Horn and String Readings of Student Arrangements

On December 20, students in the Instrumentation and Arranging for Commercial Music class (Music 36201) had the opportunity to have their arrangements for horns and strings read by professional musicians. The string arrangements were for string quartet and the horn arrangements were for trumpet, tenor sax, and trombone. Pictured below are the string quartet consisting of Adda Kridler and Sarah Whitney on violins, Surai Balbeisi on viola, and Laura Metcalf on cello. The horn section pictured below are Dan Levine on trombone, Brian Pareschi on trumpet, and John Scarpulla on tenor sax. Congratulations to the class for putting together very professional sounding arrangements.

Capstone Evening – Year Three

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.

SAC Graduate Jon Rezin In the House!

Jon Rezin, SAC graduate and Grammy nominated mix engineer and vocal producer gave a seminar for SAC students about his time at SAC, his professional journey over the last 15 years, and an insight into his mixing process. Over the years Jon has worked with artists including SantanaOne DirectionCarly Rae JepsenGirls’ GenerationNatalia Jimenez  and television shows including American Idol and X-Factor. Jon’s presentation engendered a lot of discussion with the students especially about how to break into the music and audio technology industry. Thanks Jon for sharing your time and experiences with our students and inspiring a new group of tomorrow’s professionals! Pictured below are Paul Kozel, SAC director and Jon at the presentation.

SAC Student Has Over 1 Million Views on YouTube

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!

Sonic Arts Center Launches a Media Page

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!

Paul Special Mixes Hand in Hand Hurricane Telethon

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.

SAC Alum Ken Candelas at the Newport Folk Festival

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 GroupGood 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.

The Grammys Pile Up At SAC!

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.

Second Year Student Featured at South By Southwest (SXSW)

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!