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We armed a 22 piece band. We're making a record, a children's book to go with it, a stage production with dancers, + we want you to be a part of it!

Hi. Thank you kindly for stopping by to support our cause. We love you!

Let me just say something:

Perhaps the most frustrating thing for an artist or musician is to be forced to work within strict financial restraints. After all, we dream to escape reality. To an artist, operating within a budget is like dreaming with stock images.

I always wanted a band with a full orchestra.

Last year we increased our roster to 6 players, but it wasn't enough, and talented, classically trained musicians are hard to come by out West.

I've recently relocated to New York in order to be surrounded by a plethora of gifted musicians. The next time Uzi & Ari play a show, there will be over 20 of us on stage. We have been meeting twice a week to rehearse with the different brass, string, and woodwind ensembles. A massive production is in the works to bring a live show that transcends the standard concert experience. We are collaborating with choreographers, dancers, costume and set designers, all to bring a phantasmagorical stage experience that will accompany the new record, titled "Are You Haunted."

We are working our knuckles to the bone to afford rehearsal spaces and traveling expenses in and out of the city, some coming from upstate, others from New Jersey to rehearse. The biggest expense is yet to come, the recording studio.

This is where we need your help. We aren't asking for a handout. We are offering unique and exclusive items in exchange for your generous donations. You can donate as little as 1 dollar or as much as 1000, with rewards ranging from mp3's to signed LP's, to a private concert for family and friends in your home, or a lifetime of guaranteed free entry to Uzi & Ari performances. We'd love to list your name in the credits of the new record as producers. in addition, i've recently completed work on a 150 page tour journal that has been written, edited and rewritten, labored over for the last year and has been printed in paperback and hardback editions, only available through kickstarter. I'll even make an original painting for you. We want to earn your patronage.

We will use the money to record the entire album in a 5 day period. We have found a moderately priced studio upstate and will post on our Myspace page samples of the recordings all along the way, so you can watch them develop.

Art shouldn't be confined, it should be unfettered, free to blossom and develop without the asphyxiating constraints of finances. Help us create the album of our dreams, and deliver it to you in your city with a full-scale stage production.

Read up about what we're offering on the page. We'll be back to check in weekly and let you know the progress of the album, and explain a little more about the exciting concepts behind it. Thanks for visiting. Uzi & Ari wouldn't exist without your generosity. Thank you for all you have already given.

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    Ben will create an original piece of artwork for you, a song, a painting, a collage, or a drawing, at your choosing, that will never be released to the public.

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    A private performance within three hours of the NYC area. You can create the setlist, and invite any of your friends and family to attend. Your name will also be printed in the liner notes as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the upcoming "Are You Haunted?" album.

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