TABC’s Studio 1600, under the leadership of Jacob Spadaro, held its inaugural Music Expo on Monday, May 22. TABC’s student musicians and their guests walked the red carpet and had their pictures taken by the “paparazzi” before guests sat down to enjoy a concert like no other. Each song was introduced by one of its student producers and gave the audience a glimpse into the production process and the dedicated time it took to create it, from conception to actualization. The crowd was also shown a demonstration on how a song is put together digitally in TABC’s studio, piece by piece. Students from all grades were featured in the music showcase and at the end of the performances, guests were invited to submit their votes for favorite live performance, video performance, vocals, videographers and more.
One of the biggest hits of the night was from junior Micah Cyrulnik, whose Shabbos anthem, “M’ein Olam Haba,” is the first of its kind for TABC—a melodic-style hip hop song featuring two premier chassidishe artists, Sruly Green and Melech Frank. The song exploded in the community last week hitting 8,000 views on YouTube and 1500 streams on Spotify and Apple Music. Instagram stories captured it being played everywhere, from elementary schools to Cedar Market.
TABC’s Music Conservatory is a four-year program that allows students to explore the depth and breadth of music through experimentation with instruments, the study of music theory, composition courses and more. In TABC’s state-of-the-art studio, Studio 1600, students have the opportunity to use industry-standard equipment and instruments to collaborate with their peers and walk out having produced professional-quality music of their own. Prior musical experience helps but is not required—the conservatory is open to all students.