The Broadway Ballroom of the New York Marriott Marquis was packed for the 21st Annual TEC Awards on October 8, where attendees were treated with tributes to Hall of Fame inductee Arif Mardin, Les Paul Award winner David Byrne and the best audio products and projects of the year.
The show opened with a high-powered performance by the 2Cold Chili Bone TEC Band, featuring guitarist Carlos Alomar on Talking Heads' “Once in a Lifetime” and a hilarious skit by master of ceremonies Will Lee. Other highlights included an emotional rendition of “Through the Fire” by R&B legend Chaka Khan and a moving speech by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun on behalf of colleague and friend Arif Mardin. Proceeds from the ceremony are donated to the hearing conservation programs of the House Ear Institute and H.E.A.R., and to scholarship funds for students of the audio arts and sciences.
The legends unite at the VIP reception, from left: Gibson’s Henry Juskiewicz, Les Paul, Al Schmitt, Phil Ramone and Mix Foundation president Hillel Resner
Carlos Alomar burns down the house with his solo on Talking Heads’ ”Once in a Lifetime.˝
Master of ceremonies Will Lee hails the band.
David Scheirman accepts the TEC Award for Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker Technology on behalf of JBL for the VerTec VT4888DP.
Chaka Khan performs her hit ”Through the Fire˝ in honor of her mentor, producer Arif Mardin.
Ahmet Ertegun (right) and Hall of Fame inductee Arif Mardin
Shure’s Scott Lightner accepts the TEC Award for Wireless Technology for the SLX Series.
Gibson’s Henry Juskiewicz prepares to present a custom Les Paul guitar to Laurie Anderson, who accepted on behalf of David Byrne.
Presenters engineer Fred Maher (l) and AMD’s Charlie Boswell
Digidesign general manager Dave LeBolt accepts the TEC Award for Pro Tools 6.7 in the Workstation/Recording Technology category.
(L-R): Winners for Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast for their work on Crossroads Guitar Festival: remote engineers Ed Cherney, Kooster McAlllister and Greg Ondo; Remote Recording’s Karen Brinton; remote engineer Elliot Scheiner; presenters David Morgan and Al Schmitt; and Remote Recording’s David Hewitt
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow (l) presented with Jimmy Jam
Laurie Anderson (l), who accepted the Les Paul guitar on behalf of David Byrne, and Les Paul