| The Deli NY Emerging Artist Promotion
Recognizing that the future of the music industry relies on new talent putting out new works, we know that helping upcoming bands can make a big difference at critical times in their development. To that end, we are choosing to sponsor a promotion that will enable the top three bands from a contest to record at Avatar at either no cost or greatly reduced prices with experienced producer/engineers. This investment in the future will serve to generate an incentive to these bands to ascend to the next level when it might not otherwise be possible. The contest that will be the basis for this promotion is The Deli Magazine's Best of NYC Emerging Artists 2013. The top bands will be featured in the Spring 2013 Best of the NYC Issue. For more info about how this contest works, please go here.
2012 Year in Review
During the year, we hosted recording sessions for artists and their albums were successfully released. These include Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox, Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll, Tony Bennett's Viva Duets, Dionne Warwick's Now, Placido Domingo's Songs and Pat Metheny's Unity Band.
Avatar hosted film score sessions for such films as A Late Quartet and Hope Springs. Music for films recorded included Inside Llewyn Davis, Rise of the Guardians and an upcoming film Mood Indigo. Avatar continues to be the place where music for NBC's Smash and HBO's Boardwalk Empire is being recorded.
Broadway cast albums recorded included Bonnie & Clyde, Merrily We Roll Along, Once: A New Musical, The Leap of Faith and Last Smoker in America.
We are very grateful for the opportunity to host these sessions and hope to support artists with their future recording needs.
| 55th Grammy Award Nominees|
The 55th Grammy Award nominees were announced recently with close to 20 nominated projects were recorded at Avatar - one of the highest in recent years.
One of the more significant albums recorded at Avatar is Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans, a project headed by Ryan Truesdell, a composer, copyist and a Gil Evans scholar/fan. Gil Evans, born a century ago, was a leading jazz arranger and composer starting in the 1940s. Gil Evans is especially known for his landmark Columbia recordings with Miles Davis: Miles Ahead (1957), Porgy and Bess (1958) and Sketches of Spain (1960) as well as his contributions to Birth of the Cool (Capitol, 1956). From his research, Truesdell selected 10 Evans arrangements that were never recorded or never released dating from 1946 to 1971. Principal soloists include Frank Kimbrough, Steve Wilson, Dave Pietro, Greg Gisbert, Scott Robinson, Donny McCaslin, Joe Locke, and Marshall Gilkes, as well as vocalists Kate McGarry, Wendy Gilles, and Luciana Souza.
You can peruse the list of other nominated projects done at Avatar here. We wish all the nominees well. The Grammy Awards presentation will be televised on February 10, 2013 on CBS.