McIntosh and John Varvatos Host a “Curation of Music” Vinyl Listening Experience with Legenary Producer Tony Visconti

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McIntosh Laboratory, global leader in prestige quality audio for over 60 years, joined forces with award-winning designer John Varvatos to host a special “Curation of Music” vinyl listening experience at the Soho House New York on Monday, September 26, featuring legendary Grammy Award-winning producer and respected author Tony Visconti. Visconti has been called one of the most important producers in the history of rock by some of the most influential music critics. He has produced hits with artists such as David Bowie, The Moody Blues, T.Rex and Thin Lizzy, and most recently with Morrissey, Kaiser Chiefs and Angélique Kidjo for her groundbreaking Grammy winning album, “Djin Djin.” He was recently honored with the coveted Joe Meek Award for Innovation in Production at the 2011 Music Producers Guild Awards in London.

At the Soho House New York “Curation of Music” event, Visconti played many of the top 10 hits he has produced over the years, while sharing stories that relate to the music and the sounds of the times in 1970’s London. The majority of the music were played on vinyl through a McIntosh SOHO System, allowing listeners to experience the full emotional impact of music heard through a McIntosh fine audio system.

McIntosh’s Vice President for Sales and Marketing Linda Passaro noted: “McIntosh is thrilled to have Tony Visconti be a part of our ongoing series of listening events co-hosted with John Varvatos. Tony’s extensive resume and incredible artistry as producer, arranger and musician made the evening very memorable for everyone. We’re looking forward to even more enlightening listening events in the future, all with the goal of conveying our passion for quality sound to the next generation of music lovers.”

McIntosh and John Varvatos began their partnership last year, when the company began offering select McIntosh audio products in renowned John Varvatos boutiques in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The brands came together because of a shared passion for music and fine audio reproduction.

John Varvatos grew up in Detroit – the music melting pot of America – where Motown, rock & roll, blues, jazz, and punk melded together in unforgettable period of music history. At an early age John was exposed to defining musicians including The Who, Led Zeppelin, Detroit’s own MC5, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, and The Stooges. The creative spirit, electricity and edginess intrinsic in the personal style of these rock ‘n’ roll icons inspired John at an early age, and influenced the evolution of his eclectic sensibility.

“Music is a driving force in my life. It gives me energy, excitement, stimulus, and inspiration,” states Mr. Varvatos.

The Soho House events underscore McIntosh’s long history and reputation among many of the world’s most renowned musical artists and producers.

About McIntosh Laboratory
Since 1949, McIntosh Laboratory has been committed to excellence, innovation and quality. McIntosh continues to define the ultimate home entertainment experience for discriminating consumers around the world. Handcrafted in Binghamton, New York, its products deliver powerful performance and superlative engineering. The iconic “McIntosh Blue” Watt Meters have become the recognized symbol of quality audio globally. McIntosh systems are created to share music quality passion throughout generations. McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. is a D&M Holdings company. For more information visit www.mcintoshlabs.com, or join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mcintoshlabs and Twitter at McIntoshLabsInc. All product and brand names with a trademark symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of McIntosh Laboratory, Inc.

About John Varvatos
Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, John Varvatos now represents an entire men’s lifestyle that includes footwear, bags, belts, eyewear, limited edition watches, men’s fragrances, as well as the younger, edgier John Varvatos  USA Collection and Converse by John Varvatos. The designer has been recognized three times by the CFDA with an American Fashion Award for New Menswear Designer (June 2000) and Menswear Designer of the Year (June 2001 and June 2005) and was honored as GQ’s “Designer of the Year” in 2007. The collection is distributed in freestanding John Varvatos boutiques across the US and online, as well as in better department stores throughout the world. Visit us at www.johnvarvatos.com or join us on Facebook: www.facebook/johnvarvatos

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PR Contact for McIntosh:

Christina Colon, DBA Public Relations
212.388.1400
colon@dba-pr.com

PR Contact for John Varvatos:

Courtney-Brooke Johnson
212.812.8019
courtney_johnson@vfc.com

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