ZMX Music has just signed singer songwriter Neko Case, and we’re very happy to add her to our roster of ZMX artists. We will be creating sheet music for her most popular songs and publishing them through our own channels, on her website, and on MusicNotes.com.
I am beginning my sixth film score for director Robert Rollins for a film titled “Fortunes Fools.” I have been Robert’s composer for 7 years now, and it’s more fun to work with him every time. It’s truly a pleasure to have such a long standing creative partnership. The film will be released late in 2015.
The recent show with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was a great success, and more opportunities are coming from it. The thousands of pages of music were trouble free and didn’t prompt a single question from the orchestra, which I’m very happy about. We got overwhelmingly positive reviews from publications such as BMI, CSO Sounds, Chicago Splash, The Chigago Sun Times, and The Examiner.
Our performance of Ben Hur was so successful at the Virginia Arts Festival that now we’re doing the show with one of the best orchestras in the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The film is beautifully restored, the orchestra very tightly synched with the film, and the orchestra impressive. This is a small video segment from our show in Norfolk. I was the music copyist and engraver for Schirmer and Stewart Copeland.
I finally got a chance to meet Winifred Phillips, a video game composer and author, in person at GameSoundCon. Her book A Composer’s Guide to Game Music is a comprehensive, practical guide that leads an aspiring video game composer from acquiring the necessary creative skills to understanding the function of music in games to finding work in the field. There is nothing else like it on the market, and it’s becoming a big hit. I was her music copyist and prepared all the music engravings for the musical examples that are in her book, but we had not yet met face to face! GameSoundCon is the premiere convention for video game composers and sound designers, and highly recommended.
Jennifer Hudson’s brand new album JHUD debuted at #2 on Billboard’s R&B charts. The biggest hit is “It’s Your World” featuring R. Kelly, whom Billboard named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years. I created the sheet music for that tune, which Jennifer will use in her live shows while touring the album. I worked withDavid Foster and Brian Benison.
Lionel Richie will have a 2015 tour called All The Hits All Night Long. Due to circumstances that are a total mystery, the headline tune “All Night Long” from 1982 needed to be transcribed and notated URGENTLY. Brian Benison got the call while the guys were IN REHEARSAL, presumably for something connected to the beginning of ticket sales 2 days from now on the 26th. A team of 3 of us knocked out publication quality score and parts for the band which perfectly reflect the way Lionel most recently performed the song, and they got it before the rehearsal was done. The life of a music copyist is strange indeed.
Today marks a HUGE accomplishment for me! In the last 5 months I shot 20 hours of interviews, wrote a book, and produced 90 minutes of educational video content. “Guerrilla Film Scoring: Practical Advice from Hollywood Composers” is now complete, delivered to my publisher, and out of my hands. I’m very proud of it and excited to give birth to my first book soon.
I just completed a set of scores for Jordan Blair, the head of Rewind Publishing, for a large trailer music recording session that will happen in Europe tomorrow with the Prague Philharmonic. Rewind does high-end top-notch work and it was a pleasure to work with Jordan on this project.