The legendary and influential band Mandrill put on a Christmas concert tonight at the El Ray Theater in Los Angeles using my transcriptions and sheet music. They’re one of the most-sampled groups in history, they’re icons of the funk/soul world, and many of their shows are also benefits for music education. I have worked with them several times, and it’s always a pleasure.
I am the orchestrator for a feature film starring Ernest Borgnine titled The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez. Ernest is a living ledgend in film and television. He’s 94 years old, full of energy, and still going strong. He’s truly inspiring. The film is directed by Elia Petridis, and I’m working with film composer Ruy Folguera.
I wrote some music for a Blue Shield of California commercial five years ago, and Blue Shield has been using my music continuously ever since. There have been dozens of commercial spots that used my music, but here are some of my favorites:
At the New Orleans Horror Film Festival our film Bugbaby has won another award, this time for Audience Choice. It has been a good year for Bugbaby, and there is consistent buzz about my film score music everywhere it’s played. The film was written by Dan Spurgeon, directed byRebecca Lorenne Doppelt, and produced by The Visceral Company. Here are the festivals and awards to date:
Audience Choice Award
Best Horror Short Award
Phoenix Film Festival
Maryland International Film Festival
Spooky Movie International Film Festival
Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival
Williamsburg International Film Festival
Atlantic Film Festival
Atlanta Horror Film Festival
New York Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival
Black Rock Film Festival (at Burning Man)
Tickle Me Ottawa Festival
Power pop artist Bleu is the latest addition to our roster at ZMX Music. His strong melodies, alternate guitar tunings, and string quartet arrangements will all be available as sheet music soon, and as always they will be 100% artist approved.
I am the music copyist for another opera score by Stewart Copeland based on an Edgar Alan Poe story, this time The Cask of Amontillado. I also prepared the manuscripts for his opera of The Tell Tale Heart, which was performed by the Royal Opera of London earlier this year. The two will be bundled together for performances in the future.