Townsend founded and leads Songtone, a multi-faceted performing
arts and record production company based in Berkeley, California
which is active in the management of artists and presentation of
work by a wide array of celebrated musicians. He is extensively
involved in the production of recordings of singer-songwriters,
contemporary composers, jazz musicians, world music, cross-cultural
musical collaborators and music for film, theater and public radio
programming. He is also a founding member of the musical collective
Floratone along with Matt Chamberlain, Bill Frisell and Tucker
Since 1983, Townsend has produced recordings
of such exceptional artists as Bill
Wainwright III, Carrie Rodriguez, Kelly
Joe Phelps, Rinde
Saluzzi, Gabriela, Petra
Haden, Viktor Krauss, Elvis
Drolma & Steve Tibbetts, Charlie
Hunter, Doug Wamble, T.J.Kirk, Hank
Granelli, Marc Johnson, Jonah
Bogdanovic, and Stephen
Yerkey, among others.
In addition, he has been the producer of
the "Century of
Song" program for the Ruhr Triennale Arts Festival in Germany,
Vice President of Artist and Repertoire at Verve/Polygram Records,
General Manager and Director of U.S.
Operations at ECM Records, guest curator and producer at the Montalvo
Arts Center and staff producer at KCRW in Santa Monica, CA.
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been Artist and Project Manager for Songline /
Productions since January, 2000. She also serves as the
Scheduling Director, supervising all touring, publicity
Phyllis' background is in Dance and Film. She has an M.A.
in Dance from
Mills College. After studying at the Erick Hawkins School
of Dance in New
York City, she directed a documentary on the great choreographer,
Erick Hawkins - Poet of Modern Dance. Soon
after, she joined Pixar
Animation Studios where she was an Assistant Editor on Toy
Story and A
Blomberg moved to San Francisco in May
of 2000 from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he graduated
from Music Tech (now called McNally Smith College
of Music) with a double major in Recording Engineering
and Music Production. His multiple interests in
music drove him to the bay area to get established
as a musician, support in artist management and
as a live sound engineer. He joined together with
Songline/Tone Field Productions in April of 2004.
Engelhart (Sound Engineer) has been a professional
live-sound engineer for the past 25 years. Born in 1963
and raised in Berkeley, California, Claudia grew up among
a family of musicians and artists, and was exposed to
diverse music from around the world. She studied cello
for 10 years. In 1982, while attending The College For
Recording Arts in San Francisco, she began her career
working live sound in the historic San Francisco jazz
club Keystone Korner. In 1983 she moved to New York City
and continued working in clubs such as CBGB's, The Bitter
End, and S.O.B.'s. In 1985 she began touring full-time,
internationally, as a front of house engineer. Since
1989 Claudia has been touring with Bill Frisell. She
has recorded two live albums for Frisell, 'East/West'
released in 2005 on Nonesuch Records, and & 'Bill Frisell
Live'; recorded in 1993 on Gramavision Records. Claudia
has also worked and toured extensively with other renowned
artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Wayne Shorter, Herbie
Hancock, Michael Brecker, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson,
David Sylvian, John Patitucci, Dave Holland, Grover Washington
Jr., John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, John Zorn,
The Kronos Quartet, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith,
Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colon, Airto Moreira and Flora
Purim, among others.
Songline / Tone Field Productions
Lane started working with Songline / Tone Field
Productions early in 2003 and is currently the Director
of Frisell Archives.
In the last few years,
Martin's career has involved working with fundraising databases
of non-profit organizations, something that he still does.
He is also a guitarist and composer, and performs occasionally.
In 1998, he earned a Master of Music degree from DePaul
University in Chicago.
He lives in Grand
Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and son.
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