GLORIA – video shooting for “Geister” at Blackbird Music Studio

For the video shooting for their new single “Geister” Mark Tavassol and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf from the band GLORIA were guests at Blackbird Music Studio in June. We would like to thank the team of Mutter & Vater Productions – who already made videos for Tocotronic, Beatsteaks, Fettes Brot and many more – for the wonderful cooperation. Now please, enjoy the video for “Geister” of GLORIA!

Sephardic music meets jazz: Semitones recording their new album

During the last couple of days the Max Doehlemann Trio recorded the new “Semitones” album together with the Turkish-Jewish singer Hadass Pal Yarden and the German-Algerian singer and multi-instrumentalist Momo Djender. Beside piano, electric and double bass and drums, traditional instruments such as Mandol, Oud and Duduk were used. This mixture of jazz and Oriental-Jewish soundscapes is amazing!

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Blackbird Music Studio Sessions #2 on Apr 23rd, 2015

Blackbird Music Studio Sessions enter the next round! On April 23rd we will present two very special singer/songwriters. Mark Berube from Canada and Simon Fagan from Ireland will play new and old songs in the live room of our studio. Very close to and at eye level with the audience!

If you’d like to be part of it, please write us an e-mail until Apr 19th latest. The number of seats is limited!

Here’s the audiovisual result of our Blackbird Music Studio Sessions #1:

Sat. 1 Frühstücksfernsehen to record their summer song “Sonnenschein”

For the recording of their summer song the team of Sat. 1 Frühstücksfernsehen is guest at Blackbird Music Studio today. Alina Merkauand Matthias Killing, two of the presenters, give their best at vocals and Hammond B3. Their Christmas song, also recorded with us last year, went straight into the iTunes charts. We’re crossing fingers for the same success of the summer song! Here you can watch the feature on the website of Sat. 1.

50th Golden Camera Award – Opening song recorded at Blackbird Music Studio

One and a half weeks ago Anna Loos, Sasha and Thomas Hermanns visited Blackbird Music Studio for the recording of the opening song of the 50th Golden Camera Award which took place last Saturday. Under the musical direction of Marian Lux we also recorded the basic tracks for this very song in the beginning of February.

Blackbird Music Studio Sessions #1 on Feb 12th, 2015!

Blackbird Music Studio invites you to Blackbird Music Studio Sessions #1 feat. LNFT (Rock) and the singer/songwriter Lukas Meister on Thursday, Feb 12th, 2015 (doors open: 7 pm)! Intimate, unplugged and reduced to the essential. Close to the music, close to the artists: The studio, the inspiring place where musicians open up, where creative energies come together and create music, becomes the stage for atmospheric live sessions on one level with the audience.

Entrance via guest list only! If you want to join, please write an e-mail until Feb 8th, 2015, since the capacity is limited!

Jim Kroft recording EP „Journeys #2“ at Blackbird Music Studio

For the recording of his new EP „Journeys #2“ singer/songwriter Jim Kroft visited us. Together with guitarist Ben Barritt, bassist Lucas Dietrich, drummer Dan Telander and producer Dan Cox he laid down the basic tracks of six songs at the studio. We are big fans of Jim’s work and we were very lucky to work with him. It was a great time and we are looking forward to the next possible cooperation!

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Blackbird Music Studio officially opened with a big party

After the studio upgrade has been executed successfully and our new Neve console is purring like a kitten now, we had the official studio inauguration together with about 150 guests yesterday. We were very happy about the visit of the people from Neve who travelled from England, representatives from Steinway, VUT, Studt, Dynaudio, Studio Magazine, Sound & Recording Magazine, Believe Digital and many musicians, producers and artist agencies. It was a great night with a lot of shoptalk, an amazing live performance by the Ron Spielman Trio and interesting conversations and meetings. We hope to see you all soon again!

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Singer/Songwriter Erik Penny at Blackbird Music Studio

Since April we have been working on singer/songwriter Erik Penny‘s new album. Six songs were mixed at Blackbird Music Studio, two of them, namely “High As A Ghost” and “Springtime”, were recorded here. On October 24th “Heart Bleed Out” will hit the stores. If you want to learn more about Erik’s fourth studio album, watch the electronic press kit that was also produced by us.

New NEVE console and much more!

The Blackbird Music Studio is expanding its technical capabilities and may soon come up with a NEVE Genesys Black Recording Console with 32 faders. The console is currently manufactured in the UK. We just can’t wait to fly over to check it out! In addition, our control room is undergoing an acoustical adjustment to the new Dynaudio M3Ve Active Speaker Setup. Plus the big recording room is getting a projector, a screen and a Studt speaker system to be used for studio concerts and film screenings. The conversion will take about six weeks. At the end of September we will look forward again to new productions with interesting artists and great music!

Max Doehlemann and his “Azur” project at Blackbird Music Studio

In the last three days we worked with the Berlin composer and piano player Max Doehlemann and the great musicians of his “Azur” project with Christian Schantz on bass, Martin Fonfara on drums plus the two Israeli artists Hadass Pal Yarden (vocals) and Yaniv Ovadia (vocals, saz). The project is about the musical connection between Berlin, Istanbul and Jerusalem. Blue Note meets oriental tonality and shows the variety of the Turkish-Jewish and Kurdish-Jewish music tradition. At the studio eight songs were recorded, three of them were captured on camera.

Johan Leijonhufvud Mighty Mezz – “Vol. 1” in stores from June 6th, 2014

On three days in September 2013 the Swedish guitarist Johan Leijonhufvud recorded the songs for his new project Mighty Mezz at Blackbird Music Studio, together with Christian von der Goltz (p), Lars Gühlcke (b) and Tobias Backhaus (dr). The new album is simply called “Vol. 1”. It includes 14 great jazz tracks and will be released on June 6th, 2014 by Blackbird Music. If you are curious what it was like at the studio and how the new record will sound, enjoy the following video!

Torsten Zwingenberger’s BERLIN 21 will release debut album in May 2014

Together with Lionel Haas (p), Patrick Farrant (g) and Martin Lillich (b), drummer Torsten Zwingenberger has started the project BERLIN 21. In November 2013 the band recorded the songs for their debut album “CAPITAL LETTERS” on two days at Blackbird Music Studio. The record will be released by Blackbird Music on May 16th, 2014. It will include a bonus DVD that features the complete recording sessions. This is the album teaser:

Video shoot for Ron Spielman Signature Amp

When a guitarist gets his own amp series, it must be put into the spotlight. That’s why Ron Spielman came to us, for a video that is dedicated to the sounds and possibilities of the new “CREAM JTA-45 MK III Ron Spielman Signature Amp”. It was great fun to watch and listen to Ron’s playing so closely. We just can’t wait to present you the final video!

T. S. Monk visits the studio

Thelonious Sphere Monk Jr., drummer, singer and son of jazz legend Thelonious Monk, visited the Blackbird Music Studio. Together with Lorenz Kellhuber on the piano and Hans-Dieter Lorenz on the bass he played a spontaneous session in our large recording room. On top he told amazing stories from his career as a musician and shared his memories of his famous father. It truly was a great experience for the whole Blackbird Music team! Of course, we did film and record everything. Stay tuned for what will come out of it!

Audio & Video Production for Brewer International

Blackbird Music Studio begins the New Year with a classical production. For Brewer International we take care of the sound and video recordings of numerous classical singers the whole weekend. We are very happy to work with David Lee Brewer, vocal coach of Beyoncé Knowles, Frida Gold, Kelly Rowland (Destiny’s Child) and many more great artists.

Jazz rock band B3: CD release on Jan 31st, 2014!

“Back To My Roots” is the name of the debut album of the new Fusion project of keyboard player, composer and music producer Andreas Hommelsheim. We’re looking forward to its release on Jan 31st, 2014, because all of the 11 tracks were recorded and mixed at Blackbird Music Studio. Besides drummer Lutz Halfter, bassist Christian Krauss and, of course, Andreas Hommelsheim, a lot of guest musicians such as Ron Spielman visited us for the album production. What it was like? You will know after watching this making-of video.