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June 7, 2022

Time: 11:00 a.m. PDT

AIMP Special Event - Celebrating Juneteenth!!

Please join us for this special presentation, which is free for all to attend!

Please note that this presentation will NOT be recorded, so please tune in!

To commemorate Juneteenth, join us in recognizing the representation and achievements of black film and television composers in our industry.  We’ve invited an esteemed group that will enlighten us with their stories and experiences, what they are currently working on, and their hopes for the future. 

 

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Panelists

Kathryn Bostic

Kris Bowers

Kurt Farquhar

Amanda Jones

Moderators

Marcus Miller

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Kathryn Bostic is an Emmy nominated and award winning composer and artist known for her work on films, TV, and theater. She is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship, Sundance Fellowship for Feature Film Scoring, Sundance/Skywalker Documentary Film Scoring, BMI Conducting Fellowship, and Best Music in Film by the African American Film Critics Association. In 2016 she became the first African American female score composer to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Bostic's scores and songs can be heard in productions with a lineup of award-winning directors and writers. Emmy nominated for her original music in award winning films “Amy Tan:Unintended Memoir and “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.” Bostic wrote and performed the Toni Morrison film end title song "High Above the Water”, which was shortlisted for the Oscars 2020 "Best Original Song.” At the Society of Composers & Lyricists' inaugural awards in January 2020, her score for this film was awarded “Outstanding Score for an Independent Film.” Excerpts of this score have been performed by the LA Phiharmonic for the 2021 Reel Change concert. Bostic has written for Broadway, most notably collaborating with the award-winning playwright August Wilson on “Gem of the Ocean” and various productions of his other plays in regional theaters. She was then inspired to write a tribute symphony, “The Great Migration- A Symphony in Celebration of August Wilson” which received its world premiere in January 2018 by Grammy Award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and most recently MacArthur award winning orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta. She is currently the first Artist in Residence for the Chicago Sinfionetta .In addition to collaborating with August Wilson, her work on Broadway includes “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” with Robin Williams. She has been nominated for several additional awards including the Ovation Award, NAACP Theater Award, and Drama Desk nomination for "Outstanding Music in a Play." As a solo artist, Bostic toured extensively in festivals and venues worldwide. She has also recorded and performed with many artists including Nas, Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Byrne.

Kris Bowers is an award-winning film score composer and pianist known for his thought-provoking playing style, creating genre-defying film compositions that pay homage to his classical and jazz roots. Bowers has composed music for film, television, documentary, and video games collaborating with musicians and artists across genres, including Jay Z, Kanye West, Kobe Bryant, Mahershala Ali, Justin Simien, and Ava DuVernay. His works include The Snowy Day (for which he won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition in 2017), Dear White People, Green Book, When They See Us, Black Monday, Madden NFL 20, Mrs. America, Bridgerton, Bad Hair, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Respect, and King Richard. In 2018, Bowers scored Monsters and Men, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Bowers’ work also appeared in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix miniseries, When They See Us, which was given an Emmy nomination for Original Dramatic Score in 2019. Bowers’ original music and lyrics are featured in Madden NFL 19: Longshot, as well as the Madden 2020. In 2020, Bowers received an Emmy nomination for Original Dramatic Score for his work on the Netflix series, Mrs. America. In 2020, Bowers also co-directed the documentary short film, A Concerto is A Conversation, with documentary filmmaker Ben Proudfoot. The film, a New York Times Op-Doc – executive produced by Ava DuVernay, premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and was an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary (Short Subject) at the 93rd Academy Awards. In 2021, Bowers also received Emmy nominations for Original Dramatic Score and Original Main Theme Music for his work on the Netflix series, Bridgerton.

Kurt Farquharis a Los Angeles based television and film composer, songwriter, producer, and founder/CEO of True Music, a prominent music licensing company. He has scored more primetime television series than any other African American composer throughout his 31 year career. In early 2018 Farquhar entered the superhero genre with the launch of network television’s first African-American starring superhero series…Black Lightning. In 2021, you can look forward to hearing more from Kurt on shows like CBS’ The Neighborhood, Netflix drama First Kill, Disney+’s Proud Family: Louder & Prouder, BET+’s Sacrifice and more. Kurt is a seven-time BMI award winner, four for his work on The King of Queens, two for Being Mary Jane, and one for The Game. Farquhar was called ‘the musical voice of BET’ for his work on genre-defining series for the network for shows like American Soul, Games People Play, The Quad, Being Mary Jane, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and In Contempt. A native of Chicago, Farquhar is the youngest of five children. He began playing drums at 8 and wrote his first symphony at 12, writing over 5000 pieces by his mid-20s. His musical education took him from the streets of Chicago to the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, The National Conservatory of Music in Versailles, France, and Eastern Illinois University, where he studied with noted percussion teacher Johnny Lane. After a song that he wrote became the end-title for the pilot episode of Livin' Large, produced by Stephen J. Cannell, Farquhar made the jump to writing music for film/TV. Farquhar went on to create theme songs and scores for a multitude of feature films and television shows including The King of Queens, The Neighborhood, Girlfriends, Sister/Sister, Moesha, Soul Food, In The House, Not Easily Broken, Stitchers, and Ned and Stacey – often writing on multiple series simultaneously. Kurt credits his incredible productivity to the fact that ever since he was a child he says, “I hear music all the time.”

Amanda Jones is an Emmy Nominated Composer who is rapidly becoming a standout voice amongst a new generation of television and film composers. Jones’ original music can be heard on the episode “Maine” from Apple TV+’s documentary series Home for which she received her first Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score). Jones has the distinction of being the first African American female to be nominated in the Primetime Emmy score category. Jones’ television credits also include HBO's Duplass Bros. comedy Somebody Somewhere, CW's series Naomi, the Ba'al Episode of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Stories on FX, Nat Geo’s series, Nat Geo Presents Impact with Gal Gadot, Freeform’s Good Trouble, HBO Max's Adventure Time Distant Lands: Obsidian and Together Again, OWN’s anthology series Cherish the Day, produced by Ava DuVernay, Showtime’s Twenties, produced by Lena Waithe, HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show, produced by Robin Thede and Issa Rae, Adult Swim comedy series Beef House, for which she wrote the main title theme and the upcoming Nat Geo / Disney + Docu-series Supernatural Planet and HBO Max & Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming series, Young Love. In addition to her television credits, Jones has experience scoring both short and feature films. Jones is scoring the upcoming feature film Moving On, directed by Oscar winning director Paul Weitz starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and Netflix’s Perfect Find. Her past film credits include the HBO Max Documentary Feature Dreamland: The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street, Duplass Bros’ produced feature 7 Days, the Netflix feature Definition Please, starring Levar Burton directed by Sujata Day, Menelek Lumumba’s award-winning drama 1 Angry Black Man, Andre Hormann’s documentary feature Ringside and Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan’s Oscar-nominated documentary short St. Louis Superman. Jones has a BA in music from Vassar College where she studied music composition, production and classical guitar under Terry Champlin. She also has certificates in both film scoring and orchestration from Berklee College of Music. Jones performs as the singer and guitarist of the Los Angeles based indie rock band, The Anti-Job. Their music has been air-played on multiple radio stations including BBC Radio and NPR.

Multiple Grammy award winner and renowned jazz bassist Marcus Miller is not only an exceptional musician, but a gifted composer and producer as well. In addition to writing and producing a string of hits for Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Al Jarreau and Grover Washington Jr. throughout the ‘80’s and 90’s, Marcus was the mastermind behind Miles Davis’ ground-breaking album Tutu, composing and producing most of the songs on the album. The title song which Miller wrote in honor of South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, helped to define the sound of Davis’ final era. The album won multiple Grammys and is often described as one of Davis’ most significant contributions to the canon of contemporary jazz. Marcus has scored over 50 films to date in his career, many of which are considered to be urban cultural classics, including House Party (Kid n’ Play, Robin Harris, Tisha Campbell); Above The Rim (Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac); Boomerang (Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry); Low Down Dirty Shame (Keenan Ivory Wayans, Jada Pinkett Smith); Two Can Play That Game (Vivica Fox, Morris Chestnut, Anthony Anderson) Good Hair (Chris Rock); The Sixth Man (Marlon Wayans, Kadeem Hardison, Octavia Spencer); Deliver Us From Eva (Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J); Think Like A Man (Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Taraji Henson); The Great White Hype (Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Jamie Foxx, Damon Wayans); This Christmas (Chris Brown, Regina King, Idris Elba); Marshall (Chadwick Boseman, Sterling Brown); Safety (Jay Reeves, Corinne Foxx); Phat Tuesday (Documentary). His hit composition “Da Butt”, which he composed for Spike Lee’s film School Daze, became an instant #1 hit song and sparked a national dance craze that can still be brought on spontaneously today. Marcus’ television work includes iconic TV series such as Everybody Hates Chris (Chris Rock) and Reed Between The Lines (Tracee Ellis Ross & Malcolm-Jamal Warner). For the past 10 years, Marcus’ “Miller Time” has become a Sunday Night staple on Sirius XM radio,presenting an intoxicatingly broad range of jazz, soul and R&B. Miller is an appointed UNESCO Artist For Peace, tours worldwide and serves on multiple boards to help promote the education of young jazz musicians. He is a long-standing participant in the annual International Jazz Day event, which celebrates jazz every April 30th as a model for democracy and bringing together musicians from around the world in an annual global concert.

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