The premiere of the ATLAS Boulder Box Set music/entertainment series, featuring folk/rock musicians Andy Hill and Renée Safier, has been recognized with a prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Award for Daniel Mercure, who was the Rocky Mountain PBS post production director of the show.
Boulder Box Set is a music/entertainment series that features performances captured live in high definition at the ATLAS Institute’s Black Box theater at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Kathleen Archuleta, who is ATLAS director of external relations and is friends with Hill and Safier, was instrumental in creating the series.
Hill and Safier performed before a live studio audience in the ATLAS Black Box. The concert was recorded using the Black Box's high-definition cameras, live switching and state-of-the-art recording equipment. CU and ATLAS students and staff participated in the recording, which was overseen by ATLAS broadcast engineer Bret Mann.
Post production of the show was done by Rocky Mountain PBS under the direction of Mercure, who has been an editor at the Denver-based PBS station since 1981. He previously won a Heartland Chapter Emmy for editing on the show "America's Mountain" in 1997. The Heartland Chapter includes broadcast markets in Denver, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita/Hutchinson, Omaha, Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Lincoln/Hastings-Kearney, Topeka, Grand Junction/Montrose, Cheyenne/Scottsbluff and North Platte.
The one-hour show was broadcast in various timeslots in July, August and September 2012 on Rocky Mountain PBS. The award was announced during the annual Heartland Chapter Emmy Award banquet July 13 in Denver.
Hill and Safier began performing together while they were students at the University of Denver more than 20 years ago. They maintain their Colorado roots through performances at various Colorado venues, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where Safier’s prodigious blues and jazz vocals won the acoustic blues competition in 2005. They have recorded a dozen CDs and won numerous awards including “Best Duo/Group” from the International Acoustic Music Awards and “Americana Group of the Year” from the LA Music Awards.
Musicians appearing with Hill and Safier on the Boulder Box Set show included Bruce Springsteen-sideman Marty Rifkin on pedal steel and electric guitar, eTown’s bassist Chris Engleman and Denver’s Mike Marlier on drums.
Other performers in the Boulder Box Set series include Ian Cooke, a cellist, pianist, singer and songwriter; the Denver-based rock group The Congress; and Paper Bird, a Denver-based band that plays a blend of folk, roots and Americana. More information about Boulder Box Set is available at http://boulderboxset.org/.
More information about the Heartland Emmy awards is at http://www.emmyawards.tv/