Josef Kucera is recently retired after 33 years as the Chief Recording Engineer for the Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego.  He has been involved in Recording Arts and New Music for more than 40 years and has engineered over 125 commercial CD, DVD and DVD-A projects for MODE, Aeolian Classics, aeon, New World Records,  Neuma, Bridge, Naxos, Sony Classics, CRI, Lovely Music, Klavier, and 9 Winds as well as several boutique labels.  Some of the ensembles included in these projects are the Arditti Quartet, JACK Quartet, The National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the ICE ensemble, redfishbluefish, SONOR and the La Jolla symphony and Chorus;  Pulitzer Prize winners include Roger Reynolds, Charles Wuorinen, David Lang, Steve Reich, John Luther Adams and Bernard Rands; Other notable artists include Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Christian Wolff, Irvine Arditti, Steve Schick, George Lewis, Bert Turetzky, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Miller Puckett, the Convolution Brothers and Ravi Shankar among others.  Mr. Kucera has recorded concerts in the U.S., Asia and Europe.  He holds a B.A. in Music Theory/Composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an A.S. in Electronics Technology and has composed music for film, dance, radio/TV commercials and live theatre. Mr. Kucera is currently a freelance recording engineer and an Adjunct Professor at San Diego City College teaching recording arts and the AVID Music Production Certification curriculum.  Mr. Kucera is a 40-year member of the Audio Engineering Society, a 15-year member of the Recording Academy and has been and AVID Pro Tools Certified Instructor for 10 year