High-tech venue to book low-draw bands - Brooklyn Paper

High-tech venue to book low-draw bands

Down on the corner: Paola Prestini, creative director of the Original Music Workshop, stands in front of the building that will house a state-of-the-art performance and recording space.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Get ready to hear some of the most crisp, resounding guitar chords ever played in Williamsburg, and don’t expect to recognize the people doing the strumming.

A group of music aficionados are turning an old sawdust factory into a high-tech music venue that they say will offer top-of-the-line acoustics.

“We worked from the perspective of an intimate, acoustically-driven space that will allow for recording and community,” said architect Peter Zuspan.

The organization Original Music Workshop is building the one-room venue, which will also host recording sessions, atop a layer of springs for the best sound possible, Zuspan said.

The group has raised $16 million through private donors for the facility on the corner of Wythe Aveue and N. Sixth Street, he said.

Organizers plan to invite up-and-coming musicians who would not usually be a big enough draw for a major venue to the 300-capacity hall. The Workshop will also host residencies and offer visiting songsmiths the opportunity to nominate others for a stay.

“We want to give these people a new audience,” said Zuspan of the talent that will be coming through the door. “A lot of the groups playing there you have never heard of but you will come because of the quality of what has been in there before.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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