Update From Criteria Studios

L-R: Engineer Carlos Alvarez, vocalist Anna Maria Jopek and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba (also pictured at work below)

No visit to Miami’s studio scene is complete without checking in with Criteria Studios (formerly Hit Factory), the home of unforgettable recordings by Derek and the Dominos, the Bee Gees and many others. Trevor Fletcher, longtime manager, let us in on the latest sessions at the studio, which is now just one year away from celebrating its 60th anniversary.

“We just finished a project for Universal Poland vocalist Anna Maria Jopek,” Fletcher says. “She collaborated with jazz great [pianist/composer] Gonzalo Rubalcaba, who both produced and played on the project. [That was] recorded live in our big room, Studio A.”

At press time, other current projects at Criteria include Def Jam artist Fanny working with producer SupaDupes, and engineer Gary Noble mixing an upcoming CD for vocalist/songwriter/producer Faith Evans, with featured appearances by BadBoy artists and including archived vocals from the late Biggie. The studio also recently hosted visits from performers as diverse as DRAMS, Nick Cannon, WISIN, Jason DeRulo and Sarah Brightman.

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