After having music featured in Roots and Wings in March, John has teamed up with longtime collaborator Anne Marie Kelly on her superb debut short film, Ma. The score has just been completed and the film is in the very final stages of post-production. It was truly a pleasure working on such a humane and emotional film with Anne Marie and her talented team. Here’s a cue that wasn’t used but has many of the elements that ended up in the score (solo mandolin, guitar, strings).
I’m currently studying Film Scoring at UCLA Extension; my degree was a Bachelor in Music Education from the DIT Conservatory of Music, Dublin, specialising in Piano (studied with Roy Holmes) and Composition (studied with David Brophy, Eibhlis Farrell and Helen Kane).
As well as playing live around Dublin and the rest of Ireland and appearing solo and with bands across Norfolk and Lancashire in the United Kingdom, I’ve been composing and arranging music for films and projects since 2005.
In a nutshell; I organize and manage music projects from conception to completion with an emphasis on arrangement and orchestration – I’ve attended the Art of Orchestration seminar in New York with Steven Scott Smalley and been lucky enough to learn from Jeff Atmajian and Craig Stuart Garfinkle (among others) at IMRO’s excellent workshops.
I’m still learning the craft; here’s a rough recording of my first UCLA Extension assignment – conducted by the amazing Carl Johnson at AFM Local 47, Burbank.
Please check out my LinkedIn profile for the long version of the bio.