Fourth year students in our program are now required to create a Capstone Project during the Fall semester. The Capstone Project is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and artistic experience for students near the end of their tenure at the Center. These projects can be in music production or audio post production. The evening featured an introduction of the projects by the Capstone students, playback of these projects, and comments and discussion by distinguished professionals from the music and audio industry. This years professionals were Grammy award winning producer/engineer Jeff Jones and film/broadcast composer Stuart Kollmorgan. A reception for the fourth year students followed the event. Pictured below (seated L-R) are Stuart Kollmorgan, Paul Special, Paul Kozel, and Jeff Jones.
The Ukrainian pop duo Nikita’s song “Timid”, written by fourth year student Dmitry Mironenko, has recently passed one million views on YouTube. The song was released by Mama-Music, one of the most important independent labels in the Ukraine. The track was produced by MONATIK, the number one artist in the Ukraine and a coach on the popular Ukrainian TV show The Voice Kids. Congrats Dmitry!
The Sonic Arts Center is proud to announce that we have created a Media Page for our website showcasing student and graduate work. The Media Page includes videos of class recording sessions, readings of student arrangements, commercials and trailers, as well as music recordings, slide shows, and a list of professional credits. The Media Page provides a unique insight into the educational process at the Center as well as the high quality of work by our students and graduates. Congratulations to all past and present students who’s work is featured in our Media Page!
On September 12, multiple networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and HBO, hosted a telethon in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville called Hand in Hand to support hurricane relief for the survivors of hurricane Harvey and Irma. The telethon raised over forty four million dollars and featured appearances of over a hundred entertainers including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro, Nicki Minaj, Questlove, and Dave Matthews. SAC staff member Paul Special provided the broadcast audio mix for Dave Matthews performance of “Mercy” at Times Square Studios, home to ABC’s Good Morning America where Paul is the broadcast music mixing engineer.
Recent graduate Ken Candelas was one of the audio engineers for the 2017 edition of the Newport Folk Festival. As a member of the Aura Sonic Ltd team, Ken worked the Harbor stage during the event that was simulcast and recorded for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Ken worked with numerous artists during the festival including Billy Brag, Joe Henry, Regina Spektor, and Suzanne Vega. Since graduation Ken has been a very busy engineer working with AVS Production Group, Good Morning America, and Event Systems with a diverse set of acts including Lady Gaga, Wyclef Jean, will.i.am, Kaleo, James Arthur, Sarah Silverman, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo, and Carlos Santana. In addition to his work as an engineer, Ken is also the drum technician for Saturday Night Live’s Shawn Pelton and has been touring with his band “The Cringe”. Pictured below is Ken working at the Newport Folk Festival.
This past weekend Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne from the nine time Grammy Award winning group Manhattan Transfer were at the Sonic Arts Center recording three songs for their new album due out in the Fall. The recording sessions were produced by five time Grammy award winner Melvyn Warren and recorded by SAC director Paul Kozel. In addition to the vocal recordings, percussionist Luisito Quintero came in to add his amazing playing to one of the songs. Pictured below from left to right, Paul Kozel, Janis Siegel, Luisito Quintero, Cheryl Bentyne, and Melvyn Warren.
Christian Rossi, AKA Rah-C, was selected to perform at the 2017 edition of the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas. The SXSW Music Festival is one of the largest and most influential global music industry events of the year, taking place every March in Austin, Texas. The festival features established and up and coming artists. Ray-C performed at the festival and was invited to freestyle live on the radio show Sway In The Morning on Shade 45, Eminem’s Hip-Hop Channel on Sirius XM Radio. Recently, Christian released his latest project entitled Grown As I’ll Ever Be which is now available on Spotify and Amazon. Below is one of the songs from this collection called I Can Fly (Take Me Now). Congratulations Christian!