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Singer-Songwriter-Lyricist Amanda Ply
Joins SMC Artists
   SMC Artists proudly announces representation of singer-songwriter-lyricist, Amanda Ply. Amanda is a classical pianist and honors graduate of the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. With
inspiration from Carole King, Diane Warren and Sia, as a singer-songwriter, Amanda has an edge and ability—both on- and off-stage—to appeal to a wide range of fans.  It is her contemporary approach to crafting songs, and her easy vocal style and elastic voice that appeals to her audiences. More recently, Amanda has been focusing her efforts writing R&B, Country and Pop songs for a wide spectrum of artists.

 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’ 

    “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” arranged and conducted The Hollies’  “He Ain't 

    Heavy, He’s My Brother” and performed and conducted Gerry and The Pacemakers’   

  “Ferry Cross the Mercey,” among many others. After playing principle saxophone on Henry Mancini's Pink 

  Panther and Arabesquscores, 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 cognoscente.   

  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!"

     Stephen 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 symbolism 
  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 audience 
  feel saudade for whatever loss they need to resolve.


     Stephen also recently scored the feature documentary, Kampai! For the Love of Sake. The English- and 

  Japanese-language film under the direction of Mirai Konishi, explores the world of Sake, the national drink of  

  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."

    From the highly acclaimed, award-winning series Wild America, scored by Neil Argo, Kronos Records 

  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   

  orchestral work.


     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 is currently a Scholar of 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   



    Apart from composing for concert, theatre and film, he has participated 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 continues to be under the tutelage of noted film composer Adam Balazs, assisting in the full 
  range of music 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