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The SIFF Orchestra!

I am very proud to bring you this year a project that took me 2 years to put together: THE SIFF ORCHESTRA
For the first time in history, the 38th Seattle international Film Festival (SIFF) will kick off its annual Grand Opening Night ceremony on May 17th 2012 with a 60-piece orchestra that will play live the original music I composed!

The project was finally made possible thanks to the help of Kirsten G. James from the Seattle Musician’s Alliance. Veteran musician and conductor Michael Miropolsky will be conducting, which makes me very honored.

My involvement with SIFF goes back to 2009, when I was asked to score the SIFF 35th Anniversary Tribute. A 20 min film that was opening the 35th ceremony directed by Rick Stevenson and starring numerous Seattle luminaries such as actor Tom Skerritt, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz, Steve Pool, Matt hasselbeck from the Seattle Seahawkes and many, many more!

After the success of this score, I was asked to come up with some original music to play during the ceremony for the first time ever. We did in 2010 and 2011. Each time I produced the music separately and it was then played on speakers during the event. People liekd it so much that the very first night we did that everyone was saying “It would so great to have it played by a live orchestra, it would make us feel at the OSCARS!”

This is when I sat down with Deborah Person (SIFF Managing Director) and Carl Spence (SIFF Artistic Director) and started discussing seriously about potentially make it happen. In the end it took me 2 years to put together, but I finally came back with an orchestra ready to perform the night of May 17th 2012!

We just launched a Kickstarter campaign, which is the very last step of this 2-year-quest. You can check it out here:
The SIFF Orchestra Kickstarter Page


For the first time in the Seattle International Film Festival’s history, it was opening this year with an official music theme which I was honored to compose! I called it “Magic of SIFF” in honor to the magic of cinema, and the magic that SIFF brings every year in Seattle. It was played at the beautiful Benaroya Hall in Seattle in front of a full audience of 3000 people. The cherry on the cake was when they turned the lights off and played it from beginning to end just before the screening of “The Extra Man” by Robert Pulcini and starring Paul Dano, who both were in audience as well that night!

SIFF 2010 red Carpet with SIFF's Managing Director Deborah Person

Benaroya Hall in Seattle during SIFF Opening Night.

SIFF 2010 Opening Night at Benaroya Hall.

SIFF Opening Night 2010

As the lights were being turned off...

SIFF 2010 Opening Night

beautiful Benaroya Hall in Seattle