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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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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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.

 

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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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!

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.