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Orchard

Kickstarter Campaign

We are releasing the definitive

recording of Orchard on Neuma Records.

Support this Kickstarter to help us raise funds needed to release the Orchard album!

 
 

The Kickstarter runs June 10 through July 15 at 8:59p ET. Our goal is $6,000 - all or nothing!

NEW STRETCH GOAL #1: $7,500

Once we reach $7,500 in total funding, two rewards will be unlocked:

1) Tyler will compose a new 5-10 min. piece for solo piano that every backer will receive.

2) We will be able to do a very limited release of Orchard on vinyl!

 

Join us for a special, live-streamed fundraiser concert!

We'll be presenting a live-stream of 38 pieces from Orchard, performed by the pianists from the album along with brand new solo guitar and solo marimba arrangements.

Watch to hear a preview of the recordings from this forthcoming album.

 
 

Hey there!

I'm Tyler Kline, and a few years ago I wrote a bunch of solo piano music about fruit called Orchard.

What initially began as a project to fill a void in my composition portfolio (I had never written a solo piano piece), Orchard has turned into one of my most meaningful compositions. Orchard consists of 50 solo piano pieces named and designed after fruit and since the collection's inception I've been able to meet, work with, and form friendships with a bunch of pianists. 
Selections from Orchard have also been performed all over the world, and now, finally, the time has come to release the definitive recording of the collection all in one place on an album.

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Recorded in Tampa, Florida in 2019, this album features 14 phenomenal pianists: Mijung An, Ariadne Antipa, Brandon Baltodano, Logan Barrett, Sarah Abigail del Monte, Ann DuHamel, Megasari Honggokusuma, Grace Huang, Ying Long, Eunmi Ko, Christy Sallee, E-Na Song, Jescelyn Wijaya, and Agnieszka Zick.

We are proud to be releasing this album on Neuma Records, an artist-friendly, curated label with a global reach that has been championing exploratory music since 1988. By supporting this Kickstarter, you allow us to take the final step in bringing this album to life: the funding raised through this project will cover everything from CD production, to marketing, to physical and digital distribution, and more. 

You can easily take part in this Kickstarter by pre-ordering a copy of the CD for yourself; or you can check out a number of other rewards we have, which includes everything from the sheet music of "Orchard," to a limited-edition print of the album artwork by Soo Jin Brown, or even commissioning a brand new piece from me (Tyler).

Read more about the project below, check out some video performances of the music, and if you're able to make a donation, we appreciate you helping us release this CD!

 
 

We need your support to
make this album release possible!

WHY WE ARE FUNDRAISING

All recordings for this project are complete (including mastering), as well as album artwork and liner notes. The final step for us is to release the album commercially on Neuma Records: funding ensures that the physical album will be distributed worldwide, and digitally on all online platforms, plus promotion - which will all be handled by Neuma. Your pledge of support will allow us to share this music with the world.

ABOUT THE MUSIC

Orchard is a collection of 50 short solo piano pieces initially conceived in 2018 as a commissioning consortium project. Ranging from 45 seconds in length and up to 3 minutes, each piece is named after a fruit and is meant to be a musical portrait of the fruit it's named after. In this sense, each piece could be seen as a “character study:” my goal was to create music that evoked the taste, texture, shape and size, and even geography (or terroir) of a fruit, or combinations of these attributes.

ABOUT THE RECORDING PROJECT

In 2019, 12 pianists gathered in Tampa, FL for the first performance of the entire collection of the work on a single program. While we had multiple pianists in one place for this performance we also made studio recordings of the music, and this resulted in the recordings featured on this CD.

ABOUT THE ALBUM ART

We have commissioned Tampa-based artist  Soo Jin Brown to create the album artwork that adorns the cover of the album and accompany promotional materials.

Soo Jin is known for her timid characters and draws influence from flowers and foliage to convey shy gestures, simple postures and sprawling plant life, employing ink and gouache to create simple lines and splashes of color.

Soo Jin was commissioned to illustrate each fruit represented in Orchard and we believe this art embodies the spirit of the music perfectly.

 

Kickstarter Rewards

We're excited to be able to offer a variety of rewards as a thank you for your support!

Please consider pre-ordering this CD for either $10 (digital) or $25 (physical) in order to support the release of this album. Other rewards include:

  • the sheet music for Orchard.

  • limited-edition, handmade (by Tyler) Orchard-themed mugs

  • Orchard arrangements for an instrumentation of your choice.

  • limited-edition, framed Orchard album artwork print by Soo Jin Brown.

  • and more!

 

Kickstarter FAQ

How do I pledge?

Visit the Kickstarter project page here. Then:

  1. Make sure that you’re logged in to a Kickstarter account. If you don’t have one you can set one up here.

  2. On our project page and click the green “Back this project” button on the page. Alternatively, you can scroll down to select a reward tier. If you don't want a specific reward, select the "Pledge without a reward" tier at the top and enter your desired pledge amount. If your reward involves shipping, be sure to select the appropriate country from the drop-down menu and click “Continue” to proceed.

  3. On the next page, you will have a chance to confirm which reward tier you’d like to pledge to, and add some bonus support too, if you’d like. After you’ve confirmed your reward tier, click the green “Pledge” button.

  4. We are offering a number of add-on rewards for our project, and you’ll have the option to add these on the next page. When ready, click “Continue” to go to the payments page.
    (Please note: if the main reward tier selected is digital, physical add-ons will not be available and clicking the green “Pledge” button will take you to the payments page.)

  5. Here you’ll be prompted to enter your payment details. To complete your pledge, click the green “Pledge" button and you’ll be all set!

What forms of payment can I use to make a pledge?

You can use a debit or credit card associated with Visa, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay, or American Express. Discover, UnionPay, and JCB cards are currently only accepted for US-based projects.

Kickstarter does not currently accept Maestro or Visa Electron cards. If using a pre-paid credit card, please make sure that the card has a value of at least $1 more than your pledge amount.

Note: You are not able to make a cash donation to a Kickstarter project. If you wish to make a donation in cash or check, please contact Tyler.

When is my card charged?

You are only charged for your pledge if and when we are successful (on July 15, 2021, at 9:00 PM).

If our project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the project reaches its funding deadline. If our project ends but it hasn’t reached its funding goal, your card will never be charged. Similarly, if our project is cancelled before it reaches its deadline, then your pledge will not be collected and no additional action will be required.

I don't live in the United States, but want to pledge to this project. Can I do that?

Yes! Kickstarter is open to backers from all over the world. Anyone, from anywhere, can pledge to our project as long as they have a a major debit or credit card.

Your pledge will be collected in US Dollar ($).  Note that in some cases, it’s possible that your final pledge amount may differ based on the exchange rate value at the time a successful project ends. In these cases, Kickstarter uses the service Open Exchange Rates to determine the final value of your pledge. 

If you have questions about foreign currency transactions, we'd recommend reaching out to your financial institution for further clarification.

Any additional questions you might have, Kickstarter probably has an answer for you!