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Dear friends, family, and supporters, We hope this message finds you happy and well. And as 2010 winds down, we hope you might consider making a tax-deductible contribution* to Fantastic Merlins by joining the "League of Really Helpful People." This is a way for all our friends, family and fans to participate and make an investment in the work we do to bring our music to the world. You can even buy multiple League memberships as gifts for your friends and family.

Below are some of the things we've been up to--2010 has been a busy year for us!

January's issue of Chamber Music Magazine featured a profile of Fantastic Merlins--good timing as Nathan attended Chamber Music America's annual meeting in NYC, Jan 14-17.

February included a trip to France for the premiere of Fantastic Merlins with Kid Dakota. We played in Paris at Sons d'Hiver and then headed to Brittany for another concert.

And in March, we released another CD! This time, we concentrated on the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen. The idea came from a dream our friend Jean Rochard had in which Fantastic Merlins made a CD of Leonard Cohen songs. The CD, entitled "How the Light Gets In", produced by Jean Rochard, was released on disques nato on March 8, 2010 and is available in its full, glorious CD form (with 56 page booklet of beautiful illustrations by Stephane Levallois) from Les Allumés de Jazz ; and as a download from both iTunes and Amazon . It's a collection of 8 Cohen songs, reimagined by Fantastic Merlins, and three Fantastic Merlins originals, inspired by Leonard Cohen. We were delighted to be joined by cellist Matt Turner, and vocalist/guitarist Kid Dakota (Darren Jackson). A profound recording, if we do say so ourselves.

We've continued our nearly three year residency at the Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul, MN (Fridays, 8-11), and played at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the Concrete and Grass Festival, the Clown Lounge, and other spots around Minnesota.

November will find us in France once again. This tour brings us to La Passerelle in St. Brieuc, two days at Ajmi in Avignon, Espace Culturel at the University in Angers, and Studio de L'Ermitage in Paris. We are proud to welcome the incredible Daniel Levin on cello for this tour!

And 2011 is full of promise too: April--West Coast tour, May--East Coast tour. And we're expecting to return to France one or more times in 2011.

None of this would have been possible without your gracious support and generous contributions. We are truly grateful.

Wishing you peace and prosperity in the coming year, Nathan, Brian, Peter

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