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Matt Wallace and Bill Gould with Maor Appelbaum mastering the new Faith No More album Sol Invictus. 

It's Spring cleaning time brush off your gear and skills and face the music!
Come find a different kind of conservatory in Arizona, and discover deals in California! We look at big consoles in Oaklahoma and bring you new artists and releases from rock, jazz and classical worlds.  It's about time: Producers are asking for fair pay in DC and songwriters get a new bill at Capitol Hill. Vote for your favorite teacher and apply for a music scholarship if you live in these Latin countries.
Crane landing spotted in LA while two short docs on music makers are coming to a theater near you.  Hear keynote topics from SXSW and explore blurry lines in music in the wild west.  Let's celebrate lives that inspire us and meet at he Hammond corner in Pasadena for a workshop on music strategies for success.

As always, big thanks to our 24,000+ readers and studioexpresso's community of studios, composers, arrangers, and producers who create music that lives and moves.
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In This Issue
ATCs at Arizona's CRAS
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March PlugIn Madness!
New Releases: Faith No More & Concord Artists
Watch studioexpresso interviews!
Bock Microphones
New Release: Motherland from Sony Classical
Latin Scholarship Offer
The Hammond Corner Workshop




Arizona's Conservatory of Recording Arts  (CRAS)
ATC Speakers, Grammy Award-winning projects and more...

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - or "CRAS" as it is more affectionately known - is a top-tier technical school dedicated to placing its well-trained students in entry-level positions in the music, game audio, live sound, broadcast, and post-production industries. Unlike most similar programs, CRAS obligates its students to obtain internships in order to graduate, and it has a excellent record of helping students obtain their first paying gig. Part of its success, which has resulted in literally hundreds of CRAS grads working on literally hundreds of Grammy Award-winning projects, is exposing students to high-end professional tools. Thus, when CRAS recently expanded its facilities with the addition of control rooms F and G, it put ATC SCM25A Pro reference monitors - among the industry's most-trusted tools - in both. 
"Our rooms reflect reality in the industry," said Tony Nunes, music production instructor and manufacture liaison at CRAS. Nunes, together with Mike Jones, director of education, travels to trade shows, recording studios, and post-production facilities around the country to keep CRAS's facilities and instruction in perfect synchrony with the latest (and enduring) industry standards. "We sculpt our technology and instruction to remain always at the current standards in the industry," he continued. "Two years ago at AES in New York City, we visited a lot of the big studios in town, like Stadium Red and Electric Ladyland, and talked with our grads who worked there. A consistent theme that studio managers/staff stressed was the persistent requests they received for ATC monitors; so persistent, in fact, that most studios invested in their own ATCs." CRAS's ATC SCM25A Pros join Pro Tools HDX rigs with Apogee converters, [soundBlade HD] rigs with Mytek converters, and SSL AWS 948 combined console and control surfaces.

"The ATCs are certainly the most transparent monitors we have at CRAS," said Nunes. "Students don't get to studios F and G until they are a little ways into the program. By that time, they can really appreciate the details that the ATCs reveal. For example, when we're tracking in those control rooms, students will notice the smallest details, like fret buzz on the bass. One time we had a vocalist who was struggling with an allergy and sinus problem. After he rested and had some tea, he came back and all the students could really hear the physicality of the difference. One student said it was like he could see the vocal cords in the ATCs. They're a really great tool."

Because students use the ATC SCM25A Pros later in the program, they get an opportunity to scrutinize their earlier projects. "They know so much more six months later, and now they've got these great monitors that reveal so much; it can often be a painful experience," said Nunes. "But we bravely turn it into a learning experience. We find and analyze the mistakes, and then students may remix their projects. Every time, they come back happy with the results. Because the new mixes pass the test on the ATCs, they translate everywhere else, like students' cars, apartments and computers."

Although CRAS is explicit in stating that it does not teach students to be mastering engineers per se - which necessarily requires skills that can only be acquired through years of experience - it most definitely teaches its students about the mastering process and about the technical details that mastering engineers will expect of their work. There again, the ATC SCM25A Pros, which are mastering-grade reference monitors, benefit CRAS students.


For the latest info on ATCs  contact  Brad Lunde at TransAudio Group 702-365-5155    

Some ATC Owners: George Massenburg, Bruce Swedien, Rafa Sardina, 

Ed Cherney, Tom Petty, Lenny Kravitz, T Bone Burnett, Ryan Tedder, John Rodd, Niko Bolas, Glen Ballard, Dennis Sands, Shawn Murphy, and Alan Myerson, to name a few.   


Plug Me In

Drumatom2 and more from PlugIn Alliance


For some projects you might want more bleed than others to preserve the vibe so being able to adjust bleed in context is quite helpful. Drumatom, the world's first microphone leakage suppression tool for multichannel drum recordings, just got a MAJOR upgrade! The drumatom2 ($299)  application provides faster analysis (25-50% faster depending on CPU power), algorithm improvements and an improved workflow. The drumatom player supports all major formats (AAX, AU, VST).
"Drumatom is incredible! My days of using triggers to get rid of the Hi Hat and crashes are over. It's natural dynamics all the way," says
James  "Lerock"Loughrey (photo above) whose list of credits include: Skindred, Lionel Richie, Manic Street Preachers, Page and Plant, Bj�rk, Def Leppard, Dave Gahan

Perhaps the biggest news however, is the release of the new companion drumatom player plugin, which allows you to adjust the bleed reduction from inside your DA W! The new player plugin imports .dls files, which have been created by the drumatom2 application's analysis process, so you can control the bleed of each track, as well as the overall bleed, while listening to the rest of your mix! We're told this has been the #1 request of drumatom more at Plugin Alliance here  


Mad Decent is the name of the Los Angeles-based record label spearheaded by Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, the 3x Grammy-nominated producer and world renowned DJ. As an influential label that has been home to artists like Major Lazer, Baauer, Rusko, Dillon Francis, RiFF RAFF, Crookers, Bonde Do Role and the whole Jeffree's crew. MD aims to bring new genres and cultures to light in the ever diversifying music community. Aside from the music released, MD is also known for its annual Block Parties, a series of outdoor dance party/concerts in select cities across the United States and Canada.
Leo Mellace (Serenity West Recording) talked to PlugIn Alliance regarding the studio's current project with MD's latest Trap virtuoso, Unlike Pluto.
LA based producer Unlike Pluto's remix of Diplo's "Revolution" has collectively been played over 4 million times on Soundcloud and even got the producer officially signed to the label. UP's debut release is a collaboration with Jamaican native KickRaux titled "Palace". The song starts off with an infectious vocal sample accompanied by a smooth melody that dives straight into a outrageous drop that's like a sonic suicide, the only kind we recommend. 

The roster of elite engineers and producers joining the PlugIn Alliance network is growing rapidly. GRAMMY Award winning mixing engineer, Craig Bauer, Khaliq Glover (Michael Jackson, Prince, Justin Timberlake) and Rafa Sardina  (Calle 13, Placido Domingo, Lady Gaga) among them. Watch the PlugIn Alliance interview at After Hours     



Oklahoma's The Music Group   

Celebrating 10th Anniversary with Installation of Two Neve Consoles 


In 2005, two successful Oklahoma studios, West 2nd Recording and Hamilton House Studio D merged to form what is now The Music Group.  The new 3-studio recording facility was constructed from the ground up and designed by George Newburn of Studio 440 in Hollywood, California.  This month Vintage King installed two Neve Genesys and Neve Genesys Black consoles for their tenth anniversary at their newly remodeled facility in Edmond, Oklahoma where projects range from independent and major label albums, advertising and film soundtracks work. "Neve has always been a trusted brand and Ryan McGuire at Vintage King basically guided us through the options and after looking around it was natural for us to narrow it down to those particular desks," says studio co-owner LG Hamilton. "We picked the large format Neve Genesys for our A studio, a perfect fit because it's geared toward large scale tracking and mixing," explained producer/engineer and studio co-owner Chris Freels who grew up on 2-inch tape and large format desks.   Music Group's studio B has the Neve Genesys Black, which is the ProTools overdub studio with a signal path geared more towards DAW projects.


 ATC SCM20PSL Passive 2 Way Monitors in studio G, Brooklyn where Puss N Boots perform "Don't Know What It Means 

" was recorded live   






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Ivor Drawmer, veteran designer and manufacturer of boutique high-end audio processors, has earned a 2014 Resolution Award for the new Drawmer 1973 three-band stereo FET compressor. The Drawmer 1973 benefits from Ivor's deep, thirty-plus years of experience building best-in-class signal processors and is unique in its combination of three critical attributes: its controls are remarkably easy to use, its price is low, and its sound is, of course, beautifully musical. "The Drawmer 1973 multiband compressor is the kind of tool that mix and mastering engineers will find so useful they'll wonder how they ever got by without it," said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group, Drawmer's U.S. distributor.  


For the latest info on ATCs or Drawmer contact  Brad Lunde at TransAudio Group 702-365-5155
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Maserati Mix 

With Crane Song Avocet At The Center 

Tony Maserati is one of the most respected mixing engineers on today's music scene. With over 250 releases for dozens of superstars including Lady GaGa, Beyonce, The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and Jason Mraz - just to name a few, he has played a major role in defining the current R&B and hip hop sound. When it comes to mixing, Tony pulls from multiple resources, be it plug-ins, analog outboard gear or a combination of the two. Every song is different and often takes him on a different approach in terms of what to use for the sound he's hearing in his head. But there are several things that are an integral part of his process: his speakers, his amplifiers and at the center of it all, his Crane Song Avocet.
"The Avocet is the benchmark for all to follow," says Maserati. "When it first came out, there weren't a lot of options on the market that could do multiple (analog and digital) inputs and monitoring outputs-which was important for my needs. It literally takes care of everything in my studio and most importantly, it sounds amazing. The convertors are incredible and can be trusted in a variety of environments. I have come to rely on the Avocet so much, that when I visit other studios that don't have one I insist they rent one or encourage them to consider buying it. Even with all the options that are available today, for me nothing has yet to compete with the Avocet."
Crane Song Ltd. is able to provide the highest level of quality due to the many years of experience of its founder Dave Hill. Some of his employees have worked with Dave since 1988 and continue to have an intense interest in developing the best audio devices possible. Crane Song's combination of innovative design and uncompromising attention has helped the company make its mark in the professional audio world

For the latest info on Crane Song products contact  Brad Lunde at TransAudio Group 702-365-5155   



New Bill AMP (H.R. 1457) Introduced To Congress   

Fair Pay For Producers


Now, for the first time in U.S. history, there is finally a bill designed to address the needs of studio professionals. the Allocation for Music Producers Act, or AMP Act (H.R. 1457 To amend title 17, United States Code, to provide for direct payment of statutory sound recording performance royalties to record producers, and for other purposes), will ensure that producers get efficient and direct payment of performance royalties they are due. The bill will create a statutory right for producers to receive royalties from SoundExchange when they have a letter of direction from a featured artist (familiar clause in most producer contracts). 
And it will create a new process by which producers can request royalties from artists for older recordings when there is no letter of direction in place, if the artist does not object. 

This week, the AMP Act is being formally introduced by Congressmen Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) in Washington, D.C.while Daryl  Friedman will be discussing the new bill at a GRAMMY Producers Panel at the South By Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas.   We understand this is was due to the considerable input of the P&E Wing's Steering Committee that the bill was crafted.  "We are gratified to see the efforts of our Producers & Engineers Wing supported by these leading legislators," said Neil Portnow, President and CEO, The Recording Academy.
The AMP Act is supported by The Recording Academy, which represents more than 24,000 producers, engineers, artists, songwriters and other individual music creators, and by SoundExchange, the independent nonprofit performance rights organization responsible for collecting and distributing digital performance royalties to music creators and copyright holders.  "Much like a director's role in a film, a music producer provides the overall creative direction of a song. As someone who has recorded a song or two in his lifetime, I'm familiar with just how integral producers and engineers are to the music industry," said Rep. Crowley. AMP would reform the way music producers receive royalties and helps to ensure those working in the industry are treated equitably.
To tell your congressional representative to support the AMP Act, click here.  


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Questions- pricing, availability and dealer locations please email [email protected]

l-r: Richard, Todd, Janis and Brad at Trans Audio Group 

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Brad Lunde at  702-365-5155 [email protected]  

TransAudio Group, founded by industry  veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA), ATC Loudspeakers (UK),





studioexpresso and Trans Audio Presented Production Panelists at 2015 Hot Zone at NAMM 
l-r: Claris Sayadian-Dodge,
Cheche Alara (Latin Grammy Awards,The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Bonnie Hunt Show) 14x Grammy-winning Rafa Sardina (Lady Gaga, Placido Domingo, Calle13), Ellis Hall  "The Ambassador of Soul" (Ray Charles, Boston Pops, Tower of Power) and  Grammy-winning Brent Fischer (Usher, Clare Fischer Big Band, Elvis Costello & The Roots).   
Alex Acuna (Randy Newman, LA Phil).
23x Grammy-winning Dr Al Schmitt (Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Jefferson Airplane)
 Kenny Aronoff (The Smashing Pumpkins,  Bob Dylan, Uncommon Studios ).




The Distortion of Sound
A Short film by Harman Kardon 


The film explores the pros and cons of music in the digital age and argues while iTunes and Spotify have made music more accessible, portable, and cheaper than ever before, the burden rests with the audio industry to make equipment that won't contribute to the loss of sound quality.

The documentary contends that a generation of music lovers are being raised on low-grade sonic sludge like iPods and ear budsWatch it here 



Snoop Dogg at SXSW 

Keynote, DJ & New Album

43-year-old rapper Snoop Dogg delivered a keynote at South by Southwest last week and filled the oversized ballroom at the Austin Convention Center to capacity - even at 10:30 in the morning!  Hypnotic Brass Band "opened," then manager Ted Chung engaged Snoop in an informal back-and-forth about his L.A. beginnings, favorite collaborations and recent ventures. Willie Nelson was featured prominently. Snoop also revealed that he and Menace II Society director Allen Hughes are working on a new show for HBO. The series will be set in 1980s Los Angeles and show Reaganomics' effect
on the area. His new album Bush, produced by Pharrell Williams, is due May 12.
Stevie Wonder and Charlie Wilson are among the featured featured guests slated to appear on the album.

Snoop Dogg and Pharrell have teamed up for a collaborative album, according to Snoop."It's a great record me and Pharrell

 did from top to bottom," Snoop Dogg says in an interview with MTV's Nadeska Alexis. "It feels good and I'm happy to be back in the studio working with one of my favorite producers and homeboys."

Snoop says the album is set to be a departure from the material the duo has done in the past. "Snoop's album is better than mine," Pharrell said in an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106's Big Boy's Neighborhood. "It's Snoop Dogg. Snoop and Pharrell have collaborated on several hits, including "Beautiful." The first single Peaches N Cream hit this week.  

Photo: Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images  
"It's a ride in through the funkosphere," he said. After the keynote, Snoop made his way to the Red Room, an underground wine speakeasy near the convention center, to host a party for Catch The Throne: The Mixtape Vol 2 for HBO's Game of Thrones series. He DJ'd playing songs from artists as diverse as 50 Cent and Journey, sitting on the Game of Thrones throne and taking smartphone photos with attendees

Wrecking Crew In A Theater Near You!  

Musicians Institute, the College of Contemporary Music announced the theatrical release of documentary film The Wrecking Crew on Friday, March 13, 2015. Featuring MI's very own founding father Howard Roberts and his right-hand man Tommy Tedesco (pictured left), the film tells the story of "first call" session players who recorded with everyone from The Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra. They played on hundreds of songs that ruled the charts in the '60s and '70s, ultimately leading to a Musicians Hall of Fame induction for the entire Wrecking Crew.  Most of the donations that were made over the years after Tedesco had made the film, helped pay for the $500,000 in master and publishing licensing.  In order to pay for the musicians union (so musicians would be paid) they turned to Kickstarter to help raise the $250,000 needed.  They surpassed their goal and raised $312,000.  The Wrecking Crew became the third top documentary funded through Kickstarter. "Howard and Tommy were A-list musicians who endowed the school with an authentic real-world foundation that no other school is able to capture...these techniques remain a part of MI's DNA even to this day. Without their vision, passion and expertise we would not have the over 30,000 successful MI alumni in our midst today,"" said Beth Marlis, Vice President of Industry & Community Relations at MI

The story of the MI legends Roberts and Tedesco will live on forever through the film, which also features historical footage of the school in its early stages. For more information on the film, please visit The Wrecking Crew's website, and check it out in a theater near you.



Grammy Wants Your Vote For A Music Educator 

Application deadline March 31, 2015 

The GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are recognizing great music teachers with the Music Educator Award. Nominate your favorite music teacher at   Consider our pick: Dr Janet Harms


For over thirty years, Janet Harms has forged a distinguished and enviable musical career. Gifted as a conductor, organist and teacher, this university professor was blessed with childhood musical support and encouragement. Dr. Harm's professional training received vital momentum with a scholarship to the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York at the age of 13. Earning advanced degrees from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and a doctorate from New York's Columbia University, she accepted teaching posts at Nyack College, NY (1972-1981), and Azusa Pacific University (1982-1986) and the University of Redlands (1993-1997) in California. She is currently a Lecturer at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Professor of Organ at Azusa Pacific University and Biola University (La Mirada).

In 1995 she founded the Windsong Southland Chorale, a community chorus centered in Ontario, California. Drawing from an astonishinly large area of southern California, the 75 voice Chorale has performed locally from San Diego to San Luis Obispo and has twice traveled to New York for performances at Carnegie Hall.

As a concert organist, Dr. Harms has presented over 80 recitals in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and France. Another European concert tour is planned for the summer of 2002. Specific performance locations will be posted under Music Calendar on this site.   



Blurred Lines Or A Gaye Break?

Homage VS infringement  


Intellectual property cases have become common place in today's music landscape.
Take Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," which owes a songwriting debt to Tom Petty's
"I Won't Back Down."
Michael Bolton had to pay $5.4 million for using elements of the Isley Brothers' "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" in his own song titled "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" in 1994.
This month, on March 10 the jury awarded Marvin Gaye's children nearly $7.4 million after determining Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied Marvin Gaye song "Got to Give It Up" to create "Blurred Lines," their 2013 hit song (7.3 million copies sold in the U.S. alone).

Gaye died in April 1984, leaving his children the copyrights to his music. Although Gaye's sheet music lacked many elements of the final version of "Got to Give it Up," an expert testifying for Gaye's family claimed that there were at least eight (8) distinct elements (chords and notes) from "Got to Give it Up" contained in the song "Blurred Lines."  Attorney Howard King insisted his clients  did not copy Gaye's hit "Got to Give It Up," but merely let an artist and vibe inspire them. As far as we know a vibe or style cannot be copyrighted. "I must've been channeling that feeling, that late-'70s feeling," said Williams who maintained he was paying homage to sound of an era.  

Money Talks. An accounting statement during the trial, according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealed that there were $16,675,690 in profits for Blurred Lines.  According to testimony, $5,658,214 went to Thicke, $5,153,457

 was given to Williams and $704,774 to T.I. Record companies (Interscope, UMG Distribution and Star Trak) took home the rest, with an executive at Universal Music testifying that overhead costs on the creation of Blurred Lines accounted for $6.9 million. Williams also earned $4.3 million in publishing from

the song and $860,000 for being its producer. The amounts were revealed since the Gayes were seeking a portion of those profits as well as some of Thicke's touring revenue.

Image Walks:  Nobody likes Robin Thicke, and the jury probably didn't like him, either.  Thicke testified he wasn't present when the song was written, despite receiving credit.  Sound familiar?! Then there were the 2013 media interviews in which Thicke and Pharrell openly acknowledged "Got to Give It Up" as a source of inspiration. How many artists have been inspired by others before? 

This gives attorneys and song researchers a bigger role every time a new song is created for major distribution. Freedom of expression comes at a cost. And protecting that freedom may have gotten blurrier this month.  The jury may get the groove or rhythm, but do they appreciate differences in melody, chord changes, similarities in lyric? Well, you be the judge! 

Williams issued a statement via his spokeswoman Amanda Silverman. "While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward...Pharrell created Blurred Lines from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter," reads the statement.   Williams, 41, also signed a document stating he didn't use any other artists' work in the music and would be responsible if a successful copyright claim was raised.

The verdict which may face years of appeals, will likely make the labels more conservative when releasing new material with major artists.  What happened to being influenced by one's music? Blurred lines or a Gaye break?  

Any musician can tell you that structurally and rhythmically, the songs are quite similar. However, the lyrics and top-line melodies -- the notes sung in a lead vocal or played on a lead instrument -- are not the same, and those traditionally have been the two elements of a song protected under copyright law.  It's an old music-industry truism that you can't copyright a rhythm. (If you could, Bo Diddley would have died a billionaire.) And while "Got to Give It Up" is an undeniably great song, it's about 90 percent rhythm. It doesn't even have a chorus.
According to many legal experts and musicologists, even though it skates dangerously close to the line, "Blurred Lines" is more homage than infringement. With this case, the Bob Marley estate can sue pretty much every reggae artist of the past 30 years.  Now every time we ask a musician the stock question about who their influences are from now on, the smart ones will zip their lips and cite their right to an attorney.  Have a feeling there's more to come!







Besides their pure analog signal paths, Bettermaker units have a full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets, which you can recall with one touch.

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RIP Clark Terry
December 14, 1920 - February 21, 2015

The world has lost one of the greatest trumpeters to ever grace the planet. You can read the story of one of the most recorded and beloved jazz trumpeters of all time in his autobiography.  Terry, born in 1920, takes us from his impoverished childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, where jazz could be heard everywhere, to the smoke-filled small clubs and carnivals across the Jim Crow South where he got his start, and on to worldwide acclaim. In his book, Terry introduces scores of legendary greats-Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, and Dianne Reeves, among many others. Terry also reveals much about his own personal life, his experiences with racism, how he helped break the color barrier in 1960 when he joined the Tonight Show band on NBC, and why-at ninety he received students from around the world.  "One of the most humbling moments in my life," says Q who also credits Terry as his first teacher, idol, brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Gwen and family.  You may leave your message for the family here

The Next Generation Jazz Festival officially starts with the annual Opening Night Concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Monterey Conference Center's Serra Ballroom. This year the concert, entitled Remembering Clark Terry: A Swingin' Celebration will be dedicated to the memory of the legendary trumpeter and jazz educator Clark Terry, who performed at Monterey Jazz Festival at least 19 times from 1965-1999. Gold Circle tickets are available for $50 each and may be purchased here

RIP Orrin Keepnews
March 2, 1923 - March 1, 2015
Legendary jazz producer and record executive, Orrin Keepnews passed away one day short of his 92nd birthday on..... He was a creative force behind some of the greatest jazz recordings ever produced including such seminal albums as Bill Evans' Waltz for Debby and Sunday at the Village Vanguard, Thelonious Monk's Brilliant Corners, Monk's Music and Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, Chet Baker's Chet Baker in New York, Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite, Wes Montgomery's Boss Guitar, and Clark Terry's In Orbit.
Riverside Records: Launched on a shoestring budget in 1953 by traditional jazz enthusiasts Bill Grauer and Orrin Keepnews in order to reissue classic jazz and blues recordings from the 1920s by King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and others, Riverside Records turned out to be one of the premier purveyors of modern jazz. With Keepnews producing the sessions (and writing the liner notes), Riverside soon brought such giants as Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, and Wes Montgomery to the forefront of American music. The New York-based company, which also recorded albums by Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Art Blakey, Mongo Santamaria, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Heath, Johnny Griffin, Charlie Byrd, and the Staple Singers, among many others, folded in 1964, a year after Grauer's death. The Riverside catalog (including the Jazzland and Battle subsidiaries) was acquired by Fantasy, Inc. in 1972. Watch Orrin Keepnews discuss the 60th Anniversary of Riverside here


Celebrating March Birthdays!


OD Hunte    

Born in Trinidad, current Londoner, OD Hunte is a

self-taught keyboard, bass guitar and sometimes guitar player. OD's musical productions have attracted praise from Missy Elliot who personally called and requested backing tracks.  Now, like his hero Kanye West, OD is moving out of the back room and into the spotlight. It's about time. Beatnik Ear Candy, Hunte's debut album is a melange of hip-hop album made with smarts, songcraft and a true global attitude    

Steve Sykes  

Originally hailing from Philadelphia, Steve started his career as session guitarist and member of various bands with such greats at Stanley Clarke and John Oates (Hall & Oates fame), to name a few. Steve'd recording and mixing credits include:  Enrique Iglesias, Al Jarreau and the Grammy nominated album "Modern Art" by The Rippingtons. In recent years Sykes enjoys working with new indie rock artists such as The Burned and Sons Of The Addicted, which have taken him back to his rock roots.   



Elliot Scheiner  

Elliot has 25 Grammy nominations and 8 Grammy wins with his lastest coming this past 8 February 2015 for Beyonce's eponymous album for Best Surround Sound Album.  Additionally, Elliot has an Emmy, 3 TEC Awards as well as membership in the TEC Hall of Fame alongside George Lucas. 

He co-produced and mixed Ben Folds most recent release



The spring or vernal equinox is the day of the year when light and dark are balanced. True or not, it's said that on this day you can balance an egg (universal symbol of rebirth) on its end.
Here's 7 easy steps to renewal.  

De-clutter (workspace, mind, emotion), assess your health, explore your creativity, plant a tree, plan a reunion, simplify, slow down. Hopefully, these seven rituals for renewal will set you on course for a year  that is not only fulfilling and meaningful---but fully filled with your own unique self-expression.    

 Happy Spring!

To help fans find you easily, we're updating your studioexpresso pages with social networking links (sample: Kenny Aronoff). Simply send an email to c[email protected]  or call 818.990.3031
and tell us your artist story and RENEW!

Until next month, express yourself.  Music lives and moves. 


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Faith No More
Sol Invictus

Sol Invictus was the official sun god of the later Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers. Faith No More have just wrapped up an Australian tour with Soundwave Festival and are about to release Sol Invictus, their first new album in 18 years. The album (CD & Vinyl) will be released via singer Mike Patton's own (and manager Greg Werckman) Ipecac Records
on May 15.  The album may just connect with a new generation of hard rock fans who will relate to their superhero soldiers winning in the new music industry war zone. The independent release is expected to have a reunion of sorts with producer Matt Wallace
(Pepper, Maroon 5). According to the band members the sound on the new album reflects a certain maturity which for them translates to "stripping things down vs piling on layers of sound." We expect the band to also sound in true form not having major commitments or pressure associated with majors.  The new album, like its title and like FNM, may simply be Invincible. "We're trying to keep our operation small.... There will be no marketing teams, record labels, PR firms involved in gathering your personal info; hopefully just real info passed along from us to you," is posted on the official website. FAITH NO MORE are:
Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Patton.
Look for Faith No More tour dates
in your area (Canada, US and Europe) beginning April 15.

Lizz Wright  

Signs with Concord Music Group


Concord Music Group recently signed acclaimed vocalist Lizz Wright who is currently recording her new album in Los Angeles due for release on September 8. 

Produced by Larry Klein, her Concord debut features collaborations with noted songwriters Klein, David Batteau, Maia Sharp, J.D. Souther, Toshi Reagon and Jesse Harris Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a "vocalist of substance

more devoted to song than to image," Wright possesses a remarkable ability to sing in multiple styles, including soul, jazz and gospel.  

"Lizz is an extraordinary artist and we are very proud to welcome her to the Concord family," said Mark Wexler, General Manager/Senior Vice President, Concord-Telarc Group. "We all look forward to working with her in this next chapter of her ever-evolving career."

Known for topping the jazz charts, Wright is far from most people's idea of a traditional jazz singer. She grew up in Georgia and began singing gospel music at a young age, thanks to her father, a pianist and musical director at the local church. She has been the recipient of nonstop critical acclaim and ever-increasing audiences ever since her Verve debut, Salt, in 2003. Dreaming Wide Awake followed in June 2005. Wright released her third album, The Orchard, in 2008. In 2010, Wright returned with Fellowship, featuring guest performances from bassist Meshell Ndegeocello and vocalist Ang�lique Kidjo.

Ben Williams
Coming of Age
April 21

Concord Records  


Revered by The Washington Post as "Successfully translating the musical pulse of his era into jazz," acclaimed

bassist Ben Williams delivers his sophomore album titled Coming of Age, April 21, 2015, on CD and vinyl via Concord Jazz.   Williams won the 2009 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. Since then, Ben has played and toured with a long list of jazz musicians to include likes of Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock.   

On "Coming of Age" Williams offers covers of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and features guest artists to include:  Renowned jazz trumpeter Christian Scott who appears on the cover of Lianne La Havas' melancholy "Lost & Found." Vibraphonist Stefon Harris appears on an original piece titled "The Color of My Dreams." Emcee/poet W. Ellington Felton  leads the listener through "Toy Soldiers (reprise)." Soul singer Goapele joins Williams on a second collaboration with the pivotal anthem "Voice of Freedom (for Mandela)."  Williams' band is Marcus Strickland (tenor and soprano saxophone), Matthew Stevens (guitar), Christian Sands (piano and Fender Rhodes), Masayuki "Big Yuki" Hirano (synths and Fender Rhodes), John Davis (drums) and Etienne Charles (percussion).   





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David Bock has now captured the sound of the vintage Neumann U47 tube microphone in the new Bock 407. As with Bock's other products, TransAudio Group will distribute the Bock 407 in the United States.  












Sony Classical


Self-indulgent, unconventional perhaps, but highly sensitive and imaginative is  Khatia Buniatishvili when she plays Bach, Chopin, and Liszt piano favorites on this new release from Sony Classics.
The award-winning Georgian concert pianist scored 40,000 + views on
outube for her video shot at the open-air concert at Sacrower Forest, near Berlin where you can hear the birds and smell the forest while listening to her passionate performance that somehow stops the time. Then there is the million + views of her Schumann: Klavierkonzert concert where people exchange equal amount of comments about her playing and her choice of sexy dress!
Now, Sony Classics has released her new album, Motherland (dedicated to her mother).

 Born on 21 June 1987 in Tbilisi, Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and her elder sister Gvantsa were introduced to the piano at an early age by their mother, an enthusiastic music lover. Playing four handed remains one of the sisters' favorite activities. Movies next?! 



Grammy Scholarship for
Berklee  Students

Application Deadline April 10, 2015

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation� announced this month that
it is accepting applications from students who have been admitted to Berklee College of Music to attend the Fall 2015 semester. Students from the following 24 countries are encouraged to apply: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Enrique Iglesias, with more than 100 million recordings sold worldwide and a career spanning over 19 years, has sung his way into the hearts and minds of millions of people all over the world. He has headlined 12 world tours and sold over 3 million tickets throughout his career. The Enrique Iglesias Scholarship Presented by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation� will be awarded to one student pursuing a career in Latin music. The four year scholarship, which holds a maximum award of $200, 000, will be awarded to study a Bachelor's Degree at Berklee. The Scholarship Committee of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation will select the beneficiary. Applications are now available at The deadline to apply is April 10, 2015 at 11:59pm EST










at Church Keyboard Center

The Hammond  Corner 
The Sound . The Soul . The One 

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 Hammond Workshops

No Boxes
No Boundries
Emiko & Matt Moran Perform & Present

March 24, 2015 : 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Church Keyboard Center
2295 East Foothill Blvd Pasadena, CA 91107

Creativity, Collaboration, and   Connection to Profits

Emiko's professional history is a versatile tapestry of performances and accolades - some highlights include headlining the 100th Anniversary National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC at the Sylvan Theater, the Steelbridge Song Festival with Jackson Browne, the Sun Valley Pavilion with Keb Mo', Japan Music Week and The 2009 Special Olympic World Winter Games. Her new single, Freez Frame

Matthew Moran is a career coach, public speaker, and the author of Building Your I.T. Career (published by Pearson). An accomplished songwriter and performer, he often incorporates music into his keynotes and workshops.

Matt provides high-impact, high-energy, presentations that combine pragmatic and actionable information & tools, passion & motivation, and personal audience connection through anecdotes, interaction, and song.

Featured Hammond Artist
Alex Nester's resume already includes 12 albums, countless jingles, and over 25 theatrical productions, as well as working with established artist like Carlos Santana.
Alex's bout with cancer 10 years ago (she was diagnosed at the tender age of 16) has helped shape her unique sound filled with messages of love, faith, positivity, and healing while channeling the retro soul artists of the 1960's and 70's... which only makes sense, as she is currently touring as a backup singer for Tito Jackson (of legendary Jackson 5 fame), and has opened as a solo artist for such acts as Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago.
Hammond artist, singer/songwriter phenom blends r&b, gospel, funk, and blues while incorporating LA & NY A-list musicians, even the Four Tops. Ever wondered what happened to REAL singers with REAL musicians playing REAL music? Here it is.

Hammond Organ exhibited at SXSW in Austin, Texas March 19-21 2015.
The iconic manufacturer featured its smash hit Sk series of Stage Keyboards alongside the new digital Leslie "G" Pedal which brings the  distinctive Leslie "doppler" effect to guitarists everywhere.
Keyboard legend Rod Argent (the Zombies/Argent), Red Young,  Billy Mason and clinician Scott May (The Ides Of March) were on hand in the booth daily to demonstrate the instruments.

For Hammond and Leslie products in Southern California contact CKC 909.599.7899
or visit Church Keyboard Center in Pasadena.

In The Eagles FAQ, music critic Andrew Vaughan brings an insider's view into the various chapters of the group's fascinating history. He shows how they blended the best folk, rock, and country sounds of the '60s into a worldwide soundtrack of the '70s while challenging the industry status quo with a new business model.
If The Beatles wrote the soundtrack of the swinging '60s, then The Eagles did the same for the '70s.  Don Henley and Glenn Frey intuitively understood and accurately portrayed the changing America they lived in. They perfected the California sound, shifted power from record company to artist, and pioneered album-oriented rock.

Managers Think Tank
For GRAMMY Creators Alliance

The Recording Academy� has formed a Managers Think Tank to advise on issues impacting the music creator community.
"Immersed in music, technology, business, and IP, managers often serve as the primary business partner for creators; therefore, it was important to develop this Managers Think Tank as an integral resource for both congressional leadership and members of the Alliance," said Daryl P. Friedman, Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations Officer for The Recording Academy.
30 of the nation's leading representatives of music talent are founding members of Grammy Think Tank:
Mark Beaven (Dr. Luke), Will Botwin (Ben Harper), Scooter Braun (Steve Angello, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande), Jay Brown (Rihanna, Shakira, Kanye West), Troy Carter (John Legend, Miguel, Meghan Trainor), Ansel Davis and Betsy McHugh (Hunter Hayes), Bruce Eskowitz (Herbie Hancock, Lionel Richie), Jordan Feldstein (Maroon 5), Marion Kraft (Miranda Lambert), Ron Laffitte (Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, Soundgarden, Pharrell Williams), Pat Magnarella (Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Rise Against), Susan Markheim (Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds), Michael McDonald (Ray LaMontagne, Walk The Moon, Childish Gambino), Daniel Miller (Lady Antebellum), Simon Renshaw (Dixie Chicks, Paulina Rubio), Larry Rudolph (Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, Steven Tyler), Bill Silva (Jason Mraz), John Silva (Beck, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails), Damien Smith (Earth, Wind & Fire, Jennifer Hudson, Raphael Saadiq), Clarence Spalding (Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts), Ty Stiklorius (John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, Meghan Trainor), Gaines Sturdivant (The Band Perry), Lee Trink (Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker), Caron Veazey (Pharrell Williams), and Dean Wilson (deadmau5, Calvin Harris). Legal advisors include Jay Cooper, Joel Katz, Dina LaPolt, and Charles Ortner.

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