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Avatar Studios Newsletter
December 2010
Seasons Greetings CardsGreetings!

It is hard to believe 2010 is almost over.  We had another stellar year with many albums recorded here as well as playing host to a plethora of film, TV and Broadway cast album projects.  We would like to thank you, our loyal customers, for your patronage and continued support throughout the years.  You can be sure that we will continue to provide top quality professional recording services and customer care.  From the entire staff here, we wish you a safe and happy Holiday Season and we hope to see you in the studio in the New Year with fresh new projects.

Grammy AwardGrammy Award Nominations

The Grammy Award nominations were announced on December 1.  Once again, several projects recorded at Avatar Studios were among the nominees. 

Kings of Leon, who recorded their latest album at Avatar, was nominated for their song "Radioactive" in two categories.  Vampire Weekend was nominated for their album Contra and John Mayer's Battle Studies was included in the engineering category.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, the late James Moody and the Dave Holland Octet were nominated in the jazz categories.  "Box of Cannoli" performed by The Norbotten Big Band from their album The Avatar Sessions (watch promo footage) was nominated in the instrumental composition category.  Angelique Kidjo was nominated for her album Oyo in the world music category.

Broadway cast albums for A Little Night Music as well as Sondheim on Sondheim made the list.  True Blood Vol.2 was nominated in the Film/TV compilation category.

Last but not least, we are very happy that The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story was nominated in the long form music video category.  Several tracks from Arif's last album was recorded here and footage from the sessions appears in the documentary.  We feel lucky that Arif graced us with his sessions throughout the years and we are definitely rooting for this film.  Good job, Joe!

The 53rd Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 13.
Illuminations by Josh Groban Illuminating Josh Groban

Josh Groban was in Studio A twice in the last month recording and filming promotional videos for his latest release Illuminations.  The first shoot was for Walmart's Soundcheck with a large ensemble  / orchestra.  Josh's live performance of a six-song set was captured on video and can be seen here.

The second shoot, again with an orchestra in Studio A, was for a private live streaming event on Ustream shown on December 2 exclusively for purchasers of the CD. 

Lang Lang in Studio A for Gran Turismo 5 Scoring Games

The folks from Sony Playstation recorded music for their long awaited Gran Turismo 5 in Studio A.  The intro music in the game opening cinematic was performed by the world-famous pianist, Lang Lang. Watch footage of him playing in Studio A here.

Music for another video game called Homefront, developed by Kaos Studios and published by THQ, was recorded in Studio A.  Homefront is set in the near future when a foreign army invades the U.S.  The game is written by John Milius, who co-wrote Apocalypse Now and wrote Red Dawn.  The game is scheduled for release in the spring of 2011.
In This Issue
Grammy Award Nominations
Illuminating Josh Groban
Scoring Games
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METAlliance In Session at Avatar Studios in NYC
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The METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technical Alliance) is presenting the second In Session event, February 19-20, 2011 in NYC at famed Avatar Studios. In Session with The Guys attendees will participate and interact with the METAlliance founders in live recording and mixing sessions. By special arrangement, The METAlliance will occupy the historic Avatar Studios for the entire weekend.

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