James Lavino. Composer.

Archive of news postings (2009-2011) from the old site

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News from James Lavino

29 April 2011
Hello. The new jameslavino.com goes live in less than a week!

In the meantime I am happy to report that I’m on board to score the following three films:
“Mother Prioress”, directed by Rebecca Cammisa;
“Refuge”, directed by Jessica Goldberg;
“Burning Blue”, directed by DMW Greer.

More info about these projects will appear on the new site.


5 April 2011
It has taken slightly longer than expected, but the new jameslavino.com is being built as you read these words. Everything will be up and running by the end of the month!


10 January 2011
An entirely new jameslavino.com will be appearing here before too long. Stay tuned…


14 December 2010
The choir of Winchester Cathedral (Andrew Lumsden, cond.) will be performing “Nativity” at their three carol services. 20, 21, 23 December, 6.30pm, at Winchester Cathedral, UK.


7 December 2010
The Elysian Singers of London will be performing my piece “On This Island” at their concert on 1 March 2011.

A video showreel has been added to the site (click SHOWREELS, then VIDEO).


26 October 2010
A fully functional video showreel should be available on this site by mid-November. In the meantime, I’ve created a YouTube channel containing some clips from recent film and television projects.

The Road to Carnegie Hall, the documentary I scored about the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, will premiere in New York on 7 November as part of the DOC NYC festival.

The Elysian Singers of London will be performing my carol “Before the paling of the stars” at their holiday concert on 15 December in London. In the new year they will record the piece for an upcoming album of Christmas music.


14 September 2010
I will be composing the music for “Tent City”, a feature-length documentary film for Oprah Winfrey’s new network, OWN. The film, presented by Executive Producer Gabriel Byrne, explores homelessness in Nashville, Tennessee.


6 July 2010
Some new things are up on the site, including audio for the film “Harmony: the road to Carnegie Hall” and a PDF of the score of the 16-part version of the choral piece “Visitations”.

“No one dies in Lily Dale” is now showing on HBO.


30 June 2010
“Kevorkian” is now showing on HBO. Entertainment Weekly gives it an “A”! You can read a synopsis and see a trailer (NOTE: the music in the trailer is not mine) HERE.

I will be adding some new things to this site — including some of the music from “Harmony: the road to Carnegie Hall” and a score for the new 16-part version of “Visitations” — later this week.


18 June 2010
“No one dies in Lily Dale” (see listing in FILM/TELEVISION) will be screening in Philadelphia next Wednesday (23 June) in advance of its premiere on HBO next month. Free admission. I will be at the screening. More info HERE.


21 May 2010
The BBC Symphony Chorus will be singing through the new 16-part version of my choral piece “Visitations” at an open rehearsal day on 29 May in London. Additional details HERE.


1 April 2010
I’m in the process of creating a 16-part version of “Visitations,” which should be much more manageable for most choirs. I should have the score up here for perusal in the next week or so.


3 March 2010
Over the next several days the website will be updated: there will be project listings for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra documentary, for another HBO documentary (No One Dies in Lily Dale), and for the 40-part choral piece “Visitations”. There will also be new MP3s and scores. By Sunday the update should be complete…


4 February 2010
Very very pleased to announce that “Which Way Home” has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Feature Documentary.

My new 40-part choral piece “Visitations” will be premiered this weekend. The piece is 12 minutes long and will be sung by a choir of over 200 singers. Additional details HERE.


16 January 2010
I’ve finished up work on “No one dies in Lily Dale”. It will be broadcast on HBO this summer, I think. I’m about to start work on “Harmony: the Road to Carnegie Hall“, a film about the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

Also hard at work on the 40-part choral piece, “Visitations”, which will be premiered Sunday 7 February at Union Chapel, Islington, London. Check out the Tallis Festival website for more details.

You should follow me on Twitter HERE.


13 December 2009
The soundtrack album for “Trust us, this is all made up” is now available on iTunes, Amazon, (Amazon UK), et al. Get it today!


3 December 2009
“Which Way Home” has been nominated for a Spirit Award.


25 November 2009
I’ve been hired to compose the score to a documentary film called “No one dies in Lily Dale.” The film is directed by Steven Cantor and is a Stick Figure production for HBO .


20 November 2009
“Which Way Home” (see listing in FILM/TV) has been ‘shortlisted’ for an Oscar. For more info, click HERE.

“Trust us, this is all made up” (see listing in FILM/TV) is now out in the world. Check out the film’s website to watch the trailer and find a screening near you. You can even host a screening yourself! You can also pre-order the DVD.

Several new performances have been added to the “recent and upcoming performances” window. For more detail, click the “recent and upcoming performances” link, above.


10 November 2009
“Which Way Home” (see listing in FILM/TELEVISION) will be broadcast in the UK on More4 on 17 and 18 November.

“Which Way Home” will also be screening at this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam on 19, 23, and 28 November.


3 November 2009
The soundtrack album for Alex Karpovsky’s film “Trust us, this is all made up” is now available on iTunes, Amazon, (Amazon UK), emusic, et al. Get it today!

Three further choral pieces — “Peaceful was the night,” “An exhortation of St Peter,” and “I will lift up mine eyes” — are now available as downloads from Boosey & Hawkes.


16 October 2009
My choral piece “Nativity” will be performed by The Phoenix Singers on 23 December, at their annual service of lessons and carols, in Taunton, UK.

“Nativity” is now available from Boosey & Hawkes.


14 October 2009
Selections from the score to “Trust us, this is all made up” are now up on this site. Click on FILM/TELEVISION and then “Trust us…” and then “click for audio.” The soundtrack album will be released through iTunes, Amazon, et al., in November. Stay tuned.


6 October 2009
I have been commissioned to write a 40-part piece for the 2010 Tallis Festival. Additional details to come.


30 September 2009
Very happy to announce that Alex Karpovsky’s film “Woodpecker” is finally available on DVD. The film’s score was composed by me and features performances by Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Lee and Tyler Sargent. You can stream the soundtrack in its entirety on this site: click FILM/TELEVISION and find the “Woodpecker” entry (on page 2). More info about the DVD and score can be found HERE.


18 September 2009
For the fifth year running I have received an ASCAPlus award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.


14 September 2009
The carol commissioned by Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum will be a setting of Christina Rosetti’s poem “Before the paling of the stars”.


4 August 2009
“Which Way Home” (see listing under FILM/TELEVISION) premieres on HBO on August 24th. More info HERE and HERE.


24 July 2009
MP3 piano demos of “We meet not in sorrow” and “They have become bright stars” have now been added to those projects’ respective listings (in the CHORAL/CONCERT section of this site).


22 July 2009
“Peaceful was the Night” will be performed by HELIOS Voices at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 13 August. Additional deatils HERE.


8 July 2009
I have been commissioned to write a Christmas carol for Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum and the Dean Close Chapel Choir. The piece will receive its first performance on Sunday 13 December at the Pitville Pump Room, Cheltenham (UK). Benjamin Nicholas will conduct. Additional performances will take place later in the month. More info soon…


2 June 2009
I have been commissioned to write a piece for the choir of Westminster Abbey. The piece — a short unaccompanied introit, with a text taken from the speeches of Abraham Lincoln — will be premiered at the Abbey on the evening of Tuesday 5 July, at a service marking the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. Additional details can be found HERE.


19 May 2009
“Which Way Home” will be showing at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. This will be a free screening. The film premieres on HBO (in the USA) on 24 August.

I’ve begun work on “Trust Us, This Is All Made Up”.


10 May 2009
I’ve been commissioned to score Alex Karpovsky’s documentary “Trust Us, This Is All Made Up”.


8 May 2009
The new choral piece for St Paul’s, “They have become bright stars,” was premiered today in the presence of the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke of York. Additional details about the piece, and a PDF of the score, will be up on the site soon.


14 April 2009
I have been commissioned to write a piece for the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, in London. The as-yet untitled piece, which was commissioned by Andrew Carwood and the choir of St Paul’s, in association with the Royal Navy, will be premiered at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 8 May, as part of a service of thanksgiving and remembrance to commemorate One Hundred Years of Naval Aviation. Details of the service can be found here.

“Which Way Home” has been selected for this year’s “Hot Docs” International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. The film will screen on the 5th and 7th of May.


9 April 2009
I’ve finished work on Matthew Galkin’s “Kevorkian” (see listing in FILM/TV for more info).


17 March 2009
The world premiere of “Which Way Home” (see listing in FILM/TV) will take place at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday 25 April. I will be at the screening. More information can be found here.


23 February 2009
This site has been updated. There is now a project listing for “Which Way Home” in the film/tv section, with new audio, and some little tweaks have been made at various other places.


19 February 2009
“Sissinghurst”, the eight-part documentary series I scored (see listing under FILM/TELEVISION), begins on BBC Four (UK) this Sunday 22 February at 8.00pm. More information can be found here.


7 January 2009
I’m finishing up work on “Which Way Home” (see news for 15 November, below) and am about to begin working on “Kevorkian”, a feature documentary film about the (in)famous right-to-die advocate Jack Kevorkian. The film is being directed by Matthew Galkin, whose last film, the HBO documentary “I am an animal: the story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA”, I also scored.

My choral piece “Save Me, O God” — a setting of Psalm 69 — will be performed by the choir of Clare College, Cambridge (UK), at the College Chapel’s Ash Wednesday Vigil service, on 25 February. Tim Brown, the choir’s director, will conduct.