Diverse Group of High-Profile Producers and Engineers Will Gather to Dissect the Songs That Have Made an Indelible Impact on Their Careers
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 13, 2011) — The GRAMMY SoundTables® at this year’s 131st AES Convention will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Room 1E 15 and 16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Back by popular demand, the P&E Wing will present a second iteration of “Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life” that will explore the sounds that have inspired and shaped careers of influencers in the field. Moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge, the panel will feature a New York-centric, diverse group of panelists including GRAMMY-winning engineers Ken “Duro” Ifill, Steve Lillywhite, Ann Mincieli, Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt, with more to be announced shortly.
Chris Lord-Alge is one of the preeminent engineers in modern music. A mix specialist who has received five GRAMMY Awards®, his eclectic discography consists of a diverse roster of artists including Black Eyed Peas, Collective Soul, Dave Matthews Band, Fastball, Faith Hill, Green Day, Hole, Jewel, My Chemical Romance, Stevie Nicks, No Doubt, Katy Perry, Pink, P.O.D., Stone Temple Pilots and Tina Turner. His mixes blend energy, attitude and a commitment to bringing out the best in every artist.
Ken “Duro” Ifill is an engineer/producer/label executive best known these days as a mixer and for being the CEO of Desert Storm Records, formed when he signed chart-topping rap star Fabolous. Duro has worked on four GRAMMY Award-winning projects, with some of the world’s biggest super stars, including Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Alicia Keys and the Backstreet Boys.
Steve Lillywhite is a five-time GRAMMY Award winner who helmed landmark albums for Big Country, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, Morrissey, the Pogues, Simple Minds, U2 and XTC. His creative relationship with U2 began with Boy and continued with The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, All That You Can’t Leave Behind and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Lillywhite has consistently made adventurous choices in his career. Recent projects have included work with Chris Cornell, Crowded House, Matchbox Twenty and Jason Mraz, and The Lillywhite Sessions radio shows for NPR’s World Café and East Village Radio.
Ann Mincieli is a GRAMMY Award winner best known as being the longtime engineer, mixer, programmer and coordinator for Alicia Keys, and has also worked with Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Drake, Hole, Jay-Z, Angie Stone and Ruben Studdard, among many others. She is the owner of the newly opened, multi-room Jungle City Studios, one of New York’s most elegant and best equipped recording facilities. Mincieli is a leader in the new movement to restore Manhattan to its former prestige as one of the world’s top recording destinations.
Phil Ramone is one of the most respected and prolific music producers in the world with 13 GRAMMY Awards, a Technical GRAMMY Award for his innovative contributions to the industry, and numerous other honors and accolades. His credits include collaborations with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, Bono, Ray Charles, Chicago, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Quincy Jones, BB King, Billy Joel, Liza Minnelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Sting, Stevie Wonder and many more.
Al Schmitt is a 17-time GRAMMY Award winner who has produced, engineered and/or mixed more than 150 gold and platinum records for a diverse range of artists, including Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. Over his illustrious career spanning four decades, he produced/engineered Diana Krall’s The Look of Love, Ray Charles & Friends’ Genius Loves Company, Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable: With Love and the classic Steely Dan album Aja. He continues to produce recordings of the highest quality, inspiring generations of producers, engineers and artists.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.
Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.