New York, NY, September 23, 2011: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has announced that four aspiring composers who took part in this year's Television and Film Scoring Workshops in Los Angeles and New York have been presented awards from The ASCAP Foundation and a grant from The Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles (RMA-LA).
The composers were selected in recognition of their achievements and creative talents demonstrated during ASCAP's annual workshops: the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis (ASCAP Board member and award-winning composer and arranger) in Los Angeles, the ASCAP/NYU Television & Film Scoring Workshop (under the direction of Dr. Ron Sadoff, Director of NYU Film Scoring) and the ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop (instructed by Alex Steyermark, director of One Last Thing, Prey for Rock and Roll) in New York City.
The ASCAP Foundation provides four awards to honor the legacy of ASCAP composers Harold Arlen, Steve Kaplan and David Rose. The RMA-LA grant provides assistance towards the costs of a demo recording session with the Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles. The recipients are:
MATTHEW JANSZEN - The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Film & TV Award
Janszen was one of 12 composers selected for the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles. He was named as one of the top young film composers in the nation by Turner Classic Movies, and awarded by the Henry Mancini Institute and the Prague Quadrennial. He has composed additional music for television shows such as Law and Order: SVU and scored television commercials for companies such as US Bank and Sunny D. He recently finished a score for the feature film Finding Mr. Wright and the TV pilot presentation Callbacks. Janszen received his bachelor's degree from Purdue University in acoustical engineering and his master's degree in sound design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He studied composition at the Henry Mancini Institute with world-renowned film and jazz composers. He resides in Los Angeles.
AGATHA KASPRZYK - The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Centennial Award (New York)
Kasprzyk took part in both the ASCAP/NYU Television & Film Scoring Workshop and the ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop in New York City. Her participation in the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop led to her recording an original score for A Viagem (dir. Simão Cayatte), which was selected to premiere in the Cinéfondation category at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Kasprzyk recently received her Masters in Film Scoring and Composition at New York University where she studied privately with film composer Mark Suozzo (The Notorious Bettie Page, The Nanny Diaries, American Splendor). She was awarded the Billy Joel Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. Her concert and film music has been performed and presented at New York City's School of Visual Arts Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, the Museum of Modern Art and Symphony Space. Her arrangements of classical and popular music, ranging from duet to full orchestra, have been performed in the United States and Spain.
SERGIO JIMÉNEZ LACIMA - The ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Scholarship and The Recording Musicians Association of LA Grant
Lacima was one of 12 composers selected for the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles. He is a prolific composer, conductor and pianist, specialized in film and television music, concert music and music for visual media. He has two degrees in orchestral conducting and piano performance and he is a film scoring and video game scoring graduate from Berklee College of Music, as a recipient of the SGAE/Berklee full scholarship. He has won several national and international composition and conducting competitions. In 2010, he was selected as Assistant Conductor of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and also as an Intern Composer at Paramount Picture Studios. In 2011, he won the Michael Kamen Award granted by the Film Scoring Department at Berklee and was selected as the Film Scoring Representative of the department. Also in 2011, his ballet Futile premiered in Spain and he has been nominee and finalist with this ballet at the Jerry Goldsmith Awards during the International Film Music Festival in Ubeda, Spain.
CHAD REHMANN - The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Centennial Award (Los Angeles)
Rehmann was one of 12 composers selected for the ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles. With credits including a widely successful ABC Family feature, an award-winning independent World War II picture with distribution in over 50 countries, and two popular films on Lifetime (one of which stars Brittany Murphy in her final role), his work as an up-and-coming composer continues to be in demand. Born and raised in St. Johns, Michigan, Rehmann's talent was first recognized outside his home state when he received an award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts at the age of 18. Following the acceptance of that award, Rehmann continued his education at Michigan State University and participated in the prestigious ASCAP/NYU Television & Film Scoring Workshop in New York. After graduating, Rehmann relocated to Los Angeles and began work as a film and television composer. He currently resides there with his high school sweetheart, whom he married in 2003, and their two young children.
Composer Spotlight Launches with "Composers to Watch" Feature
ASCAP has launched Composer Spotlight, a powerful resource for film, television and video game producers to discover and connect with some of the best and brightest emerging composers.
Housed on ASCAP's website at www.ascap.com/ComposerSpotlight, Composer Spotlight features all three Television and Film Scoring Workshops, as well as the Sundance/ASCAP Music Cafe which includes the Composer Spotlight at Sundance.
A "Composers to Watch" feature further highlights a select group of outstanding composers from the workshops, providing bios, resumes, website links and sample cues for each composer. "Composers to Watch" will be updated annually with each new season of the Television and Film Scoring Workshops.
About the Television and Film Scoring Workshops:
ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis (LA)
ASCAP/NYU Television & Film Scoring Workshop (NYC)
ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop (NYC)
About the Awards and Grant:
The ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Scholarship
The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Film & TV Award
The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Centennial Award (Los Angeles and New York)
The Recording Musicians Association of LA Grant
The RMA-LA grant is presented to the participant with the highest average score as judged by the RMA musicians, based upon the following criteria: podium procedure, composition, and general musicality from the workshop recording session. It is a monetary award that is applied towards an LA based AFM Demo recording session for promoting the composer's talents within the following calendar year.
About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org