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Inside Jane Ira Bloom's 'Picturing The Invisible' and the role of merging technologies / headliner Q&A with Ulrike Schwarz

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Ulrike Schwarz is a sound engineer of acoustic music in the radio, television and recording industries for internationally recognized productions. Her recordings have received multiple German and international awards and nominations and have received two Echo Klassik Awards, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenindustrie, Ars Acoustica, Diapason d’Or and many others. In August 2014, the Echo Klassik for Ensemble of the Year was awarded to her recording of Alfred Schnittke’s “Konzert für Chor“, performed by the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BR)(BR Choir).

Ulrike received her Tonmeister degree from the Hochschule der Künste Berlin (University of Fine Arts Berlin) and studied under Jim Anderson in New York City and Akira Fukada in Tokyo. Currently she is in the process of defending her masters thesis for her Masters of Business Administration from Technische Universität München (Technical University Munich). Since 2001 she has been employed by BR in Munich, Germany, as a senior sound engineer for large orchestral and jazz productions.

From 1999 to 2000 she was Chair of the Student Delegate Assembly Europe and International Regions of the Audio Engineering Society and has been on the committee of the 106th, 111th, 112th, 116th, 118th, and 126th AES Conventions and also served as AES Governor from 2004-2006.

headliner's Daniel Gumble writes….Acclaimed saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom recently released her latest record Picturing The Invisible: Focus 1, a collection of improvised compositions inspired by the science photography of legendary NYC photographer Berenice Abbott. The music was recorded remotely during the pandemic in high-definition stereo and immersive sound by audio engineer and co-producer (alongside Bloom) Ulrike Schwarz, mastered by Morten Lindberg, and mixed by Jim Anderson. Headliner caught up with multiple Grammy Award nominees Schwarz and Lindberg to find out about how they approached this unique project and the vital role of Merging Technologies in its creation.