Jim Anderson, recording engineer/producer, and Zoe Thrall, a music-industry veteran who has served as general manager for such world-renowned NYC studios as The Hit Factory, Avatar and The Power Station have been named co-chairs of the 119th Audio Engineering Society Convention. Drawing from the theme “Where Audio Comes Alive,” the convention will be held in NYC’s Jacob Javits Convention Center, October 7-10, 2005.
In making the announcement AES executive director Roger Furness remarked, “Chairing an AES Convention is a singularly demanding and rewarding experience. The time and energy required to coordinate an event of this scale has grown exponentially as AES Conventions have expanded their scope to keep pace with our rapidly changing industry. We could not wish for a more capable and enthusiastic co-chair team than Jim Anderson and Zoe Thrall,” Furness adds. “Their combination of experience and dedication coupled with the universal good will they generate will be invaluable assets as they work with the committee to develop what we are confident will be an outstanding event.”
In addition to her studio management career, Thrall recently was named director of studio operations for the new studio at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, in addition to being an accomplished artists manager and recording engineer in her own right. She is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences the American Federation of Musicians and a former director of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS). She chaired the 115th AES Convention in 2003.
A specialist in jazz and acoustic music, and six-time Grammy Award winner, Anderson has worked with such icons as Lorin Maazel, Creed Taylor, J.J. Johnson and Branford Marsalis. His television credits include the Muppets and In Performance at the White House for PBS. Anderson is also a member of the faculty at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and chair of The University’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music.
The 119th AES Convention committee comprises workshops chair Alan Silverman, tutorials chair Bob Moses, live sound events chair John Kilgore and co-chair Mary Falardeau, broadcast chair David Bialik, technical tours chair Lou Manno, historical committee co-chairs Irv Joel and Harry Hirsch and vice-chair Dan Gaydos, facilities chair Dell Harris and co-chair Kristina Schwarz, papers chair Jim Johnston and education co-chairs Jason Corey and Dottie Kreps and volunteer coordinator Yujin-Cha.
For more information, please go to www.aes.org.