Recording artist and producer, Daniel Lanois, used a Sennheiser evolution e 935 microphone at two concerts during the recent Toronto International Film Festival (Photo: Kyle Weir). Toronto (October 26, 2007)–Daniel Lanois wears a lot of hats–he’s produced some of the best known albums of our time for the likes of Bob Dylan, U2, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel and Emmylou Harris, and he’s had a moderately successful but critically acclaimed career as a solo musician as well. Now he can add another item to his lengthy CV–film producer and director. September saw the artist introduce a documentary about his life in the studio with the premiere of Here Is What Is at the Toronto International Film Festival. The debut was followed by two nights of concerts at which Lanois had an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the support of Sennheiser, which partnered with him for the film’s debut.
“Daniel Lanois’ career is a strong example of the quality artists and producers that have their work praised around the globe,” says Jean Langlais, president of Sennheiser Canada. “We are delighted to support his debut as a movie director and producer. We have no doubt that Daniel will flourish in this new endeavor.”
Noted Greg Beebe, director of Global Relations, “Partnering with internationally acclaimed artists, producers, engineers and events hits the core strategy of our new division. Our association with Daniel Lanois is just the beginning of efforts to brand Sennheiser worldwide.”
“Here Is What Is” documents the musician/producer over the course of 18 months working in his Toronto studio as he records his new solo album, planned for release in spring 2008. The behind-the-scenes film also includes many of his frequent collaborators, including co-producer Brian Eno and U2 working on a new album in Morocco, Emmylou Harris, Billy Bob Thornton and Brian Blade. The documentary is co-directed by Lanois with photographer Adam Vollick and recording engineer Adam Samuels, and also features guest appearances by Garth Hudson, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville and Sinéad O’Connor.
The film’s premiere on September 9th was followed on September 10th and 11th by two sold-out concert performances at the Great Hall in Toronto at which Lanois showcased songs from his new solo album with a little help from his friends–principal drummer Brian Blade and pianist Garth Hudson, formerly of The Band. Sennheiser supplied numerous microphones for the occasion, including a pair of Neumann TLM 103 large-diaphragm condenser microphones, two Neumann KM 184 small diaphragm condensers, a Sennheiser evolution Series e 935 vocal cardioid mic, a pair of e 609 guitar amplifier mics, two e 903 dynamic mics for toms, and an e 905 snare mic.
In recognition of that support, Sennheiser’s logo was associated with many aspects of the Lanois’ movie premiere and the subsequent concerts. “I’ve got thirty years of Sennheiser under my belt! I was very proud to be associated with Sennheiser for my recent concerts that took place during the Toronto International Film Festival,” states Lanois.