Wonderpark Studios was founded by Chris Krasnow and Eva Lawitts. The pair met as teenagers in 2006 while both attending LaGuardia Arts High School. They discovered they had a shared love of bands like Don Cabellero, Mastodon and The Mars Volta, and soon started playing together and writing songs. Chris then joined Eva’s band, Sister Helen, and they spent the remainder of high school and college playing shows all over New York City and the east coast.
At the same time, Chris became interested in engineering, and started recording Sister Helen, local bands, and his own solo albums in various iterations of an ever-evolving home studio. Before graduating college, Chris had recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered 15 solo albums, 3 Sister Helen albums, a variety of LPs, EPs and singles for the bands Citris, Mad Satta, Knucklehead, Noisebody, and The Lounge Act.
After college, Eva took on the role of Sister Helen’s booking agent and tour manager, and the band spent the next two years touring the United States full-time. During their brief respites at home, Chris took on recording projects for Amira B, The Sidewinders, Wild Sleep and Eva’s other bands Three Body Problem, Fuck Squad, and Psychaudio. He also released two more solo albums, including the album that would become the namesake of their current joint venture- Wonderpark.
Similarly, Eva made end’s meet working at a series of record labels, and finally as a studio assistant at the renowned DIY recording studio Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen (now Holy Fang).
In January 2017, Sister Helen released their final album and broke up, and Chris and Eva decided to use their 10+ years of experience together recording, producing, touring, managing and promoting to form a full-service, affordable recording studio. Thanks to a generous offer from Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader of Gravesend Recordings, they were able to move comfortably into 13 Stanwix Street (in The Silent Barn) were the first iteration of Wonderpark Studios produced a variety of albums, EPs and singles from some of the best and brightest artists in Brooklyn. After the Silent Barn announced its closing, Wonderpark picked up and moved into 502 Smith Street in Gowanus (thanks to the amazing crew of Refuge Recording), where they now reside.
More About Chris
Chris is a multi-instrumentalist equally at home on guitar, drums, bass, trombone, trumpet and piano. He has been playing, writing, and recording music for most of his life and is skilled in both digital and analog recording. Fluent in Pro Tools, he can record, engineer, produce, edit, mix or master any project. To see proof of his skill and fluency, one need look no further than his solo albums, or the recorded work of Citris and Amira B., for which Chris played every instrument (excepting some guitars and keyboards on Citris’s and Amira’s records, respectively) and was the sole recording and mixing engineer.
Chris holds a BFA in Jazz Performance (trombone) from SUNY Purchase, and has been the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Boosey & Hawkes Young Composer Award. In 2014, Chris was selected as the winner of the Experience Hendrix Guitar Competition and subsequently played with Buddy Guy, Billy Cox and a host of others at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
More About Eva
A prolific bass player and writer, Eva is a co-founder of and creative force behind the bands Three Body Problem, Sister Helen, Fuck Squad, and her own solo project- Stimmerman. She has also served as the touring and/or recording bassist for Princess Nokia, Vagabon, Rotem Sivan, Citris, Oceanator, Meghann Wright and War Twins. Locally in New York, Eva is or has been a member of the following bands: Wsabi Fox, Glassbath, Adam O’Farrill’s Bird Blown Out of Latitude, Caretaker, Carlos Hernandez, Psychaudio, Gummy, The Liberte Big Band, The Eco Music Big Band and probably many more.
She spent her college years studying under the renowned bass player John Patitucci at The City College of New York, the institution from which she received a BFA in Jazz Performance (upright bass). In 2014 she was a semi-finalist in the European Biennial Bass Competition, subsequently giving concerts in The Netherlands and Germany. Before that, Eva attended LaGuardia Arts High School where she had vague ambitions of being an orchestral bass player, and studied classically with Judy Sugarman, Jeremy McCoy and Kurt Muroki. These disparate stylistic studies and experience touring all over the United States, Canada, and Europe with many different kinds of bands have culminated into a monstrous body of knowledge, most of which is now used to make really weird rock music.
After trying to juggle touring as a performer with various managerial positions at record labels, recording studios and as a tour manager to several bands, Eva decided to settle down and try her hand at engineering and producing.