SCOREcast No. 33: “Women in Film Music” Composer Roundtable
Deane Ogden sits down with five of film music’s most successful female composers for a discussion on the business.
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Award winning composer Sharon Farber, originally from Israel, has received critical acclaim as a composer in the Concert world as well as that of Film and TV. She won the Telly Award for best score and her orchestral score for the film When Nietzsche Wept was released commercially. She has recently completed the score to the documentary film Unmasked-Judeophobia, and she has recently completed the score for The Mourning Hour. She is also gearing up to score three feature films later on this and next year. Sharon has been writing concert and choir music in parallel to her film-scoring career. Recent commissions include the Laguna Beach Music Festival, Pacific Serenade Ensemble, MORAN Choir, Orange County Women’s Chorale, Culver City Symphony Orchestra and iPalpiti Orchestra. In addition, Sharon is the Composer In Residence of the Beverly Hills International Music Festival and the music director of Temple of the Artsin Beverly Hills.
Marie-Anne Fischer is a Belgian-born film and television composer who started her composing career in South Africa. Having lived in several countries since, has now settled in England where she has composed music for film and role-playing games. Marie-Anne is also a demo composer and beta tester for Sonokinetic Sampling and is the Chapter Director of SCOREcast: London.
At the age of 26, Tina Guo has already developed a fascinating international multi-faceted performing career as a solo classical cellist, rock/metal/fusion electric cellist, composer, producer, photo artist/light painter, and published poet and writer. Tina is currently the featured soloist on the electric cello in Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour, an international all-arena tour that begins this October. Tina has recently been featured on NBC, ABC, FOX, and CBS News and Entertainment Programs, promoting her new multi-genre solo album “The Journey.”
Ceyda Pirali lives in Istanbul, Turkey, and is a piano player, composer , arranger and orchestrator. Ceyda owns and works from her JW Music recording studio, where she scores for film, television, and commercial advertising, and also arranges for string orchestra. Ceyda is part of the Sonokinetic Sampling team that produces and performs such popular sampling titles as “Shahrazad”, “Rojin”, and “Aliye”.
Pinar Toprak is an award-winning composer, whose latest scores include the SONY film The River Murders starring Ray Liotta and Christian Slater, and The Lightkeepers (Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner and Bruce Dern) for which she won the International Film Music Critics Association Award for Best Comedy Score in 2010. Her most recent score for the 33rd America’s Cup documentary The Wind Gods was recently recorded at the Warner Brothers Scoring Stage with a 60-piece orchestra. That score also won Pinar an IFMCA award. Pinar wrote and conducted the orchestra for the logo for Skydance Productions, which was recently recorded with a 71-piece orchestra at Warner Brothers, and will show before Brad Pitt’s upcoming film World War Z, the Tom Cruise film One Shot, and all of their upcoming features.