The 2016 Edition of DOC NYC, the largest and most influential documentary film festival in the U.S., is presently underway at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. On Wednesday, November 16 the festival will screen “Feral Love”, a documentary about Dorian Rence, a violist with the New York Philharmonic. The score for “Feral Love” was recorded at the Sonic Arts Center with members of the New York Philharmonic string section. The section included Acting Principal violinist Lisa Kim, Associate Principal violist Rebecca Young, and Associate Principal cellist Eileen Moon. SAC director Paul Kozel served as music producer as well as recording and mixing engineer for the project. Assisting Paul on the session was SAC alumni Ian Reilly, a Production Assistant with the New York Philharmonic!
Nate Fleischer (A.K.A. Nate Rylan), a second year student in the program, recently scored a national EAS Sports commercial featuring Larry Fitzgerald, the future hall of fame receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. In addition to this underscore work Nate co-wrote and co-produced the song Closer by the Modern Inventors that premiered on Stereogum and featured drummer and producer Daru Jones. Congrats Nate. You’ve had a busy summer!
Mix Magazine, a prominent publication in the audio industry, profiled SAC staff member Paul Special in its most recent issue. The article focuses on Paul’s work in broadcast audio, in particular his work as broadcast music mixer for ABC’s Good Morning America. Over the years with Good Morning America Paul has worked with numerous leading artists including Elton John, Lorde, Nelly, Postmodern JukeBox, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Alicia Keys, The Wanted, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kenny Chesney, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Kid Rock, Taylor Swift, Eve, Lady Antebellum, The Wanted, and Rod Stewart.
Bernie Worrell, musician extraordinaire, passed away last week and leaves behind a profound legacy of music making from his work as keyboardist with Parliament-Funkadelic , the Talking Heads, and numerous other artists and bands. Bernie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 along with his bandmates from Parliament-Funkadelic. Bernie was at the Sonic Arts Center in the Spring of 1997 recording keyboard and piano parts for an album by The Devotees called Gimme Gimme. The session was engineered by Grammy winning engineer Jeff Jones. Needless to say, the two days that Bernie spent at the Center were filled with impassioned and inspiring music making.
In the first week of its release Tower Music by Joseph Bertolozzi, recorded by staff members Joe Popp and Paul Kozel and mixed at the Sonic Arts Center, has reached number 12 on the iTunes Classical Album Chart.
On Friday April 29 the album Tower Music by Joseph Bertolozzi will be released on Innova Recordings, iTunes, and Amazon. Three years ago SAC director Paul Kozel and Technical Director Joe Popp traveled to Paris with Mr. Bertolozzi and spent two weeks recording over 10,000 sounds on the Eiffel Tower. During the intervening years Mr. Bertolozzi cataloged each of the 10,000 sounds, selected 2,800 sounds, and then composed the nine pieces included in the album. Finally, the pieces were mixed by Paul Kozel and Joseph Bertolozzi at the Sonic Arts Center and mastered by Scott Hull of Masterdisk. During the cataloging and composing process Mr. Bertolozzi relied on Jonathan Perl for technical guidance and advice. The album is produced by Joseph Bertolozzi and Paul Kozel.
The 14th annual Garden State Film Festival took place last weekend and featured five short films that were all scored by fourth year student Taylor Bradshaw. In addition, the feature film Stuff, screened at the festival, licensed a piece of Taylor’s music for the underscore. Taylor will be graduating in June and is already a busy professional composer, arranger, and engineer working primarily on production and post production projects for film and television. Below is a trailer for one of the short films scored by Taylor entitled The Last Taxi Driver.
On April 24, the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will feature the world premiere of Almost Paris a film by the director Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, daughter of Martin Scorsese. The score for Almost Paris was composed, recorded, and mixed at the Sonic Arts Center by third year student Jasmin Klinger. Congratulations to Jasmin for this major professional accomplishment.
On Sunday March 6, the Hudson West Productions movie There’s a Future in the Past won Best Music/Score at the Manchester Film Festival. Co-directors Dave Davidson (director of the BFA Film & Video program here at City College) and Amber Edwards accepted the award on behalf of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, the subject of the film. SAC director Paul Kozel recorded many of the performances in the film and mixed all of the music for the film. Congratulations to Dave, Amber, Vince, and Paul for this award.
The Manchester (England) Film Festival’s “Saturday Night is Music Night” event on March 5 will present live music throughout the day leading up to the world premier of the documentary “Vince Giordano – There’s a Future in the Past”. Vince Giordano is one of the most important practitioners of Jazz from the 1920s and 1930s and has worked tirelessly performing, collecting, and preserving this music for future generations. SAC director Paul Kozel has been involved with the film since it’s inception, first as the music recording engineer on location, and finally as the dialog editor, music mixer, and film sound mixer in post production. Paul will be attending the festival along with Dave Davidson of Hudson West Productions the co-director of the film and the director of the BFA Film & Video program here at City College. Congrats to Paul and Dave!