Pulling Back the Curtain: the Best Kept Secrets in Hollywood Film Scoring
March 16, 2019
7:00 pm
Los Angeles
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
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Helix Collective presents a concert of original music from Hollywood’s orchestrators, music editors, and soundtrack team members. The concert features the music of these fantastic composers, bringing their music into the spotlight and onto the concert stage.

These composers have worked on some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, beautiful independent films, and everything in between. Featured composers on this concert have worked on the soundtracks for Star Trek – Discovery, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hustle & Flow, Training Day, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Jane the Virgin, The LEGO Movie 2, Ant-man and the Wasp, Marvel’s Spider-man, The Boss Baby, Wild, Wild Country, and the Isle of Dogs among many, many more. As lead composers, participating composers have been nominated for Best Score at the Milan and London International Film Festivals, won Best Music at Australia’s Connect Film Festival, as well as the ASCAP Emerging Film Composer Award and participating in the Sundance Music and Sound Design Lab.

It takes a team of great composers to create the perfect soundtrack. Lead composers rely on colleagues who orchestrate, compose, edit, copy, and program, often on extremely tight deadlines to create the perfect, seamless soundtracks for film and television. These composers know how to work under pressure in highly efficient teams. This is a night to see what they can bring given a chamber orchestra, live audience, and the freedom to make music LIVE!

This concert is sponsored by White Bear PR.

Helix Collective

Helix Collective is a Los Angeles-based ensemble that specializes in multi-media, collaborative performance and recording. Helix has released three critically acclaimed albums and has recorded the scores for over thirty films. The ensemble is at home in nightclubs and on the concert stage from a residency at Los Angeles’s venerable Silverlake Lounge to performances for the West Michigan and Pacific Symphonies. Helix “has a little something for everyone: those who like their classics straight up, with a contemporary edge to it, or with populist appeal.” Called “dizzyingly virtuosic with exquisite musicianship and world-class range” by The Free Times and praised for their “beyond-the-ordinary programming,” the flexible instrumentation ensemble performs as a trio, quartet, a small chamber orchestra, and everything in between.

The group founded and produces the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival, a live score-to-screen film festival that pairs film composers and indie filmmakers. Helix Collective has performed for several live soundtrack events including Silent Films Live and the Women Composers in Media event in Los Angeles.

Helix Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable community of multi-disciplinary, multi-genre artists working together to create accessible, immersive works of art in order to bring joy, connection, solace, and understanding to a wide and diverse audience.

Meet the composers!

Joseph Carrillo

Joseph Carrillo is a composer living and working in Los Angeles. His music has been heard in numerous films, such as the winning comedy Not Cool(Shane Dawson, dir.), the family drama Closer to God: Jessica’s Journey(Jenn Page, dir.), and the supernatural thriller The Hanged Man (Neil Weiss, dir.).

His music for Society Art’s entry in the 2014 San Diego 48 Hour Film Festival, Wish was awarded Best Music Score.

His score for the upcoming iOS educational game Penguemic: Word Domination, for Learn District, Inc., thematically travels the world, while teaching vocabulary. The game was recently greenlit for development by Steam.

He has composed original music used in many of the Fine Brothers comedy series, including the Season Two of Emo Dad, the wickedly hilarious Platonic, and the ahead-of-its-time pilot My Profile Story, which also aired on Comedy Central as part of Atom TV.

In the fall of 2013 5IVElements Suite for Orchestra, was played on a continuous loop, at the Northeastern Nevada Museum of Art, as an accompaniment to an art show of the same theme. Each movement underscoring the experience of twenty-five paintings by the group ForWomenArt, in a breathtaking multimedia experience.

He continues to work on new music for a variety of ensembles, as well as new film projects. Stay in touch for the latest news.

Amit May Cohen

Amit May Cohen is a composer from Israel best known for her nominated score to the recent award winning doc, Wrestling Za’atari. She has worked as an additional composer and/or orchestrator on various projects that include Disney’s Z.O.M.B.I.E.S (2018), Valley Girl (2018), Star Trek – Discovery (2017), S.W.A.T. (2017), and The Pirates of The Caribbean Summer Show for Disneyland Japan. Amongst the composers she has worked with are George S. Clinton, Ronit Kirchman, Robert Duncan, Tim Williams, and Roger Neill. Honors and awards include being chosen as participant in the prestigious Sundance Music and Sound Design Lab 2018 at Skywalker Ranch; 2nd Place in the MTNA National Composition Competition with her contemporary piece “Black Dawn”; the ASCAP Emerging Film Composer Award 2015; and nominations for Best Score in the Milan and London International Film Festivals for Wrestling Za’atari.

Lasse Elkjaer

Lasse Elkjaer is a Los Angeles based composer, producer, orchestrator and guitarist originally from Denmark who recently was awarded for his gothic score for the horror movie, Sticks. A gothic scare ride where Elkjaer worked with Hollywood cellist Tina Guo, who’s cello frequently can be heard on scores by Hans Zimmer, such as Dunkirk and Inception and latest Rupert Gregson-Williams score for Wonder Woman.

“Sticks has an extremely exciting soundtrack, where both sound and music carry the horror to the point of excellence.” Filmkraft 2018 (DK)

Elkjaer started his professional career in Denmark as an award-winning composer, while working as an arranger and guitarist for theatre productions while playing in several rock bands. Before Elkjaer ventured into the world of film music, he was a competition gymnast, did his military service as a guard in the navy, and was the driving force behind arranging several music festivals.

Upon completing his masters in film scoring from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, South Danish Conservatory of Music, Elkjaer moved to Los Angeles to study with Bruce Broughton (Tombstone), Christopher Young (Hellraiser), Garry Schyman (Bioshock) amongst many other prolific scoring legends at the Scoring For Motion Pictures And Television program at University of Southern California. At his stay at USC, Elkjaer was mentored by Michael Gorfaine, partner and co-owner of the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.

Now located in the United States, and with over 60 movie productions under his belt, Elkjaer continues his work as a composer and orchestrator in Los Angeles, and has been involved in movies such as Dead Man Down starring Colin Farrell, Bad Santa 2, the Chinese epic blockbuster action adventure feature Monkey King 2, Netflix TV series Lost In Space, NBC TV series Midnight Texas and have also done music arrangements for concerts, such as the beneficial concert Nordic Noir at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

Reuven Herman

Reuven Herman is a film and visual media composer, conductor, and orchestrator, living and working in Los Angeles. He has composed music for multiple films, television shows, and video games, including Star Wars Rebels, Jane the Virgin, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, AMC’s Hell on Wheels, and the Activision title James Bond: 007 Legends. Reuven recently completed scoring the upcoming horror film The Voices.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Reuven has been writing music nearly his entire life. He began playing piano at age 4, and within a short time he was already writing short pieces of music, first for solo piano, and later for larger ensembles (helpfully performed on a Korg 01/W synthesizer). He studied jazz piano during high school, and performed with various jazz, pop, and rock bands.

Following a three-year stint in the Israeli Navy, Reuven attended the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music near Tel Aviv, where he focused on film scoring, while founding and leading The Spinning Wheels, a 10-piece funk-rock band.

Continuing his studies at Berklee, Reuven was selected to conduct The Fellowship of the Rings orchestral suite from Lord of the Rings at the Berklee 2008 Commencement Concert, in celebration of legendary composer Howard Shore, who was receiving an honorary doctorate. The following year, Reuven’s original composition, Now What, was chosen by popular vote as the commencement processional performed at his own graduation ceremony.

While living in Boston, Reuven served as the inaugural conductor of the VGO Video Game Orchestra, including orchestra, choir, and rock band, dedicated to playing music from well-known video games.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009, Reuven has continued to score films, television, and video games, as well as producing multiple soundtrack albums. He has collaborated with composers including Kevin Kiner, Penka Kouneva, and David Schwartz, and his music has been featured in numerous hit television series.

Reuven has also served as the Vice President of the Academy of Scoring Arts, dedicated to furthering the craft and study of scoring, since 2014.

Ryan Humphrey

Ryan Humphrey has been pursuing an intensive course of study in Australian slang under Tim Davies for the past six years, picking up the occasional stray tip about orchestration along the way. He’s been a part of team Davies’ work on a variety of projects, including The LEGO Movie 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. He recently finished handling programming and additional writing on the Netflix series Trollhunters. He also serves as accompanist at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Monica, where — after a perfectly reasonable couple of decades playing instruments with only his upper limbs — he’s undertaken the absolute madness of learning to play the organ.

When not attempting to translate Oz-speak back into actual English, Ryan enjoys biking, hiking, and being just a complete unrepentant nerd about D&D. He prefers a good loose leaf darjeeling, but will drink any old tea in a pinch.

Catherine Joy

With a passion for music and collaboration, Catherine Joy is a composer for film, media and live performance. She contributed additional arrangements on the Emmy-award-winning Netflix doc series Wild Wild Country and won Best Documentary Score for the uplifting feature documentary Gold Balls, which is soon to be on PBS. Catherine is the founder and director of Joy Music House, a one-stop-shop for all score production services. She is also the Executive Director for the Alliance for Women Film Composers.

Catherine was part of the music teams for four popular 2018 documentary projects: she music edited the Joan Jett: Band Reputation feature, was both score supervisor and orchestrator on the documentaries RBG and Dark Money and arranged music on the Netflix doc series Wild Wild Country. Catherine recently led the Joy Music House team in score producing the much-anticipated Plan B – A24 2019 Sundance premiere Last Black Man in San Francisco and the HBO documentary At the Heart of Gold.

Catherine scored the popular web series Capitol Hill which is now televised through Europe and Canada. She is currently scoring the video game The Endless Mission along with two feature documentaries and supernatural horror The Parish. In addition to film and game scoring projects, Catherine is composing the score for a Ballet choreographed by Rival Tribe which will premiere at the end of 2019.

Jonathan Keith

Jonathan Keith is an award-winning composer and orchestrator whose compelling artistic voice has led him to find success within both the commercial and concert music communities (Jane & Emma, 2018). Since graduating from USC’s screen scoring program, Jonathan has had opportunities to compose for Disney, BMG productions and Bron Animation. In addition, he’s had opportunities to work with orchestrator Conrad Pope on scores composed by both Conrad (The Boss Baby, additional music) and Academy Award-winning Alexandre Desplat (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Isle of Dogs).

Jonathan has participated in the 2013 International highScore Festival for New Music in Pavia, Italy, the 2015 NYU ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, the 2017 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis and has also had the privilege of being mentored by Disney Music President, Chris Montan. Just last year, Jonathan was selected a winner of the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival where his music was performed by the Helix Collective to live picture.

Jonathan is the Music Director and Executive Producer at AURAX LLC, where he oversees the production of all virtually orchestrated classical music for the AURAX music app. As a concert pianist, Jonathan has soloed with orchestras and performed for international audiences. He received his other degrees in piano performance from Brigham Young University and University of Michigan.

Jonathan enjoys hiking and skiing in the outdoors as well as playing golf and tennis as hobbies. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Shie Rozow

Born in Israel, Shie Rozow (pronounced shy ro-zov) has taken a different path than most leading him to work on major international blockbusters including AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, HUSTLE & FLOW & TRAINING DAY.

A reluctant student, Shie was forced to take piano lessons at a young age and hated it. Eventually his parents relented and allowed him to find his own way into music. When he was ready – and on his own terms – Shie hopped back on the bench, sat at the piano and wrote his first song. From that moment on, he taught himself how to play by ear. He spent every non-school moment thinking about music and hounded his father to buy him a synthesizer, getting very interested in the concept of creating and manipulating sounds.

After high school and his obligatory military service in Israel, Shie attended Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. He went on to earn a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he was introduced to music editing as part of the film-scoring program and was hooked. Following his graduation (Magna Cum Laude) Shie moved to Los Angeles where he worked at Alan Ett Music Group (now part of Spirit Music Group). During his two years there he worked on over 600 hours of TV and a handful of features.

In 1999 Shie left Alan Ett Music Group to go freelance. He later became music editor Richard Ford’s assistant, helping on such films as TRAINING DAY and ABOUT SCHMIDT, eventually becoming an in-demand music editor himself on films including DARK SHADOWS and THE WOLFMAN, as well as TV shows such as ARROW and KRYPTON. He continues to compose for independent films, shorts and TV shows including JASMINE, CAPTAIN HAGEN’S BED & BREAKFAST, MATT & MAYA, and REBEL.

Victoria Ruggiero

Victoria Ruggiero is a Los Angeles-based music editor, composer, and pianist. Upon graduating Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring and a minor in Music Production and Engineering, Ruggiero began assisting seasoned music editor Nick South (Juno, Mean Girls, Wedding Crashers). She quickly began working on major motion pictures such as The Front Runner, directed by Jason Reitman, and Stan & Ollie, directed by Jon S Baird. She has also assisted on the temp score for pop star Sia’s film Music. Following the success of assisting South, she became the lead music editor for Netflix’s Original Series Elite. She is currently working on upcoming major motion pictures and the second season of Elite.

During her time at Berklee, Ruggiero was a composer and pianist for the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. She composed music for the rescore of Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman, which toured nationally in 2017. That same year, she won the BMI Film Scoring Scholarship Award and was the president of the Women’s Film Initiative, which was an organization aimed to empowering the women’s film community.

Ruggiero enjoys music editing and composing as an avenue to express empathy through the storytelling of music. “It’s one of the most important things that people overlook. In film, you’re able to invoke catharsis and inspire understanding between people. I love that when picture and music and come together, you can mold the emotions of a specific character’s reality, while still being able to relate it to your own.”