2013 was an amazeballs year and I'm thinking 2014 will be even BETTER!
In music news:
We have a few gigs booked this year so far.
The Morning Papers are proud to be warming up the crowd for NYC diva Halley Devestern's CD release party!
She's releasing her new CD, "Fabbo! Boffo! Smasho!"
I'm super proud to have been involved in the making of what I believe is her best CD yet!
In February, Rich and I will playing a duo set at The Waystation again. I love this venue! And they have a Tardis!
How can you NOT love that?
In March I'll be kicking off the night for Bree & The Whatevers at Spike Hill!
And most importantly, I've been secretly working on a new acoustic CD. Not sure whether it will be a full length or an EP,.. we'll see what makes the cut. I DO know that it will be called "Songs to break the silence"
Look out for a new release in September 2014!
In Studio news:
MONOLisa has outgrown her training wheels!
I'm super excited that MONOLisa's first year was a super success. I am currently looking for a bigger space to grow into.
We most likely will be staying in LIC, but you never know what the future might bring!
I DO know that I need more space and more than one booth. I also keep hearing I need a piano,..
So a piano we will add!
Stay tuned! I'll be signing on to a new lease soon! In the meantime, I'm still working, so let me know what you need!
That's the news for now!
Here's hoping that this coming year brings you love, peace, and abundance!
What a great way to start the week!
Big thanks to David Weiss the folks over at Sonicscoop.com for featuring MONOLisa in their pages!
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This week is going to amazing!
First, The bi-yearly convergence of audio geekdom is arriving in NYC this weekend, AKA the audio engineering society convention (AES) and I'm totally chomping at the bit to see all the new gear and a host of old friends at this conference! It'll be swell!
Also this weekend is the CMJ conference! The Morning Papers and I will be performing at The Paper Box in Brooklyn this Saturday (10-19) at 6pm. It's an all day event hosted by TJOPresents! I'm super excited to hear live music from some great bands!
I hope to see lots of friends on Saturday as well!
Since January 2013, when I opened MONOLisa, it's been humming!
All of my fears of sitting around waiting for the phone to ring never transpired and I feel truly blessed!
Here's a quick synapsis:
I recorded and mixed the score for "Gingerbread House-Movie Musical" produced by VP Boyle for NYFA, and also completed the full sound mix for the film. The music was composed by Rob Rockiki and arranged by Mark Fifer.
I recorded and mixed the music score for a new TV show called Drama Mamas. The tracks were recorded at The Engine Room in lower Manhattan, and mixed at MONOLisa. The music score was composed by Andrew Gerle and arranged by Mark Fifer.
There's a great video on youtube that not only shows off our space, but gives you a great overview of the show itself, very well produced! Hopefully I'll get a copy of it to post! For now, it's all top secret.
In music news, I mixed an album for Chatanooga band Pack of Wolves, produced by Ivan Bodley.
That album should drop VERY soon.
Lots of OD sessions and small recording sessions have been filling in the gaps, Our doors were graced by a young talented songwriter named Annalise, she recorded 8 song demos, Brooklyn based songwriter, Keala recorded and mixed 3 songs,
and we recorded some horns, arranged by Steve Jabas, for NYC rockers, The Halley Devestern Band, featuring the CNP Horns. And lots of vocal OD sessions have been happening with NYC artist, Krissy Krissy and hip hop artist Joell Ortiz.
Currently, I'm mixing a new EP from Brooklyn band, The Shivering Brigade. We did the basic tracks at A Bloody Good Record, in LIC. I am SUPER excited about this record, it's really awesome and think this band is going places!
I'm also currently working on the next installment from NYFA called "Legion Of Grads", produced by Kevin Duda.
and last but not least, I've been mixing for The Nevermind Orchestra, a super cool brass band doing arrangements of Nirvana songs. They are pretty fantastic!
So, if I've been remiss in my correspondence, many apologies, it's not personal.
While the experience so far has been amazing, it's also been slightly overwhelming. Things have started to even out now and
I feel like I can breathe a little sigh of relief and a big heaping spoonful of gratitude.
Till next time!
I've been MIA. Super busy (This is good), but no excuse for not communicating.
Here's some news:
The studio has a new website: MONOLisaNYC.com
The gear list is there, as well as directions and all sorts of other studio-centric info.
Check it out!
I've had the pleasure of working with a lot of amazing people this past 3 months since the opening.
It started with NYFA's Gingerbread movie musical short. Composer: Rob Rokicki, Arranger: Mark Fifer, Director: VP Boyle, Editor: Sean Robinson. All of these guy worked tirelessly to make this movie a reality. I'm a proud member of the production team!
We tracked the band at A Bloody Good Record, and recorded vocals and ODs at MONOLisa. Trial by fire!
Then came Pontiac Blue. A very cool blues band hailing from Chatanooga, TN. My longtime friend and Producer, Ivan Bodley, got in touch because he needed a place to mix. And I had JUST the place!
It was super fun working with Ivan and the band. The results were great!
I'll let you know when that record hits the net.
Next up was a project I just finished up, TV pilot, Drama Mamas. Its a musical format, and super fun! I'll give you more info once I see the show, LOL we've just finished the music, and what music! Composer Andrew Gerle did an AMAZING job.,
Once again I found myself working with Arranger, Mark Fifer and Director, VP Boyle. We tracked the band at The Engine Room in lower Manahattan. Super fun day that was! Excellent studio, amazing musicians. You couldnt' ask for a better day!
The vocals and the mix were all completed at MONOLisa. YAY!
In the meantime, I've been working with a young up and coming songwriter named Annalise. She's quite talented and a joy to work with. Also in the studio this past month were, my longtime friends, The Halley Devestern Band, joined by The CNP Horns.
Bigger than Buildings has been keeping us busy with vocal OD sessions featuring Producer Frequency, and artists, Krissy Krissy and Joell Ortiz.
So yeah, outside of adding gear and artwork to the space, it's been pretty non-stop. (Not that I mind)
We'll have our ProTools HD system in place once things quiet down a bit for a few tech days. Until then, the native system has been in perfect working order and the room has been a huge success!
I am so grateful to have a studio to call home, and clients who inspire me every day.
Life is good.
My friend Alyson Greenfield's song "Understand the Sky" was featured on NPR this week to help promote her show at the Knitting Factory.
OK, the gig has already happened, so epic fail there, buuuut, I'm super proud to have mixed this tune. It's my favorite from her album, "Tuscaloosa". Here's the link, take a listen!
Hello beautiful people!
Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Kwanza, happy Fetivus, joyful winter solstice,... Whatever it is you celebrate at this time of year, I hope you had a happy one!
2012 is almost over.
Here are the highlights:
The world didn't end
New York City isn't flooded any longer
My studio, MONOLisa is almost open.
I was reminded recently of a conversation I had with a friend at the top of the year, where I said to him,
"Either the world is going to end or I will have my own studio by 2012. One or the other!"
Ok, I'm a couple weeks off, but late is better than never, and after 4 months of preparation, I'm happy to announce that MONOLisa will be opening in 2 WEEKS!
I still can't believe it, and I'm sure Home depot did well this past quarter.
There are some people I need to thank for their generosity, support, and plain ol being cool people.
Rich Kulsar, Bob and Pat Barbarita, Dennis Wynn, FIONA BLOOM, Jermaine Ridgeway, Angel the contractor, Bob and Raymond Bonanno, My students (future interns) at CCM (Rigel Turdiu, Tony Beavaqua, Matthew Diana, SONJA NELSON, Paris Nuttall,
Jan Pepino, Rachel Polak, Stephen Price, Joseph Ufer, Andrei Valdivia & Ben Fish), Matt Weiss and Laura Zahn, Pete Benjamin, ..
The list will keep growing, as I"m sure in my bubblebrain existence as of late, I've forgotten someone, but I have to say,..
You all inspire me to move mountains.
Pictures and a website coming soon
Until then, my friends, party like it's 2013!
We were super lucky. Our neighborhood was pretty much unscathed, we had power the whole time, but dang, did Sandy do a number on this city. The subways are almost back up and running on a normal schedule, but NJT is still a mess. Rich and I decided to go and volunteer for a day with the "Occupy Sandy" movement. They are doing a tremendous job in helping folks out. Rich and I went to Costco and picked up some supplies on their "need" list, and then cooked for about 6 hours and loved every minute of it. Turns out we helped to feed over 7 THOUSAND people. Crazy.
For those of you in the tri-state area wanting to help out, please visit their site: http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/
I think for much of the city the worst is over, but in parts of Queens and Staten Island, Long Island, and the NJ coast, every day is a challenge. My heart goes out to those who last their homes, their businesses or loved ones.
I had the pleasure of mixing 4 songs from Krissy Krissy's new EP, "Above All" in August. She's a super talented pop artist who's on her way to the big time! I'm excited to share with you a really cool interview I did about one of the songs on the EP, called :Broken Glass". It just hit the net! Check it out!
Mix Analysis: “Broken Glass” by Krissy Krissy – Mixed by Denise Barbarita
BTW, Sonicscoop.com is a GREAT resource for those of you in the music world. It's mostly NYC centric (As it should be, lol) and It's chock full of great articles for gear heads, for sure,.. Most compelling, though, are the interviews and videos with some of the top engineers and producers in NYC, news about new studios, interviews with composers and musicians, the list goes on and on. I read it every week.
I'm really proud to be featured this week. To all of you at Sonicscoop.com, THANKS!