BMI and the Sundance Institute announced the six musicians selected for the 8th Annual Sundance Institute Composers Lab, which runs from July 26 until August 11 in
During the two-week intensive lab, Fellows participate in workshops and creative exercises under the guidance of the industry’s leading film composers and film music professionals. At the Labs, the Composers Lab participants also collaborate with filmmakers from the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program as well as the Sundance Documentary Program to explore the process of writing music for film and to create accompanying scores for scenes shot by the Filmmaker Fellows during the Institute’s Filmmakers Lab.
The Composers Lab is a major component of the Sundance Institute
“BMI has been a part of the Lab from its inception, and it’s become a vital educational experience for many of our composers,” said Doreen Ringer Ross, Vice President, Film/TV Relations, BMI. “It’s been a great vehicle for unique composers with experience in other areas to learn the craft of dramatic underscore as well as engage in direct interaction with filmmakers.”
"Music is a crucial and often overlooked part of the filmmaking process,” explains Peter Golub, Director, Sundance Institute
In addition to their work with the Filmmakers Lab Fellows, Composers Lab participants will work under the mentorship of a distinguished group of composers, film composers, filmmakers, and film industry professionals. Two world renowned musicians, Maya Beiser (Cellist) and Steven Schick (Percussionist) will be working with the composers and performing for the Institute.
This year’s Creative Advisors include director John Waters (A DIRTY SHAME, HAIRSPRAY, PINK FLAMINGOS); composer Jeff Beal (POLLOCK, IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL, CARNIVÀLE); composer George S. Clinton (AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY, JOE SOMEBODY, A DIRTY SHAME); composer Osvaldo Golijov (THE MAN WHO CRIED, La Pasión Según San Marcos (St. Mark’s Passion)); composer James Newton Howard (THE VILLAGE, HIDALGO, SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS); and composer Christopher Young (THE HURRICANE, THE GRUDGE, WONDER BOYS).
Other Creative Advisors include Ringer Ross, cellist Beiser; Paul Broucek, President, Music at New Line Cinema; sound editor Jon Johnson; music supervisor/consultant Evyen Klean (ANGELS IN AMERICA, S.W.A.T., REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES); music supervisor Tracy McKnight (EVERYDAY PEOPLE, MY ARCHITECT: A SON’S JOURNEY, THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND); film music agent Robert Messinger (First Artists); filmmaker Robb Moss (THE SAME RIVER TWICE); percussionist Schick; and music editor Adam Smalley.
Fellows for the 2005 Sundance Institute
Bronx-born clarinetist Don Byron is a singular voice in a dizzying range of musical contexts, redefining every genre of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, klezmer, or any jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-edge improvisation. He has composed and arranged music for jazz and chamber ensembles, for films and dance, and has recorded ten albums as a leader for Blue Note and Nonesuch Records.
Barbara Cohen is a gifted vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, flute, piccolo etc.). Her intricate body of work embraces a variety of musical genres from folk, roots rock, trip-hop, electronica and world music.This former Virgin Records recording artist has been the recipient of many awards including The Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Grant for artistry and composition.
Marco’s scores have been on projects released by 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Classics, Lucasfilm, PDI/Dreamworks, Pixar, APPP and Columbia TriStar. He has composed music for the independent features including “Haiku Tunnel” (Sundance 2001), the anime “Vampire Hunter D:Bloodlust” and “Testosterone” (Toronto 2003), in theatres on THX, Dolby and Century Theatres trailers and on PBS documentaries including the award winning “Blink”, “They Drew Fire” and “Double Dare”.
Andreas Kapsalis song “Cubist” was recently featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered”. He also received high praise from Jazz legend Dave Brubeck for an arrangement of the classic song “Blue Rondo a la Turk”, recorded in collaboration between Kapsalis and Grammy award winning producer Jim Tullio. Andreas utilities a rare eight finger guitar technique to demonstrate his ability to play melody, rhythm, and bass simultaneously while exploring the traditions of Classical and
Ljova (a.k.a. Lev Zhurbin)
Ljova (a.k.a. Lev Zhurbin) is a composer, arranger and violist. Most recently, Ljova has been collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and the Kronos Quartet, among others.
Gyan Riley, a 27-year-old
The Sundance Institute Composers Lab receives continuing major support from founding sponsor BMI. Additional in-kind support for the 2005 Composers Lab is generously provided by Alesis, LaCie, Mark of the Unicorn, Mackie, and Yamaha.
Now marking its 65th year in business, BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents approximately 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. With a repertoire of approximately 6.5 million musical works from around the world, the non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.