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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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My thoughts on James Horner

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Recent News | 0 comments

My thoughts on James Horner

Confirmed:  James Horner, Dead, in a Plane Crash. Shocking.  I couldn’t believe it. I needed a few days to gather my thoughts on the sudden death of James Horner.  He couldn’t be gone.  Slowly, speculation turned into a reality once his assistant confirmed his passing.  The entire film music community was in utter shock.  How could a man of such passion, of such beautiful music be taken from us so soon?  I feel for his family and closest friends – he was a man that left us a legacy like no other and created the...

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Speaking at ASCAP’s “Talk Score to Me” panel

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Recent News | 0 comments

Speaking at ASCAP’s “Talk Score to Me” panel

Nicolas had the distinct honor of being part of the TALK SCORE TO ME discussion panel at the Los Angeles Film Festival, moderated by ASCAP’s Jennifer Harmon.  This was also the public screening for all Project Involve/Film Independent films.  Nicolas scored the short film, Debris (Escombros) for director, Mary-Lyn Chambers. Inspired by the child humanitarian crisis of 2014, the film follows 12-year-old Ana, escaping violence and exploitation by her father, arriving at a US border detention center with nothing but the clothes on her...

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Score to DEBRIS

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Film Scoring, Recent News | 0 comments

Score to DEBRIS

I’m super excited to announce that I’m currently working alongside Mary-Lyn Chambers on her dramatic short, DEBRIS.  Mary-Lyn and I met through Film Independent/Project Involve and ASCAP.  Both organizations connect filmmakers with composers and composers with filmmakers. DEBRIS follows 12-year-old Ana, escaping violence and exploitation by her father, arriving at a US border detention center with nothing but the clothes on her back, her mute and fragile brother and a treasured family music box – She thought the worst was...

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Score to ‘MESSIAH’

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Film Scoring, Recent News | 0 comments

Score to ‘MESSIAH’

Hey Everyone! Super excited to announce that I’m writing an original score to the horror/thriller, Messiah. Summary: “Messiah” tells the story of Courtney, who comes home on a seemingly normal day. Upon returning she has a mysterious visitor pandeling a religious organization. Courtney’s day turns on end when she involuntarily finds herself in the middle of a dark and sinister secret. This film definitely reminds me of my childhood.  I literally grew up watching so many horror films.  The local video store (yep, VHS...

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Jingle for Trusty, the dog is complete!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Articles, Recent News | 0 comments

Jingle for Trusty, the dog is complete!

Excited to announce that the webspot for Trusty the Dog is complete.  Nicolas wrote a custom-jingle for this pet adoption video in association with Positively Woof and PetOrphans of Southern California.  The goal is to get these beautiful pooches adopted right away. Please check out the video (and listen to the jingle) below, leave comments, and spread the word to help these dogs find their forever homes!  WOOF! Listen to the custom-made jingle...

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Score to “Stacy’s Best Day Ever” and “The Gray Sofa” Completed

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

Score to “Stacy’s Best Day Ever” and “The Gray Sofa” Completed

This past weekend, I scored two films – a silly, hilarious comedy, and a psychological-thriller by two brilliant filmmakers, Sam Shaib and Mercedes San Roman. In Stacy’s Best Day Ever, I had a chance to dust off my kazoos and play them, my violin, and a few other quirky instruments on this score – and had a great time making it work. It’s all about creating something fresh and unique and make sure it works to picture. The writing, acting, and directing was perfectly in place, and it’s one of Sam’s best films...

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Score to “A Few Things About Cancer” completed

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Recent News | 0 comments

Score to “A Few Things About Cancer” completed

This past week, I had the honor of working on the score for a documentary short that showcases the journey of Caleb Mock, a 25-year old struck with a diagnosis of stage 4 Burkitt’s lymphoma. It was important to pick the right instrumentation, textures, and themes to help tell Caleb’s story from a musical point of view.  With the creative freedom that director James Kicklighter allowed me along with the support of my good friend, conductor/composer and overall talent extraordinaire, Bruce Kiesling, I was able to explore various...

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Youth Excellence on Stage (YES) performs Nicolas’ La Cumparsita string quartet arrangement

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Recent News | 0 comments

Youth Excellence on Stage (YES) performs Nicolas’ La Cumparsita string quartet arrangement

The Youth Excellence on Stage Academy had a concert this past week and one of their selections G.M Rodriguez’s La Cumparsita.  The arrangement dives deep into the tango genre by using “chicharras” (a cricket-like sound played by bowing behind the bridge) and the use of “latigos” (quick slides from high to low notes). Thanks to American Voices coordinator, Marc Thayer, students are being exposed to various types of music and the organization is bringing music to all parts of the world. For more information on...

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