Ambient Church is a nomadic experiential event series dedicated to working with artists to bring new ecologies to architecturally unique spaces through audio visual performance.
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Ambient Church proudly presents a live performance by synth pioneer, Stevie Wonder producer, and recording artist MALCOLM CECIL
We'll also be joined synth wizard Steve Moore of the band Zombi
...more lineup announcements coming soon
:: Immersive Sound & Light Environment ::
7p doors / 8p show
Bushwick United Methodist Church
1139 Bushwick Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Born in London, England of artistic parents and formally educated in both music and physics, MALCOLM CECIL became a musician, arranger, composer, record producer and audio engineer, while simultaneously pursuing his career as a technical consultant to numerous film and recording facilities throughout the world.
He engineered and co-produced Stevie Wonder's "Music of My Mind", "Talking Book" "Fulfillingness' First Finale" and "Innervisions" for which he was awarded the GRAMMY for best engineered non classical recording ('73) as well as awards for engineering the "Album of the Year" two years running ('73 & '74).
Emigrating to the USA in 1968 he became a pioneer of electronic music. He built TONTO - The Original New Timbral Orchestra - the world's first and still largest multi-timbral, polyphonic analog audio synthesizer which now finds its home at the National Music Centre in Calgary, Canada. A full chapter is devoted to TONTO in the book "Analog Days" by Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco (Oxford University Press). Malcolm has released four albums of his own compositions featuring TONTO.
Malcolm has produced, engineered and created unique electronic musical instrument sounds on albums by Stevie Wonder, Minnie Ripperton, The Isley Brothers, Weather Report, Little Feat, Richie Havens, Gil Scott-Heron, Quincy Jones, T-Rex, Joan Baez, Steven Stills, James Taylor, Randy Newman and numerous other recording artists.
An expert in archiving and restoration, he recently discovered and restored a rare and valuable 1957 live recording of Miles Davis in concert, released in '05 on CBS Records ("Miles Davis - Round About Midnight-Legacy Edition").
Malcolm has provided recording, sound editing, mixing, sound FX and music scores for numerous documentaries, shorts and feature films including designing many of the sound effects for the first "Star Trek" movie and composing the music score for the TV series "Firehouse". He has 5 Platinum and 21 Gold records as producer and/or engineer and received "Q" Magazine's "Unsung Hero" award for lifetime achievement in '97 and was recently honored by the Smithsonian Institute along with Bob Moog and Keith Emerson in a three day special event "The Keyboard Meets Modern Technology" commemorating the 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano.
Malcolm built, owned and operated his own recording studio, TONTO's, in Santa Monica, California ('76 - '82). He currently owns and operates his own studio near Woodstock, New York.