NEWS

 

 

-- 17 June 2015 --

New Music Production Studio

Vivek and his new recording studio, Maddala Music, are featured in this month's Mix Magazine.

The Maddala Music studio comprises a unique multi-room 2-story state-of-the-art music production facility, featuring world-class acoustics, custom electrical systems, stunning aesthetics, and an eco-friendly design (it's 100% solar-powered). The studio was created to serve film scoring and album projects, and features amenities to accommodate clients on a variety of projects.

The feature article in Mix Magazine describes the studio's function, design, and construction in detail.

 

Peabody Award

The film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs has recently won a Peabody Award! Congratulations to director/producer Grace Lee, producers Caroline Libresco and Austin Wilkin, and the rest of the team. The movie features a melodic, expressive music score by Vivek Maddala, which was recently nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award.

American Revolutionary was 12 years in the making and explores major US social movements of the last century through the evolving ideas of revolutionary writer, activist, and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs.

 

The original motion picture soundtrack to American Revolutionary is available as a physical CD and in download form, containing Vivek's entire score along with two songs by acclaimed Detroit hip-hop artist Invincible. You can hear excerpts from the score here.

If you didn't catch the movie in theaters or on television, you can stream it online.

 

Doc Feature Screenings and Score Release

The film Awake: The Life of Yogananda is continuing its whirlwind theatrical run all over the country and around the world. The film contains a fun, yet stirring, music score by Vivek Maddala, along with esteemed colleague Michael Mollura. Look for it at a theater near you.

Additionally, the original motion picture soundtrack will be released on CD this month. It contains excerpts of the music score along with songs featured in the film by Alanis Morissette, Jai Uttal, Anoushka Shankar, and others. Check it out!

 

Score for a Narrative Short

This past Spring, Vivek Maddala composed the music score for Asha, directed by award-winning filmmaker Meena Nanji. The film deals obliquely with matters of civil and human rights -- and specifically with indiscriminate detention of people over religious or national grounds. It's a thoughtful and surprising story of a Kenyan woman who attempts to find a conciliatory path out of situation normally marked by violence and fear.

Look for the film at a festival this year. The music score is fluid and ambient, while insistent and tactile. You can hear excerpts here.

 

Dark Comedy Music Score

A few months ago, Vivek Maddala completed the music score for Bann Roy's The Parting Shot. A dark comedy with biting social commentary, this short has been playing at US festivals since premiering in April. Vivek previously collaborated with award- winning writer/director Bann Roy on Audacity in 2011.

The boisterous -- but carefully sculpted -- music score mirrors the film's mischievous and hapless characters as the story unfolds to reveal boundless absurdities. You can hear excerpts from Vivek's music score here.

 

 

Score for Comedy Short

Earlier this year, Vivek Maddala composed the music score for Career Girl, directed by Fortunato Procopio, and written by and starring Johanna Watts.

It's a comedic fable about a woman facing an enormous problem on the most important day of her life. (Saying anything more about the plot could risk revealing an exquisite surprise -- so you must see the film to find out.) It's currently touring the festival circuit in the US.

You can hear excerpts form Vivek's music score here.

 

 

Further Updates

Vivek's interviews with Classical Classroom, Film Music Media, NPR, Examiner, and other media outlets are now available on the Maddala Music | Press page. Check it out.

Stay tuned for upcoming news on a new animated TV series Vivek will be scoring in the Fall, along with recordings and album projects Vivek is producing -- including exciting new material by Stephen Bishop and Kate Shorr, singer Bhavana Reddy, The Oopsadasies, and others.

 

 

 

-- 19 June 2014 --

Theatrical and TV Premiere of Documentary Feature, Plus CD Release

The film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs will have its Los Angeles theatrical run June 20-26 at the Pasadena Laemmle Playhouse 7. The movie features a melodic, expressive score by Vivek Maddala, with cohesive musical themes that encompass wildly diverse musical styles (from orchestral to '60s Motown to hard ambient/industrial). American Revolutionary took 12 years to make and explores major US social movements of the last century through the ideas of revolutionary writer, activist, and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs.

 

The Friday 6/20 screening at 7:40 pm will feature a special Q&A with KCRW's Matt Holzman, and the filmmakers will also hold Q&As on 6/21 and at 3:10pm show on 6/22.

American Revolutionary has continued to rack up numerous awards and has received rave reviews in the Village Voice, Hollywood Reporter, and Variety. If you'd like to catch the film on television, tune in to the national broadcast premiere on the PBS documentary series POV on June 30th. Check your local listings for show times.

Additionally, you can pre-order the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on CD, featuring Vivek's complete 60-minute music score along with two songs by renowned Detroit hip-hop artist Invincible. Very soon, the album will be available worldwide in both physical and downloadable form.

Excerpts from Vivek's score for the film are here.

 

Music Score for Doc Feature Film

The film Awake: The Life of Yogananda premiered last months at the Seattle International Film Festival, and continues to tour the festival circuit. It is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Awake features a fun, yet stirring, music score by Vivek Maddala, along with esteemed colleague Michael Mollura. Stay tuned for further news on a screening near you.

 

 

New Album by Stephen Bishop

Vivek Maddala produced a number of tracks on the new album release by eminent songwriter and recording artist Stephen Bishop, titled Be Here Then.

An Oscar®- and multi-Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter, Stephen has written and recorded some of the most memorable pop hits of the last 30 years. The new material continues the legacy with songs reflecting Stephen's modern-yet-timeless artistry.

The album features an all-star lineup including, among others: keyboardist David Paich (Toto), guitarist Brian Ray (Paul McCartney), guitarist Mark Goldenberg (Jackson Browne), percussionist Lenny Castro (Adele), bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor), and engineer Ed Cherney (Eric Clapton). Vivek played piano, drums, guitar, and bass as well -- of course, with Stephen Bishop's indelible vocals and guitar. Check it out!

 

Narrative Short Premiere and Nomination

Arlene Bogna's desert steampunk western fantasy The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival's "Court Métrage" and recently had its US premiere in Los Angeles at Dances with Films. It features an integral music score by Vivek Maddala, which combines an "old West" feel with modern aesthetics, and a climactic/closing song by psychedelic Los Angeles rock band West Indian Girl.

The film continues to tour the festival circuit and will screen next month at the Madrid International Film Festival where Vivek's music score has been nominated in the category "Best Music in Film."

Check out the film trailer here.

 

New Documentary Feature Film

A few months ago, Vivek composed the music score for The Polygon, which premiered earlier this year in Australia. The film documents how the political atmosphere in post-Soviet Kazakhstan has affected the lives of poor villagers suffering radiation effects from nuclear testing, and shines a light on their struggle for remediation. Stay tuned for more screenings around the globe in the coming months.

The music score fuses pre-Bolshevik inspired symphonic music and oblique Kazakh folk motifs, with a bit of impish industrial rock. Check out excerpts of Vivek's music score for the film here.

 

The Welcome Table Project

Last year, Vivek composed music scores for three portraits in The Welcome Table Project, a film campaign produced by Louverture Films (The House I Live In, Black Power Mix Tape) and Dillywood (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Fair Game). The portraits focus on people profiled in Saru Jayaraman's book Behind The Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, February 2013).

The Welcome Table Project gently prompts us to examine our interdependence and ask us to "imagine an alternative economy that values the natural world; that gives priority to the full development of the human person; that promotes a wide sense of human community; and that addresses the dynamics of what constitutes human happiness." (Louverture)

You can hear excerpts of Vivek's score music here.

 

PBS Broadcast of Experimental Short

Meena Nanji's Here And Away made its PBS broadcast premiere recently and is currently available for streaming on the PBS web site.

It's an introspective, observational film featuring an unusual, dissonant, and surprising music score by Vivek Maddala. You can hear excerpts of the score here.

 

Dance Production in China

Recently, Vivek collaborated with composer Jane Wang Beck on the music for an epic dance production, which premiered in China on June 1st. Titled The Sixth Dalai Lama, the music and choreography are built around the six-syllable Buddhist mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" (Sanskrit) or "Om Mani Peme Hung" (Tibetan). Stay tuned for updates on future performances and a music release.

 

 

-- 12 June 2013 --

Music Score for Doc Feature Film

The documentary feature film, American Revolutionary, will have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) June 16-17. It features a melodic, expressive score by Vivek Maddala, with cohesive musical themes that encompass wildly diverse musical styles (from impressionist orchestral to '60s Motown to hard ambient/industrial). The film took 12 years to make and explores major US social movements of the last century through the ideas of revolutionary writer, activist, and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs.

Tickets to the premiere are available here.

 

 

You can hear excerpts from Vivek's 60-minute music score for the film here.

Additionally, the film will screen at the AFI Docs Film Festival (formerly Silverdocs) in Silver Spring, MD on June 21 and -- notably -- at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on June 23.

 

Music Score for Sundance/ITVS Documentary

Children of Memory (Ninos de la Memoria) will air on Sunday June 30th at 7 pm PST and again at 11 pm PST. The film is a poignant doc told through the eyes of three survivors of the Salvadoran civil war in the 1980s, and explores questions about how post-war societies can right the wrongs of the past.

The film will also stream at PBS' Global Voices, July 1 - July 22.

Vivek's music score for the film carefully fuses indigenous Central American musical colors with his focused, yet sweeping, composition style. You can hear excerpts from the score here.

 

 

Film premiere at Berlinale, and MoMA in NYC

The feature film Highway made its world premiere last year at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), followed by a US premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival and a remarkable run last month at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Vivek's music score combines strong South Asian elements with Western elements creating a unique amalgam suitable for this unusually gritty, modern drama set in Nepal.

Directed by Deepak Rauniyar and edited by David Barker (DAYLIGHT, HERE), the film's production team includes Joslyn Barnes (BLACK POWER MIX TAPE, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN) and Danny Glover (THE COLOR PURPLE, LETHAL WEAPON).

 

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

 

Music for PSA Spots

A few months ago, Vivek composed music for a series of short films for the National Women's History Museum in Washington, DC. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (TWILIGHT, THIRTEEN), the short films comprising the "Don't Tell Me I Can't" campaign feature young girls portraying remarkable women throughout history, accompanied by narration by Alfre Woodard (PRIMAL FEAR, K-PAX). Check it out.

 

New Album Available on iTunes

The music album from the modern dance production Horizontal Leanings, by the dance company BodyVox, is now available on iTunes. The original production fuses innovative choreography with Vivek's modern music compositions, along with those of Nu Shooz creator John Smith. The album is also available on CD here.

You can hear excerpts of Vivek's music here.

 

Music Score for Experimental Short

For the last several months, Meena Nanji's Here and Away has been touring the festival circuit and receiving critical acclaim in locations ranging from Mexico to India to the US. The introspective, observational film contains an unusual, dissonant and surprising music score.

You can hear excerpts from Vivek's music score here.

 

Film Music at AFI Fest, IFFLA

Bann Roy's dark comedy Audacity (Aashpordha) has been setting the festival circuit ablaze for the last year. It contains a sparse percussive and ambient score by Vivek Maddala, punctuating the short film's delicate but bold narrative structure. An official selection at AFI Fest, Vancouver Int'l Film Festival, New York Int'l Film Festival, and many others, Audacity collected the Audience Award at IFFLA last year, and has been picked up for broadcast on SBS (national network), Australia.

 

 

 

 

-- 29 September 2011 --

CD Album Release and Dance Performance

Vivek Maddala's music from the modern dance production Horizontal Leanings has just been released on CD, coinciding with a 2-week performance kicking off the dance company BodyVox's 2011-2012 season. You can buy tickets to the show here.

 

 

Horizontal Leanings explores diverse but connected themes -- such as community survival, recycling, and diminishing greenspace -- while contrasting a fragmented world of friction and alienation with a cohesive world of collective effort. The production fuses innovative choreography with Vivek's postmodern music compositions, along with those of Nu Shooz creator John Smith.

 

The CD is available for purchase at any of the BodyVox performances Sept 29 - Oct 15, 2011, or you can order it online. (Soon it will also be available for download on iTunes.) To hear excerpts of Vivek's music from the production, go here.

 

Music Score for Sundance/ITVS Documentary

Currently, Vivek is scoring the feature-length film Donde Estan?, a poignant documentary told through the eyes of three survivors of the Salvadoran civil war in the 1980s. The film's director, Maria Teresa Rodriguez, explores questions about how post-war societies can right the wrongs of the past.

Produced by Kaye Pyle and edited by Ann Tegnell, the film spent the summer at the 2011 Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab, and will hit festival screens and television next year.

 

 

 

World Cinema Music Score

This past summer, Vivek completed his music score for Bann Roy's AASHPORDHA (AUDACITY). Set in a noisy neighborhood of Calcutta, this delicate dark comedy explores the universal contrast of rebellion and patriarchy -- in delightful and surprising ways. The music score fuses Indian percussion (ghatam, mridangam, kanjira) with unusual melodic instruments (wine glass, bowed steel-string guitar, music box), creating musical motifs that reflect the subtle evolution of the story's central characters. Look for it at film festivals starting in 2012.

 

 

Music Score for Feature Doc

Currently, Vivek is scoring the feature-length film I Will Find You. Directed by filmmaker, sociologist, and human-rights defender Daniela Ponce, the film follows four Nepalis as they embark on an epic search for their "disappeared" relatives following the decade-long civil war in Nepal. The film tackles complex issues of reconciliation while exploring the subjects' transformation from subjugated victims to catalysts for hope.

 

 

Music Score for Screwball Comedy

Earlier this month, Vivek composed the music score for Lucifer's Crewcut, a farcical tale about the rise and fall of an improbable death metal barbershop quartet. Co-directed by Jason Mitchell & Robert Selander, the mock rockumentary features amusing cameos from a number of of unlikely but notable punk/metal rockers -- Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Oderus Urungus (Gwar), and others. Look for it at film festivals starting in 2012.

 

 

 

Kaboom -- Feature Film on DVD

Out now on DVD is the hyper-stylized comical thriller Kaboom, featuring score music by Vivek Maddala. Written and directed by renowned filmmaker Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, Doom Generation), the film stars Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Heroes, The Secret Circle), Juno Temple (Atonement, Notes on a Scandal, Little Birds), and Kelly Lynch (Charlie's Angels, Drugstore Cowboy, The L Word). The film premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, and subsequently screened at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals prior to its national theatrical release.

 

 

 

Documentary Feature Currently in Festivals

The feature-length documentary, A Journey in My Mother's Footsteps, is currently touring the festival circuit and will have its Los Angeles premiere on October 14. Filmed in two continents and spanning three decades, the film details Jessie Rosenmeier's work as an activist in India and her daughter's resulting personal struggle and transformation. The music combines South Asian and Western idioms to create an amalgam that is both wistful and ebullient. You can hear excerpts of the score here.

 

 

 

 

-- 19 January 2011 --

Music for KABOOM, Feature Film Screening at the Sundance Film Festival

Vivek Maddala composed score music for the feature film Kaboom, which will have its US premiere this Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by renowned film maker Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, Doom Generation), this hyper-stylized comical thriller stars Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Heroes), Juno Temple (Atonement, Notes on a Scandal, Greenberg), and Kelly Lynch (Charlie's Angels, Drugstore Cowboy, The L Word).

The film will open to general audiences in New York on January 27th and Los Angeles on February 4th. Check out the trailer here.

 

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

 

Film Music Panel at Sundance

While at the Sundance Film Festival, Vivek will be speaking on a panel titled "Music & Film: The Creative Process," on Wednesday January 26th, 11 am - 1 pm at the Kimball Art Center (638 Park Avenue). Focusing on the dialog and relationship between composer and director, the panel is a cornerstone discussion at the festival on the role of music in film, and will be moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross (VP Film/TV at BMI).

Tickets are on sale to the public here.

 

To read or hear Vivek's thoughts on the intersection of music and film, check out new interviews Vivek gave to Cinezik Magazine at the Cannes Film Festival and BreakThru Radio in NYC on the Press page.

 

Music Score for HBO Comedy

A few months ago, Vivek completed his music score for the tongue-in-cheek spoof, The Burn Unit, for Season 2 of HBO's Funny or Die Presents -- a comedy series created by Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, et al. Watch the show Fridays at midnight on HBO.

 

You can hear excerpts of Vivek's music score here.

 

 

Drums on Two New Television Scores

Vivek has been playing drums on two new TV shows, with music scores by esteemed composer Mateo Messina (Thank You for Smoking, Juno). The shows are Fairly Legal and Perfect Couples, both premiering this Thursday, January 20th.

Watch:
FAIRLY LEGAL on USA Network, Thursdays at 10/9c
PERFECT COUPLES on NBC, Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c

 

 

Georgia Tech Engineering Award

Vivek is honored to have been inducted into the Georgia Tech 2010 Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni, for advancement in the fields of music and engineering. The award is given annually by the College of Engineering during the Alumni Awards Induction Ceremony.

 

 

-- 07 May 2010 --

Music Score for KABOOM, Feature Film premiering at Cannes

In April, Vivek Maddala composed score music for Gregg Araki's new film, Kaboom, starring Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Heroes), Juno Temple (Atonement, Greenberg), and Kelly Lynch (Charlie's Angels, The L Word). It's a sci-fi story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students, and will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15th.

Check back in the coming days for updates on the film's general release (as well as that of the soundtrack album).

 

Music Score for Documentary Feature

In late 2009, Vivek completed his music score for the film, A Journey in My Mother's Footsteps. The feature-length documentary, filmed in two continents and spanning three decades, follows Jessie Rosenmeier's work as an activist in India and her daughter's resulting personal struggle and transformation. The music combines South Asian and Western idioms to create an amalgam that is both wistful and ebullient. You can hear excerpts of the score here.

Stay tuned for information on screenings and release dates.

 

 

Music Score for Advocacy Documentary Film

Earlier this year, Vivek composed the music score for the film, Red Dust. Set in Central and Southern China, the film details the personal struggles of factory workers suffering from cadmium poisoning and explores their collective efforts at seeking justice in an increasingly hostile corporate-state environment. The music fuses yearning Chinese erhu melodies with propulsive rhythmic textures to underscore this topical human rights struggle.

You can hear excerpts from the score here.

Stay tuned for information on screenings and release dates.

 

New Pop/Rock Album Production

Over the past several months, Vivek has been producing music with renowned songwriter and recording artist Stephen Bishop, for Stephen's new release scheduled to come out later this year. An Oscar®- and multi-Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter, Stephen has written and recorded some of the most memorable pop hits of the last 30 years. The new material continues the legacy with songs reflecting Stephen's modern-yet-timeless artistry.

Stay tuned for official release information.

 

Anti-war Video

On the anniversary of authorization for use of military force in Afghanistan, peace-and-justice organization Code Pink produced a video commemorating Congresswoman Barbara Lee's (D-CA) historic solitary vote against the invasion. The video, titled Eight Years Later: Speak Out Against the War in Afghanistan, features a music score by Vivek Maddala and has received widespread play -- on the internet and on programs like Democracy Now!.

You can view the video here.

 

DVD Release and TV Airing of THE PATSY

On Sunday night, May 9th, Turner Classic Movies will present the slapstick Marion Davies comedy, The Patsy, featuring Vivek Maddala’s award-winning 80-minute orchestral music score.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Patsy
  WHEN:  Sunday May 9th at 9:30 PM (Pacific Time)
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

 

You can purchase the full 80-minute music score on CD. Available at
CDBaby.com || Amazon.com || iTunes || Amoeba Music.

To hear excerpts from the score, go here.

Additionally, Warner Bros. has released the movie on DVD. You can purchase your copy here.

 

DVD Release and TV Airing of WILD ORANGES

On Sunday June 13th Turner Classic Movies will air the film Wild Oranges.

 EVENT:  Television airing of Wild Oranges
  WHEN:  Sunday, June 13th at 9 PM (Pacific Time)
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.
The score was performed by the Third Angle New Music Ensemble -- a versatile chamber orchestra featuring members of the Oregon Symphony and the group Pink Martini -- conducted by Vivek Maddala.

 

You can purchase the motion picture soundtrack 2-CD set. Available at
CDBaby.com || Amazon.com || iTunes || Amoeba Music.

To hear excerpts from the score, go here.

Additionally, Warner Bros. has released the movie on DVD. You can purchase your copy here.

 

 

-- 02 August 2009 --

TV Airing of THE PATSY

On Monday night, August 3rd, Turner Classic Movies will present the slapstick Marion Davies comedy, The Patsy, featuring Vivek Maddala’s award-winning 80-minute orchestral music score.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Patsy
  WHEN:  Monday August 3rd at 9:30 PM Eastern
                              6:30 PM Pacific
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

 

You can purchase the full 80-minute music score on CD (available at CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, iTunes, and Amoeba Music).

Buy the CD

Also, you can hear excerpts from the score here.

 

TV Airing of THE ACE OF HEARTS

On Sunday, September 6th, TCM will present The Ace of Hearts, featuring Vivek Maddala's 74-minute orchestral score, recorded with the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra.

 

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Ace of Hearts
  WHEN:  Sunday, September 6th at 9:15 PM Pacific Time
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

 


Also, you can hear excerpts from the score here.

 

Soundtrack Award Nomination and TV Airing of WILD ORANGES

Vivek's 90-minute orchestral score for the film Wild Oranges has been nominated for three 2009 JPF Awards in the categories: BEST SOUNDTRACK ALBUM (for Wild Oranges: Motion Picture Soundtrack 2-CD set) and BEST SOUNDTRACK "SONG" (for "Main Title" and for "Chase Fugue").

The score was performed by the renowned Third Angle New Music Ensemble -- a versatile chamber orchestra featuring members of the Oregon Symphony and the group Pink Martini -- conducted by Vivek Maddala.

 

Additionally, Turner Classic Movies will air the film on Sunday, September 20th.

 EVENT:  Television airing of Wild Oranges
  WHEN:  Sunday, September 20th at 9:15 PM Pacific Time
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.
You can purchase the motion picture soundtrack 2-CD set (available at CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, iTunes, and Amoeba Music).

Buy the CD

Also, you can hear excerpts from the score here.

 

 

19 April 2009

Vivek has been commissioned to compose the music score for an upcoming film titled A Journey in My Mother's Footsteps, directed by Dina Rosenmeier (act. Fuel, Daredevil) and edited by Nadia Fugazza (Secretary, Beautiful Ohio). The feature-length documentary, filmed in two continents and spanning three decades, follows Jessie Rosenmeier's work as an activist in India and her daughter's resulting personal struggle and transformation. The music combines Carnatic, Hindustani, and Western idioms to create an amalgam that is both wistful and ebullient. Look for the film to premiere at festivals starting Fall 2009.

 

Vivek has been co-writing and co-producing music with recording artist Wendy Starland for her new album, slated for release later this year. Named "VH1's Best Emerging Artist," Wendy's vocals were featured on Moby's recent album Last Night, and she has performed live with countless artists including Shawn Colvin, Jonatha Brooke, and Maceo Parker.

You can listen to some of the music coming out of Vivek's studio in Los Angeles here.

 

On Monday night, April 20th, Turner Classic Movies will air the slapstick Marion Davies comedy, The Patsy, featuring Vivek Maddala’s award-winning 80-minute orchestral music score.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Patsy
  WHEN:  Sunday April 20th at 1:30 AM Pacific
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

You can purchase the full 80-minute music score on CD (available at CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, iTunes, and Amoeba Music).

Buy the CD

Also, you can hear excerpts from the score here.

On Sunday, May 3rd, Turner Classic Movies will air the Greta Garbo spy-thriller The Mysterious Lady, featuring Vivek Maddala's 90-minute symphonic musical score.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Mysterious Lady
  WHEN:  Monday May 3rd at 9 PM Pacific
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

You can hear excerpts from the music score here.

For details on purchasing the complete 90-minute score in a 2-CD set, or to purchase the DVD of the film, please go here.


Vivek was in Park City in January for the Sundance Film Festival, where his music score for the film They Turned Our Desert Into Fire was in competition at the Park City Film Music Festival. Vivek's score took home the Gold Medal, Audience Choice Award, for best music in the documentary feature category.

The music for They Turned Our Desert Into Fire fuses North African percussion with wistful strings, woodwinds, and vocals, to illuminate the film's story of the ongoing genocide in Darfur. You can hear excerpts from the score (and view clips) here.

 

In additional news, after having won the Best Documentary award at the São Paulo International Film Festival, the film won the "Best Feature - Human Rights" award at the Artivist Film Festival and has been picked up for worldwide distribution by DER.


 

Vivek has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL), the premiere organization for coordinating and advancing the interests of professional composers, songwriters, and lyricists. In his role on the Board, Vivek will be serving on the Legislative and Partners committees and will work to foster open examination of, and solutions to, many challenges facing the film and TV music community.

 

 

20 July 2008

Vivek has been awarded a 2008 Sundance Fellowship for film music composition and will be participating in the Institute's creative lab this summer. As a Sundance Fellow, Vivek will be collaborating with writer/director Moon Molson on his feature film Meadowlandz, and on a documentary feature headed to next year's film festival.

Additionally, Vivek will be working with a distinguished group of creative advisors, including composers Carter Burwell (No Country for Old Men, Adaptation), Tyler Bates (300, Californication), George S. Clinton (The Love Guru, Austin Powers trilogy), Alex Wurman (March of the Penguins), and Ed Shearmur (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow).

 

In early May, the BodyVox modern ballet Horizontal Leanings, featuring Vivek's music score performed live by the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, played to packed houses during the 5-night premiere at the Center for the Performing Arts in Portland, OR. Now the entire music score will be released on CD in October, coinciding with the start of the dance company's 2008-2009 season.

Stay tuned for details on the production's touring schedule and the CD release. In the mean time, you can hear excerpts from the music score here.

 

 

 

The stage play, More Perfect Union, containing sound design and music elements by Vivek Maddala, is concluding its two-week run at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice.

 EVENT:  Closing night of More Perfect Union
  WHEN:  July 20th at 7 PM
 WHERE:  Pacific Resident Theater
         705 1/2 Venice Blvd.
         Venice, CA 90291

 

The performance uses Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia and Reverend Jeremiah Wright's press conference at the National Press Club as starting points to examine race, history, politics, foreign policy, religion, and reconciliation in today's America.

It's not too late make reservations for the closing night performance. Call 310-822-8392 for more info.

 

On Thursday, August 7th, Turner Classic Movies will air the Greta Garbo spy-thriller The Mysterious Lady, featuring Vivek Maddala’s 90-minute symphonic musical score.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Mysterious Lady
  WHEN:  August 7th at 10 AM Eastern, 7 AM Pacific
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

You can hear excerpts from the music score here.

For details on purchasing the complete 90-minute score in a 2-CD set, or to purchase the DVD of the film, please go here.

 

 

24 April 2008

Earlier this year, Vivek was commissioned by the internationally renowned dance company BodyVox to compose the music for their modern ballet, Horizontal Leanings. The work explores diverse themes, such as community survival and cultural identity, while contrasting the fragmented world of friction and alienation with a cohesive world of collective effort. The production fuses innovative choreography with Vivek’s postmodern music compositions, and will premiere to live audiences beginning May of 2008.

 EVENT:  World Premiere of the modern ballet
         Horizontal Leanings
  WHEN:  May 1-4, 2008 
 WHERE:  Newmark Theater (Center for the Performing Arts)
         Portland, OR

 

 

Stay tuned for scheduled performances around the country.

 

 

Vivek attended the Sundance Film Festival in January, where two of his music scores were in competition at the Park City Film Music Festival.

The Warner Bros/TCM film Wild Oranges, featuring Vivek's 90-minute symphonic score, won a gold medal in the category "Best Music in a Feature Film."

His score for Grasshopper, starring James Franco and Rachel Miner, won a gold medal / audience favorite award for "Best Music in a Short Film."

 

 


 

Earlier this month, the documentary film, They Turned Our Desert Into Fire, featuring Vivek Maddala’s music score, had its US premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival. This came on the heels of the film's world premiere at the São Paulo Film Festival, where it won the International Jury Award for Best Documentary.

The music for They Turned Our Desert Into Fire fuses North African percussion with wistful strings, woodwinds, vocals, and a hint of electronica, to illuminate the film's story of the ongoing genocide in Darfur. It is currently touring the film festival circuit is expected to air on television in the coming year.

You can hear excerpts from the score (and view clips) here.

 


 

Partnering with new technology/production company VocalStream, we have added video clips to the MUSIC page. Now you can experience excerpts from some of Vivek's scores in their original context -- music and picture. Included are clips from over 20 films and TV shows Vivek has scored, along with two short documentaries detailing Vivek's behind-the-scenes scoring process. Check it out.

 

 

 

11 October 2007

Vivek Maddala's music score for the AFI film Grasshopper has been nominated by the Film & TV Music Academy in the category Best Score for a Student Film. Starring James Franco (Spiderman, In the Valley of Elah) and Rachel Miner (The Black Dahlia, CSI, Sex and the City), the film tells the dramatic story of two people whose lives intersect for an evening, only to be changed forever by a tragic event.

The carefully crafted score weaves together a wide range of themes and instrumentation, creating a music soundtrack that has been described as "an exquisite jewel" and "...tender, melancholic, and infectious." You can hear a couple of excerpts from the score (featuring vocalist Kathy Bailey) here.

The Film & TV Music Awards are the first peer awards for the Film & TV Music Industry, where the focus is on the quality of the music to the film. Learn more about the awards here.

 

 

24 September 2007

The feature film, They Turned Our Desert Into Fire, featuring Vivek Maddala’s music score, will have its world premiere at the São Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil (October 21st - November 1st).

The score combines evocative North African and Western musical textures to illuminate the film's story of the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. You can hear excerpts of the music score here.

 EVENT:  World Premiere of They Turned Our Desert Into Fire
  WHEN:  October 21st - November 1st, 2007 
 WHERE:  São Paulo International Film Festival (São Paulo, Brazil)

Stay tuned for details on the North American theatrical and television premieres.

 

 

In August, Vivek completed the score for the indie feature film Whispers from Poland, starring Joanna Nimierska and Alfred Garcia. Filmed both in Krakow and in the Western US, Whispers depicts an immigrant love story of joy and pain, growth and loss. The music score is quiet and brooding, spanning influences from two continents. Orchestral strings fuse with classical guitar and piano to create a melodic amalgam -- with hints of Central European Mazurka and 1950s American jazz.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for information on the film's premiere.

 


 

In October, Sony Pictures will release the film Ice Spiders on DVD. The movie features a high-energy action music score by Vivek Maddala (in collaboration with Penka Kouneva).

The movie stars Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers), Vanessa Williams (Cold Case, Soul Food), and Thomas Calabro (Nip/Tuck, Melrose Place). It made its television premiere on the SciFi Channel in June.

The DVD will be available at all major retail outlets on October 16th. In the mean time, you can hear an excerpt of Vivek's music from the film here.

 

 

 

This past June, Vivek completed music for the TV movie, Nuclear Hurricane, collaborating once again with Penka Kouneva. The movie stars Jamie Luner (CSI: Miami, Melrose Place) and Jack Scalia (Red Eye, All My Children), and is slated for a television premiere on the SciFi Channel.


Stay tuned for information on scheduled show times.

 

 

 

26 April 2007

On Sunday night, April 29th, Turner Classic Movies will air the slapstick Marion Davies comedy, The Patsy, featuring Vivek Maddala’s award-winning symphonic music score.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Patsy
  WHEN:  April 29th at 9 PM Pacific, midnight Eastern
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

 

 

You can purchase the full 80-minute music score on CD (available at CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, iTunes, and Amoeba Music).

Buy the CD

Also, you can hear excerpts from the score here.

 

 

Also on April 29th, following The Patsy, Turner Classic Movies will air the MGM short The Flag, featuring another Vivek Maddala symphonic score.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Flag
  WHEN:  April 29th at 10:30 PM Pacific, 1:30 AM Eastern
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

 


You can hear excerpts from the score here.


In late March, Vivek completed the score for the film Ice Spiders, collaborating with Penka Kouneva. Renamed Cold Snap, the movie stars Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers), Vanessa Williams (Cold Case, Soul Food), and Thomas Calabro (Nip/Tuck, Melrose Place). It's scheduled to air on the SciFi Channel in June.


Check back in the coming days for scheduled show times.

 

 

 

Presently, Vivek is composing a score for the TV movie, Nuclear Hurricane, collaborating once again with Penka Kouneva. The movie stars Jamie Luner (CSI: Miami, Melrose Place) and Jack Scalia (Red Eye, All My Children), and is slated to air on the SciFi Channel this summer.


Check back in the coming days for scheduled show times.

 

 

 

22 February 2007

At the Winter NAMM show in January, Vivek sat down with Crossfader magazine to talk about his recent and upcoming music projects. You can watch the 30-minute video interview HERE.

 

 

 

Vivek Maddala's music score for the feature film The Patsy was recently awarded an international JPF award for Best Soundtrack Album of the Year. The 80-minute score was performed by the San Francisco Studio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vivek Maddala. The complete score is available on CD at Amazon.com, Amoeba Records, CD Baby, iTunes, and a variety of other retailers. Visit the "CDs/DVDs" link in the toolbar above (or click on the button below) to purchase your copy today!


 

In late January, Vivek completed his score for the film Walking Tall, directed by Danielle Lurie. The film was part of the Elevate Film Festival and is slated to air on Current TV.


Check back in the coming days for scheduled show times.

 

 

 

 

Presently, Vivek is composing the score for the documentary feature, They Turned Our Desert into Fire (2007), directed by Mark Brecke. Mark is a San Francisco-based photographer who travels to conflict regions documenting some of the world’s worst atrocities; accordingly, the subject of this film is the genocide in Darfur.

The film is currently in post production, but you can hear exclusive excerpts from the score here.

 

 

Vivek has begun collaborating with Penka Kouneva on the score for the action/suspense/thriller flick Ice Spiders (2007), for the SciFi Channel. Stay tuned for details on this project in the coming weeks.

 

22 October 2006

On Sunday, November 5th, Turner Classic Movies will present the world premiere of Wild Oranges, featuring Vivek Maddala’s 90-minute symphonic music score. The score was recorded by the renowned Third Angle New Music Ensemble -- a versatile chamber orchestra featuring members of the Oregon Symphony and the group Pink Martini, conducted by Vivek Maddala.

 EVENT:  World Premiere of Wild Oranges
  WHEN:  November 5th at 9 PM Pacific, midnight Eastern
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.
You can purchase a limited-edition 2-CD set of the score (available at CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, iTunes, and Amoeba Music).

Buy the CD

Also, you can hear excerpts from the score here.

As part of their 2006-7 concert season, Third Angle -- with guest conductor Vivek Maddala -- will perform the Wild Oranges score live to picture at Lincoln Hall in Portland, OR.

 EVENT:  Wild Oranges concert
  WHEN:  October 27, 2006 at 7:30 PM
         October 28, 2006 at 7:30 PM
 WHERE:  Lincoln Hall, Portland State University

 
You can purchase tickets here. We hope to see you there!

In August, Vivek completed the score for the film Grasshopper, starring James Franco (Spiderman, Annapolis, Tristan + Isolde) and Rachel Miner (The Black Dahlia, CSI, Bully, Sex and the City). Grasshopper marks Vivek’s second collaboration with director Eric Kmetz. The film will tour the festival circuit in the coming months.


You can hear excerpts from Vivek’s score here.

 

Earlier this year, Vivek composed a music score for Portland at Play -- an entertaining and informative DVD by made by film makers Tony Barbon and Robyn Taylor Barbon, of Folklore Media. Portland at Play won a 2006 Telly Award for outstanding film production.


The music combines funk and jazz and some surprises… You can hear excerpts here.

 

  • In September, Vivek produced and wrote music for a new album by Jane Beck, featuring the Tibetan artist Kelsang Chukie Tethong. The music blends elements of traditional Chinese music with Indian raga and Western orchestra -- combined with modern electronic textures. The yet-to-be-titled CD will be release later this year by PBC Music, and will receive international distribution next year. Stay tuned for updates.

  • In March, Vivek completed the music score for the animated film Catch Up -- his third collaboration with director Xiaojin Bao. The movie had its premiere screening on June 10th at UCLA. You can hear an excerpt from the score here.

  • Currently, Vivek is slated to compose the score for the documentary feature, They Turned Our Desert into Fire (2007), directed by Mark Brecke. Mark is a San Francisco-based photographer who travels to conflict regions documenting some of the world’s worst atrocities; accordingly, the subject of this film is the genocide in Darfur. Check back for details on this project.

 

01 September 2005

On Tuesday, September 6th, Warner Bros./TCM will release the Greta Garbo spy-thriller The Mysterious Lady on DVD, featuring Vivek Maddala’s 90-minute symphonic musical score. The DVD will also be part of the new Greta Garbo Signature Collection.

You can pre-order your copy online at many locations including:

Amazon.com || Target || Barnes & Noble || Tower Records
Netflix || TCM Store

Also on Tuesday, September 6th, Turner Classic Movies will air The Mysterious Lady.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Mysterious Lady
  WHEN:  September 6th at 10 PM Pacific, 1 AM Eastern
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

You can hear an excerpt from the score here.

In June, Vivek completed his second orchestral score for director Xiaojin Bao -- a follow-up to the sophisticated animation Moon Chasing. The new film, Mother, is a sweeter, more poignant tale of nature, control, and unintended consequences.

 


You can hear an excerpt from this score, along with excerpts from many others, here.

  • In late August Vivek signed a deal to compose a new 90-minute score for the King Vidor film Wild Oranges. Commissioned by Turner Classic Movies, the score will mark Vivek’s second major “collaboration” with the renowned Golden-Age director. Check back for periodic updates.

  • Vivek’s interview with NPR in May is now available in MP3 format for downloading or streaming on the Press page… just follow this link.

 

18 May 2005

National Public Radio (NPR) will air a 30-minute interview with Vivek Maddala, including discussions about his music and accompanying audio clips.

  PROGRAM:  To the Best of Our Knowledge
            "Constructing the Narrative"
            An interview with composer
            Vivek Maddala
     WHEN:  May 22nd (see this link for air times)
    WHERE:  National Public Radio (NPR) 
For a list of stations and times the program will air in your area,
please visit this link.

 

In April, Vivek completed his orchestral score for the animated film,
Moon Chasing. Directed by Xiaojin Bao, this charming film depicts the interaction of a personified moon and sun, engaging in a playful courting ritual.

You can hear an excerpt from the score by selecting the MUSIC link in the toolbar above.

 

In late March, Vivek completed his score for the tragic romance,
Omar & Fiona, directed by Eric Kmetz for the American Film Institute. The score combines orchestral and electronic elements in a unique amalgam and marks a departure from Vivek's usual acoustic-based sound.

You can hear an excerpt from the score by selecting the MUSIC link in the toolbar above.

 

 

  • The film, Gidoo's Cosmic Crisis, featuring Vivek's collaboration with saxophonist George Brooks, has been garnering attention at many film festivals around the US. Look for it at a festival near you!

  • Vivek began work in February on the score for an Alfred Hitchcock feature film from 1927, titled The Ring. Commissioned by Turner Classic Movies, this boxing saga has never been shown to modern audiences and features an early glimpse into Hitchock's genius in directing. You can hear excerpts from this work-in- progress by selecting the MUSIC link in the toolbar above.

  • In February, Vivek signed a composition and production deal with Video Helper, a music production company in NYC. For this commission, Vivek is combining Western-world symphonic orchestra with musical constructs from South Asia and the Pacific Rim. You can listen to a sneak preview, titled EastWest, by selecting the MUSIC link in the toolbar above.

17 January 2005

TCM will air The Ace of Hearts, featuring Vivek Maddala's 74-minute orchestral score, next Monday.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Ace of Hearts

  WHEN:  January 24th at 8:00 PM Pacific
                        11:00 PM Eastern

 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

 


  • Vivek appears in the new TCM original documentary, Settling the Score. You can catch the premiere on January 24th at 5:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Eastern, and then again at 7:30 PM Pacific / 10:30 PM Eastern -- just preceding The Ace of Hearts.

  • Currently, Vivek is composing a new score for the independent film, Asrael (directed by Tod Ciaciuch). The project is now filming and should be completed this Spring.

  • You can hear excerpts from all of Vivek's film scores by selecting the "Music" link in the toolbar above.

06 July 2004

Vivek Maddala's music score for The Patsy is now available on CD. The 80-minute score was performed by the San Francisco Studio Symphony Orchestra and features some of the finest soloists in the Bay Area. Please visit the "CDs/DVDs" link in the toolbar above (or click on the button below) to purchase your copy today!



Don't forget to watch The Patsy on television:

 EVENT:  Premiere of The Patsy
  WHEN:  July 11th at 9:00 PM Pacific
                     12:00 AM Eastern
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

You can hear excerpts from The Patsy by selecting the "Music" link above.

In May, Vivek composed a Carnatic Indian music score with composer/saxophonist George Brooks for the animated short film, The Curious Incident....

The score features performances by renowned bamboo flute player, Shashank; percussionist, Satish Kumar; and violinist Dave Balakrishnan.

You can hear samples of the score by selecting the "Music" link in the toolbar above.

 

Beginning around July 15th, Vivek will close all operations in San Francisco and consolidate his music production business at a new location in Los Angeles:

3873 MARCASEL AVE
LOS ANGELES CA  90066-4613
More details to come.

 

 

28 April 2004

In late March, Vivek completed his score for the Marion Davies comedy, The Patsy. It is an 80-minute orchestral score featuring some of the finest soloists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark your calendars for the world premiere:

 EVENT:  Premiere of The Patsy
  WHEN:  July 11th at 9:00 PM Pacific
                     12:00 AM Eastern
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

You can hear music excerpts from The Patsy by selecting the "Music" link in the toolbar above.

  • The Lon Chaney Collection, featuring "The Ace of Hearts" with Vivek's 74-minute score, has been nominated for a Saturn Award -- to be presented on May 5th. It was also nominated for a Golden Satellite award.

  • Five AT&T Wireless television ads, featuring Vivek's music, received Bronze Awards for outstanding achievement at the 25th Annual Telly Awards. You can view the ads and hear the music by selecting the "download reel" link here.

  • Currently, Vivek is composing a Carnatic Indian music score with composer/saxophonist George Brooks for a short animated film. Details coming soon.

10 October 2003

For the first time, the film The Ace of Hearts is available on DVD. It features Vivek Maddala's acclaimed 74-minute orchestral score, composed and recorded during the summer of 2000.

Warner Bros. and TCM Archives are premiering the long-awaited Lon Chaney Collection, a two-DVD set showcasing The Ace of Hearts along with two other Chaney films; additionally, the release contains bonus features including the behind-the-scenes documentary of Vivek's creation of the music score.

The DVD set won't hit stores until October 28th, but you can pre-order your copy now at any of the following retailers:

Turner Classic Movies || Amazon.com || Target || DVD Empire || Best Buy || CD Universe || Buy.com || Barnes & Noble || Tower Records || Netflix

In addition to the picking up the DVD, you can watch The Ace of Hearts later this month on television.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Ace of Hearts
  WHEN:  October 30th at 10:30 PM Eastern
                          7:30 PM Pacific
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

You can hear music excerpts from The Ace of Hearts and from all of Vivek's film scores by selecting the "Music" link in the toolbar above.

Last month Vivek finished composing music for eight new AT&T Wireless television ads. You can hear excerpts by listening to the mp3 file titled Various Television Music Cues in the "Music" menu selection above.

1 August 2003

On Tuesday, August 12th, Turner Classic Movies will air the MGM spy-thriller, The Mysterious Lady, featuring Vivek's 90-minute symphonic musical score.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Mysterious Lady
  WHEN:  August 12th at 11:00 AM Eastern
                         8:00 AM Pacific
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies

 Check your local listings for additional show times.

  • In addition to doing rounds at assorted film festivals, the film Equation -- featuring Vivek's music score -- has been picked up by PBS/KCET as part of its Fine Cuts series.
     EVENT:  Television airings of Equation
      WHEN:  Starting August 3rd at 11:00 PM Pacific, running five
             consecutive Sundays
     WHERE:  PBS/KCET 

  • The film, Martha's Bakery, featuring Vivek's music score, has been doing well at film festivals (it received the Platinum Remi Award for Creative Excellence at WorldFest Houston, the top award in its category). You can catch it this month (August 9th-16th) at the Atlantic City Film Festival.

  • Currently, Vivek is composing music for eight new AT&T Wireless TV ads and is working to finish his score for the Marion Davies feature film, The Patsy.

  • Vivek has been talking with the San Francisco Ballet and the Oregon Ballet Theatre to compose music for new works planned for the 2005 season. The music will contain a few surprises, the details of which will be disclosed in the coming months.

  • You can hear excerpts from all of Vivek's film scores by selecting the "Music" link in the toolbar above.

3 April 2003

  • Two films featuring Vivek's music will be shown at the Palm Beach Film Festival, April 5th-9th: Equation and Martha's Bakery. The Festival will mark the world premiere of Martha's Bakery.

In January, Vivek made his annual trip to Sundance Film Festival. This year, Equation was selected for the Slamdunk competition and made a good showing. The film will also appear in the following up-coming festivals:

Palm Beach International Film Festival (April 5th-9th)
Hong Kong Festival (May 11th)
Nehru Film Festival in India (May 25th)
First Look Film Festival in Los Angeles (April 24th and 26th)
Visual Communications Film Festival in Los Angeles (May 1st-8th)
Nashville Film Festival:  TBA 

  • Look for Martha's Bakery screening at the following festivals:
       Palm Beach International Film Festival (April 5th)
       World Fest Houston (April 13th)
       MethodFest in Los Angeles (April 12th-14th) 

  • Currently, Vivek is in the midst of composing a new 80-minute symphonic score for the Marion Davies comedy, The Patsy, to be shown on TCM. He has also begun composing music for the Bollywood film, Aapki Priya, planned for completion later this year. New audio clips coming soon.

11 November 2002

  • In October, Vivek completed the musical score for the independent film, Martha's Bakery, planned for the festival circuit in 2003. It is a contemporary score combining elements of traditional orchestra and jazz ensemble, creating a curious and hypnotic music experience. You can hear two excerpts from the score by selecting the "MUSIC" link in the toolbar above.

  • Vivek is signing a deal with Turner Entertainment/Warner Bros. to compose a new 80-minute score for the Marion Davies comedy, The Patsy. Check back for more details in the coming days.

  • Bollywood filmmaker Hemant Kumar is hiring Vivek to create music for the film, Aapki Priya. Vivek will be composing a full orchestral score as well as songs to be performed as musical numbers. Check back for more details in the coming days.

  • You can hear two new modern rock recordings (Nom de Guerre and I Want) by selecting the "MUSIC" in the toolbar above.

8 September 2002

  • In July, Vivek composed and orchestrated music to accompany an action scene from the film, Charlie's Angels, for the ASCAP film scoring program in Los Angeles. Aptly titled "Helicopter Fight," the cue was performed by the all-star Sandy De Crescent orchestra featuring Endre Granat (concertmaster), conducted by Vivek Maddala, and recorded at the 20th-Century Fox scoring stage. You can hear the cue by selecting the "MUSIC" link in the toolbar above.

  • Also in July, Vivek completed his score for the independent film, Equation, planned for the festival circuit in the coming months. It is a contemporary score featuring combinations of orchestral, rock, and ethnic (Indian) instruments. You can hear three excerpts from the score by selecting the "MUSIC" link in the toolbar above.

  • For a change of pace, Vivek collaborated with songwriter Kelly Wilbur on a short piece titled "I Want" for use in a Pontiac car commercial. To hear this funky little song, please visit THIS link.

  • On Sunday, September 15th, Turner Classic Movies will air the MGM spy-thriller, The Mysterious Lady, featuring Vivek's 90-minute musical score.

     EVENT:  Television airing of The Mysterious Lady
      WHEN:  September 15th at 9:00 PM Pacific
                              12:00 AM Eastern
     WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies
     Check your local listings for additional show times.

    You can hear excerpts from the score by selecting the "Music" link in the toolbar above.

    Additionally, the motion picture soundtrack is available as a 2-CD set containing Vivek's complete score. If you'd like a copy, please send an e-mail request or select the "Email List/Demo" link in the toolbar above.


  1 July 2002

Vivek will be studying in Los Angeles on fellowship for the prestigious ASCAP film scoring program, beginning July 9th. Currently, Vivek is composing the musical score for Equation, a dramatic short scheduled to tour the festival circuit over the coming months.

On Thursday, July 4th, Turner Classic Movies will air the classic MGM short, The Flag: A Story Inspired by the Tradition of Betsy Ross, featuring Vivek's musical score.

 EVENT:  Television airing of The Flag
  WHEN:  July 4th at 7:30 PM Pacific, 10:30 PM Eastern
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies
 Check your local listings for additional show times.

You can hear excerpts from the score by selecting the "Music" link in the toolbar above.

Additionally, the motion picture soundtrack is available on CD containing Vivek's score. If you'd like a copy, please send an e-mail request or select the "Email List/Demo" link in the toolbar above.

20 May 2002

At the end of April, Vivek finished composing, orchestrating, and recording his symphonic score for the MGM spy-thriller, The Mysterious Lady, starring Greta Garbo. The 90-minute modern score comprises a large orchestra and operatic choir; it marks Vivek's most ambitious project to date.

 EVENT:  World premiere of The Mysterious Lady
  WHEN:  June 5th at 8:00 PM Eastern, 5:00 PM Pacific
 WHERE:  Turner Classic Movies
 Check your local listings for additional show times.

You can hear excerpts from the score by selecting the "Music" link in the toolbar above.

Additionally, the motion picture soundtrack is available as a 2-CD set containing Vivek's complete score. If you'd like a copy, please send an e-mail request or select the "Email List/Demo" link in the toolbar above.

21 January 2002

Early this month, Vivek completed his symphonic score for the classic MGM short, The Flag, a film dealing with the American revolution. Watch the world premiere on February 19th at 10:00 PM Pacific Time on Turner Classic Movies. Check your local listings.

You can hear excerpts from the score by selecting the "Music" link in the toolbar above.

Currently, Vivek is composing a 90-minute symphonic score for the MGM silent spy-thriller, The Mysterious Lady, starring Greta Garbo. Check back for more details in the coming days.

31 October 2001

Vivek Maddala is signing a deal with Turner Entertainment/Warner Bros. to compose the musical score for two films: The Mysterious Lady, an MGM silent drama starring Greta Garbo; The Flag, an MGM short dealing with the American Revolution. Both films will premiere next year. Check back for more details in the coming days!

30 October 2001

Tadcaster Studios' San Francisco location has moved. The new address is:

360 10th St., Suite 3
San Francisco, CA 94103
tel: +1-415-558-8846

The studio features a new acoustical design, and will include a vocal and drum-booth setup, a new room for recording live orchestral ensembles, high-speed fiber-optic networking, and several new pieces of gear. More details to come....

9 March 2001

The Guitar Center is running a series of interviews with Vivek Maddala, available exclusively on their web site. The Guitar Center is also featuring the 7-minute edit of the TCM documentary for the Young Film Composers Competition. The documentary includes interviews and footage of Vivek Maddala at work on the score for The Ace of Hearts. To check it out, go to GuitarCenter.com - The Young Film Composers Competition

Vivek's music can be heard on the new issue of the Film Music Compilation CD, Volume 10, distributed by Film Music Publications. It will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX March 9th through March 17th.

3 January 2001

Look for the Film and Television Music Compilation CD, Volume 9, featuring music by Vivek Maddala. The CD is distributed by Film Music Publications and will be introduced at the Sundance Film Festival (January 18-28).

On Sunday, January 7th, Turner Classic Movies will air The Ace of Hearts, featuring Vivek's orchestral score. The movie will air at 9 PM Pacific Time. Please check your local listings for additional show times.

Just before the movie, TCM will air the 7-minute edit of the documentary featuring Vivek. So begin watching at about 8:50 PM (Pacific)!

24 November 2000

Excerpts from Vivek's score for The Ace of Hearts are now available as MP3 files in the "Music" link in the toolbar to the left. There are nine new selections for you to enjoy!

Also, the Vivek Maddala Demo Package is now available. The Demo Package includes an audio CD featuring 16 tracks (orchestral and contemporary film/TV cues) and a VHS tape containing the movie The Ace of Hearts and the documentary film featuring Vivek. To order the Demo Package (for FREE) please select the link in the toolbar to the left.

4 November 2000

Join the Vivek Maddala Mailing List. Once every few weeks you will receive an e-mail message or a postcard with announcements about new recordings or up-coming live performances by Vivek Maddala.

Just select the "Mailing List" link in the toolbar to the left and fill out the form.

 

 

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