McIntosh Laboratory joined forces with award-winning designer John Varvatos to host a special “Curation of Music” vinyl listening experience at the Soho House New York on September 26, featuring legendary Grammy Award-winning producer and respected author Tony Visconti.
Visconti has been called one of the most important producers in the history of rock by some of the most influential music critics. He has produced hits with artists such as David Bowie, The Moody Blues, T.Rex and Thin Lizzy, and most recently with Morrissey, Kaiser Chiefs and Angélique Kidjo for her groundbreaking Grammy winning album, “Djin Djin.” He was recently honored with the coveted Joe Meek Award for Innovation in Production at the 2011 Music Producers Guild Awards in London.
At the Soho House New York “Curation of Music” event, Visconti played many of the top 10 hits he has produced over the years, while sharing stories that relate to the music and the sounds of the times in 1970’s London. The majority of the music was played on vinyl through a McIntosh SOHO System.
McIntosh’s vice president for sales and marketing, Linda Passaro, said, “McIntosh is thrilled to have Tony Visconti be a part of our ongoing series of listening events co-hosted with John Varvatos. Tony’s extensive resume and incredible artistry as producer, arranger and musician made the evening very memorable for everyone. We’re looking forward to even more enlightening listening events in the future, all with the goal of conveying our passion for quality sound to the next generation of music lovers.”
McIntosh and John Varvatos began their partnership last year, when the company began offering select McIntosh audio products in renowned John Varvatos boutiques in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
John Varvatos grew up in Detroit – the music melting pot of America – where Motown, rock & roll, blues, jazz, and punk melded together in unforgettable period of music history. At an early age John was exposed to defining musicians including The Who, Led Zeppelin, Detroit’s own MC5, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, and The Stooges. The creative spirit, electricity and edginess intrinsic in the personal style of these rock ‘n’ roll icons inspired John at an early age, and influenced the evolution of his eclectic sensibility.
“Music is a driving force in my life. It gives me energy, excitement, stimulus, and inspiration,” Varvatos said. “The Soho House events underscore McIntosh’s long history and reputation among many of the world’s most renowned musical artists and producers.”