About Rena

photo by Glenn Ross copyright 2009 “Multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer Rena Jones is a force to be reckoned with. At age 30, she boasts more than 30 collaborative albums, 3 full length solo albums, 20 years of classical violin study, and 12 years of cello, and she is considered one of the leading women in audio engineering today.”

~ Strings Magazine 2007

Her extensive background in music and sound engineering covers a colorful spectrum from composing music for the award winning video game Dance Dance Revolution; sound design for Twisted Tools and Keith McMillen Instruments and she worked at Avid supporting the development for Pro -Tools software. As an audio engineer, Rena has mixed for Beats Antique; co-produced, engineered and mixed Lynx’s debut album “On The Horizon”; mixed sound for “The Fifth Sacred Thing” and mixes and produces her own music.

Rena’s tracks have been released with such reputable international labels as Iboga, Spun Records, Aleph Zero, 1320 Records, Addictech, Ultimae, Schematic Records, Native State Records and she runs and curates her own label Cartesian Binary Recordings. Two of Rena’s studio albums have been chosen in the top 25 essential albums of the year on NPR Echoes Radio in 2006 and 2009 and she is celebrating the success of her most recent album “Echoes” featuring world renowned artists Sophie Barker on vocals (Zero 7 and Groove Armada), Matt Robertson (Bjork, Lamb, Batt for lashes) and Earl Harvin (Seal, Air).

With two decades of experience as a seasoned studio musician; Rena’s highly sought after string playing has landed her on albums with Emancipator, STS9, Edit (Glitch Mob), Bluetech, Funckarma, Beats Antique and Grammy nominated artist J. Viewz to name a few.

“Literally one of the best experimental artists currently making tracks. Layers and layers of experimental-electronic goodness, focus constantly shifts from leads to bridges to the beat and back around again, using sounds in Ableton Live that many others would have difficulty with, but instead forms an analog/virtual opus.” – Women’s Radio

Multiple tours around North America and Europe have lead Rena to perform at some of the worlds most established cutting edge electronic music festivals; Glade Festival (UK), The Secret Garden Festival (UK), Decibel Festival, Shambhala Music Festival (Canada), Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle as well as tour support for Plaid and opener for Ladytron, Wax Tailor and Trentemoller.

Jones’ live sets are a potent sonic session. She orchestrates her violin and cello over hand crafted beats melding the organic with the electronic. Her performance is a sophisticated example of the modern movement in electronic dance and ambient music.

“Rena Jones has taken the electronic world and put a warm soothing coat on it. With her epic compositions in which she uses a variety of electronics, synths, beat machines, sound design, analog gear and traditional instruments, she has earned a coveted place among those who seek to meld the electronic and human elements of music.”

“The revered daughter of San Francisco’s electronic music scene, Jones has made a mark on the world of downtempo music.” 2006 – OEM Radio

“It may be ambient but unlike much of the downtempo music around it’s certainly not background music.” – Total Music Magazine 2010