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Revealing the Creative Process

Friday@1 Series - Revealing the Creative Process

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 in Masterclasses. 

Recent highlights include:


Howard Shore

Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings, Silence of the Lambs) I Film Composer

Among his better known works are the film scores for Silence of the Lambs, Mrs. Doubtfire, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He won an Academy Award and a Grammy for the film score to The Fellowship of the Ring. Shore continued his career with the film scores of Gangs of New York (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He received his second Academy Award for the film score of The Return of the King, and his third Academy Award as the composer of hit song Into the West. His film scores for The Lord of the Rings trilogy are considered the most famous and successful works of his career. Shore closely collaborated with director Martin Scorsese and won a Golden Globe for the film The Aviator (2004). Shore continues to work regularly, mostly known for composing film scores for works by directors David Cronenberg, Martin Scorsese, and Peter Jackson.

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Carter Burwell

Carter Burwell (Fargo, Carol) | TV and Film Composer

Carter Burwell has frequently collaborated with the Coen brothers, having scored 15 of their films. Burwell has also scored three of Todd Haynes' films and all the films of director Martin McDonagh. He has received Oscar nominations for Best Original Score for Haynes' Carol (2015) and McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). Other notable film scores include the Spike Jonze films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Where the Wild Things Are (2009), David O. Russell's Three Kings (1999), Lisa Cholodenko's Olive Kitteridge (2014), and Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa (2015).

marc shaiman

Marc Shaiman (Mary Poppins Returns, A Few Good Men) | TV and Film Composer

Marc Shaiman— A great talent who started his career in Saturday Night Live (1975), where he worked with colleagues like Rob Reiner or Billy Crystal. He worked for some great stage values as Eric Clapton, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Crystal, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Holliday, Nathan Lane, Jenifer Lewis, Darlene Love, Patti LuPone, Lonette McKee, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short or Barbra Streisand. He scored movies for Ron Underwood (City Slickers (1991), Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally (1989), Barry Sonnenfeld (The Addams Family, 1991) and Addams Family Values, 1993), Sam Weisman (George of the Jungle, 1997) , A Few Good Men,1992).

Shaiman has a unique place in the film music industry, with a great talent for musicals and songs, getting great reviews with his acclaimed scores for The American President 1995), Patch Adams (1998), Simon Birch (1998) or South Park (1997) (with wonderful songs). Shaiman won Grammy and Emmy Awards and the Tony Award for his musical, Hairspray. He has been nominated for the Oscars and still works in musical stages and cinema scores. Shaiman has also appeared as an actor in some movies, many times playing the piano.

Tamar-kali Brown

Tamar-Kali Brown

Tamar-Kali Brown (Mudbound, Come Sunday) | Film Composer

Brooklyn born and bred artist Tamar-kali is a second-generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina. As a composer, Tamar-kali has defied boundaries to craft her own unique alternative sound. 

She scored her first feature film, Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees, for which she won the World Soundtrack Award in the Discovery of the Year category. The film marks her third collaboration with the director after appearing in Pariah and writing a song for Bessie. She has since scored other feature films including Come Sunday and The Lie directed by Veena Sud.

Tamar-kali was also recently featured in the New York Times article about female film composers coming up in the industry.

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Mac Quayle

Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, Versace) I TV Scoring Master Class

Audiences worldwide have been captivated by the unique musical stylings of Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, Mac Quayle.   Quayle recently scored the FX original show "Versace: American Crime Story" and Ryan Murphy’s new series, FX’s “Feud: Bette And Joan,”—which has earned him two Emmy nominations—starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.  Quayle recently won an Emmy for his score for USA network’s golden globe-winning suspense-thriller “Mr. Robot," starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek. Mac also composed FX’s Emmy-winning “The People V. O.J. Simpson,” starring John Travolta, Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr., which was celebrated by critics and audiences alike.


Tom Salta

Tom Salta (Halo, Prince of Persia) | Conversation and Masterclass

MTV VMA nominated composer Tom Salta is one of the most versatile and prolific music artists/producers working in film, television, advertising and video games. Renowned for crafting emotionally engaging soundtracks for multimedia, Salta has received widespread industry acclaim for his world-class produced scores featured in films and video games such as Halo: The Fall of Reach (The Animated Series), Halo: Spartan Strike, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo: Spartan Assault (G.A.N.G. Best Original Soundtrack Award), Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, From Dust, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Red Steel (IGN Award for Best Original Score), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter and H.A.W.X series, and original songs and adaptations for the world’s #1 dance game series, Just Dance.

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Blake Neely and Mark Suozzo

Blake Neely (Arrow, Riverdale) — TV Scoring Master Class

Blake Neely is one of the most prolific and sought-after American composers, arrangers, orchestrators, and conductors in the film and TV industry today. Neely has contributed to and been credited on dozens of films (Pirates of the Caribbean films, King Kong, The Last Samurai) and TV projects over the years. He has composed the music for over twenty television series, including Riverdale, Arrow, The Mentalist, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and the new Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, and has been nominated for three Emmy awards, and has won both ASCAP and BMI awards for The Mentalist, Brothers & Sisters, Golden Boy, and Arrow.