2013 News Highlights
Stewart Copeland recently completed another score and I was again his music copyist. It's a percussion concerto that will be premiered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in the UK, and today we sent the finished manuscripts to them. The concert will be May 23, 2014 at a show titled Bringing Down The House
December 5, 2013 - Miracle Concert
Thank you Canada! David Foster, the legendary producer and composer, held a benefit titled Miracle Concert tonight in which he raised $4.2 Million for the David Foster Foundation, which supports families of children who are in need of life-saving organ transplants. I'm very proud to have helped Brian Benison with music preparation for the show.
Nov 20, 2013 - The Need For Speed
Today we began recording sessions at the Sony Scoring stage for the Dreamworks film The Need For Speed. The fantastic film score is by composer Nathan Furst, and I am helping to orchestrate the score under lead orchestrator Penka Kouneva. The film is essentially a nostalgic american action film, and the film score sounds amazing. More photos are available on my Facebook page.
Oct 31, 2013 - A Mary Christmas
Mary J Blige released her Christmas album `A Mary Christmas' on Oct 15th. The legendary David Foster produced the album and will be producing the live shows as well. Brian Benison and I created new sheet music for the live shows so that they will sound exactly like the album. Watch their calendars for dates, because it will be phenominal!
Oct 14, 2013 - Colbun School Of Music
Composer and USC professor Chris Roze has written a new piece for the Colburn School's Faculty Showcase Concert. I did the score preparation for Chris. The concert will be November 22 in Zipper Hall, it's FREE, and it will feature some of the best musicians on the planet. Don't miss it!
Oct 6, 2013 - Roy Ayers recording sessions
Ric Wilson is a music legend and one of the driving forces behind Mandrill, the Grammy-winning and frequently sampled world-funk band. Singer and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is a part of their upcoming project, and I did transcriptions and score preparation for Roy and for the sessions that begin this week.
Sept 26 - Jane Badler album sessions
Jane Badler, the well known actress and singer, is recording a new album of her unique pop styling. Brian Benison and I were the music copyists for her recording sessions.
Aug 25, 2013 - ZMX signs with BMG
At ZMX Music we have just signed a blanket license with BMG, so we anticipate a great partnership and an expanded roster of artists in the near future! As of today we are now working with the bands Beach House, Metric, Anarbor, and Mustard Plug, and I expect there will be many more fantastic bands coming soon.
Aug 15, 2013 - Boulder Symphony
The Boulder Symphony will soon be playing a piece by Loretta Notareschi, a professor of music at Regis University and The Walden School. I prepared publication-ready scores for Loretta, and the symphony will perform the piece on Sept 21.
July 11, 2013 - Smurfs 2
In a few weeks Sony will be releasing the film Smurfs 2, and I composed the score for a Smurfs 2 video game that will be released simultaneously. It is a collaboration between Sony and iStoryTime. The video game music was a large full orchestra score, and the app will be released August 2 with the film.
June 26, 2013 - Time Machine
The Time Machine is a new rock opera written by Los Angeles based composer Steve Altman, and I am the music copyist and keyboard player. We have been playing throughout June at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and our closing night was standing room only, sold out to 120% of capacity. It was a great run and I look forward to orchestrating the music when the show takes a bigger stage.
June 20, 2013 - New York Life creates virtual world
New York Life Insurance Company has a huge amount of educational material, and they are creating a game-like virtual world in which you can explore a town and learn about financial and retirement planning. I was the video game composer for their virtual main street platform, which will be used internally to educate their clients and employees.
June 15, 2013 - Esther Valentine big band
Singer/songwriter Esther Valentine has a big band album called "Go Where The Love Is". We just completed revisions to her scores and parts so that she can tour the album live, and for a whole album of big band music that's more paper than one person can carry comfortably alone!
June 1 - ZMX signs City and Colour
ZMX just released the catalogue of our newest artist City And Colour. They are led by Dallas Green, formerly a member of Alexixonfire, and we're happy to announce the new City And Colour sheet music.
May 13, 2013 - Tell Tale Heart a success
We got another good review from the LA Times! Stewart Copeland's newest opera "Tell-Tale Heart" is doing very well at the Long Beach Opera. It's one of my recent score preparation projects. From the LA Times review:
"The production turns Copeland's literal retelling of the short story into a flashy, grisly, sexy saga of a serial-killing Poe in a wheelchair."Buy tickets at LongBeachOpera.org. The show runs until May 19.
May 8, 2013 - Hilary Hahn at Disney Hall
After her show at Disney Hall yesterday violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn autographed some scores I made for her of a piece she commissioned from Rani Sharone. Congratulations Rani! I'm happy for you. From the LA Times review:
"A very nice touch was Hahn's actual encore. It was the world premiere of one of the competition's runners-up, Rani Sharone's "Tick." Tick it did, imaginatively.
April 30, 2013 - John Bobek album released
John Bobek is a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter with a great voice and equally great guitar chops. Today his album "Out Of Place" was released, a project produced by Jake Schaefer. I did string orchestrations and music copyist work for the guys, both for the album and for their live shows.
April 22, 2013 - Recording Vanessa Jourdan
I have had the pleasure of recording and producing Vanessa Jourdan over the last month or so, and today we finished all of the guitar and vocal tracks for her new album. She KILLED it today in my studio. I really love her voice and it is a pleasure to produce such a fantastic talent. This girl can SING! We caught the final vocal takes for two songs on video today, a sneak preview of her upcoming album.
April 15, 2013 - Recording Shantell Ogden
Shantell Ogden, a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, came out to LA in part to record some tracks with me at my studio. We are laying the foundation for a new album project, so keep an eye on her. She's a great song writer and it was a pleasure to record, produce, and play for her.
April 13, 2013 - Don Lardie book of transcriptions
Don Lardie was a blind composer and piano teacher who died several years ago. He recorded his compositions with a cheap old cassette player, and because of his blindness they were never written down. I had the honor of helping to preserve his legacy and recently completed transcribing his entire catalogue, a little more than 200 pages of solo piano music.
April 11, 2013 - Christafari makes Billboard history
Christafari has made Billboard history this week! After many years my final tour with them was the first tour as this album launched, and we made it up to #3 on the Billboard reggae chart. Eight months later it made it up to #1!! Christafari is the first Christian reggae band in history to grab the #1 spot. Congratulations guys! I'm glad to have been a part of it.
March 23, 2013 - Music engravings for book
Brother John-Bede Pauley is a professor of music theory and voice at Saint John's University in Minnesota. He recently completed a book and I prepared the music engravings of his musical excerpts. It is an ambitious project with quite a lot of notation throughout, and the end result looks fantastic.
February 14, 2013 - Andrea Bocelli: Love In Portofino
Andrea Bocelli makes his cinema debut today with a Valentine's Day release of a live concert in Portofino, Italy. I helped with the sheet music preparation for some live performances he did in conjunction with the release, including one song in which he performs a duet with the legendary Edith Piaf on film.
February 10, 2013 - Winifred Phillips book
Today I delivered music engravings for a new book by composer Winifred Phillips. The engravings were excerpts of music to be interspersed in the text of her book, which I believe will be published soon.
February 4, 2012 - ZMX Signs Forever The Sickest Kids
Today we signed the pop punk band Forever The Sickest Kids to my sheet music publishing company ZMX Music. They're on a KROQ compilation right now, they're touring heavily, and you can catch them on the Vans Warped Tour this summer. We will begin creating sheet music for their songs this coming week, so keep an eye on their website.
January 15, 2013 - Wurlitzer 112 restoration complete
A good friend of mine gave me a 1955 Wurlitzer 112. '55 was the first year Wurlitzer was making electric pianos, so it's a super cool relic in rare near-mint cosmetic condition. However, it was severely neglected. I got what I paid for - 75lbs of unusable instrument so old nobody knows how to fix it or find parts. It was an unplayable disaster that only amplified the sound of the power in the walls. And so began my restoration journey...
As of today it's FINISHED and back to mint condition! To hear it in action check out this YouTube video. Check each photo for more details about the process.
Jan 3, 2013 - ZMX Signs State Radio
ZMX Music has just signed State Radio as our newest artist. Led by Chad Stokes of Dispatch, the rock band has an active non-profit that focuses on service oriented projects all over the world. They are on tour in Europe at the moment and we will publish their first batch of sheet music shortly after their return.
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