I had the pleasure of doing the music for this short documentary about the threat of Zebra & Quagga Mussels in British Columbia (Sounds vaguely silly and non threatening but watch the video! It really is). Not only is it an informative and beautiful little short (Edited by the one and only Crystal Arnette and Written directed by Brynne Morrice), I also got to work some of my favorite musicians on this project including Gerard Spalding Mike Hunter played both Violin and Cello. Its not that often I have the budget to get a couple live musicians so I really savored this opportunity….oh ya I played a little guitar to! Here it is:
I had a blast working on the music for this short, got to dig into the classics and do my version of the film noire genre, hopefully will be releasing the soundtrack at some point soon for your listening pleasure!
You can find info about the film and the screenings here!
Had a blast recording me and my fiancee Megan’s song “Tryin To Make it” last weekend. We managed to cram 10 people (9 musicians and 1 camera man) into our bedroom and get a halfway decent sounding recording (turns out its tricky to record vocals and brass in the same room….) and a fantastic looking video edited by the one and only Garrett Kafchinski. Enjoy!
I’m not even sure where to begin. Its been months since my last post and that can be attributed to it being easily one of the busiest summers of my life. Last I checked in we were finishing tracking Whiskey and Wine’s EP (which…well I’ll get to that) and gearing up to perform Panic! The Musical at Joe’s pub.
Well first off I can happily announce that Panic! was a blast and we were all super happy with the final product after months of working on arrangements with Will Melones (Lead arranger) and Craig Petrocelli (Music director and vocal arranger). This project was especially fun, as Megan Dorn (My superbly talented girlfriend) was one of the lead performers and the band was made up Aaron Drescher and Will Melones (among other things both members of Whiskey and Wine).
Speaking of Whiskey and Wine….we’re still slowly plugging away at this thing but unfortunately due to circumstances that I’ll get to in a moment the EP is kind of in a deep freeze. We have three songs recorded and most of the tracking is finished and rough mixes are done, but its looking like its going to be a little while before we put the finishing touches on everything (This delay may also end up meaning we hold out for a bit longer and do some more songs…so silver lining!).
So that brings me to the big news. In June I had the opportunity to join the composing team of Marcelo Zarvos here in NYC. I was brought on initially to help with CBS’s Extant and Showtimes Ray Donovan, as the team was working on both show simultaneously as well as a couple very cool film projects. During the time I’ve been here its been an immense learning experience and a complete blast getting to finally put what I learned in school to good use.
Currently I’m working with Marcelo on Showtimes The Affair which premiers in a couple weeks according to the adds on buses that I’ve been seeing. Really excited about this one as I’m not only playing guitar on a couple episodes, I’ve also had the chance to dig really deep into patch design and create some really cool sounds for this score.
Lots of fun stuff to talk about!
I’ve got a fair amount of engineering work this month, which is very exciting to see that stuff picking up.
First up is Panic! The musical. I’m not actually sure how much I can say past that…but I’m very excited to be engineering this and playing guitar as well. (We’ll be working out of this cool studio in Astoria called The Buddy Project!).
The other project is my own band Whiskey and Wine. We’ll be headed to A Bloody Good Record in LIC to begin tracking at the end of this month.
We are also in talks about finally making the long discussed Mechanical album happen….but that’s for another post.
On the film side of things, as mentioned in my last post, The Last Dance will be screening at the Short Film corner at the Cannes Film Festival. On top of that I just wrapped up on the scores for two very cool projects. The American Dream by Alex Fierro Clarke and Tattered by New Sponge Media.
On top of all that. I’ve got two performances coming up.
On May 5th I’ll be filling in on guitar for Nicole and the Upward Something’s.
June 9th I’ll be playing guitar for Panic! The Musical at Joes Pub.
Also be on the lookout for a CD release party for Whiskey and Wines upcoming EP.
(More details on both gigs will be up in the new “Performances” section on my website I’m adding soon).
I am very excited to announce that one of the three short films that I scored for the extremely talented Alison Hammersley will be screening at the Cannes 2014 Short Film Corner.
It’s an absolutely beautiful piece and if you happen to find yourself in Cannes this year you’d be doing yourself a favor in checking this film out.
Its going to be a great night filled with new tunes, older tunes (but they’re really all new tunes with a group as new as we are), covers and of course many a Whiskey and Wine.
Hope to see you there!
Panic! is a brand new musical featuring the music of Panic! at the Disco…and as anyone who knew me during high school…my 16 year old self would be super pumped (as is 24 year old self). The show is also featuring my lovely and talented girlfriend Megan Dorn!
The performance is at 11pm Monday the 23rd @ 54 Below. $10 online with a $20 food and drink minimum.
A sample of a few cues from the various projects I’ve been working on this fall.