Ellington Jazz Study with Special Guest Brent Fischer @ Vitello's
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ellington Jazz Study with Special Guest Brent Fischer @ Vitello's | Los Angeles | California | United States

On May 6th we’ll continue our exploration of harmonic rhythm, focusing on how jazz players and composers use chord movement. This topic comprises much more than cool chord substitution and complicated altered harmony. Harmonic rhythm defines phrases, form, and pacing, and your heightened awareness of the flow of harmony will direct and focus the emotional content of your writing. We will refer to examples from Ellington/Strayhorn and Bob Brookmeyer.

Then after a break, I’ll introduce our special guest Brent Fischer. Brent is the son of the late, great composer and pianist Clare Fischer, who was one of our most prolific and innovative jazz composers and performers. Brent is a fantastic composer and multi-instrumentalist in his own right. He collaborated frequently with his dad, but also has developed his own unique musical voice as a composer and performer. Brent will present some Clare’s harmonic and orchestration concepts, and how he’s carrying on his dad’s legacy. This is deep stuff people, so bring your analog or digital notation aids and put on your thinking caps. We will have some handouts, and I will project all scores and examples, and they will be available online for your laptops or tablets. Please see for more details, and we’ll see you there.

Meet a Composer Night with NYFA
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meet a Composer Night with NYFA

We’ve teamed up with the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) to host Meet a Composer Night! Composers will get the chance to meet burgeoning filmmakers during this “speed networking” event. Space is limited! First come first serve. Please send your name and contact info to to RSVP!

LA Live Score Film Festival @ Barnsdall Gallery Theater
May 12 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
LA Live Score Film Festival @ Barnsdall Gallery Theater | Los Angeles | California | United States

The Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival features short films with original scores performed live-to-picture. The 2017 festival is presented in collaboration with Helix Collective, the Academy of Scoring Arts, and the New York Film Academy. The best short films will be selected by nomination of our festival partners and our independent judging panel.

Selected film composers will be paired with a winning filmmaker to create an original score for the festival. The film will be screened with the score performed live by the renowned performance and recording ensemble, Helix Collective. The screening will include an interview with the filmmakers and composers and a Meet-and-Greet. Awards for Best Picture and Best Musical Score will be presented at the close of the festival.

The awardees are given free studio time to have the music recorded, edited, and set to picture for release! Now in it’s fourth year, LALSFF’s goal is to highlight the role of collaboration between composers and filmmakers. Acting like a talent agent, the festival brings experts in the two disciplines together. At the screenings, filmmakers and composers hear and see the work of new colleagues, meet new collaborators, and establish working relationships with each other. Additionally, Helix Collective proves that it is possible to get talented experienced film musicians to play and record for independent films on an accommodating budget.

More info here!

LA Ravel with Special Guest Sharon Farber @ Vitello's
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
LA Ravel with Special Guest Sharon Farber @ Vitello's  | Los Angeles | California | United States

We’re continuing our study of Holst’s The Planets with the second movement: Venus, the Bringer of Peace. Last week we had a fantastic session on the first movement: Mars. A big thank you to everyone who joined us and contributed to the study! Venus offers a contrasting mood, with warm, delicate colors and poignant motifs. We’ll delve into the rhythmic and motivic patterns that give this movement its emotional impact.

Our special guest this session will be four-time Emmy nominee Sharon Farber! We’ll start off with a invaluable career Q&A with Sharon followed by our orchestration study. See you there!

For the optimal experience, bring your hard copy, or download the score ahead of time and bring it loaded on your pad or laptop so that we can follow along and analyze the writing.

About Sharon Farber

Four-time Emmy Award Nominated (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) for her work on the long-running daytime drama series “The Young and the Restless”, Winner of the 2013 Society of Composers and Lyricists Award for her “Outstanding work in the Art of Film Music” and the 2012 Visionary Award In Music by The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase, Composer Sharon Farber has received critical acclaim as a Film and Television composer. She brings to her music influences from her Middle Eastern heritage as well as her extensive knowledge of numerous musical genres.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College Of Music, Sharon has been working with networks and cable broadcasters like NBC, CBS, Showtime and the WB as well as scoring feature films. She worked with famed composer Shirley Walker on the WB TV series “Batman and Superman” and won the Telly Award for best score for California 2000. Her orchestral score for the film “When Nietzsche Wept” (Millennium Films) was commercially released. Sharon scored the powerful documentary “Honor Diaries” which won many awards, as well as the features “The Dove Flyer” and the psychological thriller “Children of the Fall”.

Upcoming features include a slate of films for Aegis film group- “Mata Hari- Her True Story”, Jemiyah Jones and The Kingdom of Nir” and “Jemiyah Jones and The Vampire Ghost Ship”. Sharon is also attached to score “The Dark Return of Time”, starring Eric Roberts, and the “Pendragon” TV series.

In the concert world, Sharon has many national and international premiers and performances to her credit. To name a few: The Third Mother/ Mothers’ Lament, world premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, ASHKINA, for mixed choir, chamber ensemble and ethnic instruments, Translucent Rocks – Fantasy for Orchestra, Chorale works, song cycles, and many more.  Commissions include the Laguna Beach Music Festival, Pacific Serenade Ensemble, Orange County Women’s Chorale, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, The Jewish Symphony Orchestra, The International String Quartet of Yucatan and iPalpiti Artists International. Her latest acclaimed work, commissioned by The Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra, Bestemming – Concerto for Cello, Orchestra and Narrator is being scheduled for performances internationally. 

Sharon was recently featured at the “Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live” concert in Los Angeles, where she conducted a montage of her recent work entitled “Flight of Redemption”. According to the International Film Music Critics Association, “Israeli-born composer Sharon Farber wowed the crowd with a suite of music from three of her scores – Children of the Fall, When Nietzsche Wept, and The Dove Flyer – the latter of which featured spectacular performances by soloists Navid Kandelousi and Sirvan Manhoubi.” Film Music Critics Magazine, August 22nd, 2016