SONIC VISIONS: new music by the L.A. Choral Lab
A studio album featuring a spectrum of new choral music by living composers, performed by a world-class 28-voice choral ensemble.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, April 29 2019 5:00 AM UTC +00:00.
4/19/19 update: Announcing a PLEDGE MATCHING DRIVE
We are 80% funded! 88 backers have pledged $12,073 to SONIC VISIONS. We have $2,927 to go.
To help us reach our Kickstarter goal, the members of the L.A. Choral Lab Board of Directors will match every dollar pledged (up to $1,500), meaning that your contribution will now go twice as far in helping us reach our goal.
All you have to do is pledge to our Kickstarter before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and your contribution will automatically be included in the Matching Drive. Our Board members will then match your pledge with their own pledges, bringing us even closer to our goal of recording Sonic Visions.
4/17/19 video update:
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!
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter