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I need your help to record an album of 7 original large ensemble jazz compositions, for my debut album as composer and arranger.
I need your help to record an album of 7 original large ensemble jazz compositions, for my debut album as composer and arranger.
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"Suite Childhood" - Debut Album of Stephen P. Harvey

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About Me

Hello, everyone! My name is Stephen P. Harvey! I'm a 23-year-old composer, arranger and musician. I'm currently pursuing my Master of Music in Jazz Studies at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH.

Music has played an enormous roll in my life: from church choirs, to musicals, to high school ensembles and beyond! So, I naturally decided to go to school for music. While pursuing my undergrad degree at Seton Hill University I found my love for jazz music and music composition. Then, Youngstown State University was able to help me cultivate the skills I have even further in order to become the best composer and musician possible. In order to get my foot in the door of the professional world of jazz composition, my goal is to release a studio album!

The Project

"Suite Childhood" will be an album of seven original large ensemble jazz compositions. As a composer, I'm heavily influenced by life experiences and memories from my childhood. All seven compositions deal with some aspect of my memory from adolescence and are written for two ensembles. Four compositions are for traditional jazz ensemble instrumentation and the titular three-piece suite mixed ensemble with features a string quartet.

  • Chilling Out
  • The Dozens
  • You and Me
  • Lora
  • Suite Childhood: Hiding and Seeking
  • Suite Childhood: Passing Notes with Fortunetellers
  • Suite Childhood: Hand Games

One of the most exciting aspects of this project would be the opportunity to make music with the phenomenal musicians of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. The YSU Jazz Ensemble One and other students at the Dana School of Music are in on the project and we are ready to record!

What You're Funding

With your help from this Kickstarter campaign, I'm able to fund the following things:

  • Recording and mastering by Jack Ciarniello | Take Note Productions
  • Album artwork and promotional material by Michael Hardy (a phenomenal graphic artist and current YSU student)
  • CD Manufacturing
  • Advertisement costs & Album release costs
  • Miscellaneous costs during recording

Any help with this project would be highly appreciated. Even if you can't help monetarily, sharing this page would still get me that much closer to my goal!

Thank you,

Stephen P. Harvey

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