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"Who We Are Together" is Pat Donaher's new album of exciting, unexpected, genre-bending duos.
"Who We Are Together" is Pat Donaher's new album of exciting, unexpected, genre-bending duos.
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The Story:

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!

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    THE MAIL JUNKIE: A personal thank you card, featuring art of AcroYoga.

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    THE DABBLER- AcroYoga postcard, plus two digital tracks from the new CD.

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    THE FAN: Exclusive digital download of "Who We Are Together" before it's released!

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    THE DIGITISTA: HIgh Quality digital download (FLAC or Apple Lossless) plus digital album art with bonus images!

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    THE LISTENER: Signed CD of "Who We Are Together" before it's released!

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    THE MUSIC NERD: Signed CD, PLUS digital copies of unreleased material, including my favorite duo with a legend...

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    THE DEDICATED LISTENER: Signed CD of "Who We Are Together" before it's released, PLUS one of Pat's first two CDs, "On Any Given Day" or No Sale Value's "Nu Currency".

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    THE ART LOVER: Signed prerelease copy of "Who We Are Together", one of Pat's earlier CDs, and a large print of one of the AcroYoga images used in the cover art.

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    THE GOURMAND: Signed prerelease CD, PLUS a box of homemade raw chocolate truffles. Rich, and dark, these have to be tasted to be believed!

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    THE CD LOVER: Signed prerelease copy of "Who We Are Together", and EITHER both of Pat's previous CDs OR a copy of "Duo Feathers" Hwaen Ch'uqi's recording of his own compositions for two pianos.

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    THE COMPLETIST: All of Pat's CDs, including a prerelease copy of "Who We Are Together", and a copy of Hwaen's "Duofeathers" set.

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    THE CURIOUS MIND: A private saxophone or improvisation lesson with Pat, or a piano lesson with Hwaen, either in person (restrictions apply) or by Skype. And a signed prerelease CD.

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    THE YOGI: A yoga or AcroYoga private session with Pat, either in person (Boston area) or by Skype (no acro by Skype, sorry!). Plus a signed CD.

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    Pat or Hwaen will write a new composition just for you! Give us a theme, a title, or just let us go. For solo instrument (Hwaen) or small jazz group (Pat). Plus signed prerelease CD.

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    THE CONCERT-GOER: A special solo concert by either Pat or Hwaen in late 2013 or 2014. (restrictions: Pat performs in the greater Boston area, Hwaen in the greater Rochester area, unless travel costs are covered by the pledger. Hwaen must have access to a working acoustic piano) Signed prerelease CD, plus Pat's other two CDs.

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    THE PATRON: Special duo performance by the legendary Johnny Carcrash Duo, Pat Donaher and Hwaen Ch'uqi. (Date to be agreed upon by all parties, late 2013 or 2014. Limited to greater Boston, Rochester NY or New York City, unless travel costs are covered by pledger. Venue must have working grand piano)

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    THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: I gladly cede the executive producer credits to you, mighty patron, along with my eternal thanks, all the CDs, large photo print, chocolates, and solo concert.

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