I love playing duos. LOVE it. Two people, one conversation. And as with any good conversation, when folks are paying attention it can go... anywhere.
This album comprises some of the best musical conversations I've had over the last ten years, with two dear friends and amazing musicians. Over three sessions representing a few years, a lot of meals, cups of coffee, ice cream, and er, other things, phone calls, rehearsals, long conversations, gigs and recordings, I feel lucky to make some music I've very pleased with. This album, "Who We Are Together", is the result. Some of the music is composed, some completely improvised; all of it reflects our commitment to each other, and to the performances.
The album is a tribute to two people who I had amazing partnerships in other ways: Bob Brookmeyer, one of my most important teachers, who named the record for me, and my father Brian Donaher, who introduced me to music as a kid and was my biggest fan, who passed away this spring.
Where we are:
The album is recorded and mixed, just waiting to be heard.
Where we're going:
To the masses, I hope! While the music is ready, there is some last post-production work to be done, as well as graphic design, pressing CDs, and distribution set-up. I plan to work with a couple of fantastic yoga photographers to create some amazing images for the album art, and the with Jim Tuerk, who has done amazing graphic design for Dave Douglas and the Greenleaf Music label, to make it an amazing package. And if things go really well, we'll be able to hire a publicist and set up release gigs in Boston, Rochester, and maybe even NYC!
All of which, of course, costs money. This is where you come in. We've set up rewards that speak to all kinds of music lovers. You just want a CD, or an MP3? No problem? Like art? Buy the cover image in a beautiful print. Music maker? Take a lesson with me or one of my duo partners. Yogi, or yoga monkey? Take a lesson with me. But I hope you'll chime in to support this music!
Risks and challenges
The last few steps in a project can always be the most perilous, so I'm aiming for clear communication and follow-through between myself, my duo partners, and the third parties I'm working with. And perhaps, if this Kickstarter goes really, REALLY well, bringing someone in to help with promotion, airplay and press. In today's music business, nothing is an automatic slam dunk, but I think with your help we can do something special!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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