Director of Recording
Larry Darling is Director of Recording at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Supervising a recording crew of 20 student engineers and recording assistants, Mr. Darling oversees the recording and archiving of more than 250 ensemble, student, and faculty music recitals and concerts each academic year. In addition, Mr. Darling has engineered and mastered CDs for the Lawrence Percussion Studio, Jazz Department, Choral Studies Department, and Wind Ensemble. Mr. Darling has also produced many CD projects for Lawrence faculty and alumni.
Mr. Darling has been involved with Lawrence, first as a student, since 1972, studying trumpet and composition with John Harmon, '57. In 1974, Darling co-founded the jazz group "Matrix" and toured nationally until 1980, appearing at the Newport Jazz Festival in New York and twice at the Monterrey Jazz Festival in California. The group was heavily involved in jazz education, giving numerous concerts and clinics at the high school and college level. During that time, the group recorded four albums for RCA, Warner Brothers, and Pablo Records. In 1980, Darling resettled in Appleton and built his own recording studio, focusing on original music for radio, television, and corporate multimedia presentations. He has also engineered sound for live concerts including the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Dave Brubeck, Bobby McFerrin, Cassandra Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dianne Schuur, Jon Hendricks, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard and Bill Watrous.
Darling received the 1984 Down Beat award for best studio recording in the college division and has since been recipient of numerous local and regional awards for radio and television music campaigns. As a member of Matrix, Darling has just recorded and produced the group's first recording in 23 years, which is available on Summit Records.
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