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ASCAP Foundation Awards in New York

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ASCAP Foundation Awards in New York

I was in NYC this past week to receive the ASCAP Foundation’s Michelle and Dean Kay Award for an outstanding composer from the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis this past summer. I was thrilled to be selected among so many talented composers. Dean Kay is such a warm, and generous person. When we met during the reception, he told me the story of when he wrote “That’s Life” and Frank Sinatra propelled to amazing heights, opening so many doors for Dean. The evening was a star-studded event. Stephen Schwartz (composer for WICKED, PIPPIN, GODSPELL), Maria Schneider, and Morten Lauridsen were all there including many talented and emerging singers, songwriters, and composers. A truly memorable evening for all!  

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Completed the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis

»Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in About Nicolas, Composition, Film Scoring | 0 comments

Completed the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis

Friday, August 5th, marked the last day of the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis. I felt incredibly happy to have experienced this workshop and very thankful for all the new friends I’ve made through the workshop as well. During the month, I had an incredible time learning even more about the film scoring business. We met heads of music, music editors, JoAnn Kane Music Service (the same people who prepare the scores and parts for John Williams, John Powell, and others), we honed our conducting, we wrote a cue for an assigned scene from an A-List film, and finally recorded that music with a 64-piece orchestra at the Newman Scoring Stage at Fox Studios. I’m still reeling from the fact that we were allowed to record with such a large group...

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Debris (Escombros) to screen at FESTIVAL DE CANNES!!

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Debris (Escombros) to screen at FESTIVAL DE CANNES!!

I am super excited to announce that the short film I scored for Mary-Lyn Chambers, our gifted director, will screen at the Festival de Cannes for the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. Listen to excerpts of the score here. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: Debris (Escombros) Website Debris Facebook page SYNOPSIS Caught in the gears of the 2014 US immigration crisis, when over 52,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the border, twelve-year old Ana arrives at an immigration detention center with nothing but the clothes on her back, her mute, younger brother, and a treasured music box. She soon finds that seeking safety will cost more than she bargained for. INSPIRATION After learning about the 52,000 unaccompanied children from Mexico and Central America...

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March Madness!

»Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in About Nicolas, Film Scoring, Recent News | 0 comments

March Madness!

It’s been a wonderful start to the new year so far (I know I’m a bit late, but better late than never!).   I’ve been keeping very busy writing film scores, concert music, and much more. Check out the updates below:       I had the pleasure writing an original score for a re-cut of the feature film, Desires of the Heart by the talented James Kicklighter.  Here’s a summary:  Dr. Kris Sharma (Val Lauren) is a psychiatrist from India practicing in Savannah, Georgia when he meets Madeline (Alicia Minshew), a local artist with a mysterious past. While their relationship begins to blossom in America, Kris is summoned home by his brother (Gulshan Grover) to marry the woman (Priya Ahuja) chosen by his parents. But as he begins to...

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Ode In Blood Score Receives a Nomination for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards!

»Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in About Nicolas, Film Scoring, Recent News | 2 comments

Ode In Blood Score Receives a Nomination for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards!

Just yesterday, I received news that my score for Ode in Blood, specifically the track entitled “Honor”, was nominated for a Hollywood Music In Media Award by a panel of industry professionals in the short film/documentary category.  Without the support and direction of my wonderful director, Rea Rangaka, and producer Maura Blake Kelly, this score would not be possible. Many thanks also need to go to the musicians who brought my music to life:  Jennifer Walton on solo violin, Max Mueller on solo cello, MB Gordy for helping me lay down some wonderful African and Japanese percussion tracks at his studio, and Chris Bleth who played the shakuhachi (and various other wind instruments) with such skill and grace that only his mastery of that instrument...

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Score to “For Family’s Sake” Completed

»Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in About Nicolas, Film Scoring, Photo Gallery, Recent News | 0 comments

Score to “For Family’s Sake” Completed

Thanks to the opportunity from award-winning director, Sam Shaib, the score to “For Family’s Sake” is now complete and this makes our fourth collaboration.  We have developed a wonderful shorthand for achieving magical results when it comes to scoring his films. The subject matter in “For Family’s Sake” deals with controversial issue of honor in the traditional Muslim household especially when a young girl is suspected of dating someone other than a Muslim.  This film sheds light as to what occurs in such instances.  Unfortunately, tragedy, more often than not, tends to be the outcome for these poor, innocent girls who have been raised within Western society. The score at its core is very simple, and uses organic elements...

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