R.I.P. Greg Ladanyi
l Engineer l Mixer
l President Maple
Jam Music GroupJuly 6, 1952---Sept 29, 2009
And I can tell you my love
Will still be strong after the boys of
Summer have gone
--Building The Perfect Beast Don Henley
Angeles, CA (September 29, 2009) -- It is with great sadness that
we announce the passing of Maple Jam Music Group President, Greg
Ladanyi, today, at the age of 57.
Ladanyi sustained severe head trauma following an on-stage accident
last Friday in the Greek Republic of Cyprus. Ladanyi was immediately
rushed to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition
over the weekend. He was in Cyprus touring with Maple Jam Music
artist, Anna Vissi.
Ladanyi, a Grammy
Award-winning producer, has spent his entire professional career
engineering, mixing and producing for the greatest artists in the
entertainment industry. Ladanyi was widely known for his production
and engineering work with musical greats Jackson Browne (six albums,
including Running on Empty, Holding Out,
and Lawyers in Love), Toto (four albums, including Toto
IV), Don Henley (three albums, including Building the
Perfect Beast), Fleetwood Mac (Fleetwood Mac Greatest
Hits and Behind the Mask), The Church (Starfish),
Jeff Healey (See the Light), and Jaguares (Bajo
el Azul de Tu Misterio). His most recent work was with Anna
Vissi and her Greek album, Apagorevmeno.
With 40 years
in the entertainment industry, Ladanyi has contributed to various
high-end projects, with his work leading to 16 Grammy nominations,
being directly nominated three times. He won a Grammy Award in 1982
for Best Engineered Recording Non-Classical with Totos,
Toto IV and nominated for Producer of The Year for Don
Henleys The Boys Of Summer and Jaguares, Best
Rock Album, Bajo El Azul de Tu Misterio at the 1st Annual
Latin Grammy Awards.
of Maple Jam Music Group, Ladanyi evolved the company from the original
Maple Jam Records label founded in 2004 to a full service entertainment
entity that works hand-in-hand with the artist to fully develop
their careers. As a home to many established and up-and-coming artists
we will continue to move forward, keeping Greg Ladanyis legacy
for a private memorial service are pending.
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am writing with great sadness and to express my deepest sympathies
to all those close to Greg Ladanyi whom Ive only known for
a relatively short time. I met Greg one night in 2001 at the Barfly
on the strip in LA and with Robbie Vee ended up back at his apartment
where he was remixing some Jackson Brown tracks. As a musician and
singer songwriter in my native London I knew of Gregs work
and was thrilled to have got to know him. He was a generous man
with a musical gift. Hell be missed."
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passion for the art was never timid.
His great heart and genuine friendships
were deeply personal. Although Greg
left us so abrubtly, he did it while
doing what he loved to do most.
I'll greatly miss him."
-- Vincent van Haaff
met Greg while just getting my first job in the music industry.
He saw that I had a point of view for audio processing right from
the start. This relationship continued until now. We had many interactions
over the years working together. I always felt he respected me.
I respected him. I learned an awful lot from him. He contributed
a great deal to this industry. This is a tragic accident and a great
was Greg's assistant from 1999 through 2002 and coordinated the
studioepxresso interview with Greg and Rob Hill at Tidal Wave. I
just wanted to say hello and pass on my sadness for Greg's passing...
I know Greg's still mixing wherever he may be.
PS. I am also 99.9% sure that Greg's birthday was July 6. He was
a Cancer through and through!"
"I am shocked and grieving over the loss
of my dear friend. Greg and I spent countless hours and so many
months together working on my first CD. He poured his talent and
generosity into the project we gave birth to. He has a special place
in my heart and will always be a part of me. In many ways, he gave
me wings. He has always been a great friend to me and a true support
of me personally and creatively. We created beautiful music together.
Greg I MISS YOU so bad it hurts like crazy. THANK YOU for all you
did for me."
consider myself extremely fortunate to have learned what I learned
from Greg whether the transport was running or whether he was sharing
his hard earned perspective over sushi. I couldn't have asked for
a better teacher and mentor as well as friend to help someone new
into the business."
have tremendous respect for Greg's work - he was behind some iconic
artists and recordings of our time plus he reinvented himself every
few years and always kept it positive. His work will live on."
-- Rafa Sardina
community has lost a dear friend and a legendary producer/mixer/engineer
Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, close friends and Ms
Vissi. Greg's musical legacy will continue to live through his love
for Maple Jam artists and the timeless albums he helped make by
Toto, Jackson Browne, Don Henley and many others.
He was in excellent spirit at the studioexpresso mixer 3 short weeks
ago. His smile is etched in my memory. Last night, all we could
do (my husband and I) was to light a candle and listen to St Mathews
passion. Audio was Greg's passion. It helped us visualize angels
lifting him to his peaceful resting place."
heartbroken here at Maple Jam, but are trying to remain strong.
His love for music has been instilled in all of us that have had
the honor of working with him
I know Greg considered you (Claris) a dear friend as he would always
make sure I sent any news item or production update to studioexpresso
Maple Jam Music
"This is truly sad and my heart is with his loved ones
and him. He was the consummate engineer, so passionate about his
work always. Greg was an incredible inspiration. Our recording world
has lost one of our greatest advocates and talents."
"I was shocked and saddened to learn of Greg Ladanyi's passing.
It is a sad day for our musical family. I would like to be able
to reach Greg's family and know of the memorial services. Please
keep me posted as to any details that you are made aware of.
Thanks and blessings to you."
producer Greg Ladanyi has spent his entire professional career,
engineering, mixing and producing records for some of the worlds
greatest artists in the field of music entertainment. Greg is best
known for his production & engineering work with: Jackson Brownesix
albums, including Running On Empty, Hold Out, and Lawyers in Love;
Totofour albums, including Toto IV, Don Henleythree
albums, including Building The Perfect Beast, Fleetwood MacFleetwood
Mac Greatest Hits and Behind The Mask, The ChurchStarfish,
Jeff HealeySee The Light, and JaguaresBajo El Azul de
his career in 1974 at the Sound Factory in Hollywood, California,
Assisting David Hassenger and Val Garay. Greg developed his skills
working on great records like, Linda Ronstadts Hasten Down
The Wind, Andrew Gold, The Four Seasons, Orleans, The Motels, The
Fania All-stars, and John David Souther. In 1976 Greg was united
with Jackson Browne, working on his world class album, The Pretender.
Other artists developed with Jackson were, Warren Zevon and David
Lindley. From there, Greg went on to work with Karla Bonoff, Clannad,
Caifanes, Jaguares, General Public, Asia, Camel, REO Speed Wagon,
Tommy Shaw, Dolly Parton, The Crickets, and Joe Cocker.
has contributed his work to 18 Grammy nominations and has been nominated
directly three times. Greg won a Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Engineered
Recording with Totos, Toto IV and nominated for Producer of
The Year for, Don Henleys, Boys of Summer and Jaguares, Best
Rock Album, Bajo El Azul de tu Misterio, at the 1st Annual Latin
60 million records have been sold worldwide.
to the world of digital recording and delivery, Greg played a critical
role with Steinberg North America by conceiving of and assembling
their well-known Producers Group. Steinberg's, Nuendo digital editing
platform soon became recognized as one of the strongest DAW platforms.
Greg also a pioneer in surround sound, operated the first live-mixed
5.1 surround sound music venue, Platinum Live, and has worked with
DTS and Warner Brothers to produce artists in 5.1 surround sound,
Jackson Brownes, Running On Empty and Mid Night Oils
The Terms at Capitol with Ladanyi
Maple Jam Music Group has evolved from the original Maple Jam
Records Label originally founded in 2004. "The
ongoing shift in the contemporary music business coupled with the
need for artists to be able to fully develop their individual visions
via touring, publishing, merchandising, recordings and digital delivery
was the reason behind the expansion" says label President Greg
Ladanyi. MJMG now offers the ability for artists to engage not only
the services of a record label, but additionally find access to
virtually all the support mechanisms needed to create long lasting
and meaningful careers with management, publishing, merchandising,
marketing, retail, analog and digital delivery all available under
one roof. MJMG offers over 30 years of experience in management,
production, publishing, marketing and touring. "Our new team
at MJMG is committed to their clients using the best innovative
methods with the only goal being total success," says Ladanyi.
roster include: Type O Negative SPV; Hollywood Undead
Myspace/Interscope; Sound the Alarm Geffen; Everybody Else
Militia Group; Ligion, Anna
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