Nicholas Phan Recording Projects

    Nicholas Phan: Illuminations

    Help fund Nicholas Phan's next recording project: "Illuminations"

     San Francisco, CA
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas


    Hi Everyone!

    ILLUMINATIONS will be released TOMORROW, Friday April 20!
    Everyone sounds fantastic on the recording - and we can't wait for you to hear it!

    For those of you who pre-ordered digital downloads of the album, those should be ready for you tomorrow afternoon!  You will be receiving an email with a link and password for you to download your copies.

    As for the physical copies, because of my touring schedule, those won't be mailed out until May 1 - my profuse apologies!  The delay is just a result of some logistical complications due to my concert calendar, and I thank you for your patience!  Of course - the album will also be on all of the streaming services as of tomorrow, too (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube in certain countries, etc.), so also please give it a listen there, in the meantime!

    Again - we cannot thank all of you enough for your very generous support of this album. Without your support - none of this would have gotten off the ground, and we wouldn't be able to share this beautiful music with the world.  We hope you are as thrilled about this album as we are!

    Many thanks!  

    Hear a LIVE take from our Skywalker Sessions!

    Hear an unedited, complete LIVE take from our session at Skywalker Sound on September 27!  The clip is the song La lune blanche from Gabriel Fauré's cycle La bonne chanson.  The footage from our sessions was shot by our dear friends at Clubsoda Productions - hope you enjoy!

    Illuminations Update 1

    Hi Friends -

    Here's the latest update on our progress with Illuminations!

    Myra, the Telegraph Quartet and I headed into the studio to record the Debussy and Fauré cycles Tuesday and Wednesday, up at Skywalker Sound!  The experience was amazing - both days went very smoothly, and we are all excited about the music we recorded.  Our producer, Marlan, kept us on schedule and was a fantastic presence in the studio, keeping our energy up and our musicality focused.  It was a fantastic couple of days of music-making.

    The next step for this project will happen next week in the New York City area.  The final song cycle of this album, Britten's Les Illuminations, will be recorded Friday, October 6 with The Knights at Drew University just outside of New York City.  Drew has an amazing concert hall, where many groups have made recordings - it has a fantastic acoustic, and will be the perfect space for us to record this incredible song cycle.

    If you are in the NYC area - we will be giving a LIVE performance of the cycle on Thursday night, October 5 at the BRIC, as part of the Knights' residency.  The program will also include Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony.  If you are near Brooklyn, please come by and hear us do a live run of the piece before we head into the recording studio the next day!  Tickets and info are HERE

    In other news, the campaign for this project still going strong, with almost $3,000 raised!   We have two more weeks to reach our goal, so if you haven't had a chance to donate, please help us keep this wonderful momentum going!  Remember: Each of these donations will be matched by our anonymous donor through a matching grant, so your dollars will have double the impact!

    To all of you who have already donated: thank you a thousand times over!  We are forever grateful for your support! If you've not had a chance yet, please consider making a contribution, and help us reach our campaign goal by the October 14 deadline!  
    Hello!  My name is Nicholas Phan, and I am seeking your support of my upcoming recording project: Illuminations.

    For this project, we have been very fortunate to receive a matching grant from an anonymous donor.  Every contribution that is given up to $10,000 will be matched 1-to-1 by this donor, therefore doubling the amount of every donation received. 

    This means that your dollars donated will have twice the impact!  Please read on to discover more details about this project!

    For this fifth recording project, I am turning to the incredibly rich French song repertoire, as well as making a return to recording the music of Benjamin Britten, whose music has long been a passion of mine to perform. The program of this project will include the music of revolutionary Parisian Belle Époque composers Claude Debussy and Gabriel Fauré, pairing two of their seminal song cycles, Ariettes oubliées and La bonne chanson, with Benjamin Britten's incredible orchestra song cycle, Les Illuminations.

    For the Debussy and Fauré portions of this project, I will be reuniting with my longtime musical partner, pianist Myra Huang. Recital partners for the past 15 years, we have performed together all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, University of Chicago, Boston's Celebrity Series, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, and London's Wigmore Hall. For the Fauré cycle, we will be joined by the recent winners of the prestigious Naumberg and Fischoff competitions, the Telegraph Quartet.  For the Britten, I will join The Knights, with whom I have collaborated many times at many music festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, and the NY Phil Biennial.

    The link that ties these three seemingly unrelated cycles together is the incredible story behind the two poets whose poems inspired these composers to compose these song cycles: Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud.

    Leading up to his marriage to Mathilde Mauté, Paul Verlaine experienced an outburst of creativity and wrote one of the pinnacles of his published oeuvre, La bonne chanson. Just two years later, after reading poems submitted to him by a 17 year-old country boy prodigy, Verlaine invited the young Arthur Rimbaud to Paris, sparking a scandalous and tumultuous affair between the two men that took them all over Europe. During this period, Rimbaud wrote and published his revolutionary masterpiece, Les Illuminations, and Verlaine wrote his infamous Romances sans Paroles, which was published while he was in prison, after shooting Rimbaud in the hand during a lover’s quarrel that got out of hand one fateful night in Belgium.  These two men revolutionized French literature, as well as many other art forms - most notably music - through their work, laying the groundwork for much of the art of the next century.

    Britten’s famous setting of Les Illuminations was written as he was beginning his life-long romance with the tenor, Peter Pears.  Fauré’s settings of poems from La bonne chanson mark the pinnacle of his powers, and a major turning point in his compositional style. Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées, taken from Verlaine’s Romances sans paroles, are some of his most famous songs. All three cycles represent some of the most beautiful and imaginative musical settings of French poetry ever composed.

    This album will be recorded in two parts.  The first two-thirds will be recorded September 26 & 27, 2017 at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA.  The last third of the album will be recorded at Drew University on October 6, 2017 in New Jersey.  

    This album will be released in April of 2018 on Avie Records, who also released my first three albums, Winter Words, Still Falls the RainA Painted Tale and Gods & Monsters in 2011, 2012, 2015 & 2017 respectively, each to critical acclaim.  Winter Words, Still Falls the Rain and A Painted Tale all made many 'Best Albums of the Year' lists, including those of The New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, and the Chicago Tribune. Gods & Monsters, released at the beginning of this year, was a "Critic's Choice" in Opera News.

    Avie's unique business model is based on artist ownership.  What I love about this model is that it allows for the utmost freedom artistically. Avie's model of artist ownership also places the responsibility for finding funding for recording projects on the artists, which is the reason for my appeal to you!  Every single one of my albums has been underwritten through crowd-funding - enabling each of the above success to make the transition from dream to reality.  

    The funds raised from this campaign will be used to cover the costs of artist fees, album production, post-production, artwork design, CD manufacturing, and marketing.  The amazing thing about recording versus live performance is that it enables a musician to reach the widest audience possible.  Any contribution you make will allow us to bring this phenomenally beautiful and powerful music to the world, and help touch people's hearts the way it has so moved ours.

    Thank you so much in advance for your support: we can't wait to share this fantastic music with you!  



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    A signed limited edition poster of the album cover + signed physical copy of the CD + a digital download of the album + TWO free tickets to one of Nick's upcoming concerts of your choosing (travel not included) as well as a chance to meet Nick backstage after the show.

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    You will be invited to visit Nick in the recording studio for one of the album sessions (travel not included) and get a glimpse of what goes into making a recording like this. Also included are a signed limited edition poster of the album cover + a signed copy of the CD + a digital download of the album

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    Nick will perform a brief, 30-minute, private concert of lieder or art song in your home for you and up to 40 guests at a time to be mutually determined + a signed limited edition poster of the album cover + a signed copy of the CD + a digital download of the album