The Sundance Institute has announced the six musicians selected for the 2009 Sundance Institute Composers Lab, which runs from July 15 – July 29 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. This year’s Composer’s Lab Fellows are Kim Carroll, Chanda Dancy, Magda Giannikou, Lili Haydn, Christopher Lord, and David Poe. The selected composers “bring an eclectic range of talent to the two-week lab, which focuses on the process of writing music for film with the support and guidance of the industry’s leading film composers and film music professionals,” the Institute noted in a statement.
The Lab Fellows will collaborate with filmmakers from the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, exploring the process of writing music for film by creating accompanying scores for scenes shot during the Feature Film Program’s Directors Lab, held earlier this summer.
The Composers Lab was first offered from 1986-1989, and then re-introduced in the summer of 1998 to “provide a collaborative and supportive environment in which composers experiment and expand their musical language.”
“During their time at the lab, we create a place where the composers can focus on stretching their unique musical voice,” said Peter Golub, Director, Sundance Institute Film Music Program, in a statement “By pairing composers with filmmakers, we initiate dialogue and explore the important role music plays in storytelling. We are thrilled that this year’s fellows bring a diversity of backgrounds and of genres, and their time at the Lab will certainly be a time of exploration and growth.”
The Fellows for the 2009 Sundance Institute Composers Lab are (with bios provided by the Sundance Institute):
Kim Carroll Irish-born, Carroll has distinguished himself by taking an organic approach to film composing, using live instruments and employing discrete textured guitar. His credits include the thriller The Colony (Gold Medal winner at the 2008 Park City Film Music Festival); the dark comedy webseries Hellholes; the 2009 Sundance Film Festival acclaimed film The Horse Boy (co-composed with Lili Haydn); and the documentary Survival of the Wildebeest. As a guitarist, he can be heard on the soundtracks of Gone Baby Gone, The Chronicles of Narnia, Veronica Guerin and others.
Chanda Dancy Dancy, a composer of music for film and video games including Arabian Lords and Code Orange, is a graduate of the University of Southern California Advanced Studies in Scoring for Film and Television. She is the winner of the 2002 BMI Fellowship in Film Scoring and the 2004 Associated Production Music/Young Musicians Foundation Music Business Fellowship. Dancy has had the opportunity to score several films including the critically acclaimed documentary What Are We Waiting For? and the award-winning feature Chandler Hall. Music by Chanda has been heard around the world at festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, L.A. Film Festival, Jackson Hole Film Festival, Sapporo Short Film Festival, and L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Magda Giannikou Born in Athens, Greece, Giannikou studied piano and musical theory at the National Conservancy of Greece and Nakas Jazz School. After working as an in-house arranger/producer for Legend Recordings’ children’s division, Giannikou attended Berklee College of Music, where she received the Georges Delerue Award for Achievement in Film Scoring. In addition to film composing, Giannikou has explored big band music, and she has performed as an accordionist and vocalist, including for her own band, Mellow Bellow.
Lili Haydn Before launching her solo career, singer-songwriter-violinist Lili Haydn established herself by playing with such diverse artists as Porno for Pyros, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Herbie Hancock, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page and the Los Angeles Philharmonic,. She has released four solo albums with major labels; her most recent album, Places Between Places, was featured on NPR. A sometime member of Parliament-Funkadelic, Haydn has been called by George Clinton “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” She also co-composed the score to the critically acclaimed 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The Horse Boy.
Christopher Lord As a graduate of UCLA and Berklee College of Music, Lord is the top-10 winner of the 8th Annual Young Film Composers Competition (Turner Classic Movies) and was chosen to participate in the mentorship program at the Society of Composers and Lyricists. Recent credits include At the Movies (ABC), Million Dollar Listing (Bravo), and the feature Blind Ambition. As an orchestrator, he has worked on numerous studio films, including Transformers 2VG, The Dark Knight, Hairspray, Evan Almighty, and The Mummy 3.
David Poe Originally from the Midwest, Poe was transplanted to Manhattan where he ran the soundboard for the legendary CBGB’s gallery before he signed onto Sony/Epic. A songwriter, producer and composer for film, theater, and dance, Poe has scored the films Chapter, Dare, Harvest and Little Spirit, created premiere musical works for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Pilobolus Dance Theatre, and released four albums and a live performance DVD. He has collaborated with numerous artists, including T-Bone Burnett, Regina Spektor and Duncan Sheik.