Ketchikan musicians recorded
by one of world's best
January 24, 2009
Ketchikan, Alaska - For Darren Morze, proprietor of Philadelphia-based
Plan B Recording Studios, an average day involves recording some
of the east coast's finest musicians, doing live sound for legendary
bands at Philadelphia's Trocadero Theater, and rehearsing with
his NYC-based indie rock band, Native Black. This Winter, Ketchikan
residents Carol Alley and Jason Custer switched up Morze's schedule,
offering him a free plane ticket, housing, and all-you-can-eat
king salmon and halibut in return for some technical assistance.
"Sure!" said Morze, a dedicated fan of seafood and
travel. "This is like winning the lottery!"
Darren Morze, proprietor
of Philadelphia-based Plan B Recording Studios.
This photo was taken at his studio in Philadelphia
Photograph courtesy Darren Morze
Morze resided in Ketchikan from December 26th through January
10th, helping Carol Alley set up recording equipment at her community
arts space, The stARTled salmon, and recording local Ketchikan
musicians for free, and for small donations.
Morze worked with artists Pariah,
Dave Rubin, Southside Totems, Carl and Tom Thompson, Chris Wilhelm,
and the stARTled salmon's Winter Break Music Camp with Sitka
guitar teacher Hank Moore, helping to empower musicians to find
new modes of expression, and learn basic studio recording techniques.
"It's great to work with people who really care about the
music they're making," Morze reflected.
The end result of two weeks'
work was a whopping 6 CDs of material! Carol Alley learned the
in's and out's of recording, and is now prepared to continue
to use The stARTled salmon as a recording studio for local artists.
Morze and Custer have been friends for several years, and have
collaborated on community service projects in the past. Last
year, they put on a concert in an impoverished, rural Appalachian
community in Virginia, raising money and hope for a free community
skate park for youth.
"As a musician and a studio
engineer, Darren is among the best and most creative in the world.
Yet he doesn't have the negative attitude or ego that's commonly
associated with the music industry. He has the rare ability
to always see and bring the best out of anyone, and then capture
it. Working with Darren has been a high point in many people's
lives, including my own."
From Ketchikan, Morze traveled back to Philadelphia to spend
time with friends and family, and then will travel to Denmark,
where he will be composing a soundtrack for a film.
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