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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 - Vicente Fernandez on DVD
"The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernandez", a film I orchestrated last year, is now available on BluRay and DVD. It stars the legendary Ernest Borgnine in his last of hundreds of roles. It's a very cute family comedy film, and you can find it on Amazon, Netflix, etc.
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.
Ail 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. I 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.
Feb 21, 2013 - Justin Dunn scores
Justin Dunn is a composer and arranger in Birmingham, England who is working on two different shows. I am his music copyist for both, wrangling hundreds of pages of sheet music for him, and I was quite happy to receive this note today:
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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