SAC Post-Production Team Has Film Premiere at Lincoln Center

On June 20, the film Cinema and Sanctuary had its premiere at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. The film, by CCNY Professor Dave Davidson, charts the tumultuous and exuberant history of The Institute of Film Techniques at the City College of New York – the first documentary film school in America that was under the leadership of DADAist and pioneering experimental filmmaker Hans Richter.

The audio post-production team was lead by staff members Paul Kozel and Chris Woll, who also mixed the film. SAC fourth year students were the sound designers and  composers for the project. Dialog editing was done by Paul Kozel and Santiago Celi provided the dialog restoration. Congratulations to the team for delivering a throughly professional sound track!

Pictured from left to right are the members of the audio team: Kevin Halvordson, Will Fisher, Ben Hansen, Nathan Palan, Jed Dimaya, and staff members Paul Kozel and Chris Woll.  Missing from the photo are Noble Thomas and Santiago Celi.

Without a Trace Album Tracked at SAC Released on Origin Records

CCNY music faculty member Scott Reeves recorded his latest album Without a Trace at the Center in January of 2015 and 2017. Recently released by Origin Records, the album was recorded by SAC faculty member Paul Special and was assisted by SAC students and staff including Michael Paliocha, Dawid Arciszewski, Jonathan Wright, and Avi Greenstein. Without a Trace features a twenty piece jazz orchestra with some of New York’s finest jazz musicians including saxophonists Steve Wilson (CCNY music faculty) and Tim Armacost, pianist Jim Ridl, and vocalist Carolyn Leonhart (CCNY music faculty). Congrats to Scott and to to the musicians and engineers for creating such a great sounding album!

#1 Album on the iTunes Jazz Chart Recorded at the Center

On March 30, the vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer released their latest album entitled The Junction. For three days in April of 2017 the Transfer was at the Sonic Arts Center recording vocal parts for The Junction with SAC director Paul Kozel engineering. Additionally, Paul recorded percussionist Luisito Quintero for the album as well. Winy Taveras provided technical assistance for these recording sessions. On April 5, 2018 The Junction reached #1on the iTunes Jazz Chart!  The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play. Congratulations to The Manhattan Transfer and to Paul and Winy on this exciting news! The Manhattan Transfer’s PBS special show with Take 6 will be airing nationwide starting April 26 and will feature songs from the new album.


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.

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.

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.


Score for DOC NYC Film Recorded at SAC

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!


Paul Special Featured In Mix Magazine’s July Issue

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.

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