GenArt invited Pepper and Paul -- an inspring, cinematic shopping experience -- out to the 2014 Collective at the Sundance Film Festival. We premiered our short film pilot, and talked about the development of the business.
With Pepper and Paul, music is featured heavily, a great opportunity for me and future collaborators!
Check out the short film:
Ponchao wins the Audience Award at the LA Latino Film Festival!
I've started working on Josh Crook's and Manny Perez's awesome new feature, "Ponchao." Really psyched to write the score for this hearfelt baseball comedy. Here's some news about it, in Espanol: Arte y Medio
The start of a busy couple of months begins with work on the psychological thriller, "Pedestrian." Check out the trailer on the film's website and Facebook. The score features the amazing talents of Peter Evans and Dan Peck. Check out a shot of the score!
I'm excited to share that "Tick Tock Time Emporium" has US distribution! The short is part of the launch of SeedandSpark, a cool new streaming platform that makes films available for purchase ($.99 for shorts and $2.99 for features). Check out the trailer
I recently licesned music from my library for the Atavist'sStowaway, a enhanced E-comic. My good buddy Josh Neufeld drew the story and the folks at the Atavist pimped it up with beautiful bells & whistles! Check out this video about the process (the music in the video is mine and from the project)!
The film "Welcome Home" for the House & Home exhibit has been receiving many positive reviews. Here's a behind-the-scenes video with the director and producer, featuring my music from the project:
Come hear me play at Rockwood Stage 1, Saturday July 11 at 6pm! It might be a while before I get to perform these songs again because I'm starting on some music for a new film (more on THAT later), so come and hang... IT'S FREE!
I recently wrote music for a specially commissioned film on American
Architecture for the House & Home exhibit at the National
Building Museum in Washington D.C. In collaboration with Local
Projects. Here's the exhibition's website: www.nationalbuildindmuseum.com
"House & Home...explores a subject so wide and so
fundamental to American life that it inevitably touches the pleasure
buttons of nostalgia." —The
Forged is now airing on Showtime through June. Check here
for airtimes: www.showtime.com
If you're in the New York area, come see me play songs from the
new EP at Rockwood Music Hall this Friday (April 27th) at 7:30.
I'll be opening for my buddy, Paul Josephs and it's going to be
a great night! Here's Rockwood's info: www.rockwoodmusichall.com
In between all my other projects, I managed to produce and record
an EP of 5 of my songs. The collection, "The Still Point"
is now available to purchase on iTunes
You can also listen to it on Spotify.
AND, in support of the album, my friend and supremely talented
director, Will Wedig, shot a video for the song "The Dreamer."
If you like it, please hit the "Like" button on the Youtube
page and leave a comment...would love to hear from you!
Some very kind words about my music for Forged:
"The musical score is BEAUTIFUL, which actually took me
by surprise for such a gritty movie. The musical queues are pretty
much flawless and add some hope to an otherwise hopeless story."(Film
So, you can watch and hear the film, as it is now officially on
La Soga is playing on MTV3 this month. Be sure to check
Crayola recently licensed some of my music for a commercial. Here
In support of Occupy Wall Street, I brought together award-winning
filmmakers to create a video for one of my songs. I hope this collaboration
reflects the energy of the protesters and provides inspiration to
the millions of worldwide people fighting greed at the expense of
"Forged" is now out on DVD and available at major retailers
(Amazon, WalMart, Best Buy, Blockbuster, Barnes&Noble).
won Best Feature at the HBO NY Latino Film Fest!!! An awesome surprise
as it heads out to LA for the LA Latino Film Festival in August
Director William Wedig and Producer Joe Van Wie accepting
the Best Feature Award
May "Forged"has been accepted into the 2010 HBO NY Latino Film Festival!
This is a great start for an exciting little film. More to come!
Great news: "La Soga" will be released in theaters this
August! There will be a simultaneous release in NY, Boston, and
the Dominican Republic initially, with more cities to follow. As
the date gets closer, I'll give more info. For now, check out the
trailer here:"La Soga" Trailer
Also, another review about "A Kiss of Chaos." Click here:
"A Kiss of Chaos" will be showing at the 2010 Soho International
Film Festival! The festival runs from February 18-21. More info
The score for"La Soga" is in the can! I'm proud
to say it's my best work yet, featuring the talents of many amazing
musicians (more on that later...). La Soga will be premiering
at this year's Toronto
International Film Festival. Response for this film so far at
private screenings has been phenomenal, including this blurb:
"A searing portrayal of a killer's quest
for redemption..."La Soga" is many things: a crime story,
a love story, and a no-holds-barred examination of the costs of
vengeance. It is also flat-out brilliant." - Junot Diaz,
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
The Brief Wondrous LIfe of Oscar Wao
In addition, I've started work on Will Wedig's next film, "Forged."
This one will be another standout!
The website for "La Soga" is up and looks great! Click
on the logo below to check out the trailer, news, and cast bios:
Things have gotten extremely busy! Work continues on "La Soga"
and will wrap up in May. In addition, I wrote some music for Nickelodeon,
which will be posted on the 'Film' page soon. I was also asked to
participate in the ASCAP/Columbia Film Music Scoring Workshop. I
worked with director Morgan Faust to produce the 2009 Columbia Film
Festival Trailer. This was a special experience--I wrote, orchestrated
and conducted music for a chamber orchestra (consisting of NYC's
top musicians) that was then recorded and mixed at famed Legacy
Studios. You can see the result here: http://www.cufilmfest.com
I've started work on the score for "La
Soga," a new feature film by Josh Crook. The movie was
shot in the Dominican Republic, featuring the gorgeous cinematography
Morand. This project is chock full of music--in addition to
the awesome source music by a variety of Dominican artists, my own
compositions range in style from solo guitar to bracing atmospheric
sounds inspired by the dreamlike quality of the film. Look out for
Quick update: I've finished music on another series of children's
audio books for Live Oak
Media. The series, called Robin Hill School will be out soon.
For all those with youngsters learning to read, you can buy them
(along with "Earl the Squirrel," for which I also wrote
the music) here:
In a brief lull, I finally found time to update the calendar. I've
been busy the past couple of months with two main projects.
First, I wrote the music to the audio book version of the classic
children's book "Earl the Squirrel." The audio book is
being produced by John
Marshall Sound, who recentely helped record the Grammy Award
winning audio-book "Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them:
A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right" by Al Franken. "Earl
the Squirel" is still being finished, so I have no links or
info on where to buy yet. But I'll post a short sample when I can.
Second (and much more time-consuming), I've composed and produced
the score to the thriller "A
Kiss of Chaos." I think this is my best score yet, featuring
my own guitar playing on many cues. The movie itself is a notch
above most urban thrillers, incorporating several layers of metaphor
into the ol' drug-deal-gone-bad story. Plus, the cast is a great
collection of indie up-and-comers. Keep an eye out for it!
May 9& 10
Two more showing of "If You Can't Get There From Here ... Stand
Still" (see below). These perormances are part of an evening
of new dance works hosted by the Alaine
Handa Dance Co.
March 15 & 16 Sasha
Soreff Dance Company Two work-in-progress
showings of a collaborative dance piece. Sasha Soreff Dance Theater
will present our new piece "If You Can't Get There From Here...Stand
Still." The work is set to my original music. The March 15th
showing is at the Ailey Studios from 6:30-8pm and the March 16th
showing is at Greenspace at 7pm (click on image below for details).
The formal premiere will take place sometime in April at the Merce
Cunningham Studio (more to follow on that). I'm proud of this piece,
scored for four electric guitars and electronics. Come see what
I've been up to!
December 6-9 DirectorFest
2007 I wrote music for "Autophagy,"
a one-act play by Sean Graney, directed by Joanie Schultz. Joanie
is an extremely talented theater director working in Chicago (www.joanieschultz.com)
and is one of this year's four Drama League Directing Fellows. Fans
of Damien Rice and Nick Drake will like my music for this one! DirectorFest
2007 will play the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, located in Manhattan
at 312 West 36th Street. Tickets are available by visiting www.SmartTix.com
or by calling (212) 868-4444. Click on the picture for full details:
November 13 "Tantrum (Rise of the Dead)" is being
released by Lions Gate Films! Buy or rent it here:
May 15-25 I took part in NYU/ASCAP's Film Scoring Workshop. It was an
inspiring experience and one that I can definitely recommend to
any aspiring film composers. We recorded our cues with an orchestra
of top-flight NYC musicians.
You can hear the music (and see the clip) I worked
on over on the 'Film' page. Click
January 19-27 "Salvage"
is showing on Showtime's The Movie Channel (TMC)