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Debut big band album by the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra
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The Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra is recording our debut CD, Urban(e)! Join us and be a part of the process of recording and releasing this album.

Who we are

Mike Fahie is a trombonist and composer in New York City. He leads his own small groups as well as the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra, and tours internationally with major jazz groups, notably playing lead trombone with 3-time Grammy nominee Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

The Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra is a group of 17 top New York jazz musicians who have been playing together over a decade in and around New York. Individually, these musicians have played with the greatest musicians in the world. Collectively, we are thrilled to finally be able to present this music to the greater world!

Darcy James Argue is one of the most renowned jazz composers of this age, and he has graciously agreed to produce this album. We are thrilled to have such a brilliant and passionate musician on board!

Brian Montgomery has recorded multiple Grammy winning albums including Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society and Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom. He is also a renowned big band engineer, having worked on albums with Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Maria Schneider, John Hollenbeck, the Gil Evans Project and many others. We are delighted to be in such company!

The Music

Urban(e) is a new fusion of classical and modern jazz orchestra music. Each piece means something special to me, and I've rearranged them all to feature this wonderful band and the musicians in it. 

Ranging from short piano preludes to entire ballets, and including the music of Bach, Stravinsky, Bartok and many others, the source material is some of the most compelling and powerful music ever written. 

I'll be uploading videos about each piece as the campaign continues so you can get a look inside the process and see what the music is all about!

The Project

We will be recording, editing, mixing, mastering, pressing and releasing the album Urban(e). It goes without saying that a project like this with 17 musicians is an expensive one, and I thank all of you for considering supporting it!

There are expenses that are obvious, like paying the musicians and the engineer, and some that are less obvious, like feeding everyone during the recording, preparing all the music (just having one score printed and bound costs $20!), and promoting the album.

Any amount that you can help will be greatly appreciated!

The Rewards

This is the fun part! Scroll over through the various donation levels to find the exciting rewards waiting for you! You could simply pre-order the album, or you could get some fun branded items like a tote or a shirt. You could get a lesson with me or even a night out to a jazz club. Or if you love the music, you could even bring us to your house!

The Updates

Keep checking in here as I will post videos about the individual pieces that I chose to arrange for this project, as well as video from the recording studio!

Risks and challenges

This album will be recorded during this kickstarter campaign. The timeline for completion of the project is not set in stone, as the editing, mixing and mastering process requires people to be available at the same time. And there may be some small delay releasing the album to time it best for concert and album sales.

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    Pre-Release Download

    You'll receive a pre-release digital download of MFJO's Urban(e)

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    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
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    Pre-Release CD

    You'll receive a pre-release CD of MFJO's Urban(e)
    You'll also receive the digital download.

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    Tote Bag & Download

    You'll receive a handy, durable tote bag with the Urban(e) logo.
    You'll receive a pre-release digital download of MFJO's Urban(e)

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    • Urban(e) tote bag
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    Tote & CD

    You'll receive a handy, durable tote bag with the Urban(e) logo.
    You'll receive a pre-release CD of MFJO's Urban(e)
    You'll also receive the digital download.

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    • Urban(e) tote bag
    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
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    T-Shirt & Download

    You'll get a stylish t-shirt with the Urban(e) logo.
    You'll receive a pre-release digital download of MFJO's Urban(e).

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    T-Shirt & CD

    You'll get a stylish t-shirt with the Urban(e) logo.
    You'll receive a pre-release CD of MFJO's Urban(e)
    You'll also receive the digital download.

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    • Urban(e) t-shirt
    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
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    CD Release Show Tickets

    You'll get 2 free tickets to our CD Release show (date TBD), plus the tote, the CD and the download.

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    • Tickets for 2 to CD Release show
    • Urban(e) tote bag
    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
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    Swag bundle

    You'll get the Urban(e) t-shirt, the tote, the CD and the digital download.

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    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
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    Name on the CD

    Everyone who pledges $100 or more get a personal thank you in the liner notes of the CD.
    You'll also receive the swag bundle!

    Includes:
    • Thank you in the CD Liner Notes
    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
    • Urban(e) t-shirt
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    Skype Lesson

    You'll get a one-hour Skype lesson from Mike, along with the Urban(e) download, and a thank you in the CD.

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    • One Hour Skype Lesson
    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
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    Name a Song

    You'll get to name a new composition by Mike Fahie. I'll record a solo version and send you the score.
    You'll also get the swag bundle and a thank you in the CD!

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    • Name a song by Mike Fahie
    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
    • Urban(e) t-shirt
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    Pick the next piece

    You'll get to pick the next piece from the classical repertoire that I arrange for the MFJO! What's your favorite piece that you've always wanted to hear in a new way?
    Along with that, you'll get the swag bundle and a thank you in the CD!

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    • Select the next MFJO Urban(e) piece
    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
    • Urban(e) t-shirt
    • Urban(e) tote bag
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    Private Listening Session

    You are invited to a private listening session with Mike to the final cut of Urban(e) before it is sent for printing.
    You'll also get the swag bundle and a Thank-You in the CD.

    Includes:
    • Private Listening Session
    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
    • Urban(e) t-shirt
    • Urban(e) tote bag
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    NYC Jazz Night

    You and your guest will go with Mike Fahie to a NYC jazz club for dinner, music and conversation. Get the insider's take!
    You'll also get the swag bundle and a thank you in the CD!

    Includes:
    • Jazz Night out with Mike
    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
    • Urban(e) t-shirt
    • Urban(e) tote bag
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    Super Fan House Concert

    You'll get a private concert in your house with my jazz quartet! Must be in the greater NYC area.
    Along with that you'll get the swag bundle and a thank you in the CD!

    Includes:
    • Mike Fahie Quartet House Concert
    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
    • Urban(e) t-shirt
    • Urban(e) tote bag
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    Mega Fan House Concert

    You'll get a private house concert with the entire 17-piece Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra! Must be in the greater NYC area.
    And of course you get the swag bundle, and a thank you in the CD!

    Includes:
    • Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra House Concert
    • MFJO Urban(e) CD
    • MFJO Urban(e) Digital Download
    • Urban(e) t-shirt
    • Urban(e) tote bag
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    LIMITED TIME Pre-recording show tickets

    MUST BUY BEFORE 3/23/18
    You'll get 2 free tickets to our pre-recording show at ShapeShifter Lab, plus the tote, the CD and the download when they are available.

    Includes:
    • Tickets for 2 to ShapeShifter Lab on 3/23/18
    • Urban(e) tote bag
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Funding period

- (30 days)