Jazz is an elusive mistress. Though piano has always been his first passion, Tom Zink founded Ming Dynasty in 1992 as a means for pursuing other avenues of creativity. Having a desire to produce projects for several friends, and needing a space to compose and arrange, Tom moved from strictly computer based sequencing and arranging to the audio world with an ADAT and a prayer (prayer being necessary when working with ADATs). The early projects included his own jazz trio recording, Karen Gallinger's “My Foolish Heart”, and a great deal of work for Coda Music's Vivace system.
Eventually soundtrack work for “Doug”, “101 Dalmatians” television cartoon series, commercials , and feature TV movie “Treasure Of Dos Santos” (an orchestral score completely synthesized in this small space), took advantage of the early studio. Desiring more working room and a professional space to record more acoustic instruments, Tom and his wife Anne moved to their present home, which had a separate wing for a studio and isolation rooms. He has since then recorded in his studio, artists from varied styles including Michael McDonald, Richard Elliot, Brian Bromberg, Dave Koz, Peter Nero, Fernando Ortega, and many others. Tom has recorded several hundred projects for the Yamaha Disclavier, and Yamaha used his studio as its main facility for recording audio disks for their PianoSoft Plus Audio Disclavier series.
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