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If “esperanza” is the Spanish word for hope, then bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding could not have been given a more fitting name at birth. Spalding won the GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist this month. "It's true that good artists get under your skin or under your radar," says Claris Dodge of studioexpresso who featured her 2008 release on Heads Up International (Concord Music Group) in Jan 2008, in Jan 09 ezines and her 2010 Chamber Music Society release was mentioned most recently in Dec 2010 studioexpresso ezine.
Ms Spalding who recipient of the prestigious 2005 Boston Jazz Society scholarship for outstanding musicianship, holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music. Next week the 26-year-old singer Spalding together with her band will go on tour in U.S.A. Starting in Portland, the tour will include two weeks of performances in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan and Florida. Subsequently to these presentations, the band will appear in South Africa, Morocco and Europe.

Fischer Sessions at Glenwood Place

Brent Fischer produced the highly anticipated Jazz sessions of his father's acclaimed group, The Clare Fischer Big Band at Glenwood studios this month with over 30 Jazz legends, including ---Peter Erskine, Alex Acuna, Don Shelton, Bob Sheppard, Gary Foster, Andy Martin, Scott Whitfield, Ron Stout, Steve Huffsteter, Carl Saunders and Larry Koonse. "32 musicians, 10 songs, 36 hours of studio time and 160 gigabytes of Protools tracks later" says Brent Fischer, "we're off to a great start. By the time we record everything, we'll have enough material for at least 2 CDs." The music will consist of previously unreleased compositions and arrangements written for big band by Clare Fischer plus Brent Fischer originals and arrangements of Clare's songs that the elder Fischer asked his son to write. "What sets this project apart is the writing. It blends skillful craftsmanship with musical credibility," says noted music journalist Don Heckman. "Plus with so many exotic brass and woodwind instruments like alto horn and contrabass clarinet, you're going to hear an unparalleled variety of aural colors," says Brent Fischer.


Congrats to Al Sanderson, the engineer on Switchfoot's new album "Hello Hurricane!" which won Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album.




Jeff Harding Looks East
With Bock 251 Mic/Pauly Superscreen

On his 2010 album, Look East, Jeff Harding refines his fluid guitar playing to build songs of transcendent beauty, measured out by thoughtful lyrics delivered with honesty and simplicity. The final product was mixed and mastered by Casey Wood (Randy Travis, Jimmy Buffett, George Strait) at The Insanery in Nashville, Tennessee with Harding using the new Bock Audio 251 studio condenser with a PAULY Superscreens pop filter to record all of the vocals in his project studio.

In anticipation of purchasing a new vocal mic, Harding did a lot of research and asked a lot of questions. "Since I knew I would be dropping a lot of money, I wanted to be careful," he said. "I considered buying a vintage mic, but I was too scared by all the stories I heard about vintage mics that had lost their sound or had become unreliable. I didn't want to gamble. I looked into smaller companies that were building microphones in the spirit of the classics, but with newer technologies. David Bock's name came up and I was impressed that his company was small and obviously dedicated to the artistry and quality of high-end mics. I kept hearing great things about BOCK microphones and, perhaps more tellingly, nothing negative." Harding recorded all of the vocals on Look East with the BOCK 251 using a Solid State Logic SuperAnalogue Channel, for preamplification and very modest compression, together with Pro Tools. "The BOCK 251 excels...It is very natural sounding and I now know exactly what others mean when they say that the BOCK 251 is three-dimensional, full, clear, detailed and articulate.

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), Bock Audio (USA), Chameleon Labs , Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA),Lehmann Audio SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech and Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors



American composer/conductor JUSTIN FREER is the Founder and Music Director of the Los Angeles Brass Ensemble and formerly held the post of Music Director
of the acclaimed UCLA Brass Choir, whom he has led in performances with Sir Angel Romero, Doc Severinson and Jens Lindemann, among others. Upcoming engagements include a commission from Abel Saldivar Ramirez for the 4A Texas All-State Band and a conducting invitation at Lincoln Center. Read more here...

Five-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley is recording a new album with producer Don Was slated for summer release on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label. Joining Ziggy in the renowned Bill Putnam-designed Studio B are drummer Carlton "Santa" Davis (Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear), percussionist Rock M. Deadrick (Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman), visitor / rap artist Heavy D., keyboardist James Poyser (The Roots) and bassist Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Sting). Ziggy Marley,
eldest son of the great Bob Marley, spent time as a child in the recording studio with his father, who taught him drums and guitar, and recorded "Children Playing In the Streets" in 1979.
He has carried on the family spirit with his Melody Makers -- selling millions of albums and winning Grammy awards for "Conscious Party" (1988), "One Bright Day" (1989), "Fallen is Babylon" (1997), "Love is My Religion" (2006), and "Family Time" (2009.

To re-imagine classic “back porch” blues in a modern style, Garret Dutton (aka G. Love) invited North Carolina-based Avett brothers (Scott and Seth) to join him at Echo Mountain Recording Studio, a beautiful converted church, in Asheville. The result: Fixin’ To Die (out this week on Brushfire Records). The hushed acoustic beauty of "Katie Miss" is a standout, and the banjo-tinted "Pale Blue Eyes" is a subtle stunner.



Working with an eclectic all-star production team (including Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, and Ryan Tedder), Adele emerges with a well-manicured batch of songs that, while still showcasing her interest in layered musicality, shoot straight for the pop charts.
21-year-old Adele, a k a Adele Atkins' second album offers multiple singles. “Rolling in the Deep,” which the Current has been playing. was written with and produced by Paul Epworth, who also helmed Florence & the Machine’s record.
Adele wrote “Rumor Has It,” with Ryan Tedder, singer of the band OneRepublic. Then there's the heart-wrenching ballad called “Turning Tables,” co-written with Ryan Tedder. "21" heads off towards country and roots music, a path that has become increasingly popular in the wake of Robert Plant's success with Americana sounds. Adele will perform at United Palace Theatre NYC on May 21st.


Avatar Studios. Studio Manager Tino Passante reports a busy month. Some of the music for the popular Fox Television series Glee has been recorded and mixed in Studios B and G at Avatar Studios. You can see and listen to what was aired in the YouTube Showcase column to the right. "In Session with The Guys," drew attendees from across the country and as far away as Argentina and Venezuela. During recording sessions with jazz sensation Kat Edmonson and rocker Robby Sinclair of Lazer Cake (The quartet played short, sexy, indie-pop songs with hints of The Cars, The White Stripes, Talking Heads, and Justin Timberlake), participants got a close-up look at basic tracking and mic techniques; in the separate mixing sessions they were engaged in the processes in significant detail and participated in critical listening. METAlliance In Session with the Guys took place on February 19-20, 2011 in NYC at famed Avatar Studios. Kat Edmonson who has been described as "equal parts Billie Holiday and Bjork" says:"Recording with Al Schmitt and Phil Ramone was the time of my life! I am entirely grateful to the METAlliance for allowing me such an immense opportunity. To work with them was a dream come true." "Kat is a tremendous talent -- the best new jazz singer I've heard in years." says Grammy-winning engineer Schmitt who recorded Edmonson and her band in Avatar Studio A with METAlliance co-founder Phil Ramone. "It's very gratifying to have our work appreciated with such passion and dedication," added Elliot Scheiner who with Ed Cherney recorded Robby Sinclair and his band, Lazer Cake, in Studio C, both tracking and overdubbing.


L.A.-based score recording, mixing and mastering engineer John Rodd, who previously mixed and mastered Assassin's Creed 2, was once again called upon last August by composer Jesper Kyd to perform his magic on the newest addition to the award-winning action-adventure series. Rodd was eager to take advantage of the sessions to try out a pair of BAC-500 compressors. "Ronan Chris Murphy, a producer/engineer pal of mine who has very good ears, had been raving about the sonic excellence of the BAC-500 for quite a while, so I arranged to audition a pair for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood," he recalls. "Before the mix started, I ran a bunch of different sounds through the BAC-500s to get to know them. I was impressed with how well they handled a wide variety of tracks: lead vocals, drums, guitars, electric bass, strings, drum loops... basically everything I could throw at them. Ronan had described the BAC-500 as 'an 1176 style compressor with a twist--it sounds great across a wide variety of audio tracks'. I would agree with that assessment. It's also very easy to quickly dial in a wide variety of sounds--everything from gentle compression to fat, pumping, aggressive squashing." Crossing the one million sales mark less than a week after its release, the new chapter has sold more than 6.5 million copies as of February and helped the entire Assassin's Creed series sell over 26 million units worldwide. In the few short months since the third title launched, it has already won both IGN's E3 award for best action game and the Writer's Guild of America's award for video game writing, as well as received nominations in an unprecedented seven categories for the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards ceremony taking place in London on March 16. Guess who's the composer? Clue: HZ

How many DJ's do you know produce, engineer, remix songs, direct videos and still manage to get DJ bookings all over the world? Rapid Ric started DJing and recording mixtapes at the age of 15. Since then, he has DJ'd over 100 5,000+ events, toured the world with artists like Chamillionaire, Devin the Dude, & Slim Thug, produced songs with B.O.B. & Killer Mike & still keeps a busy touring schedule. Rapid Ric's 1st fully-produced album “Whut It Dew” is set for April 19th, 2011. The album features many of the people Ric worked with in the Texas mixtape scene like ZRo, Slim Thug, Dorrough, Chalie Boy, Devin the Dude, & Chamillionaire. While the album also features other regional artists like Lil Boosie, he puts a “classic texas sounding “ album, as can be described in this video.

Aitan is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from LA who has attracted a devoted following for his music and his engaging performance style. Recently Aitan completed "Be My Valentine," produced by Stewart Cararas with mastering engineer Brian "Big Bass" Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. Guitarist Jon Kim joined in the session for the catchy romantic tune. Renowned rebel radio DJ Jim Ladd gave a rave review of Aitan's Christmas song (also mastered by Gardner), that stayed on the iTunes Home Rock Page for four weeks in a row. Keyan Safyari-directed video for the hit single "Coming in Quick."
"Be My Valentine" is now available on iTunes and most other online retailers. Coming up March 8 is Aitan's much anticipated multi-song EP, "Top of the World," also being mastered by Gardner.





photo: Heather Lemmon

Al Sanderson on the right


"I kept saying to myself, 'I can't justify spending over $100 a pop screen. But when I considered that I was spending many thousands on the 251, I'm thrilled with the Pauly Superscreen PR120-T30 choice, which has a gooseneck clamp. "Jut like, it's much more inspiring to play on a finely-crafted guitar... I get the same feeling with my BOCK 251 and Pauly Superscreen. I'm much more inspired to sing because my voice comes back to me with vivacity and detail. As a result, not only does the sound of the music improve, but the music itself improves."

Bock Audio , established in 2007, builds the personal designs developed over the last eleven years by mic expert David Bock in Los Angeles, California.

For more information on Bock Audio contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

LasVegasProAudio.com, LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland) Liverpool-based Studiocare Professional Audio will distribute Daking Audio and Bock Audio in the United Kingdom.




L-R)at OWR B are Carlton "Santa" Davis, assistant engineer Scott Moore, Rock M. Deadrick, engineer Krish Sharma, Ziggy Marley, Heavy D, Don Was, James Poyser, and Darryl Jones. Photo by David Goggin.



The album's least winning track is a cover of Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," which chips away at the mortar that holds the record together The 13-track effort opens with a jangly tribute to your morning cup of coffee "Milk and Sugar" that is rife with Avett-style banjos and a singular, heart-thumping drumbeat. studioexpresso digs!





R: Robby Sinclair, founder of Lazer Cake, which will record tracks for their new album with the METAlliance founders at Avatar Studios in NYC

METAlliance "In Session" at Avatar Studios, NYC, are (L-R) Frank Filipetti, Elliot Scheiner, George Massenburg, Al Schmitt, artist Kat Edmonson, Phil Ramone, Chuck Ainlay, artist Robby Sinclair, and Ed Cherney.
Photo by Guillaume Chadalliac.



"In the end, I used the module's distortion setting to add a bit of grit to the drum ensemble, to help it to have a nice presence in the complex arrangements." Rodd further notes that he utilized several pieces of gear from sibling company A-Designs Audio during the project as well.




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The ISA Sound & Two GRAMMYs

More recently Adrian has been mixing singles for highly acclaimed debut acts such as Everything Everything, Art Vs Science and Two Door Cinema Club from his north London studio space. Pride of place, alongside a carefully selected array of other analogue outboard gear, is a Focusrite ISA220, which features the same input stage as the original Forté console, as well as the flagship ISA430MkII. It's earned its place in his studio for its flexibility, and being able to bring presence to instruments and vocals. "Recently, I did a radio mix for Band Of Skulls, and the track heavily hung around the vocal. I had the ISA220 in the room, and I put the vocal straight though it, and it just worked really well. For me, it really did make the mix come alive: the vocal sound was fantastic."

Visit Focusrite website for complete specs and key system features on ISA220 and ISA428 MkII


SOUNDFIELD AT ABBEY ROAD Nashville producer praises
SPS200 flexibility on Studio 1 orchestral session

Nashville-based producer Mark Hornsby tested a SoundField SPS200 microphone on a recent orchestral session at Abbey Road Studios, London, and has used it and its associated Surround Zone plug-in to mix the audio from the sessions.

Like all of SoundField's microphone systems, the SPS200 comprises a multi-capsule microphone that captures the entire sound space around the microphone in three dimensions, describing it in a four-channel proprietary output format. The four-channel signal may be decoded using SoundField's SPS200 Surround Zone plug-in to produce audio in a variety of formats, from phase-coherent mono to multi-channel surround, via stereo and M&S. If the four-channel proprietary-format signals are recorded, the processing and decoding may even be carried out at a later date, allowing all kinds of detailed alterations to be made to the recorded audio long after the session. As Mark Hornsby commented enthusiastically after his Abbey Road date, "What's really cool about this is it literally gives you the ability to change the pickup pattern and position of the microphone after the tracks have already been recorded and the players have gone home. Very cool stuff."

Hornsby was first impressed by some drum recordings he made with the SPS200, following discussions with SoundField's Peter Schillebeeckx at last fall's AES show. He agreed to try the SPS200 on his next Abbey Road orchestral session, but sensibly also set up a Decca Tree of Neumann M50s in Studio 1 as a fallback. "I wanted to do a qualified test, where I could A/B recordings from both microphones," he explains, "and the results... well, I'll put it this way.

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), Bock Audio (USA), Chameleon Labs , Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA),Lehmann Audio SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech and Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors




Adrian Bushby has been using Focusrite ISA mic preamps and processors since he started his career as an engineer in the late ’80s. He's recorded everyone from Spice Girls and New Order to U2, Muse and Foo Fighters. He collected GRAMMY Awards in 2007 and 2011. "To have someone who understands sound like Adrian does, and be creative with it, is just amazing." (Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters)? Double GRAMMY award winning sound engineer Adrian Bushby began his engineering career as budding tape op man at Trident Studios. During the ’90s, he earned his stripes recording and mixing records for the top billing artists to include: My Bloody Valentine, New Order, U.2. and Smashing Pumpkins. Adrian picked up his first GRAMMY in 2008 for recording the Foo Fighters album, 'Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace' and then in 2011 for Muse's multi-platinum album 'Resistance'. Visit Adrian in his studio and watch h Focusrite and how he ueses it on the hits here.




The recordings made with the SPS200 are what I'm using to mix. It's a great, open-sounding microphone, although actually, I think of it more as a recording system than just a microphone. Having the ability to re-point microphones in the mixing environment, after the session, is amazing to me. For example, one of the songs I cut at the session has a breakdown in the middle where the violins take over in a fast solo. In the mix, using the Surround Zone plug-in, I've taken the SPS200 and 'pointed' it at the violins for that section, way after the session. That kind of flexibility is just killer.

"I have tried SoundField's SPS422B, which has a hardware decoder and its own mic preamps. I like that system too - it's good if you're working in a studio - but the SPS200 is better suited to when you're traveling around.
It's very easy to take out on a gig, you can use all the mic preamps you normally use on a session, and there's no extra decoder box. I can't wait to try it on other things."

For more information on SoundField Microphones contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

LasVegasProAudio.com, LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland) Liverpool-based Studiocare Professional Audio will distribute Daking Audio and Bock Audio in the United Kingdom.

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Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Lenise Bent - Village Studios. LA, CA
Niko Bolas - Watersound Studios, Studio CIty, CA
Pete Byrne - Glenwood Place, CA
Andre Fischer - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA
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Brad Gilderman - Little Big Room, Burbank, CA
Greg Ladanyi - Maple Jam Productions, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Scott Mathews - Tiki Town Studios
Oscar Paul - Roundhouse Studios, London
Greg Penny - Sphere Studios, London
Steve Parr - Hear No Evil Studios
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK
Elliot Scheiner - Presense studios, CT
Al Schmitt Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
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Matt Wallace - Delux Studios, Van Nuys, CA
John Wooler - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA

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Artist Development Or Overnight Success? In February The Hollywood Reporter talks to Music exec L.A. Reid, Usher and manager Scooter Braun on how they found and grew the teen sensation - and what their longterm plans are for his career (especially now that his voice is changing!). So, what do you do after you've sold 10 million albums worldwide in 14 months. Inspird more than 100 products that become top holiday sellers in the company of Harry Potter and Barbie. Open your first movie on 3,000-plus screens with box-office earnings that could top $20 million. Bieber who has amassed 7 million Twitter followers in two years and received two Grammy noms (one in the highly coveted best new artist category) is at the center of an entire empire being built around him and his talent. And that's not all...supposedly all his touring, is grossing 1.5 million a concert. Say hello to Hollywood's 100 million dollar IT boy (interesting read).

Game Over. Activision pulls plug on Guitar Hero —which earned it more than $1 billion just 2 years ago—is being discontinued. Members of the Guitar Hero team will be among some 500 Activision employees to be laid off, the Los Angeles Times reports. Activision is also axing the True Crime: Hong Kong game that was in development. The company plans to focus on World of Warcraft and future Call of Duty titles.

The Sold Out Ultra Music Festival is set to take place from March 25 to 27, at Bicentennial Park in Miami headlined by Tiësto, deadmau5, The Chemical Brothers, David Guetta, Carl Cox and Empire of the Sun and is expected to draw more than 150,000 fans. This year will also mark the first year that the festival expands from a 2-day to a 3-day format. Originally launched in 1999, the festival has become one of the highest grossing festivals in the world. Ultra is also expanding into other markets and this year will be staging an Ultra Music Festival in dance music mecca Ibiza as well as San Paulo, Brazil on November 6t.

The first annual Welcome To Rockville festival will be held along the beautiful St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, FL at Metropolitan Park on Sunday May 8th 2011. Featuring over 20 bands including Godsmack, Seether, Stone Sour, Theory Of A Deadman, Puddle Of Mudd, Skillet, Halestorm, Rev Theory, My Darkest Days, Jacksonville’s own Cold and many others. The event will feature three stages of continuous music throughout the day. Tickets for Welcome To Rockville will be priced at $39.50 and the general on sale will begin on March 4th at 7am.
For presale password information visit: www.x1029.com and www.facebook.com/rock1045. Ticket prices for the event will increase the week and day of the show Fans also have the option to purchase a VIP ticket for $90 which includes: VIP entrance to venue, access to VIP lounge area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service, premium viewing of main stage (seated and standing areas), seated area with shade for dining and private restroom facilities. For fans traveling from out of town Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel is the official hotel of Welcome to Rockville. Mistress Juliya from Fuse TV will be the host for Welcome To Rockville introducing the bands and interacting with fans throughout the day.Monster Energy Drink and Metro PCS will be the primary sponsors of the event with Monster presenting the main stage and Jägermeister presenting the third stage.
Ten local area bands will be selected through a battle format to perform at Welcome to Rockville. The winner of the Rumble will open the Monster Main Stage. Second place winner will open the Field Stage. All other winners will perform on the Jagermeister Stage. The first rumble will be held in the third week of March at Jack Rabbits. Contact Tim@jaxlive.com for more information and to sign-up for the Rumble.

Arizona Rock Impresario Danny Zelisko and Live Nation have parted ways, but Mr. Zelisko has announced his first new concert, following the split, featuring Jackson Browne and Alice Cooper, in partnership with Danny Zelisko Presents. The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, benefiting the newly established Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding. The Fund will support individuals and families affected by the January 8th shooting in Tucson, and will promote civility and respect in public discourse, schools, and the community. The fund will also work to increase awareness of mental health symptoms, prevention and treatment services. An all-star line-up of musicians for a benefit concert will take place at the Tucson Convention Center, (who have donated the building), on Thursday, March 10, 6PM. Performers on the bill include Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Sam Moore, Nils Lofgren, Keb' Mo', Jerry Riopelle, Dar Williams, Roger Clyne, Jennifer Warnes, Ozomatli, and Calexico. The event will also feature speakers including Ron Barber, who was among those wounded on January 8, NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly (Giffords' husband), Lea Marquez Peterson (president of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) and Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup (who introduced a nation-wide Civility Accord at the winter legislative meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. on January 18, which has since been signed by almost 200 mayors). Zelisko began his promoting career as founder and president of Evening Star Productions, in 1974, which brought the world's best music to the Southwest USA. In 2001, Zelisko, a native of Chicago, sold Evening Star Productions to SFX Entertainment, which was then purchased by Clear Channel, which spun off the entertainment division to what became Live Nation. Zelisko was promoted to the position of Chairman of Live Nation Southwest in 2007, presiding over Live Nation's concert operations in Arizona, New Mexico and Las Vegas. Zelisko has worked with thousands of notable acts over a 37 year career, including: Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Bon Jovi, Elton John, The Who, Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Iron Maiden, Santana, Pink, Scorpions, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, King Crimson, and Ozzy Osbourne, to name just a few. Since 2006, Zelisko has done a popular Sunday night progressive radio show at legendary Phoenix radio station KDKB, called the Regular Guy Radio Program, named after his long running golf tournament, of the same name. "I will be making a proper announcement soon regarding new adventures," Danny Zelisko said.

83rd Academy Awards are watched by millions of movie lovers who tune in to watch the year's most glamorous ceremony and learn who will take home filmmaking's highest honor. William Ross is at the podium as conductor for the 83rd Academy Awards Sunday. Ross, who conducted for the 79th Academy Awards, is a prolific composer, orchestration and arranger. He has arranged music for artists including Barbra Steisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G., Sting and Bette Midler. studioexpresso focuses on three of our favorite catagories with nominees: Congratulations all!

l-r: Alexandre Desplat, John Powell, Trent Reznor

Music (Original Score)
“How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
“Inception” Hans Zimmer
“The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Hillary Lindsey, Music conductor William Ross

Music (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by AR Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Sound Mixing

“Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
“The King's Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
“Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
“The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Hollywood history: Back in 1929 Two hundred seventy people attended the May 16, dinner in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Blossom Room; guest tickets cost $5. It was a long affair filled with speeches, but Academy President Douglas Fairbanks made quick work of handing out the statuettes. The first presentation was the only one to escape a media audience; by the second year, enthusiasm for the Awards was such that a Los Angeles radio station produced a live one-hour broadcast of the event. The Academy continued to hand out the awards at banquets – held at the Ambassador and Biltmore hotels – until 1942, when increased attendance made these dinner ceremonies impractical. Starting with the 16th Oscar ceremony, which was held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, the event has always been held at a theater.In 1953, the first televised Oscar ceremony enabled millions throughout the United States and Canada to watch the proceedings. Broadcasting in color began in 1966, affording home viewers a chance to fully experience the dazzling allure of the event. Since 1969, the Oscar show has been broadcast internationally, now reaching movie fans in over 200 countries.

Spotlight On Audio Fidelity at Grammy 2011

L-R: Grammy P&E Wing honoring TBone Burnett at the Village studios. Top Row: Mark Linnet, M3 Offline Remix Truck Engineer-in-Charge; Hank Neuberger, GRAMMY Award Telecast sound supervisor; Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director; Michael Abbott, Audio Coordinator; and Mikael Stewart, Front-of-House Engineer. Bottom Row: Eric Schilling, Co-Broadcast Music Mixer; Phil Ramone and Leslie Ann Jones, GRAMMY Award Telecast sound supervisors; Doug Mountain, Consulting Engineer; and B.J. Ramone, Assistant Engineer.
Photograph courtesy of The Recording Academy/Wireimage.com © 2011. Photograph by Jordan Strauss.

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, showcased an amazing collection of musical performances and tributes and utilized the latest in technology to provide television viewers worldwide with a cutting-edge, high-definition/5.1 surround sound event. The GRAMMY Awards' technical staff consists of audio pioneers who continually strive to employ the latest technology to enhance the show. The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® members Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger again supervised the broadcast audio, while fellow P&E Wing member Leslie Ann Jones supervised the house audio. Watch interviews with technical crew on the rehearsal day before the Grammy telecast. studioexpresso's Claris visits with Rhianna's MD, Tony Bruno who talks about her musical requirements and how he he communicates that to the technical crew in the remote trucks where the show is mixed. We meet up with Mark Linett, the M3 Offline Remix Truck Engineer-in-Charge. The show was produced by John Cossette Productions and AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich and John Cossette are executive producers, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.

l-r: Rihanna with Drake, Esperanza Spalding, Usher with Justin Beiber at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011

The Grammy show format, though at times predictable, helps move the complex production forward smoothly. Arcade Fire, Avett Brothers, Bieber, B.o.B, Dr. Dre, Jagger, Lambert, Mars, Monáe, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Paltrow, Smith, Spalding, and Welch performed on the GRAMMY telecast for the first time. All five Album Of The Year nominees performed on Music's Biggest Night: Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, and Perry, as well as all five of the Best New Artist nominees: Bieber, Drake, Mumford & Sons, Spalding, and Welch

l-r: Eddie Kramer, Elliot Scheiner, among VIP Grammy guests at Village Studios; Le Mobil's Guy Charbonneau

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bob Dylan performed with current GRAMMY® nominee Mumford & Sons and folk-rock band the Avett Brothers in a special salute to acoustic music; and six-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Dr. Dre — in his first live television performance in more than a decade —graced the stage for the first time joining current 10-time nominee Eminem for a historic collaboration. Barbra Streisand — actress/singer/director/writer/ composer/producer/designer/ author/activist and eight-time GRAMMY winner, the GRAMMY Legend Award and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient — was honored as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year at its 21st annual benefit gala on Feb. 11. Le Mobil was there to record the show. According to owner Guy Charbonneau Le Mobile began recording Grammy Musicare show in 2006. "We work closely wit the MD's --last two years it was Don Was. Depending on the size of the show I take the Flight Pack and/or Le Box. Neil Diamond in 2009, Aretha Franklin in 2008 and Neil Young in 2010. This year, I got to meet Phil Ramon'es son who trusted me to switch from velcro to microphone clips while recording the orchestra! "We kept the clips and it sounded good, according to Ramone Sr," says Guy with a chuckle. Phil (Ramone) was my first client in NY -- we recorded Paul Simon in Celveland together. Charbonneau is quick to say that at the end of the day it's always the song and perfomance that grabs him as a fan.

T Bone Burnett was awarded two Grammys, taking home statues for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, for his work on Crazy Heart, and Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, along with Ryan Bingham, for “The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)”. Additionally, T Bone received NARAS' President’s Special Merit Award at an event attended by hundreds of recording artists, industry peers and luminaries at the Village Studios. "The music business made a mistake in its blind embrace of digital," the analog-loving producer said.
Burnett went on to quote Marshall McLuhan, demand that analog recording not be abandoned and that the Recording Academy "develop a new audio standard for the 21st century." “[T Bone} is revered for the quality and integrity of his work. His career spans 40 years, yet he remains on the cutting edge and is eminently respected by his peers," says Maureen Droney, stated, Senior Executive Director of NARAS’ Producers & Engineers Wing. "I can’t think of a better individual to represent the spirit of this event, which celebrates the people who work behind the scenes to create music,”
Droney added. Guests included Robbie Robertson, Elton John's US manager Johnny Barbis, Ray LaMontagne and Lisa Marie Presley. Elton John and Leon Russell send TBone their congratulations via video. A film that chronicled Burnett's producing achievements -- from Bob Dylan to soundtracks for Coen brothers movies to the Elton John/Leon Russell pairing "The Union" -- preceded a performance from Burnett's latest production effort, the Secret Sisters.

Best producer honors went to Danger Mouse's Gnarls Barlkley . "I got 3, can you believe it?? I am really thrilled and humbled," says Jeff Beck. Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, and our favorite, Esperanza Spalding were big winners; Arcade Fire earned Album honors . Rihanna grabbed the GRAMMY in the Best Dance Recording category for "Only Girl (In The World)," a massive club banger that introduced a brand-new sound for the talented singer. Rihanna beat out Goldfrapp, Lady Gaga, La Roux, and Robyn in this hotly contested category. The song's co-writers and co-producers Stargate (Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen), and co-producer/mixer Sandy Vee were in attendance during the Pre-Telecast Ceremony to accept the award. studioexpresso met up Rihanna's MD, Tony Bruno Noms & Winners here
Lee Ritenour Second Annual Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition Announced Prizes include: Yamaha Guitars, Endorsement Deals from Yamaha, Monster Cable, and D'Addario Strings, Recording Contract opportunity with Concord Records, Vacation Package at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana, National Guitar Workshop Scholarships, 2012 NGW Clinic Tour... and MORE! Final Competition to be held August 31 at the Bigfork Performing Arts Center in Montana. Enter in 1 of 6 categories: Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Acoustic, and Country. Upload Your Videos: Submit two 5 min. videos. Click here to sign up! Entry deadline is April 30th, 2011. The contest is the inspiration of the legendary GRAMMY® award winning guitarist/composer and producer, Lee Ritenour, who debuted the international competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, 6 String Theory. The CD has been named Guitar International’s “Best Album of 2010,” Jazziz’ “Publisher’s Album of the Year – and culminated in Ritenour recently receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player Magazine.

artist expresso-- Ask Claris

We hear from artists every day from all corners of the world -- France, Germany, Russian, Israel, Asia, Australia and Middle East asking how they can get heard or build their careers. We've decided to feature a letter or phone message each month and share our response with other new artists with similar needs or questions. Our goal remains to empower new artists and encourage them to find their voice and musical path. Most importantly, we're here to remind artists that it's a long journey, so enjoy the process. We encourage artists to provide a link to their music site when they contact us..this way, if a producer or manager is interested, they can be contacted directly.visit production talent at studioexpresso We can recommend someone who fits your requirements or you may send your top 3 choice(s). Thanks.

Artist: We own all publishing and copyrights to our music and we also bring in revenue from shows and merchandise sales-this.... We have a professionally produced album and we’ve moved over 3,000 copies. We promote on the usual myspace, facebook, website, etc. We receive the usual airplay on local stations. We’re currently shopping ourselves around to labels, radio stations, etc. We can book local shows at the best clubs and handle all of the work associated with that. We need someone with connections in the business, perhaps beyond Pittsburgh.... If you happen to have any interesting connections...we would be very interested in doing business and giving you a proper cut. Thank you very much in advance. Mike Geary, 724.244.1504 http://www.crashingmetropolis.com/media.html
Claris: Good start. Take charge artists can go a long way...keep doing what you do and develop your sound/performance...you'll draw the right attention when it's time. promise. Tip. Since the world doesn't know about you yet, post a good performance piece on youtube vs special effects on coming attraction or release.


"I was impressed...that the human brain -- just a few dollars worth of water and salt and protein and whatever else we have in our skulls -- could play at the same level as this jillion-dollar computer the size of a room."
-- 'Jeopardy' champ, Ken Jennings on Man vs. Machine


The band (Arcade Fire) makes great albums, they're not a radio driven singles band. On top of that, they own their own masters and copyrights and are in complete control of their own destiny. Things couldn't be better.
--Scott Rodger

"I count MP3s among the worst blights ever on Earth."
-- TBone Burnett (exherb from his acceptance speech during Grammy week when given NARAS President's Merit Award)

A Bright Spot For Vinyl Sales. Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan announced their year-end tally for album sales, as well as downloads and vinyl. The real bright spot for 2010 was in vinyl sales. The format has been gaining interest with audiofiles as well as music fans for its warmth of sound, physical heft, and vintage ambiance. Billboard reports that vinyl posted a 14% increase in 2010 over 2009. Not surprisingly, the top-selling vinyl albums came from artists whose sound often harks back to vinyl-centric eras like the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Arcade Fire’s Suburbs and the Black Keys’ Brothers topped the list of new releases, with only the reissued Beatles’ Abbey Road outselling them with 35,000 total units. Vampire Weekend and Beach House also scored big in 2010 with vinyl. Album 326.2 million units were sold on the year, a 12% decline over 2009’s 373.9 million. Single track downloads were up 1% from 2009, a meager increase, though any numbers in the black might be seen as positive for the beleaguered music industry.


Until next month...here's to analog wishes and vinyl dreams!

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