Recording Studio, Toronto, Canada
THE STRING ROOM Recording Studio specializes in writing and recording strings.
From a solo cello to an entire string section we can lift your tracks, whether they are demos or masters let us bring them to the next level in audio production. The String Room offers singers, musicians and writers a unique way to enhance their music. The String Room offers Film Composers a quick and creative way to add strings, orchestral instruments or any sounds to their soundtracks. We can do this all remotely.
The String Room is a large, fully functional recording studio. It also serves as a composition, arranging and orchestrating centre. We are a team of composers, musicians and technicians based at the String Room recording studio in Toronto, Canada.
Simply tell us what you are looking for, send us your tracks and for a great rate we will write, perform, record the arrangement and send back the completed recording. We also offer to rent the studio at great rates for your band or ensemble. The studio floor has three isolation booths and the control room is large and comfortable. There is a lounge, kitchenette, loading area and parking.
Juno Award winning creator and Musical Director for Bowfire, violinist, composer Lenny Solomon and cellist/composer Wendy Solomon, well known for her Cello-Quartet LUSHcellos along with composers, orchestrators Shelly Berger and Bill Bridges are now offering a budget minded way to fill and complete your tracks. Recording vocals, rhythm sections, horns, editing, mixing and contracting are also part of what The String Room offers. Our equipment includes, Pro Tools, Logic, 24 track TOFT audio console, top of the line mics and preamps as well as a selection of backline instruments and amps.
Here are a number of TV Shows and and Films that we have worked on as musicians.
These great soundtracks by Maribeth Solomon, Micky Erbe, Mychael Danna and Andrew Lockington to name a few represent some of the finest film composers. It is our honour to have worked on these soundtracks and is our hope that we can bring our musical experiences to your project.
Worked on many Feature films and TV shows such as:
Lenny Solomon’s jazz violin virtuosity has been recognized throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Called “Canada’s premier jazz violinist”, he has always explored new possibilities for the violin. Lenny’s career has been evolving through the decades from Lenny’s cutting edge rock violin featured in the Juno Award winning pop duo Myles and Lenny. Lenny returned to a more traditional sound with the pop string quintet Quintessence, where he first collaborated with Bill Bridges. He established himself as a popular and versatile studio musician playing on hundreds of recordings and soundtracks. In the nineties Lenny released two well received jazz CD’s, After You’ve Gone and The Gershwin Sessions. With The Lenny Solomon Trio, he was a three-time winner of The Jazz Report’s annual Violinist Of The Year award. With “TrioNorté” , Lenny won a SOCAN #1 Award for the video of his composition “Fernanda”.
Lenny’s hit international show, Bowfire , composed of 10 virtuoso string players at the forefront of their respective styles takes its audiences on a musical journey that moves seamlessly from Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Celtic, Rock, Gypsy, World, Texas Swing, Ottawa Valley and Cape Breton styles combined with equally gifted rhythm section musicians. Bowfire made its debut performance at Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany. In 2008 Bowfire filmed a PBS Special, Bowfire ‘Live’. Although Bowfire is not presently touring their DVD continues to be broadcast internationally. Lenny’s most recent release is The Blues Violin (www.thebluesviolin.com). It is a collection of original Blues tunes in a variety of settings. It is these vast and varied experiences that Lenny brings to The String Room.
Wendy Solomon is a featured recitalist in North America and Europe. She won the 1990 Atlanta Young Artist Competition and the 1992 Toronto Heliconian Young Artist of the Year, and has also been the recipient of Canada Council Grants. Wendy received her Master’s Degree in Performance at Rutgers University, studying with Bernard Greenhouse and then went to England to study with William Pleeth. She plays in many genres–from Baroque to Broadway to Rock ‘n Roll and enjoys the variety immensely. She has recorded for film and television and for solo artists of varying styles, including being a featured soloist on Natalie McMaster’s ‘Live in Cape Breton‘ DVD. She is proud to be the cellist of BOWFIRE and also one of it’s arranger/orchestrators. Wendy has also acted as co-producer on several recordings. She is a founding member and composer/arranger for LUSHcellos.
Bill Bridges (Guitar) has accompanied Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, Frankie Lane, and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others. He can be heard on numerous television and film scores, and has appeared on his own CBC special, The Magic of the Guitar. He has released two solo CDs, Dreaming of You and Sweet Dreams. Bill is a consummate guitarist covering many styles and has arranged and orchestrated for many artists including Bowfire. Bill has also composed some beautiful music for Bowfire such as Aire and Lazy Ray.
SHELLY BERGER (arranger, composer, producer, bassist) resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a busy arranger, composer, and producer in numerous musical settings. He worked as a bassist and arranger in Los Angeles for nine years, a time when he recorded and toured with name artists including Diana Krall, the Louis Bellson Big Band, and the Louis Bellson Quartet, while also occupying the Musical Director’s chair with Anita O’Day. Other career highlights include performances and recordings with Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, Lew Tabakin, Ernestine Anderson, Ruby Braff, Mark Murphy, Joanne Brackeen, Red Norvo, Don Menza, David Clayton-Thomas, and Roger Kellaway. In the world of contemporary entertainment, Berger worked as an arranger-producer for Sharon, Lois & Bram, Quartetto Gelato, and Matt Dusk, and produced, arranged, and recorded with numerous pop acts including Loreena McKennitt, Chaka Khan, Don Ross and Emilie-Claire Barlow. In the broadcast field he served as arranger/producer for television series including The Elephant Show and Sesame Street, as well as themes for TSN Sportsbreak and TSN Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos baseball broadcasts. To date, Shelly Berger has released four CDs: Solana, The Shelly Berger Big Band, Shelly Berger, and Look Up.
STEVE HEATHCOTE Being voted “Drummer of the Year” at the 2009 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards is just one of many highlights of Steve’s 35 year career performing music all over the world. His versatility and reading skills have made him a first call for many TV, radio, film and recording projects.
Steve has toured with Anne Murray, Colm Wilkinson, David Clayton-Thomas, Holly Cole, Carol Welsman, Joe Sealy, Phil Dwyer, and Sharon, Lois, & Bram. He has also worked with Elton John, Janelle Monae, Donny Osmond, David Cassidy, Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Rich Little, Bob Newhart, Billy Ray Cyrus, Louise Pitre, Amy Sky, Warren Hill, Henry Mancini, Henry Cuesta, Frank Gorshin, and Canadian jazz icons Guido Basso, Jackie Richardson, and Oliver Jones.
Steve has recently performed with Rik Emmett, Mark Masri, Colin James, Chantal Kreviazuk, Barbra Lica, Measha Brueggergosman, Steven Page, and with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Theatre credits include Kinky Boots, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, The Lion King, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia, Dirty Dancing, The Producers, Hairspray, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Forever Plaid, Blood Brothers, and Crazy For You.