2012 News Highlights
My latest movie opens this Friday in West Hollywood in a soft release that will begin at the Laemmle Theatres in LA and roll out to broader distribution after a few weeks.
The film is a family comedy called The Man Who Shook The Hand Of Vicente Fernandez, and it stars the late Ernest Borgnine. He was 94 during production and this film was his last in a celebrated career that spanned more than 6 decades. The film music was written by composer Ruy Folguera and orchestrated by myself. You can watch the trailer on the Indican Pictures website.
December 2, 2012 - Motif Ensemble Holiday Concert
The Motif Ensemble is a vocal ensemble in Glendale. We are doing our annual Christmas Concert Sunday December 2 at 3pm. It will be an hour of holiday songs from around the world, with a vocal ensemble of 6 and myself on the piano. It is at the Glendale Presbyterian church, a fantastic venue with wonderful acoustics. See the website for details.
October 14 & 20, 2012 - More Bugbaby screenings
Bugbaby, a horror comedy for which I was the film composer, has been a Halloween favorite two years in a row. It has won multiple awards, played at more than 30 festivals, and continues to get more screenings.
October 5, 2012 - Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
On October 5 world percussion ensemble D'Drum and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra will be performing Gamelan D'Drum, a piece I worked on with Stewart Copeland. It was performed previously by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Royal College of Music.
Sept 28, 2012 - Bugbaby screenings
Bugbaby has two screenings this weekend. The first is tonight at the SoCal Independent Film Festival, just a little outside of Los Angeles. The second is tomorrow in Chicago at the Columbia Alumni Short Film Showcase.
September 25, 2012 - ZMX publishes Mayday Parade
ZMX has published a catalogue of Mayday Parade's sheet music, all transcribed and arranged by myself. The band recently finished the Vans Warped Tour and is about to begin their fall tour in the US.
August 29, 2012 - Homecoming good news
I got good news upon arriving home yesterday from our amazing tour in the South Pacific. First, the album we were touring made it to #3 on the Billboard reggae charts while we were out. Second, Magic Hourglass (one of the many films I have scored for Robert Rollins) had a very successful screening at the West Coast Film Festival 5 days ago. Third, Hourglass will have another screening at the OC Film Fiesta some time next week. What a great welcome home!
August 13, 2012 - Magic Hourglass screenings
There are a handful of new screenings for The Magic Hourglass coming up:
I was the film composer and orchestrator for the film, and the film score continues to impress audiences everywhere it's played. I'm very proud of this one!
August 4, 2012 - South Pacific tour
For the month of August I will be touring again with Christafari playing keyboards, this time in the South Pacific. We will be island hopping in Micronesia, spending the majority of our time in New Caledonia and Fiji. Since New Caledonia was a French colony I will also be translating for the band while we're there, and since the last leg of the tour is in Fiji I will definitely be missing my flight home!
August 4, 2012 - Mandrill in concert tonight
Mandrill has thrilled audiences the world over for more than three decades with their hard-hitting mix of Funk, Rock, Latin, R&B and Jazz Fusion. The renowned Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, playing my arrangements and conducted by Charles Dickerson, will guest star with Mandrill on a few songs. From Madison Square Garden to the Montreux Jazz Festival, they have shared the stage with legends such as Miles Davis, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Tito Puente, Earth Wind & Fire, The Eagles, James Brown, Deep Purple and David Bowie.
Co-headlining is Southern California's own dynamic Lowrider Band led by multi-platinum singer/songwriters Howard Scott, Harold Brown, Lee Oskar and B.B. Dickerson, a prolific team that has dished up many of radio's greatest tunes: "The Cisco Kid," "Why Can't We Be Friends," "Spill the Wine," "Slipping into Darkness" and "The World is a Ghetto," just to name a few mega-hits from the band's exhaustive discography.
My sheet music publishing company ZMX Music is a sponsor of the show.
July 22, 2012 - Salon performance
Today I will give world premieres of some contemporary classical pieces for piano and voice at a composer's salon in Venice Beach. Hosted by Kubilay Üner, the event is a European style salon in which composers can present and discuss the creation of music. The songs are new works by composer Mark Abel, with whom I produced the album Dream Gallery.
July 8, 2012 - Mourning Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine, the tough but tender actor with a highly celebrated career spanning more than 6 decades, died today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. I am honored to have orchestrated the music for the last film that he starred in, The Man Who Shook The Hand Of Vicente Fernandez. Even at 95 he was cheerful, easy to work with, and carried the leading role wonderfully. The film will be released later this year, and I'm glad to be a part of his final mark on the world.
June 24, 2012 - Birthday concert
This year for my birthday party I gave a house concert of virtuoso classical music. It was a pleasure to play for everybody and we all had a great time, but the best thing about the party was the amazing grand piano birthday cake that I had. I may never in my life have another cake as cool as this one was.
June 23 - Bugbaby plays in more festivals
Bugbaby, the horror short that I scored in the summer of 2010, is turning out to be the little film that could. It continues to get festival screenings and attention, most recently tonight at the Hollywood Fringe Festival here in Los Angeles.
June 17, 2012 - Royal College of Music
Gamelan D'Drum, Stewart Copeland's piece for orchestra and gamelan will be performed one week from today at the Royal College of Music. The piece is published by G. Schirmer and I was the music engraver.
June 3, 2012 - Amazon's Hot New Releases
Dream Gallery has been in the top 20 on Amazon's Hot New Releases list for more than a month now, and today we made it up to #2. I'm flattered, proud, and a little surprised all at the same time.
June 1, 2012 - Crooked Arrows released nationally
Crooked Arrows, the Native American lacrosse film scored by film composer and friend Brian Ralston was released nationally today. I was his music copyist and did the sheet music preparation for the orchestral scoring session at The Bridge.
May 23, 2012 - ZMX signs two new artists
May 21, 2012 - Fortunes Fools production begins
May 17, 2012 - Mass for Joan of Arc
I am beginning work on a 100 page manuscript for New York composer Francis Wapen. He has written a Catholic mass for Saint Joan of Arc and I am doing the sheet music preparation. Mr. Wapen is a prolific composer, and I have done his music engraving for 9 or 10 big projects now.
May 10, 2012 - Nice review and videos
Dream Gallery got a nice review from All Music that describes the album both briefly and well. There is also a new series of composer commentary videos on YouTube. The introduction gives an overview of the album.
May 4, 2012 - Outstanding Achievement Award
Film legend Ernest Borgnine won the Outstanding Achievement Award from The Newport Beach Film Festival after sold-out screenings of The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez. I orchestrated the film for composer Ruy Folguera, and it will be released later this year.
April 22, 2012 - Magic Hourglass wins a Telly Award
I'm proud to announce that The Magic Hourglass won a Telly Award. This is the second Telly I have received in a collaboration with director Robert Rollins, and I look forward to scoring his feature film Dream Country later this year.
April 20, 2012 - Nice day for press
This morning I was presented with two nice surprises. First, the Berklee College of Music Berklee Blogs did a really nice feature about me. Second, Dream Gallery made it to Amazon's Hot New Releases list. Not a bad way to start the day.
April 7, 2012 - Dan Spurgeon interview
Dan Spurgeon, the writer of Bugbaby which I scored last year, has a nice feature in Disarray Magazine in which he is interviewed about the film. It has played in about 15 festivals so far and we expect another good run this Halloween.
March 13, 2012 - "Don'ts For Dancers" starting tour
The live music and dance show "Don'ts For Dancers" begins its Australian theatrical tour today. I arranged and produced some music for the show and for clarinet virtuoso Nicole Canham. Playing first in Canberra, Brisbane, and Cairns, the show takes a satrical look at the conventions of social dancing.
March 7 - Dream Gallery Press
The Dream Gallery's release was not long ago, and we're already getting some very favorable press:
La Jolla Light - album & artist profile
February 4, 2012 - Review of Magic Hourglass
A nice review of The Magic Hourglass and my score for it was written by Mark Sevi for the Orange County Screenwriters. The Magic Hourglass is a mystery/fantasy film that I scored last year, written and directed by Robert Rollins.
January 20, 2012 - Dream Gallery piano arrangements
Dream Gallery is the title of a modern classical album that I produced and orchestrated with composer Mark Abel. It is a song cycle for full orchestra and soloists and will be released soon by Delos, one of the most respected and well established classical labels. I am currently arranging the entire 70 minute work for solo piano, and these arrangements will be released as sheet music at the same time.
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