Screen composer Ruth Barrett has created dramatic, shifting soundscapes to numerous films and dramas over the last ten years, racking up credits for the likes of action-thriller film Harry Brown, comedy-drama film Toast, and ITV dramas Whitechapel, Victoria and The Durrells. M Magazine in the UK interview her about her work.
Universal Studios Entertainment Launches Inclusive Film Composer Initiative. The composers will have the opportunity to work with filmmakers, executives and other talent from within Universal Pictures and Focus Features, as well as DreamWorks Animation, Universal 1440 Entertainment and Awesomeness. For submissions: http://www.universaltalentdevelopment.com/composers
The Universal Film Music Composer Initiative &DreamWorks Animation partnership was successfully piloted by Universal and DreamWorks Animation last fall, when composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum wrote and recorded the musical score for DWA’s short Bird Karma, directed by William Salazar. Kroll-Rosenbaum landed a 2015 Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Classical (“Ask Your Mama”) and started composing on video-games. Since then her work has extended to docs and TV series.
Rachel Portman will be the keynote speaker at the BASCA Media Composer Conference on April 20th in London. The conference will have a full day of lectures pertaining to the education and growth of media composers, including video game composition, music supervision and more.
Spotify has created a playlist called 'Women of Soundtracks' featuring music by Wendy & Lisa, Laura Karpman, Rachel Portman, Mica Levi, Heather McIntosh, Germaine Franco, Lolita Ritmanis, Kathryn Bostic, Lesley Barber and so many more. Thank you Spotify for curating such an outstanding list! Please follow the playlist and stream it over and over. The more metrics Spotify receives on this playlist, the more visibility it will receive on their app and platform.
Listen to 24 hours (or more) of music by composers, both emerging and established, who happen to be women via New Sounds
Congrats to all women composers who scored films premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival!
Miriam Cutler Composer Page (Love, Gilda), Laura Karpman & Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum (Every Act of Life and Netizens), Sofia Hultquist (The Gospel According to Andre - co scored with Ian Hultquist), Amelia Warner (Mary Shelley), Ariel Marx (To Dust), Amie Doherty (Blue Night), and Angelica Negron (The Feeling of Being Watched).
Univision ranked 15 Latinas who are changing the world as we know it and chose composer Germaine Franco for bringing Mexican music to the big screen. Congrats Germaine!
To achieve the mosaic of sounds heard in the soundtrack of the movie Coco, composer Germaine Franco traveled to Mexico with members of the Disney Pixar team, where they immersed themselves in music, spending time with more than 50 street musicians.
The composer shares a lifelong passion for music with the mai...n character of the film, Miguel: "When I was a young girl, no one in my family was a musician but I had this major drive to play music. I was a drummer girl and also played piano. I started writing and, following that path of passion led me to some crazy places, but then also sometimes you land an amazing situation that was Coco,” she said recently in an interview.
Originally from Texas and of Mexican origin, Franco grew up on the border and has a long history as a composer and arranger for films like DOPE, Walk With Me, Kung Fu Panda, Toy Story, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Italian Job and Fargo. For this work, she was the first Latina to be invited to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Many thanks to Dae Bogan Music, Joel Goodman, and Michael Eames for providing such valuable information at tonight’s AWFC panel on Monetizing Your Music. Thanks also to American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) for being such wonderful hosts and AWFC Executive Director Catherine Joy for moderating.
Who is attending Game Developers Conference - GDC later this month? Check out the schedule and support the women composers on panels at the conference. Penka Kouneva, Laura Karpman, Winifred Phillips, Daria Novo, Laryssa Chan, and Elvira Bjorkman are all guest speakers!
Mudbound may have not taken home any Oscars last Sunday, but it remains one of the most powerful films of last year. KPCC's The Frame spoke with composer Tamar-kali about her journey on this film and how her music was "the blood beneath the mud".
The Central Florida Composers Forum on Tuesday, March 6, will present “Celebrating Women Who Compose,” designed to highlight past and present contributions by female artists to the craft of composition.
“In our current political climate, women are starting to speak the truth with more confidence than ever before,” says Sharon Omens, whose music will be featured alongside that of fellow CFCF members Bethany Borden and Nicole Gutman, University of Central Florida student Emily Susann Higgins and California-based guest composer Penka Kouneva.
7 female composers changing the face of music in London.
In a wide-ranging conversation recently at the Classical KUSC studios, Brian Lauritzen spoke with composer Laura Karpman about how The Oscar® Concert program with the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall came together, where the film industry has succeeded and failed in the area of diversity and inclusion, and why, despite those failures, there is hope for the future.