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SCL-NY Screening WRETCHES & JABBERERS with J. Ralph Q&A


Presented the State-Of-The-Art documentary film


Followed by a Q&A with Composer/Songwriter J. RALPH

Moderated by Composer/Songwriter/SCL Steering Committee Member DAVID WOLFERT


THE NORWOOD CLUB, 241 West 14th St., New York, NY 10011

Directed by Academy Award® winning director Gerardine Wurzburg, WRETCHES & JABBERERSchronicles the global journey of a pair of men with autism, Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher, who set out to demystify their disability and reveal its intense isolation, ultimately demonstrating that - Autism is not abnormality of the brain as much as abnormality of experience - per Larry.  But the musical journey that created the soundtrack is equally compelling, spanning multiple continents and iconic stars from five decades, in what’s likely the most impressive gathering of talent in recent times. In addition to the score, J. RALPH wrote and produced twenty original songs featuring collaborations with Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Antony, Vashti Bunyan, Ben Taylor, Bob Weir, Devendra Banhart, Judy Collins, Stephen Stills, Scarlett Johannson, Paul Brady, Vincent Gallo, David Garza, Bonnie Bramlett, Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Lila Downs, and Leah Siegel. 

Watch the J. Ralph guest interview on Carson Daly featuring the music of WRETCHES & JABBERERS:

Hear the end title song "THE REASONS WHY" written and performed by J. Ralph:

Watch the End Title Sequence:

J. RALPH - Acclaimed composer, songwriter and producer known for his scores to the Academy Award® winning documentaries THE COVE (about the Japanese dolphin slaughters) and MAN ON WIRE (about Philippe Petit's highwire walk between the World Trade Center in 1974), SCL Member J. Ralph saw the subjects of the documentary WRETCHES & JABBERERS as strolling minstrels going from towns to continents, a parallel to folk music, and soon Ralph’s journey became a modern day road story of its own. A gifted artist and songwriter, J. Ralph set out to lend a voice through music to honor those who spent a lifetime searching for a voice of their own. And through sheer perseverance, and perhaps a touch of brilliance, has drawn upon an astounding collection of voices, and an album that stands as a musical masterwork.  Everyone J. Ralph reached out to was moved by the experience of the film’s subjects. The film's soundtrack release will debut January 11th as part of an exclusive charity promotion with proceeds benefiting the Autism Society of America and the Wretches & Jabberers Fund of the Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University, followed by a wide release, including CD and limited edition vinyl on February 11th.


THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL) is the non-profit and primary organization for professional film, TV and video game composers and lyricists, with a distinguished 65-year history in the fine art of creating music for motion pictures and television.  The predecessor organization, the Screen Composers Association, began in 1945 with such legendary icons as Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Dimitri Tiomkin and David Raksin among others.  Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film/television/game music industry today.


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