Dave Grafe 

More than forty-five years of production, design and performance experience in live and studio environments, including musical and theatrical productions featuring local, national and international artists; commercial and political conventions; outdoor festivals; technical design, assembly, installation, maintenance and operation of professional sound and lighting systems; administration, training and supervision of staff; concert tour management; multi-buss monitor mixing, technical support and audio mixes for live and pre-recorded radio and television broadcasts of musical and sporting events; musical composition, arranging, production and performance utilizing traditional classical, popular, modern and computer-assisted instrumentation.

Current Production Credits

Principal, PDX AUDIO

Since 1980, professional audio design, production, recording and consulting services.  Notable clients have included Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Port of Portland, Portland Mayor's Ball, City Club of Portland, Estacada Summer Celebration, Roseburg Spring Fair, White Salmon Spring Fair, Alaska State Fair (Palmer), Cascade Run-Off, Portland Saturday Market, Roseburg Spring Fair, Portland Parks Department, Tualatin Parks and Recreation, Reed College, Portland Community College, Oregon Convention Center, Bravo! Publications, The Last Hurrah, Luis' Club LaBamba, Key Largo, Starry Night, Pine Steet Theatre, Roseland Theatre, Al Amir, Bombay Cricket Club, Berkshire Snow Productions, Dave Ediger Productions, Oregon Trail Pageant, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Mt. Hood Repertory Theatre, Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera Association, Oregon Children's Theatre, Vancouver Dance Theatre, DO JUMP!, Reed College, Portland Community College, Concordia University, Portland State University, Lewis and Clark College, University of Portland, Portland Saturday Market, Filipino-American Friendship Club, Andisheh Cultural Center, Portland Tango Society, Northwest Zydeco, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Portland Tango Society, Cascade Zydeco, American Red Cross, Berkshire Snow Productions, Artists for the Arts Foundation, Tualatin HIgh School, NBA Portland Traiblazers, NFL Seatte Seahawks, Bank of America, John Deere/Timberjack, Pella Corporation, Mentor Graphics Corporation, Intel Corporation, City of Estacada, Hillsboro Parks and Recreation, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Portland Schools Foundation, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, Portland Pioneer Courthouse Square, The President of the United States and many, many more

Client artists have included NuShooz, Balafon Marimba Ensemble, Paul DeLay, Jim Pepper, Rank and File, Pleasure, Cool'r, Terry Robb, Calvin Walker, Obo Addy, Thomas Mapfumo, Dub Squad, Brydge, Little Women, Janice Scroggins, Upepo, Rockin' Razorbacks, Brothers of the Baladi, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, Jeff Fredericks and the Clamtones, Sunny South, Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Supported Acts include The Smothers Brothers, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Sun Ra, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Frankie Avalon, Chuck Berry, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Desert Rose Band, Colin Raye, Charlie Pride, Tracy Lawrence, The Marshall Tucker Band, Doc Watson, Arlo Guthrie, The Seldom Scene, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, The Bellamy Brothers, Freddy Fender, Ronnie Milsap, Rodney Crowell, Michelle Shocked, David Lindley and El Rayo X, Bonnie Raitt, Toni Childs, Olivia Newton-John, Pam Tillis, Badfinger, Kool and the Gang, Tower of Power, The Kingsmen, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult, Iron Butterfly, Grand Funk Railroad, .38 Special, The Guess Who, The Turtles, Kansas, Indigo Girls, Joan Jett, Toots and the Maytals, Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Cliff, The Itals, O.J. Ekemode, Thomas Mapfumo.

Free-Lance Television Audio Technician / Engineer, MIRA MOBILE TELEVISION, PACIFIC COAST CAMERA AND CREWING, BLAZER BROADCASTING, ESPN, TNT, CBS Sports, ABC Sports, NBC Sports, ROOT Sports, Fox Sports Network, Oregon Sports Network, The Spike Channel

May '98 to present.  Audio Technician / Engineer for televised sports events including NBA Basketball, NCAA Football, Basketball, Baseball and Soccer, MLB and PCL Professional Baseball, FIFA World Cup Soccer, Little League Softball World Series, Fred Meyer Challenge Pro-Am Golf Tournament, Super-Set Tennis, Oregon State 4A and 3A High School Championship Football, Basketball, Baseball and Soccer, CART Auto Racing. 

Past Production Credits

Sound Technician / Engineer, PORTLAND CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS

September '97 - October '04. Sound Engineer for the Portland Center for the Performing Arts Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Keller Auditorium, Newmark Theatre and Dolores Winningstadt Theatre. Clients included Oregon Children's Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Kalekendra Arts Association, Portland Opera Association, White Bird Productions, Portland Arts and Lectures Society.

House Sound Engineer, IATSE Shop Steward, PCPA INTERMEDIATE THEATRE

September '90 - September '97. Responsible for supervision, design, operation, maintenance, and repair of sound installation and personnel in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts Intermediate Theater. Responsible for liaison with client production staff and facility management and for implementation of design requirements for a full range of productions, including civic events; commercial and industrial trade shows and business meetings; theatrical, dance, choral, classical, folk and popular musical performances. Seasons included annual six-month residency by Portland Center Stage (formerly Oregon Shakespeare Festival / Portland), Portland Creative Conference, Portland Advertising Federation's Rosey Awards and Oregon Ballet Theatre's annual American Choreographers' Showcase.

Systems Consultant/Engineer, Sound Designer, LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Richard III, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Cambio, Summer 2008


King Henry VI, Fall 1995; Comedy Of Errors, Spring 1997; As You Like It, Winter 1998; Merchant of Venice, Spring 1998; Julius Caesar, Fall 1998; The Winter's Tale, Winter 1999.
Comedy of Errors. which was directed by Jan Powell, received a Drammie nomination from the Portland Drama Guild for Best Sound Design. 


A Question of Mercy, Spring 1999; Present Laughter, Fall 1999; Never a Sinner, Winter 2001.


Romeo and Juliet, Spring 1999.


The Nutcracker, Winter 1997,98,99; Sleeping Beauty / Yello, Spring 1998; La Bayadere, Spring 1999.

Sound Designer, DO JUMP! Dance Theatre

Threads, Spring 1999.

Audio Technician / Engineer, Electrician, IATSE Local #28, Portland, Oregon

December '89 - December '04.

Systems Engineer, FOH Mix Engineer, SUNDOWN SOUND

August '87 - September '97. Responsible for design, assembly, transportation, installation and operation of professional audio systems for major public and private events; hiring and supervision of staff; liaison with client and artists' representatives; and audience mix and broadcast lines for numerous fairs, concerts, conventions and other civic and commercial events. FOH Mix Engineer for events including: Bill Clinton campaign '92 Portland rally; OMSI Opening Ceremonies; Oregon Convention Center Opening Celebrations; Rose Festival Opening Celebrations; Portland Dragon Boat Races; Country on the Waterfront series; Alaska State Fair (Palmer), Deschutes County Fair, Multnomah County Fair ; Grant County (WA) Fair ; SW Washington State Fair; Benson County Fair; Sokol Blosser Winery Concert Series; Portland Waterfront Classics Series '87, '88, '89; Portland Trailblazers' Slam'n'Jam '89, '90, '91; Portland Singing Christmas Tree '87, '88, '89; as well as various performances by Oregon Symphony, West Coast Chamber Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and concert performances by literally hundreds of premiere national and international artists. Other supported acts include Hugh Masekela, Jimmy Cliff, Marshall Tucker Band, Tony Bennett, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Desert Rose Band, Colin Raye, John Williams, Smokey Robinson, Frankie Avalon, The Smothers Brothers, The Temptations, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Pride, Tracy Lawrence, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kool and the Gang, Tower of Power, Juice Newton, The Kingsmen, Jay Leno, Chuck Berry, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Kansas, Joan Jett, many, many more.

Associate Producer/Engineer, REX RECORDING

September '86 - September '91. Responsible for production and engineering of musical recordings, including albums for global and local release; live remote recordings of pop, classical and ethnic ensembles; pre-production work for major label releases; demos for local artists; spot editing and special effects for commercial accounts. Projects produced include albums by Northwest bluegrass artists Sunny South, Zimbabwean master musician and story-teller Ephat Mujuru, the debut album by Balafon Marimba Ensemble for Shanechie Records, and the highly acclaimed release The Other One by harmonica legend Paul deLay. 

Technical Director, PINE STREET THEATER

July '87 - June '89. Responsible for design, procurement, installation, operation and maintenance of technical systems for a full-time concert schedule; training and supervision of staff; liaison with promoters and artist's representatives regarding technical support, and performing in the absence of such representatives. FOH mix engineer for artists including Sun Ra, Arlo Guthrie, Doc Watson, Indigo Girls, Bonedaddys, Hugh Masekela, O. J. Ekemode, Burning Spear, Mutabaruka, The Itals, James Cotton, Obo Addy, Savoy Brown, Seldom Scene, New Riders of the Purple Sage, John Mayall, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop, Buddy Miles, Danny O'Keefe, Taj Mahal, the Maytals, many more. 

Production Manager / FOH Mix Engineer, BALAFON MARIMBA ENSEMBLE

July '89 - June '90.  Tour manager for Regional, West Coast and North American concert tours; Responsibilities included logistical and technical support, customs, booking of accommodations and travel, supervision of concert production and finances, audio mixing, and liaison with record label, media, promoters, venues, and artist's management.

Production Manager / FOH Mix Engineer, RANK AND FILE

September '86 - July '87  Tour manager for Regional, West Coast and North American concert tours; Responsibilities included logistical and technical support, customs, booking of accommodations and travel, supervision of concert production and finances, audio mixing, and liaison with record label, media, promoters, venues, and artist's management. 

Stage Monitor Mix Engineer, PLEASURE

May '83 - August '83. Stage monitor engineer / technician for North American concert tours. 

FOH Mix Engineer, NU SHOOZ

May '81 - September '86. Responsible for design, procurement, and operation of audio systems for performances including North American concert tours and audio mixing for live and pre-recorded radio and television broadcasts. Acting Production Manager 9/81 through 5/85. 

Engineering Technician, NORTHWEST SOUND

March '85 - January '86. Production and testing of custom components for parent corporation Maryland Sound, Inc.; performance and technical evaluation of speaker systems, mixing desks and amplifiers; technical support for industry-leading engineering department; configuration, testing, repair, maintenance and preparation of sound and lighting systems for national and international tours. 

Assembly Technician, Materials Supervisor, Product Development Consultant, BIAMP SYSTEMS

April '78 - September '81. Assembled power amplifiers and audio processing devices; assisted in manufacturing engineering of new products; trained production and supervisory personnel; managed raw materials inventory and parts distribution for electronics assembly line; developed and implemented computer control of raw materials inventory; performed design consultation and field testing for new products.


January '76 - June '77. Taught basic skills, applied sciences and GED preparatory curriclum to at-risk, "unschoolable" teens. Performed crisis counseling on a 24-hour basis for same.

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