From Concert to CD in 5 days


December marks an annual tradition at Forge Recording–the Westminster Presbyterian Church Christmas concert recording.

Since 2008, Forge Recording’s staff has recorded West Chester’s Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir‘s annual “Christmas Joy” concerts on location. This year, the 120+ piece choir celebrated its 25th annual Christmas Joy season and sold out five shows for thousands of visitors.

Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan was there to record two of the performances. McGeehan recorded 28 tracks that lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro mixed and mastered in Forge Recording’s Studio A the following day. Within 5 days of the concert, Forge’s team produced 600 market-ready CDs in shrinkwrap for the church to share.

Westminster Presbyterian Church is one of many church choirs who have visited our studios and/or engaged us to record them on location. Learn more here about how we can help you record your organization’s live concert.

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Capturing the Magic: from Concert to CD

Renowned jazz musician Dylan Taylor held a live in-studio concert at Forge Recording with Jazz legends Larry Coryell and Mike Clark. The concert was a new experience for producer Brendan McGeehan. Here’s a quick Q&A with Brendan.



Q: What are you working on from the session recordings?

A: I’m currently working on a live in-studio album for Dylan Taylor. The album features two other very important and influential musicians, Larry Coryell and Mike Clark. I originally recorded the material back in February on a very snowy night. An intimate audience was treated to a night of music by these three, playing both their own compositions as well as the music of others.


Q: What did you learn from this experience?

A: Since the in-studio concerts are relatively new, I learned a lot about how fans experience the studio and the musicians playing in the room. I will continue to build how we present these in-studio concerts, as they have become very popular amongst fans looking for a different kind of concert.


Q: What about this session made it special for you?

A: It was special because it combined my long working history with Dylan and helping him fulfill a dream of performing and recording with two musicians he greatly admires. It was also special for me because I’ve been listening to the work of Mike Clark and Larry Coryell for a very long time and have great respect for their musicianship.


Brendan McGeehan is an accomplished composer, arranger, musician and educator. In addition to being on staff at Forge Recording, Brendan is a producer for notable artists like Dylan Taylor.

Dylan Taylor is a veteran member of the greater Philadelphia area Jazz scene. Taylor has been playing the cello and bass since he was a child. Now he is also a master composer and arranger. Taylor is known for his works with Bobby Zankel and Kelly Meashey.

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In-Studio Concert with Dylan Taylor feat. Larry Coryell & Mike Clark

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We are pleased to announce that our next in-studio concert on Saturday, February 21st features Philadelphia bassist, cellist, composer, and bandleader Dylan Taylor. Dylan recorded and mixed his debut solo album, Sweeter for the Struggle, at Forge Recording in 2013. The album features notable talent in the area, such as Tom Lawton, Craig McIver, Bobby Zankel, Bob Meashey, and Steve Tirpak. Also, jazz fusion pioneer Larry Coryell joins Dylan on two tunes.

For the concert, Dylan will once again be joined by Larry Coryell on guitar, and the trio will be rounded out by Mike Clark, who is perhaps known best for his work with Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters. Tickets for this show will be very limited, and can be purchased by clicking here or calling the studio at 215-885-7000.

There will be two seatings, both an 8pm and a 10pm. Once again, audience members will have the option to sit either in the live room with the musicians, or in the control room with the recording engineers. You can buy tickets for here for 8pm show, and here for the 10pm show.

For those out of the area, both concerts will be available for live streaming from anywhere in the world. You can buy a ticket to stream the show by clicking here.

Here’s a video from Dylan’s CD release show at the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia.

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