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The latest happenings in the world of Michael Winger

President of San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy

Last month, I was elected President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy. I’ve served on the board of the chapter for the past 3 years, serving as Secretary and Co-Chair of Advocacy for the last 2 of those years. In that time, we’ve assembled a great team to advance music as an industry and or artists and professionals in the Bay Area. I’m really excited about the chance to take my work there to another level. My two year term begins on May 1.

2 More Super Adventure Saturdays to go!

It’s been a really fun start to Super Adventure Club’s month-long residency at Hotel Utah. We’ve been writing a new song and learning a new cover for each show, so it’s been quite a hectic and challenging schedule. The first show was a smashing success with an all night dance party into the wee hours.

The second show turned out to be an intimate, pre-valentine’s day piece of excitement when the power went out in the whole building write at the beginning of the 2nd opener’s set. Our friends in Please Do Not Fight (who put on an excellent acoustic set in the dark) loaned me a guitar and Jake and I ended up doing our electro-dance pop acoustically, which was both a huge challenge and a lot of fun.

The next installment will happen this Saturday night with Robustitron, Weather Pending and TIGERcat. Come on out and get down.

“What’s Shaking Down SF Music Venues?” – Flux Summit panel @ Pyramind: Thur Jan 21

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I’ll be moderating a panel this thursday at Pyramind in San Francisco where we will be discussing the California ABC’s efforts to shut down music venues in San Francisco and elsewhere in the state. It should be a lively discussion with representatives from the clubs, the SF entertainment commission, political candidates and local media. It’s a free event if you RSVP, so please do so here: http://pyramind.com/community/calendar/view/39/85.html

Touring Spain with Super Adventure Club. CD Release Party Feb 27!

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Super Adventure Club leaves for a 2 week tour of Spain this Tuesday Jan 13. We’ll be playing all over the country for our first tour outside of California.

This is my second time performing in Spain (once before with Dayroom) and my 4th trip there. We’re playing a lot in the northern part of the country, which I’ve never seen before so it should be fun.

Also, we finished our debut CD Untz which we will officially release on Fri. Feb 27 at the Hotel Utah in San Francisco. Expect to find it in digital retailers by then too. More news to come on that.

Here are the Dates:

15/01/09: Discoteca Circulo – Vitoria, Ãlava ES, 22h
16/01/09: Pub The Boss – Burgos, Burgos ES, 22h
17/01/09: Sala Oxido (+ Diskore) – Guadalajara, Guadalajara ES, 22h
21/01/09: Sala Malandar – Sevilla, Sevilla ES, 22h
22/01/09: La Iguana Club, Vigo, ES, 22h
23/01/09: Sala A Reserva – Carballo, A Coruña ES, 22h
24/01/09: TBA, Leon,  ES
25/01/09: Cafe La Palma, Madrid, Madrid ES, 20:30h

Recording the Pretenders and Amos Lee

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Flying Kitchen recorded KFOG’s Concert for Kid’s at the Paramount Theater in Oakland.

The Pretenders and Amos Lee performed this year and it was a really great show.

I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into my old friend Michael Bellar, who plays keyboards for Amos Lee. I had walked on stage to check a mic connection and saw a familiar face sitting at the keys.

Amos Lee is a really great songwriter in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. If he’s ever in your town, check out his show… He’s got a great keyboard player too.

The Pretenders still rock after 30 years, too.

Super Adventure Club at the Hotel Utah in SF – Dec 12

Super Adventure Club performs Friday, Dec 12 at the Hotel Utah with Belligerator (for their CD release party) and the History Lesson (a minutemen tribute band)

This will be our last show of the year, and our second to last before we head off on our first European Tour. It will also mark the day we finish mixing the record. So please come out and celebrate the many milestones of the twelfth day of the twelfth month. We go on in the middle and the show starts at 9. Check out www.hotelutah.com for more show info.

Recording and Mixing Jason Mraz

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Flying Kitchen recorded Jason Mraz at the Greek Theater in Berkeley with the help of our good friend and mastering engineer, Michael Romanowski. We recorded the show for KFOG, so a song or two should appear on Live from the Archives in the coming months.

Lots of screaming and adoring fans, a kick ass horn section and an opening song that felt very much like something Wayne Newton might sing. A recipe for rock if ever there was one, I believe.

Final Mix for “Without” at Skywalker Sound

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Last month, I had the great fortune to work up at Skywalker Sound for the final film mix of “Without” a short film directed by Greg Tuzin and Brent Bishop. I recorded and mixed the score with Kronos Quartet at Broken Radio in September.

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Skywalker is an amazing place to work. It really is like an technical geek person’s version of professional paradise. I’ve been up there numerous times but this was a long set of sessions and it was really intense and relaxing all at once. It was also great working with Mike Axinn and Pete Horner, both of whom have an extensive list of credits in the film business and were a joy to work with.

The film was submitted to Sundance and will hopefully be shown in this year’s festival. Good luck to Brent and Greg!

Mix Magazine and Universal Audio Webzine Articles

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I got married at the end of September and returned from the honeymoon to multitudes of press clippings about me and my work…
OK, it’s only two, but that’s twice as many as I had a few weeks ago…

First off, Mix Magazine, one of the biggest and shiniest of all the recording magazines in the world featured 1340 Mission (home to my studio and Broken Radio, where I do most of my production) in this month’s studio spotlight column.

http://mixonline.com/studios/profiles/sf-spotlight-mission-street/index.html

I also appeared in this month’s Universal Audio Webzine, discussing some of the UA mic preamps I used on theq Kronos Quartet recording from last month.

http://www.uaudio.com/webzine/2008/october/universe.html

Skywalker is an amazing place to work. It really is like an technical geek person’s version of professional paradise. I’ve been up there numerous times but this was a long set of sessions and it was really intense and relaxing all at once. It was also great working with Mike Axinn and Pete Horner, both of whom have an extensive list of credits in the film business and were a joy to work with.

The film was submitted to Sundance and will hopefully be shown in this year’s festival. Good luck to Brent and Greg

Recording Kronos Quartet film score at Broken Radio

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Last week, Kronos Quartet came into Broken Radio to record Paola Prestini’s film score to “Without”, a short film directed by young San Francisco filmmakers Brent Bishop and Greg Tuzin.

We spent the better part of Labor Day weekend working on it and the film has been submitted to Sundance Film Festival on monday. The music was beautifully orchestrate and performed. It was amazing to work with a group of super talented and focused people for a solid week.

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