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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…

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.

Shaman Durek Indie 103.1 26 August 2010

I’m on ‘Get Real’ with Shaman Durek tonight 9 p.m. PST. Listen online at and please tweet your friends!

Beverly Hills and Topanga 19 August 2010

Yesterday I recorded strings for a song produced by Kerry Brown, and engineered by Kevin Dippold. It’s a graceful, beautiful song with a quiet sadness to it that is exquisite. I created a four part charted string arrangement, and then played it on cello, viola and violin… ah, the magic of the studio! Always so inspiring in Kerry’s super creative studio in Beverly Hills. Looking forward to his upcoming compilation, The Beverly Hills Sessions.

That was yesterday… tomorrow I’m playing at Topanga Film Festival. It’s an awards event for David Lynch, a screening of some of his short films, and the premier of Being In The World.

I’ve invited Doug Lunn to come play with me, the legendary bassist and a long-time collaborator, and a new friend, guitarist and songwriter Zachary Keane Crocker. It seems appropriate to play our main instruments, but also to experiment a little… so expect musical saw, acoustic bass guitar and an assortment of electric violin pedals.

Back in L.A. 10 August 2010

Dusted off my shoes, and ready for music here in L.A. So ready, in fact, that I’ve been recording new material at Strings Central, and also, finally, after decades, I’m living my dreams and… got myself a cello! I’ve wanted my own cello since I was 6 years old, but like some of the best things in life, I waited and waited and only now realized this special dream.

Well, it was worth the wait. I’m totally appreciating it, super excited to play it every day, and got to play cello live for about forty people last weekend at a salon in Pasadena.

And I’m recording cello basslines for my violins and viola to play over. They’re loving the mellow cello foundation so they can soar high and bright.

hello cello…

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