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Avatar Studios Reports on Sessions for April-May 2012

Avatar Studio A

During the months of April and May, the following notable sessions took place at Avatar Studios in New York City.

The film score for (Great) Hope Springs, composed by Teddy Shapiro, was recorded in Studio A. Directed by David Frankel, the film stars Meryl Streep, Steve Carell and Tommy Lee Jones. The session was produced by Teddy Shapiro and engineered by Chris Fogel, assisted by Tim Marchiafava and Aki Nishimura. Watch the official trailer for Hope Springs; the film opens on August 10.

Source music for film Killing Them Softly was recorded in Studio C. The film directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins and James Gandolfini, just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The recording session was produced as well as performed by Wynton Marsalis with engineer Jeff “Jedi Master” Jones assisted by Aki Nishimura.

The Beach Boys stopped by during their 50th Anniversary Tour and recorded vocals in Studio C with producer Joe Thomas, engineer Mike Czaszwicz assisted by Tim Marchiafava.

Bonnie Raitt was in Studio B recording a live performance for the NPR radio program World Café as well as doing interviews to promote her upcoming album, Slipstream. The session was produced by Bonnie Raitt with Derek Williams engineering, assisted by Mike Bauer.

The band Carney was back at Avatar recording in Studio G with engineer Chris Rondinella assisted by Charlie Kramsky.

The Young Presidents tracked in Studio C with producer/engineer Rob Fraboni assisted by Bob Mallory. Watch a video of the Young Presidents at Avatar Studios.

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots recorded an upcoming Jimmy Fallon comedy album titled Blow Your Pants Off in Studios A and C. Produced by Fallon, the recording session was engineered by Lawrence Manchester, who was assisted by Charlie Kramsky.

The cast album for Merrily We Roll Along, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, was recorded in Studio A. The session was produced by Sondheim and Tommy Krasker, engineered by Bart Migal, and assisted by Bob Mallory and Tyler Hartman. The cast album will be released in July.

A voice-over session with Jon Hamm for the NFL Network was recorded in Studio G. It was for a segment called “The Ones: A Club Like No Other” for the NFL Draft.

Finally, music for the Breeders Cup Horse Racing Campaign—a big band production of the Sinatra classic “The Best Is Yet To Come” featuring Grammy Award–winning jazz singer Kurt Elling —was recorded in Studio A. The session was produced by Steve McCabe and Neil Jason, engineered by Roy Hendrickson assisted by Tim Marchiafava.

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