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My new album is a compilation of music that I performed at Ground Zero during 9/11 Commemoration Ceremonies.
My new album is a compilation of music that I performed at Ground Zero during 9/11 Commemoration Ceremonies.
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My new album, Commemoration, is a compilation of classical guitar pieces that I performed at ground zero during 9/11 Commemoration Ceremonies. The songs are in a wide variety of classical styles and are some of the most moving and expressive pieces that I play. A few tracks are very well known while others have never been recorded. Together, I hope they create a wonderful CD worth listening to time and again. 

The CD is already recorded and now I need your help to cover the costs of studio time ($2500), mixing and mastering ($1500), licensing fees ($1000), and CD production ($1000). If I don't reach my goal of $6000, I wont receive any of the funds and your money will be refunded in full. I plan to have the album ready for distribution by September 1st. Please check out some music samples below and the rewards on the right column of this page. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated!

If I reach my goal, 10% of the proceeds will go to the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund. http://www.vcf.gov/

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Track list:

Air -- Ian Krouse (b. 1956)
Canon in D -- Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
Wild Mountain Thyme -- Scottish Traditional
Mysterious Habitats -- Dušan Bogdanović (b. 1955)
*Blott en Dag (Day by Day) -- Oscar Ahnfelt (1813-1882) 
Romance -- Anonymous 
Waiting for Dawn -- Andrew York (b. 1958) 
Sunday Morning Overcast -- Andrew York
In Sorrow's Wake -- Andrew York
Farewell to Stromness -- Peter Maxwell Davies (b. 1934)
Catedral de los Pájaros -- José Luis Merlin (b. 1952) 
Canciòn del Emperador -- Luys de Narváez (c.1526-49) 
Sarabande --George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Allegro Moderato, Opus 6, E minor -- Fernando Sor (1778-1839) 
Moderato, Opus 35, B minor -- Fernando Sor
Cancion y Danza -- Antonio Ruiz-Pipò (1934-97)

*World Premier recording of this guitar arrangement

Song Sound Portraits (available in a wide array of colors):

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    Thank you! Every dollar helps. A digital download a song on the album, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    Digital download of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    A copy of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    A signed copy of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    A signed copy of the CD, a compilation CD of recordings I've made for various guitar and music competitions, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    A signed copy of the CD, audio files from unreleased live and home recordings, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    A half hour long guitar lesson. I’ll give you or anyone of your choosing one 30-minute guitar lesson in person (Southern California or Tampa, Florida) or by skype, or just a chat by skype, a signed copy of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    A limited edition DVD of live performances at Juilliard, audio files from unreleased live and home recordings, a signed copy of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    An hour long guitar lesson. I’ll give you or anyone of your choosing a 1-hour long guitar lesson in person (Southern California or Tampa, Florida) or by skype, or just a chat by skype, signed copy of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    Guitar lessons. I’ll give you or anyone of your choosing 5 30-minute guitar lessons (one per week) in person (Southern California or Tampa, Florida) or by skype, 2 signed copies of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    I’ll give you or anyone of your choosing 5 one-hour long guitar lessons (one per week) in person (Southern California or Tampa, Florida) or skype guitar lessons, 2 signed copies of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    An18x24 Song Sound Portrait (see photo on left – the actual sound waves from a song on the album are used to make a wonderful piece of art) of any song of your choosing, 2 signed copies of the CD, audio files from unreleased live and home recordings, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    I’ll play background music for an hour at your dinner party, cocktail party, wedding ceremony (ceremony only), or special event, booked 1-12 months in advance (travel expenses and lodging separate, if applicable), 2 signed copies of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    A 24x36 Song Sound Portrait (see photo on left) of any song of your choosing on the album, 2 signed copies of the CD, audio files from unreleased live and home recordings, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    Live 30-minute concert in your home or select venue, booked 1-12 months in advance (travel expenses and lodging separate, if applicable), featuring music from the CD, 5 signed copies of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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    Live full length concert in your home or select venue, booked 1-12 months in advance (travel expenses and lodging separate, if applicable), featuring music from the CD, 10 signed copies of the CD, and every donor will be acknowledged on my facebook fan page.

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