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“Shady Oaks Takedown” Now Released!

Shady Oaks Takedown, the film created in 48 hours, is now available to stream and share on Vimeo.

The year old film, was produced for the LA 48 Hour Film Project to write, produce and finish a film in only 48 hours. In addition, several parameters were given: A character named Austin or Ashley Cheevers who is a winemaker, a wallet for a prop, and the line of dialog “We only have a few minutes” must be included. The genres were drawn at random from a hat, the team drew “Martial Arts/Buddy Film” and we could combine them or use one or the other. (Source)

This adorable short film, a frequent Audience Favorite at screenings, was a crazy, fun project I was brought in to create the music for… in only 6 or so hours…!!! Read more about the experience here.

You can also check out my interview with Bella Composers here

While the full soundtrack is currently available on my store and everywhere else you stream music, you can now watch it in context of the entire film!

Enjoy below, and share it around if you like! 🙂

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New Debuts and Videos!

This past Sunday I had the immense pleasure of being a part of two new compositional debuts, as well as generally playing great music with wonderful people and reuniting with old friends. 🙂

First up, here’s the World Premiere of my work, “Madrigal, for Orchestra” by the Santa Clarita Philharmonic!

 

Next, the Diamond Ranch High School strings debuted a wonderful medley of John Lennon tunes that I had such a blast composing for them! <3

 

Finally, I just HAVE to share this little clip from the Santa Clarita Phil’s performance of Haydn’s “Farewell Symphony” (if you don’t know the history behind why Haydn wrote this ending the way he did, you should check it out at the link; Haydn was such a clever guy!)… which closed our program… Super fun group, I’m tellin’ ya! XD

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“Organic Circuitry” Premiere, July 20th

Check out this fine group of quirky musicians! We rehearsed my latest work, Organic Circuitry, together for the first time last night, and it rocks! It’s SO cool with all the effects and nuances!

Don’t miss the debut performance of it on July 20th @ 3pm!

(l to r): Jonathan Sun (violin), Judy Kang (cello), Sarah Wallin Huff (electric 6-string violin), Kay Pech (electric 5-string violin).
(l to r): Jonathan Sun (violin), Judy Kang (cello), Sarah Wallin Huff (electric 6-string violin), Kay Pech (electric 5-string violin).
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So, I randomly stumbled on this description once on what it’s like to peer into an orchestra pit:

“Most orchestra pits are painted black… It can be an intimidating sight…
The musicians are dressed all in black. They look serious and focused. Like an orchestra full of ninja.”

Yesterday afternoon I thought of this while playing violin in a beautiful pit at Maranatha High School for their production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
BAHAHAHA!!

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Introducing… “Of Roses and Lilies”

At last, the epic song for Soprano, Women’s Chorus, Soprano Recorder, English Horn, Piano, and String Orchestra is COMPLETE! And joins the ranks of the four new pieces I’ve completed this year alone, interestingly enough…. :mrgreen:

A little history: This work was actually first written approximately back in 2002 or 2004 or so. It was originally only for soprano, piano, and two-part women’s chorus. But it hadn’t sat well with me, as it just didn’t quite communicate all the powerful potential that it could… So, after “doodling” around with it for a bit in the interim, I finally settled on the instrumental forces listed above, and from then on I ran ahead with full momentum and excitement, seeing it through to its glorious finish!

Enjoy the rough demo recording below, and look forward to future performances and proper recordings of it in the near future! 😉

Read the Lyrics here!

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