My life in music has multiple facets. I'm a performer, composer, and audio engineer. After completing my music degree I was a freelance performer and woodwind instructor for five years. At that time a typical week consisted of playing 2-3 gigs and teaching 50-60 lessons. I played every type of gig imaginable, and now I look back on that experience and understand how valuable it was.

 

After a while, I wanted to branch out into music technology, so I completed another degree in engineering, followed by a graduate degree in math/computer science. I've been lucky enough to design audio gear for some great companies like Kurzweil, Lexicon, Harman, Mark Levinson, and Motu. Today, this gear is being used on tour with Beyonce, Jacob Collier, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Usher, Pink, Billy Joel, and John Legend. Most high-end recording studios have some of these products, and it's always cool to do a session at a new studio and see this equipment in action.

 

My work as a musician continues to be very rewarding, as it always has been, even as my audio engineering career progressed. Along the way, I've had the opportunity to work with some brilliant musicians and some brilliant engineers. I've had the opportunity to play with award-winning jazz ensembles at festivals and clubs throughout the Northeast, and played on dozens of CDs.

 

These days I write music, play freelance gigs, and design next-generation audio gear. It's a fun ride!

 

 

© ℗ 2015 by John Vaillancourt