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  • Fil Eisler - Proud Mary

    Oct 20, 2017

    Fil Eisler is scoring Screen Gems’ upcoming action feature Proud Mary starring Taraji P. Henson.

    Fil Eisler - Proud Mary

    Oct 20, 2017

    Fil Eisler has begun the score to Screen Gems’ upcoming action feature Proud Mary.

    The film, directed by Babak Najafi, stars Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover, and Neal McDonough in the story of a hitwoman whose life is completely turned around when she crosses paths with young boy during a job gone awry.

    This marks Fil’s second project starring Henson – he is currently scoring Fox’s hit music drama Empire.

    Proud Mary is scheduled to hit theaters January 12. Check out the official trailer below:

  • RIP Daniel Licht - 1957-2017

    Aug 3, 2017

    RIP Daniel Licht - 1957-2017

    Aug 3, 2017

    We are heartbroken to report the untimely passing of Daniel Licht, our good friend and a client of EMP since its inception. The cause of death was a rare form of sarcoma, and his passing came just weeks after it was discovered.

    Dan was probably best known for his hauntingly ironic music for the Showtime series Dexter, in which found instruments such as knives, duct tape, saws, scissors and human bones accompanied the more conventional chamber orchestra employed for the episodes.

    Dan got his start in music playing jazz guitar in New York City. We had been regaled with stories about gigs with Miles Davis and Don Cherry. He traveled the world as a studio and live player, experimenting with all manner of plucked and strummed stringed instruments. The experience served him well when a call from renowned composer Christopher Young brought him into the world of film music.

    Dan worked with Chris on a number of films and soon became known in his own right, following in his mentor’s footsteps in the horror genre with films like Hellraiser: Bloodline, Stephen King’s Thinner, and a number of the Amityville films. But his irreverent style also caught the attention of auteur indie directors like Alex Cox and Gregg Araki for whom he scored the films The Winner and Splendor. Among the hundreds of hours of television Dan scored were the series Deception, Body of Proof, The Red Road, and Guilt. He was also a huge presence in the world of games, winning awards for his score to Dishonored, Dishonored 2, Silent Hill: Book Of Memories and Downpour.

    Dan got married a little later in life, and we’ve never seen him happier than these recent years spent in his sprawling Topanga home with wife Hilary and young son Kian. We grieve with them today, as well as with his mother Eve, brothers Ed and Alan, and sister Deborah. He was also an active in a number of composer groups and was much admired by his fellow composers, some of whom have already reached out to us to share a story and a tear. He was a fantastic guy and an amazing and completely original composing talent. We’re going to miss him.

    Here’s a link to his live concert at the Krakow Film Music Festival a couple of years ago featuring Dan conducting and performing music from Dexter:

  • OSCARS 2017

    Jan 25, 2017

    Congratulations to the 2017 Oscar Nominees!

    OSCARS 2017

    Jan 25, 2017
    Congratulations to our clients who scored Oscar nominated films!

    Nocturnal Animals scored by Abel Korzeniowski is nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Shannon). Manchester By The Sea scored by Lesley Barber is up for six nominations including Best Picture. 20th Century Women scored by Roger Neill is nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

    And a very special kudos to Christine Russell’s brother, renowned sound mixer Greg Russell, on his 17th Oscar nomination for 13 Hours!

    The Oscars will be held on February 26. For more information, please visit their official website.

  • Roger Neill - 20th Century Women

    Dec 19, 2016

    20th Century Women, scored by Roger Neill, hits theaters December 25!

    Roger Neill - 20th Century Women

    Dec 19, 2016

    20th Century Women, scored by Roger Neill, hits theaters December 25!

    The film, written and directed by Mike Mills, stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, and Alia Shawkat in the story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s. The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Wired have published glowing reviews, alluding to Oscar nominations.

    In a recent interview with Deadline, Roger talks about his ethereal synth-driven score and his reconnection with instruments he played as a child:

    “…the first time I ever played that particular synthesizer, I was 15—I was the same age as our main character, Jamie. For this movie, I had that very same specific Prophet-5 shipped to me. It was now living in Indiana, so the same instrument that I played on at 15 is actually the one I’ve used for the score.”

    To read the entire feature, click here.

    Roger previously worked with Mike on Beginners. His other recent projects include Mike Birbiglia’s critically-acclaimed Don’t Think Twice and Amazon’s hit show Mozart in the Jungle.

  • Lesley Barber - Manchester by the Sea

    Nov 18, 2016

    NOW IN THEATERS! Manchester by the Sea, scored by Lesley Barber!

    Lesley Barber - Manchester by the Sea

    Nov 18, 2016

    Kenneth Lonergan’s highly-anticipated Oscar contender Manchester by the Sea scored by Lesley Barber is now in theaters!

    The drama stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Kyle Chandler, and has been garnering incredible reviews across the board. From The New York Post, The LA Times, and Deadline to CNN, Rolling Stone, and Variety, it’s easy to see how Manchester by the Sea has asserted itself as one of the top films of the year.

    Lesley’s gorgeous score is especially notable. Entertainment Weekly writes: “Manchester by the Sea is easily one of the best movies of the year — a thoughtful, heartbreaking tale centered on a man… who returns to his small Massachusetts hometown following the death of his brother, only to discover he’s been made the sole guardian of his teenage nephew. It’s not surprising, then, that those same feelings are also evoked by the film’s gorgeous, a cappella main theme…”

    Lesley discusses the score’s source of inspiration – the Puritans and pilgrims who settled the region where the story is set: “There was something in that, in the vocal music of that time, and there was something there about the idea of trying to start over, and having experienced something that was a profound, traumatic kind of experience… It felt like a good fit to start with some of these melodies and develop themes from them. So that was something I locked into.”

    The Hollywood Reporter featured Lesley in their annual Composer Roundtable – the first female composer to be included in the roundtable’s eight-year history, where she discussed her approach to film scoring. Click here for the full article.

    Manchester by the Sea’s limited release begins November 18th, with a nation-wide rollout in the following weeks. For more information, including local showtimes, please visit the official website.

  • Roger Neill - 20th Century Women @ NYFF

    Oct 4, 2016

    20th Century Women scored by Roger Neill premieres at NYFF this week!

    Roger Neill - 20th Century Women @ NYFF

    Oct 4, 2016

    Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women scored by Roger Neill premieres at the 54th New York Film Festival this week as the Centerpiece Film!

    The film stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, and Alia Shawkat, and has been generating some notable press. The Hollywood Reporter quotes NYFF director Kent Jones: “It’s made with an extraordinarily unusual level of craft and attention to detail, human and visual, which is now all but extinct… Mike Mills and his remarkable cast approach the level of the uncanny.” Variety and Wired also allude to Oscar nominations. Roger’s impressionistic score combines super cool electronics and live instruments to underpin the pathos on the screen.


    20th Century Women is scheduled for limited release on December 25.

  • Don't Think Twice | Equity

    Jul 29, 2016

    Don’t Think Twice scored by Roger Neill and Equity scored by Alexis & Sam hit theaters today!

    Don't Think Twice | Equity

    Jul 29, 2016

    Don’t Think Twice scored by Roger Neill and Equity scored by Alexis & Sam hit theaters today!

    Don’t Think Twice, the sophomore directorial effort from comedian Mike Birbiglia, delves into the darker side of improv, and has been hailed by critics as “an impressive feat on all accounts” (The Wrap). Rolling Stone writes “Birbiglia, a filmmaking talent to watch, allows the emotions in his film to sneak up on you, like they do in life.”

    Equity, the Wall Street drama written, produced, directed, and starred in by women, premiered to fantastic reviews at Sundance (The Guardian), and The New York Times exclaims “Equity pulls off a difficult balancing act with an elegance that should not be underestimated. It turns its unflappable gaze on a maddeningly complex reality and transforms it into a swift, clear and exciting story.” The film is currently in limited release, with a national rollout to follow August 12th.

  • Graham Reynolds - Last Flag Flying and More…

    Sep 21, 2017

    Graham Reynolds scores Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, and debuts opera Pancho Villa From A Safe Distance in Los Angeles!

    Graham Reynolds - Last Flag Flying and More…

    Sep 21, 2017

    Graham Reynolds’ most recent collaboration with Richard Linklater, Last Flag Flying, will have its world premiere as the opening film for the New York Film Festival next week.

    The dramedy follows three aging veterans on a road trip (Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne), reunited for the funeral of one of the men’s only son killed in combat. Last Flag Flying will be released theatrically on November 3 by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate.

    On October 10, Graham will be at The Theatre at Ace Hotel for the Los Angeles debut his experimental chamber opera Pancho Villa From A Safe Distance. Featuring hybrid compositional and production techniques and an extensive sound palette, the opera explores the life and legacy of Pancho Villa, and sonically traverses both Mexican and American perspectives to reveal intersections and conflicts to create a borderless dialogue about the shared histories of Mexico and the United States. For tickets, follow this link.

    Graham has also started work on his next film project – Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, based on the novel of the same name by Maria Semple. The story centers on Bernadette, a mother in Seattle who has gone missing and left her teenage daughter to pick up the pieces. The film’s all-star cast includes Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, and Laurence Fishburne, and is slated for release in May 2018 by Annapurna Pictures.

  • Abel Korzeniowski | Krakow Film Music Festival

    May 15, 2017

    Abel Korzeniowski will be conducting the debut of his new orchestral suite at the Krakow Film Music Festival opening concert this week!

    Abel Korzeniowski | Krakow Film Music Festival

    May 15, 2017

    Abel Korzeniowski will be conducting the debut of his new orchestral suite at the Krakow Film Music Festival opening concert this week!

    Performed by the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Abel’s suite includes highlights from Nocturnal Animals, A Single Man, Penny Dreadful, W.E., Escape From Tomorrow, and Romeo & Juliet. The performance will be recorded for a future release.

    Abel is an official Guest of Honor at the Festival. The distinction holds special significance for him as he was born and raised in Krakow, and studied composition under the legendary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Past and present guests of honor include Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat, Johann Johannsson, Cliff Martinez, and Giorgio Moroder.

    For more information, please visit the festival’s official site at www.fmf.fm.

  • Joshua Moshier - Baskets

    Jan 19, 2017

    Baskets scored by Joshua Moshier returns to FX for its second season!

    Joshua Moshier - Baskets

    Jan 19, 2017

    Baskets scored by Joshua Moshier returns to FX for its second season!

    Joshua’s highly individual music brings into focus the weirdness, humor and pathos that makes this series such a critical and popular hit. Click here for a few samples from the first episodes of Season 2.

    The comedy stars Zach Galifianakis as a failed professional clown who returns to his hometown of Bakersfield, where he’s stuck with a job at the local rodeo while navigating the absurd drama of his dysfunctional family. The series is produced by Louis C.K., with Jonathan Krisel as show runner.

    Vulture writes: “It’s the deftness with which Baskets handles these simultaneously cringeworthy, comic, and bittersweet disconnects — which almost always arise from a caring place — that make it one of TV’s most emotionally authentic shows about the way families get along.” The Daily Beast has a fantastic preview of the new season, along with an exclusive clip of the first episode.

    Baskets airs Thursdays at 10pm. For more information, visit the official website.

  • Abel Korzeniowski - iTunes Best Soundtracks of 2016

    Dec 9, 2016


    Abel Korzeniowski‘s score to Nocturnal Animals is featured in iTunes’ Best Soundtracks of 2016!

    Abel Korzeniowski - iTunes Best Soundtracks of 2016

    Dec 9, 2016

    Abel Korzeniowski‘s score to Nocturnal Animals is featured in iTunes’ Best Soundtracks of 2016!

    Abel’s score has earned critical acclaim, and in a recent interview with Variety explains his approach to the film’s intertwined stories: “One is a psychological drama, purely internal and emotional. The other is a crime story, as bloody and violent as you can get…" adding that the score was also “written in reverse. The crime story is scored as a very emotional, intimate journey. The story outside, the drama of Susan, is scored like a thriller, as if you were watching a Hitchcock movie.” Click here to read the feature.

    The soundtrack is available for purchase at iTunes and Amazon.

  • Welcome Tim Kvasnosky

    Oct 31, 2016

    EMP would like to welcome our newest client Tim Kvasnosky (AKA Tim K)!

    Welcome Tim Kvasnosky

    Oct 31, 2016

    EMP would like to welcome our newest client Tim Kvasnosky (AKA Tim K)!

    Tim scored King Cobra, which is now playing in select theaters / VOD. The crime drama, directed by Justin Kelly and distributed by IFC Films, is based on the 2007 murder of Bryan Kocis (Christian Slater) by two aspiring producers (James Franco and Keegan Allen). For local showtimes, click here.

    Tim has recently completed scoring Justin Kelly’s follow-up film Welcome The Stranger, starring Riley Keough. His credits include the film I Am Michael (2015), Participant Media’s TV series Welcome to Fairfax (2014), and ads for Google, Target, McDonalds, Nike, Volkswagen, Corona, and Bulgari. As a producer and musician, Tim has also worked with artists such as Esthero, Rahzel, Lisa Shaw, and Kat DeLuna under the moniker Tim K.

    For more information, please visit Tim’s official website.

  • TIFF 2016 - Korzeniowski, Barber, Goldsmith

    Sep 15, 2016

    EMP clients have several films screening at this year’s festival!

    TIFF 2016 - Korzeniowski, Barber, Goldsmith

    Sep 15, 2016

    EMP clients have several films screening at this year’s festival!

    On the heels of its Venice Film Festival Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, scored by Abel Korzeniowski, had its North American premiere on Sunday night. Stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon were in attendance, and the critically acclaimed film (FirstShowing.net naming Abel as one of the “biggest standouts” of the film, as well as kudos from The Hollywood Reporter, Yahoo Movies, and Variety) thrilled the premiere audience.

    Manchester By The Sea scored by Lesley Barber had its Canadian premiere. Regarded as one of the most anticipated films of this fall, the Kenneth Lonergan drama is sure to be a serious Oscar contender in many categories including its outstanding score.

    Burn Your Maps and Unless – both scored by Jonathan Goldsmith – had their world premieres at the festival! Unless, directed by Alan Gilsenan and based on Carol Shields’ novel, follows a writer struggling with her daughter’s decision to drop out of college and live on the streets. Jordan Roberts’ Burn Your Maps is the charming and moving adventure story of an eight-year-old boy who is convinced that he actually hails from the steppes of Mongolia, leading his troubled parents on an incredible family voyage.

  • Abel Korzeniowski - The Nun

    Sep 7, 2017

    Abel Korzeniowski is scoring The Nun.

    Abel Korzeniowski - The Nun

    Sep 7, 2017

    Abel Korzeniowski has begun work on his score to the upcoming horror film The Nun.

    The fifth installment in The Conjuring franchise, The Nun is directed by Corin Hardy and stars Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Charlotte Hope, and Bonnie Aarons. The story centers on a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the verge of her final vows who are tasked with investigating a young nun’s mysterious suicide, only to discover a much darker secret.

    The most recent film in the franchise, Annabelle: Creation, grossed a worldwide box office total of $258.6 million – pushing The Conjuring franchise past the $1 billion threshold: only the third horror series to cross that mark (after the Alien franchise and Resident Evil series).

    The Nun is slated for release summer 2018 by Warner Bros. Pictures.

  • Brian Reitzell | American Gods

    May 1, 2017

    American Gods scored and music supervised by Brian Reitzell is now on Starz!

    Brian Reitzell | American Gods

    May 1, 2017
    American Gods scored and music supervised by Brian Reitzell is now on Starz!

    Brian’s powerful main title theme features vocals from Shirley Manson of Garbage, and has collaborated with Debbie Harry on another track to be released later in the season. Based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning fantasy novel and created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, American Gods features a spectacular cast including Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Gillian Anderson, Peter Stormare, Pablo Schreiber, boasts Emily Browning.

    The A.V. Club praises the season premiere: “If future episodes continue with this swaggering confidence, lush sensuality, and clear narrative strokes, American Gods will be as audacious and intriguing as the confusing, daring, misplaced gods themselves.”

    Screen Rant writes “…if ever there was a show demanding sumptuous visuals and elaborate set pieces to underline the enormity of what’s about to unfold, it’s American Gods… And as such, the stage is set for American Gods to deliver a big, bold, and beautiful new series.”

    Click here to watch the official trailer, or here to visit Starz’s official website. The series airs Sundays at 9pm/8c.

  • Abel Korzeniowski - BAFTA Nomination

    Jan 12, 2017

    Congratulations to Abel Korzeniowski on his BAFTA nomination for his score to Nocturnal Animals!

    Abel Korzeniowski - BAFTA Nomination

    Jan 12, 2017

    Congratulations to Abel Korzeniowski on his BAFTA nomination for his score to Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals! Considered a front-runner for this awards season, Nocturnal Animals has pulled in spectacular reviews from numerous publications, including The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Post.

    Abel previously won a BAFTA for his score to Showtime’s hit television drama Penny Dreadful, and was nominated for three Emmys. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for his score to Tom Ford’s first film A Single Man and Madonna’s film W.E. He has won three IFMCA Awards and two World Soundtrack Awards.

    For more information on Abel and his work, please visit his official website.

  • Abel Korzeniowski - Nocturnal Animals

    Nov 22, 2016

    Tom Ford’s critically-acclaimed dark thriller Nocturnal Animals scored by Abel Korzeniowski is now in theaters!

    Abel Korzeniowski - Nocturnal Animals

    Nov 22, 2016

    Tom Ford’s critically-acclaimed dark thriller
    Nocturnal Animals scored by Abel Korzeniowski
    is now in theaters!

    The film, based on Austin Wright’s book Tony and Susan, stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon, and centers around an art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel: a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. Nocturnal Animals has won the Grand Jury Silver Lion Prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

    Considered a front-runner for the upcoming awards season, Nocturnal Animals has pulled in spectacular reviews:

    The tempestuous strings of Abel Korzeniowski’s lush score provide an additional ballsy flourish, explicitly nodding to Hitchcock and Sirk.The Hollywood Reporter

    More than any film I’ve seen this year, it’s gorgeously, hauntingly well-crafted… Cheers to cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, composer Abel Korzeniowski and especially editor Joan Sobel who help Ford weave multiple stories into one darkly funny, visually dazzling piece.The New York Post

    Ford’s adaptation of the novel ‘Tony & Susan’ by Austin Wright is outstanding, and Adams, Gyllenhaal, and supporting actor Michael Shannon are all worthy of Academy Award consideration, as is the film’s score by Los Angeles-based Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski.Jonathan Broxton, Movie Music UK

    … [Korzeniowski’s score is] voluptuous and forlorn enough to have been composed by Bernard Herrmann.Yahoo Movies

    …a suspenseful and intoxicating movie… and more than enough refined dramatic excitement to draw awards-season audiences hungry for a movie that’s intelligent and sensual at the same time.Variety

    Abel scored Ford’s first film A Single Man, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. Nocturnal Animals is currently in limited release, with a nation-wide rollout over the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the official website.

  • Starr Parodi - The Heart of Frida

    Oct 17, 2016

    For your consideration: “The Heart of Frida” by Starr Parodi.

    Starr Parodi - The Heart of Frida

    Oct 17, 2016

    Starr Parodi’s latest composition “The Heart of Frida” is up for consideration for best Contemporary Classical Composition in the final round of Grammy nominations!

    NARAS Members:
    click here for info & to listen to the album


    The Heart of Frida just entered the ZMR radio play charts at no. 8, and is garnering rave reviews: “Surely no one, however, could coax more passionate feelings and rainbow colors out of the instrument than Starr… The Heart of Frida belongs in the library of anyone who loves brilliantly and emotionally crafted music.” Mark Vail, Keyboard Magazine. Keith Hannaleck of MuzikMan Reviews hails, “Solo piano music does not get much better than The Heart of Frida and I could not say it any more succinctly than that… If there is such a thing as musical perfection, then this is as close as it gets.”

    Starr’s previous album Common Places won solo piano album of the year at Solo Piano Radio, praised by KCRW’s Chris Douridas: "This deeply passionate and beautiful recording (Common Places) is one of the best albums of the year.”

    For more information on Starr and her work both as a composer and as a recording artist, please visit her official website.

  • KICKS - Brian Reitzell

    Sep 9, 2016

    KICKS scored by Brian Reitzell is now in theaters!

    KICKS - Brian Reitzell

    Sep 9, 2016

    KICKS scored by Brian Reitzell is now in theaters!

    Director Justin Tipping’s feature debut tells the coming-of-age story of fifteen year old Brandon, who dreams of owning a pair of Air Jordans in hopes that merely having them on his feet will help him escape his reality of poverty and bullying. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they’re stolen by a local hood, sending Brandon and his two friends on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.

    The soundtrack is released by Back Lot Music, and in addition to Brian’s score features tracks from Wu-Tang Clan and Mac Dre, as well as newer artists like Iamsu! and RJD2. The Playlist has a great rundown of the soundtrack on their website. Click here to read more.

    To watch the trailer, click here. For local showtimes and tickets, click here.