“Scoring Comedies: Comedy is Serious Business
The Scoring Art & Technique”
May 13, 2017
Moderated by: Sylvester Rivers
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Check-in: 10:30 am
5800 Fulton, Van Nuys, CA
Join us for an informative and entertaining Master Class!
Mr. Clinton is an award winning composer who has scored over 100 films, most notably “Austin Powers International Man of Mystery” and it’s blockbuster sequels; Disney’s hit “Santa Clause” sequels; “Mortal Kombat” 1 & 2; “Wild Things”, “Red Shoe Diaries”, John Water’s “A Dirty Shame” and the Emmy Award winning “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.”
He began his professional musical career as a singer/songwriter/arranger in Nashville while earning degrees in music and drama. Upon moving to LA, he became a staff songwriter for Warner Brothers Music with songs recorded by the likes of Michael Jackson and Joe Cocker and continued working as a session musician and arranger. It was the music from Clinton’s solo album “The George Clinton Band Arrives” that attracted the attention of Cheech and Chong, giving him the chance to score his first film “Still Smokin”.
In addition, Mr. Clinton is an advisor at the Sundance Composers Lab, serves on the Music Executive Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars), is on the boards of the Society of Composers and Lyricists and the Alliance for Women Film Composers, is a member of ASMAC and the Television Academy, and was Chair of Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music 2012-2015.
Awards include a Platinum record for his score to Mortal Kombat, Grammy and Emmy nominations, the SCL Ambassador Award, the Spirit of Tennessee Award, and nine BMI Film Music Awards, including their highest honor, the BMI Icon Award.
Composer, arranger and pianist Sylvester Rivers has recorded with numerous hit artists including Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, The Jacksons, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, New Edition, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Barry White, Marc Bolan & T. Rex, Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio, Deniece Williams, The Fifth Dimension and many others. Composing, arranging and orchestrating for television and film, as well, such as the television series, “Fame,” songs for the Kevin Bacon/ Laurence Fishburne film, “Quicksilver,” “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” “The Arsenio Hall Show” and numerous others, he has been prolific in producing music throughout a wide spectrum.