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The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernandez is released Dec 7, 2012 December 7, 2012 - Latest film release
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.

Brandi Roe - Tailspin November 8, 2012 - Brandi Roe "Tailspin"
Brandi Roe released her new album "Tailspin" today. The album is a folk/rock hybrid produced by Drew Allsbrook at The People's Music studio. I arranged and played the Hammond organ for Brandi, and we recorded that here in my studio. It's a great album with some very clever lyric writing, so check it out!

Bug Baby with Mink Stole has been a Halloween favorite two years in a row. 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.

It will screen at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival on Oct 14th and at the PollyGrind Underground Film Festival on Oct 20. You can see all the awards and festivals on my credits page.


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.

The album we were touring in summer 2012 made it to #3 on the Billboard charts 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!

The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernandez was Ernest Borgnine's last role in a career spanning 6 decades. August 22, 2012 - Ernest Borgnine's last film
Ernest Borgnine's last role in a career spanning 6 decades will be released in October by Indican Pictures. At 95 years old he still did a fantastic job as the lead in this film, and I'm proud to have orchestrated the film score. Titled "The Man Who Shook The Hand Of Vicente Fernandez", the release will begin in Los Angeles and roll out to other cities from there.

The Magic Hourglass, written and directed by Robert Rollins. August 13, 2012 - Magic Hourglass screenings
There are a handful of new screenings for The Magic Hourglass coming up:

Beginning August 19 you can catch it at The West Coast Film Festival at the Regency theatres in San Juan Capistrano. Beginning of September 1 it will be playing at the Orange County Film Festival.

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!


Christafari promo photo 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!

Mandrill and Lowrider Band in concert August 4, 2012 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.


ZMX's newest artists Mayday Parade August 2, 2012 - ZMX signs Mayday Parade
ZMX has signed Mayday Parade, and we're very happy to have them on board with us. The pop-punk band from Tallahassee, Florida, is just coming off the Warped Tour and just released a new self-titled album.

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.

Ernest Borgnine died at 95 after a career spanning more than 6 decades. 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.

I wrote the music for this Western commercial for Android titled Diffuse Any Situation July 1, 2012 - Western Android commercial
The western commercial I scored for Android was recently finished, and it looks great! If you can spare 30 seconds of your life watch the commercial on YouTube, because it's a good one.

June 24, 2012 - Birthday concert
This has to be the coolest birthday cake that ever existed. I had to do my version of Linus with my birthday cake. 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
Crooked Arrows is a Native American lacrosse movie. 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
I'm happy to announce that ZMX has signed two new artists, The Apples In Stereo and Saves The Day. Like all other sheet music published by ZMX, I will be overseeing the production process and working with the artists to ensure 100% artist approval.
The Apples In Stereo Saves The Day

May 21, 2012 - Fortunes Fools production begins
Fortune's Fools, my sixth film with director Robert Rollins has begun production. I was on set today to meet the actors and hear Bob's direction, because it's enormously helpful to my composing process and gives me a little head start. On the set of Fortune's Fools On the set of Fortune's Fools

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.

Film legend Ernest Borgnine stars in The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernandez 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.

The Telly Award for the film The Magic Hourglass 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.

I'm also beginning some work for another show with Stewart Copeland and D'Drum, this time at the Royal College of Music in London. What a great 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.

Tegan at the piano March 29, 2012 - New Tegan and Sara sheet music
ZMX Music has released a dozen new arrangements for Tegan and Sara for some of their more popular songs. The entire Tegan and Sara songbook is available on their website, all of it transcribed and arranged by me.

March 27, 2012 - Dream Gallery Physical Release
The physical release of Dream Gallery is today, and the album is still on sale for HALF PRICE through iTunes for the rest of this month. Buy it before the price doubles!

It's 70 minutes of classical/rock full orchestra art songs, nothing like anything you have in your collection. Check it out on iTunes, Amazon, our label Delos, Arkiv Music, Classics Online, or a store near you.

Another nice album review by John J. Puccio is available on Classical Candor.


An Introduction to Arabic Music and the Maqams, with musical examples prepared by myself. March 26, 2012 - Introduction to Arabic Music
Bana Haffar, author and bass player for So & So, released a book today titled An Introduction to Arabic Music and the Maqams. With musical examples engraved by myself, it explains the basics of microtonal music, traditional instruments, and improvisation. Digital downloads are available now and the physical book will be available through ADG Publishing in the summer.

March 18, 2012 - Brian Ralston scoring session
Composer Brian Ralston had his scoring session today for Crooked Arrows, his latest feature film, and I prepared the sheet music for his recording session. It's a story centered on a Native American lacrosse team making its way through a prep school league tournament.
I prepared the sheet music for Brian Ralston's scoring session.
Producers J. Todd harris and Mitchell Peck with composer Brian Ralston at the Crooked Arrows scoring session. March 18, 2012. At The Bridge Recording, Glendale, CA. Photo by Bob Degus Mixer & Sound Designer Lisa Fowle, Score Recording Engineer Adam Schmidt and contractor Peter Rotter at the Crooked Arrows scoring session. March 18, 2012. At The Bridge Recording, Glendale, CA. Photo by Bob Degus Composer Brian Ralston at the Crooked Arrows scoring session. March 18, 2012. At The Bridge Recording, Glendale, CA. Photo by Bob Degus Director Steve Rash reading my sheet music at the Crooked Arrows scoring session. March 18, 2012. At The Bridge Recording, Glendale, CA. Photo by Bob Degus

Don'ts For Dancers, a live music and dance theatrical show that takes a satrical look at the conventions of social dancing. 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
Richmond Confidential - album & artist profile
Midwest Records - album review
Boing Boing - album review

The Dream Gallery release

The Dream Gallery: Seven California Portraits, a big song cycle for solo singers and full orchestra.  Co-produced and co-orchestrated by composer Mark Abel and myself. February 14, 2012 - I'm very pleased to announce the March 6 release by the Delos label of "The Dream Gallery: Seven California Portraits", a big song cycle for solo singers and full orchestra that depicts a group of archetypal Californians and the regions in which they live.

My first major label release, I co-produced the album and co-orchestrated the music with composer Mark Abel. I also played the piano throughout and we did some of the smaller recording sessions in my Torrance studio. Sharon Lavery, one of the Los Angeles area's leading conductors, directed an ensemble of distinguished Hollywood session players.

The product of an intense year-and-a-half of composing and recording, Gallery exposes both the state's varied landscape and the fault lines of its characters' internal worlds. Dispensing with postcard themes and stressing stark realism, the piece highlights these complexities through music that melds elements of classical, rock and jazz, and is performed by high caliber musicians from across California.


Bug Baby with Mink Stole screens at the Women in Horror Film Festival on Saturday Feb 11. Feb 9, 2012 - Bugbaby featured by PBS
Our film Bugbaby, with Mink Stole as the lead and myself as composer, has been featured by the local PBS in San Diego and will be playing this Saturday, Feb 11, at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. I think this is festival #20 for Bugbaby, the little film that could!

The Magic Hourglass, written and directed by Robert Rollins. 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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