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Past, Present, & Future Projects with Great Artists and Friends...
"TWITCH", a film by the talented Jules De Niverville is making its debut on the film festival circuit. "TWITCH" 'chronicles the life-pulse of a creature in conflict'. It has been shown at film festivals in Denver, Montréal, Toronto, Stockholm, Leeds (U.K.) and the list is growing... TWITCH
It Was a Woman In the documentary film "It Was a Woman", Cherri Low Horn tells her story of sexual abuse at the hands of another woman. This bravely revealing documentary is told with the interjections of Cherri's own beautifully hand drawn animations. Showing now on APTN - broadcast and on demand. Co-scored with my great friend, Janet Lumb.
 Tamas Wormser's latest ouvre, "The Wandering Muse" is in post production and DEG has the privilege of music editing this wonderful film. This documentary explores multiple musical interpretations of what it means to be, and sound Jewish in today's world. Theatrical world premier happening this fall... The Wandering Muse
Brave New World With Stephen Hawking  The brilliant and critically acclaimed new science series "Brave New World With Stephen Hawking" kicks off Season 2, complete with a new take on the opening theme music.
With hosts Dr. Carin Bondar, Professor Chris Eliasmith (Canada), Dr. Daniel Kraft (U.S.), Professor Jim Al-Khalili and Dr. Aarathi Prasad from the U.K. Check it out on Discovery World, Canal D, & Zodiak Rights.
 Sloths! Quite possibly the cutest (and slowest) animal on the face of the planet. DEG composes music for this charming series that centers around life at the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica (www.slothsanctuary.com). "Meet The Sloths" playing now on Animal Planet Canada, France 5 and Discovery UK. Meet The Sloths
Amish Mafia  DEG's music can now be heard in the Discovery Channel's revealing, somewhat surprising and very controversial series, "Amish Mafia". Playing now...
 DEG is thrilled to write the theme for the new science series "Aliens: The Definitive Guide" for the Discovery Channel, winner of the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards, Best Science or Nature Program or Series category.
A big congratulations to the entire team! Playing now...
Aliens: The Definitive Guide
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo  Some of DEG's music can now be heard in, of all places, the controversial TLC series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"!
 DEG is very proud and honored to receive his second nomination, this time with collaborator Ganesh Anandan, for Best Musical Score in a Documentary for Jefferson Lewis' brilliant "Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague"(eng.) "Variole: anatomie d'un fléau"(fr.); a terrifying look at the 1885 Montréal small pox epidemic and how it could happen again. Take a look at the trailer here.

gemini award


 "Être Chinois au Québec" (fr.) "Being Chinese In Québec" (eng.) becomes the top 4th Canadian Film at box offices for the week of May 24-30 according to Playback.
 "Cross Country Fun Hunt" wins 2 awards at this year's Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence. CCFH took home the gold for Best Television Show All Genres (ages 9-12) and Best Convergent Website. J. Finkelstein picks up the award (pictured), way to go team!!!

Ever Good Hunter Me

Ever Good Hunter Me

 DEG & Janet Lumb write the music to the talented Paul Rickard's sequel to the NFB film "Okimah". The documentary entitled "Ever Good Hunter Me" is a beautiful look at the annual goose hunt which takes place in remote Northern Ontario. Check back here for news about the long awaited première!
 DEG composes the musical score to "Cross Country Fun Hunt" a super fun Canadian road trip adventure series, with host Jordan Francis. You may remember Jordan from Disney's "Camp Rock". CCFH will run weekly, nationwide on CBC beginning in October 2013.

Cross Country Fun Hunt

Etre Chinois

 "Être Chinois au Québec" (fr.) "Being Chinese In Québec" (eng.) a provocative film by Malcolm Guy & Williiam Dere, is being scored by DEG and long-time collaborator Janet Lumb (with additional music by Kid Koala). ECAQ is slated to have it's première in Montréal this February 2013.
 DEG begins collaborating on Charmaine Leblanc's stunning live performance piece, "Terminus" the third and final installment in the triptych to be presented at Les Ateliers Jean-Brillant in November. Featuring Marc Béland, Marc Daigle, Benoit Lachambre, Jane Mappin, Mathilde Monnard and Carol Prieur.


 DEG with long-time collaborator Janet Lumb, complete scoring "Tibet: Terre de Braves" (fr.)/ "Tibet: Land of the Brave" (eng.) a beautiful film by G. Brault, about the quickly disappearing lifestyle of traditional Tibetan yak herders. See some clips here.
 November 2011"Brave New World with Stephen Hawking" receives critical acclaim in the London Times (article by Alex Hardy). Read the full review HERE. Brave New World with Stephen Hawking
Brave New World Stephen Hawking  October 2011"Brave New World with Stephen Hawking" and special guests Sir David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins and many more, premieres in the U.K. on Channel 4 on October 17th. It will play in Canada on Discovery HD in November. Be sure to check it out!
 August 2011, Begining work on a fantastic new documentary series for the U.K.'s Channel 4 and Discovery called "Brave New World" starring Prof. Stephen Hawking and directed by the very talented D.Barry. Brave New World

 June 2011, Great News!!! The soundtrack for the documentary "Quarantaine" (by Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer based on a piece by Charmaine Leblanc) has been nominated for best music score in a documentary for the 26th Annual Gemini (Gémeaux) Awards 2011. 
 May-June 2011, DEG will be on tour with 7 Fingers of the Hand (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) composing and performing live for 4 weeks of shows in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Republique Theatre. The show is called The Fibonacci Project (DK2011).

 April 2011, Humaine starring Amélie Grenier plays in Montréal on the 1st and Québec City on the 30th. The Montréal show was a near sellout with a crowd that was completely won over. It seemed as though the standing 'O' would never end! Be sure to check it out if you get the chance...great music, great story and a great performer!
 March 2011, Amélie Grenier's long awaited "1 woman show" Humanie (directed by Alex Veilleux) premières in Gatineau, Qc to a sold out house at the Salle Jean Despréz. The crowd was INSANE!!! A huge success! The show will play Montréal and Québec City in April.

 February 2011, Mylène Roy's poetic and touching one woman show called, "Le destin du vent" will have it's première in Ottawa (3rd, 4th, 5th) at the Théâtre du Trillium. DEG will be performing live.
 November 2010, DEG was in Barcelona, Spain writing and performing with Les 7 Doigts (7 Fingers) circus. The "Projet Fibonacci" was a huge success with soldout shows and great fun had by all.

 August 2010, DEG (with Janet Lumb) begins work on "Tibet: terre des braves"/"Tibet: Land Of The Brave" by Geneviève Brault, a fantastic documentary about the disappearance of the traditional Tibetan nomadic way of life. The score features Gyamtso Sotse's beautiful traditional Tibetan singing.
 May 2010, the intimately beautiful show Vita Brevis by Nadine Sures (score by DEG) plays at the MAI centre in Montréal. The show was updated in residency especially for this showing.

 May 2010, DEG 'graduates' from the Steven Scott Smalley Film Scoring Workshop in L.A.. Smalley has orchestrated music for many blockbuster films such as Starship Troopers, Mission Impossible, Batman (the movie), Ghostbusters II and Robocop to name a few.
 February 2010, DEG wins the HM prize for Nightingale Music's Score2Film Challenge. See the winning entry here. Judges included Hummie Mann (Emmy Award winning composer), Daniel D'or & Paul Day.

 January 2010, DEG finishes scoring "Just A Click Away" a documentary film about teenage gambling with Janet Lumb, directed by Laura Turek (produced by T. Lynch/S. Bochner with Eyesteel Film). Television première in early 2010.
 December 2009, DEG travels to Copenhagen, Denmark for a tour with Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers of the Hand) for the circus performance called "The Fibonacci Project" (Projet Fibonacci).

 November 2009, "A Journey Into The Spirit of a Lost Nation" (Deepali Lindblom) with a cast and crew of 32, (score by DEG), has its world première in Montréal at the theatre Art Neuf.
 October 2009, It was an immense honor for The Tibetan Artist Collective  to perform the first act from "A Journey Into The Spirit of a Lost Nation" (with score by DEG) in front of 15,000 people at the Bell Centre when the Dalai Lama visited Montréal.

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

 September 2009, DEG finishes scoring the incredibly shocking and suspenseful "Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague" (dir. Jefferson Lewis) which will be broadcast soon on The Discovery Channel, and CBC (French and English).

 August 2009, DEG continues writing music for "A Journey Into The Spirit of a Lost Nation" (Deepali Lindblom) which will have it's world premiere November 2009. Special sneak peak on October 3rd with details coming soon...

 July 2009, DEG composes for the talented director Ragnar Keil's online promotional video advertisement for Canix.

 June 2009, DEG writes (Bollywood!!) for the world premiere of Access Asie's multimedia live performance of "Viva Confusion" starring Mohan Agashe (Misssissippi Masala) written by Hunt Hoe and Stephen Pietrantoni.

 May 2009, DEG begins pre-production work for the soon to be televised feature length version of Charmaine Leblanc's Quarantaine produced by Mouvement Perpetuel (Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer) .

 April 2009, DEG has begun recording sessions for Rainer Wiens' CD entitled "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" to be launched September 2009.

 March 2009, DEG is a juror member for the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival.

 February 2009, DEG travels to Veracruz and Mexico City for a tour with Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers of the Hand) circus with performers from Mexico, Montréal and Igloolik.

 January 2009, DEG finishes sound design and composition work with Charmaine Leblanc on Mouvement Perpetuel's (Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer) beautiful dance short "40".
 January 2009, DEG is up for a Jutra award for Best Feature Film Score for 1st Bite!

 January 2009, DEG win's the "Montreal's Best" category in The Water Front Remix Competition. Read more about it here.
 December 2008, DEG travels to Los Angeles to meet and study with renowned duduk and woodwind player Chris Bleth (Star Trek, Up, X-Men: Origins Wolverine, Wall-E).

 November 2008, DEG finishes scoring "Stolen Babies, Stolen Lives" (a shocking documentary) with Ganesh Anandan for Triplex Films (dir. Peter Svatek). Premiers on CBC Newsworld on the 24th.
 September 2008, Kyle Milligan's funny "Double Dare" ( with a small musical contribution by DEG ) is an entry level winner at the Filmaka short competition. Congrats Kyle!

 August 2008, Laura Turek's "Man of the Family" plays at the Montréal World Film Festival (Festival des Films du Monde).

 August 2008, "Tomboy" (by Dave Whitehead) wins the Young Cuts Film Festival award for best actress! Congrats to Ellie Robbins!

 July 2008, Les 7 Doigts de la Main and Cirko de Mente's "The Fibonacci Project" (Projet Fibonacci/Proyecto Fibonacci) plays at the TOHU in Montréal with the participation of talented performers from Artcirq (Igloolik). DEG will play live on stage with Charmaine Leblanc and Félix Boisvert.
 June 2008, The score for Cirque du Soleil's newest creation for the World Expo in Zaragoza, Spain premièred on june 14th to critical acclaim. The show, now named "The Awakening of the Serpent" or "Le réveil du serpent" ("El despertar de la Serpiente" in Spanish) will run everyday at noon until September 15, 2008.

 May 2008, World première of DEG's score for Roger Sinha's choreography "Zeros & Ones" interactive dance technology piece with text by Nadia Chaney.
 February 2008, Began scoring Dave Whitehead's elegant new short film entitled "Tomboy", produced by The London Film School.

 February 2008, "Baghdad Twist" premiers at the "Rendez-Vous du Cinéma, Québécois" film festival in Montreal to a sold out audience.
 February 2008, "1st Bite" makes it's commercial theatrical debut at the AMC theatres in Montreal, soon to hit Toronto and Vancouver in March and April 2008.

 February 2008, "Man of the Family" appears at the "Rendez-Vous du Cinéma, Québécois" film festival in Montreal.

 January 2008, "Lily", a new work for orchestra is premiered by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra as part of the Reel Music/New Currents Music festival. D.E.G. will attend the premier performance in B.C.

 December 2007, D.E.G. has been selected as a finalist for the 2008 edition of "Reel Music" national music competition.

 November 2007, Began scoring "Living the Language", an intriguing documentary about Mohawk culture and language by Paul Rickard.

 July 2007, D.E.G. has officially received another Canada Council for the Arts Grant to travel to Los Angeles and to write a new concert work.

 June 2007, Began scoring "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" - an exciting, action-packed series pilot developed and directed by Jonathan Robbins (Toronto).


 May 2007, Began scoring director Joe Balass' latest documentary entitled "Baghdad Twist" which is being produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

 April 2007, Began scoring a beautiful short film by the lovely and talented Laura Turek called "Man of the Family".

 March 2007, Cue 6M9 from "1st Bite" was selected to be played and recorded by the McGill Studio Orchestra ( 60 piece orchestra ) in the incredible, new MMR (Multi-Media Room) room at the McGill University Schulich School of Music.

 February 2007, The two week residency in Mexico City of "The Fibonacci Project" is a success. All three shows were sold out with people being turned away at the door. It was a great team effort that resulted in a fantastic show given that we had just 2 weeks to create the entire show (including music!!!). See pictures under studio heading...

 January/February 2007, Off to Mexico City for a two week residency with Quebec's Les 7 Doigts de la Main and Mexico's Cirko de Mente. The residency will include 3 shows at the prestigous Centro Nacional De Las Artes. The show will be called "The Fibonacci Project" based on the work of the Italian mathematician Leo Fibonacci.

 December 2006, Interviewed by  Will Romano ( New York ) for EQ Magazine regarding recording techniques for the CD project "Double Identity" by Ganesh Anandan. The article should appear in the March 2007 issue of the magazine.
 November 16, 2006 Pamela Newell's contemporary dance work entitled "Being Susan Sontag" premiers at Tangente in Montreal. It will be presented with an improv (lights, music and dance!) called "The Sunday Project".  Listen to some newly added excerpts of this score in the music section.

 October 5th and 6th 2006 "1st Bite" tours The Vancouver International Film Festival. Next stop..... India!!! 
 September 13, 2006 marks the premier of choreographer Roger Sinha's "Benches" (2006) in Montreal at the L'Agora de la Danse theatre space. Music clips available on the samples page.
 September 01, 2006 Currently completeing music for Ole Gjerstad's documentary on Louise Arbour ( "In The Crossfire" ). Tentative air date of November 30th on CBC.
 August 26, 2006 "Eaux de Vie" ( "Touched By Water" ) by Tamas Wormser premiers at the 2006 Montreal World Film Festival.
 August 31, 2006 "1st Bite" by Hunt Hoe premiers at the 2006 Montreal World Film Festival to a sold out theatre.

 Currently studying composition and orchestration with Dr. Richard Danielpour of New York City. Dr. Danielpour is the only composer since Stravinsky and Copland (Aaron not Stewart!) to be signed exclusively to Sony Classical.
 Just completed scoring the feature film "1st Bite" shot on location in Montreal, Canada and Thailand. The film stars David LaHaye ( La Vie Avec Mon Pere, Nouvelle France, Head in the Clouds ) Michael Ironside ( Top Gun, Starship Troopers, Stargate SG-1, Desperate Housewives ) and Leah Pinsent ( Made In Canada, Murder She Wrote, PSI Factor ).  The score includes great songs with special appearances by singers Rob Torr, Mary-Beth Campbell and Armenian singer Lousnak. The score also features The Bozzini String Quartet ( Quatuor Bozzini ). Look for it in theatres starting this fall! 



Review of Motaz Kabbani's "Le Sacre" 
"Igor Stravinsky's score comes on like gangbusters, the powerful rhythm overwhelming the melody. This version uses a softer interpretation by Turkish pianist Fazil Say (playing the composer's two-hands version), with additional recorded strong beats, coloring and layering by composers Dino Giancola and Charmaine Leblanc further softening the music. The result creates a rich soundscape that encapsulates the energy and passion of the dance fused with Stravinsky's pulsing rhythms. The layered score offers the choreographer an even broader spectrum of rhythm changes, which he accentuates in the movement." - Philip Szporer 

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