Every year in February, The Village is graciously honored to host the pre-Grammy Award celebration for the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing. Each studio transforms into a show room for cutting edge audio gear with product demos for all the next big innovations in capturing sound. The night isn’t complete without a live performance or two and the foundation also uses this rare occasion to commemorate our peers and their significant contributions in music to date. This year, in honor of the P&E Wing’s 10th anniversary, producer T Bone Burnett was presented with the President’s Merit Award, highlighting his vast achievements in sound and his unsurpassed knack for making truly renowned records. Following a moving acceptance speech, guests were treated to a live show by one of T Bone’s latest protégés, The Secret Sisters – a talented female duo from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This unforgettable night in music was made possible through an extraordinary convergence of audio professionals and artists alike. Among friends, cocktails, and fun, the event proved as always, to be a genuine display of the art of recording music.
Being the front man for one of the biggest selling pop groups of all time is life changing, but maintaining a wildly successful solo career is what really makes you a star. Nick Carter has been in the spotlight since the early 90’s acting in commercials, movies, and most notably performing with the Backstreet Boys. Recently, he has been in Studio F working on a new solo album which hits Japan next month followed by a U.S. release in May. Chris Owens engineered while Jared Nugent assisted.
Image taken by Googoogajoob123: Nick Carter in Concert in Toronto from wikimedia commons 2012.
Often referred to as “The Rolling Stones of Russia”, Mumiy Troll is rapidly grabbing the attention of American audiences. The band is considered one of the most popular acts in their homeland and has been given credit for starting a whole new rock/pop sound, due in part to lead singer Ilya Lagutenko. He has been praised for his captivating stage presence and quirky lyrics, and even after taking a hiatus to serve in the Soviet Army, the band’s international popularity has never faltered. Mumiy Troll was in Studio F this month working with famed engineer Mike Clink, recording an album in English. Release date is yet to be announced.
Another popular TV show set up shop at The Village this January. The cast of “Glee” was hard at work in Studios B and F recording vocals with engineer Deyder Cintron. Nelson Lugo and Ghian Wright assisted. It takes a keen ear and a skilled hand to perfect the McKinley High Schoolers’ signature sound, but after seeing the latest episodes of “Glee” on Fox, it sounds like their hard work paid off.
Image: Glee tv series title card, from wikimedia commons 2012.
Every high school has its fair share of drama, but nobody can top the kids at West Beverly High. This fictional institution is where the main action takes place on the all-new and improved version of “90210”. Originally airing in 1990, “Beverly Hills, 90210” was created by Darren Star and helped shape the television trends of that time. Today its fan base holds just as strong, all in the taste of a new generation of youth. This month, The Village hosted the crew as they worked on music for the show in Studio A with Chris Owens engineering.
Image taken by Jim Henderson in 2008, from wikimedia commons 2012.