Inaugural Meeting of the Ravel Study Group, New York Chapter

Sunday, November 11, 2012

New York, NY

The Gallery Bar at Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street

Sunday, November 11, 5-8 PM

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Ravel Study Group is an informal monthly gathering of composers and musicians interested in studying scores from great composers past and present. The first hour is score study, followed by a presentation by a guest composer. Stick around after for a drink!

For November 11th, we will be looking at Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloe Orchestral Suites #1 and #2." We will be using the Dover edition (make sure to avoid buying the full ballet score). It is available online - limited copies are in stock at the Juilliard Bookstore as well. The guest composer will be Chris Hajian.

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A born and raised New Yorker, Chris Hajian's compositional prowess is wonderfully tied to NYC and its rich heritage of musical ideas. After studying at the "Famed" LaGuardia School of the Arts, Chris went on to get a degree in classical music composition from Manhattan School of Music.

In 1996, Chris scored Ten Benny, which starred Adrian Brody and was selected at Sundance. The following year, continuing a collaboration with Ten Benny director Bob Celestino, Chris scored Mr. Vincent which also played at Sundance.

He then went on to compose music for the HBO documentaries Naked States and the sequel Naked World, about the work of photographer Spencer Tunick. Chris's television credits include two seasons of The Upright Citizens Brigade on Comedy Central, as well as scoring The Knights of Prosperity for ABC, and the theme song for Bravo's Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

Of his many feature film scores, Chris's work includes Inspector Gadget 2 (Disney), which he recorded in Australia with an 80-piece orchestra, and the gritty cinema verité drama The Take, which had its theatrical release in 2008 and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2007. Yonkers Joe is an emotional drama, which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival 2008. Next was the feature documentary Nursery University, which tells the stories of various NYC parents on their quests to get their children into nursery school, which had its television debut on the Showtime network.

Most recently, Chris has completed scores for award-winning documentaries First Position, about a prestigious ballet award for young dancers, and Unraveled, an expose of the life of fraudulent lawyer Marc Dreier during a period of house arrest in 2009.

Find out more about Chris Hajian at