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Natalie Cole December 31, 2015 - Natalie Cole died
It's with a sad heart that we all receive the news of Natalie Cole's death. She and her father were both musical legends that will remain with us forever. It comes as a shock to me in particular because I just worked with her only a few months ago on a show she was doing in Asia with David Foster. Her voice, grace, and style left a permanent mark on us all, and I feel honored to have been a tiny little part of her musical journey.

Zoe Saldana, known for her roles in Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Trek Into Darkness, plays Nina Simone December 1, 2015 - Nina Simone biopic
Today we finished recording the film score for Nina, a biopic about the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone. We recorded both in Prague and in Los Angeles, and the film will be released in March 2016. The film is directed by Cynthia Mort, the film composer is Ruy Folguera, and I was the orchestrator and music copyist.

The score to It's A Wonderful Life was played live by the San Francisco Symphony November 25, 2015 - Justin Freer, SF Symphony
Tomorrow and Saturday the San Francisco Symphony will perform the score from "It's A Wonderful Life" by Dimitri Tiomkin live in sync with the film. In 1946 the grand finale of the score was cut from the film at the last minute, and the score was eventually lost. For this performance I recreated the full score from the 1946 handwritten instrumental parts. It was an honor, and I wish I could make the show. I worked with Justin Freer from CineConcerts.

November 20, 2015 - Barbra Streisand & Jason Gould
Barbra Streisand is embarking on another tour, and this time she is bringing her son Jason Gould along with her. It is his first time singing publicly - not a bad way to start! Working with Brian Benison, I transcribed several songs from his studio album and arranged them for the David Foster ensemble. Streisand & Gould will be on tour next month playing the arrangements in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Chicago, Vancouver, Las Vegas, San Jose, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Here's 30sec promo for the show:

Film and video game scoring class at UCLA November 12, 2015 - Teaching at UCLA
Today I taught film scoring at UCLA, taking over professor Fletcher Beasley's class for a day. The class is using my book Guerrilla Film Scoring as a required text, and the topic of the day was team building in an indie world. It was great to dig in deeply with them and show them portions of the 90 minute Guerrilla Film Scoring documentary.

November 7, 2015 - Disney & Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer's most recent music video was a collaboration with Disney on a Radio Disney Family Holiday episode, and I had the privilege of making the sheet music for that shoot. In 2011 Andy became the first male pop star in a decade (since John Mayer in 2002) to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles. He has taken the music world by storm ever since and has Platinum and Gold albums. I was working with Brian Benison and Drew Allsbrook from The People's Music Recording Studio.
Andy Grammer shooting the Radio Disney Family Holiday episode
E-man Cervantes, drumming for Andy Grammer, shooting the Radio Disney Family Holiday episode
Andy Grammer shooting the Radio Disney Family Holiday episode

November 6, 2015 - Dick Van Dyke & Terry Wollman
George Shapiro, the fantastic director of Seinfeld among many others, is currently shooting a documentary currently titled "Vitality At 90." It's about people in their 80s, 90s & 100s who are living active remarkable lives. The film interviews Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Carl Reiner, Stan Lee, and others. Dick Van Dyke does a musical performance of course, and I prepared the sheet music with Terry Wollman for the recording sessions which preceded the film shoot.
Dick Van Dyke's band L-R: Eric Marienthal sax, Bill Cantos piano, Terry Wollman guitar, Danny Gold producer, JR Robinson drums, Nathan East bass
Dick Van Dyke and vocalist Melanie Taylor
Dick Van Dyke's band L-R: Eric Marienthal sax, Bill Cantos piano, Terry Wollman guitar, Dick Van Dyke, JR Robinson drums, Nathan East bass

Charlie Puth's debut album featuring Selena Gomez and Meghan Trainor November 5, 2015 - Charlie Puth sheet music
Charlie Puth is a YouTube star turned celebrity. First brought to the broader public by Perez Hilton and Ellen DeGeneres, he was signed to Atlantic records. I prepared sheet music for his debut album which features Meghan Trainor and Selena Gomez. It will be released Jan 29, 2016. I worked with Brian Benison.

GameSoundCon, the art, technology, and business of video game music Nov 3, 2015 - GameSoundCon
GameSoundCon is a yearly convention in Los Angeles about the art, technology, and business of video game music. I did not present this year, but there was a lot of buzz about Guerrilla Film Scoring anyway! The book is striking a nerve with the creative community, and hopefully I'll present there next year. Primarily catering to game composers and sound designers, it is an intense 2-day long series of classes, seminars, and talks. It's a fantastic time to connect with the creative community in the game world, and since many of the biggest names in the industry are there it's an inspiring couple of days.

October 29, 2015 - Freaks Of Nature released
Today the Colombia/Sony Pictures film Freaks Of Nature was released. I orchestrated it for film and television composer Fil Izler along with lead orchestrator Penka Kouneva. It was a fun score to orchestrate because it's an epic horror with hoardes of vampires, zombies, and lots of comedy.

October 28, 2015 - Seal's new album "7"
I had the privilege of creating the sheet music for the main single on Seal's newest album "7". The music will be used on tour as he debuts the new album to the world, and they'll be in Los Angeles at the Theater at Ace Hotel on Monday Nov 16. Seal has three Grammys and has sold more than 15,000,000 albums.

Dream Country, directed by Robert Rollins, music composed by Jeremy Borum October 21, 2015 - Dream Country trailer released
The trailer for Dream Country, a feature film I which scored, was released today. Directed by Robert Rollins, Dream Country is a country where it is always turning late in the year. A country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist... where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger and midnights stay. Remain as long as you like... or dare. The film will be released in 2016.

The Last Witch Hunter, starring Vin Diesel, film score by Steve Jablonsky October 13, 2015 - The Last Witch Hunter
Vin Diesel stars in The Last Witch Hunter, an epic Halloween fantasy adventure which was released today. I did additional orchestrations for the film under Penka Kouneva (lead orchestrator) and Steve Jablonsky (film composer).

August 31, 2015 - Leona Lewis tour
The British superstar Leona Lewis is beginning another world tour September 11, and I helped to transcribe and create all the sheet music for her tour along with Brian Benison. The lead single in the US is "Thunder", a track that I was responsible for. Leona has sold 20,000,000 records worldwide since winning the third series of The X Factor in 2006.

David Foster with singers Natalie Cole, Ruben Studdard, Charice, and Mark Mabasa. Photo by Manman Dejeto. August 18, 2015 - Michael Buble & David Foster
Pop/jazz sensation Michael Buble is going back into the studio to start a new album, and I helped to get him and his arranger/producer extraordinare David Foster started. I did some transcriptions of songs and setup up robust sheet music templates for them to use while shaping the new album. That sheet music will carry them through the album recording and the live tours.

At the same time, tonight is a concert in Manila, Philippines, which David Foster is putting on. David will be accompanied by singers Natalie Cole, American Idol season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, Boyz II Men, and Charice for a one-night concert at the Araneta Coliseum. Two local singers, Mark Mabasa and Asia's Got Talent finalist Gerphil Flores, will also perform at the concert. I did transcriptions and music copyist work for the show with Brian Benison as always.

August 12, 2015 - Disney Silly Symphony
Disney probably has the largest fan base in the world, and it's because they take very good care of their fans. The D23 Expo is a massive exposition with three full days of "inside-the-magic" experiences fans can't find anywhere else. For the expo I got to transcribe the score to a very old Silly Symphony cartoon which was then played live by the orchestra in perfect sync with the film to a huge audience. Old cartoon music is HARD stuff! Conductor Alexander Rannie did a fantastic job and it was a very fun show.
The orchestra at Disney's D23 Expo was made of many of the best musicians in Los Angeles
Disney's D23 Expo lets fans see `behind the magic'
It was a huge room of Disney fans
A Silly Symphony: The Old Mill
A Silly Symphony: The Old Mill
A Silly Symphony: The Old Mill

David Foster and Friends Asia tour 2015 August 11, 2015 - David Foster and Friends Asia tour
David Foster is on tour again, this time in Asia with some local talent and some international stars. This time around I got to work on music by Natalie Cole and Charice. I again helped to transcribe songs and do the music copyist work for the tour along with Brian Benison.

July 5, 2015 - Recording a new opera
I was orchestrator and co-producer for a new Opera by composer Mark Abel. We had an all-star cast of musicians and the album will be released on the Delos label in 2016. It was a deep collaboration between Mark and I which lasted about a year, and it was a real pleasure to work on.
Recording Home Is A Harbor at The Bridge in Glendale
Composer Mark Abel and head of the Delos label Carol Rosenberger
Some of our singers
Producing the rehearsals before recording
Our massive percussion layout!
Fixing the Vibraphone parts with John Goodman

May 20, 2015 - #1 Hot New Release on Amazon
In the first two months of its release (April & May 2015) Guerrilla Film Scoring was in and out of the #1 spot on SIX of Amazon's "Hot New Releases" (Music Composition, Film & Television, Music Textbooks, Songwriting, Music Theory, and Performing Arts). At one time it even occupied 3 out of the top 6 positions in Songwriting (hard copy, paperback, and Kindle). What an honor!

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Randy Waldman May 15, 2015 - Working with Randy Waldman
Randy Waldman is a Grammy Award-winning American pianist, arranger, composer and conductor. At the age of 21 he became Sinatra's piano player and ever since has been working with the some of world's best loved artists including Barbara Streisand, Celine Dionne, Michael Bolton, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Michael Jackson, and many others. He is producing a big band album of his own work, and with Brian Benison I helped to prepare the sheet music for those sessions.

May 12, 2015 - The $99 Orchestra
The $99 Orchestra is a new business venture in Lisbon, Portugal, which sells orchestral recording session time slots in smaller segments and at lower prices than ever before. Not everybody needs or wants three hours with an orchestra, and even fewer people could afford it. Their intention is to make orchestral recording available to the masses with highly flexible shared sessions.

I just finished orchestrating some music for composer Robert Charlton which will be recorded using this new orchestra at the end of the month. I am very eager to hear the quality of their performances and production, because if it's good enough this orchestra has the potential to democratize orchestral recording and make MIDI recordings less common. Wouldn't that be nice??

May 1, 2015 - Stewart Copeland projects
Stewart Copeland is working on several ambitious projects, and I continue to work with him as his orchestrator and music engraver for G. Schirmer. We're currently working on a new opera, finishing a new symphony, re-orchestrating his older opera "The Cask of Amontillado", and adding repertoire to his classical crossover ensemble ParCo. All will be completed in 2015, so it's a busy and exciting time.

April 30, 2015 - Recording at United Recording (Ocean Way)
Amritha Vaz is a composer for film and television and multi-instrumentalist. Today we were at United Recording (previously JJ Puig's room at Ocean Way) recording my orchestrations of her arrangents. We were tracking for two different album projects, one by Ensign Broderick and another by Lisa Cuthill. We had a spectacular union orchestra contracted by Peter Rotter, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Both albums are slated to be released in late 2015.

Jeremy Borum working at United Recording (previously JJ Puig's room at Ocean Way) Composer/arranger Amritha Vaz and songwriter Lisa Cuthill at United Recording Our string section for the day (winds had left already)

Guerrilla Film Scoring: Practical Advice from Hollywood Composers April 16, 2015 - Guerrilla Film Scoring release
I'm extremely proud to announce that as of today Guerrilla Film Scoring is officially released! It is both a book and a feature length documentary.

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A straightforward do-it-yourself manual, this book will help composers at all levels create the best-sounding scores quickly and cost effectively - without jeopardizing their art. With access to rare and extremely useful input from the best in the business, Guerrilla Film Scoring will benefit not only students but also professionals looking to update their game.

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March 25, 2015 - Orchestrating TWO operas
In a strange twist of coincidence I find myself orchestrating not one but TWO operas at the same time, both of them about 90 minutes long. I am confident this will never again happen in my career. Together they represent several thousand pages of orchestration and score preparation. One is by Stewart Copeland, a project that we began in late 2014. The other is by Mark Abel, also begun last year.

This month we made a big push to finish Mark's opera because we will be producing a full orchestra recording of it in July of this year. The scores are now in three massive books, the piano reduction in another book, and our planning for the recording sessions is beginning in earnest. It will be very fun to hear this piece come to life in a few months! It will be conducted by Benjamin Makino and the musicians will be contracted by Timothy Loo.

March 10, 2015 - Steve Caporale Album
Steve Caporale is the leader of a San Diego based band that balances a retro rock feel with modern vibes. I orchestrated the brass arrangements for his newest songs and his upcoming album recording.

Dr. Pablo E. Furman, composer, professor of music at San Josť State University March 2, 2015 - Silicon Valley Symphony
Dr. Pablo E. Furman, a composer originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a professor of music at San Josť State University. He was recently commissioned by Silicon Valley Symphony to compose an enormous piece. Orchestrated for a massive orchestra plus full choir, his piece "The Singing Icons" is an impressive work and was programmed next to Rachmaninoff's "The Bells", an equally large-scale piece. I did the music copyist and engraving work for his score and prepared all the parts for the performance.

Lisbeth Scott performing with John Debney, The Passion of the Christ in Cordoba, Spain Feb 18, 2015 - Working with Lisbeth Scott
Lisbeth Scott is a vocalist & composer who has performed and written for many huge film scores such as Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia, Spiderman, and many more. She is currently contracted as co-composer and lyricist for two Broadway musical productions, one of which she is co-writing with film composer Nathan Barr. Over the last few weeks I have been working with Lisbeth and Penka Kouneva, transcribing and notating Lisbeth's songs so they're ready for rehearsals. I can't announce the show title just yet...

Pastor Andrať Edward Crouch was an award-winning gospel musician, recording artist, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Jan 20, 2015 - Andrae Crouch memorial
Pastor Andrať Edward Crouch was an award-winning gospel musician influential in the Christian Music movement since in the 1960s, and he died on January 8. His memorial service was today, and I am honored to be a small part of the music team that is creating new tribute music in his memory.

January 10, 2015 - Guerrilla Film Scoring release
After a year of work I'm happy to announce that my book "Guerrilla Film Scoring: Practical Advice from Hollywood Composers" will be released April 16.

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Offering strategic tools and techniques, this insider's guide draws on the expertise from a number of prominent composers in movies, television, and video gaming, including Stewart Copeland, Bruce Broughton, and Jack Wall. A straightforward do-it-yourself manual, this book will help composers at all levels create the best-sounding scores quickly and cost effectively - WITHOUT jeopardizing their art.

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