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Pacific Harp Project's 2nd Album

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Raised by 26 people in 4 months

Praised for their “engaging jazz…with scintillating plays of light and subtle colors” by DownBeat Magazine, Pacific Harp Project’s emergence on the jazz scene has surprised listeners with a unique sonic experience. By incorporating classical harp music into the realms of jazz, pop, and fusion, this groundbreaking group “leads the listener to the conclusion: The harp has been unchained” (AllAboutJazz.com).

PHP was founded in 2014 and released their eponymous debut album in December, 2015 with a sold-out concert. The album won the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, and received positive reviews from DownBeat Magazine, Jazz Weekly, CD Hotlist, AllAboutJazz.com, The Aquarian Weekly, TheJazzPage.com, Midwest Record, LA Jazz Scene, Honolulu Star Advertiser, and ASX.com. PHP has performed throughout Hawaii at such venues as Blue Note Hawaii, Hawaii Theatre, Atherton Performing Arts Studio, Monarch Room at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Pacific Club, Orvis Auditorium, and Medici's Jazz Club.

PHP formed when Megan Bledsoe Ward, a classically-trained harpist, teamed up with acclaimed jazz musicians Noel Okimoto (vibraphone), Todd Yukumoto (saxophones), Jon Hawes (bass), and Allan Ward (drums). Bledsoe Ward wanted to approach jazz harp from a new perspective, leaning on her experience in classical performing, composing, and arranging. CD Hotlist notes: “When she ventures into the very dangerous territory of arranging classical pieces in a jazz style, she comes out the other side not just unscathed but triumphant.” The result is an innovative collaboration in which the musicians delight in working together and captivating audiences at each performance.

To continue our mission of unique innovation and collaboration, our next step is to record a second album. We will reach even more new audiences by including music from other cultures and disciplines. Our sophomore recording will feature collaborations with Kenny Endo (Taiko Master), Allen Won (Saxophonist), and Jamie Jordan (Vocalist). Each musician brings unique expertise to the group, ranging from traditional to contemporary styles, including jazz, classical, pop, and reggae. In our collaborative efforts, we are now producing a style of music which has previously never been recorded or performed.

This album will also be distributed digitally; it will therefore serve communities worldwide. We will use this recording to create educational material that will be available on our website for free. K-12 teachers will be able to access this material for use in the classroom to teach age-appropriate music concepts.

We will spend four days in July recording at Island Sound Studios with internationally-renowned audio engineer Milan Bertosa. Mr. Bertosa will also mix and master the album. We will then perform a CD release concert at Atherton Performing Arts Studio.

Campaign funds will be used for recording studio rental, audio engineering, mixing, mastering, and CD production.

We would be so grateful for your support of this campaign! I'm thrilled about our exciting new music and it would mean the world to me to be able to share it with you.

For more information about Pacific Harp Project, visit us on our website, our Facebook page , or our YouTube page .
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Our upcoming album will feature a collaboration with the inimitable New York-based vocalist Jamie Jordan!

Jamie Jordan is a devoted performer of modern and contemporary classical music. Performance highlights include Alice Tully Hall with AXIOM (Juilliard); Baltimore Lieder Weekend with Daniel Schlosberg, Brooklyn Museum for the Bang on a Can Marathon; Carnegie Hall with Daniel Druckman, Colin Currie and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble; Detroit Institute of Arts with Amphion Percussion; Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group; Big Ears Festival, Disney Hall, June in Buffalo, Lincoln Center Festival, Miller Theater and the Stone with Ensemble Signal; MATA festival and Wesleyan University with Mantra Percussion; Merkin Hall and Tenri Cultural Institute with New York New Music Ensemble; MATA Festival with Talea Ensemble; National Sawdust on the New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! series; PASIC with the Bob Becker Ensemble; Symphony Space with American Composers Orchestra, and Symphony Space with Nadia Sirota.

Jamie Jordan has given recitals at the American Academy in Rome, Cornell University, Eastman School of Music, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Florida, Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh), Resonant Bodies Festival, and Unruly Music Festival (Milwaukee). She has been a soloist with Alia Musica Pittsburgh, NOCCO (Seattle), and Southern Tier Symphony. www.jamiejordansings.com

Photo by Rosemary Day Ross
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We had a lot of fun at the photo shoot for this album! Huge thanks to Lester Miyashiro for his amazing photography skills, and for putting up with our antics. I can't wait to see how these shots turn out and start putting together the layout for the album cover and liner notes. There are so many small details to think about when recording and releasing album independently. I love diving into every aspect and learning as I go!
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THANK YOU to all of the amazing and generous people who have donated so far!

In case you're wondering, we'll send out rewards once the CDs are completed this fall. At that time, I'll contact you about mailing addresses, size preferences, etc.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. We are all SO excited about this project and sincerely grateful to all of you for your support! You can continue to help by spreading the word about the band and our fundraiser. THANK YOU!!!
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: We are absolutely THRILLED for the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned saxophonist Allen Won on our upcoming album. Raised in Honolulu, Allen is in demand as both a classical and jazz saxophonist in New York City. He regularly performs with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, the City Opera, and with various jazz and experimental groups at venues such as CBGBs, the Blue Note in NYC and Japan, the Knitting Factory, Carnegie Hall, etc. Allen has also performed several Broadway shows and recorded alongside Kenny Garrett, Thomas Chapin, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Jerome Kitzke, Benny Rietveld and Tiger Okoshi.

It is an honor and a joy to make music with Allen! He is the perfect fit for our group and I know that he will help expand the musical possibilities of Pacific Harp Project.
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