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January 2015

Happy New Year!   


NAMM Show is this week and Grammy Week is not too far behind.  The year is moving pretty fast already. 


The recording industry has gone through a lot of changes, but thanks to you, we have been hosting recording sessions for a wide variety of projects that keeps us busy. We share with you a sampling of what we worked on last year below. 


We look forward to serving you in 2015.

2014 Year in Review    

There was a lot of variety in the projects we worked on in 2014. The most memorable was a mash-up of two hit songs recorded for NBC's TODAY Show's "Shine A Light" fundraising campaign for kids battling cancer. Led by TODAY Show host Hoda Kotb, Project Truly Brave brought together Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles to mash-up their respective hits "True Colors" and "Brave". Recorded in Studio C, the resulting music video was heartfelt and moving.


Thanks to the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, Avatar has been hosting a lot of sessions for film and television.  We've worked on several film scores for movies that will be released later this year.  One of them, Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp, will be released this week.  Produced by the innovative Mark Ronson, it should prove to be a unique and interesting soundtrack. For those of you who have kids, keep a look out for Walt Disney's short Frozen Forever! The music for the short was recorded in Studios A and C. 


In television, Avatar continued work for HBO's Boardwalk Empire for the fourth and final season and hosted the recording of instrumental music for NBC's Peter Pan Live! 


We are very grateful for the opportunity to host these and many other sessions too numerous to mention here. 

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57th Grammy Award Nominees

The 57th Grammy Award nominees were announced recently. Once again, more than a dozen projects recorded at Avatar were nominated this year.


Cheek To Cheek by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga has been nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. It was recorded in Studios A and C and mixed in C.  The album debuted at #1 on Billboard the week it was released.


You can peruse the list of other nominated projects recorded and/or mixed at Avatar here. We wish all the nominees best of luck. The Grammy Awards presentation will be televised on February 8, 2015 on CBS.

Two-Room Tracking 


Space is at a premium in New York City and large rooms to record in are hard to come by. Avatar specializes in large tracking session for string dates, film scores, big bands and Broadway cast albums.


In the past, we were able to accommodate most cast recordings in Studio A. However, there are productions that involve a large orchestra and a large featured cast that require more isolation. In these instances, Avatar can provide a two-room tracking solution.


In 2014, Avatar recorded cast albums for Rocky On Broadway and Side Show utilizing both Studios A and B, which are adjacent rooms. For Side Show, Studio B, was used as additional iso-booths for featured singers and the chorus.

In This Issue
2014 Year in Review
57th Grammy Award Nominees
Two-Room Tracking
Quick Links
Who's Been In
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Video Showcase


Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Hoda Kotb's "Truly Brave" Music Video

Disney on Broadway: Ashley Brown in Studio C

Bud Light: "All Night Long"

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Tino Passante
VP of Operations
e-mail: Tino@AvatarStudios.net
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