He's in early, often hours before a concert starts, to carefully set up microphones and then fine-tune them during the pre-concert rehearsal/sound check. And he's out late, after the listeners have gone home and musicians have cleared their instruments from the stage. Only then can he can finally coil all the cables and stow away the microphones, stands, and assorted audio equipment.
If you have attended a GigSpace concert in the past year you have probably seen him. Marc Bright-Chochlekov can often be observed sitting quietly, very quietly, behind the window in the sound booth at the back, listening intently and making the best possible recording of each unique jazz performance. Since January 2013, he has volunteered as GigSpace's recording engineer, creating archival recordings of the special performances, that won't and can't ever be repeated.
"It has been a wonderful opportunity for me," Bright-Chochlekov said about his first ten months recording. He's currently studying second-year music at Carleton University, and plays guitar when he's not paying close attention to other musicians' music.
As the expression goes, "audio is half the video" - and that applies even more so with video of live jazz performances. Since spring, Bright-Chochlekov's concert audio recordings have significantly enhanced the quality of our video stories which originate from GigSpace and feature concert performances.
When we are busy safely rigging a camera above musicians' heads to get the best possible angle, there's no time to also ensure the highest audio recording quality. We've been delighted to be able to use Bright-Chochlekov's concert audio recording in our videos - watch for his name in the well-earned credits at the end.
– Brett Delmage
Watch our video Of Jesse Stewart and Hamid Drake's concert, featuring our overhead camera and Marc Bright-Chochlekov's concert audio recording