Join us on July 15th for the latest installment of our LA Ravel events, featuring acclaimed film and television composer SIDDHARTHA KHOSLA (NBC’s This Is Us, Lionsgate’s The Royals, Marvel’s Runaways). We’ll also continue our deep dive into Holst’s Masterpiece The Planets and take a close look at the fourth movement, Jupiter.
The Planets were written by English composer Gustav Holst between 1914 and 1916, and this work has found great relevancy in the world of modern film music, particularly with large epic action adventure movies. After tackling Mars, Venus, and Mercury, we move on to the big broad orchestral themes of Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Visit excerpts of our past studies here (https://www.youtube.com/academyofscoringarts)
Forged from the creative mind of Khosla and first discovered on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” — arguably the most influential radio station in the country — Goldspot’s ear-pleasing and catchy sound has been described by LA Times Magazine as “A hint of George Harrison at his transcendental best” , by NPR as “An inventive sound and independent vision.” In 2013, his album Aerogramme topped Los Angeles Times Pop Music Editor’s year end best albums list, earning the title of “#1 Album of the Year.” His hit single “Friday” reached #10 in the UK radio charts, with album “Tally of the Yes Men” reaching #11 in the Alternative charts. Goldspot has released three studio albums (Mercury UK/Universal Records, Mt. Hoboken Records, and SONY India) and Khosla’s songs have been featured on numerous TV shows (‘How I Met Your Mother’, ‘The OC’, ‘The Neighbors’), major brand advertising campaigns (Google, Target, Apple), and films (Today’s Special starring The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi).
Join us on August 12 for a very special LA Ravel, as we welcome Thomas Goss from OrchestrationOnline.com. An accomplished composer and orchestrator, Thomas has worked with such talents as Billy Ocean, Melanie C, Sharon Corr, and Nikki Yanofsky, and has written for many large orchestras. He also runs a large orchestrators community atOrchestrationOnline.com on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/
We will then launch the inaugural Ravel Challenge 2017. Any composer who plans to attend this LA Ravel is welcome to take part in this orchestration exercise of taking one of Ravel’s piano pieces (Alborada del Gracioso) and orchestrating it for any ensemble of their choice. For full details on the Ravel Challenge, visit our web site (http://
It proves to be an exciting meeting, so get your tickets now and join us for an enriching deep dive into the music of Ravel and the vast expertise of our guest, Thomas Goss.
$25 online, $30 at the door
Includes lunch and light breakfast!
Thomas Goss is a professional composer and orchestrator with an international roster of clients. He has worked with such talents as Billy Ocean, Melanie C, Sharon Corr, and Nikki Yanofsky. His compositions, orchestrations, and crossover arrangements have been performed by such ensembles as Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony Chamber Ensemble.
Thomas is also a pioneer in the field of orchestral education programs. In his adopted country of New Zealand, every full-time orchestra from Christchurch Symphony to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has performed his educational programming. His piece for narrator and orchestra, “Tane and the Kiwi,” was commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia in 2002, and has been performed many times across New Zealand since then. Thomas has also composed two legends for orchestra based on Maori sources: “Maui’s Fishhook” and “Battle of the Mountains,” both commissioned and premiered by the Vector Wellington Orchestra.
In Thomas’s current role as Education Composer-in-residence for Vector Wellington Orchestra, he has composed and presented a yearly series of orchestra discovery programs for young listeners ages 2 to 6, called “Baby Pops.” Now in its 7th year, this ongoing series has introduced tens of thousands of children in New Zealand’s Lower North Island region to orchestral instruments and music through song, story-telling, and active participation.
Thomas Goss is also a strong supporter of orchestras on the community and youth level. He served for six years as composer in residence for the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, composing numerous concertos and string orchestra works, featuring some of the best players from the ranks as soloists. These works continue to be programmed, such as Thomas’s Double Bass concerto, which was the repertoire of bassist Louis Van Der Mespel’s prize winning showing at the 2012 Wellington Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Thomas has also worked with numerous other non-professional groups, like the American Philharmonic Cotati, who commissioned and premiered his “Phoenix Concerto” with erhu (Chinese violin) virtuoso Xiaofeng Zheng in 2005.
Thomas is also in demand as a writer on music, having contributed interviews, articles, and reviews to such journals as 20th/21st Century Music, San Francisco Classical Voice, and New Zealand Musician Magazine. He is a regular on-air presenter with Radio New Zealand Concert’s many programs such as Appointment, The Critic’s Chair, and Composer of the Week.
The ASA community has been diving deep into Gustav Holst’s epic piece, The Planets, and learning everything it has to offer. But, there’s nothing like seeing this work performed LIVE by some of the world’s best musicians. Join us on August 22nd at 8pm for a night of food and music under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl!
Tickets are $27 and can be purchased via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asa-hollywood-bowl-night-the-planets-with-dudamel-tickets-36213558729
Your discounted ticket will include a reservation in section M1. More details about meeting times, etc. to come!
Space is limited, so be sure to reserve a ticket for you and your party early! Cutoff for ticket sales is Tuesday, July 18th.
Never been to an ASA event before? This is the perfect opportunity to meet fellow musicians, composers, orchestrators and people within the industry. Check out what we’re all about!
ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE
Gustav Holst never imagined how popular and ubiquitous his colorful musical vision of the planets would become, but it will make for ideal listening under the night sky.
Daníel BJARNASON: Violin Concerto (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
HOLST: The Planets
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon, artistic director
Join us on August 25th for our next Ellington Group!
A note from Scott Healy:
On the 25th I’ll open up the topic of meter and time in jazz composition. We’ll talk about how a composer can engage meter, ways to work within a grid of time, or to work expressively against it. We’ll get into techniques like plastic meter, hemiola and cross-rhythms, tuplets and more. I’ve got musical examples cued up from all eras of large ensemble jazz…perhaps time and meter in jazz music is a bit like quantum physics…flexible, dependent upon your point of view…there are a lot of ways we can go with this, let’s see where it takes us!
Then after a short break I’ll bring to the stage the world-renowned composer, orchestrator, educator and conductor Tim Davies. I know Tim as a prolific and inspiring jazz composer and educator, but he also has done tremendous work in the studio and on the stage, including hundreds of credits in TV, film, symphonic music, as well as arranging for pop artists. And BTW, he’s a great drummer. We will have scores and musical examples posted online for viewing in class, as well as full projection and sound system. Check out Tim’s full bio below, and I’ll see you there! Scott
About Tim Davies
Tim Davies is one of the busiest conductors and orchestrators in Hollywood. His film and TV credits include La La Land, Trolls, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Minions, Ant-Man, Empire, CHiPs and Frozen. He is the most prolific orchestrator and conductor in the world of video games having worked on the God of War,Infamous and Batman: Arkham series.
Davies is an active arranger as well. Recent highlights include arranging and playing drums for the twentieth anniversary concert of NAS’ Illmatic and being lead arranger for Kendrick Lamar’s performance of To Pimp a Butterfly, both featuring the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He has arranged for albums by chart-topping artists Amy Winehouse, Akon, Miguel, Cee Lo Green and for orchestras all over the world from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Metropol Orkest in the Netherlands. He plays drums and writes for his own group, the 18-piece Tim Davies Big Band, and has received two Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition, in 2010 and 2016.
Recently Davies has been in demand as a composer, having worked with two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla on the score to the Fox animated film The Book of Life. This was also the beginning of a partnership with producer/director Guillermo del Toro, which led to writing additional music for Crimson Peak and now creating the Annie-nominated score for his new TV show, Trollhunters, produced by Dreamworks Animation for Netflix.
In 2013 he launched his orchestration blog www.debreved.com, which has since become an important resource for composers and orchestrators all over the world. Daviesis on the board of Education Through Music Los Angeles, helping provide music education for underprivileged children.
Tickets and more info coming soon!
American conductor Anthony Parnther has led orchestras throughout the United States, Korea, China, Australia, and across Europe and South America. He is in demand as a conductor for Hollywood scoring sessions for motion pictures, television shows, albums, trailers, commercials, and video game music consumed worldwide. His versatility as a conductor has landed him in collaboration with legendary artists in all genres. He has had the privilege of working closely with a growing list of iconic talent including Joshua Bell, Frederica von Stade, RZA, Wu Tang Clan, the Canadian Brass, Doc Severensen, Maynard Ferguson, Kanye West, Arturo Sandoval, Beyonce, Edgar Meyer, Jon Faddis, Wes Borland, Imagine Dragons, and Rihanna.
In 2010, he was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Southeast Symphony in Los Angeles, California. In addition, he is Music Director of Wind Orchestra of the West and Principal Guest Conductor of the Salem Symphony in Salem, Oregon. At the invitation of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Maestro Parnther has been engaged as Guest Cover Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Assistant Conductor to Maestro Thomas Wilkins for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He is a regular guest conductor with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra and since 2015 has conducted world premieres of works by Elisa Rice, Ashoka Thiagarajan, Chad Cannon, and Michael Barry. He previously served as Music Director of the Orange County Symphony (Anaheim, CA), Temecula Valley Symphony, (Temecula, CA) and the award winning Young Musician’s Choral Orchestra (Berkeley, CA).
In 2013, Anthony conducted his first World Championship concert for Riot Games, developer of the massively popular online game, League of Legends. With over 100,000,000 active players worldwide, League of Legends is the largest online game in existence. Since his initial conducting engagement at a full capacity Staples Center in Los Angeles, he has led concerts for League of Legends at mega-venues such as the Palau St. Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, and the World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. Each of these landmark events have received unprecedented worldwide viewership, outpacing even the NBA and World Series finals with 35,000,000 or more viewers.
Anthony studied orchestral conducting with Victor Yampolsky (Northwestern University) and Leighton Lawrence Smith (Yale University). He also received guidance, training, and mentorship from Cliff Colnot, Frank Battisti, Roxanne Haskill, Thomas Jenrette, and W. Francis MacBeth.
Psychological Narrative and Orchestral Color: The Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann
“Music on the screen can seek out and intensify the inner thoughts of the characters…”
“Each film can create its own variety of musical color.”
The Academy of Scoring Arts with William V. Malpede will present an exploration of the music, unique style, and influence of legendary composer Bernard Herrmann. Born in New York City in 1911, and trained at the Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Herrmann, early in his career, became a proficient and creative composer of scores for radio dramas. This body of work in the 1930s helps lay the foundations of what biographer Steven C. Smith calls “perhaps his greatest achievement in film…his remarkable use of orchestration to reinforce theme and character psychology.”
Following an introduction to Herrmann’s background, work in radio, and overview of his work in scoring for motion pictures, we will journey through a series of specially selected music cues. Along with audio, video, and score examples, we will examine the techniques he employed to create his iconic and influential orchestral colors. We will also discuss his approach to what might be called the “psychological narrative;” or the employment of musical techniques through which his scores become the “connective link” between the characters / story, and the audience. Music to be analyzed will include cues from NORTH BY NORTHWEST, CITIZEN KANE, JANE EYRE, THE GHOST & MRS. MUIR, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, VERTIGO, PSYCHO, and more. We would like to present and discuss some of the perhaps lesser known cues, and cues which really serve both as connective psychological tissue for the film, and also which look forward to the use of orchestral color serving as atmosphere and ‘sound design.’
Composer Penka Kouneva is known as an exceptional talent and “an artist of uncommon passion” (NPR). Her scoring credits include the games Prince of Persia and Transformers, The Mummy VR game, mobile games (Chime Sharp, Cookie Jam 2, Mayhem), VR experiences (Hades) and feature films (Sony Pictures’ Devil’s Whisper). Penka also composed for the American Astronauts on a $30M NASA exhibit Heroes and Legends, permanently housed at the Kennedy Space Center. Her score for its 3D films and AR installations was recorded with large orchestra. Her stand-alone artist CDs have been released on Varese Sarabande (The Woman Astronaut, Rebirth of Id). Penka is a winner of the Sundance Composer Fellowship, Game Audio Network Guild’s 2015 Recognition Award and other honors. She is passionate about innovation, storytelling, and mentoring.
About Rebirth of Id on Varese Sarabande
Rebirth of Id is a full-length orchestral album. It contains four tone poems (Penka defines them as “EPs”), each telling its own story in a different genre. The structure of this exciting new work breaks the mold of her previous full-length concept albums. The first EP (futuristic Sci-Fi dystopia) tells the story of a young woman leader in a land suffering from severe drought. We shift to a traditional orchestral style for the second EP, music appropriate for a period piece or war drama. The third section of the album is music for a supernatural romantic thriller; four compositions all based on the same theme tell a story of time-travel by way of a Virtual Reality device. The fourth and final EP features diverse musical styles unified by Penka’s command of the hybrid orchestral approach to cinematic fantasy. All the EPs contained in Rebirth of Id address Penka’s central quest for artistic growth by musically illustrating the concepts of life, death, love, duty, perseverance and destiny.
Join us as we close out our 2017 season with this holiday edition of our LA Ravel! Featuring special guest Carl Rydlund (Disney, Remote Control, Sony, Dreamworks), we’ll be journeying through the whimsical melodies of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet and perennial holiday favorite, The Nutcracker Suite. We’ll look at the history of the piece and dissect the score and learn as much from Tchaikovsky’s techniques as we can!
About Carl Rydlund
After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the University of Colorado, Carl moved to Los Angeles to study at the legendary Grove School of Music. Upon completing a two-year program in arranging and film composition, Carl started performing for record, TV, and film dates on guitar. The next ten years also included work as an arranger and as a copyist at Joann Kane Music and Disney. The last eight years he has been focusing on film and live orchestral work as an arranger/orchestrator, conductor, and guitarist. His wide and varied experience has made him one of the most sought after studio musicians in Los Angeles.
The return of Ron Jones!
Ron Jones, Composer and founder of the ASA returns for an exciting Inforum with insights and lessons to share that will make a vital difference for working composers and those dedicated to creating the best music possible. This will be a couple hours of talking about things that matter, several attempts at humor and hopefully a few key take-aways that you can actually use.