Peluso Microphones is a proud to sponsor the Music Lab of the Jefferson Center. The Music Lab provides an opportunity for area youth to learn music business, technology, and performance in both a professional studio and theater performance environment. There have been some great projects coming out of the Music Lab. Recently, Darrell Scott's 'There's a World of Song' as well as Lalah Hathaway's Grammy Award winning performance have come from the Music Lab! Both the Roanoke and the Floyd locations provide a truely unique opportunity for young artists and engineers to get hands on experience in the music business.
On March 8th, 2013, Snarky Puppy and a host of special guests convened at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke VA. The dream, envisioned by Michael League, was to record a series of live performances in audio and video that would bring attention and benefit to the ongoing work of Jefferson Center's education programs, such as Music Lab.
As Snarky Puppy set up to record yet another live recording with the audience on the stage, special guests with an interest in supporting the project arrived. Lalah Hathaway, N'Dambi, Lucy Woodward, and Chantae Cann joined Malika Tirolien, Magda Giannikou, Shayna Steele and Tony Scherr in what was to become a legendary live session that celebrates the diversity and joy of live music. With the stunningly beautiful theater as a backdrop, the result is a masterpiece of Jazz, R&B, Gospel, and Blues music captured for the world to fully experience, and won a Grammy!
In 2011, famed singer/songwriter Darrell Scott and Jefferson Center's Artistic Director Dylan Locke recognized there was an incredible lineup of talent performing at Jefferson Center during the 2011/2012 season. Together, Scott and Locke asked artists from Kathy Mattea to the Blind Boys of Alabama, if they would take a few minutes out of their schedule to record a track of the single. The result, along with Music Lab students and voices from around the community, is There’s A World of Song.
“Jefferson Center and its Music Lab are one of the most impressive music education programs available in the U.S. today,” said Darrell Scott. “It was important to find a way to help Music Lab grow in both education and students and I am pleased by the extraordinary group of musicians who said ‘yes’ when Dylan and I asked for their time and voices.”
“We are grateful for the support of artists who have performed at The Jefferson Center in recent years who came together to produce this single. There's a World of Song demonstrates how a simple idea becomes a reality,” said Dylan Locke, Artistic Director for The Jefferson Center.
"We used the R14 on Darrel's acoustic while he cut his vocal and guitar track simultaneously. We placed the R14 in the null spot and ran the 2247 in figure 8. Not only did we get almost total separation of the two sources, but the tones turned out warm and silky and sat in the mix very easily. The R14 does such a great job on strident/overly trebly sounds and handles EQ very well. The World of Song project really illustrates the 2247's strength as a vocal microphone. This mic focuses the detail of a variety of very different voices in a very natural, flattering way while never sounding brittle. The 2247 is also a great microphone on bass cabs. It captures the lows in a punchy articulate way, while also grabbing enough presence to have the notes come through clear even on smaller playback systems. Thank you Peluso Microphones!"
-Jake Dempsey, Music Lab