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About Us

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Our Mission

CRS is a not for profit studio dedicated to providing recording & production services and technical support to the arts and music community. We incubate and foster creativity by nurturing and nourishing our clients and their art through our Family Style approach. 


We provide services to those who otherwise would not have access to professional recording and production.

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Our Services

 

CRS is creating a hub of arts and music and sustainability within the community. We draw and develop talent from within the region, offering a sliding scale, and provide access to our established and ever-expanding network of musicians, engineers, graphic artists, photographers & filmmakers, editors, club owners, promoters, record labels, and management services. We are fully functional and ready to tend to all aspects of the project.  Artists are then able to focus on creating the best possible record. Part of our Family Style Approach is the care and feeding of our crew, offering farm to table, locally sourced & lovingly prepared organic meals.

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Our Vision

CRS is actively searching for a deconsecrated church to serve as our new facility. We have outgrown our space and have big plans! The large sanctuary, purpose built for sound, will be the new studio. Office, classroom, and fellowship space all work well for music lessons, engineering classes, art studio work space, a gallery, performances, and community events. Our vision includes a community garden, as sustainable food is its own growing movement, a passion of CRS, and a vital component to any thriving community. Through our 501(c)(3) status, and by being an all-inclusive service, we contain costs and reinvest in our artists, our network, and the community at large.

Special Services

The Preservation Project

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Our Preservation Series gives CRS the opportunity to ensure that music can be protected for the ages and passed along to future generations. It is our joy to offer this community service.

Remote Recording

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We pack up the entire operation and take this show on the road to find the perfect location, vibe, and signature sound. We just love carrying a bunch of heavy gear, especially pianos, whenever possible. And trailers, we love trailers.

The Recovery Project

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Addiction can be a struggle for many creative geniuses, and the Recovery Series extends our services to those in need of support along their journey. Our network also includes some of the kindest recovery counselors in the area.

Our Session Crew

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The expanding CRS family is overflowing with talented musicians, many interested in backing you up and filling out your band to help you achieve the best possible sound.

Artists on the Edge

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This program allow us to step in to help talented musicians on the verge of quitting the biz due to financial constraints or other stressors.

Photography and Video

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CRS is happy to provide film support to further your vision. We have just upgraded our equipment and we are tapped into the network of enthusiastic photographers, filmmakers, editors, and animators.

Meet the Team

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Michael Yorgensen

Michael is the founder and Executive Director of CRS. Having studied at Columbia College and practiced his craft for going on 30 years, he serves as producer and engineer for all of our projects. Michael is a self-taught and talented musician, playing just about any instrument that could come to mind. He is also an amazing songwriter, and together with his band Sepia Tone, released Beg, Borrow, Steal, our first major production. Michael's superpower is putting his artists completely at ease, so that they can tap deeply into their own talent.

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Karen Elizabeth

Karen is co-founder and Board Secretary at CRS. She has been playing piano since age two, and came to guitar and singing in her 20s, most recently playing alongside Michael in their band The Hollowbodies. Karen serves as band mom, and it brings her great joy to oversee the care and feeding of the crew. She is also our resident photographer, filmmaker & editor, and gal Friday. Karen is also founder of Little Farma, an herbal skin care and healing balm line, a Certified Reiki Master, mandala artist, and obsessed organic gardener.

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Sidney Lindner

Sid is on the Board at CRS and has been with us since this idea was a tiny seed. He is a supremely talented multi-instrumentalist and celebrated songwriter. He has played with Hotel Alexis and Torrez, and is the founder of Broken Sparrow Records, an independent record label. Sid's hauntingly beautiful songs are available on all your favorite subscription services. We anxiously await the debut of his next album, coming soon on vinyl! Sidney is also the President and founder of Gigantic Media, a full-service digital agency and web/app development company.

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James Turner

CRS is thrilled to welcome Jim to our Board of Directors.  A true Renaissance man, Jim brings to the table his broad musical talent, decades of experience as a community servant, activist, & radio host, and his encyclopedic cultural knowledge and wisdom.  Catch James playing  with his band The Grahamcrackers, or with the recently reunited Hollowbodies!   Also serving as Communications Director at Horizons of Windham, Jim is all about doing the good work.  We're blessed to have him on the team, and can't wait to see where it leads.

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Arthur Bergenn

Artie has been part of the CRS family since the beginning.  He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, and has has the power to transfix and transport with his beautiful voice.  We have loved playing in the Hollowbodies together, and he has also played with The Arteaze and The Grahamcrackers.  Artie is our resident Music Instructor and Engineering Assistant, and has been instrumental in many CRS productions.  He received his Music Production degree from Full Sail University and has worked as a Music Therapist and Teacher for individuals with disabilities.  After years of his help, we are delighted to officially have him on staff here at CRS.

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Chris Decato

CRS is extremely fortunate to have Chris on our team. He is a brilliant engineer, and our go to guy for all things Mastering. He produces original customized music for use in Film, Video, TV, Radio, Flash Games, and Interactive Web Sites. Chris possesses a strong musical sensibility, and therefore equally comfortable on either side of the glass, whether using virtual instruments to create a large expansive orchestral production, or rocking out live. He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist with a wide range of genre experience. This flexibility makes him a powerful asset to any music production. 

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Session Musicians

We are blessed and honored to work with so many exemplary musicians. CRS prides itself on a deep sense of community, and so many of our projects are interwoven, and it is extremely gratifying to witness these relationships form and sustain. We will be thrilled to find the right folks to round out your crew. We love our CRS family.

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Elijah!

Eli is our littlest studio intern. His focus is to lighten the mood and bring smiles and laughter. He is also well known for dropping sick drum beats.  While not generally present for sessions, he sure makes a great studio mascot and gardening assistant.

Video

Enjoy this beautiful slideshow from CRS's recording session with the Horizons Music Club.  It was pure joy working with this crew, and we are looking forward to the next sesh!

To find out more about the good work happening at Horizons, visit them here:  http://www.horizonsct.org

Check out this sneak peek from the Tyler Thompson Trio album, due out later this summer.  These guys are absolutely phenomenal!  Enjoy this tiny taste of 'Cosmic Pulses'.

Radio

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Our wonderful interview with Wayne Norman on WILI 1400

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