David Kean is the Founder of the Audities Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 registered in the state of California and non-profit registered charity in the Province of Alberta, Canada.
As an accomplished Musician, Producer, and Award Winning Composer, David's intuitive passion in the restoration and the preservation of electronic musical instruments began as an appreciation of outdated electronic instruments that has since culminated into an astounding collection of rare music making and recording artifacts. David Kean's acquisitions and purchases include the Mellotron Company and Stephens Electronics. Mike Pinder, of the Moody Blues, describes David as having "single-handedly rescued the Mellotron keyboard from obscurity".
In 1995 David Kean founded the first Audities Studios in Seattle Wa. In 1996, along with Beatles Historian, Brian Kehew he co-founded Audities in Los Angeles Ca. and later designed and co-owned the 12,500 square foot Bomb Factory Recording Studio in Burbank, CA., whose clients included Hal Blaine, Stevie Nicks, Elvis Costello and Beck. David Kean was transplanted to Calgary Alberta in early 2000 as Curator to the Cantos Music Foundation in Calgary, AB, Canada.
A Musicologist and Historian, David Kean has appeared in Keyboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, The New York Times and numerous other major publications. As a Consultant, he contributed to the design of the Alesis A-6 Andromeda Synthesizer, the Buchla 200e series, and NAMM's "Museum Of Making Music" in Carlsbad, California. David Kean was a guest Curator for the seminal all-electronic version of "Terry Riley's In C" at the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York City in 2002 and hosted the "Meet the Makers" Q/A Lecture after the performances.
As a composer, in 2003, David won the prestigious "Bessie" Composer's Award from the Dance Theater Workshop in New York, NY., for his score of D.D. Dorvillier's "Dressed For Floating".
David Kean owns and operates the iconic Strawberry Recording Studios, and is the curator of the studios' much coveted heterogeneous gear. David Kean has generously made this collection available through the Audities Foundation. In this realm, David Kean has bridged the worlds of academia, electronic instrument restoration & preservation, and the non-profit sector to benefit tomorrow's musicians.
Darlene Ruff EMT - Chair, Secretary
Darlene Ruff began her professional career as a 17-year-old Songwriter with the Performing Rights Organization of Canada.
At 23, the Sound Engineer turned Television Producer served her first term as Director and subsequently Executive Secretary to the Alberta Recording Industry Association (A.R.I.A) alongside the Honourable Gene Zwozdesky.
She has worked with numerous recording acts including Blue Rodeo, The Sky Diggers and Bob Wiseman. Her biography, titled "a world of good" released in 2007, was awarded "Best Regional Non-Fiction in Western Canada" at the
Independent Publisher Awards held in Los Angeles, California in 2008.
She is currently the Studio Manager of the iconic reincarnate, Strawberry Recording Studios, and is a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).
Cindy Westby - Director of Fundraising
Cindy Westby has an extensive background in Fundraising, Marketing and Development. She has served on numerous Non-Profit Boards, including the C.H.S.B.P.A. She is responsible for allocating over $250,000 in grant monies that ultimately ensured the success of two campaigns; the Elizabeth Barrett and the Manachaban Playground Project.
Her professional portfolio is equally impressive. As a Professional Bookkeeper, Cindy Westby was integral to the success of many local businesses that thrived because of her knowledge, expertise and keen eye for detail. Today, Cindy Westby is an Educational Travel Consultant specializing in Music and Fine Arts Tours for Academics and their students.
A native Albertan and a seasoned international traveller herself, Cindy is the mother of two children and four stepchildren. Her combined passion of family and community, music and travel is a genuine source of inspiration that transcends in all of her professional and personal endeavors.
Georgia Smallwood, BBA, CGA - Treasurer
With a passion for accounting that goes back over 25 years, Georgia started her own accounting practice focused on providing exceptional service and guidance to small business owners. She has over 10 years of experience in the industry.
Aside from being a past Treasurer of the Bissett Accounting Students Society at MRC, Georgia has participated in the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, is a current member of CGA Alberta and volunteers in many capacities at the schools her daughter has attended over the past 9 years.
Georgia also has a background in video and television production in Calgary. She's a graduate of the CTSR program at SAIT, has worked at CTV and CBC as well as small video production companies, and has volunteered for various live television productions at Shaw Cable.
When Georgia finds a break in her busy schedule, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and extensive extended family.
David Harrison - Technical Director
Dave has worked professionally in all facets of commercial audio and recording since moving from Vancouver BC to Calgary AB in 1987.
Skilled in electronics, electromechanics, metalwork and acoustics, he is ideally suited to the restoration work of professional audio equipment and electronic instruments.
His hobby of woodworking also comes in handy for the construction of studio acoustic elements, and the repair and manufacture of custom woodwork for restoration and new build projects.
He also freelances as a location multi-track recording engineer, and has recorded many large scale concerts for top Canadian Country acts including; Johhny Reid, Blue Rodeo, Paul Brandt, Terry Clark, Doc Walker, Jason Aldean and others.
Dave was instrumental in the recent re-construction of the custom Helios console (formerly owned by 10CC and later, Lenny Kravitz) now in operation at Strawberry Studios in Calgary.
John Leimseider- Synth repair.
Markus Resch-Mellotron and Chamberlin technical advisor.
Don Buchla- Buchla history, electric music box builder for the stars.
Mark McKeown- Ondes Martenot/RCA Theremin/Ondioline research and restoration.
Ken McKim- Helios restoration.
Robin Wood- EMS history.
Clark Ferguson- RMI, Allen Organ and ARP history.
Laurie Spiegel- McLeyvier, Alpha Centaury, Bell Labs and Groove history.
Vinnie Mondello- Tenor Banjo History, Bacon & Day restoration
Gilberto Serna- Deagan History, restoration.
Manny Fernandez- Yamaha VL-1 Programming.
Dale Ulan- 10,000 Cows, Studio technical assistance.
Cyril Jones- Raindirk Audio, Helios/Sound Techniques history/repairs.