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Pacific Harp Project's 2nd Album

$2,445 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 6 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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We had an absolutely amazing experience recording our second album! We welcomed guest vocalist Jamie Jordan from NYC and taiko master Kenny Endo. They both add so much color, beauty, and creativity to our sound! Our audio engineer, Milan Bertosa, joined us from Las Vegas, and he makes the whole process run smoothly and efficiently. Plus he makes all the instruments sound just incredible with crystal-clear, warm tones. I'm still overwhelmed by how wonderful it was to work with such masters of their respective crafts. It was truly a collaborative effort. I can't wait to share this music with you!

The next step for the album will be for Milan to begin the mixing process. Guest saxophonist Allen Won will also record his feature pieces remotely from his studio in New Jersey. The mixing process will take several months of fine-tuning, but I'll continue to share updates as the project progresses.

We still have a ways to go, so please continue sharing this campaign fund-raiser with your friends and family. And most importantly, THANK YOU for supporting our project and for helping to make this happen! We couldn't do it without you!!
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We're just a week away from recording our album! We've been diligently preparing with weekly rehearsals, individual practice, tweaking musical details, and planning all the logistics of recording.

One important aspect of our preparation is to make sure our instruments are in peak condition. Allan has been testing out different drums and drum heads to ensure that his kit sounds exactly the way he wants it. I spent a couple days last week putting all new strings on the harp. The tone sounds much more resonant and pure now!

In case you've ever wondered how to change harp strings, here's a picture of my setup, including new strings, a tuning key, wire cutters (for the bass strings), nail clippers (for the nylon and gut strings in the upper registers), and the ever-important cup of green tea.

I also took a little time-lapse video as I replaced one string...just imagine doing this 47 times!

THANK YOU for all of your generous donations and encouragement in this endeavor. I could NOT be more excited for next week's recording, and we couldn't do it without you!!
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Why donate to our new album fundraiser? Here are the Top 10 Reasons:

#10: You enjoyed our music videos and want to hear more of our brand new music
-If you missed our video series, check it out on our YouTube channel

#9: You want to support independent artists

#8: To pre-order a CD

#7: You're a harp lover

#6: You're a fan of one (or all) of our awesome guest artists
-Kenny Endo (taiko), Allen Won (saxophone), Jamie Jordan (vocals)

#5: You're a fan of one (or all) of our awesome band members
-Noel Okimoto (vibraphone, handpan, tung drum), Todd Yukumoto (saxophones), Megan Bledsoe Ward (harp), Jon Hawes (bass), Allan Ward (drums)

#4: You can't wait to hear the new music we have in store

#3: To get your very own PHP T-shirt, available exclusively as a GoFundMe reward

#2: You simply enjoy our music!

#1: You support artistic innovation and the creation of new music

No matter your reason for donating, we appreciate your support! THANK YOU for making this album possible!
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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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