New York, NY —
The AES has announced that the award-winning and highly renowned
recording engineer and producer Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound will
deliver the Heyser Memorial Lecture at the upcoming AES New York
Convention, taking place October 18 to 21 at the Jacob Javits Center.
“Almost any superlatives applied to Jones and her decades of work would
be understatement,” said Francis Rumsey, AES Technical Council Chair.
“Her lecture, fittingly titled ‘Paying Attention,’ promises to take
attendees on a fascinating, educational and inspirational retrospective
of the sessions leading to her vast discography and filmography,
including those moments when focusing on the right detail has both
sustained and enriched her storied career.” The Heyser Memorial lecture
will take place on the opening evening of the convention – October 18,
from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Jones will also be featured during the 143rd
International AES Convention in the special event presentation “Bearing
Witness: The Music of Star Wars – Archiving Art and Technology,” on day
First established in 1999 by the AES Technical Council
and the Board of Governors in conjunction with the Richard Heyser
Scholarship fund, the Heyser Lecture series,
featured at each AES Convention, brings eminent individuals in audio
engineering and related fields to speak on a relevant topic of choice.
The Heyser Lecture is part of the Special Events schedule, open to all
Leslie Ann Jones has been a recording and mixing
engineer for over 35 years. Starting her career at ABC Recording Studios
in Los Angeles in 1975, she moved to Northern California in 1978 to
accept a staff position with David Rubinson and Fred Catero at the
legendary Automatt Recording Studios. There she worked with such artists
as Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Holly Near, Angela Bofill, Frankie
Beverly and Maze, Carlos Santana and Narada Michael Walden, and started
her film score mixing career with Apocalypse Now. From 1987 to
1997 she was a staff engineer at Capitol Studios, located in the
historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. She recorded projects with
Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Michelle Shocked, BeBe & CeCe
Winans, and Marcus Miller, as well as the scores for several feature
films and television shows.
In February of 1997 she returned to Northern California
to accept a position as Director of Music Recording and Scoring with
Skywalker Sound, where she continues her engineering career recording
and mixing music for records, films, video games, television, and
commercials, and has further added Record Producer to her list of
Jones has received four GRAMMY® Awards and has been
nominated multiple times (in categories including Best Engineered
Recording, Non-Classical; and Best Surround Sound Album) and is a
popular presenter, panelist and mentor at AES conventions and events.
Additionally, she is a past Chair of The Recording Academy’s Board of
Trustees. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Institute for Musical
Arts, Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network
Guild) and is an Artistic Advisor to the new Technology and Applied
Composition degree program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Register now and make plans to join us at the 143rd
International AES Convention. AES New York 2017 will be co-located with
the NAB Show New York 2017. Registration, at any level, for AES New York
2017 will give attendees access to the NAB Show New York exhibition
floor and the content in the NAB Show New York’s Core Package (a $75
value). Register now and reserve housing for the 143rd AES Convention at aesshow.com.