NOW Ensemble's Dreamfall

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Another labor of love is served. NOW Ensemble when I first met them was a group that knew how to produce a blend of rhythm and melody. Their groove is so deep, there is no escaping, and the melodies so transcendent it will transform you. And together, they have opened my eyes to how good the pocket can feel when the undeniable melody takes hold of you.

And now for something altogether evolved: Dreamfall. This comes in a world that, by the measure of those of us who grew up in the blissful 90s, is crumbling around us. Their music is intentionally non-programmatic, but has tapped into some of our deepest desires of this decade through the sound: the need for human touch, the importance of personal interaction, and the appreciation of beauty in the world around us.

The album is out. Please enjoy. 

Recorded, mixed and mastered at 192kHz. Stereo.

A Roomful of Drums for A Roomful of Teeth

Left to right: Music Director Brad Wells, producer Jesse Lewis, drummer Jason Treuting, and composer Wally Gunn.

Left to right: Music Director Brad Wells, producer Jesse Lewis, drummer Jason Treuting, and composer Wally Gunn.

Jesse headed down to Ditmas Systems Two in Brooklyn on October 20-21 to lay down the drum tracks for acclaimed vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth's next exciting project. Roomful's director Brad Wells and composer Wally Gunn joined Jesse in the control room while drummer Jason Treuting manned the drum kit in the live room. Stay tuned for more as the project progresses!

Placido Domingo: International Broadcast in Rio de Janeiro

As part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup celebration in Rio de Janeiro, tenor/conductor Placido Domingo, pianist Lang Lang, and soprano Ana María Martínez joined the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and Opera Chorus in concert at the HSBC Arena Stage on Friday, July 11th. Jesse joined the festivities as audio producer for Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images in the concert's international television broadcast.

Ethel's Documerica

Left to right: Jesse Lewis, producer/engineer; Tim Lenz, host-chefextraordinare-cocktailartist-genuinely_the_most_humble_dude_on_earth; Ralph, viola; Dorothy, cello; Tema, violin; Kyle Pyke, engineer; and Kip Jones, violin.

Left to right: Jesse Lewis, producer/engineer; Tim Lenz, host-chefextraordinare-cocktailartist-genuinely_the_most_humble_dude_on_earth; Ralph, viola; Dorothy, cello; Tema, violin; Kyle Pyke, engineer; and Kip Jones, violin.

Critically-acclaimed modern string quartet ETHEL recently teamed up with Jesse to record the audio portion of their multimedia project "Documerica." Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's 1970s Project Documerica, the project takes images from this massive collection of photographs and combines them into a visual projection with new compositions inspired by these images. Originally conceived as a live multimedia performance, the project continues to grow and evolve. Pictured here is the quartet and recording team after a successful week of recording!

A Far Cry's Dreams and Prayers

A record happily IN THE CAN!

A record happily IN THE CAN!

Dreams and Prayers is in intensely personal project, and A Far Cry's first Kickstarter undertaking. It has JUST exceeded it's funding goal! It's A Far Cry's FIRST DSD128 album, recorded completely in Stereo, 5.0 Surround AND Binaural (yes, all three formats). It will be released on A Far Cry's new label.

Dreams and Prayers explores music as a passageway between man and the divine, as experienced through religious mysticism. The album, which was born last year as a vividly moving and spectacularly-reviewed live concert, is comprised of music spanning nearly 1000 years from deeply rich and varied spiritual traditions. 

  • Hildegard von Bingen: The Origin of Fire
  • Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol: Vecd
  • Osvaldo Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Heiliger Dankgesang, op. 132

A Far Cry has teamed up with the amazing David Krakauer to perform and record the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Issac the Blind in its new version for clarinet and string orchestra. We have re-imagined a work of Hildegard von Bingen, written for monophonic voice, here played by violins in unison. Beethoven's Song of Thanksgiving from his string quartet op. 132 is his cry of gratitude to the heavens after being healed from illness, and a new commission from Turkish composer Mehmet Sanlıkoldrawn from the Sufi tradition completes the program. 

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble to release "A Playlist without Borders"

"The Silk Road Project has been on a mission to promote innovation and cross-cultural understanding through the arts for the last 15 years. The newest chapter comes with the Sony Masterworks release of the new album A Playlist Without Borders from the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma on September 24, 2013. This is the groundbreaking group’s fifth recording and first since 2009’s Grammy-nominated Off the Map. The deluxe edition includes the CD and a DVD, Live from Tanglewood, featuring live concert footage of two performances on June 22nd and 24th, 2012, at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, as well as insightful and intimate behind-the-scenes interviews with the musicians."

The single, Briel, is digitally available at all major retailers for your enjoyment! 

 http://www.yo-yoma.com/news/silk-road-ensemble-yo-yo-ma-release-playlist-without-borders

Imposter: Bela Fleck and Brooklyn Rider

Released today: http://www.amazon.com/The-Impostor-Bela-Fleck/dp/B00D8H3Q62 

 

 

 

"Night Flight Over Water" was recorded in live concert and session at Manifold Recording, a BEAUTIFUL studio in the woods of North Carolina. They spared no expense in state of the art equipment, and took all care and consideration creating an environment for spontaneous music making.

We all had an amazing time producing this record here. Ian Schrieker is chief engineer extraordinaire was invaluable, and, for the generosity of our hosts at the University of North Carolina, we are deeply grateful.

"Imposter" was recorded live in concert with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.