About this project
We have commissioned and performed some fantastic music since forming as a duo in 2013. It's time to record them professionally so that we can share this great music with a wider audience!
Variety Show will feature compositions by Drew Baker, Brooks Frederickson, Brendon Randall-Myers, Ian Dicke, Zack Browning, Andrea Reinkemeyer, and Ned McGowan.
The Drew Baker piece is already recorded and mixed. We will be recording the rest of the compositions this month at Fantasy Studios, in Berkeley, CA. We plan to release the album in CD and digital download formats in early October 2016 on the Aerocade Music label.
Your contributions will go towards studio rental, paying for mechanical licenses, manufacturing CDs and publicity for the album.
Here are some videos of us performing 4 of the 7 pieces on the album:
Every backer will get a hand-written thank you postcard in the mail.
The CD will be in a lovely digipack designed by Adam T. Davis (the same artist who designed Meerenai's latest solo album "Pheromone").
We are making custom A/B Duo beverage coasters! It will be like the thick paper coasters from your favorite pub, except it will have a drawing by Meerenai on one side and the album cover on the other!
We have a new t-shirt design! Meerenai's drawing (above) will be printed with white ink on Navy shirts. You will have Women's and Men's sizes to choose from:
Fan Pack! (new)
A signed copy of our 11"x17" poster. Our 2013 EP on limited edition CD. And a special A/B Duo recipe collection of Chris and Meerenai's favorite recipes in PDF form including the following recipes: Chris’s Summer Salsa, Meerenai’s Banana Nut Bread, Meerenai's Cashew Cream Food Coma Helper, and plenty of cocktail recipes too! Plus everything from the $50 level.
A/B Duo Jersey
When we perform more informal shows, we often wear matching baseball jersey style shirts. You can see the back of Chris's shirt below. You can see the front of the shirts in our video above. The personalized A/B Duo Jersey will have your name and the number of your choosing on the back, just like ours!
Signed Drum Sticks and Drum Head
After we finish recording the album, we will sign the drum sticks and one 10" drum head used to record the album and mail it to you. The drum head will come off of Meerenai's drum kit that Chris is using on the record. The drum sticks are the same pair that Chris is holding in one of our older photos:
Original Artwork (new!)
Meerenai just finished her piece Blueprint for the Soudwave Biennial. It's a graphic score for soprano sax, flute, contrabass flute, and contraforte. You can get the ORIGINAL 14"x11" hand-drawn first panel in a frame! Read more about Blueprint here.
Risks and challenges
The release can be delayed if the mixing process takes longer than we anticipated. Since almost every percussion instrument (every triangle, drum, etc.) gets mic'ed separately, it can take a long time to mix.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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