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We are making a CD! An incredible creative opportunity for us, and a new sound for you.
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To all friends of Charlottesville, near and far - we have some new music for you.

UPDATE:  We are offering some bonus rewards in addition to the ones you see on the right.  Check the updates tab (#2) at the top of the page to see what else we have for you.

About 8 months ago, a few of Charlottesville's very talented musicians got together to play one afternoon without any certainty or expectation as to what would come of it.   After just a couple hours of playing together, we knew we had no choice but to move this project forward.  The music was fresh and exciting, and an opportunity for each of us explore our own creativity in new ways.  

With John D'earth on trumpet and flutes, Loren Oppenheimer on tabla and frame drum, and Dhara Goradia on upright bass, we quickly organized a show last winter in Charlottesville at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar with Daniel Richardson on drums, and we were able raise significant money for The Haven homeless shelter in Charlottesville.  8 months later, we now know we need a way to preserve this music and what it means to each of us.  

And now, we ask you for your help as we reconvene this summer to record and produce a CD for our band, but more importantly, for you. 

Take a look at the list of pledges and rewards on the right, and donate whatever you can.  Anything helps!  Pass this along if you can.  We need at least $3000 to make this happen, to pay our sound engineer Abel Okugawa at Monkeyclaus Studios, to produce a sufficient amount of CDs, for promotion materials to support the CD release, for our next show (date TBA), and for future pursuits as a band.  The more we raise, the better our rewards will be, but if we do not reach our goal, we won't get anything. 

The CD will feature John, Loren, and Dhara, with Brett Jones on guitar and several other guests as we push this music forward.  Drawing inspiration from the Balkans, North Africa, India, and Persia, and combining this with each of our individual modes of playing, the music will be indefinable yet engaging. We come from varying musical backgrounds, ranging from Indian classical to jazz and folk, each of us bringing a diverse sound to the table. While this project is an incredible outlet for us individually, it is actually bigger than just us.  Combining sounds from all over the world with some of Charlottesville's finest musicians, we guarantee you will be pleased at the new sound this brings to your music community, no matter where you are.  

We are very much looking forward to playing together again and seeing each of you soon.  Thank you to everyone involved in this project, all the musicians for sharing their art, to Devyani Goradia for her help with rewards, and to YOU.  

Special thanks goes out to Lee Alter and Chicho Lorenzo for donating their work.  Check the links to see their beautiful work.

Many thanks in advance from all of us!

art by lee alter.  please visit her site to see more of her work.
art by lee alter. please visit her site to see more of her work.

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    3 free mp3 downloads from our new CD

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    free mp3 download of our complete new CD

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    free copy of cd + free admission to our cd release show, date TBA

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    two free copies of cd + free admission to our cd release with a guest

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    free copy of cd + free guitar or bass lesson from us (also available via internet)

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    free copy of cd + free admission to cd release + free tabla lesson or tabla demo from loren (also available via internet)

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    4 free copies our new cd (give them away as gifts this season!) + homemade indian dinner for two delivered to you (within Charlottesville/Albemarle area)

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    2 free cds + small painting as gift from Chicho Lorenzo or Lee Alter

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    4 free copies of the cd (more gifts!) + tabla lesson or demo + homemade indian dinner for 4 delivered to you (within 90 miles of Charlottesville/Albemarle area)

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    2 free cd's + larger work by Chicho Lorenzo or Lee Alter + tabla lesson or demo + a brief visit to our live recording session + plus a thank you in the liner notes of our cd

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    Same as $200 package but with acoustic trio house concert (within Charlottesville/Albemarle area) + a brief visit to our live recording session + a thank you in the liner notes of our cd

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    Full band house concert (within 90 miles of Charlottesville/Albemarle area) + light fare provided for your concert (or dinner for 4) + a brief visit to our live recording session + a big THANK YOU in the liner notes of our cd, because you are largely making this happen!

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