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Cellos Rule at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco

Pictured at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco are (L-R) cellists Meta Weiss, Joan Jeanrenaud and David Requiro. Photo by David Goggin.

Pictured at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco are (L-R) cellists Meta Weiss, Joan Jeanrenaud and David Requiro. Photo by David Goggin.

San Francisco, December 2015 – Studio Trilogy recently hosted multiple recording sessions with three world-renowned cellists.  Former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud has just wrapped up her new album, “Visual Music,” as well as producing the debut album of the duo of Meta Weiss and David Requiro.

Jeanrenaud’s album was co-produced with her longtime collaborator PC Muñoz, who also co-produced her previous albums, “Strange Toys” and “Pop-Pop.” The new album is comprised of 17 pieces composed and performed by Jeanrenaud to accompany dance, art works and other visual presentations over the past five years. Percussionist Muñoz also performs on the new album, which was engineered by Trilogy’s Justin Lieberman.

“PC Muñoz and I work together frequently with Justin,” Jeanrenaud commented. Over all these years, Justin and I have established a special rapport, a working relationship that is really good to have, and I value it so much. It’s so great to have an engineer who really becomes a collaborator as the work unfolds in the studio.”

Joan Jeanrenaud plays a Deconet cello made in the mid-1700s.  A native of Memphis, Tennessee, she played with the Kronos Quartet from 1978 until 1999, when, after a sabbatical, she left to pursue a solo career and collaborations with other artists. “Visual Music” will be mastered by Bernie Grundman for early 2016 release on the Deconet Records label.

In addition to completing hew new album, Jeanrenaud was also at Trilogy producing a new album of classical and contemporary compositions performed by esteemed cellists Meta Weiss and David Requiro. Trilogy’s Justin Lieberman engineered this project as well.

“I know Meta because I gave her cello lessons from age 13-15,” recalls Jeanrenaud.  “Since then she has gone on to do some great things and is almost finished with her doctorate degree from Julliard.  She has known David Requiro for many years and the two are getting married next year. Judging from the way they play together, it seems to be a match made in heaven.” The duo regularly performs together at prestigious festivals and concerts.

The new album from Weiss and Requiro includes: J. S. Bach “Chaconne” (from the violin Partita in D minor arranged for two cellos); Niccolo Paganini ‘Variations on One String on a theme by Rossini’ (arranged for two cellos); Giovanni Sollima “The Shooting,” “Il Pino,” “Il Tasso,” and “Le Sequoia”; Jean-Paul Borremanne “A Due Celli,” and Joan Jeanrenaud “Oulipo.”

San Francisco native Meta Weiss made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland at the International String Convention. An acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, and artist, she performs music spanning all periods from classical to jazz. Her performances have taken her to venues throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, The Kimmel Center, Royal Albert Hall, and Teatro Britanico (Peru). Weiss performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690, generously provided for her by an anonymous supporter

David Requiro has emerged as one of today’s most promising young cellists. He has soloed with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and other orchestras across the U.S. Requiro is currently Artist in Residence at the University of Puget Sound where he is professor of cello and director of the chamber music program.

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Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel at Studio Trilogy

Pictured at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco is the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel. Trilogy engineer Willie Samuels is on the far left; bandleader/drummer Brian Andres is third from the right.

Pictured at Studio Trilogy in San Francisco is the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel. Trilogy engineer Willie Samuels is on the far left; bandleader/drummer Brian Andres is third from the right.

San Francisco, CA, November 2015 — San Francisco’s popular Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, led by drummer Brian Andres, has completed their third album, “This Could Be That,” with the majority of sessions recorded at Studio Trilogy with engineer Willie Samuels.

The album is the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel’s third recording, scheduled for a January 15th, 2016 release. A continuation of the hard hitting, modern Latin Jazz sound they’ve become known for, it features special guests Alex Acuna, Venissa Santi, John Santos, Louie Romero, Michael Spiro, Calixto Oviedo, Jesus Florido and Brian’s father, Mike Andres.

Listen to a song preview:

https://soundcloud.com/brian-andres-4/esto-puede-ser-eso-this-could-be-that

“Studio Trilogy was recommended to me by producer Greg Landau,” explains bandleader Brian Andres. “He felt that I would benefit from more ‘air’ in this new album and thought recording live as much as possible would be best, as would having the right room sound.  Thankfully, Studio Trilogy met all of those needs.  From the initial communication with studio manager Cindy McSherry, to the actual lay out of the studio and its amenities, to the exceptional engineering by Willie Samuels and his crew, the experience was awesome.”

The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned as an historic hotbed for Latin Jazz artists. From Cal Tjader to Armando Peraza, John Santos to Wayne Wallace, the Latin jazz tradition has thrived in the Bay Area, and it is from this tradition that The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel emerged. Lead by drummer Brian Andres, the group was formed to contribute its own mark to that storied history.

Featuring Grammy Award-winning musicians, as well as popular music educators, the ACJC repertoire consists of original compositions as well as dynamic original arrangements of classics from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States.  The group presents both dance and concert performances, as well as educational presentations such as lectures, workshops and instruction focused on the musical instrumentation, composition and arranging of the rich Afro-Cuban genre.

Released in 2007, the ACJC’s first album, “Drummer’s Speak,” established the solid reputation of the group. In 2013, the ACJC released its second recording, “San Francisco.”  Focusing on the composing, arranging and performing talent of the SF Bay Area Latin Jazz scene, the recording debuted on the CMJ Jazz Top 40 at number 39. Eventually climbing to number 23, it was met with critical acclaim while staying on the CDBaby Best Selling list for 4 months.

More info: http://www.brianandres.com/afro-cuban-jazz-cartel

 

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Tom Graf Cuts “Smokin’” Jazz Album at Studio Trilogy

Pictured during sessions at Studio Trilogy are (L-R) Ray Obeido, producer; Billy Johnson, drums; David K. Matthews, piano, arrangements; Marc van Wageningen, bass; Tom Graf, composer; and Justin Lieberman, recording engineer.  Photo by David Goggin.

Pictured during sessions at Studio Trilogy are (L-R) Ray Obeido, producer; Billy Johnson, drums; David K. Matthews, piano, arrangements; Marc van Wageningen, bass; Tom Graf, composer; and Justin Lieberman, recording engineer. Photo by David Goggin.

San Francisco, CA, January 2015 – Popular jazz composer Tom Graf has completed his new album “Smokin’” at Studio Trilogy in the heart of San Francisco.  Graf steps out on his own after writing for groups such as Con Funk Shun and Angela Bofill, catchy radio commercials, and music for the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack.  The album was produced by jazz guitarist Ray Obeido, who has worked with Herbie Hancock, Pete Escovedo, and Sheila E, as well as releasing five successful albums on the Wyndham Hill Label.

Graf’s new album is garnering steady national and international airplay.  “This album was a real joy to record at Trilogy,” remarked Graf.  “My solo career started out as a vanity project of jazz tunes that I had written over many years and decided to record.  They were coming out so well that the musicians were saying ‘Hey, you need to release this.’  I said OK, and then started getting great airplay on the jazz stations.”

Graf elaborates on the new album: “David K. Mathews, currently with Santana, arranged the compositions with help from, and overall production by, Ray Obeido.  This is the way smooth jazz used to sound when played by the likes of Freddy Hubbard, Milt Jackson, and Wes Montgomery. The musicians on my album expanded the compositions, added a sense of groove and delivered beautiful improvisations to create music with all of the verve and integrity I imagined from the very beginning.”

Trilogy chief engineer Justin Lieberman commented on the sessions, “I always love working with Ray Obiedo and Tom’s project was no exception.  He assembles the best musicians around and it makes my job super easy.  All of these musicians are so good at controlling and catering their tone for what they are playing that I just follow their lead.”

“We really enjoyed working at Trilogy,” added Graf.  “The vibe is very cool, the facilities are impeccable, and the people are bright and really take care of you. They also have a really fine grand piano.”

Learn more about Tom Graf and “Smokin’”:  http://www.tomgraf.com/

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