the Awakening Orchestra: volume ii

In 2012, the Awakening Orchestra recorded our debut album, this is not the answer, with the help of many of you. We're about to head back into the studio for our long-overdue follow-up, to call her to a higher plain., and we - quite literally - can't do it without you.

(photo: Richard Velasco)

The Awakening Orchestra is a 20-piece New York City collaborative ensemble featuring musicians of the highest caliber, with a collective sound honed by fifteen years of public performance. We have seven years' worth of music to record, including:
- a second symphony, 2016's i can see my country from here.
- a violin concerto, 2015's to call her to a higher plain. featuring soloist Brooke Quiggins
- arrangements of works by Aaron Copland, Bill Frisell, and Nine Inch Nails
- and more!

The Musicians:

Remy LeBoeuf | Vito Chiavuzzo | Samuel Ryder | Andrew Gutauskas | Felipe Salles
Daniel Urness | Seneca Black | Nadje Noordhuis | Pablo Masis
Michael Fahie | John Yao | Sam Burtis | James Rogers
Seth Fruiterman | Julie Hardy | Nathan Hetherington
Michael Caterisano | Michael MacAllister | Aaron Kotler | Joshua Paris | Will Clark
special guest: Brooke Quiggins

By connecting directly to our audience through crowdfunding, we can offset the tremendous costs of recording a large ensemble album. Your contribution will go towards tracking, overdubs and edits, mixing, mastering, duplication, visual design, and promotion. And every cent past what is required for the physical production of this album will go directly to the world-class musicians responsible for creating it - so you're not just supporting the project, you're supporting the incredible people creating it.

Also, please consider sharing this video when you donate. Every view helps to connect us with people who can help us reach our goal!

(photo: Gulnara Khamatova)

Of course we have some incentives for your support:

$1 or more
- Our undying thanks.

$15: the Download
- Digital download of to call her to a higher plain. Artwork, digital booklet, high-quality mp3s.

$30: the Download(s)
- Digital download of to call her to a higher plain.
- Digital download of our previous releases:
   - 2012's this is not the answer.
   - 2016's Atticus Live! (our live record!)

$50: the Hard Copy
- A signed physical copy of to call her to a higher plain.
- Physical copies of this is not the answer. and Atticus Live! (please add $10 for international shipping)
- Everything above.

$125: the Lesson
- A one-hour composition/arranging lesson, OR a one-hour violin lesson from featured violinist Brooke Quiggins. By Skype, or in person if logistics allow.
- the Hard Copy package above.

$250: the Souvenir
- Several pages of an original, pencil-to-paper draft score for a piece from our repertoire, signed.
- the Hard Copy package above.

$500: the Tune
- I'll write a tune - in lead sheet form - inspired by you and/or your ideas, and send a written copy of it for you to have.
- the Hard Copy package above.
- Two free tickets to the album release show (yet to be scheduled).

$1,000: the Rehearsal Hang
- Join us for a pre-session rehearsal in NYC and watch us workshop the music.
- the Tune package above.

$2,000: the Studio Hang
- Join us for half a day at the studio in New Haven, CT, as we record the album.
- the Tune package above.

$2,500: The Commission
- Inspire us. I will meet with you - musician or not - and use your ideas to craft an original piece for the Awakening Orchestra (the violin concerto we're about to record came from the commissioning option in the crowdfunding of our first record).
- the Studio Hang OR the Rehearsal Hang package above.

$5,000: the Executive Producer
- Wow.
- A shared listing as the album's Executive Producer, with all the rights (many) and responsibilities (none) included therein.
- the Studio Hang OR the Rehearsal Hang package above.

(* if you wish to go through a fiscal sponsor, or prefer not to donate through the GoFundMe platform, please contact me directly)

Thanks so much for checking out the project, and for being such an important part of its creation!
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Kyle Saulnier
Colchester, VT

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