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Sundance Institute Names Six Fellows for 2012 Composers Lab in Utah

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by Sophia Savage
July 10, 2012 5:01 PM
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The Sundance Institute has named six fellows to participate in their 2012 Feature Film Composers Lab at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The Lab, running July 25 - August 8, is produced by SI's Film Music Program in conjunction with their Feature Film Program. Fellows attend workshops and participate in creative exercises with leading composers and film music pros while gaining first-hand experience collaborating with filmmakers from the Feature Film Program.

SI's Keri Putnam says the lab "is an example of how our programs collaborate, for the benefit of artists." Music Program director Peter Golub adds that "The diversity of artists selected promises to build an exciting community in the retreat-like setting of our Lab – a community that will shine through in the work produced here."

The six chosen composers are listed below:

Mike Raznick is a Los Angeles based composer with hundreds of credits spanning video games, film, television as well as theatrical trailers.Over the past five years, Mike has been employed and mentored as a lead composer for SomaTone Interactive, where he has scored games from clients including EA, Ubisoft, Atari, Disney, Zynga, Sega and THQ, among others. Recent film composing credits include the multi award-winning environmental documentary Rock the Boat, directed by Thea Mercouffer

In only six years since landing in New York , internationally-acclaimed guitarist/composer Yotam Silberstein has earned a well deserved spot among the Jazz elite by recording and performing with legendary musicians such as James Moody, The Heath Brothers, Paquito D'Rivera, Monty Alexander, Roy Hargrove, and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars to name a few.

Jason Staczek is a Seattle-based composer, producer and Hammond organ player. His scores for the films of director Guy Maddin have been called "swirling and adventurous" and their latest work together, Keyhole, is currently in theaters worldwide. Jason also collaborates with musical inventor Ela Lamblin writing for experimental instruments like the Shrimp Platter and the Koola, a Styrofoam harp. He plays with ATO artist Lindsay Fuller and has conducted orchestras on three continents.

Karen Tanaka is a versatile composer and pianist. Her works have been performed by distinguished ensembles and orchestras worldwide including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, LosAngeles Philharmonic and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Various dance companies, including the Nederlands Dans Theater, have often featured her music. She has also composed for documentary films and short animations. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches composition at California Institute of the Arts.

Kubilay Uner creates adventurous, eclectic, colorful music for film, concerts and records. He builds his own instruments, blends acoustic, synthetic and found sounds, bends tempos, layers noise, mixes metaphors, and is generally convinced that good music happens when you mix things up.

Philip White was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. His recent credits include the feature documentary Speak and the psychological thriller The Somnambulist. He writes additional music for the CW series Supernatural and co-composed the score to the videogame James Bond: Quantum of Solace. His choral piece, Hong Kong Harbor 1984, recently received its world premiere by the Angel City Chorale.

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