SIX MUSICIANS SELECTED FOR THE 2008 SUNDANCE INSTITUTE COMPOSERS LAB
Composers Carter Burwell, George S. Clinton, Osvaldo Golijov, Edward Shearmur, Tyler Bates and Maya Beiser Among Advisors
The Composers Lab Fellows also collaborate with filmmakers from the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program and the Sundance Institute Documentary Program to explore the process of writing music for film and to create accompanying scores for scenes shot during the Feature Film Program’s Directors Lab and those developed during the Documentary Program’s Edit and Storytelling Lab.
The Composers Lab is a major component of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, dedicated to supporting emerging film composers and to enhancing the role of music in independent film. First offered from 1986-1989, the Composers Lab was re-introduced in the summer of 1998 to provide a collaborative and supportive environment in which composers experiment and expand their musical language.
"Whether narrative or documentary, innovative storytelling through film involves a keen eye, an editor's touch, the appropriate voice and also the right sound," said
In addition to their work with filmmakers from the Feature Film and Documentary Film Programs, Composers Lab Fellows will work with Creative Advisors, a distinguished group of film composers, filmmakers, and film industry professionals.
This year's Creative Advisors include film composers Tyler Bates (GRINDHOUSE, 300), Carter Burwell (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, IN
Other Creative Advisors include: music supervisor Tracy McKnight (THE GROOMSMEN, WORDPLAY, FRIENDS WITH MONEY); music editor Adam Smalley (KUNG FU PANDA); film music agent Robert Messinger (First Artists); music executive Doug Frank (Warner Bros. Pictures); Doreen Ringer Ross (Vice-President, Film/TV Relations at BMI); cellist Maya Beiser, and percussionist Steven Schick.
The Fellows for the 2008 Sundance Institute Composers Lab are:
Cartsonis is a multi-instrumentalist who has spent much of his career exploring American roots and world music. His music can be heard on Chump Change (Miramax), Slamdunk!, and feature documentaries THE LAST RIVERMEN and ENDANGERED SPECIES. He has contributed music to ABC's hit series Judging Amy. Matt has performed with Warren Zevon, Jennifer Warnes, Pete Seeger and Van Dyke Parks.
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Lee studied at the Berklee College of Music and has worked and studied with some of the top film composers and orchestrators working today. She wrote additional music for such films as Million Dollar (Bravo) and Blind Ambition and in 2007 she was the winner of the Game Audio Network Guild's composition competition. She cites as her main influences the music of Gustav Holst, Igor Stravinsky and Bill Evans.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Vivek Maddala blends melodic symphonic writing with jazz idioms and modern world music textures. His film scores include They Turned Our Desert Into Fire, Ace of Hearts, and Whispers from Poland. He was commissioned by the internationally renowned dance company BodyVox to compose a new work which will premiere this summer.
Pavkovic began studying classical piano at age five, majored in mathematics at the
The Sundance Institute Composers Lab receives major support from BMI and the Baisely Powell Elebash Fund, which helps support New York-based Lab Fellows and Creative Advisors. Additional support for the 2008 Composers Lab is generously provided by Alesis, Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard Company, H.P. Marketing, JBL Professional, LaCie Limited, Mackie, Mark of the Unicorn, Native Instruments, Sony Business and Professional Products, Sony Media and Sony SXRD.
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