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I am trying to raise funds to record "Shikata Ga Nai," a composition for electric guitar quartet about the Japanese Internment camps.
I am trying to raise funds to record "Shikata Ga Nai," a composition for electric guitar quartet about the Japanese Internment camps.
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Shikata Ga Nai is a composition for electric guitar quartet that is based on the experiences of those that served in the Japanese Internment camps during World War II.  This topic is one that has interested me for quite a while, but I'm finally now realizing my goal to take these experiences, stories and images and create a new composition with all of this in mind.

The project will culminate in live performances around Boston in the fall, part-new music performance, part-telling of history.  The Kickstarter is to help raise the funds necessary to get the accompanying music recorded and released, on both LP and various digital formats. 

For more information and various updates, please visit nealmarkowski.com/shikataganai.

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    I let you come into the recording studio and play cymbals on one of the tracks, which will stay in the finished product, plus everything above. (You must provide your own transportation to the studio on July 30th.)

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