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.
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Thank you for your generous support. We look forward to sharing First Flight with you!
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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