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Stellar mandolin duets: Classical, Swing, Bluegrass & Originals with vocals. The album pays homage to the music and composers we love.
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The History

Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin have been playing concerts together since 2012.  The act is called Solo Mandolin X2.  Both being a rare breed of solo mandolin performers, each guy plays his own short set and then they team up at the end.  To put this collaboration into the annals of mandolin music history, the two have arranged their favorite types of music, and bring you, Twin Mandolin Slingers. 

The Album

From the Classical music world, Brian and Evan have arranged some groundbreaking duets, including Khachaturian's Sabre Dance, Rossini's William Tell Overture: Finale, Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 7, Oberlin's Mantello e Cilindro, and an adaptation of Kreisler's Caprice Viennois. In the Swing category, there are brand new originals from Brian and Evan: Hometown Melody and Lucky Star (Lucky Star is based on Strauss's Glucklich Ist), and also Don't Fence Me In, Washington and Lee Swing, Black and White Rag, and the Italian gem, Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano. Going back to their roots, Brian and Evan play the Bob Wills classic Sally Goodin' and Bluegrasser, Diamond Joe.

The Tours

Brian and Evan will be touring in October and November to release the new album.  October 15 - 18 in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, November 5 - 7 in the Seattle area, and November 12 - 14 in the Portland area. Make sure to go to www.mandoberlin.com for all of the concert details and dates.

Risks and challenges

There are countless risks and challenges in the music business. Clubs or venues double booking, venues not promoting, a bad sound tech, horrible weather for outdoor events, beautiful weather for indoor events, un-even stages, cancelled gigs, grouchy and/or unresponsive contact people, karaoke machines, and bad sound techs. (was that listed twice?)

The challenge here is simple... funding the project. The amount of money we are raising is the minimum for an album. Costs include studio time (recording, mixing, and mastering), album artwork and formatting, and the duplication and shipping of 1000 CDs.

More importantly, this campaign brings together a bunch of like minded people to support the music they love. And that, is not a challenge, but a joy.

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    THE ALBUM (1 CD) - A signed copy of the new album "Twin Mandolin Slingers." This can be picked up at any of our concerts or will be shipped by December 12, 2015.

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    The ALBUM and CONCERT TICKET (1 CD & 1 tix) - This includes a signed copy of the album and one free ticket to any of the album release concerts to be held in CA, OR, and WA in October and November. The album is to be picked up at the concert.

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    THE SAMPLER - (3 CDs) - This is the best deal!!!! A signed copy of the new album "Twin Mandolin Slingers." A copy of Evan Marshall's solo album "Mr. Solo Mandolin" and a copy of Brian Oberlin's solo album "Solo Swing." These can be picked up at any of our concerts or will be shipped by December 12, 2015.

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    The ALBUM and CONCERT TICKETS (1 CD & 2 tix) - This includes a signed copy of the album and TWO free tickets to any of the album release concerts to be held in CA, OR, and WA in October and November. The album is to be picked up at the concert.

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    DATE NIGHT!!! - TWO ALBUMS and TWO CONCERT TICKETS (2 CDs & 2 tix) - This includes two signed copies of the album and two free tickets to any of the album release concerts to be held in CA, OR, and WA in October and November. The albums are to be picked up at the concert.

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    CD and SKYPE LESSONS (1 CD & 2 Skype lessons) - A signed copy of the new album "Twin Mandolin Slingers." This can be picked up at any of our concerts or will be shipped by December 12, 2015. Two free 1/2 hour Skype lessons: One with Evan and one with Brian.

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    SERIOUS COLLECTION - (5 CDs). A signed copy of the new album "Twin Mandolin Slingers." Evan Marshall's solo albums "Mr. Solo Mandolin" and "Billy Tell & Vanilla Schubert". Brian Oberlin's Solo Albums "Solo Swing" and "Solo Swing Christmas". These can be picked up at any of our concerts or will be shipped by December 12, 2015.

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    THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (9 CDs) - A signed copy of the new album "Twin Mandolin Slingers." This can be picked up at any of our concerts or will be shipped by December 12, 2015. All four of Brian's solo albums: "Solo Swing", "Solo Swing Christmas", "Mandolin Troubadour", and "Capriccio Fantastico"; AND all four of Evan's self-published solo albums: "Mr. Solo Mandolin", "Billy Tell & Vanilla Schubert", "A Mandolin for Christmas", and "Bach to 1812"!

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    THE COMPLETE COLLECTION and SKYPE LESSONS - (9 CDs and 2 Skype Lessons) A signed copy of the new album "Twin Mandolin Slingers." This can be picked up at any of our concerts or will be shipped by December 12, 2015. All four of Brian's solo albums. "Solo Swing", "Solo Swing Christmas", "Mandolin Troubadour", and "Capriccio Fantastico." AND all four of Evan's self-published solo albums: "Mr. Solo Mandolin", "Billy Tell & Vanilla Schubert", "A Mandolin for Christmas", and "Bach to 1812"... AND two free 1/2 hour Skype lessons: One with Brian and one with Evan.

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    FREE CONCERT and 20 CDS. - A slick $700 will buy you a FREE, 2 hour house concert in the Portland, Oregon area for you and 19 of your friends. Each person will receive a signed CD too. Must be redeemed when Evan is in Portland... i.e.. November 2015 or June 2016. Also, this will likely have to happen on a weeknight. We'll talk!!

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