This past Sunday, I had the great pleasure to record the annual Christmas concert performed by the Sacred Music Society of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills, NY. At the helm was Maestro David Close, who is also the Music Director of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs The concert featured highlights from the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah, as well as selected Christmas songs and carols in the second half. Three amazing soloists were featured throughout, including Geraldine McMillian (soprano), John Easterlin (tenor), and Vaughn Fritts (bass-baritone), alongside the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.
The performance was wonderful, and the church was an incredible space to record in. Built in 1939, this massive stone church has a great sound and reverb for days! People spend good money on plug ins that try and emulate spaces like this, so it was fantastic to record in the real thing. Congratulations to the ensemble on an amazing concert!
A brand spankin new set of Neumann KM 184s have officially joined the Segado Audio ranks. Really excited to start putting these through their paces and capturing some amazing sounds!!
Good things are afoot down here at Segado Audio! Lots of music making, studio building, and beard growing (as always).
Winter concert season is now upon us, so things are picking up quite a bit. The last month has seen performances from eVoco Voice Collective working their mighty vocal magic on their "Fall Collection" of desert island choir works, as well as Philly's own PhilHarmonia performing "The Undiscovered Country", using World War II as a central theme for their selections.
This next month has us returning to Hofstra for the Chorale & Chamber Choir's winter performance, as well as two weekends in Queens! The first weekend will feature the Sacred Music Society of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, followed by the Oratorio Society of Queens (www.queensoratorio.org) on the weekend after. I'll be bearing witness to some truly amazing music over the next month, and that is always delightful.
We're also doing some upgrades and construction! A fresh set of Neumann KM184s will be joining the arsenal, and work has begun in converting the basement into a recording/mixing space. If you know me, this will not just be any old "basement studio". I'm taking great care into making it a functional and comfortable space to get creative and record properly. I'll be posting pictures as things progress. Very excited about the new space!
I am quite terrible at keeping this section updated, but rest assured I've had a busy few months!
If you are looking to book a recital recording, please let me know as soon as you can so that I can make sure I have your date reserved. Spring fills up very quickly!
Out of the many projects I've had over the past few months, one of the most exciting to be a part of was the inaugural performance by the eVoco Voice Collective! I just recorded their Spring concert after recording their first performance back in November. This group is really special, and features some of the most talented singers on Long Island. Please go over to their site and check them out, or even better, try and make their next performance. I assure you that you will not regret it!
Click on the image above to view their website!
If you haven't already, PLEASE go buy and share This Condition's final EP Sessions over on Bandcamp. They did such an amazing job on this, and I had the priviledge of recording/mixing the final two tracks on the album. They are great guys who can write seriously catchy tunes. Looking forward to the next steps they each take!
Things have been quite busy here at the studio! Spring has held many amazing sessions and events!
As always, spring is the busiest time for recitals and this year has been no exception! The amount of work and effort being put into these performances is clearly paying off, as these have been some of the best recitals I have recorded!
Recently, I finished up some sound design/mixing work with Mitch McCarthy on a new work of his called Making Ends.An "audio trip from Brooklyn to Manhattan via NYC subway, Making Ends will be performed live in Miami's one-of-akind outdoor audio space called the New World Soundscape. The piece features a surround track (being played through a massive horseshoe of around 150 speakers) which has you traveling through various spaces, passing "busking musicians" who will be performing live. The project was an excellent study in surround effects and mixing which I was very pleased to be a part of. The piece is set to premiere this fall.
Though I always enjoy the opportunity to work with the gentleman of This Condition, it is weird to see them go! They are parting ways, but I had the honor of recording and mixing two tracks for their final release. Please check out their bandcamp page, and share this amazing music with everyone!
This past weekend saw the latest performance by the Hofstra University Chorale and Chamber Choir, under the direction Dr. David Fryling, which was amazing as always. A CD of their performance can be ordered via the Store, as well as previous performances.
Feeling very lucky to be working with such amazing talents these days. Now, if you'll excuse me, I must return to the massive amount of editing/mixing to do!
Please check out the latest video in TC's series of acoustic covers. They are a blast to record. Be sure to check them out at thiscondition.net.
Last night saw another amazing performance by the Hofstra Chorale and Chamber Choir, directed by the one and only Dr. David Fryling.
If you did not have a chance to pick up an order form, you can order copies of the recording in the STORE.
Congrats on a wonderful performance!
Here is the next entry in This Condition's awesome acoustic covers series. Great vibe from these guys and super fun to record. Be sure to check em out! ThisCondition.net
Here is the first of the songs from This Condition's acoustic sessions that I recorded. I really enjoy what they did on this tune and they really made it their own. Those boys have a great vibe happening. Sean O'Kane directed/shot the video, with TC's very own Chris Castellino doing the editing. Check it out! Share the good times!
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