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David J, Damien Youth and Kerry Brown 8 December 2010

I spent a couple of days last week in the company of David J, Damien Youth, Kerry Brown, Kevin Dippold and Sarah Morrison.

Day One was spent recording an exquisitely Gothic song by Damien accompanied by David J’s intricate bassline, and my cello, viola and violin, all produced by Kerry Brown and engineered and mixed by Kevin Dippold.

Here’s the song, named Broke Heart Singer:

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Here’s a video from mixing day shot by Sarah Morrison… when I said Damien’s song is exquisite, I meant it… I am so thrilled with how my cello, violin and viola are sounding in this video from mix day.

Day Two was spent recording an exquisitely Gothic 9 minute eulogy to Jeff Buckley.

Day Three was spent in the afterglow, my world a little darker, like a sky of grey thunderclouds over a graveyard. Funny how light can be found in the darkest places.

Talking of which, check this out:

Vanessa Beecroft 19 November 2010

A leading conceptual performance artist, Vanessa Beecroft has exhibited at major galleries throughout the world, including London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Milan, Paris, Seoul, Miami, Chicago and the Venice Biennale.

She creates large-scale tableaux vivant of naked women. Her work is described as challenging, evocative, beautiful and empowering.

Since 1993, her work was presented in silence, with no background music, but in 2009, the silence was broken by Kanye West at the Ace Gallery in L.A. Now, the work is presented – for the first time – with sound integrated.

I collaborated with Vanessa at the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt on November 24. I performed music live as a brave and daring part of Beecroft’s work.

If you weren’t in Frankfurt, don’t worry… it was filmed. The artwork was also thoroughly documented for Wallpaper magazine, including a photo shoot in which I got to wear Summer 2011 Gucci and a pair of awesome Louboutin shoes.

To see films of Vanessa Beecroft’s past works, visit http://vanessabeecroft.com/ or watch this German TV news feature on the event, with a tiny shot of me interviewing one of the models.

The film of this work will be released in Spring 2011, entitled VB68.

Fresh off the press 22 October 2010

Strings Magazine is the world’s leading publication for string players, so I’m thrilled they’ve featured me in their November edition. The article focuses on my aluminum violin, pictured here in a photo by Kristin Burns. It’s the main violin I love to play, and it’s nicknamed Excalibur due to it’s metalness. Go read the full story here.

Jim and Aaron Eckhart on the red carpet… 23 September 2010

Boston was a blast! The audience and media response to the World Premier of To Be Friends was truly mind-blowing. An award for Best Cinematography for our DP Josh Silfen, happy smiling talent and team. Big thanks for Jason Mandl for making it all happen smoothly, to Todd and Joelle for being such fantastic friends, and to the Eckhart and Sawyer families for being awesome.

A magical evening for the whole To Be Friends family.

I’ll let you know the details on upcoming premiers and events in a theater near you…

Leading lady Joelle Carter, me and director Jim Eckhart

Joelle and leading man Todd Stashwick

Jim Eckhart, Todd Stashwick, Joelle Carter, Josh Silfen, me and producer Rick Sawyer

Aaron and me with one of the organizers of the festival

Todd, me and Joelle having a fun time

Producer Jason Mandl doing his job 24/7 to make it all happen!

Enjoying this awesome night

All photos by Rick Sawyer, Kathy Sawyer and Chris Carlber…

P.S. I’m wearing a Stewart+Brown organic eco-dress, and handmade crystal and peacock accessories by Christa from The Woolly Bandits. Big thank you to them xo

Boston premier for To Be Friends 28 August 2010

I’m thrilled to announce that To Be Friends, starring Joelle Carter and Todd Stashwick, written and Directed by Jim Eckhart, and produced by Aaron Eckhart has been given the honor of opening the Boston Film Festival!

Check out the trailers here… http://www.tobefriendsthefilm.com

I composed the soundtrack to this movie, coached the actors how to play violin and cello, and also did a little “body-doubling” for close-ups of hands and stuff. I first received the draft screenplay in 2008, saw the whole process unwind from paper to finding the actors, cinematographer and editor, and then had the honor to live on location for a month during filming, supervising the music scenes just out of shot.

Truly a dream movie project for a strings composer… what an amazing experience!
Can’t wait to see and hear the movie in the big movie theater in Boston.