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June 30, 2016 - ASCAP publishes my article
ASCAP published an article which I wrote today. It's in their We Create Music publication titled Finding Work As A Composer. Based around some of the material from my book Guerrilla Film Scoring, it gives a few little nuggets of wisdom for surviving the industry.
There are no guarantees in any culture in the world that art is going to be sustainable and provide you a good living. As a composer you might become well-paid eventually, but you will never have a steady or predictable career path. (read more...)
June 25, 2016 - Pierce Brosnan film
Pierce Brosnan stars in The King's Daughter, a new film scored by composer Grant Kirkhope. It is based on the historical/sci-fi novel The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre, and Brosnan plays King Louis XIV. The film will be released later this year by Paramount. I orchestrated for Grant with the extraordinary Penka Kouneva.
March 9, 2016 - J. G. Tennyson sessions
John Gentry Tennyson is an EMI recording artist, brilliant music director of many live theater productions including Broadway and Cirque du Soleil shows, and he's also a fantastic composer for film and television. Late last year he recorded a set of new orchestral compositions with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra which will be put out by Parma Recordings, and I did the music engraving and copyist work for him. He's very particular about the look and feel of his music, and we created something like the Boosey & Hawkes look except with our own twists. It looks great, and it sounded even better. Today, Gentry published live videos of the sessions and they sound fantastic.
June 6, 2016 - Another Mark Abel song cycle
Mark Abel has just completed yet another song cycle, for which I was again his music copyist. Entitled "In The Rear View Mirror, Now" they illustrate again how very unique Mark's artistic voice is. I have worked with him since 2010, and it's always a pleasure.
June 3, 2016 - Steven Gordon album released
Steven Gordon is one of the most talented and expressive musicians I have ever worked with, and that's saying a lot. And to top it off, he fits that description when playing both viola and guitar! He invited me to accompany him on piano in his new solo album "All Over The Map" which was released today. One of the tracks I played on is LITERALLY the HARDEST VIOLA PIECE IN THE WORLD!! (Track 14) Steven is a monster player and it was an honor to accompany him.
May 22, 2016 - Ninja Turtles movie release
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around since the late 80's, and it was my pleasure to be part of the orchestration team for the summer blockbuster "Out of the Shadows" produced by Nickelodeon and Paramount. The film score was composed by Steve Jablonsky, and our orchestration team was led by Penka Kouneva. We recorded a wonderful union orchestra at Warner Brothers Studios.
May 12-14, 2016 - Copeland's "Tyrant's Crush"
The New West Symphony performed a new symphony by Stewart Copeland, for which I was the orchestrator and music copyist. The first concerto written with his own performance in mind, it features his brilliant drumming plus complimentary parts for members of the percussion section and an array of exotic percussion. The work celebrates the un-tapped virtuosity of the symphonic percussion section and demonstrates that the distance between rock drummer and timpani virtuoso is not as far as one may think.
Thursday, May 12, 2016, Santa Monica
Friday, May 13, 2016, Oxnard
Saturday, May 14, 2016, Thousand Oaks
May 6, 2016 - Chicago Symphony plays Silverado
The world famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra accompanied the film Silverado live, playing the original score by Bruce Broughton. Conducted by the brilliant Richard Kaufman, the energy of the live performance was thrilling! In this open venue, lots of brass and percussion made for a very exciting evening. I printed and bound the 45 pounds and 4,200 pages of sheet music for the show.
May 4, 2016 - Recording the score for Gosnell
I was the orchestrator, music copyist, and conductor during the recording sessions for the film Gosnell: America's Biggest Serial Killer. I worked with composer Boris Zelkin, and we had the good fortune to work with a fantastic union orchestra in Oklahoma City at Castle Row Studios. The score was almost entirely orchestral, and there are many more recording session photos here.
April 29, 2016 - Presenting at the ASCAP Expo
The ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO is the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. Today I was on the "Composer's Survival Kit" panel, moderated by the awesome Joel Douek. The panel was very much like my book Guerrilla Film Scoring, basically a survival guide about how to navigate our insane media music business! I was in great company with composers Joey Newman and Didier Rachou, and entertainment lawyer Brad Shenfeld.
April 22, 2016 - Nina film released
A film titled Nina about the legendary musician Nina Simone was released today. I orchestrated the film score with composer Ruy Folguera, and we recorded the score in Prague. The film was written and directed by Cynthia Mort and stars Zoe Saldana.
March 16, 18,19, 2016 - Ben Hur in Concert
A show I am very proud of is coming to LA. The most expensive silent film ever made, 1925's "Ben-Hur" includes an enormous cast and crew and a visual scope that is breathtaking to this day. Stewart Copeland, former drummer for The Police, composed a new score for the Hollywood epic. He performs on drums and percussion as the Pacific Symphony perform the score live, while the movie screens above. I orchestrated for Stewart and helped him sync the live orchestra to the film. It was two years of work, and it's the coolest silent film you'll ever watch.
March 18, 19 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa
(You'll see me in rehearsal at 2:08)
February 21, 2016 - World premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony
The Pittsburgh Symphony will be premiering a symphony which I orchestrated for composer Stewart Copeland. Originally a smaller commission from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, we expanded it to a full 3-movement symphony. In addition to orchestrating for Stewart I also was the music copyist and engraver for sheet music publisher G. Schirmer.
January 16, 2016 - Cask of Amontillado opera
The American Modern Ensemble performed the world premiere of new orchestrations of Stewart Copeland's The Cask of Amontillado based on the story by Edgar Allen Poe. Stewart wrote the opera many years ago for a smaller ensemble, and I helped him re-orchestrate the show for AME's orchestra. I was also the music copyist and did the music engravings for G. Schirmer.
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