John Scott Honored for His Work
The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and
Authors (BASCA), in association with PRS for Music,
celebrated the achievements of an outstanding group of 12 men and women who have made a special
contribution to Britain’s music industry.
The 40th Anniversary Gold Badge Awards honored composer John Scott.
Mr. Scott is a musician, arranger and film composer. He played flute on The Beatles’
to Hide Your Love Away,” arranged and conducted The Hollies’ “He Ain't
He’s My Brother” and performed and conducted Gerry and The Pacemakers’
Cross the Mercey,” among many others. After playing principle saxophone on Henry Mancini's Pink
Panther and Arabesque scores, and through Mr. Mancini's mentoring, John began composing for film, and has
since scored over 70 films. He is also the recipient of four Emmy
Awards for his work in Television, and
continues to add to his extensive body of classical work.
SMC Artists proudly salutes the incredible achievements and
recognitions of our colleague and friend, John
Adam Balazs Scores "Requiem" for
Hungarian National Dance Troupe and Scores HBO Europe Series
On January 20, Adam Balazs' contemporary dance composition, Requiem,
premiered with a performance by the Hungarian National Dance Troupe at the MOM
Cultural Centre, Budapest. The work is
described as having no musical boundaries, yet it is conceptually very
homogenous. Unlike Mozart (though his was uncompleted) and Verdi, who both had completely different sequential orders of the chapters of
Requiem, Adam's piece follows the text of the traditional death Mass. A Considerable departure for Adam,
the work received critical acclaim from both the music and dance
Adam continues to write for the HBO Europe series, In Treatment
(third season) and their latest hit, Shadows, where he is also music producer and music supervisor. The success of Shadows has resulted in the series being broadcast in 15 territories internationally, a first for HBO Europe, and will be broadcast in the United States by Hulu.
And, in addition to two independent
series, A Summer Adventure and Action (six seasons), Adam recently completed the score for the psychological thriller, A Man
Who Was Thursday (Balazs Juszt, dir.), a concept from the book of the same
name by G.K. Chesterton.
Noah Potter - Executive Music Producer for
"Pioneer's Palace B'92"
Encompassing all facets of music, Noah Potter sets an historical tone for this period film. Set in
Bucharest after the fall of Ceausescu, Pioneer's Palace captures the chaotic essence of the time.
Based on director Bobby Paunescu's own experience, the story follows a group of Romanian teenagers
who, driven by the unprecendented freedoms of a free-market economy, open a disco in their high
school. Surrounded by entrepreneurial opportunity and almost no limits, the teens visit Bucharest's first-
ever brothel, and are exposed to the dark underbelly of an unregulated society when they are faced
with potential exposure to AIDS. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Stephen Viens Scores "Arctic Plunge" and "Kampai!"
Viens scored director
Brian To's Arctic Plunge,
his seventh film with Brian. The film is an
apology letter narrated by an older woman
(Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland) to a 16-year-old boy
who took his own life after she rejected him during an
Arctic tour many years ago, when she was 25-years-
old. Sorrow and regret haunt her as she reflects on the void left in her heart. Arctic Plunge uses
and imagery to convey
the disintegration and breakup of man’s relationship with
wildlife and Earth, which
may be lost forever. It is is a
tone poem that juxtaposes music, words, and images to make the
feel saudade for whatever loss they
need to resolve.
recently scored the feature documentary, Kampai! For the Love of Sake. The English-
Japanese-language film under the
direction of Mirai Konishi, explores the world of Sake, the national drink
Japan. The film was produced by Konishi’s Los
Angeles-based Wagamama Media, in collaboration with producer, Chiaki Yanagimoto. It was introduced at AFM, and was a
highlight of the San Sebastián International Film Festival, Spain, and is now
onto the Tokyo and Hawaii Film Festivals.
Michael Klubertanz to Score "Noboo Episode 1: Origin"
Michael Klubertanz has been chosen to score Philip Cabrara and Digital Lab Animation Studios' CGI film for
children and families, Noboo Episode 1: Origin. It is a story of a lovable space creature, Noboo, who becomes
stranded on planet Earth, and embarks on a magical adventure. Meanwhile, a powerful galactic villain seeks to
capture Noboo to steal his limitless energy source. The film will feature a special character based on Emily
Michael continues to write for the Television series Renegades, is finishing scores for Fire of Darkness (M.J. Khappa, dir.) and White (Stuart Shepard, dir.), and is waiting for Mordred (Laura Jay, dir.), which is currently
Neil Argo Soundtracks Released—"Wild America" and "P.J."
is releasing the long-awaited, limited-edition
soundtrack, containing highlights from the show. Included
with the immediately identifiable theme, are some of the
most memorable episodes with Neil’s exquisite
Wild America has been regarded as the greatest series and
specials ever produced about North
American wildlife and nature.
Kronos Records has also released a limited-edition
soundtrack from Neil’s score for P.J., a highly acclaimed drama. Reviewed by Clark Douglas, Movie Music UK, “This intimate
orchestral score was a very pleasant surprise, reminding me a little bit of the
low-key work of Elmer Bernstein."
Emerging Film Composer Akos Lustyik Joins SMC Artists
Akos Lustyik is a classically trained composer from Budapest,
Hungary. Completing his studies at the Franz
Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest,
he has been accepted to the Royal College of Music, London, where he will
complete his masters in film
music composition. Akos also
holds a degree in economics and management from Budapest University of
Technology and Economics, and speaks Hungarian, English and German.
from composing for concert, theatre and film, he is also participating in the Hungarian
National Opera and
Franz Liszt Academy of Music projects as orchestrator and
score editor. And, to further nurture his involvement in film scoring, Akos is under
the tutelage of noted film composer Adam Balazs, assisting in the full range of
production and composition.
Representation of Film & Television Composers, Songwriters and Lyricists
"SMC Artists takes pride in representing international film & Television composers, and songwriters and lyricists, who are classically
trained, and who have a significant and award-winning scoring history. I ask for your consideration of all my fine artists and their
qualifications when preparing for your next production."—Otto Vavrin II