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Steve Rowland

Peabody Award-winning producer of audio documentaries about John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Andy Warhol, Carlos Santana, The Neville Brothers, Patti LaBelle, George Clinton, The Roots, Frank Zappa and Leonard Bernstein.

About Me

Winner of The Peabody Award, Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Ohio State Award, Prix Italia Award, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award and NY Festival of International Radio Gold Medal. For 25 years I have been working in radio and using music as a window to explore issues in American History, society, race relations, human creativity, spirituality, aesthetic beauty, the nature of 'change' and human possibility. Central to my work has been the hope to share music and contemporary ideas in ethnomusicology with large numbers of people through radio broadcasts. I have also been committed to training. I have worked with seasoned academics, urging them to do broadcast quality field recordings, and new producers eager to learn sound techniques for film, video and radio. In addition to my documentary work I have been involved in a number of other projects over the past 10 years. These include: running the mentor program for AIR – the Association of Independents in Radio, teaching audio production at radio stations, at the Scribe Video center, Columbia University's Oral History Research Center, The United Nations Intellectual History Project,The Philadelphia Folklore Project, The Atwater Kent Museum, working as consultant and operating a beta-test site in the development of the Dyaxis digital audio workstation by Studer NA; writing articles for several technical journals including Mix and Radio World; working on film sound tracks and editing audio books for Random House; doing music recordings for musicians including Makanda Ken McIntyre, Bobby Zankel, Harold Smith and Byard Lancaster.

My Favorites

  1. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
  2. Leonard Bernstein - Beethoven's 9th, Ode to Freedom,Llive in Berlin, 1989
  3. Bob Marley - Legend