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Nicolas invited to the Mayfield School as guest artist, will compose original music

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Composition, Recent News | 0 comments

Nicolas invited to the Mayfield School  as guest artist, will compose original music

Excited to announce that I will be starting a four week guest artist residency at the Mayfield School in Pasadena thanks to Christin Hablewitz, a wonderful and talented musician and instructor.    I will be discussing the role of music in film, the scoring process and much more. Plus, I will be writing original music for Christin Hablewitz’s instrumental class that will perform this music live to an original film the media department is working. This is collaboration at its best! Being asked to compose music for such a...

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ASCAP Foundation Awards in New York

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in About Nicolas, Photo Gallery | 0 comments

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...

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Nicolas receives ASCAP Foundation | Michelle and Dean Kay Award

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Recent News | 0 comments

Nicolas receives ASCAP Foundation | Michelle and Dean Kay Award

Today, I received word that the ASCAP Foundation selected me for the Michelle and Dean Kay Award. The congratulatory letter states:           ASCAP and coupled with an incredible, supportive staff like Richard Bellis, Michael Todd, Jennifer Harmon, Yvette Martinez, and Patrick Clancy provided growth and nurturing through the Film Scoring Workshop. To be selected among the pool of incredibly talented composer colleagues I had the privilege of getting to know and become friends with through the ASCAP Film Scoring...

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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...

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ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Recent News | 0 comments

ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis

In late May, I received the wonderful news that I was accepted into the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis.  It’s a workshop where 12 composers are selected among 300 applicants from around the globe to spend a month working with Mr. Bellis, meeting with A-List composers such as Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, John Powell, James Newton Howard, and others. Film music executives, film music agents, film music editors, musicians, and other key figures in the film music industry also donate their time to educate the participants...

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THE BETTER SISTER SCORE COMPLETED

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Composition, Film Scoring | 0 comments

THE BETTER SISTER SCORE COMPLETED

The Better Sister is a hilarious new comedy directed and starring Miranda Russo and Tonya Corneliesse.  Miranda plays Stella, the sister who does everything right in life, follows all the rules, yet doesn’t get very far.  On the other hand, Tonya plays Blanche, a dropout with no direction, yet she is The Better Sister! I had a wonderful time working on the score to this hilarious short film. The instrumentation varies from solo violin, to percussive hits, to epic orchestra to symbolize an all out battle between two sisters! Check...

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2016 Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Film Scoring, Recent News | 0 comments

2016 Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival

Oh, what a lovely weekend! On Saturday, April 30th, the Helix Collective performed my score to Miranda, a short film by Laura Taylor, at the 2016 Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival.   The Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival features live music to picture. Winning filmmakers will have an original score composed for their short by a winning film composer. The film and score will be screened with the score performed live by the Helix Collective Film Scoring Ensemble. The screening will also include an interview with the filmmakers and...

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

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in About Nicolas, Recent News | 0 comments

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...

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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...

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‘Gray’ score completed, Messiah hits the film fests!

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Film Scoring, Recent News | 0 comments

‘Gray’ score completed, Messiah hits the film fests!

September has so far been filled with horror…scores!  The score to Gray, an indie horror feature film, was finished at the beginning of the month just in time to submit to ScreamFest in L.A. Director Michael Santana and I collaborated on a score that fused orchestral elements with newly created synth sounds that were inspired by the lead slasher. Gray tells the story of a group of strangers who embark upon a tour of the macabre, and visit vital locations of an infamous murdering spree. Once the tour progresses, history begins to repeat...

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