New Immersive and Surround Recordings by Anderson and Schwarz

2023 Bulletin - January, Regular Meeting

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm
Where:  THE GASWORKS
141 Park St. N., Hamilton, ON

There is a private parking lot attached to the building. The venue is a short walk from the Hamilton Go Centre. VIEW IN GOOGLE MAPS

Space is limited, so please register. Only those on the list will be allowed in.  Be on that list.

UPDATE:  The original event is now SOLD OUT.  We have added a second event, starting at 8:30 pm that evening. But even that event is filling up fast.  Snooze, you lose!

About the Hamilton Music Collective

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Our hosts: https://hamiltonmusiccollective.ca/

The venue: https://www.thegasworks.ca/  

Meet and Greet with Refreshments

Before or after each event session, you can catch up with other AES members and guest attendees at the Gasworks.

Thank you Genelec for providing the refreshments!

About the Event

Women artists are prominent in the latest immersive and surround recordings to be presented by Ulrike Schwarz and Jim Anderson of Anderson Audio New York.

  • Nataly Dawn’s latest solo project “Gardenview – Immersive Edition” was mixed at Skywalker Sound and features 5 songs from Nataly’s latest album.
  • The Grammy nominated “Picturing the Invisible: Focus 1” features soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom in pandemic duet with percussionist Allison Miller, koto artist Miya Masaoka, and bassist Mark Helias. All of instruments were recorded in situ, offices, living rooms, and practice spaces, but in high resolution: 384kHz with Pryamix at all locations. The resulting efforts were mixed at Skywalker Sound.

  • Finishing out the session is their recording “Clique,” also Grammy nominated, featuring Patricia Barber and her working band from Chicago playing “Barbered” standards as only she can interpret them.
  • The Andersons will also play music from the new Franco Ambrosetti album “Nora.”

Anderson and Schwarz will be open for questions during the session.

An ITU setup of 5.1.4 immersive audio will be provided by Genelec for the evening’s listening experience.


Thanks Rob Deslaurier from SFM!!

   

Presenters

Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz

Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz

ANDERSON AUDIO NEW YORK


Jim Anderson

For nearly 50 years, Jim Anderson has set the standard for acoustic audio engineering and production, capturing pristine, high definition stereo and surround sound recordings that have garnered thirteen Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, two Peabodys, and a pair of Emmy nominations among countless other accolades.

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Anderson attended Duquesne University on a musical performance scholarship, and it was there that his passion for sound and technology first collided in the music school’s on-campus recording studio. After graduation, he took work at the local public radio station, WDUQ-FM, and one year later, he made the leap to NPR in Washington, DC, where he engineered broadcast sessions for everything from news and documentaries to performances by jazz icons, classical orchestras, folk singers, and contemporary composers.

In 1980, Anderson moved to New York to launch his career as a freelance engineer and producer, and over the next several decades, he would go on to record studio albums, live concerts, and film scores across a diverse array of genres with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Christian McBride, Arturo Sandoval, Petula Clark, Patricia Barber, John Zorn, and hundreds more.

In 2003, he became a professor at the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. In 2008, he was elected President of the Audio Engineering Society.

Today, Anderson and his wife/production partner Ulrike Schwarz are widely hailed as industry leaders operating at the cutting edge of the immersive audio field, and their world-class recordings are regular fixtures at the Grammy Awards and on critics’ annual Best Of lists.

Ulrike Schwarz

A broadly acclaimed engineer and producer, Ulrike Schwarz is a trailblazing audio innovator with more than two decades of experience across the film, television, radio, and recording industries. Born and raised in Germany, Schwarz discovered she had perfect pitch at an early age, and as a teenager, she became one of only three students to be accepted into the exclusive Tonmeister program at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. After earning her degree, Schwarz worked with German public radio and spent more than ten years serving as the senior sound engineer for large orchestral and jazz productions at the famed Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, where she broke the mold as a woman in a male-dominated field and garnered numerous honors for her recordings and broadcasts, including multiple Echo Klassik, Diamant D’Opera, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenindustrie, and Diapason d’Or awards.

In 2015, Schwarz moved to New York full time to team up with her now-husband and production partner Jim Anderson, with whom she’s created a groundbreaking body of work in the field of immersive audio. As creative technically as she is artistically, Schwarz designed and built her own custom portable recording setup from scratch, and in just the last few years alone, she’s garnered multiple Grammy nominations for her work with artists as diverse as American jazz stalwart Patricia Barber, contemporary Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk, and soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.

In 2022, Schwarz was named Vice President of the Verband Deutscher Tonmeister (The Association of German Sound Professionals) and received a prestigious grant from the Women’s Fund of the New York Foundation of the Arts for her work on Jane Ira Bloom’s Grammy nominated album (2023) Picturing The Invisible – Focus 1.

ANDERSON AUDIO NEW YORK

ANDERSON AUDIO NEW YORK

JIM ANDERSON & ULRIKE SCHWARZ

With more than 30 Grammy nominated recordings and a host of international awards and honors between their storied resumes, Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz stand as two of the most revered and cutting edge figures in the world of acoustic audio engineering and production. Ask them about their work, though, and the critically acclaimed couple will tell you that they prefer to be invisible.

“If we can make the technology disappear, if our presence can be totally transparent, then we’ve done our job,” Anderson reflects. “Sure, we’re always trying to push the envelope, but ultimately our goal is to make timeless recordings with nothing standing between the listener and the musical experience.”

For Anderson and Schwarz, it was that reverence for the musical experience that led them to audio engineering in the first place. Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Anderson got his start in the fourth grade, when a teacher recommended he take up the French horn in the elementary school band. His proficiency on the instrument eventually led to a performance scholarship at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and it was there that Anderson’s passion for sound and technology would collide in the music school’s on-campus recording studio.

After graduation, he took work at the local public radio station, WDUQ-FM, and one year later, he made the leap to NPR in Washington, DC, where he engineered broadcasts of everything from news and documentaries to performances by jazz icons, classical orchestras, folk singers, and contemporary composers. In 1980, Anderson moved to New York to launch his career as a freelance engineer and producer, and in the decades to come, his recordings would go on to garner thirteen Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, two Peabodys, and a pair of Emmy nominations alongside countless other accolades. In 2003, he became a professor at the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. In 2008, he was elected President of the Audio Engineering Society.

Though Schwarz grew up 4,000 miles away in Germany, her experiences mirrored those of her future husband and production partner in many ways. Like Anderson, Schwarz got her start as an instrumentalist before falling in love with the idea of studio work as a teenager. One of only three students to be accepted to the exclusive Tonmeister program at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, Schwarz stood out as a rising talent from the start and soon began splitting her time between Germany and the US, where she assisted some of the recording industry’s premiere figures while pursuing her degree.

After graduation, she worked with German public radio and spent more than a decade serving as the senior sound engineer for large orchestral and jazz productions at the famed Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, where she broke the mold as a woman in a male-dominated field and garnered numerous honors and awards for her recordings and broadcasts, including the Echo Klassik, Diamant D’Opera, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenindustrie, and Diapason d’Or.

In 2015, Schwarz moved to New York full time to team up with Anderson (the two were married that same year), and the pair’s pristine, high definition stereo and surround sound recordings have been fixtures at the Grammy Awards and on critics’ Best Of lists ever since. While Schwarz often acts as producer and Anderson as engineer, the pair regularly reverse roles depending on the project at hand, and their versatility across genres and settings has proven unparalleled. In just the last few years alone, the two have garnered Grammy nominations with their recordings of soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom’s Grammy nominated album “Picturing the Invisible: focus 1,” contemporary Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk and American jazz stalwart Patricia Barber; captured the score for Shaka King’s critically acclaimed film Judas and the Black Messiah; collaborated with artists as diverse as Chinese vocalist Min Xiao-Fen and Pomplamoose singer/songwriter Nataly Dawn; and recorded Afro-Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s Grammy-winning collection Skyline, which took home the award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album in 2022.

“We’ve always believed that there’s genius behind simplicity,” says Schwarz, who designed and built her own one-of-a-kind portable recording setup. “No matter what genre you’re dealing with, it all starts with having the right microphones in the right places, and when Jim and I work together, we always know that everything is precisely where it needs to be to yield the highest quality results.”

Today, the couple continues to build upon their legacy of excellence at Anderson Audio New York, delivering not only world-class recordings, but also helping artists navigate the intricacies of licensing their work for high resolution streaming and download in an ever-changing industry.

This evening’s event is sponsored by

Genelec

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