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Help us record music and make a film documenting our month long travel and adventures as artists in residence at Sichuan University.

From the above video, you can clearly see:

(Edit: WOAH! We made it! See update #4 for celebration/jubilation/explication. This is just to let you know that any money we get on Kickstarter from here on out will go toward: 1. Shipping stuff. We honestly thought we'd be delivering chopsticks and albums by bike, we had no idea we'd be shipping around the country, let alone internationally! 2. Paying Tiger in a Jar some more money, which means more/longer videos. And 3. Possibly, if the next six days are anything like the last two, buying another Chinese instrument or two to add to the repertoire. THANK YOU!!!!!)

a) Beautiful things can happen at the intersection of China and Americana.

b) We are more than a little uncomfortable talking in front of a camera.

c)  Julie and Matt are fabulous videographers. Imagine what they will do when we're playing here...

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With that said, welcome to our kickstarter project! We're happy you're here. If you've never heard of us...

We decided to start this whole thing because, with support from the University of Utah Confucius Institute, we have the opportunity to be artists in residence for the month of June at Sichuan University, studying guzheng, matouqin, erhu, and liuqin. We are, needless to say but we’ll say it anyways, very very excited. It's been a little rough finding teachers of said instruments here in the Salt Lake Valley.

We recognize what a unique opportunity this is and decided it must be documented in a visual as well as auditory way. Auditory: write and record an E.P the month we are there.  We can handle that. But. Visual?We couldn’t find anyone who’s videography style matched what we wanted, let alone someone also available and crazy enough to agree to such an unusual proposal. Enter tiger in a jar. The day we had all but lost hope of finding someone, Brinn’s brother left a note on her door--on the back of their business card. We looked them up. Within, oh, five seconds of starting their first movie, we knew they were the ones. Coincidence? We think not.

Thankfully, they agreed.


Through the sale of our self recorded and self funded first album plus money made playing shows (along with guzheng cases full of tips from the farmers' market) we have enough to get the four of us and our 8 month old over to Sichuan. And no more. We need your help to do the following:

  • Flying tiger in a jar over the ocean, then over the length of China to the west where the pandas reside--aka Sichuan
  • Renting a van with driver (turns out an international driver's license  is NOT accepted in China) to take six adults, one baby, and our large instruments around to film music videos and play concerts
  • Recording, mixing, mastering and printing the Sichuan E.P.
  • Post production costs for editing and producing the footage captured (amounting to many guzheng case fulls)
  • Rental of instruments for the month

This is where Kickstarter and you can come together to make this happen and get something (pretty awesome if you ask us) out of it for yourself. 

By pre-buying (backing in kickstarter jargon) the album or selecting from among any of the other products and services on your right ----------------> we end up with enough funding to make it happen, and you end up with some pretty neat stuff in return. Brilliant.

The catch: If we don't meet our goal, you don't get anything and neither do we. So please spread the word, share the Matteo love.

We will be blogging about it along the way and are already excited to share with you the finished products. We really can't make it all happen without you. So thank you thank you for your support and helping us fund in advance.

love,

Matteo 

questions? email us musicofmatteo@gmail.com

Hear our first album, The Morning Market

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