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An independent solo harp Christmas album infused with the works of Bernard Andrès, legendary French harp composer
An independent solo harp Christmas album infused with the works of Bernard Andrès, legendary French harp composer
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I've been playing the harp for twenty short years now. It wasn't long into my harp lessons that I was exposed to the works of Bernard Andrès.  Today, I own 36 of his publishings, but my collection is not complete.

I started avidly collecting his works 10 years ago, about when the birth of this project began.  I was experimenting with my way through some of his pieces during Christmastime in my apartment in Los Angeles. As a gift to my family, I had planned to make a little Christmas album of solo harp. One thing led to another, and an improvised album of Christmas music combined with selections of Bernard Andrès was made. 

The original CD cover, home made over 10 years ago. "Unto Us" is one of the track names.
The original CD cover, home made over 10 years ago. "Unto Us" is one of the track names.

Bernard Andrès is my favorite composer for the harp. His music is simple, thoughtful, and idiomatic. Oh- and AMAZING! He was born in France in 1941 and lives hours away from my home. I've tried to meet him personally a few times, but have only succeeded by snail mail correspondence. All photos I've seen of him are smiley and warm. My harp students can tell you: I'm a fan. They are each subjected to learn at least one of his pieces at some point. There was even an Andrès piece played at my wedding. So: fan. 

Monsieur Bernard Andres
Monsieur Bernard Andres

I pull up the album every December. It's one of the few recordings of mine that I actually enjoy listening to. :-) "Wouldn't it be fun to actually revisit this album and record it in a studio?" I've thought to myself for the past 10 years. 

And it finally came time. I mustered up the courage to write to Mr. Andrès and sent him the little home recording, asking him if he would be up for letting me re-do it "for real." And... yes! He said yes!

So the plan is to re-record the album professionally in November and release the new album in time for Christmas 2014. I'm so excited about this project! It's a tribute to Mr. Andrès,  a celebration of Christmas music that I love (no Jingle Bells, sorry), and feels very "me." 

Studio 26 in Antibes, France
Studio 26 in Antibes, France

 Tentative track listing (only the Christmas piece is listed):

  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • Whence is that Goodly Fragrance
  • Unto us is Born a Son
  • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Still Still Still
  • The First Noel
  • Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Coventry Carol
  • We Three Kings 
  • I Wonder as I Wonder
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Marche des Rois
  • What Child is This?
  • Basque Carol

Risks and challenges

This Kickstarter project covers the recording, editing, and mastering costs only. One risk would be that the baby in my belly arrives a few weeks early and that the recording would be postponed. If that were to happen, I'd record next summer and still plan for a December release.

Another potential obstacle hinges on the decision to self-produce the album or find a label to produce and distribute for me. If it turns out that a label would be the way to go, it may be out of my hands in terms of timeline. I'm planning a year in advance, but maybe the release date would be later than planned. Once the album is edited and mastered (while I'm changing a bunch of baby diapers), the plan is to seek out possible labels and weigh it all out, making the decision as early as possible. (I feel a sense of urgency to finish this project while Mr. Andres is in good health and spirits.)

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    Digital Download of the UNRELEASED FIRST VERSION that was previously only available to family and can't be bought in stores (sent December 2013) + NINE physical CDs + Exclusive photos of recording in the studio + Exclusive behind the scenes clips from the studio

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    PRIVATE CONCERT "chez toi" in December of 2014. You provide the Christmas tree and goodies; I provide the Christmas music! + PHYSICAL CD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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