Piano Haven Recording Studio – Sedona, AZ
The atmosphere is perfect – a cozy studio in the breath-taking Red Rocks country of Sedona, AZ. A meticulously maintained 7’7” Shigeru Kawai SK-7L (a very rare handmade collector’s piano)… world class recording & mastering gear… and a patient, experienced engineer who lives & breathes piano music, Shigeru Kawai Artist – Joe Bongiorno. This is not your traditional recording studio. It’s a specialty studio focusing on PIANO & emphasizing a peaceful, relaxed, productive environment.
Joe’s mission is to share his good fortune & make world class recording available to all. Let’s make your music sound fantastic!
We specialize in mastering solo piano & piano based music. Don’t send your music off to a “mass-mastering service”, have it done by someone who KNOWS the instrument and genre inside out. Whether you record at Piano Haven, another studio, or in your home studio, we will get THE MOST out of your recording!
Need to make some high quality videos for your website or youtube? Joe can record you in HD with world class sound! Check out our YouTube Channel HERE
Marketing your music
If your music falls into the “contemporary’ or “new age” piano genre, Joe can help you with valuable insight & direction as far as marketing your music and getting it out to the world. Joe offers “promotional consult” exclusively to his patrons, as well as very affordable radio promotion service (to select clients). We send your music to dozens of our personal contacts… radio stations and internet broadcasts that play contemporary/new age piano music.
Just need some help recording YOUR project?
Joe is available as a journeyman engineer. He can come to you with his gear, passion and expertise to record you on your piano in your venue… no destination is too far! Contact Joe & open up a discussion HERE.
Testimonials from a few renowned artists:
David Nevue, Eugene, OR
– in 2009, David recorded “Revelation” at Piano Haven
– in 2011, David recorded “A Delicate Joy” at Piano Haven
– in 2012 David recorded “Open Sky” at Piano Haven
— Gary Girouard, Winner of Whisperings Album of the Year 2012 for “Naked Piano – Light to Dark”, recorded at Piano Haven. Gary also recorded “Naked Piano – Elements” at Piano Haven
I have had the opportunity to record and perform on many pianos throughout the world and I must say the Kawai RX-7 is by far one of the greatest I have ever played. So much so as to tell owner, Bongiorno, of my hopes to take it off his hands whenever the time comes for him to change the scenery of his studio.
For solo piano recordings, there simply are no other options for me…
— Chad Lawson, Whisperings’ Album of the Year nominee in 2011
Chad recorded his nominated release “The Piano” & “A Solo Piano Christmas” at Piano Haven
— Mary Lydia Ryan, Seattle, WA
— Philip Wesley, Nashville, TN – an iTunes New Age #1 artist in January 2012
Joe was a great engineer for the album. His guidance was invaluable, and his personality certainly set me at ease so I was in the right frame of mind for recording. All in all it was a great experience and the music speaks for itself!”
— Greg Maroney, York, PA
” I took about a day and a half to record “Solo Piano for Peace” at Joe’s Piano Haven Studio. His piano was perfect and so was the atmosphere and the recording quality. I’m not sure I could have had such a relaxed session in any other studio. To be able to improvise an entire CD required just the right state of mind, and I was able to achieve that at Piano Haven Studio.
After some feedback from Whisperings and my co-producer Eric Tingstad, I flew back for another session because I needed just a few more tunes. Again, the magic struck! I Came up with some really nice music. This is, by far, the best of my three CDs in terms of the music and the recording. I am extremely happy with the results and look forward to getting this music out into the world. If the people who listen to my music feel the feelings I had while making the music, I will be on my way of achieving my mission of creating a peaceful world, one listener at a time. Thank you Joe for making it possible for me to realize my mission in the form of this recording. Your friendship and generosity are greatly appreciated. Love and peace always and everywhere~ “
– Louis has also recorded “Solo Piano for Love, Peace & Mermaids”, “A Peaceful Christmas”, “Sedona on My Mind” & ” Healing Piano of Sedona” at Piano Haven
— Louis Landon, New York, NY
Since discovering Piano Haven, I have recorded my last 4 albums there with Joe Bongiorno. My latest release, ”Souvenirs”, was recorded on Joe’s new Shigeru Kawai SK7 and the clear tone and rich piano sound is incredible! Recording on this beautiful instrument made the experience magical. It is always a great experience recording with Joe. A fellow pianist and composer, he is a master at recording solo piano. He is experienced in the studio, with an excellent ear and engineering abilities specific to recording piano. Plus, friendly and professional sessions in a relaxed atmosphere where you feel comfortable and at home, not a cold studio environment. This combination makes it the perfect place to record a piano album. The music flowed naturally and I was very happy with the performances. I have never had this experience at any other recording studio – nor could I ever find a piano that I was satisfied with. In addition, he also masters your CD, making the final product a wonderful experience. Thank you, Joe, for helping me make this CD and all the others something I am very proud of!
—Christine Brown, San Diego, CA
-Immediately upon releasing the album, initially on iTunes, I received positive feedback from fans about the new album and some high ratings and reviews on iTunes. One of the things I’m especially satisfied about regarding this recording at Piano Haven is that we did not need to use ANY compression or EQ at any point in this recording. All original dynamics are retained. If you like the sample recordings and you are a pianist, it’s worth flying from anywhere in the world to record at Joe Bongiorno’s pristine studio.”
— Steven Cravis, San Francisco, CA
Recent Notable Projects:
Whisperings Solo Piano Vol I & 2
“Music to Quiet Your World” featuring music from 16 Whisperings artists including David Lanz, Wayne Gratz, David Nevue, Philip Wesley, Michele McLaughlin, Joe Bongiorno & many more!
Read all about the making of the Whisperings I album right HERE in this interview with Joe & David Nevue by Kathy Parsons of Mainly Piano
SoloPianoChristmas.com – Christmas Whisperings
David Nevue (OR) – “Revelation“, “Adoration” “Winding Down”, Open Sky , A Delicate Joy
Philip Wesley (TN) – “Hope Endures” & Heart to Hands
Joe Yamada (WA) – “A Mini Chistmas Album” & Imagination
Chad Lawson (NC) – “The Piano” & Solo Piano Christmas
Louis Landon (NY) – “Solo Piano for Peace” , “For Peace, Love & Mermaids” & A Peaceful Christmas, Sedona on My Mind, & Healing Piano of Sedona
Joe Bongiorno (AZ) – Flight of a Dream, “Into the Wind”, “A Candlelight Christmas” , “Mesmerized” & Somewhere Within
Christine Brown (CA) – “Souvenirs“, “Promise” , Wishing Well , A Classic Christmas
Greg Maroney (PA) – “The Journey”
Gary Girouard (MA) – “The Naked Piano III – Light & Dark” & “The Naked Piano – Elements”
Steven Cravis (CA) – “Healing Piano Music”
Brad Jacobsen (WA) – “Road Home” , Deck the Halls , Thirteen Tales & “The Arrow and the Song”
Tim Glemser (AZ) – “Painted Echoes” , Boundless & “Spirit of Montana”
Rhonda Mackert (WA) – “A Wild Beauty” & Safe Harbor
Amy Janelle (WA) – “Shining True” & “A New Direction”
Zachary Bruno (AZ) – “Before the Rain” & Dawn’s Light
John Albert Thomas (TN) – “Now I Sleep”
Mary Lydia Ryan (WA) – “Sunshine & Second Chances” , “Where Can I Leave My Heart“, and “Moving in Grace”
Cathy Oakes (TN) – “Like a Song” & “To See You Again”
Jeremy Yowell (IL) – “Beautiful Shores” & Shepherd’s Glen
Aaron Barber (CA) – “Still Shining”