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Yeeeee haw! On July 11th, 2010 we're going back into the recording studio to make our third self-produced recording as the trio, Tri-Fi.

Yeeeee haw! On July 11th, 2010 we're going back into the recording studio to make our third self-produced recording as the jazz piano trio, Tri-Fi. It's been more than three years since the last record (sheesh! where does the time go?) and we're long overdue. We're planning another album of original compositions and so we've already been working hard writing and rehearsing. We're really excited about the music and can't wait for you to hear it!

We're older and wiser now, and from our previous two recordings we've learned a few things. For example, we've learned that producing your own recording is a double-edged sword.

As an artist, there's that wonderful feeling of freedom you get when you have the opportunity to create exactly the music you believe in without the compromise of a record company who wants you to fit into a certain mold. There's a lot of love and pride in the recordings, and all the music we create.

Then there's the other side of this metaphorical sword - that it costs money! Holy cow, it costs a big bunch of money! We don't know why these studios, engineers, graphic designers, and printers can't just let us pay them in pizza and beer, but I guess they need to make a living and so the expenses of doing a quality recording add up pretty quick.

We recently discovered Kickstarter, a wonderful resource for self-produced projects of all kinds that allows anyone to pledge their hard-earned money to a project that excites them. So when you pledge to support our recording project on Kickstarter, you get to follow the progress and take pride in the results along with us. How cool is that? It's a warm, fuzzy feeling with some cool perks no matter how much you pledge (just check out the super amazing rewards we've got listed for the different support levels!).

At the heart of our Kickstarter drive is the album pre-order. I mean, come on. You were going to buy the album eventually anyway, right? You were, weren't you?? Well, why not pledge now so:

a) you don't forget, and

b) we don't have to max out our credit cards and borrow from our kids' college funds to make this happen on our own.

And the way this Kickstarter thing works, if you want to help even more with a bigger pledge you'll just get that much more cool stuff - along with one heck of a hearty thank you from us.

THANK YOU!!!
The Tri-Fi Guys
Matthew, Keith & Phil

PS > And seriously, check out some of the other cool projects on Kickstarter. There's a lot of wonderful creative folks out there doing wonderful creative things with our support.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Pre-release digital download of record. Put Tri-Fi on your iPod (or MP3 player of your preference) and take us with you everywhere to show your friends how cool you are for having this music before anyone else.

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    CD PRE-ORDER All of above plus... Autographed copy of the new CD shipped lovingly to your door before the official release date. You'll be that much cooler for getting it early! (If you live somewhere other than the US - we love you madly but would you please add $5 to help with shipping?)

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    DIGITAL HISTORIAN All of the the above plus… Digital downloads of our previous 2 albums. And we're talking high quality digital music here. So not only will you have it early, it'll be much better than what everybody else is getting in the iTunes Music Store!

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    SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE All of the above plus... 2 more copies of our new record to share with your friends! That's 1 for you and 2 to share, and we're sure you know a couple people who would be tickled pink to receive a new Tri-Fi record. Maybe your mom? The mailman? Or heck, give a copy to that coffee shop down the street so they play something other than that horrible auto-tuned techno stuff you hate! You'd get to enjoy Tri-Fi with your nice latte, and you can smile knowingly when another customer asks the barista what's playing on the stereo...

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    TRI-FI HISTORIAN All of the above plus… Autographed copies of our previous 2 albums AND copies of the charts used during our recording session - including all the squiggles and doodles in the margins. See if you can figure out what they mean. (If you live somewhere other than the US - we love you madly but would you please add $5 to help with shipping?)

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    LOOK & LISTEN All of the above plus... A 20-page hard cover photo book of pictures from the recording session. We'll be sending books like these to our moms, so you might as well get one too! (If you live somewhere other than the US - we love you madly but would you please add $10 to help with shipping?)

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    BAND GROUPIE All of the above plus... Two tickets per show for life to Tri-Fi concerts (if we're sidemen on a gig, we'll try to get you in as well just because you're that awesome) Plus we'll give you a personal thank you in the album liner notes!

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    YEARNIN' TO LEARN All of the above plus... 1 hour private lesson from the Tri-Fi member of your choice (location dependent). If you're a non-musician, we can always just hang out for an hour and chat.

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    GADGET GEEK All of the above plus... A brand new iPod Nano loaded with all the Tri-Fi albums, bootlegs concerts and videos we can find (now there's some valuable stuff right there!!) You even get to pick the color. (If you live somewhere other than the US - we love you madly but would you please add $15 to help with shipping?)

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    NAME THAT TUNE (limit 1) All of the above plus… Name an untitled tune for the record! We'll send you an MP3, you listen carefully and you give it the perfect title (obviously you have to come up with a really super amazing cool title, so only clever Tri-Fi fans need apply...).

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    PARTY ANIMAL All of the above plus… A private concert by Tri-Fi at your home or wherever (geographically dependent of course!)

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    RECORD PRODUCER At this level you're funding our entire project so you must be either completely insane or just have a lot of money you don't know what to do with (or both!). If you're willing to support our project at this level, let's talk!

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