Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Teenage Fanclub

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Driving west on I90 on the way to Chicago, we bumped into members of the band Teenage Fanclub at a rest stop in Amherst. I went to the travel plaza’s gadget store to buy an FM transmitter and returned to find Erin waiting in line with the band at Starbucks, where the barista was telling them loudly “Cappuccino is cawfee and steeeeemed milk and NOTHING on top.”
They’re performing at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall the next two nights – we’re definitely going!

Blues Master Wily Bo Walker & New York’s Danny Flam top the download charts?!!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

In a wealth of caution, I’ve held off on the following announcement but  – Wily Bo Walker remains the #1 UK Indie Blues Artist in the Myspace charts and ‘Same Thing’ is No 3 In UK Blues and No 9 in the US! (more…)

Greatest pickup line ever – “Is that an alto horn?”

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

A few months back I was complaining about the lack of women in brass. It’s true – most professional brass players are dudes. Since the birth of my daughter, I’ve begun to notice these things. This week however, I traveled to Buckinghamshire to work with blues musician Bo Walker on his latest project. The train ride was unseasonably warm, and I was hoping for something to distract me.

Alto Horn Girl

Exhibit A: "Is that an alto horn?"

I know what you are thinking – the young woman in Exhibit A caught my eye.  Sort of.  Look at what she has parked at her feet.  I suspected an alto horn case!  Its not often you see people traveling with the lesser-played brass instruments (I bet you do not even know what a Alto horn is), and a female brass musician to boot. I am always asked if I my trombone is a bag of golf clubs…

Intrigued, I very politely (this being England) turned  and asked her about it. Turns out her name is Wendy, and she was on the way to Chesham to visit family. (more…)

A Brass Section Of A Lifetime

Sunday, June 6th, 2010
Thursday night (June 6, 2010) was the “Lineup of A Lifetime” concert – a tribute to 30 years of composing and arranging by Moshe Laufer. To those of you who aren’t familiar with Jewish music, Moshe Laufer is one of the three people (together with Mona Rosenblum and Israel Lamm) who shaped Jewish music in the past 40 years. These days Jewish music sounds more like pop/rock rather than Klezmer, and Moshe wrote hundreds of tunes. The night was a night to remember as the biggest names in Jewish music from near and afar were on stage to honor him. Photographer Baruch Ezagui , and provided these snazzy pictures!
Brass Section Of a Lifetime

Brass Section Of a Lifetime


Bringing the Brass Bling to producer Ken Lewis

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
Ken Lewis cranks it to volume #11

Ken Lewis cranks it to volume #11

Ken Lewis of the production team The Skywalkers got in touch with yours truly for help in making his MIDIs sound “real”.

With at least 50 #1 hits under his belt, Ken is great at getting the sound he is looking for, and he needed an extremely fast turnaround time and lots of options. Trumpeter Tony Gorruso accompanied me to Ken’s home studio and the three of us arranged the tracks at top speed, aiming for a deep monster brass sound.


All Figured Out – Nesrin Asli

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

“I basically sampled some of your samples (lol) and made brass ‘hits’ of my own” is how engineer Carole Wolf described incorporating the New York Brass free sample library into her recent work.

Carole did the pre-production at home, and the rest of it was polished and tweaked at The Loft recording studio in Columbus, Georgia. She thoughtfully emailed us a completed track.

All Figured Out –>

What you are hearing is the swooning Neo-Soul vocals of Nesrin Asli along with MC Cyryus, Kevin Lamar on drums and acoustic guitar by Marshall Ruffin. Oh – and brass comes from here – which Carole has layered-in with utmost delicate subtly.

I love how Nesrin’s electrified voice climbs up and down the easy the walking beat. We are please to have contributed to this fabulous sound.

Can you tell we forgot to take a picture during the actual recording?

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Don Downs, Tony Gorruso and Your Truly recorded for Israel Lamm and Nochi Krohn on Friday aboard the USS Nimitz. Ha-ha. No really, it’s just my studio. We’re sitting in front of two personal mixers which are part of the studio’s really cool personal monitoring system that I’ll blog about in the near future.


We look a little self-conscious here. Maybe it’s because none of us are wearing earphones as we would during an actual recording. I forgot to take a picture until we were nearly done, and said “look natural” on the ten-second dash back to my chair.

From here, Don left to play for La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway and Tony headed to West Side Story.

Kenny Rampton’s list of Mingus Titles

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010


Trumpeter Kenny Rampton (and his friends) posted on Facebook a great list of descriptive Mingus composition titles … I thought they were cool and so pasted them here.

(That is Kenny leading the Mingus Band band trumpet section at the Jazz Standard. They usually play 2 sets Monday Nights. Sorry about quality, blame my Cellphone [or as my grandma says CelleryPhone])

* The Shoes of The Fisherman’s Wife are Some Jive Ass Slippers

* All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud’s Wife Was Your Mother (based on All The Things You Are)

* Wham Bam, Thank You Ma’am! (based on What Is This Thing Called Love).

* Passions Of A Woman Loved

*”If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats” (aka Gunslingin’ Birds) (also name of a popular blog)

*Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me

*Meditations For A Pair Of Wire Cutters



Monday, April 26th, 2010

When I’m not brassing things up at, fixing computers or inventing new microphones, every now and then I like to do this too.

How to make a trombone!

Monday, April 19th, 2010

If you have ever wanted to MacGyver your own trombone at home out of some scrap copper, shoe laces and a box of thumb tacks, this is your opportunity. I found this Discovery Channel documentary that is specially tuned so all you DIYers out there can participate.

Easy, No?

Steph Newton – Outta My Depth

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

R&B recording artist Steph Newton incorporated samples from our totally awesome free sample collection in a recent song “Outta My Depth.” You can find this track on her new EP ‘Everything You Need’.  Sounds great!

Have you used any free samples in songs? Tell us about it!

Listen to Steph Newton here:

V-Drums Rock and Shuffle Demo

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

This is a follow-up post to the article on Gal’s V Drums . After many emails I am posting a demo of his latest rock and rock shuffle demo medely:

Gal Gershovsky V-Drum Demo

It’s worth listening to the whole clip from beginning to end. Also listen to how deep and clear the drums sound, this is in part due to the incredible hardware and software design.

All these drum grooves are taken from actual songs that Gal recorded, the sound is not mixed, and is “straight from the board…”

Song Index:
00:00 – 00:21 – medium slow rock groove – tempo 70
00:21 – 00:33 – medium slow rock groove with a flam on the X stick – tempo 81
00:33 – 00:53 – medium slow rock groove with shuffle feel- tempo 78
00:53 – 01:17 – medium streigh a head rock – tempo 127
01:17 – 02:08 – half time slow rock with a shuffle feel turns into double time – tempo 120
02:09 – 02:34 – light rock with 16 feel ghost notes on the snare  – tempo 104
02:35 – 03:15 – medium slow rock groove – tempo 86

New Business Cards Have Arrived!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Just a quick post to say that our new business card arrived.  :)

When I started the design, I knew I wanted something that I could give out containing all the contact information people need, but I also wanted it to complement the website theme. Version #1 had emails and telephones. Version #2 had also “ brass, strings, woodwinds, rhythm sections and kichen sinks”

Then it hit me, and this is what I came up with:


Simple! It allows our musicians to give out the cards and write on the back their personal or other information.

Maestro Zubin Mehta endorses and participates in a NewYorkBrass production

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Maestro Zubin Mehta signing newyorkbrass classikids book Zubin Mehta recently endorsed and collaborated on a really cool interactive classical music children’s book, which is in the final stages of production and QA and will be available in stores across the globe starting in July.

About a year ago we have been approached to help arrange music for an interactive classical music children’s book, by Amit Sopher of, who produces interactive books for children. Amit developed a very interesting electronic platform that plays 10 minutes of high quality mp3 on a surprisingly good speaker.

To kick off the project, I contacted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s personnel manager – Mr. Stewart Taylor. Mr. Taylor is my teacher, mentor, and close friend, and was played principal trombone for many years.  He suggested talking to another friend – Mr. Yaacov Mishori. Mishori, now retired, served as principal horn player of the IPO, as IPO spokesman and was a member of the management. Mishori has written other books and today teaches at the Buchmann-Mehta High School and presents a weekly radio program.


New Two-Year-Old Brass Talent

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

About a year ago my (then) two year old daughter Maya came to the studio and decided to try out the trombone, sorry trumpet (“No Maya, It’s a trumpet” “yes trumpet”) .

I was shure she wont get any sound out of this, I was wrong, she has a natural talent for waking up the neighbors and reducing the real estate prices in the neighborhood. Apparantly, in the video, she suddenly decided to betray the family-business, and try the flute… to my great chagrin…

I videod it with my phone and forgot about it. Last week my memory card in my phone got filled up, and during the cleaning-up process, I found this cute clip:


Amazing V-Drums on our new Flickr account

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
We decided to put up a flickr photostream to track interesting things we are involved in.

To kick it off, the first set is Gal Gershovsky’s upgraded Roland VDrum kit – the latest and greatest, souped up cymbals and great overall sound.

some pics:



Ring ring … Hello? Pomegranate?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

We had a great time back in December recording the brass used in the commercial for the Brooklyn-based supermarket chain Pomegranate. (See below). Notable composer Yossi Green authored the basic track, Eli Lishinsky (platinum producer – Mary J Blige) arranged it in MIDI, and then it was shipped to Yours Truly at for final brass arrangement before laying down the vocals.

You know how you catch yourself humming and/or outright singing jingles and songs from TV and radio as you go about your day? This is something I do all the time,  usually with client songs :) … and yesterday I realized that the Pomegranate jingle has been the looping in my head for the past few months…

Here’s the portion without the vocals that I’ve been humming to myself:

Pomegranate NewYorkBrass Ringtone.mp3


Nolan Jackson, EvanAL and NewYorkBrass….

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Last year we recorded Lipa Shmeltzer’a “A Pushiter Yid” album. One of the songs is called “Asher yotzar” and has become a huge hit better known as “Binyan Aday AD”. This song was produced by Eli (Ilya) Lishinsky who has under his belt (among other things) a platinum album with Mary J Blige. For those of you who don’t know Lipa is considerered the Jewish Michael Jackson. (Yes I know Michael is dead, but can u think of anyone else?  “He is the Jay Z of the Jewish world” Doesnt sound the same now does it… And anyway Michael is no longer recording brass… lol…)


Sir Paul McCartney and Tony Gorruso

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Tony Gorruso and Sir Paul McCartny

Hey I think this is a cool pic! Tony Gorruso was recording for James McCartney’s upcoming CD.  Sir Paul was there assisting/co producing the production. The session was at the famous Avatar Studios at 441 W. 53rd Street in Manhattan and Rick Depofi did the horn arrangements. 

 At the intermission Tony asked if he could have his picture taken. He was lucky – seems Sir Paul tries to avoid taking pictures with the comoners. :) Now I need a picture like that too.

Cenovia Cummins in Julie and Julia

Thursday, February 4th, 2010


Meryl Streep waiting for the wedding scene to be filmed...

Meryl Streep waiting for the wedding scene to be filmed…


Here is an email I got from Cenovia Cummins whom is one of our favorite violin soloists and leaders when we record string sections: 

Sorry for the shameless promotion but, I’m very excited to say that my two violin solos made it into the just released Nora Ephron film,  Julie and Julia.  Oddly my name made it into the credits for appearing in the film (which wound up on the cutting room floor) and in the orchestra credits but not for the solo instrumental track which is also on the album(!?)
Anyway go see it if you are a Meryl Streep fan or a foodie… it’s lots of fun.



Cenovia and Max Moston

Cenovia and Max Moston in "Julie and Julia"