Original Music Workshop coming to Williamsburg

High-tech venue to book low-draw bands

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SPRING-LOADED: The floor of Original Music Workshop will be on a spring surrounded by concrete for optimal sound-recording conditions.
THE CREW: Architect Peter Zuspan, creative director Paola Prestini, and board member Jill Steinberg stand inside the future home of the Original Music Workshop.
DUSTED OFF: A mural adorns the wall of the former sawdust factory.
LOOKING UP: The acoustically curious, including Paola Prestini, left, architect Peter Zuspan, in bright shorts, and Councilman Steve Levin, right.

Get ready to hear some of the most crisp, resounding guitar chords ever played in Williamsburg, and don’t expect to recognize the people doing the strumming.

A group of music aficionados are turning an old sawdust factory into a high-tech music venue that they say will offer top-of-the-line acoustics.

“We worked from the perspective of an intimate, acoustically-driven space that will allow for recording and community,” said architect Peter Zuspan.

The organization Original Music Workshop is building the one-room venue, which will also host recording sessions, atop a layer of springs for the best sound possible, Zuspan said.

The group has raised $16 million through private donors for the facility on the corner of Wythe Aveue and N. Sixth Street, he said.

Organizers plan to invite up-and-coming musicians who would not usually be a big enough draw for a major venue to the 300-capacity hall. The Workshop will also host residencies and offer visiting songsmiths the opportunity to nominate others for a stay.

“We want to give these people a new audience,” said Zuspan of the talent that will be coming through the door. “A lot of the groups playing there you have never heard of but you will come because of the quality of what has been in there before.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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