This year has been great so far!

Live recordings at Pete’s Candy Store has kept rolling on with six more awesome recordings. Acoustic singer-songwriter The Balladeer, released the recording of his performance on all available music purchasing sites and listen on Spotify, mixed and mastered by myself.  Poet/Songwriter Blythe Gruda will be doing the same in the coming months! Other performances included early Beatles cover band, The Giordano Trio, rock group The Witch Ones, solo rock artist Mark Dylan, and rock group Cat Dail.

I recorded on set for party band The Barnstorm‘s music video.  I’ve been busy mixing the tracks, and it’s set to be finished within the next few months.

Working with Douglass Recording on location in the Hamptons, I recorded an abridged performance of Far Travelersan upcoming opera, AND also ran FOH for the performance. Quite a feat for me. More information can be found on composer/librettist Jeffery Leiser’s website. Check out a video of highlights below!

Far Travelers Opera – Highlights from Jeffrey Leiser on Vimeo.

At Douglass Recording (in Brooklyn this time) I engineered my largest session ever for an upcoming video for Earthquake Lights with the Shattered Glass Orchestra. Look out for that video in the later part of the year.

The back of my head at Douglass Recording, 19-piece, Shattered Glass Orchestra in the live room

I finished my 8 channel, balanced microphone splitter! Based on Jensen’s schematic, I designed the circuit board for it to fit inside of the ART P-16 XLR patch bay. It will live happily ever after in the rig. I’ll soon be making another unit, giving me even more balanced splits.

The rig and I has also gone to a few other awesome places, including the Bushwick Public House to record Reindeer Castle live, the historic Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook to record The Brooklyn Flyers, and even a restaurant basement to record a podcast. It’s been a wild year so far.

In audio book world, two more books I engineered won Audiofile Magazine’s monthly earphones award, bringing my personal total to five! Song of a Captive Bird, a historical fiction novel about the life of Iranian artist Forugh Farrokhzad written by NY Times best selling author, Jasmin Darznik and read by Mozhan Marno, was released by Random House Audio in February. An Irish Country Practice, the 12th book in the series by Patrick Taylor, read by John Keating was released by Macmillan Audio, and won the award in February. Both titles were recorded by myself at John Marshall Media.