. I think that the process of talking to my supporters almost daily, sharing audio, video, journal and tour updates with them, made us all feel that the fundraising process was truly a group effort. Now that the album is out, I feel a real pride of ownership coming from everyone who helped bring it to life. And I’ve made new friends along the way.

Here’s the whole history of my Kickstarter updates. Some were totally silly; some were emotional; every one came with the excitement of seeing my project become closer to fruition:

Lara’s CD is called 13 WAYS of LOOKING AT THE GOLDBERG: Bach Reimagined. Thirteen composers write pieces using the Goldberg Variations chord progression. And they’re framed on the CD by Lara playing the Goldberg aria. I listened to some sample tracks, and liked them a lot.

People in pop music have financed their albums by raising money from fans. Jill Sobule financed her delightful album California Years that way. And its final track, “The Donor Song,” is a tribute to her donors. The lyrics? Nothing but a list of the donors’ names. Truly charming, when you hear it.

Update #15

Rave Reviews for 13 WAYS


Dear everyone,

I want to share with you some lovely press response to 13 WAYS!

"A rewarding journey through Bachian fields on a CD that is at once playful and arresting"

" A gorgeous album of piano playing... a significant reinvention of one of most classic and respected anthologies of piano pieces"

Thursday, October 13: Crocker Museum Art Mix, Sacramento

Friday, October 14: Classical Revolution, San Francisco

Friday, October 28: Cornelia St. Cafe, NYC

Monday, November 7: Benefit for California Lawyers for the Arts, Sacramento

Saturday, November 12/Sunday, November 13: Mondavi Center, UC Davis

I hope you can come out for some of the fun-



Update #14

The 13 WAYS release THIS WEEK! And upcoming special events


Hello everyone-

Final countdown now to the 13 WAYS release next Tuesday, September 13!

Please let your friends know about the release, and let the shopping begin! The album will be available starting Tuesday at Amazon, CD Baby, my website, and Itunes, as well as other online and retail locations. Please remember that customer reviews on Amazon are a very good thing. If you like the CD, don't be shy about expressing your feelings in hyperbolically glowing terms!

Of course all project backers ($25 and up) get their own free signed copies of the CD. I'd love to give them to as many of you as I can in person - those of you who are too far-flung will see them in the mail very soon.

All of you wonderful people are credited with thanks on my website - take a look!

A few upcoming 13 WAYS concert dates and special events:

Friday September 16, 4pm CDT: 

WFMT Chicago Impromptu, live performance and interview. You can tune in to the broadcast at 98.7FM in Chicago, and online via free streaming at . Listeners can send in comments to and/or the 13 WAYS Facebook page during the broadcast and will be entered into a random drawing to win a free CD.

Friday September 16, 12 midnight CDT:

International Beethoven Project Festival, Chicago. If you're in the Chicago area, come out to this late-night marathon performance of 13 WAYS at the Chicago Urban Art Society, part of the International Beethoven Festival, which was selected as a pick of the week by the Chicago Tribune.

Friday October 14, 7pm PDT:

San Francisco CD Release Concert: Salle Pianos, 1632 C Market Street, presented by Classical Revolution. Wine reception at 7pm, concert at 8pm, dinner to follow. If you are a project backer at the $50/above level and want to attend this event, please RSVP to me by October 1 so I can reserve your complimentary tickets.

Friday October 28, 6pm EDT:

New York CD Release Concert: Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, NYC. If you are a project backer at the $50/above level and want to attend this event, please RSVP to me by October 15 so I can reserve your complimentary tickets.

I'm excited about all of this. As always, my thanks to you for making it all happen!


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Update #13 - For backers only

Here it is: your private digital download of 13 WAYS!


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Update #12

Final countdown to 13 WAYS!


Hello everyone-

The disc is in final production as we speak, and I will have copies in my hot little hands by September 1!

I head off to Chicago for Round 1 of promotional performances on the 14th, the day after the 9/13 official "street date" release.

In preparation for the new arrival, we have created a Facebook page for 13 WAYS at!/pages/13-Ways-of-Looking-at-the-Goldberg/222323794481682

In order to activate the page and post audio tracks, etc., we need to have at least 25 fans. Would you please take a second to visit the page and "like" it?

Stay tuned later this week for news of some special Northern California CD release party events, TBA very soon!



PS: Album cover image attached!

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