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A studio album featuring a spectrum of new choral music by living composers, performed by a world-class 28-voice choral ensemble.
144 backers pledged $16,244 to help bring this project to life.

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4/26/19 update: 100% FUNDED | $20,000 stretch goal

Our Board Matching Drive was a huge success! As of April 26, we are fully funded, meaning SONIC VISIONS is a go! A huge thank you to everyone who has pledged to our project so far.

If you haven't pledged yet, now is the time to get in on the fun! If we reach $20,000 by the close of the campaign, admission to our Los Angeles Album Launch Party on Sunday, October 13 will be FREE to ALL our Kickstarter backers. The launch party will feature choral pieces performed by the L.A. Choral Lab, solo performances by members of the group, and fun food and drinks in a sleek loft party setting.

Thank you, everyone! Let's keep this ball rolling all the way to the end!

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We're the L.A. Choral Lab, and we're a 28-voice chamber choir based in Los Angeles, California. We came together in 2014, and since then, we've become known for producing unique, engaging choral experiences that go beyond traditional notions of concerts and concert spaces. 

We perform Renaissance madrigals, lush a cappella compositions, traditional choral anthems, folk song settings, meditative textural works, and inventive non-tonal pieces, and we regularly feature arrangements and compositions written by our own members. Our exploration of nontraditional concert spaces led us to produce a warehouse choral experience complete with food trucks and DJs, as well as a theatrical production featuring Shakespearian actors in a stage-play setting. These unique venues and themes create an experience that is larger than the music itself.  

Your support of SONIC VISIONS helps us give a voice to new choral music. Please join us as a partner in this recording project!

The Music

Here is a sampling of the music you'll hear on Sonic Visions. You can hear excerpts of the these tracks in the video above.

Psalm 90 by William Malpede is a rollicking anthem of hope for four-part choir and piano. That a wise heart leads my purpose, lights my way, and gives a song to every day!  (video)

The New Colossus by Saunder Choi is a harried and haunting meditation on the immigrant experience for six-part choir that sets the famous text of the same name by Emma Lazarus, as inscribed into the Statue of Liberty. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...

Beneath the Wave by Luke Flynn is dedicated to all those who lost their lives in the tsunami that devastated east Japan on March 11, 2011. The title of the piece comes from Hokusai's famous painting The Great Wave.  Next to Hokusai's signature are three Japanese phrases, one of which is "nami ura" (translated as "beneath the wave") and is the text that opens this piece.

21st Century 23rd Psalm by Jeffrey Bernstein is a much-loved and much-needed reminder that Mother Earth is home for all of us, and so we must care for her even as we care for one another. The earth is my home / I care for her...My table is prepared and all are welcome. From the earth comes everything we need, and I have more than enough... (video)


The L.A. Choral Lab is pleased to make the following rewards available as part of this recording project. 



Project Budget

Our goal for this fundraiser is $15,000, which represents a baseline cost to record, mix, and master a classical studio album. In the event that the project costs more than we have budgeted, we are prepared to supplement our Kickstarter proceeds with funds from our operating account, especially to ensure (1) fair payment of artists for their time and effort and (2) on-time delivery of high-quality Kickstarter rewards. 

The following chart shows a breakdown of the cost of recording an album at our goal amount of $15,000, and it is a fair representation of how each dollar that you contribute to this Kickstarter will be used.

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Risks and challenges

A common risk in recording any studio album is ensuring that all the music gets recorded within the studio time allotted. Our budget for this project will allow us three full lockout days in the recording studio, which, based on prior rehearsal and performance outcomes, will provide us with plenty of time to generate excellent takes of each track.

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    THANK YOU

    We'll thank you personally on the L.A. Choral Lab website and send you a digital thank-you card as a token of our appreciation. Thank you for your support of choral music and the composers and performs that bring it to life!

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    DIGITAL ALBUM

    Receive a digital download of "Sonic Vision" in MP3 format, including high-quality digital liner notes.

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    PHYSICAL ALBUM

    Receive "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format. You also get a digital thank-you card and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website.

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    "FROM THE VAULT" PACKAGE

    Enjoy a USB archive of L.A. Choral Lab performances spanning eight concerts across five seasons, including unreleased video and audio recordings not available anywhere else. Also receive a customized 4" x 6" thank-you card signed by the members of the L.A. Choral Lab. You will be acknowledged as a contributor in the album's physical and digital liner notes. You also get "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital thank-you card, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website.

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    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • Signed 4" x 6" thank-you card
    • Credit in the album's liner notes
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
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    MUSIC AND GOODIES

    Get your hands on some custom, exclusive L.A. Choral Lab merchandise. Choose between two options: (1) a luxurious, soft chenille blanket embroidered with the L.A. Choral Lab logo; or (2) a set of four coasters and two wine glasses, all engraved with the L.A. Choral Lab logo. You also get the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a physical and digital thank-you card, credit in the liner notes, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website.

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    • Blanket or set of glasses & coasters
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • Signed 4" x 6" thank-you card
    • Credit in the album's liner notes
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Digital thank-you card
    • Thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website
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    MUSIC LESSON BUNDLE

    Enjoy a one-hour lesson in voice, piano, music composition, or music appreciation with an L.A. Choral Lab member! Also receive a 5.5" x 8.5" personalized commemorative thank-you card signed by the entire ensemble. You also get your choice of a branded blanket or set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital thank-you card, credit in the liner notes, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website. (This reward is for supporters in or near Los Angeles, CA.)

    Includes:
    • Music lesson with L.A. Choral Lab member
    • 5.5" x 8.5" personalized thank-you card
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • Credit in the album's liner notes
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Blanket or set of glasses & coasters
    • Digital thank-you card
    • Thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website
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    LAUNCH PARTY BUNDLE

    Receive an invitation for two to the Sonic Visions album launch party, to take place the evening of Sunday, October 13, 2019 in the Los Angeles area, Also receive a 5.5" x 8.5" personalized commemorative thank-you card signed by the ensemble. You also get your choice of a branded blanket or set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital thank-you card, credit in the liner notes, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website. (This reward is for supporters in or near Los Angeles, CA.)

    Includes:
    • Admission for two to album launch party
    • 5.5" x 8.5" personalized thank-you card
    • Blanket or set of glasses & coasters
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • Credit in the album's liner notes
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Digital thank-you card
    • Thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website
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    STUDY SCORE BUNDLE

    Receive a bound, limited-edition, 8.5" x 11" study score containing sheet music for each piece on the album. This study score includes the artistic director's personal notes and markings for an up-close look at the L.A. Choral Lab's musical process. Also receive a 5.5" x 8.5" personalized commemorative thank-you card signed by the ensemble. You also get your choice of a branded blanket or set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital thank-you card, credit in the liner notes, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website.

    Includes:
    • Bound 8.5" x 11" study score
    • 5.5" x 8.5" personalized thank-you card
    • Blanket or set of glasses & coasters
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • Credit in the album's liner notes
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Digital thank-you card
    • Thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website
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    "DUET" BUNDLE (pick two)

    Select two of of the following three rewards: (1) a music lesson with an L.A. Choral Lab member; (2) invitation for two to the album release party; (3) a bound study score. You also get your choice of a branded blanket or set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital and personalized physical thank-you card, credit in the liner notes, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website. (This reward is for supporters in or near Los Angeles, CA.)

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    • Pick two: music lesson, launch party, study score
    • 5.5" x 8.5" personalized thank-you card
    • Blanket or glasses & coasters set
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • Credit in the album's liner notes
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Digital thank-you card
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    "TRIO" BUNDLE (get all three)

    Three exciting rewards in one. Get admission for two to the launch party, a music lesson with an L.A. Choral Lab member, and a bound study score. You also get your choice of a branded blanket or set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital and personalized physical thank-you card, credit in the liner notes, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website. (This reward is for supporters in or near Los Angeles, CA.)

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    CUSTOM, PERSONALIZED MINI-COMPOSITION

    A member of the L.A. Choral Lab will compose a personalized mini-composition just for you. You can work with the composer to select the text, the idea, and the theme. You'll receive an original handwritten score as well as a recording of your mini-composition by the full L.A. Choral Lab ensemble. You also get your choice of a branded blanket or set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital and personalized physical thank-you card, credit in the liner notes, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website.

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    • Personalized mini-composition
    • Blanket or set of glasses & coasters
    • 5.5" x 8.5" personalized thank-you card
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • Credit in the album's liner notes
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Digital thank-you card
    • Thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website
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    CONDUCTOR PACKAGE

    Receive a 45-minute conducting lesson from L.A. Choral Lab conductor & artistic director Michael Alfera. Once your lesson is complete, you'll have fifteen minutes to conduct the L.A. Choral Lab in a workshop setting to try out your skills. You also get a branded blanket and set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital and personalized physical thank-you card, credit in the liner notes, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website. (This reward is for supporters in or near Los Angeles, CA.)

    Includes:
    • Conducting lesson and podium time
    • Blanket and set of glasses & coasters
    • 5.5" x 8.5" personalized thank-you card
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • Credit in the album's liner notes
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Digital thank-you card
    • Thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website
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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER SUITE

    The ultimate fan package. Attend and observe a "Sonic Visions" recording session and receive prominent credit as an Associate Producer of the album. This suite includes admission for four to the album launch party, a music lesson with an L.A. Choral Lab member, and a bound study score. You also get a branded blanket, a set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital and personalized physical thank-you card, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website. (This reward is for supporters in or near Los Angeles, CA.)

    Includes:
    • Featured credit as an Associate Producer
    • Invitation to album recording session
    • Admission for four to album launch party
    • Music lesson with L.A. Choral Lab member
    • Bound 8.5" x 11" study score
    • Blanket and set of glasses & coasters
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Digital thank-you card
    • Thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website
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    COMMISSIONING PRODUCER SUITE

    Be the force that brings a new piece of music to life. Your support will underwrite the creation of a brand new choral work for the L.A. Choral Lab, to be recorded on "Sonic Visions." You're invited (but not required) to work with artistic staff to select the piece's text, ideas, and themes, as well as to take part in the process of composing and rehearsing the new work. Receive prominent credit as a Commissioning Producer of the album. This suite includes an invitation to a "Sonic Visions" recording session, admission for four to the album launch party, a music lesson with an L.A. Choral Lab member, and a bound study score. You also get a branded blanket, a set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital and personalized physical thank-you card, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website.

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    • Commission a new choral work
    • Featured credit as Commissioning Producer
    • Invitation to album recording session
    • Admission for four to album launch party
    • Music lesson with L.A. Choral Lab member
    • Bound 8.5" x 11" study score
    • 5.5" x 8.5" personalized thank-you card
    • Blanket and set of glasses & coasters
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • Thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website
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    SUSTAINING PRODUCER SUITE

    A small ensemble of L.A. Choral Lab members (approximately 8) performs a concert set for your event or party in the SoCal area. Receive prominent credit as a Sustaining Producer of the album. This suite includes an invitation to a "Sonic Visions" recording session, admission for four to the album launch party, a music lesson with an L.A. Choral Lab member, and a bound study score. You also get a branded blanket and set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital and personalized physical thank-you card, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website. (This reward is for supporters in or near Los Angeles, CA.)

    Includes:
    • Live performance (small group)
    • Featured credit as Sustaining Producer
    • Invitation to album recording session
    • Admission for four to album launch party
    • Music lesson with L.A. Choral Lab member
    • Bound 8.5" x 11" study score
    • 5.5" x 8.5" personalized thank-you card
    • Blanket and set of glasses & coasters
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Digital thank-you card
    • Thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER + GROUP PERFORMANCE

    The full L.A. Choral Lab vocal ensemble performs a concert set for your event or party in the SoCal area. Receive prominent credit as a Executive Producer of the album. This suite includes an invitation to a "Sonic Visions" recording session, admission for four to the album launch party, a music lesson with an L.A. Choral Lab member, and a bound study score. You also get a branded blanket and set of coasters & glasses, the USB concert archive, "Sonic Visions" in physical CD format and digital MP3 format, a digital and personalized physical thank-you card, and thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website. (This reward is for supporters in or near Los Angeles, CA.)

    Includes:
    • Live performance (full group)
    • Featured credit as Executive Producer
    • Invitation to album recording session
    • Admission for four to album launch party
    • Music lesson with L.A. Choral Lab member
    • Bound 8.5" x 11" study score
    • 5.5" x 8.5" personalized thank-you card
    • Blanket and set of glasses & coasters
    • Concert Archive USB Drive
    • "Sonic Visions" physical CD album
    • "Sonic Visions" digital album
    • Digital thank-you card
    • Thanks on the L.A. Choral Lab website
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