At last year's Earthwork Harvest Gathering, Bob Bernard and Kailin Yong met for the first time and spent hours every evening playing waltzes together and cultivating a deep kinship. Bob grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the son of two fiddlers, and has spent the last 35 years of his life tending bees, cattle, running a sawmill, educating, farming, fathering and fiddling on Earthwork Farm, where the Harvest Gathering takes place. Kailin grew up in Singapore and studied classical music at the Vienna Conservatory in Austria before expanding into jazz, folk and world-influenced styles while living in New York, San Francisco and, currently, Boulder. While Kailin is a virtuoso, he is a connoisseur of authentic beauty and found great soul in Bob's music. Bob, having played these waltzes for most of his adulthood, felt them coming to life with energy and discovery while playing with Kailin. And so, together with Bob's son Seth, they recorded for 2 days last December at Heart Center Studio in Big Rapids, Michigan, thanks to the generosity of the Erlewine family. The music is currently mixed and they are raising money through Kickstarter for the mastering, design and duplication of the album so that it can belong to the world. The sessions were magical. We hope you will join us, waltzing in the cradle of three-quarters time, and help us release "Harvest Queen".
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