Blair Liikala and Christopher Rutkowski
Blair Liikala is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in Telecommunications. He engineered at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, The Banff Centre (Canada), and in Colorado while also working for Apple. While primarily a service department, Recording Services has begun to offer classes, starting with Intro to Audio and Recording Technology taught by Mr. Liikala.
Chris Rutkowski enjoys multiple musical careers as a contemporary classical composer, a jazz pianist, a recording engineer and a music technologist. As a composer, he has been performed internationally, and has received numerous awards from organizations including the Indiana Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Music Teachers Association, the Illinois State University Fine Arts Festival, ASCAP, and Arts Council of Indianapolis. His work has been performed throughout the USA and broadcast by the Israel Broadcast Authority and NHK Radio Japan. It has been described as "haunting" (Indianapolis Star) and "the most interesting of this season's premiers by any sponsor in any venue" (NUVO, Indianapolis). Recordings include his arrangement of "How Long Has This Been Going On", (Centaur Records), and ranked as one reviewer's "favorite non-Gershwin Gershwin on the disc" (www.Classical.net). In 2008, he arranged and led the trio on vocalist Heather Ramsey’s jazz CD, So Many Stars. His saxophone quartet, Dervish, was released on Tom Walsh’s CD Intersections (Arizona University Recordings) in 2010.
An organic extension of his work as composer and performer is Rutkowski’s embrace of music technology. He has written for television, provided virtual orchestrations to CD recordings, and has engineered hundreds of recordings. He currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Technology and Director of the IPFW/Sweetwater Music Technology Program at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Rutkowski begins a three-year term of Editor of the Music Business and Industry component of the College Music Symposium in November 2012.
Campus Profile: The University of North Texas Department of Recording Services