Mike Konopka's Recent Projects Include:
 

PBS Special
"First You Dream"

Mike Konopka has recently cut audio for a PBS high definition television special "First You Dream" which tributes the Broadway music of Kander & Ebb. The famed songwriting duo penned the show music for Cabaret, New York, New York, All That Jazz, Chicago, and many more.

Working in Metro Mobile Location Recording's M-450 audio truck, Mike tracked the show which features some of Broadway's hottest stars such as Kate Baldwin, Matthew Scott, Paul Masse, Julia Murney, James Clow, Norm Lewis, and Heidi Blickenstaff. The show which airs on PBS affiliates worldwide was produced by for PBS by HMS Media. Live sound was provided by T.C. Furlong Inc, and Mike was assisted by engineer Marshaun Robinson. The special was recorded at The Northshore Center For The Performing Arts in the suburban Chicago area.

Other shows Mike has recorded for PBS and HMS Media include "Under The Streetlamp" parts I & II, at The Star Plaza in Merrillville Indiana. The popular show features the "Jersey Boys" cast along with a full orchestra.


"Under The Streetlamp"

 

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Mike Konopka was delighted to be back recording for the tenth year at The 2016 Detroit International Jazz Festival at the Chase Mainstage Stage. This time it was with Metro Mobile's M-450 audio truck. Mike was assisted by Jim Galvin for the four day festival which takes place on Labor Day weekend annually. Metro Mobile also recorded three more stages at Jazz fest with the big M48 truck and Timothy Powell at the helm at The Carhartt Amphitheater, Tone Zone's Rodger Heiss was at The Waterfront, and Dan Glomski was behind the recording console at The Wayne State University Stage.

The Late Toots Thielemans
Regina Carter

World famous jazz artist's that Mike mixed included famed harmonica virtuoso Ron Carter , Cryille Aimee', Papo Va'zquez & Scofield, Gambarini, and Guiliana. Mixes from this festival will air throughout the year on NPR affiliate stations.

 

The Joe Hill Heartlanders Encourage Resistance!
Free Music For Free People!

Mike is also busy with his protest music project The Joe Hill Heartlanders. The group was formed in support of The Women's March, diversity, equal rights, and standing up to hatred. The songs "Down On The Line", and "Don't Get Mad, Get Even!" have been viewed on youtube and downloaded for free at
Mike's Soundcloud page by many socially concerned resistors. We are now working on a new protest song entitled "The Good Fight" which will be available very soon!

The Joe Hill Heartlanders is made up of union teachers, middle class workers, a record store owner, healthcare professionals, and other musicians and artists who donate their time to make modern protest music. Take action to stand up for freedom, democracy, and the American way!

Mike has also been really busy working in his studio "Pie In The Sky"
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