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

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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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FALL IS FINALLY HERE!

»Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in About Nicolas, Articles, Film Scoring, Photo Gallery, Recent News | 0 comments

FALL IS FINALLY HERE!

Happy Fall Dear Friends! Just wanted to share some great late September news after a very hot summer! Ode In Blood received its Los Angeles premiere at the Directors Guild of America.  The venue is state-of-the-art, so the film looked incredible on the big screen, and the music sounded amazing.  Big thanks to my friends and colleagues who helped me out on the score:  Les Brockmann, scoring engineer;  Brian Cho, assistant/orchestrator/additional music; Peter Rotter, music contractor for getting me MB Gordy, an incredible percussionist who played taiko, hand percussion, shakers, and other cool African and Japanese percussion, and Chris Bleth, who played  shakuhachi and a myriad of other ethnic flutes for our score.  Also, the wonderful Jennifer Walton who...

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CANT wins for Best GLBT Short at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase

»Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in About Nicolas, Photo Gallery, Recent News | 0 comments

CANT wins for Best GLBT Short at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase

The Independent Filmmakers Showcase has selected CANT as winner for Best GLBT Short at the IFS Awards on Thursday, March 28 at Music Hall in Beverly Hills.  Many notable stars in attendance accepting awards for their work in independent films were Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Wreck It Ralph) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Vo. 1& 2).  Nicolas, composer for CANT, attended the awards ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of director Sam Shaib who was on set in NYC.

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