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We would like to bring my cello to Asia to film an epic documentary. It is extremely fragile and requires its own seat on each flight.
We would like to bring my cello to Asia to film an epic documentary. It is extremely fragile and requires its own seat on each flight.
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My name is Jacob Cohen (soundcloud.com/jacobgcohen), I am a Brooklyn-based cellist and street performer. 

On June 26th, me, my brother Max Cohen (thingsofmax.blogspot.com/) and filmmaker friend Josh Milowe (wowreal.ly) will be traveling to Asia for 1 month to shoot an epic documentary of our performances and collaborations along the way. 

The three of us have been working together since January 2012 when Josh filmed a collaborative performance that Max and I were involved in titled A Goat and a Bearded Lady.  Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqlJjdWEW5I.  (Also in the video in order of performance are Uniska Wahala Kano and Nadia Bourne) 

Max and myself then worked together on a hand drawn animation project, called Threadbare, for which I developed a soundtrack.  Watch Threadbare here: http://vimeo.com/45685644

Josh and I have been working closely together since I began pursuing music full time.  We worked on several experimental film projects where I play live soundtracks.  One of our most recent works was a collaborative performance with poet/performance artist Robot Moonjuice which we filmed live on the Bedford Avenue subway platform in Brooklyn.  Watch the 5 minute version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQo2td8Hi9k

Finally, Josh documented a collaborative performance between Max and myself at Ouchi Gallery in Brooklyn which you can watch here: http://vimeo.com/66838423 password is OuchiGallery

The three of us want to take this opportunity while we are on the other side of the planet to perform as much as possible and document our performances and experiences and tie them all together in the end with a documentary from the trip as well as additional audio recordings.  We are going to explore three countries and shoot footage in each.  We will film collaborative pieces with artists that we meet along the way and do many site-specific performances utilizing our new surroundings and the environments in which we will be moving.  We have been doing this work in NYC and around the United States already, now it is time to go to other parts of the world to continue to explore our creative innards.  

The trip includes Tokyo, Bangkok, Phuket and New Delhi.  We already have our tickets, however in order to bring my cello I need to buy it a set of round trip tickets as well.  This is what all cellists have to do when they travel.  The reason for this is that the cello is such a fragile instrument that they are often broken in transit after being handled improperly by airline employees.  The total cost comes to $2300.  This is our goal. 

Please help my cello go to Asia! 

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The greatest challenge to completing this project upon receiving funding will be to carry my cello up the Himalayas.

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    A personal note of gratitude for supporting the project, an electronic version of the resulting documentary as well as a picture of Jacob's cello in each of the countries that it will be visiting.

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    everything included in a $100 pledge plus a personal performance in your home or anywhere you want within the states of NY, NJ, MA, or anywhere that is a reasonable bus ride from NYC. I will gladly come anywhere if you help me with travel costs!

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    everything included in a $300 pledge plus postcards from each country and Jacob will cook you a meal before playing your personal concert and do dishes afterwards.

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