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-- 11 May 2020 --

New 5-Part Documentary Series for PBS

Vivek recently completed the music score for a riveting 5-hour documentary series, Asian Americans, scheduled to premiere tonight and tomorrow night, May 11-12, on PBS. The sweeping historical series chronicles over two centuries of immigration/diasporic themes related to the evolving identity, contributions, and challenges experienced by Asian Americans in the United States. The series explores bold, new perspectives that recalibrate the way we look at those experiences, and reveals the vital role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity.

Vivek composed nearly 4.5 hours of music for the series' 5 episodes. The score takes you on an epic ride, traversing gritty 19th-Century American textures and elegant European Romantic motifs, 20th-Century jazz, and modern-day brooding electronica. Additionally, you'll hear splashes of musical color from places as varied as Japan, Philippines, Korea, China, and India -- all threaded into a cohesive musical fabric that eschews temporal and geographic boundaries.

 EVENT:  Premiere of Asian Americans, Episodes 1 and 2
  WHEN:  Monday, May 11, 8-10 PM ET/PT
 WHERE:  PBS (broadcast and streaming)
 
 EVENT:  Premiere of Asian Americans, Episodes 3, 4, and 5
  WHEN:  Tuesday, May 12, 8-11 PM ET/PT
 WHERE:  PBS (broadcast and streaming)

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker and UCLA professor Renee Tajima-Peña served as the series' showrunner, and the episodes were directed by S. Leo Chiang (Ep 1 & 3), Grace Lee (Ep 2 & 4), and Geeta Gandbhir (Ep 5).

 

Soundtrack Release

Lakeshore Records, the premier record label for soundtrack albums, will be releasing Vivek's score for the Asian Americans later this month. Look for it on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, etc.

 

In the meantime, you can listen to excerpts of the music score here.

 

 

Season 5 of The Tom and Jerry Show

Last Fall, Vivek completed his work on Season 5 of the iconic Tom and Jerry Show -- the Warner Bros. reboot of the classic cat-and-mouse cartoon (with all new stories and animation). To date, Vivek has scored 124 episodes of the show, which is currently streaming on Boomerang, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, etc.

Vivek's score music on the show is steeped in the traditions of the classic cartoon, but also infuses modern aesthetics creating a unique amalgam that is harmonically rich, rhythmically agile, and dramatically sensitive.

You can hear excerpts of Vivek's music from a few previously aired episodes here.

 

Further Updates

Please check the Maddala Music | Press page to read recent interviews and news articles.

...And stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks and months.

 

 

 

 

 

-- 06 May 2019 --

Emmy Award

Vivek has won a Creative Arts Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Music Direction and Composition" for his work on the Warner Bros. animated series The Tom and Jerry Show. This was Vivek's third consecutive Emmy nomination and second consecutive win. This award was based on Vivek's music for the Season 2 episode titled, "Kitten Grifters." The episode is a throwback to classic hard-boiled detective fiction (a la Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett) and features Vivek's signature romantic, jazz-infused orchestral music (with occasional surprises veering into hip-hop and other musical landscapes). This year, Vivek shared the award with his colleagues, Steve Morrell and John Van Tongeren, whose music can be heard on some of the other episodes in the season. The cartoon features the well-known characters of the classic show, but with all-new stories and animation, and contains wall-to-wall music along the lines of the original.

Vivek also received an Annie Award nomination earlier this year for his music on the show.

You can listen to select excerpts of Vivek's music from The Tom and Jerry Show here.

Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony was held May 3-5, 2019.

 

Netflix Documentary

Late last year, Vivek composed the music score for a new documentary titled All in My Family, which just premiered, May 3rd, on Netflix. It's a personal, eye-opening film narrated by director Hao Wu about cultural identity, family pressure, and acceptance. The subject matter is too nuanced and varied to describe in depth here, but you can check it out by streaming the film now.

Vivek's music score is eccentric and buoyant, sometimes playing against picture, framing the story in surprising ways. You can listen to excerpts of the music score here.

 

New 5-Part Documentary Series for PBS

Vivek has signed on to score a riveting 5-hour documentary series, scheduled to premiere in May 2020. With the working title, The Asian Americans, the sweeping historical series chronicles over two centuries of immigration/diasporic themes related to the evolving identity, contributions, and challenges experienced by Asian Americans in the United States. The series explores bold, new perspectives that recalibrate the way we look at those experiences, and reveals the vital role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity.

The series is produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker and UCLA professor Renee Tajima-Peña and will contain episodes directed by renowned directors Grace Lee, S. Leo Chiang, and Geeta Gandbhir.

Stay tuned!

 

Theme Song for a New Animated Show

Vivek produced and recorded the new opening theme song for Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? -- the upcoming animated TV series based on the classic Scooby-Doo franchise by Hanna-Barbera, and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The song features lead vocals by renowned singer/songwriter David Poe. Guest stars on the show for the opening season include Chris Paul, Sia, Halsey, Ricky Gervais, Kenan Thompson, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Mark Hamill. The series is produced by Chris Bailey, and will premiere this year.

 

Stay tuned!

 

New Animated Television Season

Vivek is currently composing music in his fourth season of The Tom and Jerry Show, the Warner Bros. reboot of the classic Tom and Jerry animated series. To date, Vivek has scored over 108 episodes of the show, and as with the previous seasons, he is alternating episodes with esteemed composer Steve Morrell. Vivek's work dovetails with that of one of the show's sound designers, Grammy-winning recording/mix engineer and songwriter/musician Dan Blessinger.

Vivek's score music on the show is steeped in the traditions of the classic cartoon, but also infuses modern aesthetics creating a unique amalgam that is harmonically rich, rhythmically agile, and dramatically sensitive. The music moves fluidly between 19th-Century European Romanticism, 20th-Century American jazz, and present-day idioms eschewing cultural and geographical boundaries.

You can hear excerpts of Vivek's music from a few previously aired episodes here.

 

Further Updates

Please check the Maddala Music | Press page to read recent interviews and news articles.

...And stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks and months.

 

 

 

 

 

-- 30 April 2018 --

Emmy Award

Vivek has won a Creative Arts Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Music Direction and Composition" for his work on the new Warner Bros. animated series The Tom and Jerry Show. This was Vivek's second consecutive Emmy nomination for the show. The cartoon features the characters of the classic show, but with all-new stories and animation, and contains wall-to-wall music along the lines of the original.

You can listen to select excerpts of Vivek's music from The Tom and Jerry Show here.

 

Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony was held April 27-29, 2018.

 

 

Drums Score

Last summer, Vivek composed and performed the drums score, under the direction of Little Girl and the Robot, to a whirlwind tour of the New York Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theater, for the New York Times.

A surprise hit, the video has thus far received over 2.2 million views. Vivek performed the score live to picture. Check it out (and watch 'til the end for a behind-the-scenes cameo appearance).

 

Music for Video Campaign

Beginning last year, Vivek has been composing music for the #WhyIMake campaign -- a platform for prominent "makers" to tell their own stories via video showcases, serving both as role models and inspiration for others.

Directed by Bann Roy, the #WhyIMake videos feature diverse people such as NASA astronaut Don Pettit, discussing what itÍs like to be a maker in space; Adam Savage, co-host and executive producer of MythBusters; Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and his family; actor, author, and woodworker Nick Offerman.

To watch these videos, visit www.WhyIMake.org.

You can hear excerpts of Vivek's music from the campaign here.

 

Feature Film Now Streaming

The feature film White Sun is now streaming online at outlets such as Amazon.com. Vivek's music for the film plays with a light touch, obliquely supporting this delicate and superbly crafted political drama/dark comedy set high in the Himalayas. White Sun won the Interfilm Award at the Venice Film Festival and has received rave reviews from the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, BBC, New York Times, and elsewhere.

Directed by Deepak Rauniyar (Highway) and edited by David Barker (Daylight, Here), the film's production team includes Joslyn Barnes (Shadow World, This Changes Everything) and Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon).

You can hear Vivek's closing music from the film here.

 

Music for Interactive Documentary

A few months ago, Vivek composed music for the K-TOWN '92 interactive documentary, directed by Grace Lee (American Revolutionary, The Grace Lee Project). K-TOWN '92 explores the impact and legacy of the Los Angeles riots/rebellion/civil unrest 25 years later through a diverse range of stories from Koreatown and beyond.

When you visit the K-TOWN '92 site, you select from a mosaic of characters, archival and news footage, and prompts that enable you to hear from communities of color whose stories have been widely unheard and ignored.

 

New Animated Television Season

Vivek is currently composing music in his third season of The Tom and Jerry Show, the Warner Bros. reboot of the classic Tom and Jerry animated series. To date, Vivek has scored over 70 episodes of the show, and as with the previous seasons, he is alternating episodes with esteemed composer Steve Morrell. Vivek's work dovetails with that of one of the show's sound designers, Grammy-winning recording/mix engineer and songwriter/musician Dan Blessinger. Furthermore, select episodes in past and present episodes feature songs (in the tradition of timeless Hollywood musicals), co-written by Vivek with Dan Blessinger.

 

Vivek's score music on the show is steeped in the traditions of the classic cartoon, but also infuses modern aesthetics creating a unique amalgam that is harmonically rich, rhythmically agile, and dramatically sensitive. The music moves fluidly between 19th-Century European Romanticism, 20th-Century American jazz, and present-day idioms eschewing cultural and geographical boundaries.

You can hear excerpts of Vivek's music from a few previously aired episodes here.

 

Further Updates

Vivek is currently scoring the indie comedy, "Rainbow Bridge," starring Chrissy Mazzeo and Hari Kondabolu. Details coming soon.

Please check the Maddala Music | Press page to read recent interviews and news articles.

...And stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks and months.

 

 

 

 

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