Small Friendly Giant play exclusive showcase

The band around the Swedish-German singer Anna Luca, Small Friendly Giant, presented themselves at Blackbird Music Studio to numerous guests from the music industry and the media in an exclusive showcase on Monday evening. The about one hour concert was filmed and recorded. Many thanks to the band and their management from Artifier for this wonderful cooperation!

Recording the debut of drummer Alexander Poliyakov

Two great recording days for the debut album of Alexander Poliyakov lay behind us! With Dominique Sanders (b), Uri Gincel (p), Zhenya Strigalev (as), Dennis Adu (tr) and Igor Osipov (g), the Ukrainian drummer gathered a few absolute exceptional musicians for the session. The record was produced by Bogdan Gumenyuk who already realised several projects in our studio. Recording Engineer: Sebastian Ohmert.

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Album recordings with Sebastian Boehlen Quintet

Guitarist/composer Sebastian Böhlen visited us at Blackbird Music Studio for two days. Together with his quintet (Magnus Schriefl (tr), Stefan Karl Schmid (sax), Max Leiss (b), Peter Gall (dr)) and engineer Christian Bader the jazz musician who studied in Manhattan, Mannheim and Cologne recorded the tracks for his upcoming album.

Recordings for Schelpmeier’s new album

For the recordings of his new album, the German singer/songwriter Dirk Schelpmeier was at Blackbird Music Studio. Together with Natalie Ploeger on double bass, Gunter Papperitz on grand piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Mini Moog, as well as Bela Brauckmann on drums, he laid down the basic tracks of his fourth LP on which he mixes Chanson and Folk with elements from Blues, Country, Rock and Pop.

Recording of contemporaty music by composer Torsten Pfeffer

For the recording of two of his works Leipzig-based composer Torsten Pfeffer was at Blackbird Music Studio. Für sein Stück für Schlagzeug Solo, das dem Interpreten einfach alles abverlangt, saß Dominique “Gaga” Ehlert (Evgeny Ring Quartett, Dark Suns, Egolaut etc.) auf dem Drumhocker. Eine absolut intensive Erfahrung, sowohl für den Musiker als auch für uns! Das zweite Stück, für Gitarre und Loop Station, wurde gespielt von Martin Steuber (Gewandhausorchester, Oper Leipzig etc.). Beide Werke werden schon bald als Video auf sich aufmerksam machen!

Jazz tunes for ARTE show “Street Philosophy”

Last Tuesday we were able to record some jazz tunes for the ARTE show “Street Philosophy”. A couple of Berlin’s most demanded studio and tour musicians were at the studio for this purpose: Piano player Gunter Papperitz (Die Sterne, Sasha, Niels Frevert), bassist Leonhard Eisenach (Tom Schilling & The Jazz Kids, Mark Forster, Leslie Clio), trumpet player Fritz Moshammer (Mark Forster) and drummer Bela Brauckmann (Boy, Mark Forster, Miss Platnum). The recordings were directed by film composer and musician Paul Eisenach.


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Marie Seferian Quartet record soundtrack for documentary

The Marie Seferian Quartet recorded the score for the documentary “The Sound of Lebanon” (Leupold Film Production Berlin) at our place. Besides composer and vocalist Marie Seferian, Niko Meinhold (p), Tim Kleinsorge (b) and Javier Reyes (dr) are part of this jazz ensemble. Especially for this film project the quartet was supplemented by oud player Nadim Sarrouh.

Filming and sound recording for ARTE with Ekkehard Woelk Trio

For a ARTE feature the Ekkehard Woelk Trio was at Blackbird Music Studio: Ekkehard Woelk (piano), Joern Henrich (bass), Andrea Marcelli (drums). While the crew of IFAGE film production took care of the filming, we were responsible for the sound recording and mixing. A great cooperation!

Natalia Avelon presents new album

Today Sony Music Germany invited numerous media representatives to Blackbird Music Studio to promote the new album of Natalia Avelon, “Love Kills”. Besides an interview with the vocalist and actress plus the listening of the record, the guests were suprised by a live performance by Natalia and her band. A live recording of several new songs was done afterwards.

Rock band Final Stair to record album

Final Stair have already become old acquaintances of the studio’s team, so we were extra happy about the fact they put the confidence in us to record their new album. Two weeks of rock’n’roll ahead with the twins Istvan (vocals & guitars) and Denes Voros (bass), new band member Andre Seidel on the drums plus in-house recording engineer Michael Ungerer.


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Norwegian jazz musician Andrea Rydin Berge in the studio

For the recordings of her upcoming album vocalist and piano player Andrea Rydin Berge from Oslo has been in our studio since yesterday. Together with cello player Moritz Ebert and her producer Thomas Lange she is recording her new songs in which she soulfully combines jazz and pop music. At the end of her recordings she will play an exclusive studio concert tomorrow night!

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Jazz quartet Berlin 21 to record new album at our place

For the recordings of the second album of his project Berlin 21 drummer Torsten Zwingenberger is at Blackbird Music Studio, together with Lionel Haas (p), Martin Lillich (b) and – new in the band – 25 year old guitarist Tim Seier from Canada. Soundwise there’s more experimenting happening than for the debut “Capital Letters”. Mixing is scheduled for next week!

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Jim Kroft’s “Boat for Sara” – 48 hours album

We still feel the aftereffects of a legendary recording weekend with singer/songwriter Jim Kroft. Two days and nights we spent with this unbelievable motivator, his great band and a wonderful team of creatives to lay down the tracks for this very special album that will help raising money for PROEMAID – a group of rescue professionals working voluntarily on Lesvos to help refugees.

Almost every instrument available at the studio including Steinway, Rhodes, Hammond B3 was set up, ready to be played by the musicians to save time. Gordon Raphael who worked with The Strokes, The Libertines and many more was here to produce one song which was a great experience as well. We’re now looking forward to hear the mixes and hope that the campaign “Boat for Sara” will raise as much money as possible.

We’d like to thank Steinway & Sons Berlin for the free tuning, Echoschall and AVS Medientechnik for helping us out with some great microphones!

If you’d like to contribute, click this link: http://gogetfunding.com/boat-for-sara/

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Abisko Lights Album Recordings

Jazz, chamber music and the soundtracks of films that haven’t been filmed yet. This is one possibility to describe the music of Abikso Lights in three key words. For the recordings of their new album Dirk Flatau (p), Hannes Daerr (bcl), Tabea Schrenk (clo), Niklas Lukassen (b) and Benni Wellenbeck (dr) moved into the studio. On Sunday, February 14th, 2016, they will play an exclusive studio concert on top, together with the Götz Rausch Orchestra!

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Götz Rausch Orchestra Album Production

Over the last couple of days the Götz Rausch Orchestra was at the studio to record their new album. It was a pleasure to capture the very unique acoustic sound of this great band! The recordings will be crowned by an exclusive studio concert on February 14th, 2016, which will be recorded as well, of course. We’re looking forward to it!

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Guitarist Reentko at Blackbird Music Studio

After we could listen to Reentko‘s exceptional playing during a production for the Deutsche Grammophon, the guitarist and composer visited us again today to record some Youtube tutorials. Flamenco, Funk, Classical – you name it, he plays it.

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Manuel Schmiedel Trio visiting from New York

Together with his two sidemen Rick Rosato (b) and Mark Schilders (dr) pianist Manuel Schmiedel visited the studio today to record some of his new tunes. In the next two days he will play a concert at the Berlin Blue Note and at the A-Trane with his trio. Schmiedel studied at the Berlin Jazz Institute und got a scholarship at the New York University where he lives and works at the moment.

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FINAL STAIR at Blackbird Music Studio for live recording and video shoot

For the live recording of several tracks the Berlin-based rock band FINAL STAIR came to our studio yesterday. Besides their high-energy music they played some acoustic versions of their songs. They also got to do a video shoot in our big live room. We are very excited about the results and wish Istvan (voc, g), Denes (b) and Ace (dr) all the best for their up-coming tour through Europe in April. It was a pleasure to work with you guys!

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Matti Oehl Quartet recorded first album

The Matti Oehl Quartet with Tom Friedrich (dr), Robert Lucaciu (b), Johannes Enders (ts) and Matti Oehl (as) recorded their first album at Blackbird Music Studio last Saturday. It was essential to them to get the opportunity to record live, without headphones and in one room. Our live room was the perfect place.

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Piano trio GRIM recorded first album

Eren Solak on piano, Felix-Otto Jacobi on bass and Jan Bartholdt on drums, this is GRIM from Berlin. For the recordings of their very first album the young musicians stayed four days at Blackbird Music Studio. We are looking forward to the finished record!

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