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An intimate duo CD recording of alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo and master pianist Larry Willis.
An intimate duo CD recording of alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo and master pianist Larry Willis.
53 backers pledged $3,383 to help bring this project to life.

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This session was born on the heels of a magical duo weekend at the Kitano, NYC in April of 2010 with myself and piano legend Larry Willis. Almost everyone in attendance that weekend urged me to record this duo project.  So we did, less than 3 weeks later through the generosity of Hirsch Studios here in NYC, on one of Larry's favorite piano's, the Fazioli.  I wanted to get this recorded while the music was still fresh in our minds and the magic was still in the air and without having to "sell" the idea to a record label.  The selection of compositions, the length of the tracks, how I wanted the instruments to sound, etc, was all possible because it is a totally self-produced project.

The project is completely recorded, mixed and mastered.  The mixing and mastering was done by a good friend and great saxophonist, Ian Hendrickson-Smith.  Ian has been hearing me live for the past 15 years so I trust him to get "my sound" and he did.  Ian also uses an interesting technique in which he transfers the mixed digital tracks to analog tape to enhance the sound, then back to digital for production.  I think this process adds a richness to the overall sound that is missing from digital recordings. 

I now need your help to bring this recording to production.  The money raised here will be used to pay for the production of the CDs and digital distribution, studio time, mixing and mastering, artwork and graphic design.  If we surpass the goal, that money will be used to enhance the finished product (better packaging, download cards, etc)  and promotion.

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    A copy of the sheet music of “Introspection”, one of my original compositions that is recorded on this project autographed by me + a CD autographed by me

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    A SKYPE video lesson or interview with me + your name in the credits on the CD + autographed copies of the CD & sheet music

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    2 guest passes to your choice of one of my upcoming NYC performances + your name in the credits on the CD + autographed copies of the CD & sheet music

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    A private saxophone or music lesson in person at my apartment in NYC with me or an interview with me in NYC if you're not a musician + autographed CD & sheet music

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    Original copy of the cover art signed by the artist + autographed copies of the sheet music and the CD

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    "Executive Producer" credit on the CD + a private duo concert with Larry and myself anywhere in the US!!!(grand piano and venue to be provided by you) + signed copies of the sheet music and the CD

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    A new duo recording by Larry and me of 8 compositions of your choice!! Professionally recorded, mixed and mastered with you as the producer and in attendance of the rehearsal and the recording session here in NYC (must provide your own transportation to NY).

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