2010-10-08 / Community

Local Teens To Showcase Talents At Library ‘Listening Party’

By Miriam Rosenberg

Four months after a state-of-the-art recording studio was unveiled at Far Rockaway’s Teen Library, the facility will host its first ‘listening party’ to showcase original works recorded there. Over the last few months, Next Level Studios has provided teens an opportunity – through rap, hip hop, rock, soul, rhythm and blues, and the spoken word – to express themselves.

According to a press release from the Queens Library, “The listening party was created by teens in the Far Rockaway community so that their talents and voices could be heard.” The studio was made possible by $50,000 in grants secured by State Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer and Michele Titus. At the studio’s unveiling in June, Pheffer said, “Through collaboration and working together, I and Assemblywoman Titus were successful in providing the opportunity for teens to have hands on experience recording music and music production.”

The October 20 event is free to the community. In addition, the teens taking part in the listening party are welcoming all managers, artists, producers, songwriters, publishers, DJs, record executives and label representatives to attend. The Teen Library is located at 2002 Cornaga Avenue and the listening party will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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