New Spectrum Records is run by Glenn Cornett, Donald Elfman and David Preiser.
Glenn Cornett, MD, PhD, serves on the Board and as President of the New Spectrum Foundation. He is a biotechnology entrepreneur running Pastorus Pharma, LLC, focused on the development of drugs with new modes of action for autism and other central nervous system conditions. His last firm, Navitas Pharma, sold its assets to a larger biotechnology firm in 2008. Previously, he has worked at McKinsey, Eli Lilly, Razorfish and Los Alamos National Laboratory. His neuroscience PhD (dissertation on deep brain responses to music) was completed at UCLA. His MD was granted with Distinction in Research by the University of Michigan. Prior to his science and business career, he trained to be an orchestral trombonist; he has since been active in music performance and composition. He designed and helped build the Foundation’s multimedia installation, and also does much of its programming. Glenn’s compositions are premiered a few times per year, often with him performing on electronics. He continues, however, to consider compositions and performances by others to be a “better investment”. In March 2012, he opened Spectrum, a venue focused on presentation of music (and other arts) by innovative performers, composers and other practitioners; the venue moved a few months later (from its original Chelsea address) to its current location at 121 Ludlow Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Donald Elfman is a music industry executive with more than 20 years of experience.
Currently, Donald is president of Ride Symbol, an independent music services company and record label he founded in 2004. Ride Symbol provides a full range of services, including production, manufacturing, promotion, publicity, publishing, and artist relations. Ride Symbol clients include Enja Records, Nonesuch Records, and One Soul Records. Additionally, Donald provides line notes for recordings issued by major jazz distributors such as Blue Note, Sony, Telarc, and Verve.
Prior to forming Ride Symbol, Donald created and was Director of the Jazz Division at Koch Entertainment, an independentmusic distribution company. During his tenure, Donald produced more than 100 new recordings by contemporary artists and classic reissues licensed by major catalogs. and oversaw artist relations, manufacturing, marketing, promotion and publicity for Koch’s media communications.
Earlier, Donald was the Publicity Director and Jazz Manager for Telarc International, a Cleveland-based recording company and pioneer in the area of digital recording.
Before that, he was Production, Publicity, and Promotions Director for PolyGram Jazz, responsible for the company’s Verve, Mercury, and Polydor labels