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!

SAC Alumni with Two Films at South By Southwest (SXSW)

SAC alumni Andrey Radovski, (2013) is a busy production sound mixer (location sound recording) for narrative and documentary films. Two narrative films that Andrey worked on recently premiered this week at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival; Like Me and Most Beautiful IslandMost Beautiful Island was just awarded the Grand Jury Prize for narrative film! Congratulation to Andrey and the entire cast and crew!

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Popp Over America

Technical Director Joe Popp’s pilot for a non-stop tour of the 48 contiguous United States as a singer-songwriter on a motorcycle entitled Popp Over America has recently been accepted into the 2017 St. Lawrence International Film Festival. The pilot was shot in New Jersey and features Joe as the star of the show, video editor, and audio mixer. Paul Kozel provided the location recording for the pilot. Congratulations Joe and good luck with filming the other 47 states this spring and summer.

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There’s a Future In the Past Theatrical Premier

From January 13 through January 19 the documentary feature film There’s a Future in the Past  will be playing in New York City at the Cinema Village. Paul Kozel, SAC director recorded and mixed most of the music for the film at various venues in the Northeast, did the dialog editing, and mixed the audio for the film. The movie is a documentary on Vince Giordano  a band leader and conservator of “Hot Jazz”, music from the 1920s and 30s. If you’ve ever watched “Boardwalk Empire”, “The Aviator”, “Revolutionary Road”, and many Woody Allen films including his latest Cafe Society, you’ve heard Vince and his bandmates, the “Nighthawks”, providing the music. The film is distributed in North America by First Run Features. After it’s run in New York the film moves out west to Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, and Scottsdale, AR.

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