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Soprano & harp Christmas album! Phoebe Gildea & Noah Brenner had a Jolly July revving up for their first joint album. Release date: December 2, 2016.
Soprano & harp Christmas album! Phoebe Gildea & Noah Brenner had a Jolly July revving up for their first joint album. Release date: December 2, 2016.
64 backers pledged $3,700 to help bring this project to life.

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The long-anticipated collaboration between soprano Phoebe Gildea and harper Noah Brenner is finally here! Join our project now to help create a magical holiday season later this year with our brand new Christmas album.

Music has always been an important part of celebration in our lives, and we want to put together an album that captures our experiences of Christmas and brings those feelings of "comfort and joy" to people everywhere.

Our Story

We met tango dancing in 2008, and had no idea that we were both musicians.

After becoming friends by making puns about Pavlov, we had the "so what do you do?" conversation. From that moment on, we've been jokingly saying we should make an album together. Finally, last October, we were driving home from a performance in Astoria, and we decided it was time to go for it.

For this album, we've looked through traditional carols, holiday drinking songs, and childhood favorites to find music that fits together and feels good with our ensemble. We've created arrangements of the music for our unique combination of instruments and styles by looking for the familiar musical moments in each song that put Christmas in our ears, and building around them.

Who are we?

Our Goals and Your Contributions

We've been working on this music since January! (So basically we haven't gotten Christmas carols out of our heads since before last Thanksgiving.) Now we need you to make all the rest of it happen. A full length album requires so much more than the good music that's on it.

Here's what we've already done:

  • Choosen, arranged, and rehearsed songs for the album
  • Built a budget to account for all the upcoming expenses
  • Reached out to professionals and set up preliminary schedules for recording, mastering, photography, graphic design, and performances once the album is out
  • Had a professional photo shoot to launch our marketing, crowdfunding, and social media engagement

Here is what we still need to do (or hire people to do):

  • Record the album
  • Mix and Master
  • Press the physical CDs
  • Pay royalties for certain songs
  • Album cover photo shoot
  • Graphic design for the cover and jacket

$2,500 is our goal because that is the minimum we need to make it happen.

Here is how much making this album will cost us:

These numbers are all estimates based on conversations with the professionals with whom we have scheduled time this fall.

Stretch Goals

If we make it to $3,500, we can almost double the number of CDs that we order in our first batch! To thank you for helping us get to this level, everyone who has pledged at least $20 will get a ticket to our launch party. Those of you who already have a ticket in your reward package will get an extra one at no charge.

If we get $4,500, we can double the number of CDs again! We will be so thrilled with you all that we will make a video of us performing one of our songs, and put all of your names in the credits (yes, that includes ALL backers, at every funding level).

REWARDS!

You are so important to making this happen! We wanted to do something special for people that help us get off the ground -- something extra that won't be available later to people who buy the album. And so: For just $1, you can download two singles that are not available on the CD!

If you give more than that, we are going to deck your halls with awesome Christmas gifts for everyone on your list. Look to the right for a sidebar filled with details of all the goodies we're offering! Don't forget to scroll all the way up and down to see the options.

The other right, Noah
The other right, Noah

You can pre-purchase our album as a CD or digital download, become an official album sponsor listed in the album jacket, get a sample of our non-musical skills in crochet and beading, and much more!

In the spirit of the season (or at least the season it will be by the time we have the album), we've put together the Ultimate Christmas Gift Special!

Three amazing contributors will be able to give someone a unique and special gift! We'll help you celebrate with personalized messages and special touches to all our rewards: 

You will receive 2 signed CDs (one for you and one to gift); a custom beaded Christmas ornament spelling your gift-ee's name; a poster of the album cover autographed with the message of your choice; a song of your choice dedicated to your gift-ee from the Holiday Market stage (or over Skype); credit in the liner notes (can be listed as anonymous); and you and your gift-ee will be on the guest list for our launch party.

Join us for a Jolly July! More fun surprises to come!

(you may even find out what's up with the mouse following us around)

Special thanks to Bob Williams (photos) and Kyle Everett (video and audio recording).

Risks and challenges

Taking risks is something that we love to do when we are on stage, but not so much when it comes to financial planning and career choices. We've been doing our best to minimize risk from the beginning, both for ourselves and for our backers.

We already have a trustworthy team onboard to see this project through to the end, from recording the first song to mastering the album to designing the cover.

The largest obstacle between us and our album is the money to pay all those incredible people who are waiting to work with us over the next few months. With your help, once we blow our funding goal out of the water, that greatest challenge can be overcome this month! From there on, the work will be hard, but it is work that we love, and work that we know we do well.

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    Download Bonus Tracks

    Download a single from each of us — these pieces are not included in the album! They are available specially for our backers. You will receive your download link, along with our thanks, within 24 hours.

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    Crochet Christmas Ornaments

    Phoebe will crochet an ornament for you: you can choose a star or a heart! The ornament includes a loop from which it can be hung.

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    Beaded Christmas Ornament

    Noah will make you a beaded ornament featuring a letter of your choice. Maybe your first initial? Or your U of O pride?

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    Flash Drive Grab Bag!

    Get an inside look at our process! We will put a random selection of extra pictures, outtakes, and rehearsal footage, as well as a personal message, on each flash drive. Each one is unique!

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    Album Download

    Get the complete album 2 weeks before the official release! Start your Christmas early and enjoy the music.

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    Harry Potter Scarf

    Phoebe will crochet a scarf for you in the Hogwarts house colors of your choice!

    Gryffindor: red and gold
    Ravenclaw: blue and bronze
    Hufflepuff: yellow and black
    Slytherin: green and silver

    First 25 orders will receive their scarf by Christmas.

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    Album on CD

    Preorder the album in CD form, and receive it before the official release!

    (We cannot guarantee an exact delivery date, but your CD will be mailed to you as soon as we get them from the manufacturer.)

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    Download and Poster

    Do you miss having something to hold in your hands when you buy a new album? Get all the convenience of an album download AND a poster of our album cover to commemorate the occasion.

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    • Album Cover Poster
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    Santa's Helper

    You are such a good gift giver! You want to buy CDs for two of your friends in addition to yourself!

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    Complete Album package

    Get your album download 2 weeks before the official release! It will soon be followed in the mail by the CD and album cover poster.

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    All Of The Things!

    Sometimes we just want it ALL!

    You will receive a digital download 2 weeks before the official release, a CD in the mail as soon as we get them, an autographed poster, and a crochet Christmas ornament.

    At this level, you also get a spot on the guest list for our Launch Party in December!

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    • CD
    • Album Download
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    • Crochet Ornament
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    Official Album Sponsor

    In addition to getting everything in the "All Of The Things" reward, your name will be featured in the liner notes (you can choose to be listed as anonymous). Thank you for all your help!

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    Ultimate Christmas Gift!

    For the lucky person you want to shower with Christmas joy: You will receive a signed CD; a custom beaded Christmas ornament spelling your gift-ee's name; a poster of the album cover autographed with the message of your choice; a song of your choice dedicated to your gift-ee from the Holiday Market stage or over Skype; and you will both be on our guest list for the Launch Party.

    For yourself: A second CD included, and digital download of the album; your name (or anonymous) in the liner notes

    Includes:
    • Song Dedication
    • Credit in the Album Liner Notes
    • Ticket to the Launch Party
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    VIP Album Sponsor

    In addition to credit in the album liner notes and everything included in "All Of The Things," you will be invited to certain VIP events, and your Christmas ornament will be customized.

    This includes behind the scenes access to our album cover photo shoot (in person or via Skype), a VIP table at the launch party (or a live stream), a handwritten "Thank you" card from both of us, your name mentioned from the stage when we perform in December, and a coffee or Skype date to chat with us about whatever you want*.

    *Human decency required

    Includes:
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    • Coffee Date
    • VIP table at the Launch Party
    • Ticket to the Launch Party
    • Credit in the Album Liner Notes
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    • Crochet Ornament
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    Private Christmas Concert

    CONTACT US BEFORE CLAIMING THIS REWARD. (We need to discuss dates and additional travel expenses depending on location.)

    We will bring the party to you! On a mutually agreed upon date in December 2016, we will come perform for you and your friends at your home. Since it will be your show, we can include any dedications you want and stay to chat with your guests afterwards.

    You will also receive credit in the album liner notes and everything from "All Of The Things" and be on the guest list for the VIP Table at our Launch Party.

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    • VIP table at the Launch Party
    • Credit in the Album Liner Notes
    • Ticket to the Launch Party
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