Recording the Score for MEN OF THE CLOTH

Now that we’re essentially done editing MEN OF THE CLOTH (except for a few tweaks here and there) I wanted to post a clip from our music recording session at the John Kilgore studio in Manhattan. It was an all-day event orchestrated and supervised by my composer, Chris Hajian. The musicians were Allison Leyton-Brown on piano, Entcho Todorov on violin, Peter Sachon on cello, and Bernd Schoenhart on guitar. They were all superb and extremely professional. Joette Spinelli, my friend and fellow member of NYWIFT (New York Women in Film) was nice enough to take some video with her small dual-purpose still camera.

Director Vicki Vasilopoulos at John Kilgore Sound & Recording studio

Here’s one take from the opening title sequence of MEN OF THE CLOTH. You can see the film playing on the monitor inside the recording booth on the right side of the frame :

MEN OF THE CLOTH opening title music recording session from Vicki Vasilopoulos on Vimeo.

Composer Chris Hajian Joins MEN OF THE CLOTH

I’m excited to report that Chris Hajian, a very talented and creative artist in his own right, has signed on to compose the score for MEN OF THE CLOTH.

Chris began his musical education at the age of five, studying trumpet under his father, Edward, a professional musician in New York City. His formal training started at New York’s famed High School of the Performing Arts, and continued at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied classical composition. He has composed scores for a wide range of feature films, indies and documentaries.

After interviewing several New York-based composers, I fell in love with his work after seeing two of his most recent documentary projects at the Doc NYC festival last fall: First Position is a film about ballet students who compete in the Youth America Grand Prix. It will be released theatrically in May 2012 by IFC/Sundance Selects. Unraveled will have its broadcast premiere on the Showtime Network and a theatrical release in April 2012. It’s a film about attorney Marc Dreier, who committed fraud on a scale that made him second only to Bernie Madoff.

Chris brings a sensitivity to these very different subjects, and his music heightens the dramatic impact of those films. I’m confident that his score for MEN OF THE CLOTH will enhance its cinematic appeal.

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