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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Score – In Review

For the first time in the film saga’s epic history, the music for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was scored here in Los Angeles with AFM Local 47 musicians. Dan Redfeld, AFM Local 47 member, classically trained composer, conductor, orchestrator and pianist, shares his review of the film’s score.

We’ve all been waiting to hear what the Maestro, composer John Williams, has fashioned. The reports of the sessions beginning in June and lasting until November have been plastered everywhere. What kind of things were we going to hear? Will the score feel like “Star Wars”? Are the themes catchy?

For me, the score is nothing short of miraculous and a testament to why Mr. Williams is the greatest American composer this country has produced since Bernstein or Copland. He’s 83 and shows no sign of resting on his laurels. The music is complex, thematically driven, impeccably orchestrated, passionate, sinister, heart-wrenching, beautiful. It’s definitely written in his later period style (which began surfacing in the ’90s): an intricate harmonic structure, the high xylophone/woodwind riffs during action sequences which make the music cut through sound design, detailed counterpoint and a sense of assuredness of a master craftsman operating in top form. Continue reading at listen-la.com

Check out Dan’s full film review of “The Force Awakens” here.

Santa Barbara Symphony Season Closes With Dan Redfeld Premiere

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Oboe soloist Lara Wickes, Maestro Nir Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony  to perform May 16 & 17

Composer Dan Redfeld will premiere “Arioso for Oboe, Percussion & Strings” for Santa Barbara Symphony’s final concert of the season, “Santa Barbara Symphony Presents: Porgy and Bess” on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. The piece will be conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti featuring oboist Lara Wickes. Continue reading

#listenLA spotlight: ‘Funny Boned’

Dan Redfeld -- Composer

Dan Redfeld — Composer

 Writer/director J J Hickey goes all union on his web comedy series

Writer, director and producer J J Hickey first met composer Dan Redfeld 14 years ago when he was seeking a music director for a theatrical production of the John Dos Passos trilogy “U.S.A.”

His web comedy series “Funny Boned” marks their third project together, and Hickey says he can’t imagine not using union workers – including musicians – for all his future projects.

Read the full story at listen-la.com!