SPARS Speed Mentoring – Mentoring Answers for your Career
Location – Javits Center Room 1E14
Saturday, October 19, 2013
9 am – 11 am
SPARS once again hosted speed mentoring sessions at the 135th AES Convention being held in New York, October 17-20, 2013. The Ask SPARS mentoring sessions took place on Saturday, October 19th. These mentoring sessions featured recognized industry professionals in the fields of Gaming, Live Sound/Live Recording, Sound for Picture and Studio Production. The mentors met with participants face to face in small groups to offer advice, share their experiences and answer questions about the industry and careers.
Who should attend:
Current students, recent graduates and recording professionals who are seeking answers to questions, guidance in their careers and networking opportunities with established industry professionals. Mentoring is a life long process. SPARS believes members of the recording community should seek mentoring opportunities at every stage of their career.
This year’s categories will be:
As of today, the following mentors are registered to attend in the below categories:
MTV VMA nominated composer Tom Salta is one of the most versatile and prolific music artists/producers working in film, television, advertising and video games. Renowned for crafting emotionally engaging soundtracks for multimedia, Salta has received widespread industry acclaim for his world-class produced scores featured in video game titles such as HALO: Spartan Assault, HALO: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, From Dust, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Red Steel (IGN Award for Best Original Score), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter and Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X series. In addition to these scoring assignments, Salta produces music for commercials, Hollywood film trailers and the world’s #1 dance game series Just Dance.
Gina Zdanowicz is an award-winning sound designer / composer and owner of Seriallab Studios.
Her sound can be heard across multiple platforms on over 45 game titles ranging from award winning AAA titles to casual games such as Bioshock2, XCOM, CrimeCraft, Motion Explosion for Kinect, Web (ESPN Arcade, Nick.com & B.E.T), Wii, DS, iOS, OUYA, Android and Film.
Gina started her passion for video games at an early age and her two passions merged when she graduated Berklee College of Music, with a BM in Music Synthesis. She keeps her technical abilities sharp by taking on producer and level designer and audio integrator roles for over 10 game titles. Her varied experience in the game industry gives her in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the production cycle from start to finish, which allows her to greatly contribute to the overall process.
In addition to her work in the game industry, Gina is an Instructor of game audio at Berklee Music online. She continues to score independent films, which have won awards at film festivals throughout the world and have premiered on networks such as Comedy Central. She is also a Bronze member of the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) and a member of the I.G.D.A.
Scott Selfon is a senior development lead in Microsoft’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG), where he helps composers, sound designers, audio programmers, and game designers with technical and creative challenges in developing sound for games. An orchestral violist and composer of music for a wide range of media, Scott is a member of the Seattle Composers Alliance and is on the advisory board of the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.). As an educator, Scott is a faculty member of both the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program and the University of Southern California, has coordinated and lectured at the Game Developers Conference’s Audio Boot Camp tutorial sessions for more than a decade, and has spoken at conferences worldwide on audio, interactive entertainment, and sound implementation techniques and technologies for interactive media. Scott is an alumnus of the University of Southern California, where he obtained dual degrees in Music Composition (film scoring emphasis) and Computer Engineering/Computer Science.
For sixteen years Randy Coppinger directed the in-house recording studio at Disney Character Voices where he worked with some of the most talented people in entertainment. He was especially proud to contribute to the Nightmare Before Christmas version of the Haunted Mansion. Corey Burton, who voiced the Ghost Host, likes to note that essential to making it sound convincing was a combination of technologies and techniques to match the original, “yet keep it contemporary,” as Randy Thornton of Walt Disney Records described it.
Since May 2012 Randy Coppinger has been producing dialog for apps at Disney Publishing. Randy’s casting, voice direction, and production skills give app producers a single point of contact to transform dialog scripts into product ready audio assets.
“Whether it’s thousands of assets for a huge console game, or just a handful for talking toys, I feel most at home in the recording studio — at the center of the action — surrounded by writers, producers, and the amazing voice actors with whom it is my privilege to work.”
Credits Include: Kinect Disneyland Adventures, The Pirates of the Caribbean series of games, Kingdom Hearts, Cars AppMates, Disney Storytime, Planes: Storybook Deluxe, Palace Pets
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Danny Leake, Urban Guerrilla Engineers
41 year Veteran Master Music Engineer, former Chief Music Engineer of Universal Recording and owner of the mastering studio, Urban Guerrilla Engineers; Artists worked with include Janet Jackson, Hank Williams Jr., Kanye West, Willie Nelson, Destiny’s Child, Lupe Fiasco, The Police, Stevie Wonder, Kurt Elling, Tom Waits, Aretha Franklin, Ramsey Lewis, BellBivDevoe, New Edition and Johnny Gill.
Music Engineer/Mastering credits include Janet Jackson’s “Black Cat”, Toms Waits “Frank’s Wild Years, Dennis DeYoung (Styx) “The Music of Styx” Live,”, Kurt Elling’s Grammy Nominated “Live In Chicago”, The Grammy Nominated Martin Scorcese’s The Blues, Lupe Fiasco’s Grammy winning duet with Jill Scott, “Daydreamin” and Usher’s OMG Live at the 02 DVD/Blueray.
Danny also has over 25 years experience as an accomplished Live Sound Engineer. He has worked the “Front of the House” for artists like Stevie Wonder, Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, Dennis DeYoung, Ramsey Lewis and many others. Has worked all over the World at concerts like The Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, The Isle of Wight “Bestival” in the UK, and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration at Buckingham Palace. Other festivals include Hyde Park Live and The Glastonbury Festival in the UK, The Summerfest Festival in Osaka, Japan, and Bonnaroo in the US.
He is an expert at integrating Orchestras with high volume rhythm sections live. He has also worked live concert Radio/TV Broadcasts. (The Tom Joyner Skyshows)
As a former member of The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees he helped facilitate the Recording Engineer/Mixer Grammy, the Mastering Engineer Grammy, the Dance Music and Remixer of the Year categories to the Grammy Awards process.
I grew up and studied in Cardiff, South Wales and now reside in New York, NY. I gained my Bachelor of Music honors degree in Contemporary Music Composition and Creative Music Technology at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
My first experience of the live music world came in 1998, when my parents bought a basic PA for their pub. I was given the job of mixing the local bands that performed at the venue, as I was deemed to be the most qualified person (i.e. I was the only one who knew how to plug a microphone into a console)! I enjoyed the experience so much that I decided to pursue a professional career, working at music venues and clubs within the South Wales area from 2001. I progressed to touring full time in 2005.
I now live in New York and work as a live FOH sound engineer (Foster the People) and house system tech (Terminal 5) when not on the road. I also have experience as a Production Manager (Passion Pit) and Monitor Engineer (Ting Tings, Grouplove).
Over the past few years, my skills on programs such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton and Mainstage have also developed to a professional level.
Erik Zobler has had a multifaceted career in audio. He has been engineering, producing and mixing for more than 39 years. He has a long list of credits including artists such as Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker, Jeffrey Osborne, Sara Vaughn, Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, Esperanza Spalding, and many more. He shared a close working relationship with artist/producer/jazz great — George Duke — working on all of his projects since 1979. Erik has worked for Paramount and Sony pictures (and others) as a Y-1 scoring mixer. He has also traveled to multiple continents as a FOH mixer for George Duke and other artists. In 1976, Erik took a position of “apprentice engineer” (an IBEW moniker) at the CBS owned and operated studio in San Francisco, where he was trained in the art of vinyl mastering by George Horn. He still does mastering for a select group of clients. Erik Graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS degree in Broadcasting.
Jeri has been a broadcast engineer and audio specialist for past 20 years in Sports and Entertainment and 10 years prior on the music industry side of audio, as well as television post-production. With a primary focus on live remote broadcast events, Jeri’s work has included NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR, the SuperBowl and The Oscars in addition to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. Jeri has worn the hats of broadcast engineer/mixer, field audio, RF technologies and comms. With a current emphasis in RF Technology, Jeri served on the RF Coordination committee for NBA All-Stars and will serve in the same capacity for the Rose Bowl 2014. Jeri also served on the NFL’s Enhanced Audio team on it’s debut roll-out.
Jeri’s education began at The Juilliard School of Music as a composition/orchestration major. She began her early career in the recording studio serving as both MD (Music Director) and scoring charts for various artists/bands.
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Eric began playing music professionally at the age of 16 playing in a local R&B band in his hometown of Winston-Salem, NC. In 1986, while attending North Carolina State University’s School of Design, Eric founded his own company, Johnsound Productions. Eric’s early work included composing, writing, and recording jingles for local and regional clients. Eric also did studio production for artists seeking recording contracts. One of his first clients was Tyka Nelson who is the younger sister of Grammy Award-winning artist Prince. Eric helped write and arrange Tyka’s first single, Marc Anthony’s Tune which made Billboard Magazine’s Top Forty chart during the summer of 1987.
In 1988, Eric began to move away from producing artists and began to concentrate on music for advertising as well as soundtracks for non-broadcast corporate video and film projects. In January of 2003, Eric joined Trailblazer Studios to launch the music and sound department providing custom music, sound design, and mixing for film, video, radio, television, theatrical, and multimedia presentations. Clients include commercials for Travelocity, Nationwide Insurance, Chevrolet, Sherwin Williams, and Cracker Barrel as well as television projects for Discovery Channel, TLC, OWN, HBO, National Geographic, PBS, and DIY/HGTV. Trailblazer has also provided sound for a number of gaming clients including Virtual Heroes, Red Storm Entertainment, and Codemasters.
Leslie Mona-Mathus, Senior Audio Engineer for ABC News Advertising and Promotion
Currently Senior Audio Engineer for ABC News Advertising and Promotion, Leslie is an Emmy award winning Audio Mixer / Sound Designer/ Producer. In her 30+ year career she has earned two Grammy nominations, six Emmy nominations, multiple Clio and Promax awards, an Independent Music Award, a Gold Record and a BAFTA.
Leslie began her career as staff engineer at Automated Sound Studios, and set out as a freelancer at the age of 23, branching out to work at top tier recording facilities in New York. In addition to working with major recording artists, her client base included premier music production companies and ad agencies.
Her extraordinary experience in music and advertising production allowed her to seamlessly cross over into the audio post-production arena. She became a staff engineer at HSRNY, and then went on to freelance as a post-production engineer.
Now, in addition to her full time job at ABC, Leslie frequently contributes as a guest speaker for several university and secondary school programs. She enjoys the opportunity to educate and mentor future generations of audio professionals. Her love of her craft, strong work ethic and commitment to the highest standards of the recording industry, drive her career and artistic endeavors forward, allowing for continued success in an ever-changing industry.
Jamie Baker, Foley Editor
Jamie Baker is a top notch, freelance, post production sound editor and mixer with award winning credits and nominations for Foley editing on films such as Hugo and The Life of Pi, and mixing credits from numerous television networks such as MSNBC, Food Network, Oxygen, ABC News, PBS, Animal Planet, and more. Originally she ventured into the realm of audio engineering as a musician that wanted to record her own original songs and make music recording her profession. Along her career path she accidentally stepped into the world of post production audio and never turned back! Her career began with entry level positions at a small record label and a handful of jingle houses while she played in a touring punk-pop band and recorded songwriter demos in her home studio. She honed her craft, networking and learning as much as she could. One day she was thrilled to be invited to sit in to observe a mix by a seasoned music engineer, and when she arrived at the mix she learned that he was not mixing music but he was mixing a film! Jamie had never even thought about creative audio engineering for anything other than for music or live theater. This new-to-her concept of mixing audio for a film was so very intriguing. It presented exciting new audio challenges that she could not resist! The dialogue needs to sound natural, the sound of footsteps has to be put in its proper place in the sonic landscape, the radio playing in the next room needs to get louder and less reverberant as we approach… This enlightening moment discovering the magical realm of sound-for-film led her to pave a path crossing over into the post production audio world with the goal of becoming a film mixer. Not having a clue how to get there, she sought out advice of a top film mixer in NY, and he recommended she start at the bottom, “carrying cans” as a messenger at a film house. She was hired as a messenger at the late, great Sound One, and from there she gradually made her way over to being one of the freelance foley editors on the Oscar winning sound edit team at C5, Inc. Along the colorful road from messenger to editor and mixer Jamie has had the opportunity to put on many different audio hats, performing multiple types of post audio jobs; Sound Supervisor, Re-recording Mixer, Recordist, Editor, Sound Designer, ProTools Tech Support, and more. Each job is an important cog in the storytelling wheel. Jamie continues to wear multiple hats and use her post audio skills to help the storytellers get their points across. Highlights of 2013 works include freelancing regularly at MSNBC and Food Network mixing promos, sound editing and mixing a season of “Extreme Catch: Off the Hook” for Animal Planet, and a few feature film foley edits at C5, Inc.
Bill Higley, ADR
Bill Higley is an independent audio mixer with over 30 years experience in the industry.
Specializing in adr and original dialog recording for animated feature films, Bill has worked on numerous feature films and well known television shows, as well as television and radio advertising. He is the President of Adrman Inc, and recently returned to Soundtrack, NY with whom he originally worked in 1987 after moving to New York from Chicago. He spent almost two decades with Howard Schwartz Recording in NYC and 5 years with Universal Recording in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Music Suma cum Laude.
Born in Japan, Jun Mizumachi has been composing electro-acoustic music and creating sound design for film, theater, dance and art installations.
In September 2005, the International Computer Music Conference awarded his electro-acoustic piece “Machine Game” and invited him to perform at their annual conference in Barcelona. Again in August 2008 ICMC awarded his piece “PF-20” to premire in Belfast and the piece “Location 2” was played in Trieste, Italy for CIM 2012 (Colloquium on Music Informatics). An earlier work, “745-Bit Cycle,” premiered at University of Minnesota and ran at the University of Cincinnati as part of the Electric Music Collective.
He began designing sound installations in 1987 at Documenta 8, and in 2004 he was commissioned by the Singapore Museum to design a sonic landscape for the building’s new wing. Currently he has been working on sound design for the Hayden Planetarium at The Museum of Natural Museum.
His music and sound design have been featured in works at the New York and Venice Film Festivals, where his credits include Robert Longo’s “Arena Brains” and Mitchell Lichtenstein’s “Resurrection.” He has collaborated with feature film directors including Martin Scorsese (After Hours), the Cohen Brothers (Blood Simple and Raising Arizona) and Wim Wenders (David Bowie introduces).
He was the sound designer on major ad campaigns including Nike, Pepsi, AT&T, IBM, Miller Lite, GMC and Saab, and he has worked on projects with broadcast clients such as CBS News and Sports, ABC News, MTV, ESPN, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, and HBO’s station IDs.
He has received several awards, including Emmys, Clios and a Cannes Film Festival Golden Lion Award, and currently works as a sound designer at The CuttingRoom in New York City.
Rick Senechal, Audio Lead, Microsoft Production Studios, Redmond, WA
Rick Senechal currently leads the audio group at Microsoft Studios. MS Studios is a full service production facility located in Redmond Washington. They offer services ranging from broadcast, post, music, brand music and music supervision, UI design and general audio production. Microsofts’s work is played in every global market with an up countable number of plays.
Starting as a drummer and then transitioned into audio production, in the early years, he ran the recording program at Fairhaven Studios on the Western Washington University. During that time he created curriculum for four university level audio classes.
He has a heart for music production and creating educational opportunities aimed at increasing the skill level of the local audio community thus drawing more production to the Northwest.
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David Kahne, Producer, Composer, Arranger, Engineer/Programmer
Sr VP, Columbia Records
Sr VP, Warner Bros Records
Some of the artists David has produced:
Paul McCartney, Romeo Void, Tony Bennett, The Bangles, Fishbone, Presidents of the United States of America, Billy Joel, Dionne Ferris, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Springsteen, Sublime, Soul Coughing, Sugar Ray, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks, KD Lang, and New Order, The Strokes, Sean Lennon, Reeve Carney, Kelly Clarkson, Matisyahu, Taking Back Sunday, Ingrid Michaelson, Renee Fleming, Teddy Thompson and Regina Spektor.
And some of the artists David produces currently:
Paul McCartney, 1991, The Rubens, Dirty Pearls, James McCartney, July Days, Alexz Johnson.
David is also a composer of orchestral music. He’s written 3 full-length ballets and composed many film scores, including the score for the Dublin-produced Bloom, a film adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses starring Stephen Rea. He also recently composed a classical guitar concerto that will be premiering in Argentina in the fall.
David has his own studio, SeeSquared Studios, situated at Avatar Studios, where he does most of his production work.
Since 1980, Mark Rubel has made about a thousand recordings at his Pogo Studio in downtown Champaign IL, for various wonderful artists including Hum, Alison Krauss, Rascal Flatts, Fallout Boy, Adrian Belew, Luther Allison, Jay Bennett, Ian Hobson and Henry Butler, and such clients as RCA, Capitol, Warner, Jive/Zomba, Volition Games, Electronic Arts, The BBC, Smithsonian, and many more.
Having taught audio to thousands of students since 1985, Prof. Rubel teaches recording, music business, music technology and the history of rock, and is the Co-Director at the Blackbird Academy. He is on the national board of SPARS (the Society of Professional Recording Services) and belongs to NARAS, AES, ASCAP, MEIEA, EARS, and numerous other acronyms.
Mark serves as a workshop presenter, consultant, beta tester and legal expert witness. He writes occasionally for recording magazines, especially Tape Op for whom he interviewed Les Paul, Terry Manning and others. Bassist in the thrash oldies rock band Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets for 32 years and counting, Mark plays many instruments badly and sings worse. He is ridiculously happy cultivating songs, artists, students, and cats, along with his saintly wife, Nancy.
Chris Mara, Owner/Producer/Engineer, Welcome to 1979
Chris Mara moved from Northern Wisconsin to Nashville when he was 19 years old to intern at a recording studio called “The Recording Club”. After his internship the studio hired him as the house assistant engineer, and over the next 5 years Mara moved up through the ranks in the “traditional” manner. After several years of being a freelance engineer/producer Mara decided to buck the trends and open a retro, all analog studio in Nashville aptly named “Welcome To 1979”. Mara also restores and sells MCI analog tape machines through his company called “No Brainer Audio”, and hosts “Tape Camps” and other events at Welcome To 1979, each catering to the analog recording enthusiasts’ curiosities of analog recording and sense of community. Chris also writes his own biographies for these types of things, and humbly asks for your apology after reading this short and disjointed bio.
Craig Schumacher, Owner/Producer/Engineer, WaveLab
Craig Schumacher has been making records in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona since 1993. He started out in his garage in 1985 with early MIDI technology and sequencing. He grew frustrated at the inability to link live performance to the sequenced music he was creating and sought out a solution. This led him to purchase a Tascam ½ 8track tape machine and then learning how to sync the sequencer to the tape machine. Those early experiments led to the creation of a local band which proved to be louder than the alleged soundproofing of the garage studio. In order to keep things pleasant between neighbors, Craig sought out a new location for his band and equipment. With a stroke of good luck he found a very affordable and large warehouse space near downtown Tucson and renovated the space to make it suitable for occupancy.
This location was the studios first home and where WaveLab was born. It was here in 1994 that Craig recorded The Friends of Dean Martinez first record for Sub-Pop. That record opened the door to many acts to follow including Calexico, Giant Sand, Richard Buckner, Lisa Germano, and Bill Janowitz. As it turns out, WaveLab was riding the crest of the new ‘alternative’ country movement and quickly established itself as a destination studio that makes what some critics have described as goth country or desert noir.
That reputation has enabled Craig to become a sought after engineer, producer, and mixer and work with Neko Case, Amos Lee, Devotchka, The Jayhawks, Robyn Hitchcock, John Doe, and most recently, KT Tunstall. He has also tracked and mixed outside of his home base of Tucson in NY, LA, Paris, Stockholm, and Austin. He is also an adjunct professor at Scottsdale Community College since 2007 and teaches recording and mixing. He is the founder and organizer of the PotLuck Audio Conference and a contributing writer to Tape Op Magazine.
Glenn Lorbecki, Owner/Producer/Engineer, Glenn Sound
Producer, engineer, composer, musician, educator, author, and dad; Lorbecki’s career spans four decades and includes such projects as the Violent Femmes, Dizzy Gillespie, Coldplay, Weezer, White Stripes, Green Day, and other GRAMMY® nominated projects. Glenn is President/CEO of Seattle’s Glenn Sound studios, and performs live with the Xtremes. Past cochair of the GRAMMY® Producers & Engineers Wing, he recently served two terms as national Secretary/Treasurer of the Recording Academy Board of trustees, and is writing a series of books on Music Production with Pro Tools for Hal Leonard Publishing.
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Pat McMakin, Director of Operations, Ocean Way Studios
In over 30 years in the music industry, Pat McMakin has worked successfully as a recording engineer, record producer, songwriter, GM of Sony Tree Studios, and GM Tree Productions (Sony/ATV’s music production/ artist development company). He has worked with a wide variety of artists including Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Brooks and Dunn, Lonestar, Brenda Lee, N’Sync, Steve Martin and countless other artists, producers and songwriters. McMakin has produced and engineered in a wide variety of musical genres including country, rock, pop, jazz and classical music. He was employed at Sony/ATV for over 25 years. In March of 2008 McMakin assumed the leadership of Belmont University’s Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios where he currently serves as Director of Operations.
Drew Waters, Universal Music, Head of Studio Operations & Archiving, Capitol Studios
Drew Waters is Head of Studio Operations, Archives and Strategy at the iconic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California. Additionally, he is an accomplished bassist, composer and recording engineer who holds a Ph.D. in Performance and Composition from New York University.
A long supporter of education, Drew has held the position of Assistant Professor at CSU Monterey Bay as well as at SUNY Plattsburgh, teaching a wide variety of music and recording courses. He is a member of AES, SOCAN and is a voting member of NARAS.
Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, The Corrs, and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility in North Hollywood, CA; he is the ‘New Toys’ columnists for Music Connection Magazine, a contributing editor for Mix Magazine, and teaches recording engineering classes at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA.
Kevin Killen, Producer/Engineer
Kevin Killen has spent the last 29 years compiling an impressive list of credentials among the premier pop artists in the music industry, from Peter Gabriel to Elvis Costello, Kate Bush to Jewel, Bon Jovi to Shaun Colvin. Throw in the names of U2, Bryan Ferry, Shakira, Sugarland and Duncan Sheik and you get the idea.
Growing up in a large family of eight children, Kevin was exposed from a young age to the disparate tastes of his elder siblings. This included a healthy dose of Motown, the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy to Free. He also became an avid fan of Europe’s first pirate commercial radio station, “Radio Luxembourg” and the BBC’s” Old Grey Whistle Test” which was responsible for introducing a plethora of new and emerging artists in non-formatted broadcasts.
Kevin moved to NYC in the mid 1980’s and has continued to expand the roster of artists that he works with. In the last few years Kevin received 5 Grammy awards for his contributions to the Shakira Fijacion Oral Albums.
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Tony Award nominated sound designer for numbers of Broadway shows
Tony award nominated sound designer, and long time Associate of Tony Meola
Production Sound Engineer on many large scale musicals, including “Spider-man”. He’s also been my Associate on projects like ‘King Kong’.