Judaic Mosaic Visits Echo Mountain Recording Studios

After a great workshop & concert at JCC-Asheville, we headed over to Echo Mountain Recording! Hands-down the most awesomely fun studio I've ever seen (and that's saying a lot), with really amazing rooms and booths and vintage gear and vibe. Thanks to the extremely knowledgeable Jessica Tomasin for showing the diggs.

Thanks to the lovely Jessica Tomasin of #EchoMountain Recording for the VIP nickel tour! #awesome #asheville

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BIO: Ian Michael Bruh

Ian is originally from Brooklyn, NY where he attended the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (Fame). He graduated C.W. Post L.I.U. with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts (BFA). As a classically trained vocalist, he uses his technique to deliver everything from the deep, smooth, soulful sound of R&B to the raw, guttural and primal wail of Blues and Funk. Perhaps most importantly, Ian has a warm and extroverted personality and knows how to connect with an audience. He performs regularly with Bumpin' the Mango and The American Flyers.

BIO: Michael Levine

Michael Levine is co-founder of The Learning Groove music & movement company for children. He's also the music producer of the first four New York Times best-selling Pete The Cat books, and he regularly performs Pete The Cat stories and TLG songs at concerts, workshops, and keynotes across the nation. As a singer-songwriter, Michael has won many awards and opened for such acts as Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Live, and Joe Walsh. He also performs with his wife Bonnie in the group SunMoonPie, doing original Hebrew kirtan chants and meditative prayer services. He also runs Watertown Music and has produced/engineered records for many bands.

BIO: Mike Froedge

ENGINEER - RECORDING, MIXING

Mike has been producing, engineering, and mixing bands since the mid-1990’s. His experience includes numerous releases for major-labels such as MCA, Roadrunner, Island Def-Jam, Atlantic, Wind-Up, Universal, Warner Brothers, and others. Many of the recordings he's taken part in have enjoyed extensive FM and digital radio airplay, television and movie licensing, and some Billboard-charting singles. Mike's client list includes Beastie Boys, Mastodon, Shinedown, Siberia My Sweet, Urban Grind (feat. DJ Hurricane), Queensryche, Seether, Evanescence, Fozzy, Blackberry Smoke, Mike Martin, members of Black Label Society, and many more. His goal on every project is to create a relaxed, creative, no-pressure vibe and atmosphere. Mike goes to great lengths to make sure you're in a comfortable environment, with amazing-sounding and appropriate gear at your disposal, and in an inspired state of mind.

BIO: Eli Sperling

CONSULTANT - GRANT WRITING,
ISRAELI MUSIC HISTORY

GUEST SPEAKER

Eli is the Israel Specialist and Project Coordinator for the Institute of Modern Israeli Studies at Emory University. He also serves as a board member of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, and is the Programming Committee Co-Chair for both AJMF and Limmud Southeast. Before coming to Atlanta, he lived in Israel and was research assistant at Tel Aviv University, where he earned a Master's degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies. His Bachelor's degree is also in Near and Middle Eastern Studies/Political Economy, from The Evergreen State College. Eli plays electric bass guitar and has performed with numerous bands both in Israel and Stateside.

Temple Emanu-El Street Fair

We were thrilled to do a post-camp event in August 2014 at Temple Emanu-El's back-to-school / back-to-shul block party. The "street fair" included delicious food trucks and ... Judaic Mosaic campers rocking out! Congrats to our bands for doing such an awesome job and getting the kids dancing. Here are some pics from our Instagram feed:

Kosher Noise on WREK 91.1 FM

One of our 2014 alum, Miles Cohen got to perform his song "Get Up" during WREK's "Kosher Noise" program. Check it out!

BIO: Ellie McGraw

PERFORMANCE COACH - VOICE & MIC TECHNIQUE

The eldest daughter of a barbershop baritone and a choir soprano, Ellie grew up in a house full of music. She studied piano and violin, sang in community theater, and performed in bands. She double-majored in Theatrical Design and Music Composition/Theory at the University of Wisconsin, where she founded and directed Middleton Children's Theater Company. She then earned a degree in Education and taught for 21 years in Atlanta, including 7 years at Davis Academy. Ellie has appeared as a soloist on 4 albums of Jewish music and recently opened for Paul Simon at Emory University.

BWI: ALEPH Venues

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Rehearse

Orion Studios has been a staple of the Baltimore music scene for over 20 years, hosting everyone from international touring acts to local 'garage' bands. We'll be rehearsing in their epic Showcase Studio, which features a 32-channel FOH console, monitors, mics, house drum kit and more.

Record

Mobtown Studios, located in the historic Charles Village, is one of the hottest Mid-Atlantic recording destinations. A plethora of incredible engineers, vintage gear, and a building that practically oozes mojo. Guaranteed to be a memorable studio experience.

ATL: ALEPH venues

WRITE

Ness Records Songwriter Studio is in historic Avondale Estates. Located about a mile East of the Decatur Square, it is easily accessible via I-285 (Ponce exit) and MARTA (Avondale Station). 

REHEARSE

Avondale Towne Cinema - this hot new music venue has been a movie theatre, post office, city hall, and recording studio!

RECORD

Parhelion Studios is a perfect hybrid of digital and analog, a new breed of studio for today's modern needs. They embrace digital and the ways it has opened up music production, while utilizing vintage analog gear and microphones to shape desired sounds. Mike Froedge, an award-winning engineer and world-famous drummer, will engineer your session. Recent artists at Parhelion include Indigo Girls, De La Soul, and Brandy.

ATL: BET venues

WRITE

Our "classroom" locations have varied from the Tabernacle music venue, to JFGA headquarters. For 2016 we'll utilize NESS Records' Songwriter Studio, located in historic Avondale Estates, about a mile East of the Decatur Square. It is easily accessible via I-285 (Ponce exit).

REHEARSE

Avatar is located on Amsterdam Ave. @ Piedmont Park. Endless backline of top gear and premium acoustics make this the ultimate practice space.

RECORD

The studio location for this session is TBD.

ATL: GIMEL venues

WRITE

Our "classroom" locations have varied from the Tabernacle music venue, to JFGA headquarters. While we are still seeking that perfectly balanced 2016 location, rest assured it will be most excellent. It will also be downtown in the heart of our lovely city.

REHEARSE

Avatar is located on Amsterdam Ave. @ Piedmont Park. Endless backline of top gear and premium acoustics make this the ultimate practice space.

RECORD

The studio location for this session is TBD. Due to industry timelines, this detail is typically finalized in late April.

WHAT NEED DO WE SATISFY?

Our Jewish community has many musically gifted kids, but very few in-school Jewish music programs. Some private religious schools offer a general music appreciation class and/or musical theatre, but lack the group ensembles found in public schools (ex: orchestras, concert bands). Meanwhile, students who participate in public high school ensembles are rarely exposed to Jewish content.

Judaic Mosaic provides a forum for Jewish teens of all affiliations, from the many different school systems across our metropolis, to interact musically and socially in a professional learning environment. Our classrooms are concert venues, top industry rehearsal facilities and recording studios. Year-round "post-camp" alumni opportunities include shadowing award-winning engineers, paid gigs, live radio interviews, and record label internships.

WHAT DO YOU GET?

We employ collaborative songwriting exercises and creative activities to improve engagement, retention, leadership development, and team performance. Campers exit the program with:
    - refined sense of their own musical identity
    - better understanding of what it means to be a Jewish artist
    - unique personal connection to peers and city-wide Jewish community
    - knowledge of collegiate-level Music Theory and Composition techniques
    - experience of recording in a major studio and commercial songwriting credit
    - commercially-released song on iTunes and all other major digital retailers