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**11/3 WE MADE IT!!** We are thrilled, and we're already going through the roof! THANK YOU all! Let's keep going higher! Every dollar will go into making this album extremely awesome, and reaching as many people with it as we can. We are unlocking some extra rewards in celebration: 15 more CDs signed by the the whole crew are now available! 

**10/31** Red Sox and Halloween special! For those who want only the best, a completely uncut sample from the sessions in high-res (stereo + binaural 192kHz and DSD128): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lhnzs9qcdcynujl/6uguMdF_rr

Pledge for your high-res download of the whole album now, and help us exceed our goal so we can potentially make an SACD!

**10/25 Update** New video, raw and fresh from the recording session! Also - an anonymous donor as agreed to match donations through the end of Monday! Double your karma!

In A Far Cry, there's nothing we love more than bringing the music we love to the people we love!

We have 6 recordings out on various labels, but now for the first time, we wanted to take things a step further and create an album that follows one thread from start to finish.

We wanted to make an album that is an extension of who we really are: from the program to the playing and the sound concept, all the way to the program book.

Dreams and Prayers

Dreams and Prayers explores music as a passageway between man and the divine, as experienced through religious mysticism. The album, which was born last year as a vividly moving and spectacularly-reviewed live concert, is comprised of music spanning nearly 1000 years from deeply rich and varied spiritual traditions. 

  • Hildegard von Bingen: The Origin of Fire
  • Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol: Vecd
  • Osvaldo Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Heiliger Dankgesang, op. 132

A Far Cry has teamed up with the amazing David Krakauer to perform and record the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Issac the Blind in its new version for clarinet and string orchestra. We have re-imagined a work of Hildegard von Bingen, written for monophonic voice, here played by violins in unison. Beethoven's Song of Thanksgiving from his string quartet op. 132 is his cry of gratitude to the heavens after being healed from illness, and a new commission from Turkish composer Mehmet Sanlıkol drawn from the Sufi tradition completes the program. 

David Krakauer performs with A Far Cry (photo: Dina Rudick / Boston Globe)
David Krakauer performs with A Far Cry (photo: Dina Rudick / Boston Globe)

Going Deeper

Our incredible team of performers and composers is joined by the wonderful Grammy award-winning producer Jesse Lewis, and we are thrilled to be working together. A year ago, we performed this program and discovered an exciting chemistry that we wanted to continue and share with more people. We have pooled our energy and resources to make this a lasting project and invite you to join us!  

Dreams and Prayers will also offer new ways for our audience to go deeper inside the music. Along with the album, we will make additional behind-the-scenes media available, such as video interviews with the players, recording footage and photos, sneak-peaks into the composer’s creative process, and windows into the cultures and traditions inspiring the music.

We have a vision and a plan. All of the pieces are in place. Help us bring this important music to everyone.

Special Note: If we're able to go above and beyond our goal, we would love to do some extra special things. Releasing as an SACD, on vinyl, in binaural...all things we can and would love to do, and will do if possible!

Risks and challenges

Once we have recorded the album, forming a unified final product can be challenging for a group of our size. We have a system of team-leadership in place to make sure that every musician's voice has the chance to be heard and to shape the final result, while still staying on course and keeping the whole group's vision in mind.

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    Both Binaural and Stereo versions of the whole album in your choice of hi-res audio format one month before release - PCM (96k and 192k) and DSD (2.8MHz and 5.6MHz)

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    Crier Violist and tea aficionado Sarah Darling will hand-select a selections of the world's finest teas just for you! To sip and enjoy along with an advance digital download.

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    Signed CD by EVERYONE on the album! Criers, esteemed soloist, composers, producer, engineers, the whole crew! (and an advance digital download of course!)

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    Dreams and Prayers Partner Thank-You package. A photo journal documenting the touring and recording of Dreams and Prayers this October, signed by the Criers, along with a CD and advance digital download.

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    A VIP invite to our CD release party, along with a pre-release CD signed by all of the Criers.

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    A complete library of A Far Cry albums, including our soon-to-be-released History of the Night Live album, Debut, Piazzolla, Tracer -with our commission from Richard Cornell, American Clarinet Concertos, The Mozart Sessions, and of course, Dreams and Prayers signed by the Criers.

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    2 VIP Tickets to a live concert of Dreams and Prayers and out with the Criers after! Playing in ME 10/17, VT 10/18, NH 10/19 and MA 10/20; email Megumi for specifics. (Also potential to exchange for any home or touring concert for Season 7.)

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    Ever wonder about how recordings are made in the modern age? Lunch or Dinner with Grammy Award winner Jesse Lewis, producer and engineer of Dreams and Prayers, and A Far Cry label manager Megumi Stohs Lewis (travel and meal costs additional....or for $150 more we will grab the groceries and cook for you and a couple of your friends!)

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    A signed, original sketch of Vec'd, the commission for this program from composer Mehmet Sanlikol.

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    Dinner with 4 Criers anywhere in Boston, or on the road at a tour destination if possible. Talk about music, our community, entrepreneurship, and the WORLD! Hanging out over good food is a favorite Crier activity, as you may already know! (Travel and meal costs additional)

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    The master chefs of A Far Cry will cook for you and up to 3 of your friends in the Boston area. We invite you to dine and enjoy great conversation together! A listening of Dreams and Prayers will accompany the meal. (All ingredients provided.)

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    A one-of-a-kind music video just for YOU! Choose one of your favorite movements from our rep, or leave it to Crier's choice, chosen for you. Mark a special occasion or send a present to a loved one. A Far Cry will record a live video for you with a personalized message from the Criers.

    (If you liked the look of our raw clip straight from the sessions...we'll be using the same camera for your clip, and we can edit a special message straight into the video as well!)

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    A personal care package from Miki! She will hand-make some of her favorite treats just for you! Small-batch salted caramels, dark chocolate & crystallized ginger cookies, chocolate-dipped cardamom coconut macaroons are all possible... leave it in her hands, or send a special request! All to enjoy with your advance copy of the CD. (Delivery within Boston or New York included, overnight shipping to further destinations, please add $20.)

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    Attention NY music lovers! Here's a very special opportunity just for you:
    2 VIP tickets to a concert of The Fidelio String Quartet (members include crier Miki-Sophia Cloud, and guest criers Becky Anderson and Caitlin Lynch) Enjoy two best-in-house tickets to one of their three recitals this year at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

    PLUS Coffee with Miki to talk about programming something like Dreams and Prayers, starting a quartet, or the exciting paths we can take for the future of music in our cities.
    www.fideliostringquartet.com

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    A score of Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, signed by Osvaldo Golijov

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