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Wyman to film live concert DVD

Dan Bischoff, Of the Record Staff
Rich Wyman is known for his vocals and keyboarding skills.
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Music fans can catch a glimpse of a musician’s life tonight, for free.

Rich Wyman, One of Park City’s most popular vocalists, will enter a new phase of his career.

For the first time, he will record a live concert with High Definition cameras at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake at 8 p.m. The concert is free and is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and he urges people to be there early so they can be part of the recording. Attendees will also have a chance to make donations to the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity.

Lorraine Hortsmanshoff will be the opening act. She plays the acoustic guitar and a didgeridoo.

"She’s awesome," Wyman said. "I’ve seen her switch from guitar to the didgeridoo in a heartbeat."

"The main impetus for doing this is to have a promotional DVD, because you really need to see and hear me to know what I’m about," said Wyman, who runs his own recording studio.

He says he needs a promotional DVD that will serve as a movie trailer. He’s going to a convention in Reno in November where colleges in the West are booking music.

"I need something that says ‘Here’s Rich Wyman in your face.’ In order to get booked I need something, that’s why I’m doing this now," Wyman said.

Wyman will make CD of the day’s best performances, make a multi-track recording and sell a combo DVD/CD early next year.

"Editing it is really expensive," Wyman said. "My goal is to get five songs and then release a CD/DVD package. I can’t see the funds of editing all shows for the DVD."

As usual, Wyman thought of a way to support a charity through one of his events.

"I needed to film a DVD anyway, so I though I’d try to help (the children in New Orleans) out."

Wyman read an article in the New York Times about the impact Hurricane Katrina had on the children of New Orleans.

"We’re in the richest country and the children are still living in devastated homes." Wyman said. "None of the donations goes to the right people."

Wyman called a TV station in New Orleans and asked what group actually is working.

"They said, ‘Habitat for Humanity.’ Brad Pitt, Harry Connick Junior are doing great stuff through Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans and music is a great part of their rebuilding," Wyman said.

Wyman will be recording for most of today. He will be recording solo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then his band will be recorded from 2 to 4 p.m. From 4 to 6 p.m. they will record their show and at 8 p.m., they will record the show again in front of a live audience during the evening performance. Nyk Fry is the director and Wyman will play on a 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano provided by Daynig Music in Salt Lake.

"I played it and it sounds beautiful," Wyman said.

Wyman isn’t worried about the long hours of singing. He says the extra singing just makes him better.

"My voice has more warmth and soul by the end. By the time the audience gets in my voice will be the best of the day," Wyman said.

A lot of the recording will be centered on his album "Factory," which came out last year, and the single "Angel."

"I never really promoted ‘Factory.’" Wyman said. "It was never really given a full shot. It will be kind of a re-release."

He’s never recorded an event like this live, but he says it will be a unique treat for listeners. The director will involve the audience in the filmmaking to create energy.

"There’s a chance you’ll be on camera at any moment," Wyman said. "The directors are getting up before the show and people will be interviewed, it’s like a premiere."

His band consists of Tracy Nielsen on the drums, Lisa Needham, his wife, who provides backup vocals, Reehan Jacob on the bass, a newcomer who Wyman says, has made a huge difference in the sound of the band and Jeff Alleman, the lead and rhythm guitarist is just starting to create chemistry with each other, Wyman said.

"When a band plays together, they reach a point where they really gel," Wyman said. "It has hit a higher level than it ever has before. It’s the perfect time to be filmed and recorded."

Wyman has a lot of hope for this recording and he believes the filming of his band will only make for a better performance.

"There will be more energy and intensity because we will be playing for posterity. I’m hoping this DVD will break open a ton of new territories."

Rich Wyman will perform in a free DVD filming concert at 8 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake. Doors open at 7 p.m. The event is free but people must have a ticket to enter. For more information or to reserve a ticket, call 640-2143.


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