Johnny is a versatile and inventive composer, orchestrator and musician specialising in Orchestral Music, Jazz and Traditional Irish music. His most recent recording project was an arrangement of Leaf Will Fall, an ethereal song composed by Anne Marie Kelly. Recorded at Audioland, Leixlip with Anthony Gibney, the track featured some of Dublin’s finest musicians and is featured in Anne Marie’s photographic exhibition ‘Roots and Wings’ this March at Filmbase, Dublin. The track was bookended by a modern composition for Violin, Viola and Cello and a Jig for Bouzouki, Fiddle, Guitar and String Group.
Currently studying Film Scoring at UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, Johnny’s first assignment was for string group with bass; Reminiscence is featured above. The performance was conducted by the excellent Carl Johnson.
Also featured above is Remembering, Returning, a score composed for the short film Returning by Amelia Olsen-Boyd (Tropscore Competition Entry 2012). It showcases Johnny’s use of unusual colours and timbres in the opening section and his more traditional orchestral scoring towards the end.
Barcelona, Evening (2009) is an improvisation from a lead sheet by Johnny – it features Dave Hand on production, Janai Diaz (Brazil) on guitar, Martin Gruet (France) on upright bass, Dennis Wijers (Dublin) on sax and Johnny on piano. The session also featured Anne Marie Kelly (Dublin) on vocals and James Dunne (Wicklow) on Drums and was recorded at Colaiste Mhuire, Marino, Dublin.