This phenomenal Jazz composition was recorded by me in the Peabody Recording Studios for a project I am working on for Recording class. The group was the Blake Meister Trio, which consists of Blake Meister on Bass, Shareef Taher on Drums, and Todd Simon on Piano.
The Scary River project began out of the union of composer and performer. Early this semester, James Wolff (Singer, Violins, Piano, Poly Evolver, Song writer) asked me to play his Clarinet Sonata "Floating Particles". I have known him since my freshman year, but a couple of years ago, he seemingly disappeared. I asked him where he was during that time, and was rewarded with the news that he recorded with a band in New York City, and was currently working on a new, currently unnamed, project. He talked to his band, and all readily agreed to join me on this project.
Throughout my time at Peabody, I became a specialist in the art of opera recording. I recorded 7 operas there, as well as assisting the National Opera in Washington D.C. I enjoyed opera recordings because you could scrap everything in the hall, and design every aspect from the ground up. It was so hands on, and even when recording, live mixing to 2 track taught me a great deal about recording. I have included two examples here, The Marriage of Figaro by W. A. Mozart and The Tales of Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach. I served as chief engineer on both, writing up the proposal, directing setup, and mixing the majority of the performances.