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!

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!

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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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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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!

Rolf Kühn recording new album for MPS/Edel

Jazz clarinet player Rolf Kühn recorded his upcoming album for MPS/Edel at Blackbird Music Studio last week. On guitar Ronny Graupe, on bass Johannes Funk, on drums Christian Lillinger. We filmed the recordings and we are looking forward to present the finished EPK very soon.

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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.

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.