Sunday, 5 January 2020

New Year, New Decade

It’s been a busy three months with quite a few exciting things going on. 
In September I finished scoring two episodes of the cyber crime series Hunter:Hacker for director Hugo Berkeley. 


October began with a great gig with my funk-fusion band at Ramsgate Music Hall.


The band features Sahil Batra, Jaleesa Germerts, Elliot Peek and we were joined by the fantastic Tom Walsh and Paul Booth - hopefully the first of many!                                                                                                                             
Then I started work co-scoring a feature length documentary 'Citizen Bio' about bio-hacking with Paul Oakenfold with us sending ideas back and forth across the pond from Kent to LA. 
I also began work on a powerful short film called White Gold written and directed by Luke Bradford 

These two projects kept me pretty busy until I flew out to Los Angeles in early November to work with Paul on the musical themes we had started, and also to meet with director Trish Dolman. While there I enjoyed some Californian sunshine. Here’s Paul and me taking a walk in Griffith Park up to the Observatory. Happy days! 

After returning from LA I had a couple of days at home in Kent where we celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends before I flew to Tallinn in Estonia to take part in the Music Meets Film part of the Black Nights Film Festival. It was my first time in Estonia and a truly wonderful experience. I shared a platform with forensic musicologist Peter Oxendale, composer, Tom Player, and composers Richard Harvey and Mikel Zimler.
Each of us gave lectures and masterclasses on our specialist areas of music composition in film and the music business. 
Our host was the very gracious Michael Pärt who in addition to organising the MMF events took us to visit the new Arvo Pärt Centre dedicated to the life and musical works of his father, the great composer, Arvo Pärt. We had the pleasure of giving a day of lectures and were taken on a tour of this beautiful space and research centre. 
Estonia has a thriving film industry with fantastic recording studios, performance venues, musicians and choirs all available for hire. I’m very much looking forward to recording there in the future.

Things slowed down for holiday season, although the creative gears never stop turning! I wish you all the very best for a great year in 2020!

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