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Just when you think fans are not buying music, a healthy supply of new releases (both major and independent) come our way for reviews and voting consideration this month. We go behind the scenes with Clare Fischer bands to hear samples of the two new albums.
There's big noise on Music Row with
ATC's at Front Stage and Sawchuk and Owen hit the charts Barefoot...
We learn why Film composer Peter Schwartz makes LA his new home.
Focusrite ISAs are touring with Il Volo and Shout Out. Chameleon Labs MicPres did the rounds at this year's 131st AES Convention where New York-centric Grammy SoundTable® panel included audio pro's like: Chris Lord-Alge, Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt. 27th Annual TEC Awards Nominees have been announced. Congrats all!

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ATC Speakers Go Front Stage
Studio on Music Row gets a redesign by legendary recording engineer Chuck Ainlay

Located on Nashville's famed Music Row, Sound Stage Studio has been the home to
world famous artists, engineers and producers for more than thirty years. After falling under the new ownership of Black River Entertainment, 2011 became the year to upgrade the infamous Front Stage Studio and give it a face lift that the veteran room deserved.

Warren Rhoades, Mike LeBlanc and legendary recording engineer Chuck Ainlay (George Strait to Dire Straits) redesigned the studio to make Front Stage sonically superior and comfortable to work in. Interior designer Markeata Daniels was commissioned to complement the state of the art facilities with a unique and creative vibe. Under their supervision, when it came time to select the main monitors for the newly designed room, the choice was obvious: ATC 300s.

Recently purchased by Black River Entertainment, Sound Stage is continuing the tradition of excellence that began nearly four decades ago. Founded in 1975, more than 500 number one singles have been cut at Sound Stage. In addition, the number of albums sold, recorded at Sound Stage, is well into the hundreds of millions. Recent clients have included, George Strait, Lionel Richie, Easton Corbin, blues legend Joe Louis Walker, and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert. In addition to its Front Stage room, the facility also houses two additional studios, Back Stage and Drive Through, as well a separate, fully equipped digital editing suite.

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 , Crane Song, 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

Peter Schwartz
Composer l Orchestrator l Arranger l MD

In 2001, John Williams accepted Peter Schwartz' orchestral arrangement for Enya's song, "May It Be" for her performance at the 2001 Academy Awards, where she would vie for an Oscar for Best Song in a Feature Film, "The Lord of the Rings."
A graduate of New York's Manhattan School of Music, Peter has been privileged to add DisneyToons, Mattel, and Warner Bros. to his list of film clients. And when he's not Music Directing (Enya, David Bowie, Madonna), this busy composer continues to score quality independent films, orchestrate and arrange, craft highly realistic sounding MIDI mockups, and sweeten album tracks.
Peter moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue what he always felt was his true calling: Film scoring. Read more here

Owen On The Charts

Jake Owen became a star so quickly that he didn’t have time to memorize any Country Music Rule Book – which made it that much easier to toss it out the window.
Terry Sawchuk co-wrote Barefoot Blue Jean Night for RCA artist Jake Owen.

For the weeks of Sept 8 & 15th, the song went #1. "It also sold over a million copies and was a platinum single. Have a glass of wine for me," says Sawchuk. “I never wanted to be the guy that did everything the way you’re supposed to do it...I searched out songs. I searched out songwriters. Before, I’d written everything because I felt like that was expected of me. On this record, I wanted to include the incredibly talented writers in this town.” says the candid and outgoing music maker. “If you want to get better at your craft, you have to push yourself, take risks and try something different,” he reflects.

Watch The making of Clare Fischer Voices...And Sometimes Instruments
featuring Fischer's vocal and Latin Jazz ensembles and Continuum, his Big Band. Both albums are produced and directed by Brent Fischer and available on cdbaby, Amazon and iTune. Here you get improvised jazz solo, vocal album, large ensemble, instrumental composition, instrumental arrangement, arrangement accompanying vocals and more at Clare Fischer.com

Boyz II Men Complete "TWENTY" at Marsh Mastering
20th Anniversary Album from Mega Successful R&B Group

Boyz II Men, sold over 60 million albums worldwide to date, making them one of the most successful R&B groups in music history. They recently mastered their new 20th Anniversary collection at Marsh Mastering with engineer Stephen Marsh who finalized "TWENTY," which contains 12 new songs and 8 re-recorded and updated versions of the group's famous hits, including "End of the Road" and "I'll Make Love to You."We started with a pure love for music, so to be here 20 years later still doing what we love has been a pure blessing," bandmember Wanya Morris explained. " It's a great little quaint studio. I could have stayed there forever with Steph -- he made it a great experience." The album's new material will be the group's first in ten years. The trio have worked with a number of high-profile producers on the LP including Terry Riley, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Tim & Bob, and Babyface. "TWENTY" is slated for release on October 17 in the UK and October 25 in the US.

The Grammy SoundTables® at this year's 131st AES Convention was presented on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The P&E Wing presented "Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life" that explored the sounds that have inspired and shaped audio careers. Moderated by Grammy®-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge, the panel featured a New York-centric, diverse group including producers/engineers Ken "Duro" Ifill, Steve Lillywhite, Ann Mincieli, Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt. Phil Ramone interviewed Tony Bennett on Day One of the AES Convention. 27th Annual TEC Awards Nominees have been announced. Congrats all!

Burning River Ramblers
Steve Deutsch, Producer

Athens, Ohio may not be the music capitol of the world, but it's where The Burning River Ramblers got formed. The story goes that the Ramblers (formerly Trip Cs (Conor, Chris, and Chris had ordered a pizza, and being unprepared as usual, didn't have the money ready in time. So, being polite, they invited the man in to wait. They had a drum kit set up in the living room and the pizza guy noticed it. "Who plays the drums in here?" he asked, attempting to make conversation, since he's a nice guy. "None of us do, but we are in a band and we desperately need a drummer," one of them said. "I've been playing my whole life!" Sure enough, Jesse Catania, a.k.a The Pizza Guy, proved himself to be the godliest of drummers and The Burning River Ramblers were almost complete! After little time, they invited Jesse's brother Zach Catania to sit in and play with them. Sure enough, he proved himself worthy! Not only could he plays a mean guitar, but plays keyboard as well as sing. The new album of ten songs is produced, mixed and mastered by none other than Steve Deutsch. Conor Standish (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Chris Rush (Bass), Jesse Catania (Drums/Vocals), Zach Catania (Lead Guitar/Keyboard/Vocals), Chris Walling (Harmonica). The college-friendly songs, have a Marley-esque groove that's worth a spin. "We did a quick turnaround - record, mix and master in 7 weeks. The band is in their 20s, all college students with an uncanny following in their hometown, and Athens and a few others. Good songs," says producer, Steve Deutsch

The Brew
Chris West, Producer

The Brew has arrived just in time for Octoberfest! British blues and rock bands are made to last. Now imagine hearing Jimi Hendrix, John Bonham and Roger Waters all in the same room. The trio is made up of two young best friends Kurtis Smith (drums) and Jason Barwick (lead vocals, guitars, and Mandolin) and the drummer´s father, Tim Smith (bass). The new album, the Third Floor, is released on Jasshaus Records . Eleven songs penned by The Brew take you back to 60s and 70s! However, this trio is made for new audiences.
Rock critic Michael Arens describes the sound as "earthy, fertile, and sometimes wonderfully grainy" with a "touch of Psychedelic." The Brew headlined the Maasboulevard Festival in Holland in '07 and were invited back to perform in 2008. Pentrich, Rock ’n’ Blues regularly attracts some 45,000 people every year . Recently The Brew completed a 2hour Live Set for the national Belgium Radio Station, Classic 21 and were filmed by National France TV 2, for their performance at this years Festival in France, Le Blues Autour Du Zinc. The album is produced by legendary British producer Chris West. Since its release the trio have toured Europe extensively and headlined dozens of festivals across the continent. US could be their next stop. One of the main reasons for the growth in popularity of THE BREW has been their constant touring and super-energetic shows. We hope they'll consider US next! Apart from their own concerts they have also supported, amongst others -Joe Bonamassa, ZZ Top, and Eric Burdon.

Bridge School
Reprise Records/ WB

On October 24th, Reprise will release two very special and highly anticipated packages: a three-DVD set and a two-CD collection that feature unique live performances from many of the phenomenal artists who've performed at the beloved Annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts over the past 25 years. Some of the biggest names in music are included on The Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition, performing rare, acoustic versions of songs, never heard anywhere else, to benefit The Bridge School, a nonprofit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology. This once-in-a-lifetime collection is sure to become a treasured artifact for generations to come. View the trailer here.

Artists featured on the three-DVD set include Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Who, Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and much more.
Neil Young
organizes the event each year with his wife Pegi Young. A documentary DVD includes "The Bridge School Story," which gives a special look into this wonderful school and the truly phenomenal services they provide children with advanced physical and communication challenges. Another documentary on the DVD, "Backstage At The Bridge School Benefit Concert," offers a bird's-eye view of the event itself, along with special features that include heartfelt interviews with the students and the artists themselves. The two- CD set features exclusive performances from Sheryl Crow, Thom Yorke, Norah Jones, No Doubt, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Sonic Youth, and more.

"After the much success we have had with our ATC 300s in Back Stage over the years, we knew Front Stage wouldn't be complete without them." Says Nick Autry, General Manager. "Since re-opening for business we've had so many complements about the look, sound and comfort of the room. Having ATC speakers in there took it over the top and into another class."

For more information on ATC Loudspeakers .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.



Release Date: 9.21.11
with The Clare Fischer Big Band
884501597159 Clavo Records
listen at cdbaby , Amazon

Release Date: 9.19.11
Clavo Records
The Clare Fischer Voices ...And Sometimes Instruments

listen at cdbaby , Amazon




Pictured at Marsh Mastering in Hollywood, Calif., from left: mastering engineer Stephen Marsh, Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris, and executive producer Rex Rideout Photo: David Goggin

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IL Volo
Touring with Cristiano Avigni & Focusrite's Analogue Channel Strip
The differences between studio and stage engineering with ISA430 MkII

"A live tour is a totally different beast when compared to a studio environment", comments Cristiano Avigni from behind the front of house console at a prestigious concert hall in the northern United States. He's just finished setting up the technical rig for IL Volo, the Latin GRAMMY-nominated vocal trio sensation.
But it's not just in the FOH rack that the ISA430 MkIIs need to perform. "You are confronted with logistics that limit your freedom as an engineer, like travel for instance, which requires you to condense your equipment to a minimum and to consider how robust your gear must be to withstand tour conditions." Cristiano can personally vouch for the robustness of the ISA circuitry, having seen his ISA430 MkII rack fall off a truck before a show and live to tell the tale. "I switched it back on and it still winked at me!"

On stage, he finds the ISA430 MkII irreplaceable "The last thing you want is for your vocal preamp to give up in the middle of your vocalist's chorus. So for vocals you need one unit that can include a preamp, filters, EQ and compressor, where the functions must be easily accessible and it has to be reliable."
The ISA430 MkII comprises four main elements: mic pre, EQ, Dynamics and A-D converter, each of which can be accessed individually and used as a separate processor. The ISA430 MkII offers you the pinnacle Focusrite's classic Forte-derived analogue processor design and performance. There's simply nothing quite like it.

Lot of news from Novation at AES this year. Automap 4.1
with brand new, full-featured version of Novation's music software control application was launched for all Novation controllers and its Launchpads took center stage at NY Interactive Ableton Live Installation debuts during AES weekend
. Also check out Focusrite updates to Saffire Mix Control, the Mac and PC-compatible mixer software that comes free with all Saffire PRO and Liquid Saffire Firewire audio interfaces. Saffire Mix Control v2.4 available for free download now at www.focusrite.com/downloads/saffire_mix_control_2_4.

Shout Out ISAs!

Nik Kozub is a bass player, songwriter, engineer and producer, who plays with Shout Out Out Out, a dance punk group whose lineup of two drummers and four bassists is unusual, to say the least. "We play primarily electronic music, with a strong focus on analog synthesizers. While I do generally mix in the box, I like to run a lot of analog effects in my mix for character and a bit of murkiness."

Despite his love for lo-fi, getting a clean signal for the wide variety of sources he has in the studio is of the utmost importance, and Nik chose a Focusrite ISA428 for main tracking purposes, "It frankly just sounds great. The pres are clean, but not sterile by any stretch, and you can really change their tonal color a lot with the switchable impedance. I am also a huge fan of the sweepable high pass filter. It is really, really smooth and musical, and allows me to filter while I track very intuitively using my ears, saving me time in the mixing process. I track a lot of analog synths and drum machines through the ISA pres, and they absolutely excel in this role, my synths sound meaty and full, and I find it very easy to get my synths to sit well in the mix."

Nik uses his ISA428 to its maximum potential, with numerous outboard process patched into the insert points of the ISA428. "One thing that I really like is that with the insert point disengaged from the front panel of the ISA, the pre will still feed the input of whatever you have inserted. This is awesome, because it essentially allows me to multi my signal, and track with parallel processing if I want. This is even easier if you have the optional digital card, because you can run the output of your compressors (or whatever else you have inserted) to inputs 5-8 on the card, and with the one unit you are able to simultaneously track four unprocessed signals in parallel with four processed signals!"

She's A Beauty: Rich Warm and Musical
Trans Audio Shipping Chameleon Labs 581 500 MicPres

TransAudio Group, distributor of Chameleon Labs, is proud to announce that the new Chameleon Labs 581 500 Series Microphone Preamplifier is now shipping.
The 581 is a API® 500 series compatible card that features a discrete Class AB circuit, a fully balanced transformer mic input (which can be upgraded to a vintage style Carnhill® unit), balanced transformer output, 300 Ohms or 1.2k Ohms mic input selector, 48v phantom power, Hi-Z direct input on the front panel, output level control and LED push buttons and metering. Every unit comes with a one year warranty. MSRP is $445 and $600 for iMod Carnhill® transformer edition.

"The 581 has an extraordinary sonic signature never before obtained at this price point," says Jesse Anderson, Sales Manager at Chameleon Labs. "Its clarity and incredibly solid low end is reminiscent of renowned classic designs.
Rich, warm, and musical, the 581 provides powerful detailed results."

For information on Chameleon Labs contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

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 ,Crane Song, 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

Classical-pianist-turned-hip-hop-engineer may not ring a bell, Andrew Dawson is associated with some of the decade’s seminal artists (the Game, John Legend and Common). Kanye West's “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is another. Manager Andrew DiDio Has Joined GPS and brings Dawson, Jason Schweitzer and Robosoul to the GPs roster based out of Santa Monica

Founded in 1987 by film auteur George Lucas, Skywalker Sound has been providing leading-edge editorial and post-production services for almost 25 years; the facility's talented team of sound designers, scoring and re-recording mixers have worked on some of the most innovative motion pictures to be realized during the past two decades. Vital tools in that creative process have been an array of TC Electronic System 6000 Processors (AES Booth 541) that provide highly realistic reverbs, delays and boundary effects for any format from mono, stereo, LCR, LtRt to 5.1- and 6.1-channel. All of Skywalker Sound's 11 System 6000s recently were updated to a MkII configuration, with the addition of a new LM6 Loudness Radar Meter, plus a user-choice of the VP8 pitch transpose processor, UnWrap HD stereo-to-5.1 processor, Multichannel Mastering or a Multichannel Reverb.

Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a 2011 Technical GRAMMY Award, announces Tape, Tubes & Transistors, a new bundle of plugins recreating the audio chain of legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss). Tape, Tubes & Transistors features three meticulously-modeled vintage plugins: Kramer Master Tape, HLS Channel, and PIE Compressor. All three of these plugins have been developed in association with Kramer as part of an ongoing series of collaborations. Together, they recreate Eddies golden audio chain, which he used to record musical icons like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles. Now, the legendary sound of the processing Kramer used at London's Olympic Studios is available to users.



What do Jay Kaufman and John Kurlander have in common? Composer Marco Beltrami's Pianella studios! Pianella is nominated for outstanding creative achievement for studio design project as selected by the 2011 TEC Awards Nominating Panel. Congrats to all 27th Annual TEC Awards Nominees here John Kurlander's career began at Abbey Road Studios in 1967, and his first major assignment was assistant engineer on The Beatles "Abbey Road" LP. John is probably best known for his engineering and mixing work on The Lord of The Rings "Fellowship Of The Ring", The Two Towers" and "Return of The King". John took home 3 consecutive Grammys for best score soundtrack album and 3 consecutive Tec Awards for best Film Sound Production.
In the mid 70's Jay Kaufman partnered with Allen Sides at his small studio on Ocean Way in Santa Monica. Over the next fifteen years, Ocean Way Recording grew to legendary status as one of the world's most successful multi-room recording facilities, catering to some of the biggest names in show business. As the
Director of Operations and Chief Engineer, Jay played a principle role in the facility's success. In 2005, Jay formed Kaufman & Associates leveraging over 30 years of experience to provide his clients with the ultimate in studio design services including facilities design, acoustical consulting and A/V systems design and integration.

Cristiano's résumé also includes Enya, Pink and the acclaimed US pop/rock band Sparks' premiere of The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman, and he uses Focusrite ISA430 MkIIs as his vocal channel strips, no matter the artist. He explains why: "Today there is no unit aside from the ISA430 MkII that gives you great sound in one package and that meets the requirements of a live tour. And, in addition to the mic pre, compressor and EQ functions, the ISA also gives you a great de-esser which can be essential at times."

Visit Focusrite website for complete specs and key system features on VRM

Summing up, Nik simply states "The Focusrite ISA428 has become a crucial part of my tracking setup, and I now bring them to every session I work on. These pres sound great, and their unparalleled flexibility has definitely improved my workflow. I want more!"

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.

Composer Marco Beltrami (left) Studio Recording-Room2 at
The Barn, Pianella Studios, Malibu, CA

Architect or Studio Designer: Gary L. Williamson/John J. Kurlander

Acoustician: Jay Kaufman

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Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
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Greg Penny - Sphere Studios, London
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Shakira Appointed to Education Board by President Obama And 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of The Year Celebrating Shakira's philanthropic, cultural, and music accomplishments, the star-studded tribute dinner and concert will be held on Nov. 9 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, as part of this year's Latin GRAMMY® week celebration. Performing artists include two-time Latin GRAMMY® winner Pepe Aguilar, Mexican pop singer Cristian Castro, Spanish pop singer Franco De Vita, Latin GRAMMY winner Alejandra Guzmán, Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY® winner Natalia Jiménez, and Argentinean singer/songwriter Vicentico. 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89119. For tickets or tables to the 2011 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year tribute to Shakira, please contact The Latin Recording Academy ticketing office at 310.314.8281 or ticketing@grammy.com.
Shakira has a new single, Rabiosa, from her Sale El Sol album. The English version of this deliciously upbeat track features a guest spot from Pitbull, while the Spanish version features El Cata.
President Barack Obama appointed Shakira to his education advisory board in the hopes of assisting children in need throughout Latin America. It is hoped the singer will be able to use her extensive knowledge of aid work and working with children to help America's estimated 11 million Hispanic public school students in achieving academic success. Shakira, 34, has been working with kids in poverty since 1995 through her organization, Pies Descalsos (Barefoot Foundation), in her native Colombia, as well as Haiti and South Africa.Through her foundation, more than 6,000 students receive nutritious meals, education and psychological support services, ultimately benefiting 30,000 vulnerable children, their families and community members, The AP reported.

A new book (pre-order Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson at Amazon) from the Five-time Grammy® winner Lady Gaga is available this month. She teams up with renowned photographer Terry Richardson to release brilliantly intimate, random, behind-the-scenes moments - over 450 provocative color and black-and-white photographs — beginning with her tour at Lollapalooza in August 2010, to the February 2011 Grammy Awards, to the final shows of her Monster Ball tour.
Lady Gaga and Country artist Jason Aldean are the first performers announced for The GRAMMY®Nominations Concert Live. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J once again is set to host the one-hour special, which takes place live on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound broadcast on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) airs from 10 - 11 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets go on sale Oct. 28 and are available at www.nokiatheatrelalive.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 800.745.3000

Solis in the middle Installing TV Guides & recent project: Debbie Reynolds Exhibit at the Paley Center, NY

Ever wonder what you're going to wear or look like for that all-important photo shoot for a magazine, TV show or video? Now you can call on Denise Solis for advice.
Solis is a veteran Los Angeles-based fashion stylist with expertise in producing and styling for commercials and print advertisements; celebrity sittings for photo shoots; magazine editorials; television shows, music and exercise videos. She has worked in the industry for 17 years, designing, coordinating and collaborating with leading photographers, art directors and magazine editors. In addition to red carpet functions she is a consultant and stylist to corporate professionals who require a world class image for executive, philanthropic and career advancement purposes. Solis' approach is to enhance the personality and style of her clients with warmth, efficiency and easy elegance. Solis was a fashion editor contributor to Colors of Fashion, a book published by the New York City Art Council and Kodak Film.
These days she's collaborating on
Debbie Reynolds: The Exhibit: All New Collection of Hollywood Treasures
July-Dec 3, 2011 in Los Angeles. This exhibit includes items from Gone with the Wind, Show Boat, The Yearling, and Moulin Rouge, and garments worn by legendary stars including Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and many more.
The debut of Debbie Reynolds: The Exhibit will usher in a new era of major exhibitions at the Paley Center that will continue throughout the coming years with additional exhibits from major studios planned for 2012 and beyond."

In Time For Timberlake Chris Haigh's composed track, Matrix of Power, was licensed for the Official theatrical trailer for the Action thriller IN TIME starring Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried, released by 20th CENTURY FOX in the cinemas worldwide on the 28th of October "In Time" presents a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there's a catch: you're genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich "earn" decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. When a man from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage. Living minute to minute, the duo's love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system.

Craig Hopkins completes the story of the blues legend, Stevie Ray Vaughan with the second volume of his landmark biography. In a day-by-day format, Craig Hopkins presents an unprecedented celebration of the artist in Stevie Ray Vaughan - Day by Day, Night After Night: His Final Years, 1983-1990 (Backbeat Books, $32.00). Both volumes, which are available separately or in a deluxe boxed set ($75.00), are filled with first-hand testimonials from those who knew Vaughan best, including band members, family, friends, and associates; stories from the studio and the road; a lavish gallery of rare photographs; and detailed documentation of tour dates, recordings, broadcasts, publications, collector's items, and more. Stevie Ray Vaughan's grip on a place in music history is secure. His otherworldly talent and relentless drive took him from humble beginnings in Texas bars to world tours and superstar status. His bustling career and steady stream of inspiring music came to an abrupt end when he was killed in a helicopter crash at the age of 35.
Jackson Soleil There are many tribute shows to Michael Jackson like The Spirit of Michael - Laser Spectacular that pays tribute to the pop legends' life and legacy. Now Cirque du Soleil's brings Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour opening in Las Vegas on December 03, 2011. With the line up of music and dance talent, you know this is going to be a favorite in the tensil town. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael's creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

Jamie King, Chantal Tremblay, Kevin Antunes, Greg Phillinganes

Jamie King is the concert director of MJ THE IMMORTAL. In 2006, Variety named King one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, branding him the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours". A multiple Emmy Award ® and MTV Video Music Award ® nominee, and greatly influenced by his early years working for both Prince and Michael Jackson.
He most recently directed her 2008 Sticky & Sweet world tour, as well as her 2006 record-breaking Confessions world tour and hit music video, Sorry. He most recently directed Rihanna's Last Girl On Earth world tour, Céline Dion’s Taking Chances world tour, The Return of the Spice Girls reunion tour, Britney Spears' Circus tour and Avril Lavigne’s Best Damn tour. He previously directed and choreographed world tours for Madonna (Re-Invention and Drowned World); Ricky Martin (Black & White and La Vida Loca); Pink (Try This); Christina Aguilera (Back to Basics and Stripped); and his first collaboration with Britney Spears (Oops I Did It Again). He has worked with an array of superstars including Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen DeGeneres. This is Jamie’s first show with Cirque du Soleil.
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Chantal Tremblay is the Director and Creator of the MJ THE IMMORTAL. She started out as a dancer on a Cirque project and then became choreographer Debra Brown’s assistant on the creation of Mystère. Chantal has worked on many Cirque projects including the shows Alegría, La Nouba and Mystère for which she once was the Artistic Director. Later on her solid credentials helped her land the position of Director of Creation on both The Beatles LOVE and OVO. Kevin Antunes is a musical designer, musical director, keyboardist and digital audio programmer. MJ THE IMMORTAL MD Greg Phillinganes, a prolific keyboard artists, began his career in 1975 with Stevie Wonder as part of his band, Wonderlove. Phillinganes went on to record, perform, tour and or write with Grammy winning artists such as Eric Clapton, Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock, George Harrison, and Ray Charles, to name few.

Be A Heart : Donate Today and Support MusiCares with Your Photo & Message The fundraising campaign is aimed at the public to create the world's largest photo mosaic comprised of 1 million photo tiles. According to president/CEO, Neil Portnow, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Pete Stump, and Taylor Swift are among celebs who have already uploaded their photos. MusiCares continue to provide a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. Established by The Recording Academy in 1989, MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. Participants can visit www.beapartoftheheart.com and make a contribution of $1 or more to receive an online tile, upload a photo and include their stories and links to websites and social media platforms. When you donate and upload your photo to the MusiCares mosaic, you’ll be giving to a good cause and you can share how music has given back to you. In related news and in celebration of MusiCares' 20th anniversary, artists including Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, "Glee" Live! In Concert!, Josh Groban, Ray LaMontagne, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Taylor Swift, and James Taylor are teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity while on tour to offer fans access to great concert seats to benefit MusiCares. Fans will have access to some of the best seats in the house, including sold-out dates nationwide, by purchasing tickets at www.ticketsforcharity.com/MusiCares20. Fourteen-time Grammy® winner Paul McCartney to be honored as 2012 Musicares® Person of the year. Annual Gala Benefiting the MusiCares Foundation and its health and human services programs for music people will be held Feb. 10, 2012, During GRAMMY® Week.

studioexpresso VIP mixer on Nov 10 will help raise awareness for this cause. eVites were sent with details. RSVPs required by Nov 1. Space is limited. Thank you to Rafa Sardina, Brent Fischer, Clare Fischer, and so many of you who have signed up!

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"Blue Jay Way" is the name of a George Harrison song from The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album. George wrote this song on August 1, 1967 in a house he rented in Los Angeles on a street named Blue Jay Way. He was waiting for Derek Taylor when he came up with the song, "There's a fog upon LA / And my friends have lost their way". The house is located high in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Sunset Boulevard, which affords panoramic views of Hollywood and much of the Los Angeles Basin.
Below is the photo of the actual Hammond George played to write the song. The organ remains in the house to this day. It is no longer playable – the owner reports that the last time he plugged it in, it started smoking – but it is an interesting artifact nonetheless!

Covering 9,725 square feet, the property has 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and, according to 1654bluejayway.com, it can be purchased for $ 11,595,000 Enjoy an amazing pool that has a window to the billiards room and a glass catwalk that serves as the ceiling for the wine cellar. Complete with gym, screening room and fully-equipped nightclub, this is a re-imagining of the home of the future that could be yours!

This property is listed with Keller Williams of West Hollywood. Please contact Candace Kentopian at Coldwell Banker for additional properties with studios 323.559.0856 or CandaceK@ColdwellBanker.com


February 24, 1955 -- Oct. 5, 2011

For millions who lined up at Apple stores around the world to switch to iPhone 4S this month, Steve Jobs' spirit is very much alive.
His friends and colleagues say Jobs had what's known as "reality distortion field." Clarity of his vision often made the impossible a reality. Thus was how Apple was born and reborn with its passionate founder. He took Apple to great heights before his untimely death on October 5th. Jobs who loved music, had soul of a great musician. His vision connected to masses and created a new culture; A new way of doing things. He changed how we listen to music and consume it. He inspired engineers, CEOs, new generations and old who use computers like empowering, fashionable tools --iMac, iphone, to ipod -- at work and at play.
Like Edison and Ford, he genuinely touched the soul of our time. An inspired life.

Simon & Schuster released his autobiography, Steve Jobs, on October 24, 2011. Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement address three things Jobs says have shaped his life:

1. Connecting the dots (faith, destiny, karma)
2. Love
3. Welcoming Change

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. There is no reason not to follow you heart."

"Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple."
--Steve Jobs

Halloween wouldn't be a holiday without candy! This month we were treated to Dewar's century old candy. Who would have guessed all that sweetness is in Bakersfield?!
James H. Dewar and brother George, opened their Chocolate Shop in 1909. Made daily from only the freshest ingredients at the Dewar's Family Candy and Ice Cream Parlor in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, this 5th generation candy manufacturer is known across the country for its ability to bring a smile to your face. Chewy Caramel and Taffy treats with real peanuts in the center. Yummy...I'm smiling! Best part, you can order online!

Speaking of sweets, congratulations to Mr & Mrs Bosworth on their Anniversary!

Until next month, we aim to treat, keep promises and...always EXPRESS what's on your mind.

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