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MUSICIAN OFFERS UTAHNS A EUPHONIOUS GIFT - STUDIO 1

Quick quiz:

"Studio 1" is:

a. Salt Lake's latest big-city disco.

b. A new photo franchise specializing in family portraits.

c. Lex de Azevedo's giant music box - a gift to Utah and himself.

Studio 1, of course, is all music. It's Lex de Azevedo's "state-of-the-art recording studio and mini-concert hall" at 870 E. 7145 South. But since that name was a bit long, he opted for the moniker "Studio 1."

"When I lived in California I couldn't imagine intelligent life existing more than 50 miles from the beach," de Azevedo said in the inauguration concert last week. "Me live in Utah? It made me want to hurl. But now I love Utah. I'd rather be here than anywhere else."

Hence, de Azevedo has opted to "take his work home" with him. Studio 1 will be the location for several big-ticket motion picture recordings - including music for an animated version of "Swan Lake," a $30-million film that de Azevedo will score. The building will also be the site for several concerts, including LDS "family night" fare each Monday, and some cutting-edge high-tech keyboard concerts this fall.

At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, de Azevedo will perform, recreating some of the cuts from his popular "Mountains" album and offering some "new stuff" as well. Tickets are $12 and $14.

Michael Webb will perform LDS music on Monday night. Tickets are $6 and $8.

Watch the Deseret News weekly calendar for upcoming shows.

The building - once an animal lab and a recreation hall - is also versatile. About 400 chairs can be set up in the main area for mini-concerts and taken down within minutes so a symphony orchestra can move in. Panels and other acoustic wonders allow performers to find just the right reverb for their shows and recordings.

And judging by the concerts that were staged at the place last week, the music coming out of Studio 1 is not only popular and professional, it may be the best produced in the valley. In concerts, not even silent breaths between phrases go un-de-tect-ed.

In recordings, not a sound is set down on tape that's not supposed to be there.