November 11, 2013

Joe Twist Wins ASCAP Foundation Jimmy Van Heusen Award

Award recognizes best score at the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker

The 2013 NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker is pleased to announce that composer Joe Twist has been unanimously chosen by Workshop faculty as the recipient of The ASCAP Foundation’s Jimmy Van Heusen Award, presented to the Workshop composer with the best score. The award will be presented to Twist in December at the annual ASCAP Foundation Awards.

ASCAP named Emily Bear, 11 years old and the youngest composer in the Workshop’s history, one of six “composers to watch” along with Twist, Jonathan “Joff" Bush, Ayse Onder, Piyatut Hemstapat and Shaun Crawford. Eight full-tuition scholarships were provided by The Film Music Foundation. The Sorel Organization for Women in Film Music and Charlotte Baker.

Completing its third consecutive year under the leadership of composer Sean Callery (Homeland, Elementary), the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Workshop drew an international and culturally diverse group of gifted young composers in 2013. Fifteen of twenty competitively chosen composers hailed from foreign countries, including Australia, Thailand and Turkey.

Steinhardt Associate Professor and composer Ron Sadoff (The Moon and the Son) helmed the intensive eight-day seminar in partnership with ASCAP’s Senior Director of Film/TV Sue Devine. Held exclusively in NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre, the Workshop continued to embrace the Hollywood film scoring traditions instilled by founder Buddy Baker (The Fox and the Hound), and infused leading-edge technologies necessary for facilitating the creative process in the digital era. Rigorous daily sessions focused on the mechanics and skill set necessary for composing for picture: spotting, timing, composing, MIDI mockups, orchestration, conducting and recording.

Highlighting both creative and technical matters were presentations curated by The Society of Composers and Lyricists, featuring composer/ASCAP Board member Alf Clausen (The Simpsons) and Callery. Clausen offered an exemplary overview and a detailed accounting of his compositional and narrative approach for scoring The Simpsons. Callery, live onstage and armed with a MIDI keyboard, an arsenal of virtual instruments and a clip from Elementary, scored a scene, phrase-by-phrase and track-by-track, while simultaneously providing insights into his artistic choices throughout.

Workshops faculty also featured veteran instructors Mark Snow (Blue Bloods, X-Files) and included NYU’s Ira Newborn (Naked Gun series), Michael Patterson (Young Indiana Jones), Mark Suozzo (The Nanny Diaries) and music editor Tim Starnes (The Departed, Hugo). Philip Rothman, Mitch Coodley, Dana Kaproff and Sergi Casanelles provided additional clinics.

Day-long seminars in orchestration, conducting and music editing preceded a full day of recording with an orchestra comprised of New York City’s top studio players. Contractor and NYU Orchestral Director Joe Bongiorno worked in tandem with engineer Paul Geluso. A final critique session of the student’s recorded cues featured critical commentary from Callery and Snow.

Sadoff noted, “The creative process, with its myriad individual and innovative approaches, is the touchstone of this workshop. The ASCAP Foundation and NYU Steinhardt Film Scoring continue to provide a premiere training ground, rooted in the interaction of aspiring young composers with veteran luminaries.

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