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The Open Goldberg pianist, sharing the magic of Bach, playing the entire 48 preludes and fugues of the Well Tempered Clavier Volume 1.

Kimiko Ishizaka has music to share 

UPDATE: Help us gain 100 backers and we'll make a "Best of the Tour" VIDEO as well as a digital recording! Spread the word to music lovers, and thank you for your support.

In preparation for her next major recording effort, Kimiko Ishizaka, the Open Goldberg pianist, is going on tour playing Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier (WTC).

The tour has five cities so far, but more can be added if we get the right support!

  • Cologne (Köln), Germany: Saturday, August 25, 20:00, St. Aposteln on Neumarkt
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan: Sunday, September 16, 4pm, Kerrytown Concert House
  • New York, New York: Thursday, September 20, 7:30pm, WMP Concert Hall
  • Rockport, Massachusetts: Saturday, September 22, 7:30pm, Shalin Liu Performance Center
  • Vienna (Wien), Austria: Saturday, October 20, 19:30, Bösendorfer Saal, Mozarthaus
  • London, England - UPDATED - NEW DATE: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 1901 Club (Exclusive intimate atmosphere, includes a drink at the bar and a chance to meet the artist!)

Come and see Kimiko play and support the tour! As a reward for being a Kickstarter backer, you'll get a copy of the Exclusive "Best of the Tour" Digital Recording.

Want more than one ticket? Just pledge the right multiple and that’s how many tickets you’ll get. For example, if you want to have 4 tickets to the Shalin Liu Performance Center concert, each ticket is $25, so pledge $100 and you’ll have 4 tickets.

Exclusive "Best of the Tour" Digital Recording

All five concerts will be recorded; the best performances will be combined into one exclusive digital download. Only backers of this project will have access!

Unlock the 100 backer achievement: If we get 100 backers for the project we'll be able to pack the video equipment and produce a "Best of the Tour" video as well as a digital recording. Help us capture this tour on video and spread the word about this project.

What’s special about this?

Live performances are the best. There is no better way to experience classical music than to be in the room with the performing artist. Come, be drawn into the world of Bach as performed by Kimiko Ishizaka.

The WTC is an extraordinary piece, and performing the whole first book is a stunning achievement for a pianist. The music is complex, entertaining, diverse, and has a depth and profundity to it that is rarely matched in all of music history.

This tour is part of Kimiko’s effort to craft her new interpretation with the goal of making a full recording of the piece in the same manner as the Open Goldberg Variations. You get to hear the interpretation take life before the official studio recording is made.

Kimiko is a great performer. You’ll be drawn in and captivated from the first note to the last.

Why do we need support?

This is a self-funded tour. If we don’t sell enough tickets we’ll lose a lot of money. Help us make it a positive experience and we’ll be able to do more tours in the future, bringing the piano playing of Kimiko Ishizaka to a wider audience.

Become a sponsor

Do you have a company, sports team, or charitable organization that you’d like to promote? Two tour sponsor spots are open. Your logo, website, and messaging will be featured on handbills, flyers, posters, and programs that we print for the tour. You’ll get a sponsor page with logo and link on the official tour website. You’ll get mentioned in the press release. We’ll broadcast our gratitude to thousands of Twitter followers and Facebook fans.

Schedule a concert in your city

You pick the city, we’ll do a concert there. Invite your friends and family, and meet the artist personally. We’ll work with you to put on a top concert wherever you are. The concert can either be open to the public (where we sell tickets to help cover the costs), or private to you and the people you bring.

Want more music from Kimiko Ishizaka?

Check out the results of our last Kickstarter project - the Open Goldberg Variations, where you can hear the recording that Kimiko made in the Teldex Studios, Berlin, on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial. Best of all, you can download the recording for your own use, thanks to the generous funding from our Kickstarter fans.

You can also follow Kimiko Ishizaka on Facebook, on her official website, and on Twitter.

Kimiko Ishizaka performing Bach's Well Tempered Clavier
Kimiko Ishizaka performing Bach's Well Tempered Clavier

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    Exclusive Digital Recording - "Best of the Tour": Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, Volume 1, played live by Kimiko Ishizaka, compiled from the best performances over the five concerts.

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    Goldberg Variations Double CD: Support the tour by ordering the recently released Open Goldberg Variations CD (2 disks) featuring Kimiko Ishizaka on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial in the Teldex Studio. PLUS the Exclusive "Best of the Tour" Digital Recording. Intl. shipping included in price.

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    August 25, 20:00, Cologne (Köln), Germany, St. Aposteln - Neumarkt: Best seats in the house as Kimiko Ishizaka plays the Well Tempered Clavier. Exclusive "Best of the Tour" Digital Recording.

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    January 30, 2013, 7:30pm, London England, 1901 Club: Intimate, private atmosphere as Kimiko Ishizaka plays the Well Tempered Clavier for a restricted audience. Ticket includes a drink from the bar, with a chance to meet the artist after the concert. Exclusive "Best of the Tour" Digital Recording.

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    Tour Sponsor: Your sponsorship messages (logo, website, slogan) on flyers, posters, programs, and websites for the tour. Your sponsor message to thousands of Twitter and Facebook fans. Four tickets to the concert of your choice. Not a business and want to sponsor the tour? Go ahead, and we'll promote one of Kimiko Ishizaka's favorite non-profits instead (eg. Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund). Exclusive "Best of the Tour" Digital Recording. Signed copy of the Open Goldberg Variations Double CD. Note: Kimiko Ishizaka will approve sponsorships individually.

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    Public concert in your city: Kimiko Ishizaka will play this or a similar program (eg. Goldberg Variations) at a public concert in a city of your choice (North America, Europe). Twenty tickets to the concert, we'll choose the location and date together. Coffee and cake with the artist. Exclusive video recording of the concert. PLUS the Tour Sponsor benefits. PLUS four tickets to any other concert on this tour, and the Exclusive "Best of the Tour" Digital Recording. Signed copy of the Open Goldberg Variations Double CD.

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