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"Suite 7 Days", composed by cellist Jerry Liu : original composition featuring 7 vignettes reflecting upon the essence of each day.
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Prelude : I started composing Suite 7 Days in 2009. It was very difficult since I had little experience in composition prior to the project. I was lucky to have a composer friend to give me feedback every now and then. Through the revision process, I have learned so much about both composition and sound possibilities on the cello. After almost three years, Suite 7 Days was finally completed. It features seven movements performed entirely from pizzicato on the cello, and it represents what I envision each day sounds like.

What makes this piece stand out is that it requires the performer to use a practice mute throughout the movements. Often times this wouldn't be done because a practice mute dampens the sound way too much to be heard in a concert hall. However, the combination of pizzicato and the unique muffled sound of a practice mute is definitely something worth exploring. To combat the loss in decibels in a large venue, an amplifier can be used and is recommended.

Originally I wanted this to be a Holiday gift (2009), both score and CD sent to all the cellists I have known. I haven't lost sight of that dream (even though It would be too difficult to track down and send it to all the cellists now, since I've met quite a few these few past years). A lot of delays on the way, but now everything is in the final stages of production (both score and CD). Suite 7 Days really means a lot to me and It would be beyond amazing to finally make this piece available to the public.

The CD : Suite 7 Days, includes 8 tracks (in 4-panel digipak)with a total duration of 22:00 minutes. With your help it will be released as a CD and digital download worldwide.

The Score : 20 pages bound together. While the score is very detailed (extended techniques, fingerings, tempo.. etc), it is also clean and easy/pleasant to look at. I personally went through the score multiple times, note by note, to fix any any imperfections or anything that might be unclear or confusing, and believe that the final score is as clear as I can make it.    

Total performance duration is about 18min

The Plan : The official release is being planned on March 31, 2013, you receive the physical rewards (score, album, sheet music..) beforehand.The performance/lessons/travel/scheduling.. etc will have to be worked out individually. But I'm confident I can fulfill them by the end of this year (2013). 

With your help I will be able to

1. Print and distribute Suite 7 Days, with Beauty in Cacophony Press (BCP) based in San Jose, California.
2. Manufacturing of the discs/distribution with disk makers
3. Registration/copyright.
4. Help cover part of expenses already invested in this project including
*Studio recording/mixing/mastering
*CD graphics design
*BCP editing, engraving , publishing the score


I apologize for the lack in video quality and sound.

Thank you so much!

Jerry

Risks and challenges

All tracks (7 + 1 bonus track) have been recorded and mastered. The score is also at the final stage and ready to be in print.

There are many ways to reach me and I am very responsible. You can trust me! Upon completion, I will have your rewards shipped out before the planned release date on March 31st.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions

Since the rewards are more exclusive for cellists, you can always suggest what I can do for you and I can add it as a pledge reward.

Thanks again

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    Thank you so much for your support. Every dollar counts! You will receive my positive thoughts

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    A personal thank you email along with link to digitally download Saturday.WAV track. You can listen to a sample at bandmix.com/jerrygotcello/

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    Digital download (mp3) of Mon-Sun tracks from Suite 7 Days album (7 tracks 18:00 min) * A personal thank you email

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    Receive a physical autographed copy of Suite 7 Days album (8 tracks 22:00 min) along with a PDF file (sheet music) for both "Saturday" and "Sunday" * A personal thank you email

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    Receive Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) in the mail before it is available for purchase to the public along with with a link to digitally download Saturday.WAV track * A personal thank you email

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    Receive Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) in the mail before it is available for purchase to the public * 2 physical autographed copies of Suite 7 Days album * A personal thank you email

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    Receive an autographed Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) in the mail before it is available for purchase to the public. I will also include the original/alternative ending to "Friday" * 3 physical autographed copies of Suite 7 Days album * A personal thank you email

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    Receive an autographed Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) with a short personalized message on the score (you can tell me what to write), in the mail. You also get the debut performance recording in its entirety, made in 2012. In addition, I will also contact you through skype (if you choose) to thank you and we can chat for a bit * Original/alternative ending to "Friday" * 3 physical autographed copies of Suite 7 Days album * A personal thank you email

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    An hour webcam (skype) cello lesson or chat * Original/alternative ending to "Friday". You also get the debut performance recording in its entirety, made in 2012 * Autographed Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) in the mail before it is available for purchase to the public* 3 physical autographed copies of Suite 7 Days album * A personal thank you email

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    An hour (one on one, in person at your place or NEC) cello lesson in Boston, MA. Original/alternative ending to "Friday" * Debut performance recording in its entirety, made in 2012 * Autographed Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) in the mail before it is available for purchase to the public * 3 physical autographed copies of Suite 7 Days album * A personal thank you email

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    HOUSE CALL! I will drive anywhere in MA to perform (for 1-2 hrs depending on event whether it be concert in a living room, background music, etc), scheduling and repertoire will be mutually worked out. Travelling fees extra depending on location. Or... a 2 hour cello lesson + dinner and chat, anywhere in MA * Sheet music for the first piece I ever composed (for cello duet) titled "L1" * Debut performance recording in its entirety, made in 2012 * Original/alternative ending to "Friday" * Autographed Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) in the mail before it is available for purchase to the public * 5 physical autographed copies of Suite 7 Days album * A personal thank you email

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    2 hour one on one cello lesson in Boston, MA. I will also buy you dinner and we can chat while we eat. As a bonus, I'll also include sheet music for the first piece I ever composed (for cello duet) titled "L1" * Debut performance recording in its entirety, made in 2012 * Original/alternative ending to "Friday" * Autographed Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) in the mail before it is available for purchase to the public * 3 physical autographed copies of Suite 7 Days album * A personal thank you email

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    Will drive anywhere in MA to play with a string trio for an event (1.5 hours). Travelling fees extra depending on location. I will also compose a short piece for solo cello or solo piano and dedicated to you * sheet music for the first piece I ever composed (for cello duet) titled "L1" * Debut performance recording in its entirety, made in 2012 * Original/alternative ending to "Friday" * Autographed Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) in the mail before it is available for purchase to the public * 5 physical autographed copies of Suite 7 Days album * A personal thank you email

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    Get your name printed on all the Suite 7 Days scores: "I want to personally thank __your name__ for his/her/their extremely generous contributions that made this project possible". I will also fly anywhere (with my cello) within the Continental US and give a recital (scheduling and repertoire can be worked out), play for an event, or be a teacher for a day * Sheet music for first piece I ever composed (for cello duet) titled "L1" * Debut performance recording in its entirety, made in 2012 * Original/alternative ending to "Friday" * Autographed Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) with a short personalized message on the score (you can tell me what to write), in the mail * 10 physical autographed copies of Suite 7 Days album * A personal thank you email

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    I will fly anywhere (with my cello) within the Continental US and give a recital (scheduling and repertoire can be worked out), play for an event, or be a teacher for a day * Sheet music for first piece I ever composed (for cello duet) titled "L1" * Debut performance recording in its entirety, made in 2012 * Original/alternative ending to "Friday" * Autographed Suite 7 Days score (20 pages) with a short personalized message on the score (you can tell me what to write), in the mail * 10 physical autographed copies of Suite 7 Days album * A personal thank you email

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