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Forever Christmas (Canceled)

Piano icon David Lanz and angelic voiced Kristin Amarie create beautiful new original Christmas music. Help them spread the good cheer!

Forever Christmas (Canceled)

Piano icon David Lanz and angelic voiced Kristin Amarie create beautiful new original Christmas music. Help them spread the good cheer!

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About

Hi folks...David Lanz here.

Now I am originally from Seattle, think rain, and my fiancée, singer composer Kristin Amarie, is from Norway, think snow. But last year, here at home in Upstate New York, we endured one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record...way beyond even Norway's winters! It seemed to go on and on forever, so we think the title of our new CD, Forever Christmas, seems very fitting... ;)

All winter long, the fireplace was blazing while the snow kept falling, so we took advantage of this extended winter season and composed and conceived Forever Christmas, our new holiday music project.

We were inspired to not only arrange a few of our favorite classic carols, O Holy Night and Silent Night, which we dedicated to our mothers, but more in keeping with our own artistic natures, we wanted to create new music that reflected our feelings about the holidays. We also took the opportunity to improvise musically and vocally with each other, which is where a lot of the magic happens on the record!

I am known primarily as a composer of piano music, but with Kristin’s help, we fashioned a number of wonderful lyrics for our new music. Here is one of those lines from the title track...”What would I wish for all year long, if dreams really did came true? Forever Christmas, peace on earth, only love for me and you...”. And this from,“ Sweet Winter Love”, another original song,..”Candy cane kisses for you, sweet winter love shinning through, mistletoe dreams all coming true. Sugarplums dance to the tune...Gingerbread Man in the Moon...Yes we believe...it's Christmastime...”

OK, let’s breakout the eggnog:)

Once we had our songs written, we traveled to Seattle, my home town, to work in the studio with my brother, engineer and producer, Gary Lanz, and brought in some of our favorite Seattle players to make the music come to life! My old friends, the Grammy awarding winning guitar/woodwind duo, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel, Seattle Symphony cellist Walter Gray, and the always great Keith Lowe on upright bass. 

But now, with a nearly completed project, we find ourselves in the same place many recording and touring artists do these days. The record labels we used to be on either no longer exist, or no long can offer the same support they used to.

Enter crowd sourcing and Kickstarter! So now you, our friends and fans, can become part of the show so to speak. You can be more involved with your favorite artists and get exclusive access to our new music first! We love this, because now, all of us geniuses can continue to do what we do best...create music, tour, perform, and ...eat:) So partnering with our friends and fans here at Kickstarter is a win win!

When I was making records like Cristofori's Dream, and the full blown orchestral Skyline Fire Dance in the 80's and 90's, we had recording budgets, tour support, marketing teams, art directors, radio promotion and all our music was packaged and manufactured for us. It really does take a village to get it all done!

Back in the day we received record royalties that we could live on because there were thousands and thousands of music stores selling our music....but where have all the flowers gone ?? :)

Kristin and I have nearly completed our project, but we are still facing high costs for the final mastering, manufacturing, video production, graphic art costs, publicity, touring and travel expenses, radio promotion, eating...oh I already mentioned that... and on it goes!

As always, we are so grateful for your continued support. Without you we would not be able to continue recording and touring! So please check out all the cool stuff we are offering you exclusively here at Kickstarter, and help us, help you, to continue enjoying our music on your CD player, on your computer, in your car, and on the radio. We also look forward to celebrating the holidays with many of you on the road... and of course in your earbuds:)

Merry Christmas!

David Lanz and Kristin Amarie

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    FOREVER CHRISTMAS - Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Digital Forever Christmas Album, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Holiday e-card.

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    UNDER THE MISTLETOE - Autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CD, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

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    THE GARLAND - Autographed Forever Christmas 11x17 Poster with Kickstarter Deluxe Digital Forever Christmas Album, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

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    The NUTCRACKER-$80 Pack of Ten (10) Beautiful Limited Edition Forever Christmas printed holiday greeting cards and an autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CD, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

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    THE TRIMMINGS-Autographed Forever Christmas 11X17 Poster, Limited Edition Handwritten lyric sheet by Kristin of their original title song Forever Christmas, Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas Digital Album, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

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    THE HOLIDAY SHOPPER'S PACKAGE-"One Stop" Holiday Shop! Five (5) autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CDs, 2 digital bonus tracks per album, Five (5) Beautiful Limited Edition Forever Christmas printed holiday greeting cards, Kickstarter Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

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    PRIVATE TIME WITH DAVID LANZ-Coaching - starting Jan. 2015 (must redeem prior to 05/02/2015)

    One hour Coaching session-$250 via phone with email follow-up (60 minutes)

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    THE SUPER DELUXE HOLIDAY SHOPPER'S PACKAGE-Ten (10) autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CDs, 2 digital bonus tracks per album, Ten (10) Beautiful Limited Edition Forever Christmas printed holiday greeting cards, Kickstarter Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

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    THE DAVID LANZ ARCHIVES-Very Rare 3 vinyl singles package- from my personal collection-two sets only!

    These hit radio singles, with Paul Speer, "Behind the Waterfall" (from Natural States, Narada 1985) and "Desert Rain" (from Desert Vision, Narada 1987), were considered to be two of the very first hit singles in the New Age genre. Beautifully packaged in their deluxe full color sleeves with complete
    album credits on back. Custom Audiophile quality KC 569 Virgin Vinyl Pressing!

    "Free Fall", from the 1988 hit album Cristofori's Dream, in it’s clean white paper sleeve, was serviced to radio only. All in very good condition and never actually played!

    In addition you will receive an Autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CD, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

    Archive items are signed by request $300 two sets only!

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    FOREVER CHRISTMAS LIVE!!-One pair (2) tickets to your choice of one (1) concert on the 2014 West Coast tour, two (2) back stage passes, one (1) signed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CDs, 2 digital bonus tracks, Kickstarter Exclusive Holiday digital e-card, one (1) limited edition Forever Christmas holiday greeting card, and your choice of two (2) additional items to be autographed, from the CD and songbook table after the show! (Very limited quantity-first come first served). *Venue details and time and date at davidlanz.com, you are responsible for all travel and any/all related expenses to attend the show of your choice.

    At these shows only:

    November 28, Everett, WA
    November 29, Kirkland, WA
    December 5, Provo, UT
    December 7, Grand Junction, CO
    December 12, Pleasanton, CA

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    THE DAVID LANZ ARCHIVES-Very Rare Vinyl LPs and Vinyl Singles-from my personal collection-one set only!

    The solo piano vinyl LPs, Nightfall, pressed with direct metal mastering (Narada 1984) and Solstice, with Michael Jones, (Narada 1986) were two of my first releases.

    And these hit radio singles, with Paul Speer, "Behind the Waterfall" (from Natural States, Narada 1985) and "Desert Rain" (from Desert Vision, Narada 1987), were considered to be two of the very first hit singles in the New Age genre. The singles are beautifully packaged in deluxe full color sleeves with complete album credits on back. Custom Audiophile quality KC 569 Virgin Vinyl Pressing!

    "Free Fall", from the 1988 hit album Cristofori's Dream, in it’s clean white paper sleeve, was serviced to radio only.

    In addition you will receive an autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CD, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

    All archive items are in very good condition! Signed by request. One set only- $500

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    THE DAVID LANZ ARCHIVES-The Deluxe 7 piece CD and Sheet Music Package -from my personal collection- 2 sets only!

    These CDs are no longer commercially available.
    "Heartsounds" (Narada 1983) still sealed.
    "Skyline Fire Dance" (Narada 1991) Double CD set still sealed.
    "Sacred Road" (Narada 1996)

    AND- Three rare promotional radio CD singles:

    "That Smile" (from Finding Paradise, Decca 2002)
    "Big Sur" (from The Good Life, Decca 2004) both with rare deluxe cover art.

    "Songs from an English Garden" a four song CD edited for radio. (Narada 1998)
    1. "Sitting in an English Garden"
    2. "Tuesday Afternoon"
    3. "Ferry Across the Mersey" (featuring Herb Alpert)
    4. "Conquistador" (featuring Matthew Fisher)

    Rounding out this eclectic package, one autographed limited edition of the sheet music for "Cristofori's Dream" with cover art suitable for framing.

    In addition you will receive an autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CD, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

    All archive items are in very good condition. CDs signed on request. $500- only 2 sets!

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    PRIVATE TIME WITH DAVID LANZ-Coaching - starting Jan. 2015 (must redeem prior to 05/02/2015)

    Coaching session in my home-$450 for a one hour session (60 minutes)

    In addition you will receive an autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CD, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

    (You are responsible for any/all travel, lodging, ground transportation expenses, etc related to the "Private Time" packages, but I will make you coffee :-) )

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    THE DAVID LANZ ARCHIVES-CALLING ALL COLLECTORS!! Extremely Rare and Highly Collectible Direct Metal Mastered Vinyl LPs and Rare Japanese cassette (still sealed) - from my personal collection-one set only!

    All three of these items are not only out of print, but back in the day were only available in this version for a very short time! The 1984 vinyl LP "Heartsounds", my first Narada release, had this initial cover for it's first printing. Then the Narada label changed the photo and art work the following year.

    Also included here is a "Heartsounds" cassette, which has the art work the label finally settled on, but this cassette was the Japanese version available only in Japan, and this cassette is still sealed!

    Last, but not least, Narada’s 1985 "Winter Solstice" LP (featuring pianist Michael Jones on side A and myself on side B) This version was only available for one season until the title was changed to "Solstice." The name change took place because the Windham Hill label released an album the same year with the same" Winter Solstice" title, so Narada changed the title in 1986 to eliminate any confusion. These will be signed on request. All in very good condition.

    In addition you will receive an autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CD, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

    Sold only as a package for $700. One set only!

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    PRIVATE TIME WITH DAVID LANZ- Private Lessons- starting Jan. 2015 (must redeem prior to 05/02/2015)

    Private lessons in my home-$750 for one hour and a half (90 minutes).

    In addition you will receive an autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CD, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

    (You are responsible for any/all travel, lodging, ground transportation expenses, etc related to the "Private Time" packages, but I will make you coffee :-)

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    THE DAVID LANZ ARCHIVES-Yamaha Disklavier Piano Soft Original Artist Series "From the Heart" (1993) and "Skyline Firedance" (1991) promo cassette- from my personal collection-one set only!

    From the Heart OAC-1167 (Yamaha 1993)
    I have only one of these never played, very hard to find, Yamaha Listening Series Original Artist Collection Disklavier "Piano Soft" floppy disc format recordings. Contains many of my most well know pieces-Cristofori's Dream, Return to the Heart, A Whiter Shade of Pale, Dark Horse, Madre De La Tierra, Leaves on the Seine, Heartsounds, Dancing on The (Berlin) Wall and the Medley: Behind the Waterfall/Desert Rain. (NOTE: You must have a Yamaha Disklavier piano that can play the floppy disc format recordings.)

    Also included, a very rare promotional audio cassette of the double album, "Skyline Firedance," which features the songs Vesuvius, Dancing on the Wall, Dark Horse, Nights in White Satin, and much more! Each song is recorded with full orchestra, and as solo piano.

    In addition you will receive an autographed Kickstarter Deluxe Edition Forever Christmas CD, 2 digital bonus tracks and Kickstarter Exclusive Exclusive Holiday digital e-card.

    All archive items are in very good condition. Signed on request. $1000 One set only!

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    A DAY WITH DAVID LANZ AND KRISTIN AMARIE-Experience a private one and a half hour (90 minutes) coaching session with David in his home, and a one hour (60 minutes) private lesson focusing on working with your individual musical abilities. Composing and improvisation will be highlighted. Kristin will join us and discuss songwriting and many other related music and music business topics. Lunch with David and Kristin will follow. Four hour total duration for day.

    (1 Package = 1 Person, You are responsible for any/all travel, lodging, ground transportation expenses, etc related to the "Home Session" package, but lunch will be provided. )

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    THE "FOREVER CHRISTMAS" ORIGINAL PAINTING BY MARTIN SPRINGETT (created exclusively for the album cover.)

    The painting is 15” X 15” and was rendered in acrylics on Arches cold press water colour paper.

    Comments from Martin Springett, the artist:

    "While listening to David and Kristin's beautiful music I made sketches based on images that had come into my mind. I really wanted to express the warm female/nurturing side of the Christmas story, and avoid some of the usual visual Christmas clichés. Every now and again as an artist I get a commission where I feel inspired to go further and create the best possible work I can. This is certainly is one of those commissions. It was a challenge, but then I find the best work comes when one is challenged, thematically and technically."

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    ULTIMATE FAN PACKAGE-starting Jan. 2015 (must redeem prior to 05/02/2015)

    You and a guest (2 people), will have a candlelight gourmet dinner with David and Kristin, followed by a 1 hour (60 minutes appx.) private concert in their home in Upstate New York! Good through May 2nd, 2015

    (You are responsible for any/all travel, lodging, ground transportation expenses, etc related to the "Ultimate Fan" package, but dinner will be provided )

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    LIVE IN CONCERT! in your home! $5000 starting Jan. 2015

    David and Kristin will come to your home to entertain only you-or you and up to twenty-five (25) of your friends for an unforgettable evening of music! (Concert length, appx 1 hour (60 minutes), You provide the piano*, sound equipment*, and all first class travel, hotel, and ground transportation...you can take us out to dinner too if you like:-)

    *piano and sound system to be discussed at least 3 weeks prior to the show to be deemed appropriate for the event’s space.

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    THE DAVID LANZ ARCHIVES-from my personal collection!

    Autographed Limited Edition "Cristofori’s Dream" sheet music-(cover art is suitable for framing.)

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