With the success of our App, reaching the top #100 list of the music apps two days after introduction, I wanted to thank the team at NYA for this amazing work! I want each of you to know how proud I am to be working with this great team of committed professionals. My love, appreciation and respect go out to you all! THANKS!
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you all!!
LA Johnson - Co-founder of Shakey Pictures and NYA
Larry is still with us today in spirit and through the members of his family associated with NYA. Originator of the “Quality Whether you Want it or Not” mantra of NYA, Larry Johnson’s great sense of humor, directness and work ethic is at the heart of everything we do.
Hannah Johnson - Project Manager
Hannah is the daughter of LA Johnson, my life long friend and co-creator of many of my films, videos and recordings. Hannah’s mother Leslie played an active roll for many years in our management company - Elliot Roberts’ Lookout Management.
Hannah has made a stunning contribution to NYA, organizing and overseeing the creation of our website and app platform, a platform designed to be used by artists of all kinds to preserve and share their legacies.
Today Hannah runs NYA on a day by day basis, coordinating the myriad of talents utilized in our organization. Subscriptions are overseen by Hannah who also is our liaison with ADE ‘A different Engine’ who help to build and maintain NYA.
Well qualified to stay at the top, should World Music Archives, our parent company, grow and take on other artists, Hannah is integral to NYA. The success that our NYA platform is now enjoying and the happiness of our music fans worldwide is largely owed to Hannah Johnson.
Toshi Onuki - Art Director
Toshi creates the ‘look’ of NYA. Integral to the original BluRay design created with LA Johnson and me, Toshi has been with NYA since the very beginning, the early nineties. Residing in Tokyo and California, Toshi’s long history with us has been spent designing the on-line Archive as we see it today.
Working with LA Johnson and me, Toshi began by editing many of our projects. NYA would never be what it is today without Toshi’s valuable creative design and artistic input.
Phil Baker - PONO, NYA technology, Xstream by NYA technology
Phil has been with NYA since the founding of PONO, our early high resolution music store and music player. The Pono Player, designed with AYRE Acoustics under the leadership of Charley Hansen, was developed and manufactured under Phil’s leadership and was ‘product of the year’ at Stereophile Magazine - a great achievement in the audio world. The Pono Player is known today as the gold standard of listening devices-a great portable way to hear high resolution music in all its glory. Many of the tens of thousands of Pono players we built are still in use today by satisfied listeners. PONO was introduced at a time when streaming music was just getting started, and the convenience of low res streaming doomed Pono to the history books.
Today, Phil is my close adviser and the co-ordinator of the outreaches NYA is making to audio companies, artists and tech press. Phil’s input on all of our endeavors and the advice and perspective he offers to me is key to our success. Working with Phil Baker over the years has been a remarkable experience for me and a boon to NYA! Phil’s continuing day to day advice, organization skills and analytics coordination is an invaluable asset to everything we do with NYA.
Jon O’Neil - Archivist
Jon’s background in Archiving has taken NYA to the highest level. He cares for our archives, all the pieces of content. Practices in organization, gathering of content and care of the original pieces- art, recordings, film, manuscripts, and historic documents associated with the music, are all the domain of Jon O’Neil. Jon has only been with NYA about a year now and recently led the rescue, moving and reorganization of the entire archives when it was threatened by the great California fire of 2018.
Zeke, my son, is the coordinator of NYA file cabinet Info Card content. Continuity of information throughout the site is closely monitored by Zeke. Our videos / films appearing in the Hearse Theater daily are handled by Zeke, who’s eye for detail and continuity of music information throughout NYA is a valuable asset to us day to day.
dhlovelife - Social Media / Podcasts
dhlovelife’s photographs, videos and commentary provide the beautiful look and feel of our Social Media Outreach. The art that is such an important part of our NYA presence on the internet, the coordination of events with posts and the creative concepts behind our posting are all under the direction of dhlovelife.
NYA Livestreams on the internet concerts and otherwise, are conceived and directed with her unique eye.
Our podcast series with Bill Bentley, myself and others, in pre-production now, will begin this year under the direction of dhlovelife.
Phil Denslow - NYA Times Contrarian print setter
Phil sets up every article in the Contrarian, often finding errors and correcting them along the way. Without Phil Denslow, you would not be getting the NYA news in a timely manner. I work with Phil several times a day and it is a pleasure. Thanks from all of us at the ‘NYA Times Contrarian’, Phil.
Gary Ward and LOST PLANET - NYA video production
Lost Planet is the place where we do all of the videos derived from the archives content. Shows need to be edited and finished; videos restored from the past; Social media projects are carefully culled from the archives. Extreme care is taken to ensure that every NYA project is at the highest level.
Thanks to Hank Corwin, Jason Dopko, Rachel Simmer, Kimmy Dude, Federico Brusilovsky, Aimee Hinkley, George Romo, Lee Bacak, Alex Bushe, Tricia Yaguchi, Stann Waithe, Madi Emenheiser and of course - Gary Ward. Gary is our point person, the force that keeps us rolling.
Scott Andrew - App developer
Scott of New Wave Digital has created the app that faithfully delivers much of the website experience to the millions of mobile users.
Gordon Smith - Website developer
Gordon, along with Mike Ryan and the entire team at ADE have worked tirelessly to turn my vision of a musician’s archive into reality with a website that’s unique and an entirely new web experience.
Frankie Tan and Kelvin Lee - Orastream
Frankie and Kelvin and their small company has worked closely with the NYA team to develop the engine that lets everyone experience hi res music quality, far exceeding what’s become today’s standards for music streaming.
Stuart Mauritzen - Social Media
Stuart, working with dhlovelife, provides NYA’s voice on the internet, publishing messages and images to inform the NYA community on the latest releases and happenings at NYA, and preparing posts for review and publishing.
Katie Fox - Letters to the Editor
Katie coordinates our incoming letters to the ‘NYA Times Contrarian’, organizes and provides the letters to the editor for replies. Answers to questions from members about NYA’s activities, methods, reasons for choices made, musical histories, recording information, ticket availability and more are all published regularly in the NYA Times Contrarian ‘Letters to the Editor’.
John Hanlon - Producer / Engineer
John Hanlon is in charge of all of the mastering of my archival music, coordinating the creation of NYA’s high resolution files, analog masters and vinyl production for Reprise Records and Shakey Pictures Records. John also writes for the Times Contrarian and provides insight into the process of creating our music’s quality sound in his column ‘J Hanlon’s Notebook’.
Tim Mulligan - Producer / Engineer
Tim produces, refines and organizes the music content that originated at Broken Arrow Ranch. His experience with the creation of many of these masters is invaluable to the quality we try to maintain at NYA.
John Hausmann - Content Management
It is John Hausmann who cares for the data base of music at the core of NYA. Musical and visual content from 1963 to present day is under the watchful care of John, the keeper of the data base.
Joel Bernstein - Archivist / Photographer
Joel has been with me since the 1970s when he travelled aboard CSNY’s tour, documenting the action and music. His legendary care for detail enables us to confidently draw on his records and recollections to ensure that NYA is providing the correct information, photos and memorabilia for each song.
Bill Bentley - Music Writer / Historian
Bill has worked with me for years, beginning with Reprise records decades ago. His friendship, talent for writing, and insight into the love of music and related subjects of the music scene in ‘Bentley’s Bandstand’ a column he writes regularly, is one of my favorite aspects of the NYA Times Contrarian. Bill’s hosting of our podcasts and live interviews is sure to be a big part of who we are going forward.
Reverend Billy - Our Religious Voice
Reverend Billy’s ‘NYA Times Contrarian’ column, ‘Religion’ is full of commentary on today’s faith in consumerism, our Planet’s wellness and our Political Conscience.
Dave Toms - The Lincvolt Chronicles
Dave Toms is the director of the ‘Lincvolt’ series, now in progress at Shakey Pictures North. As “The Passenger”, Dave provides regular updates from ‘The Editing Suite’ via short videos culled from the hundreds of hours of footage documenting the construction and history of Lincvolt, a 1959 Lincoln Continental electro-cruiser, powered by electricity and a domestic renewable cellulosic ethanol fueled generator, long before electric cars became popular.
CK Vollick - Director of Photography
In addition to the Lincvolt Chronicles, where he has traveled around North America filming, CK is the eyes of our Live-Stream concerts and our interviews for podcasts.
Ben Johnson - Director of Photography
Ben Johnson, son of LA Johnson, brother of Hannah Johnson, is Director of photography and camera operator for the Lincvolt series. Ben Johnson is also Director of Photography for all concerts where we utilize live screens. Ben has worked with me on many projects such as ‘A Letter Home’ and countless others involving video, which now yield special features of live concert performances at the Hearse Theater.
Reprise Records - The home of my music since 1970
Reprise Records and Warner Brothers have been an incredible supporting force in all of our endeavors. We are proud to be associated with Warner Brothers, a great music company dedicated to supporting artists who release their recordings on Warner Bothers labels.
Elliot Roberts - Lookout Management
Elliot, my best friend, has helped me throughout my life with guidance and steady, caring leadership, from Buffalo Springfield to CSNY to today, from Pono to NYA, Elliot has been there for me, leading the way with advice and business handling.
THANKS! MERRY CHRISTMAS & Happy Holidays.