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misc 2016 conducting / composing / back log - January 9, 2017

Conducting Takemitsu's Three Film Scores, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings and Fellow Sundance Fellow Arturo Rodriquez' music in October at SOB's Conducting Workshop (String Orchestra of Brooklyn) was so inspiring.

The BMI Conducting workshop was amazing!  Loved my 2 weeks in LA.  (see pics "See C") http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7487945/composers-bmi-annual-conducting-workshop

Queens College Conducting workshop 2016 was a thrill, my third time.  Some of this summer's standouts included Britten's Simple Symphony, Corelli's Christmas Concerto, Beethoven's 4th, Brahm's Variations on Hadyn, Schubert's Unfinished, Stravinsky's Firebird, and new works by Brubaker, Saylor & Amram.  

Sunday March 27th, PK Harris Played eve of Eve, plus a debut of Ferrum's Coda, concert version. See Calendar for info. (see what's next)

The Backlog of 11+ albums of Film Music are coming along and will be released soon. Short Film Music Volume 3,4&5 (featuring scores from shorts, like THINK INK, from 2011 to 2016), A New High OST, Missing People EP, All In Time OST, Karl Manhair Postal Inspector EP, Skye of the Damned OST (music from all 6 episodes), Dark Passenger Volume One OST, F(l)ag Football Doc OST, Day in the Park with the Dog EP, WereWolfTones EP as well as Ferrum (Music for Violin, Melodica and Bass) EP. 

BIG NEWS (since Jan 2015 or so - July 14, 2016

BIG NEWS:

CN is proud and honored to be part of the Sundance Family, as a Composer / Fellow in the 2015 Sundance Institute & Skywalker Sound's Music and Sound Design Lab for Documentary Film at Skywalker Ranch. CN went to Park City UT in January, where he had Slamdance and Sundance Alumni Credentials, for the first time.

Another big honor -  CN was a featured guest at the Nacogdoches Film Festival. For the first time (and in the oldest town in his home state), the composer was present for screenings of four of his films / scores (Two Texas premieres and two Slamdance Award winning films) following by a Q'n'A, on Thursday February 25th, at the Cole Arts Center.  Wally Chung's Spirit of Slamdance Award Winning "Think Ink", Chandler Kaufman's "Karl Manhair Postal Inspector", Sam Miron & Stephen Scott Scarpula's "A New High" and, last but not least, Nicole Teeny's Slamdance Best Documentary "Bible Quiz". Yee Haw!!! CN led a film scoring master class for music composition majors / music students at SFA and was a panelist in several panels. 

Finally, we have an updated player (hit play above, and the little "S" will shuffle) includes recent scores to award winning films! 

2015 had many weekends with multiple festival screenings all over the world including festival favorites Think Ink, All in Time, Karl Manhair Postal Inspector, Missing People and A New High. (Many of these are multiple award winning, with the latter two premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival.)  Two feature docs screened to sold out audiences at DOC NYC - A New High, which opened  Twin Cities FF, was short listed in the NYTimes  AND Missing People, listed as a must see in The Village Voice and received a Doc Nyc special mention. (Indiewire says "there's no elevator speech for Missing People.") (DOC NYC was CN's 4rth "two films in the same festival" in 2015.)  Karl Manhair screened at LA's Chinese Theater in two Festivals . All In Time and Break In screened on July at LIFE (Long Island Film Expo.) Feature Doc Missing People and comedy short Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector screened at BendFilm Festival. Missing People made it's East Coast premiere winning Best at Hamptons IFF, while in New Jersey All In Time won Best Feature at the NJFF.  In the same weekend, CN conducted Barber's Adagio, Shostakovich Sinfonia For Strings (from Str. Quartet #8) and Bach at St. Ann's Church In Brooklyn Heights with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn's Conducting Workshop.  

Bible Quiz (Slamdance Best Doc 2013) and L'Absinthe scores and films on itunes, for a total of 14 albums. CN is 2 for 2 award winning in Park City, withThink Ink winning the 2015 Spirit of Slamdance award.

Moderating The American Side with David Shire at IFC - May 3, 2016

Wow, what a thrilling honor! See Jenna Ricker and Greg Stuhr's amazing The American Side at IFC Center this week, where wednesday May 4th at 745pm, I'll be moderating "Study of the Score" with Wonder of the World Maestro (and Master of Scoring Noir) David Shire. This film rocked one of my favorite festivals, Woodstock FF.

I've played bass in his musicals going way back (Baby, Starting Here Staring Now, Closer Than Ever), loved & studied scores to The Conversation, Taking of Pelham 123 and Zodiac, among others AND was mentored by him in the 2008 BMI Composing for the Screen workshop. (And oh yeah, I know I've danced the night away to his tracks on Sat Night Fever.)

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Two Trains Runnin' - April 7, 2016

 

I'm thrilled beyond belief to be heading to Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for the world premiere of Two Trains Runnin'. Directed by the one & only Samuel D. Pollard, written/produced by the very insightful author (& new father) Benjamin Hedin, and edited / co-produced by wonder of the world Dava Whisenant.  I’m so honored to have composed & performed the original score for this amazing documentary focused on events in Mississippi in June of 1964, where blues fans' search for Skip James & Son House intertwines with Freedom Summer. Narrated & EP'd by Common, it features performances by Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams, Chris Thomas King and Gary Clark Jr. (as well as featuring original music by the latter.) The Friday night Center Frame screening at Carolina theater is SOLD OUT and on saturday we’re off to Asbury Park Music In Film Festival for a 1pm screening, followed by a performance by chris thomas king. 
Gonna be a wild ride.

 

 

Nacogdoches Film Festival!!! - February 25, 2016

 CN is a featured guest at the Nacogdoches Film Festival. For the first time (and in the oldest town in his home state), the composer will be present for screenings of four of his films / scores (two Texas premieres and two Slamdance Award winning films) following by a Q'n'A, on Thursday February 25th, at the Cole Arts Center.   Wally Chung's Spirit of Slamdance Award Winning "Think Ink", Chandler Kaufman's "Karl Manhair Postal Inspector", Sam Miron & Stephen Scott Scarpula's "A New High" and, last but not least, Nicole Teeny's Slamdance Best Documentary "Bible Quiz". Yee Haw!!!

DOC NYC at IFC - November 18, 2015

So thrilled to have two feature docs that screened to sold out audiences in DOC NYC :  A New High, which opened  Twin Cities FF, was short listed in the NYTimes  and Missing People, which won best at Hamptons IFF, listed as a must see in The Village Voice and got a DOC NYC special mention

Milano / Best Director / Duomo Blues - November 8, 2015

All In Time, nominated for 4 awards (including best score) wins for Best Director.  

Check out CN playing harp! https://www.facebook.com/allintimefilm/videos/1053098111388348/

All In TIme Best at Houston and 4th double this year (DOC NYC - October 22, 2015

I'll be listing all festivals and awards for all my films soon.  I'm so proud of All In Time winning Best Feature at NIFF Houston. 

For the 4th time this year, I'll have two films in the same festival, with A New High (which just opened the Twin Cities FF) and Missing People (fresh off winning Best at Hamptons IFF) coming up at DOC NYC, November 12-19, screening at IFC and Bow Tie Cinemas.  (These two premiered at LAFF in June.)

Multiples (again inc. Two Bests) and SOB Conducting Workshop - October 12, 2015

Another Multiple Screening Weekend including Two BEST's!!!.

Feature Doc Missing People and comedy short Karl Manhair, Postal Inspector screened last weekend at BendFilm Festival. (My 3rd "two films in the same festival" this year.) Missing People made it's East Coast premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival, winning Best Doc, while in New Jersey All In Time won Best Feature at the NJFF.  The latter also screened last week in SF and last weekend at Lake Charles Film Festival.

I was sorry to miss all these screenings but so happy to be conducting Barber's Adagio, Shostakovich Sinfonia For Strings (from Str. Quartet #8) and Bach at St. Ann's Church In Brooklyn Heights with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn's Conducting Workshop.

Be on the lookout for: More All In Time coming, including in my home state (NIFF in Houston & Bastrop FF) as well as L.A. and Milan, Think Ink to Philly and A New High to Twin Cities.

2015 Sundance Composers Lab at Skywalker Sound - August 10, 2015

What an amazing experience!  More to follow (including pics)

Queens College Conducting Workshop - July 5, 2015

Great Rep including Brahms' 3rd, Mozart's 35th and Dvorak's New World.

Multiples (inc two docs at LAff - June 21, 2015

2014 was a magnum opus year, with scores for 4 features, several shorts, numerous episodes for 2 original series, 2 dance pieces and music/sound/song for a play. Think Ink, an animated short with music/sound design/voice by  Mr. North, won the Spirit of Slamdance award, making the composer 2 for 2 award winning in Park City. 2015 has seen many weekends with multiple festival screenings all over the world including festival favorites Think Ink, All in Time, Karl Manhair Postal Inspector, Missing People and A New High. (The latter two premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.)

 

spirit of slamdance award - January 30, 2015

think ink, directed by wally chung, story by emily hu, with score by cn, was awarded the spririt of slamdance award. woot wally!

2014 - December 31, 2014

feeling blessed, it's been a year for the record books … 4+ features, 2 web series, 3 shorts, music for a play, 2 dances pieces and released 2 soundtracks (backlogged from 2013.)

BEST DOC at Slamdance - February 5, 2013

1.18.13 Slamdance - January 18, 2013

Less than a month ago, CN commenced scoring Bible Quiz, a feature documentary by Nicole Teeny. The film opens the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City Utah.  CN's 35+ minutes score features Marimba, Harpsichord, Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Whistling and various glass sounds. 

WEREWOLF TONES - March 4, 2011

EP out soon

This score features CN on Guitarviol. Lots of Bernard Hermann and Penderecki inspired tracks.

(Short) Film Music Volume Two is Out (on Itunes + Cdbaby) - February 1, 2011

(Short) Film Music Volume Two is Christopher North's 12th album and his 6th film score release. Having completed the scores for several short films (Abidjan, Case Closed, Bemvindo, S&M, Mary's Journal, Pink) in 2009-2010 with strong responses around the globe, CN will launch shortfilmmusic.com soon to promote volumes 1 & 2 and bring together both "short music for film" (that is, short in duration, tracks for film) AND "music composed for short films." Is it possible for an 0:12 second long track to blow your mind? Listen to this album late at night with the shuffle engaged and see for yourself. Or then again, listen to Mary's Journal: Episode 1 "Connected" (Entire Score) / track number 19 - the odd man out coming in at 8:34 - and create a movie in your mind. This album features lots of CN's guitar playing (including afro-beat, americana, brazilian, classical, hard rock, ebow / sound effects and even slide + textures on cigar box guitar, as well as bamboo violin) and Bernard Hermann-esque symphonic writing. Most of this music was composed, recorded and produced very quickly for micro-budget films. The 8:34 minute long score for Mary's Journal was completed in less than three days.

(short) film music volume two - January 25, 2011

off to cdbaby/itunes. updates soon!

3+ albums, been a while. Let's kick it up to '11. - January 6, 2011

2010, big release year: Eavesdrop in September, De La Sur Sans La Voce in November and both Giant Place Detail & Lucky Days in the last week of 2010. There's also (Short) FIlm Music Volume Two out real soon. Others on my screen and in the oven.

Black Friday - November 25, 2010

All of my 9 albums at a BIg Big "thank you fans, friends & family" discount at Cd Baby!
$5 Download, $6 CDs. Spread the Love!

Brooklyn Tornado - September 24, 2010

The Eavesdrop score is out! Itunes and CdBaby (physical and download.) Check out EavesdropScore.com. BIg promo push and mailings soon. I'll post radio (yes radio) stations request lines thereafter.

CN just completed Brazilian score for Alexandra Roxo's Bemvindo, final tweaks on trailer music for Cybil Lake's Gun Virgins and working on mastering to three upcoming releases: Lucky Days score, (short) film music volume 2, and De la Sur - san la voce (y B sides.) Also, Making plans / Gearing up for jazz albums (titles + more info soon.)

On the gear front, Installation of Altiverb, Hollywood Strings and Vienna Symphonic Orchestra SE has gone smoothly - More Orchestral music / versions of theme and larger ensemble mock ups coming soon. Faderport and Octapad really helping with flow and ideas. My guitarviol, a bowed guitar, is in the queque and will be in my possession this year.

Abidjan continues to screen everywhere.

LUCKY DAYS - August 4, 2010

Lots of news - Lucky Days official NYC premiere in Brooklyn at Indiescreen. Opens August 6th and runs to the 12th. DVD / Netflix out August 11th. Score out soon. Free Ringtones for a limited time. LA Premiere announcement soon.

ON FIRE - June 17, 2010

Lot's of recent tracks just added to player. Whistling tunes, heavy riffs guitars, relaxing ambience, symphonic Hermann-essence ... check it out. All composed, performed and recorded this year by CN.

3.3.10 - March 3, 2010

'10 kicking! Just finished short film score to Abidjan by Alexander Etseyatse. Shot in NYC and Ivory Coast, the score feature urban and African influences. In last two months, CN finished 45 minutes of music for feature doc Giant Place Detail as well as music / sound design for 2 plays and a song for All the Happy Creatures web site. (links to follow.) Played a bunch of shows at HAIR. Lucky Days distribution deal official, summer art house theatrical release. March 4 is premiere of trailer for Le Chat Noir short film "S&M", for which CN composed the main theme ("barb wire" on playlist.) "CUT", another LCN short with CN score, premiered in the festival circuit at the Super 8 Film Festival (honorable mention.) Currently in talks / pre-production plans with several shorts, features, gigs. Eavesdrop DVD available any day (score release to follow.)
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