Award-winning Artist's New "Journeys" Album of Flute Concertos Mastered in San Francisco
San Francisco, CA - December 1, 2011 - Mastering Engineer Michael Romanowski recently completed the CD master for award-winning artist Laurel Zucker's new "Journeys" release. The album of Zucker's original flute concertos was produced by Laurel Zucker and long-time Bay Area recording engineer and producer Leslie Ann Jones and recorded at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA. Ms. Jones brought the project to Romanowski's San Francisco mastering studio and listened back on the studio's Focal Grand Utopia speakers making final adjustments for the master of Zucker's flute performances. Ms. Jones is currently mastering several projects with Romanowski at his SF studio.
"Michael always manages to sprinkle just the right amount of fairy dust on my mixes," says Ms. Jones. "His mastering suite is a great place to make critical decisions when necessary."
Zucker's new album "Journeys" is a collection of her own compositions including movements of flute concertos such as Sphinx, Alexandria and Cairo from the Cairo Flute Concerto, and the California Flute Concerto among many other selections. In 1978 Zucker won the Artists International Competition, which launched her Carnegie Recital Hall debut. At the age of 16 Zucker performed 1st flute in the Alexander Schneider Orchestra at in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. Over the past decades she has released over 50 highly regarded albums of classical repertoire, as well as original compositions and toured the world.
Grammy-winning engineer and producer Leslie Ann Jones has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years engineering a wide range of major projects including film scores such as Apocalypse Now, Good Night and Good Luck, jazz albums for Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller, classical music including the Kronos Quartet and in pop, rock and blues for BB King, Carlos Santana, John Mayall, Michael Feinstein and Rosemary Clooney among many others. Today, as the head of the recording and scoring department at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound, Ms. Jones has added major video game scores, to her credits including Pirates of the Caribbean, Uncharted, Knights of the Old Republic, and the just released Anniversary edition of Halo, to name only a select few. Ms. Jones received a Grammy(r) Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical for Eliesha Nelson's Quincy Porter: The Complete Viola Works.
Michael Romanowski has mastered music in the San Francisco Bay Area since his move from Nashville in 1994. He recently became President of the San Francisco chapter of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and he is currently serving as the Chairman of the SF NARAS chapter's Producers & Engineers Wing. Romanowski traces his legacy through several generations of mastering engineers in the Bay Area from George Horn and Phil Brown to Paul Stubblebine. He has worked with seminal San Francisco artists including Norton Buffalo, Third Eye Blind, Big Brother and the Holding Company, George Winston, Pat Monahan, Jacqui Naylor, Spencer Day, Suzanne Ciani, Joe Craven and many other national and international artists and producers. Romanowski's mastering room features: Pacific Microsonics Model 2 A/D/A converters, Focal Grand Utopia EM speakers, ATR 102 1-inch two-track tape deck, along with a host of other definitive analog and digital audio equipment.
Mastering engineer Michael Romanowski with producer Leslie Ann Jones in Romanowski's SF Studio