Alex was recently named by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) as a 2014 “Composer to Watch.” See the full list here.
Each summer, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) selects 12 composers from over 300 international applicants to participate in a month-long film scoring workshop with Emmy Award winning composer and mentor Richard Bellis. The alumni roster of this workshop include some of the most successful composers working in film and TV today, so I was honored and extremely fortunate to be a part of its 26th year. Over the course of the month, the composers discussed the craft and business of writing music for film, TV, and video games with some of the industry’s leading figures including John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon, The Bourne Trilogy, Shrek), Dave Porter (Breaking Bad), Sean Callery (24, Homeland, Elementary), James S. Levine (Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck), and Garry Schyman (Bioshock Franchise, Dante’s Inferno), to list just a few! Each composer was assigned to score a scene from a popular film, culminating to a recording session at the historic 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage with the Hollywood Studio Symphony. I was assigned this beautiful scene from “How To Train Your Dragon.” It was truly a career highlight. Thanks, ASCAP!
In 1979, the fatal shooting of a white crabber in the small Texas fishing village of Seadrift ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against the Vietnamese along the Gulf Coast. Most of these Vietnamese fishermen and their families had just fled their home country after a decades-long war, only to be confronted by angry fishermen and the KKK as they searched for a new home in a strange land.
Seadrift is a feature documentary by Tim Tsai, currently in production, that tells this incredible story of survival, perseverance, and ultimate triumph over dire circumstances. I am excited to be scoring this project. Check out the first teaser, featuring music by me.
A whimsical acoustic track with a tinge of melancholy, developing into a middle section that is optimistic, upbeat, and fun. This track features the guitalele (a guitar/ukulele combo) as the foundation, upon which layers of piano, guitars, bells, strings, and winds add richness, texture, and emotion.
A hybrid of orchestral winds, strings, piano, and moving electronic textures.
With films like Waiting for Superman advocating for charter and private schools, public education is met with more pessimism and negative reactions than ever. Through a cinema verité approach, GO PUBLIC takes audiences on a visit to a regular school day, to see for yourself what really goes on in a public school.
Screenings are happening around the country, check the listings here.
Here are a couple of tunes used in the film: