Our Friday@1 series presents conversations with some of the most renowned composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives in New York City and beyond. Our distinguished guests discuss their own creative processes, share their accomplishments and experiences, and thoughtfully critique our students’ work.
UPCOMING FRIDAY@1s (subject to change)
3/10 — Entertainment Lawyer Joe Salvo
3/24 — Digital Performer Workshop
4/07 — Pete Nashel: Duotone Audio
4/14 — Vienna Ensemble Pro Workshop
4/21 — Sue Jacobs and Suzana Peric: Music Supervisor and Music Editor
March 3, 2017
Martin Wheeler is a British film music composer who has been living and working in France since the 1990s. Wheeler is a self-taught musician with a background in improvisation, electronica, experimental rock, minimalism, aleatory music, modular synthesis and home-brewed computer sound manipulation, and elements of all these experiences often inform his work for the cinema.
Wheeler worked with Solveig Anspach on over twenty films including shorts, documentaries and almost all of her feature films from 1998's Haut les coeurs! to recent work like Back Soon, Queen of Montreuil, Lulu, Femme Nu, and L'Effet Aquatique. He has also enjoyed a long collaboration with Arnaud des Pallières, composing music for many of his films including Adieu, Parc, and Michael Kohlhaas, for which Wheeler was awarded the 2014 Cesar for the best original score.
Wheeler has worked with many other prominent directors, on features from Helene Angel (Peau d'Homme, Coeur de Bête), Myriam Aziza (La Robe Du Soir), Emmanuelle Bercot (La Fille de Brest), Robin Campillo (Les Revenants), Jean-Pierre Duret and Andréa Santana (Puisque Nous Sommes Nés), Paolo Franchi (Nessuna Qualita Agli Eroi), Laurent Larivière (Je Suis Un Soldat), Sarah Leonor (Le Grand Homme), Christophe Sahr (Voie Rapide), and Claire Simon (Ca Brule) and also on work for television and documentary with Mathieu Amalric, Nurith Aviv, Julie Bertucelli, Richard Copans, Vivienne Dick, and Frederic Goupil.
February 24, 2017
Five-time Grammy-winning producer/engineer/mixer Kevin Killen has spent the last several decades compiling an impressive list of credentials featuring the premier pop artists in the music industry, from Peter Gabriel’s SO to 8 albums with Elvis Costello (including those with Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, and The Brodsky Quartet), three albums with U2, David Bowie to Kate Bush, Sugarland to Shawn Colvin. Add in the names of Bryan Ferry, Shakira, Suzanne Vega, Jewel, and Duncan Sheik and you get the idea.
At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards held on 12 February 2017, Kevin took home three Grammys for co-producing and mixing Yo Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble’s Sing Me Home for Best World Music Album, for engineering Blackstar for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Blackstar (again) as Best Alternative Music Album. Additionally, Kevin received an MPG Award from Thursday’s (16 February 2017) MPG Awards in London as recording engineer on Blackstar was named UK Album of the Year.
Recently, Kevin recorded David Bowie’s final release, Blackstar, for producer Tony Visconti and co-produced and mixed the Yo Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble’s Sing Me Home (Masterworks Broadway) as well as mixed Lazarus (the Original Broadway Cast Album), David Bowie’s masterpiece of a Broadway music. The album features special guest performers Rhiannon Giddens, Sarah Jarosz, Abigail Washburn, Gregory Porter, Lisa Fischer, Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell, and more.
January 27, 2017
Acclaimed musician Jonathan Wolff was born and raised in Louisville, KY where his musical training and career began at a young age. At age 17, he moved to Los Angeles and found success in Hollywood's TV and film studios, becoming the composer and songwriter for 75 primetime network TV series. Wolff also wrote the TV themes for 44 of those shows, including Seinfeld and Will & Grace.
In 2005, he retired at age 46 and moved back to Louisville with wife Stephi and their 4 kids.
Now, Wolff thrills university lecture/concert audiences with wonderful insider stories, business advice for aspiring creative professionals, and Q/A about his musical journey and remarkable Hollywood career. More info at www.SeinfeldMusicGuy.com.
December 8, 2016
Jeff Beal is an American composer of music for film, media, and the concert hall. With musical beginnings as a jazz trumpeter and recording artist, his works are infused with an understanding of rhythm and spontaneity. Steven Schneider for the New York Times wrote of "the richness of Beal's musical thinking...his compositions often capture the liveliness and unpredictability of the best improvisation.” Beal’s seven solo CDs, including Three Graces, Contemplations (Triloka), Red Shift (Koch Jazz), and Liberation (Island Records) established him as a respected recording artist and composer.
Beal’s eclectic music has been singled out with critical acclaim and recognition. His score and theme for Netflix drama House of Cards has received four prime time Emmy Award nominations and one statue. Regarding his compelling score for the documentary Blackfish the late film critic Roger Ebert wrote of Beal’s ability to “invoke many genres; thriller, mystery, melodrama.” Another lauded documentary, The Queen of Versailles, opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune wrote that, “scored wittily by composer Jeff Beal, the film glides along on Beal's waltz theme, a theme full of elegance and class and a discordant hint of storm clouds.”
He has received fifteen prime time Emmy nominations for his music, and has won four statues. Other scores of note include his dramatic music for HBO’s acclaimed series Carnivale and Rome, as well as his comedic score and theme for the detective series, Monk. Beal composes, orchestrates, conducts, records and mixes his own scores, which gives his music a very personal, distinctive touch.
Beal’s commissioned works have been performed by many leading orchestras and conductors, including the St. Louis (Marin Alsop), Rochester, Pacific (Carl St. Clair), Frankfurt, Munich, and Detroit (Neeme Jaarvi) symphony orchestras. Kent Nagano commissioned and premiered two works, Alternate Route for trumpet and orchestra with Beal as soloist, and Interchange for string quartet and orchestra. Other commissions include the ballet Oasis for Smuin Ballet, Light Falls for the World Science Festival, The Metropole Orchestra, Ying String Quartet, Debussy Trio, Henry Mancini Institute, Chamber Music Festival of Lexington and Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux. His score for Philip Haas' art installation Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons, was showcased at the Kimball Art Museum and the 2011 Venice Biennale. His first choral commission, entitled The Salvage Men, is written for the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Current commissions include new works for The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a concerto for flutist Sharon Bezaly, song cycles for Cantus, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
October 21, 2016
Maria Schneider's music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries.
Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center, to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a small few to have received Grammys in multiple genres, have received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie.
Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with twelve Grammy nominations and five Grammy awards. Unique funding of projects has become a hallmark for Schneider through the trend-setting company, ArtistShare. Her album Concert in the Garden (2004) became historic as the first recording to win a Grammy with Internet-only sales, even more significantly, it blazed the "crowd-funding" trail as ArtistShare’s first release. She’s been awarded many honors by the Jazz Journalists Association and Downbeat and Jazztimes critics and readers polls. In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, presented Schneider with an honorary doctorate, and in 2014, ASCAP awarded her their esteemed Concert Music Award.
Schneider has become a strong voice for music advocacy and in 2014, testified before the US Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about digital rights. She has also appeared on CNN, and has been quoted in numerous publications for her views on Spotify, Pandora, digital rights, and music piracy. Most recently, she and concerned colleagues in New York have launched a widespread campaign on behalf of music-makers called MusicAnswers.org.
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