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Six Named for 2011 Sundance Composers Lab

Indiewire By Brian Brooks | Indiewire July 12, 2011 at 5:10AM

Six composers have been selected to take part in the 2011 Feature Film Composers Lab, July 13 - 27 at the Sundance Resort, Sundance Institute said. These composers will join the four fellows previously announced for the 2011 Composers + Documentary Lab (July 6 - 12).
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Six composers have been selected to take part in the 2011 Feature Film Composers Lab, July 13 - 27 at the Sundance Resort, Sundance Institute said. These composers will join the four fellows previously announced for the 2011 Composers + Documentary Lab (July 6 - 12).

During the Labs, fellows take part workshops and creative exercises under the guidance of established film composers and film music professionals. Fellows also collaborate with filmmakers to explore the process of writing music for film and to create accompanying scores for scenes. The program aims to "give the composers first-hand experience working on film music, as well as to give the directors insight into the process."

"Across many Sundance Institute programs, we work to identify emerging artists with a unique vision and to provide them with rare opportunities to explore and develop their voice in new ways," commented Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute in a statement. "Our Film Music Program, now in its 12th year, has deepened the range of artistic development services we provide and established itself as both a leader and resource for experimenting with music in film."

The composers selected for the 2011 Sundance Institute Feature Film Composers Lab (with descriptions and credits provided by Sundance Institute):

Fabian Almazan
Fabian was born in Havana, Cuba in 1984 and fled with his parents as a political exile in 1993. He studied piano with Conchita Betancourt and went on to join the exclusive Grammy Band High School Combo. He studied in New York with Kenny Barron and began composing chamber and orchestral pieces. His compositions have won him numerous prizes, including ASCAP and Cintas Foundation awards. He was one of five composers selected for the ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop. For the last four years he has been pianist for Terence Blanchard’s quintet and recorded and toured extensively throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. He recorded his first CD as leader, Personalities, which is schedule to debut this summer.

Kristen Baum
Kristin is an LA-based film composer. Classically trained as a pianist with a master of music in theory and composition she has studied and worked closely with film composer Christopher Young. She wrote additional music for The Book of Eli and orchestrated for Priest and When in Rome. Her scores for independent films include: Kicked Out, Echo, Never Again, The Things You Lose in the Ocean, and Porcelain.

Michael Cudahy
Michael was leader of the group Combustible Edison, whose music was featured as opening for Bryan Ferry’s tour, three CDs, and placement in Sex and the City and Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The band also composed and performed the original score for Quentin Tarantino’s Four Rooms. He is known for providing a distinct and idiosyncratic, retro-tinged sound that has a solid grounding in both traditional orchestral and modern technology. He also has the dubious distinction of having set the record for the largest amount of winnings ($52,440) ever racked up by a non-winner on Jeopardy.

Philip Klein
Philip Klein is a Los Angeles based composer, conductor and orchestrator working primarily in film, video games and television. Klein has scored several feature films as well as over 30 short films, including Hangar No. 5, which won the ATAS Foundation Emmy Award for Best Music Composition in 2009 and was nominated for Best Music in a Short Film at the Úbeda Film Music Festival, Spain. Recent orchestration credits include: The Tale of Despereaux, the Oscar-nominated score for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 9, videogames Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and Gears of War 3. Klein also actively works as a concert composer and conductor throughout the world.

Luke Rothschild
Luke received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he nurtured a multidisciplinary approach to integrating various sonic and sculptural mediums. He composes and performs with the group String Theory, which he co-founded in 2002; the group creates giant harp installations with sculptural resonators. His music was featured in Fly Away (directed by Janet Grillo), Dispatch (directed by Steven Sprung), Jean Michel Basquiat: Radiant Child (documentary by Tamara Davis), Cat Dancers (for HBO), and While Tom Waits (short film by Scott Matthews).

Jacob Shea
Jacob graduated from UCSB with a degree in Composition and has gone on to work at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions. He assisted Elliot Goldenthal on Public Enemies and composed additional music for Transformers 3, Despicable Me, and the video games Prince of Persia and Gears of War 3. He composed music for student films MEI (Berlin Silver Bear) and Pitstop (Student Academy Award).

Creative Advisors for the Feature Film Composers Lab are: Composers Christopher Young, George S. Clinton, Harry Gregson-Williams, Edward Shearmur and Alan Silvestri; Other film music professionals Robert Messinger (agent, First Artists Management), Tracy McKnight (Head of Music, Lionsgate), Adam Smalley (music editor) and Doreen Ringer Ross (VP for film and TV music at BMI).