September 01, 2008


Composer Steve Horowitz and The Code Ensemble highlight ScoreFest, a two night celebration of music for and inspired by classic films

In his career, Grammy Award-winning New York-based composer Steve Horowitz has always cast a wide net. In addition to performing and recording music for several years with his internationally acclaimed ensemble, The Code International, he has also composed music for film, most notably for Morgan Spurlock's documentaries Super Size Me and Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, as well as for online, dance, TV, cartoons and video games. Horowitz has also been working on a series of piano pieces for the Yamaha Disklavier and in October will celebrate the world premiere of his first orchestra piece, entitled Mix Remix, which will be performed by the Astoria Music Society's Astoria Symphony and conducted by Silas Nathaniel Huff at concerts in Manhattan and Long Island City.

On September 10 and 11 at The Barrow Group Theatre in New York City, Horowitz's diverse experience and creative spirit will be on full display at ScoreFest, an event which will present “visions and re-visions” of classic movie music. A classic film will be shown each night accompanied by a Q&A panel of industry experts and a performance by Horowitz and The Code Ensemble.

On September 10th, after a screening of I Married a Monster from Outer Space, Horowitz's ensemble will present the world premiere of Invasion from the Chicken Planet, which Horowitz describes as akin to a radio play with an extra large contingent of violins, brass, actors, a narration by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and projected images. The LA Weekly called the piece "an amazing journey through the chamber music of science fiction."

On September 11, the classic ‘70s thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw will be screened. Then Horowitz and the Code Ensemble will present Horowitz's The Re-Taking of Pelham One Two Three, an inventive re-imagining of the film's score (originally composed by David Shire). Shire will also be on hand to participate in the Q&A panel after the screening.

From the screenings to the discussions to the live performances, the two-night festival, sponsored by Electronic Musician Magazine and the Manhattan Producers Alliance, in conjunction with Big Fish Media, is sure to offer classic movie buffs a total, exciting submersion in the art of music and film. A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to Soundbites music camp for children and Tuesday's Children.

In this special Playback video interview, Horowitz is as excited as a kid in a candy story as he describes the festival, which after its debut in New York this month, will move onto presentations in other cities down the road.

For more info on Steve Horowitz, visit

For info on ScoreFest, visit

Tickets for ScoreFest are available at the door or online at

Other links that might be of interest:

The Astoria Symphony

Yamaha Artist Services/Disklavier info

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? out on DVD!