PANELS AND MASTERCLASSES
In the 17 years since the release of From There To Here, Kyle Eastwood’s first album as a leader, the multi-talented double bassist, composer and producer has forged a dynamic musical path. His artistry is eclectic, yet refined and transcends the boundaries of jazz by exploring an ever-widening range of musical influences. While continuing to develop his parallel career as a composer and arranger on his father Clint’s Oscar® winning and nominated films Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino and Invictus, Eastwood has reaffirmed traditions while creating truly contemporary, lyrical and melodic jazz. He has flirted with electro-jazz cool on Paris Blue (2004); delved into 70s-tinged “smooth jazz” accents and grooves on Now (2006); and gone “arty” urban chic on the subtly mixed Metropolitan (2009).
Eastwood’s latest release Time Pieces is all at once a fresh landmark in Eastwood’s discography and a culmination of a recent reassessment of his personal and artistic aesthetic that began with the release of Songs From the Chateau in 2011. The new phase of his career has involved a powerfully swinging, yet eminently sensual quintet of young English musicians: starting with Andrew McCormack (piano), Quentin Collins (trumpet and flugelhorn) and now including Brandon Allen (tenor and soprano sax) and Ernesto Simpson (drums). Eastwood brilliantly confirmed this new creative foundation on The View From Here (2013), often giving the impression of connecting with jazz archetypes while focusing on the pure joy of group interaction.
Michael Minkler started working as a recordist when he was 17, and started mixing in 1974 when he was 22. His early projects included commercials, television shows and industrial films. His first major film came in 1976 when he was hired for temporary work on music and effects tracks for the foreign release of All the President’s Men, with rerecording mixers Arthur Piantadosi and Les Fresholtz, at Warner Brothers’ Stage 5. He continued to work with Piantadosi and Fresholtz on another 35 films, and considers them his mentors. After a four year stint at Warner Bros. Studios, he took the job as the chief mixer and managing director of facilities, at Robert Altman’s Lion’s Gate Films in 1980. In 1984, Minkler struck out as an independent, working at a number of facilities, until 1990 when he helped design and staff Skywalker Sound’s Lantana facility in Santa Monica. He continued to mix there after the facility was acquired by Todd-AO. While at renamed Todd-AO West, Minkler won a pair of Academy Awards®, first for Black Hawk Down in 2001 and then Dreamgirls in 2006. He also won an Oscar® for his work on Chicago, as well as the total of 11 nominations.
In addition to his mixing credits, Minkler has been a sought after technical advisor for companies like Euphonix where he helped with the development of digital audio mixing technology, which is now an industry standard. Minkler has always been considered an innovator of technology and technique. On Inglourious Basterds, he utilized a new technology developed by Penteo Surround that enables stereo music mixes to be converted and spread across a 5.1 surround sound field.
For over twenty years, record producer Robert Townson has led one of the most successful and prolific careers in both the Hollywood and world film music communities. His career has focused on both the most successful films of today as well as providing an invaluable chronicle of many of the greatest motion picture scores from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Spring of 2010 has seen the highly anticipated release of Townson’s 1000th album.
Taking over production at Varèse Sarabande Records in 1989, his first project for the company was the Grammy®-nominated album from Ginger-Ale Afternoon, composed by Blues legend Willie Dixon. Quickly following this, Townson produced the soundtracks for the Academy Award-winning Driving Miss Daisy, featuring the music of Hans Zimmer, as well as the acclaimed Irish film My Left Foot, featuring a score by the legendary Elmer Bernstein. 1990 saw Townson produce CDs for no fewer than seven of the summer’s top eleven films including the platinum-selling Ghost, plus Back To The Future Part III, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Jerry Goldsmith’s scores for both Total Recall and Gremlins 2, John Williams’ Presumed Innocent and the sequel to Robocop.
The string of successes has continued, uninterrupted, ever since, including:
The Abyss, Predator (1 and 2), Die Hard (1, 2 and 4), Big, Dead Poet’s Society, The Grifters, Green Card, City Slickers, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Father Of The Bride, Basic Instinct, My Cousin Vinny, The Player, Unforgiven, The Crow, Babe, Air Force One, L.A. Confidential, Blade, Pleasantville, The Scream Trilogy, You’ve Got Mail, The Matrix, The Iron Giant, The Sixth Sense, Cast Away, Shrek (1, 2 and 3), In The Bedroom, Far From Heaven, Unfaithful, The Bourne Identity (and Supremacy), Ice Age (1, 2 and 3), Bruce Almighty, Sin City, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, X-Men: The Last Stand, United 93, The Lives Of Others, Night At The Museum (1 and 2), The Holiday, Charlie Wilson’s War, American Gangster, Horton Hears A Who!, Changeling, The Visitor, Frost/Nixon, the Grammy®-nominated albums for Million Dollar Baby, Blood Diamond and Star Trek, along with the Oscar®-nominated scores from House Of Sand And Fog, The Good German and Michael Clayton are just a few. Townson has produced soundtracks for such television series as Lost, Alias, 24, True Blood and The Tudors, plus such epic television productions as John Adams, Masada, The Thorn Birds, North And South, The Mists Of Avalon, and Children Of Dune.
In addition to his always-full schedule of new film soundtracks, Townson has, over this same period, restored and released CDs of the original motion picture soundtracks from such film and film music classics as Taxi Driver (Bernard Herrmann), Chinatown (Jerry Goldsmith), Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre), The Great Escape (Elmer Bernstein), Touch of Evil (Henry Mancini), Casino Royale (Burt Bacharach), The Omen (Jerry Goldsmith), Cleopatra (Alex North), Ghostbusters (Elmer Bernstein), and Bernard Herrmann’s landmark score from Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo, produced in conjunction with Universal’s theatrical re-release of the film in 1996. With much more than 1,000 albums to his credit, Robert Townson remains the most prolific producer of soundtrack albums in the world.
Selma Prodanovic is an internationally awarded entrepreneur and philanthropist. Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media, she is famous for her influence and her ability to create, develop, and connect business potential. In 2005 she founded the Brainswork Group and since launched a dozen of “made in brainswork”- brands, supported over 400 startups, and advised global investors, corporates and organizations. She had a major impact on the creative industries, the startup, and the business angel eco-systems in Austria and Europe. Her next goal is supporting 1millionstartups worldwide.
Selma is co-founder and Vice-President of Austrian Angel Investors Association, board member of European Business Angel Network (EBAN) and member of Global Business Angel Network (GBAN). The Business Angelina has a portfolio of startup investments, is lead investor at Rising Tide Europe 1 – impacting the next generation of female business angels, was an investor in the startup TV show “2 Minutes – 2 Million”, and judged in over 100 investment jury sessions. As a professional speaker, Selma was over 1000 times on stage sharing her expertise in entrepreneurship, connecting, creativity, innovation, and startups at conferences or corporate events, but also at universities and through her online courses. She published the „Brainsbook on Networking” in 2009 and her book “Between Steel and Chocolate – Inspiring Success Stories from Austria” was published in 2013. She pioneered various concepts such as Chief Networking Officer, the business development strategy brainsworking, the Business-Angelina investment approach, IncrediblEurope 2049 and established the Brainswork – Make A Difference Awards. Media covered her expertise in over 40 countries.
For her innovative approach to business and commitment to entrepreneurship and social change, Selma received numerous awards such as the Austrian “WOMAN Award” in 2006, “100 World of Difference Award 2013” awarded by The International Alliance for Women in Washington, “Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2014” and “Best Pioneering Investment Initiative 2015” awarded by EBAN.
Aleksandra Kovač holds a Master of Science degree in Composition for Screen from Edinburgh University, as well as a BA in Music Education from Belgrade University. She is a composer, music producer and songwriter from Belgrade, Serbia. In addition to being the 2015 BAFTA Scotland New Talent award nominee, she is also the first Serbian MTV Award winner and has also won other awards for her work in theater, TV, and film.
In year 2000 she joined forces with music producer and supervisor, Roman Gorsek, and founded the music production company RAproduction, which specializes in composing for film and new media, music supervision and production, songwriting, talent search, marketing and vocal coaching. Aleksandra became one of the top songwriters in the south-east European region, writing and producing songs for many of the biggest names in the ex-Yugoslavia music scene.
Concurrent with her songwriting career, Aleksandra garnered acclaim as a composer for commercials, theater, TV and film. She has written several theme songs, the most recent of which are for the 2013 and 2015 Coca-Cola Christmas campaign commercial. Her music can also be heard on commercials for major brands including VIP Mobile, Telekom etc.
As a film composer, she was nominated for the European Talent Award at the Soundtrack Cologne festival in 2013., and as one of the authors of the short animated film “Separate lives”, for the New Talent Award at the BAFTA Scotland 2015.
As a lecturer in film music, she has given lectures at the American University in Beirut, SAE Institute in Belgrade and Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. Aleksandra has published her work on film music in the international journal of music “New Sound”, published by the Music Academy in Belgrade and on songwriting and composing in the book “Serbia: My Case, A New European Generation” for British Council in Serbia.
As one of the most successful singer-songwriters in the region, Aleksandra was one of the X Factor Adria judges and mentors in 2015., which aired in five Balkan countries.
Zoran Predin is a renowned Slovenian musician, poet, composer and lyricist.
He is famous for his exceptional music, featured in a number of Slovenian films, television serials and theater performances, countless lyrics which have almost become folk songs and unforgettable chansons. In 1979 he started his own rock band and unloaded all his cynicism, sarcasm and flair for parody on its shoulders with the name Lačni Franz (Hungry Franz). Lačni Franz was the premier league band of the former Yugoslavia. In eleven years of constant performing, with fifty concerts per year on average, Predin as the main author in the Lačni Franz lineup recorded.
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