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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2016 Edition of DOC NYC, the largest and most influential documentary film festival in the U.S., is presently underway at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. On Wednesday, November 16 the festival will screen “Feral Love”, a documentary about Dorian Rence, a violist with the New York Philharmonic. The score for “Feral Love” was recorded at the Sonic Arts Center with members of the New York Philharmonic string section. The section included Acting Principal violinist Lisa Kim, Associate Principal violist Rebecca Young, and Associate Principal cellist Eileen Moon. SAC director Paul Kozel served as music producer as well as recording and mixing engineer for the project. Assisting Paul on the session was SAC alumni Ian Reilly, a Production Assistant with the New York Philharmonic!
Mix Magazine, a prominent publication in the audio industry, profiled SAC staff member Paul Special in its most recent issue. The article focuses on Paul’s work in broadcast audio, in particular his work as broadcast music mixer for ABC’s Good Morning America. Over the years with Good Morning America Paul has worked with numerous leading artists including Elton John, Lorde, Nelly, Postmodern JukeBox, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Alicia Keys, The Wanted, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kenny Chesney, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Kid Rock, Taylor Swift, Eve, Lady Antebellum, The Wanted, and Rod Stewart.
In the first week of its release Tower Music by Joseph Bertolozzi, recorded by staff members Joe Popp and Paul Kozel and mixed at the Sonic Arts Center, has reached number 12 on the iTunes Classical Album Chart.
On Friday April 29 the album Tower Music by Joseph Bertolozzi will be released on Innova Recordings, iTunes, and Amazon. Three years ago SAC director Paul Kozel and Technical Director Joe Popp traveled to Paris with Mr. Bertolozzi and spent two weeks recording over 10,000 sounds on the Eiffel Tower. During the intervening years Mr. Bertolozzi cataloged each of the 10,000 sounds, selected 2,800 sounds, and then composed the nine pieces included in the album. Finally, the pieces were mixed by Paul Kozel and Joseph Bertolozzi at the Sonic Arts Center and mastered by Scott Hull of Masterdisk. During the cataloging and composing process Mr. Bertolozzi relied on Jonathan Perl for technical guidance and advice. The album is produced by Joseph Bertolozzi and Paul Kozel.
On Sunday March 6, the Hudson West Productions movie There’s a Future in the Past won Best Music/Score at the Manchester Film Festival. Co-directors Dave Davidson (director of the BFA Film & Video program here at City College) and Amber Edwards accepted the award on behalf of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, the subject of the film. SAC director Paul Kozel recorded many of the performances in the film and mixed all of the music for the film. Congratulations to Dave, Amber, Vince, and Paul for this award.
The Manchester (England) Film Festival’s “Saturday Night is Music Night” event on March 5 will present live music throughout the day leading up to the world premier of the documentary “Vince Giordano – There’s a Future in the Past”. Vince Giordano is one of the most important practitioners of Jazz from the 1920s and 1930s and has worked tirelessly performing, collecting, and preserving this music for future generations. SAC director Paul Kozel has been involved with the film since it’s inception, first as the music recording engineer on location, and finally as the dialog editor, music mixer, and film sound mixer in post production. Paul will be attending the festival along with Dave Davidson of Hudson West Productions the co-director of the film and the director of the BFA Film & Video program here at City College. Congrats to Paul and Dave!