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Holiday music from Sinatra to Silent Night reinterpreted by a collaboration of Somerville lady singer-songwriters and string players
Holiday music from Sinatra to Silent Night reinterpreted by a collaboration of Somerville lady singer-songwriters and string players
Holiday music from Sinatra to Silent Night reinterpreted by a collaboration of Somerville lady singer-songwriters and string players
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JOY COMMUNITY FUN AMBITIOUS REVERENT & IRREVERENT are just some of the words that we associate with our collaborative project Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony! We, is Jennifer Kimball, Rose Polenzani, Laura Cortese, Rose Cousins, Jenna Moynihan, Valerie Thompson, Brittany Haas and Natalie Haas. In celebration of the sixth year of putting on our holiday show at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, we are releasing HARK, our debut recording of 14 songs. We need your help to get HARK through production and out into the world! We'd love for it to fly a little further afield than Cambridge and Somerville and have a life on the radio, on the web, on social media, in YOUR lives!

BUDGET: We are hoping to raise $8,000 from this kickstarter campaign but our expenses are moving towards $11,000! All the funding we receive will go directly toward the following production costs -

  • 3.5k recording
  • 2k mixing & mastering
  • 2k design & manufacturing
  • .5k kickstarter video

Stretch Goals: photos ($300), tour support ($500-$1,000), music video ($1,000), website ($1,000), radio publicity/promotion - NPR ($1,000), manufacturing vinyl ($1000)

hand-sewn felt christmas ornaments!
hand-sewn felt christmas ornaments!

History & Songs: This project has come into being both from a deep love of winter songs and a deep love of singing together. One part secular, one sacred, the music has it's toes dipped in all kinds of genres from Celtic to classical, folk to pop, gregorian chant to indie rock. We are recreating the soundtrack for the season for ourselves and for our community - for YOU! 

We've reharmonized and rearranged familiar songs like "Joy to the World," "Jingle Bells" and "The Holly and the Ivy," adding to this repertoire songs which talk about the cold and/or which just make us feel wintery like "Snow Days" by the band Real Estate, and "In the Cold, Cold Night" by Jack White. In addition there are new songs on HARK by Cortese, Kimball and Brittany Haas. Rose Polenzani's spare arrangement on glockenspiel for "Silent Night," sung by special guest Anais Mitchell, is magic. Natalie Haas's arrangement of three pieces from The Nutcracker Suite will knock your socks off - and it doesn't sound like the pops it sounds like the Haas sisters with Cortese & Thompson! We're not afraid to tackle classics and turn them upside down or segue right from hymns into jigs: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" becomes a round, "Christmastime is Here" with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" on top of it, "Winter Wonderland" reimagined in a minor key, "The Holly and the Ivy" morphs into "Life is Good Jig!"

Ladytime: You haven't quite heard these songs this way before! And yes, it's about collaboration and community, challenging ourselves, bringing out the best in each other. It's about girl time. And it's about coming together to do one of the things we love most in the world - to sing harmony together. We are so psyched to get this record out! And we hope you'll pledge to this campaign to help us do that!

How Does Kickstarter Work?

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform - which means YOU get to be involved on a personal level with the creation of HARK! EVERY contribution counts!

REWARDS!!

We are offering a plethora of rewards in return for your contribution! We'll be contacting you after the campaign closes to collect your address & any other pertinent information. All CDs/rewards will be shipped by Dec. 15 if not the moment the campaign is over! More photos of rewards:http://www.winterysongs.com/gallery/intro

hand-sewn felt bird!
hand-sewn felt bird!

Thank you for sharing your holiday with us - and for letting us share ours with you! We are deeply grateful to everyone who pledged their support for HARK by purchasing our 5-song EP last year - the precursor to HARK. And many thanks to Club Passim's Iguana Fund Music Grant which paid our first studio bill at Q Division!

http://www.winterysongs.com

https://www.facebook.com/winterysongs/?ref=hl

abstract book
abstract book
peapods!
peapods!

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. If we don't reach our goal of $8,000 by the end of this two week campaign, we won't receive ANY of the funds, your credit cards won't be charged, no rewards will be sent out!! So please do spread the word!

Since HARK is a holiday record it really only has a short life right before Christmas! So getting the word out is critical. Most of us aren't interested in holiday music after Dec. 25. So we are super motivated to bring you this music now! We are all highly-accomplished touring musicians. And we are psyched to have new music to sell on our own tours as well as the HARK tour Dec.15-20. See you out there!!

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    Digital download of HARK

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    Physical Copies of HARK: Receive two copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick) before anyone else! One for you and one to share with a friend.

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    Handmade gifts & Music: Choose between one tiny notebook with potato print on front for jotting down notes. 2 1/2" x 4"; fits in your back pocket OR one hand-sewn felt ornament to hang on your tree (carrot, tomato, abstract book, bird, circle w/old-fashioned buttons or small tree) + two copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick).

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    Santa jacket & Music: One hand-sewn, felt Santa Claus jacket ornament OR two hand-sewn, felt ornaments to hang on your tree - (carrot, tomato, abstract book, peapod, bird, circle w/old-fashioned buttons or small tree + two copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick).

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    Physical Copies of HARK: Receive six copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick) before anyone else! Keep one and give away four!

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    Lyric ornament & Music. A glass ball christmas tree ornament with handwritten lyrics for Joy to the World (or HARK tune of your choice) inside. Each line of writing is carefully cut in a long strip and wound around the inside of the glass ball. + two copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick).

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    Stringers OR Singers Collectors Package. Your choice of: Collection of on CD from each of the Wintery Songs string players: Laura Cortese, Valerie Thompson, Brittany Haas, Natalie Haas and Jenna Moynihan OR a Collection of one CD from each of the Wintery Songs singer/songwriters: Jennifer Kimball, Rose Polenzani, Rose Cousins and Laura Cortese! + two copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick).

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    Stringers AND Singers Collectors Package. Collection of one CD from each of the Wintery Songs collaborators: Jennifer Kimball, Rose Polenzani, Rose Cousins, Laura Cortese, Valerie Thompson, Jenna Moynihan, Brittany Haas and Natalie Haas. + two copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick).

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    Voices Raised: We will sing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" in our 6-part round with you in the center of our circle. This could only happen at one of our shows in 2015 - probably backstage - see winterysongs.com for show information. + two copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick).

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    Shout Out OR Voice Mail. A shout out to you or someone you love in eleventy part harmony from the stage at Passim! Both shows on Dec. 17 will be broadcast live on concertwindow.com so you could shout to someone near or far. OR We will record the message on your voice mail - in eleventy part harmony. + two copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick).

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    Caroling session on Dec 16 or 21 with Dietrich Strause! At least four of us will sing carols at your house with Dietrich for 30 minutes. [Must be near Boston - preferably in Cambridge/Somerville] + two copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick).

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    House concert with at least half of the Wintery Songs collaborative. All acoustic. One hour set. + two copies of HARK (AND a Hark guitar pick).

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    With this pledge we can meet our stretch goals of pressing vinyl, making music videos and hiring a publicist! You will have our undying gratitude, ten CDs to send to your friends, and your choice of the above rewards.

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