Friday, October 1, 2010

September 18-

'The Big Wedding Event' for which I booked a variety of talent at San Francisco City Hall has come and gone. Just for the musical element, this lead time constituted 8 months of planning accumulating hundreds of documents, e mails and files. It was a crowning career achievement for many vendors. The bride is from Thailand, age 30; the groom an investment banker from England, age 60. Both reside in the SF. On the 'day of', the wedding planner had a staff of 16 all sporting head sets, the florist for her installation a staff of 35. I was the music booking agent of record with a second agent in from Los Angeles. One band was "California", the official 9 piece house band for 'American Idol'. The featured Show band was the 6 piece "Village People" with three original members. The ceremony included a 10 piece Brass Choir in the Rotunda's first balcony. The 25 piece Thai orchestra and costumed dancers originally contracted for the event had to be cancelled due to visa issues in that turbulent country. That element was replaced by a Bangkok CD and indigenous furniture! With many challenges met along the way the 'day-of' was actually quite flawless!

September 23 the agency installed a custom Soundscape for an event at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel. This client wanted a sports theme. They had organized an LSU Football Tailgate party for all their university alumni. The audio portrait was a 30 minute loop that included: music, nature sounds; game announcer (snuck in a few audio moments from the recent Saints & 49ers game--which we lost !) . Clients were transported by these sounds to the football experience which, absent visual images, was uniquely stimulating in the way radio can be over television.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


New Product:

This year the music agency has a new 'green' product. We take the sounds from the environment and create sonic portraits 'bringing the outside inside'. The two types of portraits are: 1) Nature Sounds: Birds, the Ocean; Wind/Rain, etc; 2) Urban Sounds: Cable Cars; Streets of San Francisco; Las Vegas Casino; The Circus; etc. .

The sound files are played on concealed speakers in the event space as an ambient sound. The contents of each are 8-25 minutes in a loop of very detailed material: sound effects; music; spoken word. The Sound File can also be exported to an event site anywhere in the world with a web connection.


The concept is catching on with Planners, Site Managers and the clients themselves
for weddings, social, & corporate functions:

March-25-four Soundcapes for a 'Streets of SF' theme at a tented Union Square. (500 people).

April-24-a 'Las Vegas Casino' Soundscape: silent auction at the Fairmont Hotel. (800 people)

April 29-four Soundscapes for Cisco Systems to complement their 'Four Seasons' Theme

at the SF Metreon: spring, Summer, fall, winter. (2000 people)

June 22- A 'Ballpark' Soundscape for the ISES Luncheon at AT&T/Giants Stadium, (pending).

June 8-Nature Soundscapes for Cornerston Sonoma, Open Houses

June 30-Nature Soundscapes for The City Club/SF, Open House.

July 1-'Birds' Soundscape for Kenzo Winery, Open House

July 17- a 'Circus' Soundscape for a company picnic. (150 people)

More examples are on our web site. Additional multi-media Flyers

can be sent. I am creating new sonic portraits with themes all the time.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

'Wedding University' Free Prizes !

Heres a new reason to attend January 31, 2010: free giveaway raffle prizes below:

1) Three Nights in Four Seasons Tropical Resort, Details:destination TBD by Hotel.

2) Engagement Photo Session with Hair/Makeup Styling at Engagement Session, Details: weekday photo session

3) Wedding Gown Heirloom Preservation

4) Save-the-Date Video

5) Hair/Makeup Styling at Engagement Session

6) Free Bridal Veil from Gabrielle's Bridal Atelier Details: $300 max.

7) 8G iPod Touch with Pre-programmed Playlist of Wedding Tunes

8) Tea for Two & 10% off Bridal Shower at 'Crown and Crumpet'

located at 207 Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point, San Francisco

Thursday, January 7, 2010

January 31, 2010 finds a return of The Wedding University, 2nd edition. This all day educational seminar for prospective Brides & Grooms is scheduled again at the Four Seasons Hotel and is designed as a informational presentation by our local "professors" sharing tips on : music & dance; florals; photo/video; planning. Each participant is given a full Binder filled with data sheets from each presenter. The very helpful intellectual content is surpassed only by the food and beverages both in plentiful supply at this beautiful hotel. Be sure to register now:

December also found our services for a division of Google 's 800 employee holiday party at SF City Hall Dec. 4. Their Speakeasy Theme required a 1930's Swing Band. Casino gambling as far as the eye could see that night.

December Entertainment Highlights

2009 was certainly a leaner year for Corporate Employee holiday parties this time around. The agency was however happily challenged by the Cirque Theme for the Facebook party Dec. 11 at the SF Galleria with 900 attendees. Trapeze artists, stilt walkers, lumi light performers, contortionists and many more.