Lee 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 Martine.

Since 1983, Townsend has produced recordings of such exceptional artists as Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Loudon Wainwright III, Carrie Rodriguez, Kelly Joe Phelps, Rinde Eckert, Blame Sally, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Vinicius Cantuaria, Shweta Jhaveri, Dino Saluzzi, Gabriela, Petra Haden, Viktor Krauss, Elvis Costello, Choying Drolma & Steve Tibbetts, Charlie Hunter, Doug Wamble, T.J.Kirk, Hank Jones, John Abercrombie, Joey Baron, Jerry Granelli, Marc Johnson, Jonah Smith, Noe Venable, Crooked Still, Paul Dresher, Marty Ehrlich, Dusan 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.

For details about Lee's psychotherapy practice, please visit www.leetownsendpsychotherapy.com


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Phyllis Oyama

 

Phyllis Oyama has been Artist and Project Manager for Songline / Tone Field
Productions since January, 2000. She also serves as the Booking and
Scheduling Director, supervising all touring, publicity and promotional
matters.

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, entitled
Erick Hawkins - Poet of Modern Dance.  Soon after, she joined Pixar
Animation Studios where she was an Assistant Editor on Toy Story and A
Bug's Life.

 


 

Adam 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.
www.abaudioandmusic.com

 


Claudia 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.



Martin 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.

 

Phyllis Oyama

Songline / Tone Field Productions
Phone: 510.528.1191
Fax: 510.528.1193