San Francisco, CA (December 8, 2011)—San Francisco-based 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 longtime Bay Area recording engineer and producer Leslie Ann Jones, and recorded at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA. Jones, who is head of the recording and scoring department at George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound, brought the project to Romanowski’s studio, listening back on the studio’s Focal Grand Utopia speakers and making final adjustments for the master. She is currently mastering several projects with Romanowski at his studio.
“Michael always manages to sprinkle just the right amount of fairy dust on my mixes,” says Jones. “His mastering suite is a great place to make critical decisions when necessary.”
Zucker’s new album 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 Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Over the past decades, she has released more than 50 highly regarded albums of classical repertoire, as well as original compositions, and has 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 and 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.
Michael Romanowski Mastering