SEUNGHYUN CHOI WILL SCORE NEW KOREAN FILM RUNAWAY COP
Seunghyun Choi, a current film scoring student, has been contracted to score the new Korean comedy, “Runway Cop”, directed by Terra Shin. This will be their third collaboration, following “My Girlfriend is an Agent” and “Black House”. Seunghyun holds an impressive background in film music, having written scores for over twenty features films, having also collaborated with critically acclaimed director Chan-wook Park on the films “Oldboy”, and “Lady Vengeance”.
COMPOSER YEA-KYUNG CHUNG NOMINATED FOR "KOREAN MUSICAL AWARDS"
Yea-kyung Chung, a current film scoring student, recently wrote the music to a Korean musical adapted from the Herman Melville novel, Moby Dick. Moby Dick: An Actor-Musician Musical takes six musicians which were trained as actors specifically for this musical. Yea-kyung explains the creativity behind the characters, “I gave a double bass player the role, because the instrument is huge and make various sounds. Ahab, the captain, is performed by a cellist, because the captain has an artificial limb which is shown as a cello's pin. Queequeg, a man from the wild has a spear, so he should be a violinist to express the spear. Like this, all characters are matched to their own instruments. And their mental changes are expressed by their instruments.”
The musical was nominated for the 2011 Korea Musical Awards in five categories: Best Musical, Best Adaptation, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design and Best Composition, winning one for Best Scenic Design.
Discussions and Demos
- Howard Shore on his score for Lord of the Rings
- State of the Art: Post-Production at Sound One
On a recent Thursday evening and Friday afternoon, our film scoring majors were invited to two remarkable roundtables and discussions featuring Howard Shore and three key post-practitioners in the industry. On Thursday evening, an intimate audience at the Paley Media center were privy to a remarkable and insightful interview with Howard Shore, on his score for Lord of The Rings. In the lengthy question and answer period following, our students posed eloquent and probing questions which enhanced an evening that already served as a rare window into the compositional process.
On Friday afternoon, Michael Barry, one of the most renowned re-recording mixers (Men in Black, Fargo) in the feature film industry, invited twenty students for a two-hour private presentation in the main studio of 'Sound One,' in the Brill Building. In tandem with score recordings/mixer Lawrence Manchester (Howard Shore's recording engineer and Steinhardt Music Tech graduate) and the venerable Music Editor Gedney Webb, they screened film clips, provided demonstrations, and walked students through the plethora of their creative post-production tasks. This provided an intimate and detailed perspective that revealed some of the collaborative processes that undergird post-production processes and inform a film's final sound mix. It was eye-opening and it was witnessed under pristine conditions. In the course of the afternoon, Barry, Manchester, and Webb fielded an array of student's questions. One of our students commented: "That was the most relevant and applicable 'extra-curricular' event I've attended at NYU. All three guys were so interesting and intelligent and helpful."
Selected Student Bios
John Jesensky is a NYC based composer and screenwriter, and holds a BM in composition from the Hartt School of Music where he studied with Larry Alan Smith and Joseph Turrin. At Steinhardt, John has studied with Sonny Kompanek and Ira Newborn. Jesensky’s concert works include Time Dances, September, Plan 9, Song Cycle for Soprano and String Quintet, Images of New England and Fanfare for Tuba Ensemble. His film scores include El Sueño (Cannes Film Festival), Take Out (Best Short – La Gona Film Festival), and Panacea (Best Student Film – Barebones Film Festival), Beautiful Addiction, Peeping Tom, Santa’s Last Stop and The Test. Currently, John is preparing to score the feature film, Containment, which he co-authored with Joe Russo.
Gabriel Hays composes songs, music for media, and concert music. He scored the upcoming indie feature A Girl, A Guy a Space Helmet. He contributed music to an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s new series Masterclass on her OWN network, featuring Maya Angelou. His band and songwriting outlet Shortwave Sunshine completed a new CD The Breakers (June 2010) that explores the contradictions of a New Mexican living in Brooklyn. Gabriel has toured North America, Europe and Australia as a keyboardist and songwriter playing in a diverse range of styles. Venues include The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Joshua Tree Music Festival, Webster Hall, and Symphony Space among others. He has performed/recorded with artists Tamarama (Universal Motown), Mieka Pauley, Akoya, and Kaleta (King Sunny Aide and Fela Kuti).
Dosia McKay composes with a diverse palette drawn from classical harmonies, jazz, pop, avant-garde, ambient soundscapes, and the lyricism of folk melodies from her native Poland. Her portfolio includes scores for film, dance, multimedia, and the concert hall that have been featured at the National Gallery of Art, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and at NYU in a variety of short TSOA films. Her concert music has been performed throughout the US and Spain. Her Farewell Dream Garden was a top-prize winner in the “2010 International Music in the Garden Composers’ Competition Wroclaw” in Kraków, and will be performed by The Orpheus Orchestra. Her composition Unveiling will be premiered in June by the North/South Consonance in New York City. www.dosiamckay.com
Dylan Glatthorn is an American composer and lyricist currently residing in New York City. Dylan is a graduate of New York University’s Music Composition program at the Steinhardt School where he studied under Steven Rosenhaus. He is currently back at NYU pursuing a master’s degree in film scoring where he studies under Sonny Kompanek.
Most recently, Dylan composed a song for the FUTURESTATES short film, White, currently streaming at http://futurestates.tv/episodes/white. The film will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month and available for streaming on PBS.org early next month. He also recently won NYU’s Skirball 2011 Film Scoring Competition where his original music for the animation “A Rant” was performed by the NYU Orchestra under the baton of Jerry Steichen. Dylan is currently scoring a feature-length documentary about the World Trade Organization protests of 1999 titled Today We Have the Power.
Dylan is one of the five founding members of Circles and Lines, the New York City composers collective that has received favorable reviews in the New York Times. As a member of Circles and Lines, his work has received numerous premieres at a variety of New York venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Renee Weiler Concert Hall at the Greenwich House, and Brooklyn’s Vaudeville Park. A recent concert at Le Poisson Rouge is currently streaming on the website of New York’s classical music station WQXR. Dylan’s music has been performed by ensembles such as the Quintet of the Americas, the Lumina String Quartet, the PCCA Orchestra, and the PRISM Brass Quintet. In 2005, his string quartet titled “The Days of Trains Are Comin’ Back” won first place at NYU’s String Quartet Competition.
Dylan has written two full-length musicals: Republic and The Way It Goes. In 2009, Republic had a stage reading at the Acorn Theatre in Times Square. The show’s incredible cast included such Broadway regulars as Tony Award winning actress Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Crazy for You), Lauren Worsham (New York City Opera’s Candide), and James Moye (Tale of Two Cities, Full Monty). Republic made it to the final round of selections for the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference that will take place this summer. Last year, Dylan served as music director and arranger for two New York productions of Canteen!, a USO style cabaret with big band arrangements of modern pop tunes, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dylan is a graduate of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School where he received the 2005 Bravo Award, the top award for achievement and talent. As a Florida native, he has composed, orchestrated, and music directed for numerous productions at the Palladium Theatre, the Studio@620, and other local venues. His first full-length musical, The Way It Goes, premiered at the Palladium Theatre in 2004 to a crowd of 800 people.
He is a recipient of the 2007 Alan Menken Award, Walker’s Rising Stars Scholarship, Al Downing Jazz Association Scholarship, and the Mensa Education and Research Foundation’s Grosswirth-Salny Scholarship. Dylan is a proud member of both ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
For further information about Dylan Glatthorn, please visit http://dylanglatthorn.com
David Marenberg was selected as the initial Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar. An evening featuring an interview with the venerable tunesmith Jimmy Webb, by Steinhardt Songwriter-in-Residence Phil Galdston, was followed by an awards ceremony and concert. Writers and performers presented by BMI, SESAC, ASCAP, SHOF (The Songwriters Hall of Fame), and The Songwriters' Guild of America then performed before a packed audience in NYU Steinhardt's Frederick Loewe Theatre. Marenberg performed his song "We'll Catch Fire" with David at the piano and Hugh Wilson as vocalist.
The evening marked the first of a series of collaborations between NYU Steinhardt's Music Department and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, with two more master classes scheduled for the Loewe Theatre during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Born March 6, 1987, David Marenberg began to seriously pursue composition upon attending Amherst College, an elite liberal arts institution in Western Massachusetts, where he wrote his first symphony, “Symphony No. 1 – California”. Eager to continue collaborating with visual artists, David has now enrolled in the NYU Steinhardt School of Scoring for Film and Multimedia. He is currently scoring commercials and films, but still maintains a healthy interest in the concert world.
In the recent summer of 2010, David was invited, as one of 5 composers worldwide, to spend a month in Aspen, CO, composing and studying with major film composers Jeff Rona, David Newman and Jack Smalley. His score, “My City, She Never Sleeps,” was performed and recorded by the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra.
In addition to film, David has scored trailers, dance, arranged for a cappella voices, and produced various synthetic tracks. His newest work, “Ave Maria”, commissioned by the Amherst College Choral Society, was performed in early May 2010. The piece, written for 8-part chorus and 3 soloists, juxtaposes phrases of Gregorian chant with neo-tonal and neo-modal harmonies.
Even in his concert works, David writes with the purpose of evoking emotion from the listener. Although subtle in his use of fluid meter and structure, David uses a decidedly accessible harmonic palette to reach a more diverse audience. Taking elements from turn-of-the-century French impressionism and post-modern Romanticism, David places strong emphasis on melody and orchestral color.
David currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. To view a portion of David's acceptance performance, click the video below.