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'An Englishman In New York'
Hi everybody! It's Joe Brent here. SOOOOO... a few months ago, lutherie maestro Brian Dean had a crazy idea: why not a CD of Dowland lute music to feature the versatility of his instruments? Everyone already knows how good they are with modern music, but what people don't realize is that owing to their similarities to lute construction, they're actually just as perfectly suited to Renaissance music as well. Of course, I was all for it. He even agreed to build me a 10-string instrument, much like the 8-string Grand Concert he'd already built for me, to handle the lower voices. But who to record the higher voices?
Well, the answer was obvious to me, and after a few emails, my dear friend, virtuoso mandolinist and early music specialist Alon Sariel was on board. We did the arrangements over the course of a few months, and as he was coming to New York anyway to play some concerts, we headed to Vinegar Hill Sound for a few days to record the project. While Alon was in New York, we also performed together at Bargemusic on some of the Dowland repertoire, the result of which you can hear right here:
Pretty cool, huh? We sure thought so. And since we'll be in London together in December as well, we'll take the opportunity to finish the album there, and the final project will be called 'An Englishman In New York', after the Sting song of the same name. When it's finished, it'll certainly be the first of its kind -- Dowland's lute music arranged for two mandolins! -- and it's definitely something we're both very proud of.
Risks and challenges
But here's the problem -- we'd love to get this music out into the world, but printing CDs and doing the final mixing can be pretty expensive, so that's where you come in. It's not much, since we won't be doing a large printing of the CD at first (unless it's a huge hit and we go out on tour with Lady Gaga and all that...), but all told, it'll probably run about $5,000. We want to do this right, with packaging reflecting the work we've done on the CD on two continents, and a nice mix and professional mastering, combined with the travel costs of getting together when we're both in the UK... whew! It's a wonder anyone ever gets these things finished at all! Anyways, we need your help to finish this project. Any help you can give is tremendously appreciated, and will help put something we feel is really beautiful into the world!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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