Mike Hickey (guitar) and John Huckans (keys) work out an arrangement during rehearsal with the Negodniki jazz ensemble.
Comprised of Safa Saracoglu (percussion) and Jeremy dePrisco (bass), Negodniki is happy to add Urie Kline on drums for a special benefit performance at the Greenwood Friends School auction at The Silver Moon Banquet Hall in Lewisburg on Saturday April 8 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
My wife Audra, who teaches at Greenwood Friends school, has been working with her students on a podcast series. The students come up with the topics, select people to interview, and do all of the recording on site at the school.
For now they are using a recorder that only saves to MP3, but even so, the end results – with some adjustment here at the studio, are pretty good.
In late December 2014 and early January 2015, we began working in earnest on some recordings of songs written by Michael Hickey. Mike, who learned to play guitar by secretly watching his phenomenally talented brother Danny and cousin Timmy Hickey, has been playing music in front of anyone who will listen since the mid-1970s.
As a young guitarist in the Chicago metropolitan area, he performed in various pop, blues, country, and folk groups, and often played his own songs as a solo act at regional colleges and coffee houses. Sheer blind luck put Mike on stage with many great musicians while he was still in his teens and early twenties, experiences from which he came to appreciate the difference between competent players and real professional musicians. Since the mid-1980s, Mike has continued to write, play, and perform music in various idioms while pursuing a career outside the music industry.
Mike, along with Safa Saracoglu and John Huckans, have performed in a number of combinations in the Bloomsburg area, often as a jazz combo. These songs showcase Mike’s considerable guitar chops and songwriting wit. It’s hard to tell what is more fun – recording them, or playing them!
Voice over work is an ongoing project for us at Pepperhead Studios, partly because we have a great in-house voice artist.
Audra dePrisco offers her excellent voice for training, commercial and any other spoken word work where you need crisp, clear voice talent. A teacher by day, with a minor in Theatre Arts and several college and community productions under her belt, Audra has done voice projects for Geisinger Health System, XG Health Solutions, as well as special projects for language arts texts.
In addition to Audra’s on-site voice talent, we have access to a number of other male and female voice actors. Talk with us about options for your next voice project.