San Francisco, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2012) — The GRAMMY SoundTables®, presented by The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® at this year's 133rd AES Convention, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Back by popular demand for a third annual event, the P&E Wing will present this year's iteration of "Sonic Imprints: Songs that Changed My Life," exploring the sounds that have inspired and shaped careers of influencers in the field.
The session will explore music that has inspired and shaped influential careers and will be moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer/producer Ed Cherney. Panelists are scheduled to include GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer/producer Ryan Hewitt; GRAMMY-winning engineer Leslie Ann Jones; GRAMMY-winning mixer Dave Pensado; composer/producer SaLaAM ReMi; and GRAMMY-winning engineer Elliot Scheiner. Panelists will break down the DNA of their favorite tracks and explain what moved them, what grabbed them, and why these songs have left a lifelong impression.
Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing, stated, "The GRAMMY SoundTables event continues to be a thought-provoking and entertaining highlight of the AES Convention. Once again, we have brought together a diverse group of leading industry professionals who will share their thoughts on what inspired them to devote their lives to the art of recording music."
SoundTables Moderator/Panelist Biographies:
Ed Cherney is a GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer whose credits include Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and the Rolling Stones, among many others. He's amassed six GRAMMY nominations and two wins, in addition to seven TEC Award nominations and five wins, as well as three EMMY® nominations. A founding member of the Music Producers Guild of America, the precursor to the Producers & Engineers Wing, he has also served as a Governor of The Recording Academy's Los Angeles Chapter and is a board member at McNally Smith College. He's recently completed a Latin Jazz album for Alejandro Fernandez, along with a new Matthew Morrison (Glee) project and is currently producing tracks for the band Honey Honey.
Ryan Hewitt is a GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer/producer whose work includes projects with some of the biggest artists in music, such as the Avett Brothers, blink-182, Brandi Carlile, Lenny Castro, Jamie Cullum, Flogging Molly, John Frusciante, Tom Petty and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has worked alongside some of the best producers and engineers in the business, including Michael Brauer, Richard Dodd, Bob Power, Phil Ramone, Jim Scott and Elliot Scheiner, and is known for his work ethic and sense of humor as much as for his recording and mixing skills.
GRAMMY-winning engineer Leslie Ann Jones has worked with hundreds of artists from Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and Bobby McFerrin to the Kronos Quartet and Rosemary Clooney, and has also recorded dozens of orchestra scores for film and video games. She held staff positions at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles, the Automatt Recording Studios in San Francisco, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, and is currently the Director of Music Recording and Scoring at George Lucas's Skywalker Sound in Northern California. She is a past Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer of The Recording Academy Board of Trustees and is the recipient of three GRAMMY® Awards, including an award in the Best Engineered Album-Classical category.
GRAMMY Award winner Dave Pensado is superstar mixer who has mixed pop and R&B hits for some of the biggest names in show business, from the Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake to Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Jackson, Pink, and many more. He hosts the eponymous hit web series Pensado’s Place, which is regarded as the leading pro audio discussion in the online community and has been a top ten YouTube show. It is currently seen in over 250 countries.
SaLaAM ReMI is among this generation's most prolific producers with the ability to bring out the best in each of the GRAMMY winners, innovators and legends he has worked with, including Amy Winehouse, NAS, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys, to name a few. "There’s no particular Remi sound," he says, "Every artist is unique and every day is a new idea. It's my job to inspire, not to program." He is also a notable composer, having done the film score for various films including, most recently, Sparkle.
Elliot Scheiner is a multi-GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer who is regarded as a truly legendary pop craftsman. You can hear his work on such seminal projects as Van Morrison's Moondance, Steely Dan's Aja, Gaucho and The Royal Scam, Chaka Khan's I Feel For You, Bruce Hornsby's The Way It Is and The Eagles' Hell Freezes Over. Elliot is a member of the TEC Hall of Fame and has seven GRAMMYs, an EMMY and three TEC Awards to his name.
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