News & Upbeats

Ryan Kohn

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Front Page Flo

In June we traveled to the University of Akron's Daum Theatre to record the "staged reading" of Larry Kass' musical "Front Page Flo." The performance was choreographed by Tony-nominated George Pinney and was under the direction of music director Terry LaBolt. Larry is a long time friend of Audio, and we have recorded and provided audio for the radio broadcast of his "Mighty Wurlitzer Radio Hour" for many years. For this recording NAC Technologies supplied wireless head-worn mics for the cast and the show was multi-tracked using our Dante based recording rig. We mixed the recordings of the 2 performances down at the studio, and sent them for a Blu-Ray release by Larry's Razzmatazz Productions. You can also watch the full performance on YouTube ...

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Helen Welch

In April 2016 we had Helen Welch in recording her new album "Spellbound" which was released on August 9th, 2016. This album features a variety of music from Lennon-McCartney to Chick Corea. The album is available on iTunes. ...

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April Choir Recordings

April saw us working with several long-standing choral clients. We recorded the various ensembles as well as soloists from Federated Church in Chagrin Falls under the direction of Director of Music Ministries Chris Ludwa. They released "Unity: A Celebration of Music, Spirit & Song." We also recorded the Firestone High School choirs at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron, and choir director Chad Pittman brought the Vocal Jazz ensemble to the studio to record. We also traveled to the College of Wooster's Gault Recital Hall to record the College of Wooster Chorus under the direction of Dr. Lisa Wong. We love working with choral ensembles of any size and shape. Besides these great groups we have also recorded the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and the North Coast Men's Chorus as well as choirs from Baldwin-Wallace University and Mount Union University. ...

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Jan Lisiecki - "True North: The Canadian Songbook"

While pianist Jan Lisiecki was in town for a performance of Chopin's f-minor piano concerto, he stopped by the studio. Jan is collaborating with Elenor McCain on the True North The Canadian Songbook that will be released on May 12, 2017. Stay tuned to eleanormccain.ca to keep up to date with the project. ...

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Liz Huff Christmas CD

We've had a blast recording with Liz Huff's Christmas album "My Favorite Things." You can buy it now on iTunes. ...

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In the studio: Tom Wood with Brian Dykstra

We’re continuing to record violinist Tom Wood, with Brian Dykstra on piano, at The College of Wooster.  ...

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In the studio: Kevin Sylvester

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom season is over, but the schedule hasn’t really ...

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Manhattan Girls Chorus

On June 21, we went to New York City to record the Manhattan Girls Chorus, under the direction of founding director Michelle Oesterle, in a joint concert with the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco, under the direction of Susan McMane. ...

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Dave FitzSimmons, Curious Critters

Photographer David FitzSimmons turns his camera on a variety of animals common throughout North America. ...

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Amanda Powell

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We've been busy!

Sorry for the lack of updates, but it's not because we haven't had anything to update!  ...

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Baldwin-Wallace University Motet Choir
The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
Phil Cucchiara, harpsichord
Brian Dykstra, pianist and composer
The Ensemble/Choir at The Federated Church
Firestone High School Choirs
David Kienzle, organ
Mount Union College Concert Choir
The North Coast Men's Chorus
Michael Sachs, trumpet
Paul Schoenfield/Lev Polyakin, violin
Marcia Snavely, piano
Stephen Swanson/David Gompper , voice/piano
Jory Vinikour, harpsichord
Brian Wilson, organ
Todd Wilson, organ

 

Brian Dykstra, Ragtime artist

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"Any artist fortunate enough to work with Bruce Gigax has the huge advantage of his wealth of experience, including his many years in Cleveland’s Severance Hall preparing concerts of The Cleveland Orchestra for radio broadcast.

 

It is always a comfort to know that Bruce is at work on the other side of the glass. He brings his keen musical judgment and discriminating ear to every project. Having benefited from nearly twenty sessions in Bruce’s Audio Recording Studio, I have appreciated his honest appraisal of each take. His high musical aspirations extend to the artists he records; he does not settle for a second-best effort when he knows the artist is capable of better.

 

I recorded my 2012 album Neo-Ragtime (Centaur 3161/3162) in Bruce’s studio. It received several rave reviews in the July-August issue of Fanfare magazine, including the following testament to Bruce’s mic skills: 'The recorded sound is warm, close, and full.'

 

I highly recommend Bruce Gigax and his Audio Recording Studio."

Philip M. Cucchiara, Harpsichord Builder & Technician

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"When it comes to sound, I am an extreme perfectionist and I would drive most recording engineers crazy with my requests for sound accuracy to the original timbre of the instrument.  But, working with Bruce is a pleasure, as he too is just as much of a perfectionist as I am.  Bruce and Audio recording Studios have done several projects for me with wonderful results.  What significantly impresses me about Bruce is his attention to every little detail.  Bruce has such a sensitive ear that he discerns even the smallest nuance; the level of sound perfection he strives for is achieved in the recording of my instruments and the finished results are of the highest quality; the warmth and singing sound of a fine instrument comes through to the listener.

 

When Bruce finishes a recording project for me the sound of my harpsichord that he achieves is total perfection, full, rich, warm singing, extraordinarily beautiful and very natural as if one is listening to the actual instrument. "

Sally Schneider, Director of Choirs, Firestone High School, Akron, Ohio

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"As a choral arts educator, I feel it is very important for all ensembles to professionally record on an annual basis.  This not only encourages the singers to leave a legacy of their best-possible work, but it also enables them to take ownership of their final product and possess a quality recording for submission to professional applications (OMEA, ACDA, college scholarships, etc.)

 

A plethora of technological options currently exist to facilitate recording ensembles. However, nothing compares to the human element behind that equipment.  This is where Audio Recording shines.  The engineers are supremely knowledgeable of the compositional and production elements of choral music. They are sensitive to the positioning of voices, balance with instruments and they easily adapt to any recording venue of the director's choice. They also offer a state-of-the-art sound studio for smaller ensemble purposes. The monetary investment is well worth the total experience and final product."

Stephen Swanson, baritone

Stephen Swanson, baritone
David Gompper, piano
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"After The University of Iowa lost its recording facilities in a flood, I searched long and hard to find a place to record my recital Animal Songs: Bestiaries in English, French, and German. I needed a studio with state of the art equipment, a well-maintained and responsive piano, and a recording engineer who could read and edit complex scores.

 

Bruce Gigax offered me everything I sought and at a very reasonable price. I am delighted with the final product and recommend him to anyone who needs top quality work for a recording."

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