September 26, 2011

Marco Beltrami Helms Recording Session for Composer-In-Residence Program at USC

At the visually and sonically inspiring studio of ASCAP film composer Marco Beltrami, students from the USC Film Scoring Program were afforded a unique educational opportunity through The ASCAP Foundation Composer-in-Residence Program. This three-part workshop concluded with a scoring session at Beltrami's Pianella Studio in Malibu, California.

Beltrami and music collaborator, Buck Sanders, worked directly with the USC student composers to explore the process of re-scoring one of Beltrami's previous film projects, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. With financial support from The ASCAP Foundation, the students' music was recorded and produced with members of the Hollywood Studio Orchestra. The session was mixed by award-winning engineer Jon Kurlander (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and streamed live on the internet.

Commenting on the workshop, ASCAP's Vice President of Film & TV Membership Shawn LeMone stated "We are very proud of The ASCAP Foundation's direct support of the USC Film Scoring Program through this very exciting new workshop. USC has provided the educational background for some of Hollywood's most successful and talented composers and we look forward to continuing our close relationship into the future."

This new educational series was made possible by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund. Bart Howard was a prolific composer who wrote more than 200 songs, most notably the famous standard "Fly Me to the Moon," which has been performed by hundreds of singers including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson and Diana Krall. Howard began his career as an accompanist at the age of 16 and played for Mabel Mercer, Johnny Mathis and Eartha Kitt among others. He died in 2004.

Participating students in the 2011 USC Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program: Derek Baird, Jared Banta, Jongnic Bontemps, John Carey, Nathan Matthew David, Hugo Gonzalez-Pioli, Brent Hengeveld, Jeremy Lamb, Harrison Lee, Ryan O'Connell, Dustin Painter, Brian David Paul, John Piscitello, Anna Solovieva-Drubich, Isaac Tetenbaum, Jeff Tinsley, Jeremy Tisser, Giuseppe Vasapolli, Christopher Yanson, and William Zattára.

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