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John Kilgore Sound and Recording to become Renaissance Recording under new leadership

A tentpole recording studio behind multiple Broadway cast albums, Renaissance will continue with a trio of new owners.

(L-R) Ian Kagey, Derik Lee and Daniel Kluger (Credit: Courtesy of Renaissance Recordings)

John Kilgore Sound and Recording has been renamed Renaissance Recording. Along with the name change, studio owner John Kilgore has stepped down and Grammy Award-winning mixers and engineers Ian Kagey and Derik Lee, along with music producer and Tony-nominated composer Daniel Kluger, will be the new owners. Renaissance Recording will continue to provide services to artists in music, film, television and theater.

As a mixer and engineer, Kagey has worked on Broadway cast albums such as “Come From Away,” “Be More Chill” and the 2022 Grammy winner for Best Musical Theatre Album, “Into the Woods.” Kagey also recorded and mixed nine albums of the late composer Michael Friedman’s unreleased works, in addition to recording for the musical television series “Smash” and “Up Here” as well as the “West Side Story” and “tick, tick… BOOM!” film adaptations. Kagey previously managed large studios and renovations at Power Station Studios in Manhattan.

Lee is also a Grammy-winning engineer and mixer. He recorded the original cast album for “Hamilton” as well as for the original movie musical “The Greatest Showman.” Lee mixed the scores for the “In the Heights” movie as well as the soundtrack to Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building.”

Kluger may be best known to Broadway audiences as a Tony-nominated orchestrator, sound designer and composer. He earned his first Tony nod for orchestrating the 2019 revival of “Oklahoma!” Kluger earned additional Tony nominations for his sound design of “Sea Wall/A Life” and “The Sound Inside,” the latter for which he was also Tony-nominated for his original score.

Renaissance Recording features a multi-room facility, designed by Fran Manzella. The studio includes upgraded video and audio connectivity to accommodate simultaneous multi-room recording. As with the John Kilgore Studio before it, Renaissance Recording will also continue to provide Broadway pre-record services.

Kilgore will continue to work as an engineer and producer, operating out of Pulse studios.

“We are so happy to call this beautiful studio our creative home,” Kagey said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing the incredible work that’s been done here and continuing it as a home for music for years to come.”