“Nosferatu:” in the 1990s, a commission from Ireland’s Dublin film festival led to my composing a new orchestral score for the Murnau classic. Premiered as an orchestral concert against a screening of the film, the event, at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, sold out. The performance, by members of Ireland’s RTE orchestra and was conducted by my friend, Luc Brewaeys. A second performance, in Belfast, was conducted by Ciaran Krilly. Both conductors, impressively, conducted the 60 minute score, keeping it in sync with the film, without the benefit of a click track. The score received strong reviews from the London Times, Sunday Press and other outlets.
“The Castle:” from a live recording from the Dublin Film Festival premier of “Nosferatu:”
“Times Square 2000:” In late 1999, I was asked to compose music to be featured in the city’s upcoming millennium celebration, “Times Square 2000;” a 24 hour event, starting at 6:00 AM on December 31, 1999. Given the grand nature of the event (not to mention the scale of the venue), it was clear that the music had to be monumental. I composed a series of pieces, using orchestra, electronics, world music elements, rock guitar, a women’s choir and featuring a Brazilian jazz vocalist, Marianne Ebert. I used women’s voices exclusively thinking that it had something to do with birthing the new millennium. Anyway, the event was attended by 2 million people, with an international television audience estimated to exceed 1 billion.
“Destination:” from my music composed for “Times Square 2000:”
From time to time, I’m approached to create music for pro-bono projects. Some of these, inevitably, are more worthy than others. One of the most worthy was “A Grandson Remembers,” a film by Eddie Rosenstein produced for presentation at an event which introduced the descendants of Jews sheltered during The Holocaust to the descendants of their rescuers. My score for that film was based upon Hebraic themes and arranged for chamber ensemble but, for lack of money, realized with samplers.
“Rescuers:” from my score for “A Grandson Remembers:”
The 10th anniversary Commemoration of the 9-11 Attacks: Those events were seared into our collective memory. For those of us living in NYC during that time, we experienced not only the horror of that day but, lingering for weeks after, permeating much of Manhattan, the smell of death hung in the air as a constant, grim reminder of the mass murder we had seen. Years later, I was contacted by filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein who had been commissioned to create films to be presented at the national commemoration of the 9-11 attacks which were taking place on the 10th anniversary of that event. For this, another pro-bono project, I was asked to create a series of orchestral pieces that, for lack of time, would have to be composed while the script was being written and the film being planned. For this, I was given a series of images and ideas to incorporate into the score. The film, called “Rebuild,” featured VO by Tom Hanks.
Here is ” Forging a New Spirit,” one of the pieces from that score:
“Determined” is a graphic video short, produced by two time Academy Award nominee, Matt O’Neill, which was commissioned to open a UN conference on developing strategies for avoiding war, which took place at the UN on June, 2013. I was contacted by the filmmaker a day before the event. The film had been completed but, after having decided on a strategy for music, it was decided that the original plan was mistaken. I was called in what the filmmaker described as a crisis. I then crafted a score using seven cues from my orchestral library. I had the privilege, the following day, of attending the conference, which included a talk by Jody Williams, the heroic woman whose once lonely work against land mines led to global changes in land mine policies and, for Ms. Williams, the Nobel Peace Prize.
“Jeopardy” is one of my library cues used in “Determined:”