A Tale of Two Grammy Nominations

I’ve been around the saxophone my whole life. As a child growing up in a musical family, I always knew my Dad was home when I heard him trying to find a new reed. Then next week I would hear it put to use on the latest Sinatra record! Imagine my delight when...


I recently attended the Newport Beach Film Festival, and since I only had one day to see as many films as possible, I decided to pick one from each category: art/design, feature, short, family, and documentary.  My first screening was “A Not So Still Life...


In my last blog, I spoke of some of my childhood musical influences, and this week I would like to focus on Johnny Mandel, the film composer, and what he has meant to my musical sensibilities. Many years ago my dad came home from work one day to announce, “I...

“She just killed me….her arrangements are absolutely divine. She gives these songs such a visual sense, they come alive and really pull you in!”

– Natalie Cole

For the first time…..
Nan Schwartz’s original symphonic music

Available 16 March, 2018

As a woman composer who has carved an enviable reputation inside the crucible of the Hollywood Film Music business, Nan Schwartz nonetheless remains an enigma to orchestras and concert music audiences around the world. This apparent anomaly can, in part, be ascribed to the imbalance in respect to opportunities for women composers generally, but given that Nan is a Grammy winner, 5-time Grammy nominee and seven-time Emmy nominee, it remains perplexing that the classical music world has taken so long to recognize her indisputable genius.

This album beautifully directed by the eminent Australian conductor, Kevin Purcell, brings to light through these premiere recordings the extraordinary music of this iconic, contemporary, American composer.