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I am raising funds to commission a trio for flute, cello and piano from Daniel Felsenfeld. Help me create more great works for flute!

Hello! Thank you for reading about my project!

I am a flutist in the San Francisco Bay Area and I have launched a commissioning initiative, raising $5,000 to underwrite a new piece for chamber trio by New York composer Daniel Felsenfeld. This project is the second in a series of commissions from composers including Janice Misurell-Mitchell and Bay Area composer Noah Luna, whose "Entrometido" I have recorded for release in early 2011.

Daniel Felsenfeld and I are active Twitter users, and our partnership was solidified through our social media correspondence. Classical musicians normally apply for grants from different institutions to help fund these composition commissions but I am using Kickstarter to raise the funds independently. Daniel was willing to accept a minimal amount for his many hours of work but I plan to raise enough money for the recommended amount outlined by Meet the Composer. (According to Meet the Composer, a commission for a trio less than 10 minutes long costs 4-10 thousand dollars. Please see: http://www.meetthecomposer.org/node/95 )

The new work, for flute, cello and piano, is tentatively scheduled for premiere during the 2011-12 season, in partnership with the Trinity Chamber Concert series in Berkeley, California. For more information, please visit http://meerenai.com or http://www.danielfelsenfeld.com.

Thank you for your support and please help me spread the word.

Follow us on Twitter: @meerenai and @DFelsenfeld



Update! The new bumper sticker. All those who select the $10 or higher reward will get this 8"x2" bumper sticker (designed by Meerenai on January 10th):

All those who have already selected a $15 or higher reward will also get this bumper sticker. I was not able to add the bumper sticker to the reward descriptions because Kickstarter will not allow me to edit rewards once someone has selected the reward.

FYI, here are some interesting details about this Kickstarter project:
- If I don't meet my fund-raising goal of $5000, I won't get to keep any of the pledged amount. So, if you believe in this project, please tell your friends.
- Kickstarter charges me a 5% fee on the amount of money I raise. And Amazon charges me anywhere between 2.5% and 5% in fees, depending on the pledge amounts.
- After my project is successfully funded, almost all of the $ will go to Daniel Felsenfeld, after I pay kickstarter and amazon their fees. The rest of the money will be used for postage, making t-shirts, etc.

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    Get thanked and listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account.

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    Receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece (recording of the world premiere performance or studio recording)! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account.

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    I will send you a new "I (heart) New Music" bumper sticker that I designed for this Kickstarter campaign. Also, receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece (recording of the world premiere performance or studio recording)! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account.

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    Download all of my new flute CD. Plus, receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account.

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    Receive a signed copy of my CD or book, "Scale Studies for Beginner and Intermediate Flutists." Plus, receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account. (International backers, please consider adding a few more dollars for extra postage. Thanks!)

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    Get two tickets to the world premiere performance, which will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area sometime in late 2011 or early 2012. Plus, receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece and be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account.

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    Get two tickets to my CD release party, which will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area sometime in the first half of 2011. You will also get a signed copy of my CD. Plus, receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account.

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    Danny Felsenfeld will sign a copy of the published score/parts of the commissioned piece and send it to you. Receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account. (International backers, please consider adding a few more dollars for extra postage. Thanks!)

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    Your name will be listed as a donor on the printed published score of the commissioned piece. Danny Felsenfeld will sign a copy of the published score/parts of the commissioned piece and send it to you. Download all of my new flute CD. Plus, receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account. (International backers, please consider adding a few more dollars for extra postage. Thanks!)

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    Be one of the first to wear the brand new, super-cool Danny Felsenfeld t-shirt. Also, your name will be listed as a donor on the printed published score of the commissioned piece. Danny Felsenfeld will sign a copy of the published score/parts of the commissioned piece and send it to you along with the t-shirt. Receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account. (International backers, please consider adding a few more dollars for extra postage. Thanks!)

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    Get a 1 hour flute or body mapping lesson with me in Campbell or Mountain View, California...or online via Skype. Receive a signed copy of my book, "Scale Studies for Beginner and Intermediate Flutists" and a signed copy of my CD. Plus, receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account.

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    Lunch, drinks and concert at my house in Campbell, CA for you and a guest: featuring my gourmet vegan mac and "cheese" as well as a one-hour flute and piano recital. Receive a signed copy of my book, "Scale Studies for Beginner and Intermediate Flutists" or a signed copy of my CD. Plus, receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account.

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    I will be in the NJ/NYC area in June 2011. I will perform a 1 hour solo flute concert in your home or other appropriate location of your choosing within 50 miles of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on June 17, 2011 or June 22, 2011. (If you have a nice grand piano and I can find a pianist who can go there with me, it could be a flute and piano recital.) Receive a signed copy of my CD. Plus, receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account.

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    I will perform a 1 hour solo flute concert in your home or other appropriate location of your choosing within 100 miles of Campbell, California. (If you have a nice grand piano and I can find a pianist who can go there with me, it could be a flute and piano recital.) Receive a signed copy of my book, "Scale Studies for Beginner and Intermediate Flutists" or a signed copy of my CD. Plus, receive an MP3 download of the newly commissioned piece! And be listed on my website with a link to your website or facebook/twitter account.

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    Pre-world premiere concert in your home or invite to the dress rehearsal. Be one of the very first to listen to the new composition! And a framed and signed, hand-written page of the manuscript from the composer. Plus, anything else you want from this reward listing!

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