Silas Brown is a New York City area producer, engineer, and mastering engineer specializing in classical and jazz recordings. He has more than 20 years of production credits including many Grammy Winning and Nominated recordings. He was awarded Grammys in 2014 as Producer of the Evelyn Glennie / Albany Symphony recording of Corigliano’s Conjurer (Best Soloist Performance with Orchestra) and in 2011 as Mastering Engineer on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Verdi Requiem recording (Best Classical Album). In 2017 he was nominated in the Best Engineered Album, Classical category for Shadow of Sirius.
He has recently recorded the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra with Maestros Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart, the Philharmonia of London with Kristjan Jarvi, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Renee Fleming, the Imani Winds, Paquito D’Rivera, acclaimed string trio Time For Three,, David Krakauer, Thomas Hampson, the Orion String Quartet, guitarist Marc Ribot ,and many other artists across the US and Europe including John Corigliano’s Vocalise for soprano soloist, orchestra, musicians throughout the hall, and live multi-channel electronics.
Silas has worked closely with many of America’s living composers including John Zorn, Derek Bermel, John Corigliano, George Tsontakis, Michael Daugherty, Aaron Kernis, George Crumb, Mason Bates, Michael Torke, and John Harbison. He has producing or engineering credits on hundreds of recordings released by labels including Albany, Bridge, Decca, Naxos, New World, Sony Classical, Tzadik, and Universal.
In 2013, Silas engineered, mixed, and mastered music for the video game Assassin’s Creed-Freedom Cry for composer Olivier Deriviere and developer Ubisoft. The recording featured traditional Haitian drums and voices from acclaimed performers Monvelyno Alexis and La Troupe Makandal.
In 2008, Silas recorded a 50 piece orchestra as part of the score for the ‘Battlefield’ series of Electronic Arts video games. The score was composed by Please Music Works' Mikael Karlsson and Tobias Wagner, conducted by Alan Pierson, and recorded at Clinton Studios.
In December 2007, working with producer / engineer Adam Abeshouse and PBS’ Great Performances, Silas recorded the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra’s Nutcracker delivering live surround mixes for international theatrical simulcast as well as recording for DVD release.
Silas is an Assistant Professor in the Music and Technology Department at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music.
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