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Love at First Sight:

Music for Film and the Media

ELENI LOMVARDOU

I recently became an IAWM member after hearing about all the wonderful, successful work the group does to increase and enhance musical activities and to promote all aspects of the music of women. I am very excited to have been asked to introduce myself to this group.

I was born in Athens, Greece, and having my grandmother’s piano in the house, I realized at a very young age that I had a musical gift. I started playing the piano at the age of four and was able to compose short pieces right from the beginning. A few years later, my mother took me to the movies to see Disney’s Fantasia. I was mesmerized by the marriage of sound and picture—the music playing along with the visuals and the incredible artistic result. It was so powerful that then and there I decided I wanted to learn how to compose music for the movies as my profession. As I grew older, I became interested in synthesizers and electronic music. My first keyboard was Ensoniq’s Mirage, an eight-bit sampler that I played night and day!

I went to the United States to study biology as a pre-med student at the State University of New York at Potsdam. But the music school on campus, The Crane School of Music, drew my attention, and I took part-time music courses, which very quickly became full time, and before I even knew it, I became a double major (biology and music). To be able to do what I loved most—compose for visuals—I designed my own major called Music Composition for Theater and Dance. I composed the music for all the productions of the Dance and Drama Department. When I finished my bachelor studies, there was no question as to which path I was going to follow. I applied at NYU and enrolled in the Master’s Film Scoring/Music Technology Program. It was perfect for me, and I began working on short films.

After graduation I returned home, where I made my dream of becoming a film and media composer, producer, and studio owner true. I own a recording studio, Studio 34 Music Productions, in Athens, Greece, and have written music for numerous international theatrical productions, TV game shows, and prime time series aired on Greek national television. I was nominated three consecutive years for an award by the Greek National Theatrical Awards in the category for original music in a play: for Caryl Churchill’s Skriker, Shelagh Stephenson’s The Memory of Water, and Frank Wedekind’s Lulu.

I have also composed music for short films and documentaries that received awards in American and at International Film Festivals. To name a few, in 2002, I composed the music for the short film Jo’s Brother, produced by the Hellenic Centre of Cinema and directed by Marineta Kritikou. It participated in the 2002 Short Film Festival of Greece. In 2005, I composed the music for Dreaming of Zhejiang, a documentary directed by Marineta Kritikou that participated in the Pangea Day Film Festival in Los Angeles. It was one of the twenty-four short films selected from an international competition with more than 2,500 submissions from 150 countries. It also won second prize in the 2005 Documentary Festival of China, among twenty countries. In 2011, I scored the Black Tempest, also produced by the Hellenic Centre of Cinema and directed by Nikos Kallaras. It participated in the 2011 Short Film Festival of Greece.

 

I have collaborated with New York choreographers and written music for dance pieces that participated in American Dance Festivals in New York and Washington, D.C. I also collaborated with the School of Fine Arts in Athens and the Paris 8, CITU research center of paragraphe laboratory, for an interactive video art exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, and at the Futur en Seine Festival in Paris.


I was very excited that my music was selected and featured on WQXR’s twenty four-hour Marathon of Emerging Female Composers in August of 2014. WQXRFM, a classical radio station that serves the New York City metropolitan area, is the most-listened-to classical-music station in the United States. My music was featured at Viva 21st Century - 24-Hour Plus - International Edition - Live WPRB Radio Broadcast on December 24, 2014. I also participated at WPRB’s March 18th show devoted to women composers with music I have written for the theater.

In 2012, I became a member of Manhattan Producers Alliance, a New York based media education, professional mentoring, and networking community comprised of Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning musicians. The members of the organization are dedicated to advancing the art of music composition, performance, and recording. It provides unique professional development training for the music industry as well as educational music/music technology initiatives for children K-12. Being a part of this group gave me the opportunity to meet renowned artists and established professionals in the music and film industry, and to collaborate with them and attend and organize events such as film music seminars, music conferences, and concerts. This helped to promote my music and broaden my musical horizons even more. I organized the Manhattan Producers Alliance 2015 Concert, which took place with great success in New York City on March 1st. and participated with a piece for live cello, flute, and prerecorded electronics. My goal is to attract more women musicians in the group and have them take initiatives and assume a more prominent role. I am looking forward to releasing my first CD, which will be a compilation of my theater scores, and I am simultaneously starting to work on my next concert, which will take place in New York City in the spring of 2015. The repertoire will include original compositions for flute and electronics and also some well-known pieces for solo flute by composers such as Bach and Debussy, rearranged for flute and electronics. I will be collaborating with flutist Laura Lentz. It is a challenging and extremely interesting project since it combines my two loves, composing and sound designing. I rarely use preexisting sounds, I start from scratch. I love to go out and record natural sounds, and then manipulate them in a way that no one can really tell their origins. This concert will also be released on CD as a live recording probably in 2016.

Last, but not least, I am really interested in learning more about IAWM and contributing to promoting the music of women composers throughout the world. And yes, I believe with hard work and dedication we can!

Reprinted from IAWM Journal, Volume 21, No. 1 – 201

Born in Athens, Greece, Eleni Lomvardou has a Masters degree in Film Scoring and Music Technology from NYU, and a Bachelor in Music Composition from The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam. Eleni is a film and media composer, producer, studio owner (Studio 34 Music Productions in Athens, Greece). She has written music for numerous international theatrical productions, T.V. game shows and prime time series aired on Greek national television. Also she has composed music for short films and documentaries awarded in American, and International Film Festivals. Eleni has also collaborated with New York choreographers and written music for dance pieces that participated in American Dance Festivals in New York, and Washington, D.C. She also collaborated with the School of Fine Arts in Athens and the Paris 8, CITU research center of paragraphe laboratory, for an interactive video art exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, and at the Future n Seine Festival in Paris.

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