AES New York 2018 Presenter or Author
Primary Affiliation: Fishbone Productions, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA, USA
AES Member Type: Fellow
Los Angeles based Thirteen-Time Grammy® & Latin Grammy® Winner Producer/Mixer/Engineer Rafa Sardina has built an eclectic and impressive client list over the years: Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jordan Smith, David Foster, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Placido Domingo, Celine Dion, Rachel Platten, Harry Conick Jr, Josh Groban, Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey, Shakira, Dr. Dre, Dru Hill, Armando Manzanero, David Morales, Jessy Moss, Luis Miguel, Paco de Lucía, Chris Botti, Susan Boyle, Katherine Jenkins, Zaz, Stewart Copeland, Sheryl Crow, Soul Coughing, Angelique Kidjo, Beyonce, ChocQuibTown, Beto Cuevas, Kevon Edmonds, Kina, Eric Marienthal, Juanes, Angie Stone, Calle 13, Illya Kuriaki & The Valderramas, Alejandro Fernandez, blues legends Al Blake & Fred Kaplan, Juan Gabriel, Jumaane Smith, Jackie Evancho, Naturally 7, Michael Bublé, Cristian Castro, Clare Fischer Big Band, Macy Gray, Robbie Williams, Nick Jonas, Anitta, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Patti Austin, Soweto Choir, Alejandro Sanz, Natalia Lafourcade, Nelson Mandela “Symphony Soweto” with Wouter Kellerman, Miguel and Residente among many others. He has received over 60 Grammy & Latin Grammy Nominations for his work with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Luis Miguel, Diego Torres, Clare Fischer Big Band, Illya Kuriaki & The Valderramas, Alejandro Sanz, Calle 13, and D’Angelo & The Vanguard.
In 2016 Rafa Sardina got another Grammy recognition for Best R&B Album for D’Angelo’s “Black Mesiah”.
Also in 2016 he received 5 Latin Grammy Nominations for Producer Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Pop Album, and Best Alternative Album, winning the Best Alternative Album one.
Rafa just got nominated in 2017 for 2 Grammy’s for Best Latin Pop Album & Best Rock/Urban/Alternative Album.
Symphonic Soweto, a Tribute to Nelson Mandela' won the SAMA (the South African equivalent of the Grammy) for Best Adult Contemporary Album in 2018.
Rafa Sardina is currently serving as Governor for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Grammy’s, as well as been appointed Chairman of the Producers & Engineers Wing at the Grammy’s, Trustee of the Latin Grammy’s and Vice-Chairman & Founding Member of the CPI (Circulo de Productores e Ingenieros), the equivalent organization representing Producers & Engineers in Latin America, Brazil, Spain & Portugal.
He also served in 2017 as the Executive Producer & Music Producer of the Latin Grammy’s Person of the Year dinner gala, honoring Alejandro Sanz for his outstanding career & will Produce the upcoming 2018 event.
Rafa’s “AfterHours Studios” were featured in Mix Magazine’s Class of 2017 list of most innovative studios of the year.
As a musician, engineer and producer Rafa connects easily with artists and has tremendous respect for creating a studio vibe that's performance-friendly for both new and established talent.
More Info: http://www.rafasardina.com