ey! As a lot of you know I’ve been writing music for NPR’s This American Life for the last couple months. Getting to write for them has been a dream come true as a long time listener and also a really fun creative challenge.
Because on the show its usually in little snippets here and there I decided it’d be fun to pick out some of my favorites and release it as a little album. So….here it is!
This is a fun one.
I was the lucky guy who got the call to write the music for Broadway Worlds brand new web series “Backstage Bites”.
A little info about the show:
“Come into Katie’s kitchen with some of Broadway’s brightest as they eat, drink and merrily mix it up in this new cooking show! See your favorite stars out of their element as they whip up dishes inspired by their Broadway show. Get to know some of your favorite performers with quirky segments like Quickfire Questions! Guests include Ariana DeBose (Hamilton), Kimiko Glenn (Waitress), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Tuck Everlasting), Cortney Wolfson (Kinky Boots), Aaron Young (Fiddler on the Roof) and much more!”
You can find the latest episodes here: BACKSTAGE BITES
Just found this out today because I live under a rock…
The episode of This American Life, that I posted about my music being featured in in February, was done as a part of a partnership with ProPublica and the Marshall Project (They did the print version of the story, TAL did an audio version of the story).
What I just found out today is that the print version of the article won a pulitzer prize. Which, even having just had a very small part to play in the creation of the audio version of the story, it still feels cool to have had some part of this amazing piece of journalism.
In other This American Life news, if you’ve listened to any episodes since February….you’ve heard my music!! Its really exciting to continually be hearing my music in the show and it looks like its gonna be like that for awhile.
You can check out the podcast here
and the pulitzer winning print version here
Wow! This was a fun one. Also a huge challenge and one of the most eclectic projects I’ve ever done (Which plays a lot into the challenge part).
So…what is is it? Give My Regards To Broadway – Classic Showtunes Reimagined, as the title of the most would imply the name is, is an compilation project put together by my good friend Ned Donovan. His concept was to take some of his favorite show tunes and rearrange them into the styles of today. I originally signed on to do a arena rock version of “Near To You” from Damn Yankees and from there ended up arranging three, doing additional horn arrangements on another and tracking and mixing six, but I couldn’t say no! The project was just too damn cool.
On top of it all, Ned managed to pull in an insanely talented group of folks to perform and arrange the rest of the tracks, including cast members from broadway shows Hamilton and Disaster, members from the first national tour of Once, the “beatmaster” from Hamilton, a top 20 cast member from American Idol….the list goes on
You can check out the whole album here:
For anyone listening to NPR’s This American Life this week, a bunch of the music used in the episode was written by me!! (The episode aired Saturday 02/27).
I’m not really sure what to say beyond that other then that when I heard one of my pieces come on i was literally jumping up and down around my apartment. I’ve been listening to TAL for as long as I can remember and….I’m just super excited.
This episode is particularly good, on top of it all.
The deal I have with This American Life is ongoing so hopefully more episodes with my music will be to come! (More updates later).
You can check out the episode here! (Or on the iTunes store)
and if you’d like to take a listen to my pieces alone, you can check them out here!
No….not the horror film.
This is a great short film that I was lucky enough to work on this past fall. I was originally brought on to write original music for the project and through a fairly random set of circumstances ended up also being the mixer on.
The film will be screening at the DC Independent Film Festival and the Garden State Film Festival thus far. More info on the screenings to come!
Check out the trailer here: The Visit Short – Trailer
Here’s a little preview of the score:
Spent a big chunk of last summer working on this short and am happy to say that after some great successes in the festival circuit (Screened at the Santa Barbara and Cleveland film festivals and received Best Short at the Omaha film festival) its finally being released online!
Check out The Terms of Service!
For those interested! Here is the score for “Mussel Threat” for your listening pleasure:
If you’d like to check out the film, you can do so HERE
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:
The title pretty much says it all but if you’re in the area you can check out the film (and my score!) at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
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!