LA, United States
A kaleidoscope of sight and sound creates both delight and astonishment for the audience at the Musicase Lounge in Tuscon, Arizona, providing them with a spectacular night to remember. The control center of the Musicade consists of four organ keyboards (two Lowrey and two Hammond) with associated drawbars, stop-tabs and transistors, the organist may select and play a number of air-operated instruments simultaneously: xylophone, marimba, Deagan Trinity Chimes, orchestra and Thomas bells, piano, a complete toy counter of drums, tambourine, maracas, weedo, cow-bell, sleigh-bells and whistles. All of the instruments are complemented by colored lights, flashing as each note is played. Using some 5,000 transistors, 200 relays and 2,000 lights in the operation, the Musicade utilizes scores of instruments (with more on the drawing board). The organ is equipped with six Leslie speakers, two main speakers and reverb units. Six 8-track decks provide 24 channels of pre-recorded sound effects. Additional equipment includes an Arp synthesizer, a Tascam 4-channel tape recorder, Hohner Clavinet, Mustel Celeste, Indian Tree cymbal, Rythm King, strobes, 20 assorted spot, flood and revolving colored lights, two mirrored balls, bubble machine and slide projector - all surrounding the Musicade. Truly a marvel of the electronic age.
Sean Hart, a musical prodigy at the age of five, played piano, trumpet and organ. As a young man, this extraordinary talent and musicianship was extended to the teaching of music. Appearing in leading nightclubs in lower Michigan, he has delighted audiences throughout North America.
As Chris Montoya's business partner, Sean has an extensive electronics background and has been a guiding force in the development and construction of Musicade II, creating many modifications and innovations.
Under Chris Montoya's magical fingers, a broad spectrum of organ music comes to life. With casual ease, he bridges the gap between classical and popular music, bringing them together brilliantly with a distinctive lyrical style.
A show biz "natural" since early age, Chris wrote his first concerto at 17, which won him a musical scholarship. Following 3 years in the Air Force with the Special Services Division, his musical future began to materialize. Heading various orchestras, he appeared in leading clubs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and backed up the top names in the business. The Wise Monkey Orchestra has been featured on Armed Forces Radio and all major networks. His theme song "Sleepy Serenade," will be recognized by millions of radio listeners of the big band era. Later, as a concert artist for a major company, he traveled over 300,000 miles. This record is another milestone in the career of Chris MOntoya. Many of Chris's musical and inventive ideas have been copied by musicians throughout the world.