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SCL NEW York Seminar: Unconventional Scoring Careers

The SCL in NEW YORK Presents:


Founder, Man Made Music

6:00PM - 8:00PM

Man Made Music | 20th Floor
50 Broad Street
New York, NY, 10004
As the world of entertainment and information rockets into the future, there are so many new media and ways that stories are being told. For score composers, this means unprecedented possibilities for us all to bring our talents, creativity and instincts to bear, and build our careers. See how your colleagues in video games, ads, theme parks and beyond continue to stretch their craft and workflows to meet these exciting new challenges and opportunities.
The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Unconventional Scoring Careers - Amy Crawford Amy Crawford is the VP, Supervising Producer at Man Made Music. She has creative directed and/or created music & sound for global brand & entertainment clients including Disney, HBO, Citi, AT&T, Hulu, Paramount Network and CMT. Her musical origins began with studies in jazz improvisation & composition before moving to NYC and diving headfirst into the downtown/avant-garde scene, the pop songwriting world, road life with rock bands, and eventually discovering the world of music composition/production for media & experiences. Prior to joining Man Made Music, Amy was a solo artist opening for a diverse array of talent from Grammy Award-winners The Zac Brown Band to the rapper Wale; toured as the keyboardist/vocalist for legendary tropicália band Os Mutantes; and has maintained a long-standing professional relationship with the MacArthur “Genius” composer Anthony Braxton, helping him to realize his most ambitious works both live and in the studio. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Unconventional Scoring Careers - Oscar Deric Brown Oscar Deric Brown is no one’s cliché. Raised by his Native American parents, until the age of ten Oscar lived in Japan, and began playing the piano at the age of three.  Trained in classical music and heavily influenced by the composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Brown found jazz through his father and the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim.  Oscar's early development and training at the Piano would come from Johana Harris, Walter Bishop Jr, and Horace Silver, and serving as an Apprentice for the saxophonist-composer, Oliver Nelson.  

Now Brown is a bit of a legend himself, having performed and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Sting, and many more.  After the devastating Hanshin Earthquake that destroyed the city of Kobe, Brown partnered with producer Kenny Inaoka and artist Kenji Koga to produce the CD "The Rainbow Colored Lotus" (Polydor) that included some of the top names in Jazz.

In October 1995 Brown produced a live concert tribute to the victims of the earthquake, “The World Music Festival Kobe”, which was named by CNN, Billboard Magazine and Variety Pro as one of the most significant musical events of 1995.

For the next 15 years Oscar would serve as Composer, Musical Director, and Producer for some of the top names in music and films.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Unconventional Scoring Careers - John Kaefer John Kaefer is a composer for film, television, multimedia, and the concert stage. A trusted collaborator known for his imaginative musical voice and distinctive scores, John’s varied work is praised as “steely and hard edged” by The Los Angeles Times, “a kinetic tour de force, continually fascinating,” by The San Francisco Classical Voice, and “vividly scored” by The New York Times.
John's work includes the score for Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment's live-action series “Quantum Break”, developed exclusively for Xbox One. Hailed as a "masterpiece" by Gaming Trend, the revolutionary game blurs the line between episodic television and cinematic gameplay, integrating the two into one seamless, uniquely immersive experience. It is currently the #1 best-selling Microsoft Studios release to date.
Upcoming film projects include the feature “ONLY” (Tadmor, starring Leslie Odom Jr. and Freida Pinto) and “How To Be Alone” (4WT Media, starring Joe Kerry and Maika Monroe). John’s recent television credits include the original drama series “Sequestered” on Crackle (Sony Pictures Television), "Making Moves" on the Fullscreen Network, and the Main Theme and Thematic Music packages for ABC's “Good Morning America”, “20/20”, "Focus Earth" (with Bob Woodruff), and “Would You Fall For That”. 
As a composer for the concert stage, John has enjoyed performances worldwide at major venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and La Schola Cantorum in Paris. His work is programmed frequently by leading musicians and ensembles, including The Pacific Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Symphony In C (Haddonfield Symphony), and The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra.
John earned his Doctor Of Musical Arts (DMA) in composition from The Juilliard School. He also holds degrees in composition from Yale University (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (BM).  An active educator, he currently teaches film scoring composition at New York University. He is represented by Evolution Music Partners in Los Angeles.
The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Unconventional Scoring Careers - Jeff McSpadden Jeff McSpadden is a composer and entrepreneur obsessed with aural experiences. Jeff’s compositions can be heard in television series and network promos on NBC, CBS, PBS, HBO, & AMC, and his commercial clients have included Mercedes-Benz, Verizon, Toshiba, L.L. Bean, Ford, Progressive, and Nabisco. Jeff is also the founder of Prime8, a creative lab developing immersive audiovisual projects and has recently launched Composure, an audio-focused wellness brand creating immersive experiences for stress relief.


The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Unconventional Scoring Careers - Joel Beckerman Joel Beckerman is the founder and lead composer of Man Made Music, a music company that specializes in sonic branding.

A 20-year veteran of music for media, Beckerman is an award-winning composer, producer and arranger who has created original scores for over 50 television series and specials including the Super Bowl on NBC, “Entertainment Tonight,” ESPN Film’s “30 for 30,” and “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” His work can be found across most major networks including HBO, FX, NBC, A&E, and CNBC.

In October 2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published Beckerman’s debut book, “The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy,” about the hidden power of sound in our lives, business and culture. TIME Magazine named "The Sonic Boom" one of their “7 Great Fall Books.”

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Upcoming SCL New York events:

Seminar: Music for Advertising
Thursday, September 27th, 6-8 PM
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104 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Seminar: Metadata for Musicians
Thursday, October 11th, 7-9 PM
Local 802 - American Federation of Musicians
322 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

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