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Manitou WindsBy Manitou Winds
First created
Manitou WindsBy Manitou Winds
First created
$3,621
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 9 2018 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

This fall, we're heading into the studio to record our debut album—First Flight. We'd love for you to partner with us to make this album a reality. 

First Flight will be a 19-track collection of all-original music composed by Manitou Winds members Laura Hood and Jason McKinney. It will be available in two formats—CD and digital download. The eclectic set list captures the heart of our live performances by featuring a mix of Classical, Celtic, and Folk music performed on a colorful array of instruments.

There's a lot involved in creating a project of this scope, but we're confident we have set a realistic budget that will produce the quality recording we desire. Every pledge of financial support will help pay for the recording, mastering, manufacturing, and distribution.

You can certainly make a pledge without receiving a reward, but we've gathered some sweet incentives for those who can give a little extra. Several reward packages feature Michigan-made items—including the original artwork created especially for our album.

We believe in the power of community to rally around creative projects like ours. Will you help us spread the word? Share our campaign video—it's the easiest way to tell our story.

Thank you for your generous support. We look forward to sharing First Flight with you!

Album highlights

First Flight contains 19 original compositions by members Laura Hood and Jason McKinney. Highlights include:

First Flight - (2016) This is a musical homage to Rebecca Lessard, founder of Wings of Wonder, a raptor sanctuary and rehabilitation center located in Empire, Michigan. Composed by Laura for flute, clarinet, guitar, and harp, this two-movement piece takes you on a journey of healing as an injured raptor is rescued, rehabilitated, and finally released back into the wild to soar. More information about this piece can be found in the article on our Manitou-Zine blog.

Midwinter Twilight - (2018) Music and narration composed by Jason, this work has never been performed. Scored for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and piano, evocative prose and music intertwine to paint a wintry landscape bathed in fiery colors just after sunset.

The Old Ash Tree - (2018) Jason composed this work for flute, clarinet, bassoon, guitar, and harp in honor of his paternal grandfather, Bryant McKinney. Learn more about this piece by reading the article in our Manitou-Zine blog.

Summer Waltz - (2016) Composed by Laura for flute, clarinet, guitar, and harp, this simple waltz portrays the quiet of a soft summer evening in Northern Michigan. You can learn more about this work by reading the article in our Manitou-Zine blog.

The Wedding Suite - (2015) This four-movement work for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and piano was composed by Jason. From the Mozart-esque processional to the emotional roller-coaster of the recessional, the suite encapsulates the intimacy, romance, and traditional pomp that are part of every wedding ceremony.

Meet Manitou Winds

Founded in May 2014, Manitou Winds is a versatile chamber ensemble created by passionate musicians. Our ensemble seeks to bring the engaging, evocative nature of chamber music to broader audiences.

In addition to performing eclectic concerts shedding spotlight on new composers, our ensemble members create repertoire through their own arrangements and compositions to add even more spontaneity and variety. Audiences are always assured of hearing unique music not to be found elsewhere.

Anne Bara-clarinet; Christina Duperron-bassoon; Jason McKinney-oboe, english horn, saxophone, harp, & piano; Laura Hood-horn, ukulele, & guitar; Sam Clark-piccolo & flute; Jan Ross-reader/narrator (not pictured)
Anne Bara-clarinet; Christina Duperron-bassoon; Jason McKinney-oboe, english horn, saxophone, harp, & piano; Laura Hood-horn, ukulele, & guitar; Sam Clark-piccolo & flute; Jan Ross-reader/narrator (not pictured)

What is the typical Manitou Winds concert experience? Every concert is different, but each has a central theme with a variety of music selected to expand and explore it. To inspire creativity and further learning, we include works by poets, essayists, and visual artists in our programs to create a multi-faceted concert experience.

Risks and challenges

Though we're rehearsed and eager to record this dynamic album, we'll only be able to produce it through support from the entire community.

Manitou Winds performs free concerts throughout Northern Michigan, raising funds for local charities and causes through freewill offerings from our audiences. All of our musicians are volunteers. Future sales of this album will enable us to continue performing free concerts in our community, expanding our musical outreach.

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    Receive our debut album, First Flight, on CD (bonus code for digital download), plus a custom Manitou Winds decal. You'll also receive a handwritten thank-you note from the ensemble. Shipping included.

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    MUG + CD

    Receive a limited-edition Manitou Winds mug, perfect for sipping your favorite hot beverage while enjoying your copy of First Flight (CD plus bonus download code). As a special thanks, you will be acknowledged in the album liner notes. Shipping included.

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    JOURNAL + MUG + CD

    Receive a Michigan-made Shinola journal to outline your next adventure or record your own creative pursuits. You'll also receive the limited-edition Manitou Winds mug and album on CD (with bonus download code), and be acknowledged in the album liner notes. Shipping included.

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    DESIGN CONSULTATION +plus

    Our bassoonist, Christina Duperron, is a professional interior designer. She will come to your home to provide a 3-hour design consultation. Christina will also hand-deliver your Shinola journal, Manitou Winds mug, and First Flight CD (with bonus download code). You’ll be thanked in our album liner notes as well.

    NOTE: This reward is limited to homes in Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, & Manistee Counties (Michigan). Your consultation will be scheduled directly with Duperron Designs, Inc.

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    ORIGINAL ARTWORK +plus

    Take home a piece of First Flight for yourself. "First Flight" by Ellie Harold is the original oil painting (12" x 12") commissioned for our recording project. It is framed and ready to hang in your home. Enjoy this evocative rendering of the Northern Michigan coastline and feel the anticipation of the birds awaiting their flight to the distant islands. Safe, insured delivery included. You’ll also receive the journal, mug, and album on CD (+bonus download code) with special acknowledgment in our album liner notes.

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    "Lake Collage" donated to our campaign by Frankfort artist Ann Loveless (2013 & 2015 winner of Michigan ArtPrize) is an original fabric collage (8" x 8") depicting our iconic Lake Michigan shoreline in multiple layers and textures of fabric. The sand glistens, the water ripples and sparkles lifelike in the sun with subtly changing hues -- even the dune grass looks real enough to touch! Matted and framed (17" x 17") this quilted collage is displayed behind UV-protected glass and is ready to hang in your home. Safe, insured delivery included with your pledge. You’ll also receive the journal, mug, and album on CD (+bonus download code) with special acknowledgment in our album liner notes.

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    • limited-edition Manitou Winds mug
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    PRIVATE CONCERT +plus

    The musicians of Manitou Winds will perform a private, one-hour concert at your home. Invite a small group of family and friends to join you for this personalized music experience. The ensemble will hand-deliver your Shinola journal, limited-edition mug, and First Flight on CD (+ bonus download code). You’ll also receive special acknowledgment in our album liner notes.

    NOTE: Date of concert to be chosen in consultation with the ensemble. Must be booked before October 15, 2019. Location must be within 1-hour (up to 40 miles) of Traverse City, Michigan.

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