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Archive for March 2009

Surfing Dreams and Chaos Video 24 March 2009

Watch the new video for Surfing Dreams and Chaos, a track from my new album.
Film shot in Iceland by Philip Clemo, so beautiful it has it’s own name, Melt.

It’s from our new album, soundzero, due for US release in April, but out now in the UK.

You can hear tracks and find out more about the album here.

New album out soon 23 March 2009

Soundzero is coming out very soon! It’s available as a pre-release in the UK and online now, and will officially be launched in May throughout the USA.

soundzero, cover art

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I’m on location 17 March 2009

the barn

I went to check out the movie location today with director Jim Eckhart and the producers, and it is stunning. Set in some of the most beautiful coastline countryside California has to offer, this is going to be a beautiful movie. A far cry from the gritty streets of LA… It reminds me a bit of Herefordshire, or maybe even Devonshire in the UK.

The acoustics here are interesting – there some slap-back from the mountains. You can see the barn in this shot that will be home to much of the action, including some of the scenes where the actors play violin and cello. As well as composing the full underscore to this movie, I’m coaching the actors how to pretend to play strings, and am recording the music they’ll be miming to.

The barn is big and empty, with lots of hard wooden surfaces. It has a nice echo, which I’m really excited about. These strings are going to sound great!

Here’s a clip of how it sounds:

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Japanese Taiko show 14 March 2009

Kenny Endo and On Ensemble

I’m playing a show on Saturday March 28 with Kenny Endo, one of the world’s leading Japanese taiko drummers. I am so honored to play with him, and his band line up is fantastic.

There’s Kaoru Watanabe, an incredibly talented Japanese fue (bamboo flute) player living in New York City. Brad Dutz, a jazz vibraphone player so good, he’s a little scary… and the four guys who make up L.A.’s own taiko group, On Ensemble.

POST SHOW:

The show was so beautiful. The sound at the venue was perfect, thanks to Yoko Ito. It was sold out, and beautifully lit. I hope to add some video footage soon, meanwhile…

Here’s a review from Cerritos Ink

Taiko X2: Right On!

This concert began with the basics, the grand tradition of Taiko with Kenny Endo playing the big Taiko drum, turning two sticks and a skin stretched out over this hollow space into a magical journey called “Harukaze.” The large crowd sat up in their seats and got ready for more when On came on stage for “Noon Cycles” that straightened some backbones in rapt attention. When special guests started joining the group it increased the scope but not the volume, just adding intricacy to the sound. There was Brad Dutz on vibes, Ysanne Spevack on violin and Kaoru Watanabe on flute. These three were really and truly superb, certainly strong enough individually to stand up there and carry a show on their own. Each guest added a certain spice to the mix; Spevack making some tunes drift toward Balkan or Indian tones, Dutz tossing tasty jazz riffs in and Watanabe returning everything back to Japan with his flute. Sometimes there would be a stage full of hand held percussion like on “Spirit of Rice” or a seashell blown as in “Yume no Pahu” or the sort of pedal koto played by Bergstrom and even a didgeridoo from Aborigine Australia. Holding it all together was the powerful, limitless invention of Kenny Endo playing Taiko.

To Be Friends 12 March 2009

I’m starting work on a major new project. I’m composing the score to a new feature film, named To Be Friends.

The movie is written and directed by Jim Eckhart, and the Executive Producer is his brother, Aaron Eckhart. Mom and Dad Eckhart are lending a helping hand, and there’s a full crew who aren’t related, including producers Jason Mandl, Jill Hesseltine and Rick Sawyer.

The movie stars Joelle Carter and Todd Stashwick. It’s being shot throughout April 09. I’ll be composing most of the music once the picture is locked, so I expect to be focused on this project in June 09.

We’re in pre-production right now, I’ll let you know how it’s going. As well as composing the film score, I’ll be composing music for the actors to mime to, and coaching them on how to pretend to play violin and cello.

Here’s the first track I’ve composed for it.

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