Michael Chaves makes music in the studio and on the road with artists such as John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan, and Iggy Pop. Chaves is currently on tour in North America playing guitar with the band Five For Fighting.
Since the late 80's DJ T-Rock has been spinning vinyl throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, sharing the stage with many legends of Hip Hop and other popular musicians. He has released a number of albums, made countless guest appearances on compilations and other artist/record label releases, composed music for numerous television commercials, and acted in music videos, short films, commercials, and indie film productions. T-Rock has teamed with multi-talented producer Squashy Nice to form the super-duo "Rock and Squash" and have released their newest album entitled "Outloud".
Trained as a guitarist, George became a major label recording artist
signed to MCA Records with the band World Entertainment War in the early
90's and later toured the world as the guitarist in the popular gothic
industrial band Switchblade Symphony (Cleopatra Records). He then formed
the multi genre solo act Candymachine, which became the foundation for the
composer role he holds today. George scores a hybrid of modern, neo
classical, orchestral, industrial, post-rock, electronic, and acoustic
music for a variety of films, t.v shows, advertising campaigns, animated
features, stage productions, and web content, as well as custom cues
for major film trailers. George lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 2
other females (a cat and a dog).
Born and raised in the heart of American music, New Orleans, the prolific composer and musician, Enoch (also known as Tony P.) began producing music at the tender age of 17. While New Orleans intertwines European, Latin American, and African-American cultural music, Enoch seamlessly blends R&B, Hip Hop and Rap. Enoch was the in-house producer with Tony Mercedes. Mercedes was in the A&R Department of Babyface's label, Laface records-and was responsible for TLC's No Scrubs, Tootsie Roll & 69 boys. Enoch has recorded with Pastor Troy, New Orleans' notable Lil Wayne, BG, Turk and JC on Badboy Records. He has composed music for the film, "National Security" starring Martin Lawrence.
Christopher Fudurich cut his studio teeth as an engineer at a local punk rock recording studio in Orange County. He became assistant engineer/programming for David Baerwald. He's worked with Susanna Hoff, Sophie B. Hawkins, Jim Scott, Kevin Killen, David Botrill and Matthew Sweet. Christopher returned to his 'punk roots' and began producing albums for Drive-Thru Records, working with RX Bandits, Finch Allister and Simple Minds.
Born in Japan, Aiko Fukushima studied classical composition at Tokyo Gakugei University before receiving a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. She studied film composition with Sheldon Mirowitz, Jay Chattaway and Mike Post. Recently, she has lent her ethereal, cinematic style to compositions for documentaries and musicals. She won the Pete Carpenter Fellowship for aspiring composers under 35 and was took part in the exclusive 2004 Sundance Composers Lab.
Curt Harpel studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Manhattan School of Music. He trained with the Santa Fe Opera. Curt enjoyed performing with Al Green and Patty Labelle in the Broadway touring production of "Your Arms Too Short To Box With God." Curt's compositions include numerous radio and TV commercials for Coca-Cola, Panasonic, American Airlines, and Sunkist. He wrote music for "All My Children" and the Showtime network, composed PSAs for radio, worked with Warner Home Video, written music cues for film trailers including "Leaving Las Vegas," "Blown Away," "Getting Even With Dad," and "Wild Bill." His most recent projects include New Image Cinema's feature film, "Quicksand," (currently in post-production), the music for the Sundance Film Winner, "Drylongso," the Warner Bros. short film and CD, "Quest For Camelot," and Lumbardi Entertainment's short film, "The Boss." His most recent television credits are music cues for the series, "Clueless" and VH-1's, "Fashionation."
Wes Jackert began studying music as a child. From psychedelic to symphonic -- Jackert has a wide range as a musician, having performed professionally in orchestras, chamber and jazz ensembles and rock bands. His deepest love is composition that blends rock, pop, orchestral and acoustic music. He is currently recording and producing an indie rock album with his band, The Fourth Annual.
Originally from the Phillippines, JBRYE has been producing music since the age of 13. JBRYE's recent music placements include MTV's "Real World," "25 Most Stylish," and several other series on MTV Networks. Previously known as THEORY, JBRYE worked under Triad Music Group with artists including LaToya Jackson, George Huff (American Idol Finalist), Newsboy, and Grits.
Born in New York, JohnO lived all over: South Africa, Botswana, Maryland, Portugal, Belgium and Washington DC. After years performing in various bands, JohnO established a small studio on Sunset Blvd, connecting with Beck's DJ Swamp. They worked on several remixes together for artists including Beastie Boys, Papa Roach, Bloodhound Gang, Fantastic Plastic Machine and Ali Badar Khan. JohnO also engineered and worked on sessions for Mandy Moore, Xzibit, Save Ferris, and Sense Field.
JohnO continued to produce and engineer. He was hired by nu-metal producer Howard Benson for methodological ProTools editing and engineering. His credits include POD , Cold, Blindside and Crazy Town. He mixed several albums and did remixes for Berlin, Crazy Town, Mindi Abair and Skindred. Collaborating with Shifty Shellshock, JohnO wrote and produced songs for his solo album on Maverick.
JohnO recently began composing commercials, starting with a series of two Budweiser national radio spots. In the last couple of years JohnO has landed a theme and music for What's On (TV Guide Channel), music for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC), Next and Date My Mom (MTV), as well as TV commercials for Kellogg's and Subway. He also mixed two movie scores. Currently JohnO and is working on the upcoming Nitzer Ebb album and continues to compose for TV and commercials.
Luyanda Kunene remembers exactly when he decided to become a composer. It was, while playing with the pedals on the family piano in the living room, when his foot slipped and he accidently discovered the world of sound in the beautiful sonority of all the strings vibrating at once. Or, maybe it was when, as a percussionist in the back of the school orchestra while counting measures before his next entrance, he discovered the sounds of the rest of the ensemble blending together to create music. Or it could have been while he was playing with his friend's Radio Shack 50-in-1 electronic projects kit to create a rudimentary synthesizer.
Born in Los Angeles to South African parents, Lu has always had his feet in two different cultures. Though he grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, the family traveled often to different countries in Africa and Europe, where he discovered the differences and similarities of many musical cultures. Influenced by his brother Sipho, now a successful drummer in New York, Lu's early music studies focused on percussion, which he credits with his early interest in the rhythmic aspects of music, and in turn to the music of composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams.
But it was the jagged rhythms and expressive sonorities of Jerry Goldsmith; the soaring melodies and unabashed emotionalism of John Williams; the directness and urgency of Ennio Morricone that turned Lu's ear towards film music. Here he discovered music that spoke in terms of story and subtext, which led him to studies of film and music at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He later attended UCLA's Film Scoring program, where he had the opportunity to learn from working professionals, including composers Mark Watters, Gerald Fried, and music editor Joe E. Rand.
Lu has since composed music for numerous films and assisted composer Alex Wurman on such films as "13 Conversations About One Thing" HBO's "Normal" and George Clooney's "Confessions of A Dangerous Mind."
Whether writing film scores, such as the documentary "George Marshall and the Twentieth Century" for PBS or "The Caller" for filmmaker Glenn McClanan, or concert works such as "Miracle Mile" or "Dualities 43/2:3", Lu strives not only to capture certain musical types, but to transcend them. His favorite challenge is to reduce a genre of music to its essential elements, and then find ways to apply it to the dramatic task at hand-creating an air of authenticity, but always in a new way which best serves the film.
And he writes music for his friends' weddings.
Abby North is a composer and sound mixer currently working primarily in television. Abby is the founder of the Synchronized Soundworks Production Music Catalog, and has recently composed music for "25 Most Stylish", "Life in the Fab Lane - Kimora Lee Simmons," and various commercials. Abby's experience spans over 15 years as an engineer, lending mixing and music to dozens of television shows, commercials, film scores and video games, including "True Hollywood Story", "Style Star", "Clean House", "Dr. 90210", Redbull, TV Guide and Mercedes Benz. A graduate of UCLA's Film Scoring Certificate Program, Abby is a guitarist and keyboard player who composes in all styles of music.
Gregg Orenstein learned to play guitar at the tender age of 11 and began serious study at 15. Orenstein attended the Berklee College of Music for two years, with the legendary guitar instructor, Ted Greene. While at Berklee, he began composing. Averse to using canned loops, Orenstein works in many styles from ancient classical to modern electronic. He's a master guitarist who has written and recorded music with many great musicians. He has composed music for television, radio and film.
Warren Paine was born into a creative and musical family. He began recording as a kid with his brothers and still tours and records with them in the band, Graffiti Death Threat. He went to CSUDH, majored in Audio Engineering and Music Theory. He has contributed as a musician to countless LA bands, and as a freelance engineer in recording studios. Paine has eclectic musical taste. As a composer he avoids samplers or loops, preferring to include live instruments.
Raman Sachdev is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, and producer. His primary genre is "singer-songwriter", although he branches musically into the pop and rock genres as well, while lyrically he can go from a pensive to a comedic tone. He has placed in and won several international songwriting competitions (e.g. www.unisong.com, www.songoftheyear.com, www.songwriteruniverse.com), and has licensed many of his full vocal and instrumental recordings in film/tv/commericials.
James T. Sale.
James T. Sale was born in Washington D.C. to music-loving parents who introduced him to classical and modern orchestral music.
In 1988 James enrolled in the Film Scoring Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston. At Berklee he studied Composition and Orchestration. Conducting studies were with noted conductor David Callahan, conductor of the Brookline Symphony in Boston and a former student of Leonard Bernstein. After moving to Los Angeles in 1992 he began paying his dues, working as a librarian and copyist for feature films and live shows eventually getting work as an orchestrator and composer.
In addition to writing music for Film and Television James has orchestrated and conducted music for Mark Mothersbaugh (Herbie:Fully Loaded), Bill Brown (CSI:NY), Lee Holdridge (Kindertransport) and for numerous award-winning video games such as God of War I+II and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth.
Chris Saranec received a degree in music recording from the University of Southern California , landed a position with ASCAP in New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to composing, he is an active vocal arranger, serves as a pitchpipe and conductor for such groups as "The Oriocos" and "Afterdark". He also serves as a Music Supervisor for such music-intensive series as "Homocide," "California Dreams," and "Tonight Show."
Thomas Van Oosting.
Based in Southern Illinois, Van Oosting's orchestral compositions have appeared in over thirty short films, features, documentaries, and music videos. He holds a Certificate in Film Scoring from UCLA and a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema from Southern Illinois University. He has experience with both live and synthesized recordings.