With the support of iPalpiti Artists International's first grant for jazz composition!



The Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra (ACJO) launched an exciting recording project this April. Nine of my original big band compositions were recorded at the Bridge Recording Studio in Los Angeles.

With 27 musicians, an engineer and consultants, we used over 40 microphones and recorded 60 minutes of music in 2 days!

My Music

Writing for big band, to me, is a journey of discovery. Every piece starts from a quest to create music that brings people together. Especially in jazz, every musician’s energy and voice can be heard through improvisation. It has become a vital part of my musical expression – inseparable!

Some of the pieces in this album are the result of collaboration with artists Emily Mast and Elaine Cohen, blending our unique experiences together.

From EP to the full album

In September of this year, we will release a limited edition EP titled Rancho Calaveras, with the full album completing by the end of this year.


Sound engineer Rich Breen, who has dozens of Grammy Award®-winning or nominated records, will be mixing and mastering the CDs. The cover will be designed by New York-based Shiman Shan, and Lai Tat Tat Wing from Hong Kong. It will truly be an international production.


Like many independent records in our time, this is a fan-funded project. We finished the recording phase thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor. Yet for the post-production, we need to raise $10,000 to pay for at least 70 hours of work for editing, mixing and mastering; as well as graphic design; printing and pressing; new website; promotion campaign, media outreach. So every dollar counts.

iPalpiti Artists International, a 501(c)(3) organization, is creating their first grant for jazz composition to support this project. Your contribution to this grant will be 100% tax-deductible and all of it will be used to fund the project.

I invite you to join one of the partnership levels NOW so we can bring this special project live. Thank you very much!

- Alan Chan

Rancho EP Digital Download Preorder: $5
MP3 download of the EP: contains 3 MP3 tracks and digital artwork. (available in September 2013)

ACJO Album Digital Download Preorder: $12
MP3 download of the Album: contains 9 MP3 tracks and digital artwork. (available in December 2013)


Rancho Calaveras Recording Project 2013-14

Join us to become a partner! All contributions to the programs below are tax deductible and will go to iPalpiti Artists International, a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN: 95-4618040), to fund their first grant for jazz composition for this recording project. A thank you letter and gifts will be mailed to all participants (EP available in September 2013 and Full Album in December 2013).

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Rancho EP Participant: $40
For the completion of the Rancho EP.
You get:
  • Free copy of the EP with Alan’s autograph
  • Acknowledgement on the EP booklet / Website
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ACJO Double Participant: $70
For the completion of both the Rancho EP
and our full album!
You get:
  • 2 free CDs: EP + Album with Alan’s autograph.
  • Acknowledgement on
    EP+ CD booklet / Website

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Shrimp Tale Participant: $150
Shrimp Tale is my first big band piece! Help us bring our first recording project to completion!
You get:     
  • 2 free CDs: Limited edition of EP + Album with autograph of Alan Chan and members of the band.
  • An exclusive narrated listening guide by Alan Chan.
  • A collection of 3 postcards from previous performances.
  • Acknowledgement on
    EP+ CD booklet / Website

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New Capital Participant: $400
17 of 20 available

Give us a substantial boost, you can really make a difference!
You get:
  • All the benefits above, with 4 free CDs!
  • Access to digital scores and archive.

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Dream Participant: $750
7 of 8 available

Fulfill our dream by investing this project, and will keep this project strong!
You get:
  • All the benefits above, with 10 free CDs!
  • A personal meeting with Alan.
Ambassador: $1,200
5 of 5 available
Contribute to our PR campaign and help spreading the word about ACJO in the U.S. and around the world!
You get:
  • All the benefits above.
  • Special announcement of thanks at the CD Release Parties in Los Angeles and New York City!
Endorser: $5,000
2 of 3 available

A special contribution, and we will present a concert named after you! This is an ultimate dream to bring the music live, by investing in this project, and by funding a public performance!
You get:
  • All the benefits above.
  • A performance of ACJO named after the endorser of in a Los Angeles location of the endorser’s choosing.
To join this partnership, please contact us at acjo@alanchanjazzorchestra.com


If you wish to upgrade to a different patron level, click "Join Now" and follow instructions.

Join by mail: Fill out a participation form (PDF),
enclose a check payable to iPalpiti Artists Internation, and mail it to:
iPalpiti Artists International
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1880
Los Angeles, CA 90067