GRAMMY WIN 2017: Reich, Third Coast Percussion

GRAMMY WIN 2017: Reich, Third Coast Percussion

So tremendous. So crazy. So exciting.

Third Coast's beautiful album, fresh and vibrant, has garnered a Grammy Award for best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance.

I extend, on behalf of the Immersive Music crew, the deepest of gratitude and thanks to Dave, Pete, Sean and Rob for their unadulterated and fierce musicianship and persistence in their art and craft (not to mention more hauling of gear than a professional moving crew...).

And, of course, a great debt is owed to Dan Nichols, who joined us in engineering the album.

I edited and mixed the album.

Kyle Pyke and I mastered it.

NOW Ensemble's Dreamfall

Another labor of love is served. NOW Ensemble when I first met them was a group that knew how to produce a blend of rhythm and melody. Their groove is so deep, there is no escaping, and the melodies so transcendent it will transform you. And together, they have opened my eyes to how good the pocket can feel when the undeniable melody takes hold of you.

And now for something altogether evolved: Dreamfall. This comes in a world that, by the measure of those of us who grew up in the blissful 90s, is crumbling around us. Their music is intentionally non-programmatic, but has tapped into some of our deepest desires of this decade through the sound: the need for human touch, the importance of personal interaction, and the appreciation of beauty in the world around us.

The album is out. Please enjoy.

Recorded, mixed and mastered at 192kHz. Stereo.

A Roomful of Drums for A Roomful of Teeth

Left to right: Music Director Brad Wells, producer Jesse Lewis, drummer Jason Treuting, and composer Wally Gunn.

Left to right: Music Director Brad Wells, producer Jesse Lewis, drummer Jason Treuting, and composer Wally Gunn.

Jesse headed down to Ditmas Systems Two in Brooklyn on October 20-21 to lay down the drum tracks for acclaimed vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth's next exciting project. Roomful's director Brad Wells and composer Wally Gunn joined Jesse in the control room while drummer Jason Treuting manned the drum kit in the live room. Stay tuned for more as the project progresses!

Placido Domingo: International Broadcast in Rio de Janeiro

As part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup celebration in Rio de Janeiro, tenor/conductor Placido Domingo, pianist Lang Lang, and soprano Ana María Martínez joined the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and Opera Chorus in concert at the HSBC Arena Stage on Friday, July 11th. Jesse joined the festivities as audio producer for Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images in the concert's international television broadcast.

Ethel's Documerica

Left to right: Jesse Lewis, producer/engineer; Tim Lenz, host-chefextraordinare-cocktailartist-genuinely_the_most_humble_dude_on_earth; Ralph, viola; Dorothy, cello; Tema, violin; Kyle Pyke, engineer; and Kip Jones, violin.

Left to right: Jesse Lewis, producer/engineer; Tim Lenz, host-chefextraordinare-cocktailartist-genuinely_the_most_humble_dude_on_earth; Ralph, viola; Dorothy, cello; Tema, violin; Kyle Pyke, engineer; and Kip Jones, violin.

Critically-acclaimed modern string quartet ETHEL recently teamed up with Jesse to record the audio portion of their multimedia project "Documerica." Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's 1970s Project Documerica, the project takes images from this massive collection of photographs and combines them into a visual projection with new compositions inspired by these images. Originally conceived as a live multimedia performance, the project continues to grow and evolve. Pictured here is the quartet and recording team after a successful week of recording!