LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

FAST & FURIOUS (SCORE) Brian Tyler (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 960 2)
FOUL PLAY – Charles Fox (Intrada Special Collection Volume 88) – 31:54
ALEXANDRA – Andrey Sigle (MMS09009) – 46:13
HEROES (SCORE) – Lisa Coleman & Wendy Melvoin (La-La Land LLLCD 1091) – 54:43
ICY KILLERS: SECRETS OF ALASKA’S SALMON SHARKS – Alan Williams (SMCD 024) – 39:28
INSIDE DAISY CLOVER – Andre Previn (FSMCD Vol.12 No.5) – 149:15
LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (2009) – John Murphy (La-La Land LLLCD 1092) – 46:42
THE SOLOIST – Dario Marianelli (Decca 1229802) – 47:51
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES – James Horner (Intrada Special Collection Volume 95) – 45:05
TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (COMPLETE SCORE) – Jerry Goldsmith (FSMCD Vol.12 No.7) – 79:10
CONUNDRUM – Mark Snow (BSXCD 8848)
HANOVER STREET – John Barry (Varèse Sarabande VCL 0309 1090)
JAKE SPEED – Mark Snow (BSXCD 8851)
MASTER OF THE WORLD / GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS – Les Baxter (Intrada Signature Edition ISE1029, 2 CDs) – 88:09
NIGHTWING – Henry Mancini (Varèse Sarabande VCL 0309 1091)
ONE LITTLE INDIAN – Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada Special Collection Volume 97) – 51:09
RUSSKIES – James Newton Howard (Varèse Sarabande VCL 0309 1093)
TUDORS: SEASON 2 – Trevor Morris (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 959 2)
TWO FOR THE SEESAW – Andre Previn (Kritzerland KR 20012-5)
DEFENSE DE SAVOIR – Bruno Nicolai (Digitmovies CDDM)
DR. KILDARE (3 CDs) – Jerry Goldsmith, Harry Sukman, Morton Stevens, etc. (FSMCD Vol.12 No.6)
GENOVA A MANO ARMATA – Franco Micalizzi (Digitmovies CDDM)
IL TERRORISTA – Piero Piccioni (GDM Club)
L’ULTIMO TRENO DELLA NOTTE – Ennio Morricone (Cinevox CD MDF 638) – 39:42
INTRIGO IN 9 MOSSE – Ennio Morricone (GDM Club 7060)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – La-La Land, Buysoundtrax, Varèse Sarabande

La-La Land Records – May: THE DUNWICH HORROR (Les Baxter)

Buysountrax – May: DRACULA A.D. 1972 (Mike Vickers), THE MOLE – SEASON FIVE (David Michael Frank)

Varèse Sarabande – PRISON BREAK: SEASONS 3 & 4 (Ramin Djawadi, June 2nd)

SCORING SESSIONS: MICHAEL GIACCHINO (‘STAR TREK’)

Michael Giacchino recorded his score to Star Trek last fall, and with the movie finally coming out next month and scoringsessions.com is able to bring their readers the exclusive coverage of the scoring sessions.

Click HERE to visit the original coverage at scoringsessions.com.

DAVID NEWMAN TO RECEIVE RICHARD KIRK AWARD AT BMI FILM & TELEVISION AWARDS

Mike Post to Receive Classic Contribution Award at Ceremony Slated for May 20 in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2009 – Prolific composer David Newman will receive the Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement at BMI’s annual Film & Television Awards on Wednesday, May 20 in Los Angeles. Staged at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the black-tie, invitation-only dinner will also honor the composers of the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated prime-time network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs. BMI’s President & CEO Del Bryant, and BMI’s Vice President, Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer Ross, will host the event.

Named in honor of former BMI Vice President and film & television department founder Richard Kirk, the Richard Kirk Award is bestowed on composers who have made significant contributions to the realm of film and television. As the 2009 honoree, David Newman joins an elite list of peers that includes his brother Thomas Newman, Christopher Young, George S. Clinton, Harry Gregson-Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Kamen, Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Mike Post, Lalo Schifrin, John Barry and John Williams.

Academy Award-nominated composer David Newman has helped create and elevate American pop culture for more than 20 years. Both an accomplished violinist and conductor of leading orchestras around the world including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he is most admired for his ingenious and prolific work as a composer. After composing the original score for Danny DeVito’s Throw Mama from the Train in 1987, Newman and DeVito began a rewarding cinematic partnership. Their lauded collaborations include The War of the Roses, Hoffa, Matilda and Death to Smoochy – films which utilized Newman’s uniquely deft understanding of razor-sharp dark humor. His noted style also led to work on quirky hit films such as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Nutty Professor, and its sequel. Newman has scored more than 100 films, including The Brave Little Toaster, Critters, Serenity, Bowfinger, Tommy Boy, Brokedown Palace, Galaxy Quest, Ice Age, Anastasia – for which he received an Academy Award nomination – and, most recently, Frank Miller’s The Spirit, based on the classic comic book series. The recipient of 12 BMI Film Music Awards, Newman served as music director for the Sundance Institute for three years. In 2007, he was elected president of the Film Music Society. He currently serves as president of the board of directors of the American Youth Symphony, a pre-professional Los Angeles orchestra that has trained many of today’s studio musicians. Newman has also worked tirelessly to promote the performance of film music in the concert hall. He comes from a family of three generations of film music scoring – including his father, Alfred Newman; cousin, Randy Newman; and brother, Thomas Newman, among others.

BMI will also present the Classic Contribution Award to past Richard Kirk Award recipient Mike Post in recognition of his dedicated involvement with the BMI Foundation’s Pete Carpenter Fellowship. The composer behind classic themes for television series including NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and Law and Order, Post has volunteered his time and invaluable expertise for the past 20 years, mentoring each fellowship recipient in his Los Angeles studios. The annual, four- to five-week long fellowship is bestowed on an aspiring film and television composer in memory of Post’s late partner and friend Pete Carpenter, the composer of pioneering television themes including The A-Team, Magnum P.I., The Rockford Files, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hunter and Riptide. Successful alumni of the prestigious fellowship include Christopher Tyng, Chris Beck, and Brian Langsbard. For more information on the BMI Foundation, please visit http://www.bmifoundation.com.

The ceremony will also salute BMI’s Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award-winning composers from the past year.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – FSM, MovieScore Media

Film Score Monthly – April: TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (Jerry Goldsmith), INSIDE DAISY CLOVER, (Andre Previn)

MovieScore Media – THE ESCAPIST (Benjamin Wallfisch, May 5th), THE POKER CLUB (Evan Evans, May 12th)

ROBERT ANTHONY NAVARRO: FAST & FURIOUS

Los Angeles, CA – Film & videogame composer Robert Anthony Navarro is not so quietly creating a name for himself as a new voice in both film and videogames. In an era where games and films were beginning to get dominated by orchestral scores, Navarro is embracing his rock roots and bringing his original rock compositions to the worlds of both film and videogames; blending with the classical as well as standing alone. His original guitar-infused music can be heard in the number one action film, Fast and Furious. The track he did for the film is called ‘Clown Posse’, and plays during the scene where Dwight is arrested in his apartment. While Robert is known for guitar infused rock music, the track is actually a Hip-Hop.

He has collaborated his original rock compositions to complement orchestral scores in the videogames: Naruto: The Broken Bond & Rise Of A Ninja, Driver 76’, Surf’s Up, and American Chopper: Full Throttle. As a songwriter, Robert Anthony Navarro recently collaborated on pop songs with legendary Academy Award winning lyricist Hal David (88 years old); the tracks, originally licensed for commercial use are now publicly available on iTunes and amazon.com.

Robert Anthony Navarro was born in New York. The son of a Latin entertainer and a Playboy Bunny, and the God Son of Latin percussion legend Tito Puente. His eclectic musical influence is the reason that his original compositions span rock and pop to heavy metal. Navarro studied guitar with various teachers including Kirk Hellie (guitarist for Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols), Bruce Bouillet of Racer-X, to classical guitar with Ron Borczon and Eric Jones. Eventually Navarro attended Cal State Northridge (CSUN) for Music Theory. His studies also included Rock at Musicians Institute to classical studies at Pierce and Occidental College. Balancing a full schedule of classes and private instruction, Navarro began teaching guitar, and eventually took over the students of his former instructor Kirk Hellie. Simultaneously, he played bass and fronted for the OXY Jazz band which evolved into the Pop/Punk/Alternative group known as Trip. Trip released their highly acclaimed CD ‘Naked’ and toured nationally.

In 2001, Robert accepted the position of Music Director for Associated Production Music (APM Music) – a production music library co-owned by EMI and UMG. Eventually Navarro began singing on various CD projects, as well as producing, recording and composing CDs of his own including a co-production with film composer Jeff Rona, various projects with Jeffrey Cain and Leslie Van Trease of Remy Zero, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton of Queensrÿche. He was named executive producer of the APM Custom Music division. Working directly with A-list clients, Navarro and his team’s credits include ESPN’s Monday Night Football Theme (2007) and The Kansas City Royals Theme. To date, Robert has produced 16 library CDs and over 1500 individual tracks for APM related productions. Navarro left APM in 2007 to pursue composing, songwriting and producing.

Robert lives and works in Los Angeles, California, where he splits his time between music supervision, composition for film, TV and video games, producing artists, and reinventing himself.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – Varèse Sarabande

Varèse Sarabande – NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN (Alan Silvestri, May 9th)

STEVEN BRAMSON SCORES ‘DON MCKAY’

(Hollywood, CA) Award-winning composer STEVEN BRAMSON scores the indie-thriller DON MCKAY, directed by Jake Goldberger. The film stars Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue. Bramson created a diverse score that sets the musical tone of the suspenseful love story. The score ranges from restrained, featuring a blend of acoustic and synthetic instruments often used in unconventional ways that highlight the mystery, to pulsating which accentuate the surprises that unfold. DON MCKAY premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival Friday, April 24 at 6:00pm at the BMCC Tribeca PACC. Other screenings: April 26 at 12:30pm at the AMC Village VII 3 and April 29 at 10:00pm at the AMC Village VII 2. DON MCKAY is the story of a high school janitor who leaves his hometown after a tragedy and returns 25 years later to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who is dying of cancer. This homecoming brings the janitor, Don McKay (Thomas Haden Church) more than he bargains.

Steve Bramson’s scoring accomplishments encompass orchestral and electronic work for film, television, concert as well as amusement rides. He scored weekly with a live orchestra over 200 episodes for the dramatic series JAG which ran for ten seasons. That relationship led to episodes of NCIS. Other projects include the critically acclaimed series YOUNG INDIANA JONES, THE NINE and JOURNEYMAN. He is well-versed outside of the realm of drama which is evident by his scores to the animated children’s film SCOOBY DOO ON ZOMBIE ISLAND and Disney’s TIGER CRUISE. Bramson’s diverse credits include, IN ENEMY HANDS and the musical SHIMMY. His classical training led to a commission by legendary trumpeter Jon Lewis to write a trumpet concerto for orchestra. Bramson also created the music for the ride Space Mountain at EuroDisney in Paris which he recorded with a 55-piece orchestra.

Steve Bramson accomplishments have been recognized with an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Music Direction and Composition” for TINY TOON ADVENTURES, two Emmy nominations for his work on JAG and multiple ASCAP awards.