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John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument premiere's two NEW works at each of the three concerts in the Big Band & Beyond Concert Series in NYC. The next concert is scheduled for April 27, 2016
John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument premiere's two NEW works at each of the three concerts in the Big Band & Beyond Concert Series in NYC. The next concert is scheduled for April 27, 2016
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The Idea: My band, John Yao & His 17-piece Instrument (JY-17 for short), has been playing around New York City for the last 3 years and last June we released our debut album “Flip-Flop” on See Tao Recordings. With all the the positive reviews from the press so far (see critics' quotes below), the next step for the band is to find a home here in New York City--a regular place for us to perform.

The Reason Why: The NYC Jazz scene has numerous opportunities for groups that fit into small spaces, but unfortunately, for large ensembles requiring greater space, there are limited venues in which to perform. And venues can't support the budget for a large ensemble. It’s hard to believe, but as big as this city is, there is still not enough space for up-and-coming groups like JY-17 to perform.

The Plan: With your support, I plan to launch a three-part concert series starting December 10, 2015 and continuing into the spring of 2016.  I will be renting performance space at the Greenwich Music House, centrally located in the heart of NYC's jazz scene, the vibrant West Village. I'll be commissioning myself to write two new works for JY-17 to be premiered at each concert.

Your pledge will go towards: Artist fees, commissions for new works, performance space rental, rehearsal space rental, marketing materials and advertising. I would be eternally grateful for your support of this concert series and for helping us continue the momentum we've gained since the release of “Flip-Flop”.  It will allow us to expand our contribution to the big band genre and the landscape of big band music in NYC. 

Please take a look at the rewards offered for your contribution. Thank you for taking time to read about the band I hope you will be a part of this projects next big step.

What the press is saying about Flip-Flop:

MIDWEST RECORD

“A must set for big band fans that want to hear something that takes the form in to the future, this blows the ears open in a mighty way. Hold on to your hat and then check it out. Well done.” - Chris Spector

JAZZ WEEKLY

“Yao not only puts a fresh coat of paint to big band sounds, but redoes the foundation and expands a few rooms. Exciting through and through.” - George Harris 

NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY 

“John Yao is one of New York’s elite trombonists and is also a first-class, ambitious, and witty composer and leader . . . the album is a big, bright, brassy extravaganza. But it’s also full of unexpected dynamics, dips and rises, imaginative voicings and occasional sardonic humor.”  - Alan Young

ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“At times burnished and melodious, at others loose and strident, it forms a colorful tapestry that is never less than alluring . . . an admirable maiden voyage on which John Yao shows considerable promise as a composer/arranger whose eyes and ears are unalterably focused on the future of big band.” - Jack Bowers

Risks and challenges

I. On any given night there are many entertainment options in NYC, so drawing a crowd can be a challenge. Because I believe so strongly in the talent behind JY-17, I'm budgeting a portion of the proceeds to advertising and publicity. I also plan on giving out free tickets to several NYC schools. It's my hope that I'll reach not only jazz enthusiasts but the next generation of jazz artists and music lovers.

II. Three months between each concert may seem like a lot of time to write two new works for JY-17, but as a composer I can tell you it's not that much time at all. I teach music and play gigs full-time to support myself, so dedicating time to composing music can be logistically and financially challenging.

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    My most sincere gratitude for being a friend of JY-17 and a patron of the arts.

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    John's Picks:
    In addition to my sincere gratitude, you will receive a digital download of 5 tracks (chosen by me) from "Flip-Flop" plus an unreleased bonus track.

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    NEW!!
    In addition to my sincerest gratitude, you will also receive a free digital download of "Flip-Flop" plus a download of an unreleased bonus track.

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    I will autograph and mail your personal copy of our CD (remember these?!) "Flip-Flop" with liner notes by legendary composer Jim McNeely and artwork by David McDaniel, plus a digital download of an unreleased bonus track. (Includes shipping)

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    I will mail you a limited edition JY-17 concert poster (11x17) and send you a digital download of "Flip-Flop" plus an unreleased bonus track.

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    You will receive:
    - A one-hour composition/trombone lesson OR a one-hour Jazz History and Appreciation lesson via Skype (lessons can be tailored to your specific interest and/or skill level or you can let me surprise you)
    - 2 seats to all 3 concerts
    - Digital download of "Flip-Flop" plus an unreleased bonus track

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    Personal - Bronze
    - Acknowledgement in all 3 programs for being a friend of JY-17 - Bronze Level
    - 2 seats with priority seating for all 3 concerts in the row of your choice (must be requested in advance to guarantee accommodation)
    - Personally dedicated and autographed copy of CD delivered in person at concert of your choice

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    Personal - Silver
    - Acknowledgement in all 3 programs for being a friend of JY-17 - Silver Level
    - 2 seats with priority seating for all 3 concerts in the row of your choice (must be requested in advance to guarantee accommodation)
    - Limited edition JY-17 concert poster (11 x 17)

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    Personal - Gold
    - Acknowledgement in all 3 programs for being a friend of JY-17 - Gold Level
    - 2 seats with priority seating for all 3 concerts in the row of your choice (must be requested in advance to guarantee accommodation)
    - Personally dedicated and autographed copy of CD delivered in person at the concert of your choice
    - Limited edition JY-17 concert poster (11 x 17) autographed by me delivered in person at concert of your choice

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    Business - Bronze
    - Your company logo in all 3 programs
    - 2 seats with priority seating for all 3 concerts in the row of your choice (must be requested in advance to guarantee accommodation

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    Business - Silver
    - Your company logo in all 3 programs
    - Your company logo in event flyers and posters for all 3 concerts
    - 4 seats with priority seating for all 3 concerts in the row of your choice (must be requested in advance to guarantee accommodation)

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    Business - Gold
    All the press I can offer including:
    - Your company logo in all 3 programs
    - Your company logo in event flyers and posters for all 3 concerts
    - Your company logo on event related social media platforms for all 3 concerts
    - Your company logo on limited edition JY-17 concert poster (11x17) autographed by the band delivered in person at concert of your choice
    - 4 seats with priority seating for all 3 concerts in the row of your choice (must be requested in advance to guarantee accommodation)

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    In addition to my sincerest gratitude, you will also receive a free digital download of "Flip-Flop".

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    You will receive:
    - 2 seats at any one of the three concerts (your choice)
    - Limited edition JY-17 concert poster (11x17)
    - Digital download of "Flip-Flop" plus an unreleased bonus track.

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