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Thwak! Moves to Avatar Studios

Tony Verderosa joins Avatar?s creative community (January 17, 2006)
Thwak! is a leading NY Based music company with strategic alliances in both the Recording Industry and the Advertising world. Owned by Producer/Drummer, Tony Verderosa, Thwak! has recently moved its operations to world-renowned Avatar Studios, NY.

Verderosas team has expertise in Artist Placement, Music Licensing and original music for TV and Film. Thwak!s Artist Roster is comprised of Grammy Award Winning Writer/Producers. Each Artist draws upon years of Record Industry credits to produce tracks and remixes for the Worlds leading Brands such as Dr. Pepper, Clairol, Chevron, AT&T, BMW among others. Verderosa adds, ?Our clients call on us to produce music that sounds like it was lifted from a hit record. The list of Grammy Nominated projects that have been recorded and mixed at Avatar is intense. The day to day list of Artists and engineers who work here include John Mayer, Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, Donald Fagen, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, Franz Ferdinand, Muse and Bebel Gilberto (to name a few). Avatar is the perfect home for Thwak!.

"Most of us have established our reputation in the recording industry. We bring that wealth of experience to the table for each of our agency clients," Verderosa points out. Thwak! is consistently expanding its roster, having recently signed Vic Thrill and Producer/Remixer Jack D. Elliot. Vic Thrill and The Saturn Missile have just completed their new CD ?Circus of Enlightenment. Verderosa continues, ?Vic exemplifies the type of artist we like to work with highly motivated & fiercely innovative. In addition to touring overseas and playing venues like ?Amsterjam and The Hammerstein Ballroom, Vic is finishing a new, autobiographical book for Random House which is being made into a Feature Film by Paramount Pictures, Produced by Lorne Michaels & John Goldwyn (Screenplay by Tina Fey). The film is called ?Vic Thrill and Curly Oxide and features Sasha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G) playing one of the leads.

Y&R NY has recently tapped into Thwak!s team of talent for a new Dr. Pepper Campaign that features Mash Ups of Platinum selling Artists such as Kiss, Will Smith, EMF and Cyndi Lauper. Writer/Remixer, Jack D. Elliot, is releasing singles this year with Lucas Prata, Britney Spears, Christine W. and Reina and has also been involved in the Dr. Pepper Campaign along with Drew Manzano, Tony Verderosa and Chief Engineer Christian Wicht. Philippe Saisse has just released his new Solo CD called ?The Body and Soul Sessions which is getting heavy airplay Nationally and he just performed live on TV (CBS) for the Kennedy Center Honors performing with Beyonce, KD Lang, Melissa Etheridge, Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams and Al Green.

"Thwak! Music provides an important bridge to Madison Avenue," said Kirk Imamura, owner of Avatar. "Our alliance with Tony opens up new markets and provides Tony with a solid acoustic space and support team for all of his projects.

"I'm thrilled to be at Avatar," stated Verderosa. "It's a state-of-the-art facility that can accommodate any type of project from remix-style sessions to a 60-piece string orchestra. I played drums on records this year for artists such as Jessica Simpson and Dream Theaters John Petrucci. I am thrilled to be doing 100% of my drum tracking in Avatars Legendary Live Rooms.

?There is a growing synergy between the recording industry and the advertising industry and Thwak! @ Avatar will continue to be at the forefront of that movement. Verderosa adds?.

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AVATAR Studios is a 33,000-square-foot multi-room facility on Manhattan's west side dedicated to providing a complete, top-quality audio recording services solution to the music industry. The studio houses four premier recording rooms containing a Neve 8068, SSL-9000J, Neve VRP and a SSL-4000G+.  AVATARs Pro Tools Editing Suite is designed to accommodate client needs outside of a traditional control room setting.  Also, with the addition of mastering services, AVATAR can handle every phase of your project, from pre-production, tracking and overdubbing to editing, mixing and final Mastering, all within your budget.

Recent projects recorded at AVATAR Studios include works by Eric Clapton, John Mayer Trio, Franz Ferdinand, Fall Out Boy, Donald Fagen, Train, Muse, Matisyahu, Dashboard Confessional, Bo Bice, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker, Joe Sample, Sonny Rollins and many others.

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