The Project's founders, Phil Lewis and Catherine Goldwyn, are both professional musicians and businesspeople with many decades' combined experience between them.
Ms. Goldwyn is the founder and former executive director of the nonprofit organization, Sound Art. For more than fifteen years Sound Art has been bringing music education programs to young people in under-funded schools in the Los Angeles region. She is also a professional pianist, composer, and educator.
Mr. Lewis is a guitarist, producer, and author with almost 40 years' experience performing and recording music of all kinds. He was educated at UCLA, the Institute of Audio Research, and Berklee College of Music. In addition to his independent work he has held staff positions at, or consulted with, major entertainment studios such as Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Walt Disney Company.
In recent years, both Ms. Goldwyn and Mr. Lewis grew concerned that a good deal of significant new American music was going unrecorded. Determined to help preserve the best of it for future generations, they created the Maginus Project.
The Maginus Project's Advisory Board provides input on sponsorship candidates and helps ensure the selection of only the highest-quality projects. Our Advisory Board members are all recognized experts in their fields who voluntarily assist in our candidate-sourcing process. The Maginus Project Advisory Board currently includes:
Renowned jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton is a seven-time Grammy winner and recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters award, the nation's highest award for jazz artistry. First heralded in the 1960s for his work with George Shearing and Stan Getz, Burton was a leading force in the remaking of jazz in the years that followed. He continues to tour and record extensively.
Trumpeter and educator Mario Guarneri is familiar to both the classical and jazz worlds having spent 15 seasons with the LA Philharmonic as well as performed with Earl "Fatha" Hines, Frank Zappa, Sarah Vaughn, Cleo Lane, and Roger Kellaway. He is the founder of the nonprofit Jazz in the Neighborhood which promotes jazz education through mentorship and assists Bay Area jazz musicians. He currently leads the Guarneri Jazz Quartet and is an instructor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Paul Rice is a senior management consultant to the professional audio equipment industry specializing in marketing, operations, and logistics. Currently an advisor to Apogee Electronics, he has previously held executive positions at Mackie, Universal Audio, and Avid Technology. He is also a pianist and composer.