Get to know your 2017/2018 Pacific Northwest Chapter Board
Pacific Northwest Chapter
Kris Orlowski brings over 10+ years of songwriting, consulting and storytelling experience to the Recording Academy in pursuit of greater advocacy and support for musicians and industry professionals. During his four years on the board, he’s served in various capacities from chairing multiple committees to running workshops, special projects or steering the membership of the chapter.
In the past Kris has written songs for mainstream albums, toured globally, appeared in person and through songs on major network TV shows, and had albums peak into the top 20 Billboard charts. Kris is presently excited to spend more time listening to the PNW music community, ensuring their voices are amplified to a wider audience.
Dave is an esteemed composer, arranger, keyboardist, producer, and audio-post mix engineer. He was part of the music team behind the 2104 Grammy® Award-Winning Best New Age album “Winds of Samsara.” His music and mixing has been featured in countless TV ads and jingles, corporate videos, production library music CDs, as well as the Windows 7 User Interface Sounds. Dave has served as Chapter Governor and as Co-Chair of the PNW Producers and Engineers Wing, which ignited his passion for Academy service. He brings crazy enthusiasm for membership diversity, mentoring Grammy U students, and national advocacy initiatives that support musicians’ livelihoods.
Dr. Portia Sabin runs the legendary punk label Kill Rock Stars. She is a former chair of the board of directors of A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, and is the current board chair of the Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls in Portland. She also hosts a weekly radio show and podcast about the music business called The Future of What.
Sue is Seattle-based songwriter. She has co-written more than 70 songs for Heart, (30 million records sold and 2013 inductees in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.) Hits include “Dog & Butterfly,” “Straight On,” and “Even It Up.” She has co-written songs for feature films including The Golden Child starring Eddie Murphy and Thomas and The Magic Railroad, and her hobby band, The Lovemongers, appeared on the soundtrack of Singles. Sue scored and wrote the songs for “Art Dog,” a stage musical for The Seattle Children’s Theatre (May, 2014) and is currently writing 12 songs for an animated feature film, Vincent The Artist (2018). Sue teaches Music Business, Career Development and the Craft Of Songwriting at Shoreline Community College in Seattle as well as "Songwriting for Film" for the Seattle Film Institute. She serves as a national Trustee on the board of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences. Currently she is developing a jukebox musical with a nationally-known Broadway producer and director, for which she is writing the book.
Tyler Stone is a vocalist, musician, producer/remixer, and DJ who built her career as one of the first female house music producers and achieved several top ten mixes on the Billboard Dance Charts. She has showcased her talents with some of dance and pop music's finest artists such as Sting, Phoenix, Zero 7, Everything But the Girl, and N’SYNC. She continues to push the envelop of electronic production with her band Sutro, where she lends her sophisticated programming and distinctively sultry vocals to their fresh combination of live musicianship and DJ sensibility. Tyler has been an active voting board member with both the Pacific NW and San Francisco Chapters and has participated on many committees involving the awards process, membership, and community outreach and is currently on the National Board of Trustees. Tyler holds a BFA in Music from Cornish College of the Arts.
Tim Bierman has managed the Ten Club since 1998. In those 16 years, he has taken an enthusiastic, start-up fan club and steered it toward a fiscally viable example of what a fan organization can be in today's volatile music industry climate.
Bierman began his career in music at the age of 14, playing in bands and hustling gigs in suburban St. Louis. At 18, he left the midwest and headed to Montana for college. There he found his place on the staff - and later as an owner of - Rockin' Rudy's Records. Bierman spent the next seventeen years there as buyer and manager. After a brief stop in San Francisco at Amoeba Records, he moved to Seattle to help his old Montana friend, Pearl Jam Bassist Jeff Ament, find a new direction for the Ten Club.
Along the way, Bierman has directed the launch of www.pearljam.com and developed the proprietary infrastructure that runs one of the industry’s most successful sites. Bierman has been instrumental in developing Pearl Jam's legendary bootleg programs and help build the band's own Monkeywrench Records label.
In addition to being a resource for all things "Pearl Jam," Ten Club has also built an exclusive merchandising and ticketing arm that provides members with access to limited edition collectibles, digital bootlegs and priority pre-sale ticketing to Pearl Jam engagements. Starting out as a mail-order "paper" fan club, Ten Club has continually evolved to meet the fans needs and become what it is today.
Music- Guitar and Bass for Shangri La Speedway, Clodhopper and Tarkio.
After founding and running the licensing department at Sub Pop Records for 16 years where she served as Vice President Licensing, Jen Czeisler exited her VP position in 2012 and founded Rogue Octopus, a sync licensing company focused on Northwest artists and labels. Jen now brings her ingenuity and in-depth music industry knowledge of licensing, publishing and business affairs to Luna Music Group as their company President. Her abilities have showcased themselves in music placements for Sub Pop bands The Shins, The Postal Service, Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses, among others. An attorney by way of University of Washington School of Law, Jen brings over 20 years of music industry experience to the PNW Chapter of the Grammy Board.
Astra Elane is on both the creative side and the business side of the industry. As the front woman of Seattle band The Gods Themselves, she writes, sings and plays lead guitar. When not on stage, she’s either in the studio or working on a side project. By day she contributes more than five years of licensing experience to Luna Music Group as their Director of Music Publishing. Previously overseeing all administration for publishing company Inside Passage Music, which under her management became the #6 music publishing company in the world, she has managed catalogs for several esteemed Seattle acts including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. She holds degrees in both Performance and Music Business. Astra is a Pisces and loves science fiction.
New Jersey native Rachel Flotard made Seattle home in 1994. A 20 year touring musician and recording artist, label owner and mother of three, Flotard’s creative mission remains mostly unchanged: never stop threading the forces of positivity and hilarity into music, philanthropy and entrepreneurialism. Rachel joined Red Light Management’s Seattle office in 2015 and currently manages artist Neko Case.
President of Northwest Music & Recording, an artist development, recording, and production company that produces a wide range of music, print, and media content. Gibson is an active performer, producer, and engineer with a wide range of credits. His range of activities and projects included:
Author with Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien and Developmental Editor for Pensodo’s Place, Sylvia Massy’s, Recording Unhinged, and Al Schmitt on the Record.
Author: 30+ books and videos. Developer: 100+ titles for Hal Leonard.
Faculty: Berklee College of Music.
Recording Academy (’95—present), Board member (2008—present), National Trustee (2012—2016), P&G Committee (2012–present), member P&E Steering Committee, and P&E National Advisory Board.
Ryan Hadlock is a producer, engineer, and mixer based in Seattle, WA. While best known for his Grammy-nominated work with The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, and ARIA-winner Vance Joy, he has worked on hundreds of recordings with artists such as The Black Heart Procession, Blonde Redhead, The Afghan Whigs, and Stephen Malkmus. Ryan frequently travels to Los Angeles, New York, and London to work with various artists, though Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville remains his home base and creative haven. In 2014 Ryan won a JUNO Award for producing The Strumbella’s “We Still Move On Dance Floors.”
Catherine Harris-White (SassyBlack) is a R&B vocalist & producer from Seattle. She’s been involved in the Seattle scene since she her youth, volunteering at Bumbershoot, performing at the Vera Project and attending Cornish College of the Arts.
Catherine sits on the board for One Reel, KEXP’s Community Advisory Board, is a part of the Seattle Music Commission and is in her third year on the board for the PNW chapter of the Recording Academy. Harris-White is releasing her sophomore album New Black Swing in 2017 and is looking forward to the positive impact she can make on the local & global scenes.
Eric Lilavois is a record producer and co-owner of London Bridge Studio, who has worked with countless artists in various capacities, most notably Saint Motel, My Chemical Romance, Atlas Genius, Surfer Blood, and The Dustbowl Revival. For the last three years, Eric was the curator and talent buyer of "Make Music Pasadena,” the largest free music festival on the west coast with over 45,000 in attendance. Eric owned and operated Crown City Studios in Los Angeles from 2006-2015, and frequently writes cues for Television and film including the History Channel's Pawn Stars. www.ericlilavois.com
Dmitriy Lipay has nearly three decades of experience as an audio engineer and recording producer.
He is the winner of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album, and also the winner of six Emmy Awards.
He has produced classical music recordings and broadcasts for major networks around the world, including RTV, BBC, FR3, Philips, NHK, NPR and PBS, and worked as a producer and engineer with Sony Classical in both St. Petersburg and New York. Over his long career, he has produced over 200 releases for numerous record labels including Sony Classical, Naxos, Harmonia Mundi, Cantaloupe Music, JVC Classics, Crystal Records, Romeo Records, and Seattle Symphony Media.
Numbered among the top 50 influential forces in Seattle music by Seattle Sound Magazine, producer/engineer/composer and business owner Glenn Lorbecki established his career with such diverse artists as the Violent Femmes, Dizzy Gillespie, Dr. John, the White Stripes, Dave Matthews, Regina Spektor, Green Day, Weezer, and Coldplay. He has engineered Platinum and Grammy® nominated albums, and TV/film/game soundtracks. He is part of the Emmy® award-winning audio team for the Grammy telecast on CBS, and his work is on exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Glenn Lorbecki is a UW instructor, and has published a Pro Tools book series with Hal Leonard. His volunteer leadership activities include VERA Project and UW Advisory board membership, and he has served the Recording Academy as Governor, Chapter President, Trustee, and National Secretary/Treasurer.
Tendai Maraire Sr. is the son of the great mbira player Dumisani Maraire and master dancer Lora Chiorah-Dye. Maraire was raised in Seattle Washington playing and performing music inspired by his Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. Born to Zimbabwean parents he is a child of Africa and native son of the once-mean streets of South Seattle. Today, he is one-half of the critically acclaimed hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces. He also formed the genre bending African hip-hop group Chimurenga Renaissance with Hussein Kalonji. Maraire has captured the imagination of the national press and represents a new generation of hip-hop, fusing neo-African aesthetics with a cratedigger’s ear for Western music history
Tucker Martine is a GRAMMY- nominated American record producer, musician and composer, who has worked with artists such as The Decemberists, R.E.M., My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, Beth Orton, Neko Case, Mudhoney, Bill Frisell, Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Camera Obscura, and Laura Veirs. In 2010, Paste Magazine included Martine in their list of the 10 Best Producers of the Decade.
Ian Moore is musician, songwriter, producer, and engineer currently living in the Seattle area. He has released 11 records under his name, touring across the globe multiple times, and maintains a vigorous recording and touring schedule. He has opened for artists such as the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, had 4 top 20 Billboard charting songs, and done countless TV and radio shows throughout his career. He was heavily involved in SIMS and HAMM (Austin based musician health charities) in their infancy, and is the founder and President of SMASH, a 501c3 based in Seattle, that is currently fundraising to provide free and/or greatly reduced health care for Seattle musicians. Ian is a current Grammy Governor for the 2017 cycle.
Born and raised in Hawai`i, Daniel Pak is the singer-songwriter and producer of Seattle band Kore Ionz. The Seattle Weekly describes his voice as sounding “like it was birthed right in the heart of New Orleans, with enough jazz heart to lead a Jamaican revolution of peace and love.” Pak has shared the stage with The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Steel Pulse, and many more of reggae’s founding fathers, scoring a hit in 2011 with the song “Love You Better,” which went to #1 on commercial radio in Hawai`i. His new single “Superhero” was released in February 2017 on Fire Spider Records. Pak serves on the Seattle Music Commission and as a Governor for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy.
Chris has been a music industry professional for over 30 years. After working in college radio, he went on to artist management and ownership of a record label called Presto Records. That soon led to opportunities to book various venues in Boston throughout most of the 1990’s. In 1997 his career continued in Seattle as the music programmer for One Reel, the producers of the long running Bumbershoot Festival and other special events and concerts. He was at that company for 18 years. Chris left One Reel/Bumbershoot in 2015 and now devotes time to his own company - Porter Productions. His company offers talent buying, consulting, DJing, and production coordination to various events and venues in the Seattle and Boston markets in addition to promoting club level shows.
Sarah earned her BA in music with a focus on opera. During college, she joined the band Velocity Girl as lead singer. The band was soon signed to Sub Pop records, where they released 3 full-length albums and toured extensively in the US and Europe. After Velocity Girl, Sarah released two solo albums, the second of which was voted by Amazon as one of the top albums of 2007. A few years later when Sarah started a family, the shift to children’s music came naturally and she formed The Not-Its! with four other Seattle parents/musicians. The Not-Its! have released 6 critically-acclaimed records and performed internationally. Sarah has also developed a preschool music, movement and mindfulness program called Rockaboo, which is currently being implemented in several Seattle schools with plans to bring the enrichment of music to more communities.
Amber Sweeney is a Portland based singer, songwriter and vocal producer. Amber has enjoyed her first year as a governor, and has been an active participant in advocating for music creators rights through the Advocacy Committee. Amber is highly sought after as a songwriter and vocalist, collaborating with music creators world-wide. She has seen success licensing her original songs to national TV shows, and is on the rise as a performer. 2017 has been spent promoting her newly released 7 song EP, Believing In Love. She credits today's success to an extraordinary moment at a PNW Songwriter Summit in 2014 and the relationships that followed.
Maggie Vail is the executive director of Portland based nonprofit CASH Music. CASH’s mission is to help artists become sustainable in the digital age. CASH builds free, open source digital tools and pairs with them with educational resources for artists and fans. Maggie is also the label manager of Bikini Kill Records, bass player of the band Hurry Up, DJ Magic Beans, and part of the all female DJ troupe Strange Babes with a radio show on XRAY.fm. She’s been a musician and worked in the industry for over 20 years, spending 17 of those at Kill Rock Stars.
Will Wakefield is a performing musician, songwriter and graduate of Berklee College of Music. After serving as royalty accountant at Sub Pop, Will helped build the award-winning independent jazz label, Mack Avenue Records, where he serves as A&R & Music Production Manager. Will has been involved in A&R and production for GRAMMY winning artists including Christian McBride, Cécile McLorin Salvant and many other nominated artists. He serves as treasurer on the board of the Northwest Choirs and is currently a PNW Recording Chapter governor. Artists know Will for his organizational skills and affable demeanor as well as creative acumen.
Rachel White is the Social Media Strategy + Content Manager in Sub Pop Records' Digital Communications department, where she collaborates with the Marketing and Publicity teams to develop and execute digital campaigns for each of Sub Pop's social media channels. She also works closely with Sub Pop Artists to counsel them in best practices of social media branding and marketing. Rachel is an award winning photographer, a native Seattleite, and has been working in the local music industry since the mid '90's. She volunteers with non-profits like The Vera Project and KEXP, and spent eight years managing the Music side of the City of Seattle's Office of Film + Music.
Jody Brotman is the co-founder and vice president of Palm Records, and lives in Kamuela on Hawaii Island. She oversees all aspects of the label – licensing, distribution, marketing, management, touring. She is passionate about helping artists in Hawaii develop a viable career in music and hopes to strengthen the connection between the Hawaiian music community and the Academy to promote this effort. Palm Records has received three GRAMMY nominations, one GRAMMY Award, multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominations, and two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Jody is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association Int’l Hawaii Island branch, and is a sponsor of the annual Hawaii Songwriting Festival (formerly KMF). She is an active voting member of NARAS and of HARA (Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts) and would like to use her unique perspective in both organizations to help facilitate strong and fruitful communication between them.
Andrew Joslyn is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, orchestrator, performer and producer. He is known as Macklemore's orchestra leader since 2008, with co-writing credits on 4x Grammy-winning The Heist and 2016's This Unruly Mess I've Made. Joslyn is also an in-demand live and studio composer, and player for a huge range of artists including Tom Chaplin (Keane), David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Father John Misty, Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), and Judy Collins. He has just completed his second feature film score for the Hollywood western movie, 'Hickok,' which is set for release in July 2017, starring Luke Hemsworth and Kris Kristofferson.
Andrew’s brand new debut solo album, is a stunning collection of genre bending orchestral pop called, 'Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean,' which was released at the beginning of 2017 to critical acclaim from Paste Magazine, Huffington Post, City Arts and many other national and global news outlets. His music has been featured on KEXP and their Music That Matters Podcast.