2016 Composers of #mustseebc
Showcasing our province's musicians and composers who stand out in the BC film industry. Listen to their music and make sure to check out their social networks for more of their work.
Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)
Composer, conductor, and sound designer, Taymaz Saba is inspired by the sounds of the nature and also classical composers Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bach, and film composers such as Nino Rota, Henry Mancini, Bernard Hermann and Ennio Morricone. Taymaz was born in Tehran and raised in an artistic family. He studied composition, conducting, and classical singing in France, England and Canada.
Travel to locations such as India to explore sound and music allowed him to experience Eastern musical pronunciation and texture first hand. He also has studied and worked in African and Brazilian music traditions. While composing for film and television, he has written many choral pieces for church choirs and independent ensembles. Meanwhile he has also continued working in sound design and foley.
Justin R. Durban
Keepers of the Magic
Justin R. Durban is a cinematic composer for Film and artist. He was born on December 7th, 1977 in Memphis Tennessee and was raised in the small town of Madisonville, Kentucky. He majored in Graphic Design and Art studio with a Theatre minor at the University of Kentucky. Justin moved to Los Angeles California in July, 2005 to further pursue his career in the music and film production.
Justin's strong desire to work on anything involving film led him make his own movies. To find the right soundtrack to his little films, he learned to play the keyboard, found some music software, and begin to write and score his own music for his own movie projects. Hundreds of tracks later, he gained recognition by giving away his music to anyone that found a place for it within their films. This was accomplished through the online entity called, "Edgen" ( edge - n). This working partnership and "Pay it Forward" thinking with filmmakers lead to a growing body of work that has spanned the globe and grown tremendously over the years.
Harlow MacFarlane is known for his work on Supernatural (2005), Andromeda (2000) and I, Robot (2004).
Edo Van Breemen
Edo Van Breemen is a composer and producer. He was born in 1980 to Dutch parents in Miami, Florida. His score work has debuted at TIFF, Cannes, Fantastic Fest, Sitges, SXSW, and more. Alongside classical training he was tutored in improvisational theory from a young age and began to produce electronic music in the 90s as a teenager. He is addicted to finding and making new sounds and uses as much technology as possible to do so. He works with some extremely talented and accomplished musicians, including: Rafiq Bhatia, Nadia Sirota, John Walsh, Alexander Overington, Samuel Davidson, Brennan Saul, and many others.
Edo plays in and releases music with a number of bands/projects: Brasstronaut, Resorts, Unalaska, and anonymously under various monickers. He also used to co-run Unfamiliar Records with Greg Ipp. Their artist roster once upon a time included Japandroids, No Gold, The Clips, and Makeout Videotape (now Mac DeMarco). Edo also was a founder of the "Peanut Gallery", an underground music venue that existed in Vancouver, BC between 2007-2010. He currently lives in Brooklyn, and Vancouver, at exactly the same time.
Marrying The Family
Vancouver based Indie-Rock outfit Derrival combines synth-heavy elements of bands like Phoenix and CHVRCHES with guitar driven hooks and melodies reminiscent of Two Door Cinema Club and Young the Giant.
Formed in 2009 by combining high-school bands, the 5-piece quickly developed a bond like brothers. They have since undergone University programs to develop the skillsets of a record label for releasing their own music. The band’s latest 2015 EP “Departure & Arrival”, is a decompression of the group name Derrival. The EP’s first single entitled “Original Script” debuted in 2014 and led the band to winning a highly coveted top prize in the BC PEAK Performance Project. The band is currently in studio recording their first full-length album with Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Van Damsel).
The name Derrival is a merging of the words ‘departure’ and ‘arrival’. This is appropriate as the band is characterized by not staying still. They are a moving and evolving act, but the constant is the music and energy they bring with them. That stays long after.
Royal (Formerly known as Jodi Pederson)
Marrying the Family
Combining dynamic and emotional vocals, with rich and moody production, ROYAL is emerging into the Canadian music scene by storm.
Formerly known as Jodi Pederson, ROYAL hails from Vernon, BC. She recorded her first album Seasons at the age of 17 with world-renowned composer Jack Lenz, which received national television, film and radio placement. Her song, “Christmas with You” was an AC top-40 single. However, she has traded her folk-pop sound for a darker, moodier affair. A sound inspired by Lana Del Rey and Adele, this new direction earned her a spot as a top-12 finalist in the Peak Performance Project. ROYAL continues to ride this momentum with her latest single “Wild,” which is scheduled to be released fall 2016.
Jodi’s new sound is a composition of her fiercely dynamic, emotional vocal, ethereal synths, thundering percussion, and poetically perceptual lyrics. Producing, writing, performing, managing and developing herself, Jodi Pederson has built and strengthened her relationship with music to a whole new level of passion. After years of careful precision, and development, she is getting ready to release her new music.
Marrying the Family
Hailing from Victoria BC comes the folk/rock music of Fallbrigade. The band was created and founded by brother – sister duo Caleb Scott and Esther Jungclaus in the fall of 2012. Raised in Canada, South America and Scotland the siblings formed their music out of their adventurous and eclectic upbringing. In 2013 the talented two made top 20 in Music BC’s, “Peak Performance Project”. They went on to release their first EP, “Greater North” in the fall of 2013.
Feeling incomplete the band began to change and grow. Fallbrigade was joined by multi instrumentalists Robin Jones and Matthew Jungclaus. With the added members came the addition of rich stringed instruments including the cello, violin and mandolin. Their music took on a new twist of raw sound with deep lyrical weight and soaring heartfelt vocals. With strong writing and emotional themes to help connect with listeners, and their ability to offer both up-tempo melodies and warm, moving ballads, Fallbrigade is on a fast track to music’s elite playing field.
Currently the band is working on their first full length album, stated to be released in 2016.
In the sound for picture world, Mark Dolmont is known as a supervising sound editor, designer, re-recording mixer, Foley artist and production recordist. In the music world, he is active as a producer, composer, recordist, mixer and mastering engineer. He has been serving the film, music, ad, animation and game production communities locally and abroad since 2006.
Mark spends a lot of time studying sound related processes, their measurable psychological and physiological effects, and how to replicate these effects in his work. Creating emotional experiences for the subjects of his work is paramount to his intentions as an artist.
KONELĪNE: our land beautiful
Hildegard Westerkamp was born in Osnabrück, Germany in 1946 and emigrated to Canada in 1968. After completing her music studies in the early seventies Westerkamp joined the World Soundscape Project under the direction of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver.
The founding of Vancouver Co-operative Radio during the same time provided an invaluable opportunity to record, experiment with and broadcast the soundscape.
One could say that her career as a composer, educator, and radio artist emerged from these two pivotal experiences and focused it on environmental sound and acoustic ecology. In addition, composers such as John Cage and Pauline Oliveros have had a significant influence on her work.
She received a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia in 1972 and a Masters in Arts from Simon Fraser University in 1988.She taught acoustic communication at Simon Fraser University from 1982 - 1991.
Genevieve Vincent is a Canadian-born composer who takes a tasteful, emotive, and intimate approach to scoring. Vincent thrives when helping to tell the tough stories and has scored several documentaries about the human condition including Mixed Match, a film that partnered with City of Hope to tell the story of bone marrow donors and recipients. Her quirky, eclectic, sparse, Japanese-hybrid score for One Big Hapa Family was nominated for a Leo, as was her work for the short film “Yellow Sticky Notes” – which has racked up nearly 2 million views on YouTube.
Vincent was a sought-after music producer and supervisor for advertising at multiple music houses (Butter Music, Human, Y&R, Search Party Music, Walker) and performed VO and singing for commercials. Vincent has also been commissioned by Republic records to produce cinematic covers for trailers under the moniker OBX. She is currently finishing work on a French song cycle intended for a string quartet and soprano.
Kina's sophomore album – Elements – written entirely by Kina and produced by Matt Hales (Aqualung), marks an undeniable maturity in songwriting and artistry and documents a period of growth and change in Kina's personal life, complete with an honesty and a vulnerability that she's excited to share with her fans. The music is dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful. Elements was released May 6, 2014 via Kina Grannis Records.
A charming folksinger, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (playing the guitar, bass, harmonica, ukulele, and even kazoo from time to time), Priscilla Ahn was raised in rural Bernville, Pennsylvania. She started playing guitar at the age of 14 and performed in choirs and musical productions throughout high school. Following graduation, the burgeoning songwriter began playing open mikes in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey while keeping her home in Bernville. Driving upwards of 80 miles for every show proved tiresome, however, and Ahn soon moved to L.A., where she became friends with fellow musician Joshua Radin after sharing a bill with him at the Hotel Café. Radin soon signed with Columbia Records and enlisted Ahn to tour with her, although she took time off to record a self-titled EP with producers Joey Waronker and Gus Seyffert.
Spirit of the West
Nearing the three-and-a-half decade mark, Spirit of the West continues to rock audiences with their original and potent blend of Folk, Celtic, Rock, Pop and Punk. The band that began in 1983 as an innocent trio of acoustic guitar, flutes and bouzouki is now a musical and performance powerhouse that features 6 musicians and dozens of instrument changes in a night’s worth of timeless and beloved songs.
With 13 albums to their credit, five of them gold and three platinum, a history of extensive touring throughout the western world, and the authorship of a drinking song (”Home For a Rest”), so well known and loved that it is often called ‘Canada’s unofficial national anthem’, Spirit of the West’s legacy has grown to legendary status.
In recognition of Spirit’s long career they have been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Western Canadian Music Association, have received the National Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, and were, in 2014, presented with a star in Vancouver’s ‘Starwalk’, located on Theatre Row on Granville Street.
Schaun Tozer is a Composer and Producer, perhaps best known for his music scores for film and television. These include the Academy Award shortlisted film “Facing Ali”(2009), the Emmy Award winning film “Mighty Jerome”(2010), “Hard Core Logo”(1996), and “Intelligence” (2005-2007). He has won ‘Best Music’ Leo Awards for “The Romeo Section”(2016), “No Clue”(2013), “Blood Relative”(2012), “I Am Bruce Lee”(2012), “Mighty Jerome” (2010), “Fathers & Sons”(2010), “Terminal City”(2005), and “My Father’s Angel”(1999). He has received ‘Best Music’ Leo nominations for “The Good Son: The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini”(2013), “Becoming Redwood”(2012), and for “Hamlet”(2011).
In 1994, he won the Dolby Sound Award for “Off Key”(1995). He is the first recipient of the 2015 Christopher Dedrick Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks.
Other composition/recording/performance projects include composer Steve Reich, The London Contemporary Dance Theatre Company (with MJ), The London Youth Dance Theatre Company, Second Stride Dance Company (with MJ), media and sound artist Martin Riches, film maker Stephen Dwoskin, pianist and composer Mark Lockett, sound engineer Jon Wilkinson, composer Andrew Poppy, and Philip Bagenal at Eastcote Recording Studios.
Schaun studied music at the Guildhall School of Music, the University of Sussex (B.A. Honours in Music and M.A. in Music), and the University of California (San Diego) on a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.