The Recording Connection Congratulates Its Graduates Nominated
for Pensado A.I.R. (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner) Award

Second annual Pensado Awards, held by the team behind Pensado’s Place, recognizes the “faces behind the sound”

The Recording Connection graduates Jake Kiyokane, Michael Messina and Paul Ramirez are among the nominees; winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday, August 30, at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA

Los Angeles, California, August 26, 2015 – The Recording Radio and Film Connection (RRF), a network of unique educational, instructional and mentorship programs developed for aspiring media professionals created in 1983, is proud to announce that three recent graduates of The Recording Connection’s apprenticeship program have been nominated for the A.I.R. (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner) Award in the second annual Pensado Awards. The Pensado Awards were conceived and organized by the team behind Pensado’s Place, the acclaimed weekly web series known as the most influential show for audio engineers, mixers and producers. This year’s winners will be announced at the live ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Sony Pictures Studios, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. A video production of the ceremony will follow and be posted on the Pensado’s Place YouTube channel.

The Recording Connection’s three apprentices among the A.I.R. Award nominees are Jake Kiyokane, Michael Messina and Paul Ramirez.

Kiyokane entered The Recording Connection’s bachelor-equivalent program in February 2014 and completed the program requirements, going on to study in the advanced program, graduating fully from both in May 2015. Following that, he mentored under Cameell Hanna and Steve Catizone at Los Angeles-based Serenity West Recording, where he now works as an assistant engineer.

Messina began The Recording Connection’s bachelor-equivalent program in January 2013 and fully graduated from the advanced program in September 2014. He mentored under Sax DMA at New York City’s QUAD Recording Studios, as well as ran the live sound at a prestigious arts camp in Long Lake, New York.

Ramirez began the bachelor-equivalent program in December 2014 and graduated from that program in May 2015. He mentored under Jim Pavett at Allusion Studios in Tucson, Arizona. He is now finishing construction on his new mobile recording studio, and he’ll soon be hitting the road to record and produce artists on tour.

“We are immensely proud of all of our apprentices, notably the individuals Michael Messina, Jake Kiyokane and Paul Ramirez, three breakout stars among our many talented young engineers,” stated Brian Kraft, RRF Chief Academic Officer/COO. “Pensado’s Place and Dave and Herb value innovation and forward-thinking in the recording industry – an attitude that complements RRF’s apprenticeship model perfectly. We congratulate Jake, Michael and Paul on their nominations, and we hope one of them is among the winners’ list on August 30!”

Pensado’s Place co-hosts Herb Trawick and Dave Pensado founded the Pensado Awards to “recognize the faces behind the sound.” From the self-taught basement amateur to the seasoned industry producer, all manner of music professionals are discovering new methods of working and novel ways to reach fans. The awards highlight the brilliance and hard work of all those producers, songwriters, DJ’s, engineers, mixers, live wizards and behind-the-scenes technicians in audio that often go unnoticed. The Pensado Awards unites the best pros, amateurs, brands and press to come together as one community to celebrate the uncelebrated.

The second annual Pensado Awards will be co-hosted by Prominent TV personality, producer and musician Randy Jackson (American Idol, Journey, etc.) and producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey) and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails, others). Presenters will include such figures as Quincy Jones, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Al Schmitt and over a dozen other prominent figures in the recording industry. Music will be curated by acclaimed turntablist and Beastie Boys collaborator Mix Master Mike.

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Founded in 1983, Recording Connection Audio Institute has placed more than 10,000 persons in professional recording studios located in cities throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Persons admitted into the program receive mentored instruction in audio engineering and/or music production from within a local, high-caliber recording studio, generally located within an hour of where they live. The institute’s approach is to select dedicated individuals for apprenticeship positions within local recording studios, thus enabling them to build local connections while they learn their craft. 

Brian Kraft / RRF Chief Academic Officer/COO / 310-988-5185 / brian@rrfedu.com
Robert Clyne / Clyne Media, Inc. / 615.662.1616 / robert@clynemedia.com
Lisa Roy / Rock & Roy / 310.463.1563 / lisaroyaudio@mac.com

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