Flyways

Paul Winter wants to bring together the members of a new international Great Rift Valley Orchestra to record his multi-cultural inter-species album, Flyways.
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Paul Winter
Music
Litchfield, Connecticut
United States
7 Team Members

“Migrating Birds Know No Borders”

Flyways is a musical journey inspired by the great bird migration from Africa through the Middle East to Eurasia. The album is intended to awaken awareness of this ancient and miraculous migration, and of the endangered indigenous cultures of the migration route. 

Each spring, more than 500 million birds of 350 species follow the Great Rift Valley from southern Africa to Turkey, where they then diverge to Europe and Asia. This flyway is one of the most important bird migration corridors in the world. I first experienced the miracle of the migration when I flew in a motorized glider across Israel with the migrating storks as they soared on the thermal currents coming up from the Rift Valley below. From that unforgettable experience came the vision for this album: to create a musical chronicle of the birds’ long journey, incorporating music from each of the cultures over which they fly, and weaving the voices of the birds into the fabric of the music.

We began this musical odyssey seven years ago and to date we’ve gone to 16 countries of the flyway to learn of the musical traditions as well as people’s experience of the migrating birds. The Flyways double-CD album will feature this new ensemble that we call the Great Rift Valley Orchestra, comprised of indigenous musicians from these 16 countries, along with members of the Paul Winter Consort.

Migrating birds face many threats, including the destruction of key habitats along their routes of passage and, of course, climate change. And many of the indigenous traditions are undervalued and in decline. 

The motto of the Flyways album is “migrating birds know no borders.” Beneath this overarching highway live millions of people of different races and religions. The flyway embraces all these cultures, and we feel that the timeless languages of birds and music have the potential to bring us together in common cause. The birds can guide us toward honoring the whole Earth as our home, and the music can awaken the universal heart of humanity. Read more about the project at www.flywaysmusic.org

What Your Support Will Do

Our goal with this campaign is to assemble the musicians from these 16 countries in the most central location, which is Istanbul, Turkey, to create new music in various combinations and to record the Flyways finale composition with this full Great Rift Valley Orchestra, interwoven with the voices of the birds, in a grand celebration of the family life. To do this, we need to raise $70,000. We will have considerable costs for planes, bringing these musicians from their respective countries, as well as for recording fees, studio costs, engineers, and living expenses. And then we’ll have post-production studio costs for the editing, mixing, and mastering, in the United States, to complete the album.

We have chosen a timeframe of 40 days for this Indiegogo campaign, in honor of the 40th anniversary, this year, of the Endangered Species Act. We’d like to ask your help, and we are offering a host of rewards for pledging. Every contribution helps, no matter how small. Thank you for your interest and support.

Risks and challenges

Occasionally, the recording process is more time consuming than expected. Our focus is on delivering the best album possible. Every effort will be made to stay on schedule. Paul Winter and his team have produced more than 40 albums, and are experienced to deal with production difficulties that may arise. Should any delays or setbacks occur, our commitment is to stay in close communication with the affected parties until the issue is resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned.

About Music for the Earth

Music for the Earth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt foundation, founded by Paul Winter in 1976, dedicated to exploring and implementing ways that music can be used to enrich the lives of human beings and awaken a spirit of involvement in the preservation of wildlife, wilderness and the natural environments of the Earth.

The activities of Music for the Earth include: concerts, albums and conferences to benefit environmental causes; wilderness recording expeditions; educational programs; and music-making workshops and residencies.

Board of Directors
Mary Davidson
Peter Forbes
Sarah Laird
William Ryerson
James Sinclair

Sounding Board
Marshal Case
Judy Collins
David Darling
Dr. Michael Fox
Jane Goodall
H. Wiley Hitchcock
Al Huang
Scott McVay
The Very Rev. James Parks Morton
Therese Schroeder-Sheker
Pete Seeger
Noel Paul Stookey
William Irwin Thompson
Andrew Tracey
Mary Evelyn Tucker

Music Director
Paul Winter

“The future of music may not lie entirely with music itself, but rather in the way it makes itself a part with – in the way it encourages and extends, rather than limits, the aspirations and ideals of the people – the finer things that humanity does and dreams of.” – Charles Ives
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This campaign ended on January 21, 2014
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  • $30USD
    Flyways album

    You choose either a digital download or a hard copy of the Flyways album (double CD), plus you get a bonus track download. (Add $10 USD to ship outside the US)

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $50USD
    Flyways album, signed by Paul

    You get a hard copy of the Flyways double CD album, signed by Paul. Plus a bonus track download. (Add $10 USD to ship outside the US)

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  • $75USD
    Flyways T-Shirt

    You get a Flyways T-shirt (choose small, medium, large or extra-large), plus you get a bonus track download. (Add $12 USD to ship outside the US)

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  • $100USD
    UNRELEASED CONSORT LP

    Original Consort demo album from 1967, never released; plain white jacket on which is pasted our original brochure: The Paul Winter Contemporary Consort. LP contains: Side A: 1. Ballad in 7/8 2. Canta, Canta Mais 3. flute Song 4. Ragaputi 5. Marilia Side B: 1. La Serena 2. Cantata 127 (Bach) 3. Porgy and Bess Suite 4. Chorale, from Concerto for Orchestra (Bartok) 5. Samba di Orfeo PLUS - a Digital Download of Flyways Add $10.00 US Shipping/$15.00 International

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  • $100USD
    Earth Mass Poster + CD

    Earth Mass World Premiere Poster from, Sunday May 10, 1981 Featuring Susan Osborn, vocal soloist/ Paul Halley, Cathedral Organist/ The Cathedral Singers/ The Cathedral Choristers, and The Paul Winter Consort David Brower, Speaker, Founder and Chairman of Friends of the Earth,Inc. Poster is white background with woodcut image by P.Wynne of whale in ocean surrounded by rocky landscape. Add $10.00 US Shipping/$15.00 International

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  • $115USD
    Note Cards + Albums

    You get a set of 12 beautiful note cards, featuring a photo from the Flyways project, courtesy of photographer Greg Hanawalt. Plus, you specify a recipient, and we will send them, on your behalf, a copy of the Flyways double CD album, signed by Paul. You also choose a hard copy of the Flyways double CD album or a digital download for yourself. Plus your name will be listed as a supporter on the Flyways website, and you get a bonus track download. (Add $15 USD to ship outside the US)

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  • $125USD
    T-Shirt + Signed Album

    You get a Flyways T-shirt (choose small, medium, large or extra-large) and a hard copy of the Flyways double CD album, signed by Paul. Plus your name will be listed as a supporter on the Flyways website, and you get a bonus track download. (Add $15 USD to ship outside the US)

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  • $150USD
    Book + Album

    You get a copy of the book "The Man Who Flies with the Birds," by Carole Vogel and Yossi Leshem. Also choose either a hardcopy of the Flyways double CD album, signed by Paul, or a digital download. Plus your name is listed as a supporter on the Flyways website; and a bonus track download. Yossi has worked tirelessly to promote a holistic “flyway” approach to bird conservation, enlisting international collaboration to embrace the entire migratory route. (Add $15 USD to ship outside the US)

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  • $150USD
    Summer Solstice Meal

    Join Paul after the 19th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration at St. John the Divine Cathedral on Saturday, June 21st for a casual meal and fellowship to welcome back the sun. You will also enjoy VIP seating for the show and a copy of the Flyways CD. Price is per person. For more information on the event. visit http://www.paulwinter.com/summer-solstice/

    5 out of 10 claimed
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  • $150USD
    EARTHBEAT POSTER +LP

    Poster from EarthBeat album (1988) - Plus Earthbeat LP. Text says "The Paul Winter Consort with The Dmitri Pokrovsky Singers, EARTHBEAT, and Earthbeat in Russian from our North American Tour 1988. Iconic line drawing by Bob Cato, same as album cover, on white background. Plus your copy of Flyways CD. Add $10.00 US Shipping/$15.00 International. (You can view a photo of the poster in Updates)

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  • $175USD
    Common Ground Poster + LP

    Poster from "Common Ground" release (1988) This is probably our most famous album cover, with the whale, wolf and eagle painting on a black background PLUS and LP of the record and your copy of Flyways. Add $10.00 US shipping/$15.00 International.

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  • $200USD
    Wolf Eyes Litho + Album

    You’ll receive a litho of the fabulous wolf image that is the cover for Paul’s album Wolf Eyes. The print is signed by both Paul Winter and award-winning National Geographic photographer, filmmaker and environmentalist Jim Brandenburg, who took this photo. You also choose either a hardcopy of the Flyways double CD album or a digital download. Plus your name will be listed as a supporter on the Flyways website. And you get one bonus track download. (Add $15 USD to ship outside the US)

    5 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $200USD
    SAXOPHONE LESSON

    Enjoy a one-hour private sax lesson with seven-time GRAMMY Award-winner Paul Winter. Ask any question you like about technique, or playing style. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Plus you will receive a copy of the Flyways CD!

    3 out of 5 claimed
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  • $250USD
    Book + Coffee + Flyways Album

    We’ll send you a copy of "The Man Who Flies with the Birds" by Carole Vogel and Yossi Leshem (see description above), along with 2lbs of delicious organic, fair trade shade-grown “bird-friendly” coffee from Coffee-Tea-etc. Plus you’ll choose either a hard copy double CD album, signed by Paul, or a digital download of the Flyways album. And your name will be listed as a supporter on the Flyways website. You also get one bonus track download. (Add $20 USD to ship outside the US)

    4 claimed
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  • $350USD
    Coffee Table Book + Album

    Receive a copy of the coffee table book "Flying with the Birds" (by Yossi Leshem and Ofer Bahat, translated by Esther Lachman). This book tells the story of the massive bird migration over Israel, with information about the phenomenon of migration, and hundreds of stunning photographs. Also choose the Flyways double CD album, signed by Paul, or a digital download. You will be listed as a supporter on the Flyways website and get a bonus track. (Add $20 USD to ship outside the US)

    1 out of 20 claimed
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  • $350USD
    Lunch & Visit to Paul's Farm

    Paul will give you a guided tour of his Meanderland Farm, the recording context for many of his 40+ albums, and the foundation of his musical life. During the visit, backers will receive a signed copy of a whimsical map of the land. Plan for approx. four hours, including a walk on the land, and a vegetarian lunch. Travel not included. Price is per person. Farm is approx. 2.5 hours from New York City or Boston.

    2 out of 10 claimed
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  • $500USD
    Hand-Written Melody + Album

    Paul will write by hand for you a melody from the Flyways project, on a sheet of music paper, with a personalized inscription to you. A unique collectible! You’ll also get a hard copy of the Flyways double CD album, signed by Paul; your name will be listed as a supporter on the Flyways website; and you’ll get one bonus track download. (Add $10 USD to ship outside the US)

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  • $500USD
    Editing Session + Lunch

    Join Paul Winter at an editing session (4 hours) in his studio in northwestern CT. This is your chance to sit in on the process that will result in the Flyways album. Paul has produced projects for numerous artists plus more than 40 albums of his own, including 7 Grammy® winners. Includes lunch or dinner with Paul and the recording engineer. 5 dates available, no more than 2 backers at a session. Location approx. 2.5 hours from New York City or Boston (Backers are responsible for their travel.)

    3 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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