Silas Brown a lecturer in studio production has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. As a mastering engineer the albums are for “Best Orchestral Performance,” “Best Choral Performance,” and two for “Best Classical Album.” Todd Coolman performs on James Moody’s latest recording “Moody 4B” which was nominated for “Best Jazz Instrumental Recording of the Year.”
The 53rd annual Grammy awards will be telecast on CBS on February 13, 2011.
The album “Moody 4B” reunited pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Lewis Nash, bassist Todd Coolman, and marks James Moody’s 60th anniversary as a recording artist. Todd Coolman has performed with James Moody for over 25 years and is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music. Coolman is a Grammy award winner who has recorded and performed with many of the greatest jazz artists and has recorded three CD’s as a leader. He is an educator, author, and an in demand clinician and lecturer at universities throughout the world.
Silas Brown has more than 16 years of production credits on many Grammy winning and nominated recordings (8 in the last 2 years). He recently recorded the Imani Winds with Paquito D’Rivera, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Orion String Quartet and many other artists across the US including the world premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilichs Fourth Symphony involving more than 400 musicians simultaneously.
He has producing or engineering credits on hundreds of recordings released by labels including Albany, Arabesque, Bridge, CRI, Decca, ESSAY, Koch, Naxos, New World, SONY Classical, Summit, and Tzadik. He has worked with many of America’s living composers including John Zorn, Sebastian Currier, George Tsontakis, Libby Larsen, Anton Kernis, George Crumb and John Harbison.
In 2010 he was the engineer for the University of Texas Wind Ensemble’s recording of new music in surround for release as an audio-only Blu-Ray on Naxos.
In 2008 Silas recorded a 50 piece orchestra as part of the score for the ‘Battlefield’ series of Electronic Arts video games. In 2007, working with producer/engineer Adam Abeshouse and PBS’ Great Performances, he recorded the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra’s Nutcracker delivering live surround mixes for international theatrical simulcast as well as recording for DVD release.