The Harpweaver is the new offering from Brooklyn-based, Scottish harp-virtuoso, Maeve Gilchrist. Her first solo endeavor in six years; the album is a result of thinking about music, collaborating with others and honing her skills as a producer, composer and arranger.
Inspired by the classic Edna St Vincent Millay poem, 'The Ballad of the Harp Weaver', this new suite of music draws on Maeve’s skills as a composer and player, weaving a rich textural soundscape that both utilizes the harp as a driving rhythmic force and creates an ambience of nostalgic suspension intended to transport the listener into her world. Maeve, who's known for her work with the Grammy-award winning ensemble, Silkroad, multi-disciplinary quartet Edges of Light and DuoDuo is joined in the endeavor by an illustrious cast including the groundbreaking string quartet, Brooklyn Rider on glistening strings and with some subtle sound-manipulation and sampling by sound wizard Charlie Van Kirk, this album is a homage to the harp and a celebration of it's multifaceted possibilities as both an ancient instrument and an undeniable force in contemporary music.
This Kickstarter campaign will fund the making of the record; the engineering, mixing and mastering; PR and marketing as well as an accompanying book of harp arrangements inspired by the record and a mini-documentary following the making of the album and illuminating Maeve’s role in the evolution of the Celtic harp.
A LITTLE ABOUT MAEVE.......
Edinburgh born harpist and composer Maeve Gilchrist has been credited as an innovator on her native instrument and taken the Celtic (lever) Harp to new levels of performance and visibility. Currently based in Brooklyn NY, Maeve tours internationally as a solo artist and maintains a variety of projects including the progressive folk quartet, DuoDuo, an electronics-based collaboration with Nashville-based bass player and producer, Viktor Krauss, as a member of the grammy-nominated Silkroad ensemble and as part of the multi-disciplinary quartet Edges of Light. She has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Darol Anger, Yo-Yo Ma, Frankie Gavin, Esperanza Spalding, Kathy Mattea and Solas.
As a composer, Maeve straddles the worlds of folk and classical with pieces including her original concerto for symphony orchestra and harp (a co-commission with Luke Benton), a three-movement Samuel Beckett-inspired piece for harp, string quartet and sound samples which was premiered at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in the spring of 2018 and a number of other pieces for harp ensembles, strings and small-ensembles. She is a regular visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music and has had a number of instructional books published by Hal Leonard and 80 days publishing. Maeve is an Adventure Music recording artist with five albums to her name as well as being a featured soloist on the Dreamworks blockbuster movie soundtrack, How to tame your dragon: The hidden world.
Maeve is the assistant music director of the WGBH holiday show, a Christmas Celtic sojourn and the co-artistic director of the brand new Rockport Celtic Music festival; an innovative new festival focused on cross-curation and the outer-fringes of Celtic Music.
'Both Fascinating and Absorbing in equal measure, an Original Voice' (Scotsman)
BUDGET BREAK DOWN.....
STUDIO (6 days) $3000
SOUND DESIGN (4 days) $1800
MIXING (5 days) $2500
STRING QUARTET REHEARSALS AND RECORDING $5000
OTHER MUSICIAN FEES AND ASSOCIATED COSTS $2500
PROMO VIDEO $5000
OTHER COSTS (CD, vinyl printing, merch, travel/accomm costs, TAXES!, kickstarter fees) approx $5000
Risks and challenges
It's always difficult to foresee all hidden costs of an album's production, release and marketing as well as, in this case, an accompanying book of arrangements and a mini-documentary. Not only expensive in the resources it utilizes but the time it takes to create and write down this stuff; whether it's the creation of the music itself or the harp arrangements for the accompanying book. More then three quarters of the content has already been written but as I immerse myself in the project, I expect ideas to morph and evolve and being relaxed about the finances of this process will certainly allow for deeper musical exploration. This is my first crowdfunding campaign and I imagine it will be a real learning experience all round. I truly appreciate the support of the project backers in allowing me to make music the way I want to make it and realize my vision in a way I feel is both artistically satisfying and important in my journey illuminating my instrument, the Celtic Harp.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)