A Piano for Dirk Caber

$13,032 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 161 people in 21 months
JB

You may be familiar with my fiancé Dirk Caber's music. A professional composer, music editor, orchestra librarian, pianist, tubist, and singer, Dirk has devoted his entire life to the arts. I've never seen him happier or more focused than when he is listening to music, performing it, or talking about it with others... or especially when he's creating new compositions of his own. (You can listen to some of his works on his SoundCloud page.)

It's very difficult for Dirk to write music without a piano. He uses one to experiment with melodies and structures, whether he's writing for piano alone or for more complex symphonies. Sadly, he hasn't had access to one since he moved in with me in Boston two years ago, and as a result, his creativity has suffered mightily.

When I listen to some of the pieces he composed back in his twenties and thirties, I often laugh out loud at their delightful playfulness or cry at their sublime beauty. That was in the past, though. Without a piano, he hasn't composed much of late, and I fear that he's started to lose faith in himself, his abilities, and his incredible gift for music. That's why I'm turning to you, our friends and fans, to help afford to buy Dirk a piano so that we bring his beautiful music back into the world!

Dirk and I live in an apartment and have neighbors to be considerate of, so an acoustic piano is out of the question. We've been looking into buying a digital piano (which can be used with headphones), but the ones that are worthy of his talents, called hybrids, are quite expensive. The ideal model retails for $15,000! There are a few models that are available for less, but they still cost thousands of dollars.

Here's where you can help! I never ask you guys for much, but I see a piano as an absolutely vital investment in Dirk's future as a successful composer, so I'm asking you to please make a donation to help us buy one. (Don't worry, you'll get something in return... see below.) I've set the initial goal for this campaign at $5,000. If we can reach or even surpass that, awesome! If not, Dirk and I will find some way to finance the rest.

Dirk is offering a variety of gifts in return for your help. There are autographed CDs of his music, bound and signed scores, framed pages of his handwritten manuscripts... and for a donation of $500, he'll even compose and record a brand new piece of piano music written especially for YOU!

Thank you so much for your help with this fundraising campaign! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me on my Facebook page (or Dirk on his). Together, we can all provide my amazing man with the piano he needs to bring music back into his life and into the world!

With love as always,
Jesse "Jackman" B.




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Posted by Jesse Berman
2 months ago
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! Dirk and I want to share something brand new with you to celebrate the season. But first, a quick update...

It's been over a year since we got our beautiful new piano, and it has really changed our lives. Dirk plays every day, and has written so much new music that I've lost track! We seriously cannot thank you enough. I'd have to say that this year's highlights were the "Classic Meets Fetish" concert in Berlin ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1oK33Pmid0) and the "Tame Your Man" performance in Baltimore ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I76hz5PuKYo), neither of which would have happened if Dirk didn't have a piano to practice on. In short, YOU made them possible!

We hope you enjoyed the CDs, scores, and manuscripts we sent you last year. For those of you who commissioned original piano pieces, we haven't forgotten about you... Dirk has finished writing them but we're still working on having them professionally recorded. It's taking longer than we'd hoped but we WILL make it happen!

Now for something fun... to celebrate the holidays, we want to share a brand new original composition with you! It's in the form of a barcarole, a traditional folk melody sung by Venetian gondoliers. Dirk wrote it for me to learn as I (slowly) teach myself how to play the piano. Dirk is the pianist in this recording, though; I'm not quite ready to perform yet! We've attached it to this email via YouTube, but you can also find it on SoundCloud at http://soundcloud.com/dirkcaber/barcarole. And, exclusively for you, our GoFundMe supporters, there's a downloadable copy of it at http://dirkcaber.com/barcarole.mp3. Dirk recorded it using his laptop so the recording isn't studio quality, but we hope you enjoy it nonetheless. :)

No matter where you are or what holiday you celebrate, we want to wish you all the best this season and into the new year!

Thank you all.

<3 Jesse and Dirk
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Posted by Jesse Berman
17 months ago
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WE DID IT!!!! As you no doubt know by now, we found a like-new Yamaha AvantGrand N3 piano in Milwaukee and had it shipped to Boston! We took delivery of it three weeks ago, and Dirk has been hard at work writing piano pieces for those of you who donated $500 or more. I'm attaching a short video of him working on one of them (see below).

All of the premiums were mailed out late last week. It was a massive undertaking, believe me! Many of you have received yours in the mail already; if you haven't, you can expect to get it soon. We really hope you like the CDs, scores, and manuscripts! Unfortunately, one donor who requested a framed manuscript reported that it arrived with the glass completely shattered. If this has happened to you too, please let one of us know and we'd be more than happy to send you a sheet of plexiglas to replace it.

So that's it for now... THANK YOU ALL one final time for making this dream a reality. We can all expect to see a LOT more music from my hubby very, very soon... keep an eye out! <3

With much love and gratitude,
Jesse

P.S. I'm also attaching a video of me attempting to play for the first time since I was in elementary school. I'm definitely not quitting my day job. (Either of them.)
Dirk the composer at work
I try to play Chopin's C-minor prelude
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Posted by Jesse Berman
19 months ago
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In case you missed my blog post... WE DID IT!!!! We got the piano!!!!!!!!

Here's the post I wrote with all the details, including an update on where we are with sending out the premiums (the short version is that we're hoping to have everything in the mail by the end of this month): http://jessejackman.xxx/2015/08/04/we-got-the-piano

Dirk and I will be taking delivery of the piano on August 16. THANK YOU (yet again) from the bottom of our hearts… we couldn't have done this without YOU! And thanks to you, we'll be hearing a LOT more music from Dirk in the days to come! In fact, he's chomping at the bit to start writing those pieces that eight of you commissioned. I dunno about you, but I can't WAIT to see what he comes up with!!

<3 Jesse
Dirk and his beautiful Yamaha AvantGrand N3
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Posted by Jesse Berman
21 months ago
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Hi everybody! Dirk and I just wanted to send you a quick update as we board our flight for Australia (where we'll be helping the Victorian AIDS Council promote safer sex practices and safe play). THANK YOU YET AGAIN for your help with the crowdfunding campaign!! We have a couple of leads on used AvantGrand N3 pianos that we're hoping will pan out. In the meantime, we've chosen the tracks for the CD and printed out the master copies of the scores, but were unable to get them back from the duplicator before we left for Melbourne. Sending them out you guys -- along with the framed manuscripts, for those of you who requested them -- will be our first priority when we return home on June 22. Thank you for your patience… you guys are positively amazing! And we're very excited that Dirk's piano is finally within sight!

All the best, and see you Down Under!

Jesse & Dirk
The scores have been printed!
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Raised by 161 people in 21 months
Created May 12, 2015
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I'm a new fan and missed this initial fundraiser but I hope I can still contribute and receive a CD. The attached music is beautiful. Please let me know if I'm too late. What a sweet thing to do for the man you love...

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