Costa Communications, Inc. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 23:06:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Upcoming Star Trek Cineconcerts write up in the Los Angeles Times Tue, 29 Mar 2016 23:06:17 +0000

Life sometimes comes full circle. About 25 years ago, I started promoting score albums for a new client, GNP Crescendo Records. I started promoting the classic Star Trek TV series scores and set up interviews for Alexander Courage and Gerald Fried. Separately, I was promoting Nichelle Nichols for her Star Trek album as well as her star on The Walk of Fame. Then I was promoting Next Generation and Dennis McCarthy and Jay Chattaway. Dennis would be the first composer to hire me independently of a label and then I helped Jay promote an organization that he was the president of, The Society of Composers and Lyricists (The SCL). My first scoring session I attended was for a new theme of a Star Trek TV show. During the break I grabbed the composer and said, “I need you for some photos.” People couldn’t believe how aggressive I was telling the studio. “Hey I need him for 5 minutes!” That composer was Jerry Goldsmith. I’ve lost a bit of my arrogance through the years. In addition to the composers I named, I was blessed to work with so many composers in that universe for Star Trek projects and independently…Velton Ray Bunch, Mark McKenzie, Cliff Eidelman, Ron Jones, and actors from the series including Scott Bakula, Tim Russ, and most recently i spent three days with the great William Shatner to promote this Star trek 100 city concert tour with Justin Freer. Star Trek introduced me to film & TV music, which has become the centerpiece of what we do at Costa Communications for over 25 years. I am thrilled that CineConcerts gave me the opportunity to reunite and set up interviews for virtually everyone I worked with in the Star Trek universe. Additionally, I am also working on getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith. I am honored and thankful that I have gotten to be on this journey…And I am grateful to Jon Burlingame for chronicling so much of this franchises’ history and film & TV music as a whole.
Concerts this Friday and Saturday at Pantages in Los Angeles!!!
~Ray Costa

Passion of the Christ composer, John Debney, Interviewed By Tom Needham on The Sounds of Film Tue, 29 Mar 2016 22:20:30 +0000 By Long Island News & PR       Published: March 14 2016

Oscar-nominated composer John Debney & Grammy-winning composer Laura Karpman will be Tom Needham’s special guests this Thursday on WUSB.

Stony Brook, NY – March 14th, 2016 – Oscar-nominated composer John Debney and Grammy-winning composer Laura Karpman will be Tom Needham’s special guests this Thursday at 6:00 PM on Long Island’s WUSB. As part of the Sounds of Film’s annual Easter celebration, John Debney will be talking about his acclaimed score to Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ and his new music for the film, The Young Messiah.
John Debney is one of Hollywood’s most prolific composers and has worked on a variety of movies including the Princess Diaries, Elf, Iron Man 2, The Emperor’s New Groove, Bruce Almighty and Liar Liar.
Debney stated, “It is an honor to be associated with Passion of the Christ. It is amazing that I still get letters and emails today telling me how people are so moved by the film’s music.”
About The Sounds of Film
The Sounds of Film is the nation’s longest-running film-themed show.  For over 28 years, the program has delivered a popular mix of interviews and music to listeners all over Long Island, parts of Connecticut and streaming live on the Internet at
Recent guests include author Chris Hedges, Billy Joel, Dionne Warwick, Chazz Palminteri, composer Cliff Martinez and Congressman Steve Israel.
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Live Jazz: The Chris Walden Big Band and Tierney Sutton at Vitello’s Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:53:26 +0000 By: Don Heckman

It was big band Wednesday at Vitello’s.  Like several other clubs around town – notably Steamer’s in Fullerton, Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood, Typhoon in Santa Monica and Vibrato in Bel Air – Vitello’s has worked to keep alive the tradition of large ensemble jazz.

On this night, the musical centerpiece was the Grammy-nominated Chris Walden Big Band.  Assembled from an impressive list of Southland A-list players, the Band’s line-up was a perfect choice to perform Walden’s well-crafted arrangements and compositions.

One Direction songwriter/producer Carl Falk takes us inside the recording studio Thu, 24 May 2012 18:00:06 +0000 EXCLUSIVE REPORT

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Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be locked in a recording studio for hours with One Direction? Hitmaking songwriter/producer Carl Falk knows what it’s like. He is one of the people responsible for One Direction’s biggest hits so far: “What Makes You Beautiful” and “One Thing,” two of the singles from One Direction’s smash debut album, “Up All Night,” which has been a No. 1 hit in several countries. Falk and his songwriting/producing partner Rami Yacoub produced three songs on the album: “What Makes You Beautiful,” “One Thing” and “I Wish,” all of which were co-written by Falk, Yacoub and Savan Kotecha. Falk is also known for co-writing Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” and Taio Cruz’s “Troublemaker.”

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Jacaranda Review Wed, 16 May 2012 00:48:00 +0000 As of March 18th I was given the privilege of previewing Jacaranda, Trevor’s first new solo album in 23 years (in point of fact my review was written before any other reviews had appeared online).  To say I was thrilled beyond measure would be a severe understandment.  To say that this album is what I’ve been waiting for nearly all my life is yet another exercise in the obvious.  This is an instant fusion classic: right up there with my other favorites in the genre and that’s not just my relative bias talking.

Now I have been cleared to share my review with the public and I hope it does, in some part, convince listeners to give it a chance.  It’s that good, trust me.


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Guitar International: Jacaranda Review Wed, 09 May 2012 01:00:52 +0000 By: Arlene R. Weiss


The jacaranda tree is indigenous to several multicultural, musically diverse global regions, including South Africa, where legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, and award winning esteemed film composer, Trevor Rabin was born and grew up, and where he absorbed, and was both informed and influenced by, many diverse music styles.


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Film Music Panel at the Newport Beach Film Festival Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:40:45 +0000 Film Music Panel at

Newport Beach Film Festival

Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm at The Port Theater, Newport Beach

WHAT: Leading Hollywood film composers will reveal the process of creating the right music to capture a genre, create a story’s heart and reveal the intent of a film.


Chris Bacon (Gnomeo & Juliet, Source Code, Smash)

Jane Antonia Cornish (Fireflies in the Garden, Five Children and It, Solstice)

Steffan Fantini (The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone, Criminal Minds, Army Wives)

Trevor Morris (Immortals, The Borgias, The Tudors)

Ed Shearmur (Diary of A Wimpy Kid (1&2), Abduction, Miss Congeniality)

Curt Sobel (Ray, Joyful Noise, The Bourne Ultimatum)

Mark Anthony Yaeger (Yoko, Shanghai Calling, 72 Hours: A Love Story)


Moderated by Anthony D’Alessandro –Managing Editor Deadline Hollywood’s Awardsline, formerly w/Variety


WHEN: Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 3:00-4:30 PM.

WHERE: The Port Theater, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

WHY:  Top composers explain their craft and their current and upcoming projects.

OTHER INFO: FREE ADMISSION to attend this panel. For more info on the Newport Beach Film Festival, please visit:

Chart Moves: ‘Newsies’ Cast Album Debuts, ‘MTV Unplugged’ Returns, and a Video Game Soundtrack Sizzles Sat, 21 Apr 2012 00:00:07 +0000 “Journey” Soundtrack: As the soundtrack to the video game “Journey” debuts at No. 116 on the Billboard 200 chart, it marks the second-highest charting video game soundtrack ever. The effort, composed by Austin Wintory, is second only to the No. 107 peak of 2007’s “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock — Companion Pack.” Game soundtracks rarely dent the big chart, though four different “Halo” efforts have reached the list. Over on the Top Soundtracks chart, “Journey” — which sold 4,000 copies last week — debuts at No. 8. … Developed by thatgamecompany for the PlayStation Network, the “Journey” game is exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and was released on March 13.


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EXAMINER: Mark Isham Spreads Magic on Once Upon A Time Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:15:28 +0000 ABC’s runaway hit television series ONCE UPON A TIME surprised a lot of people. Before it aired, the media panned its creative premise as one that would be cancelled within one season. A lot of folks passed it off as the next LOST-wannabe (nearly all of which that preceded ONCE… proved their lack of worth by dying on the vine). And others were concerned by the very notion of putting yet another twist on our fabled fairy tale heroes (despite being helmed by ABC – an arm of the Disney family).

However, the rich characterization, incredible casting, smooth and intense direction, and clever musicality haven blended seamlessly to create a program that keeps audiences riveted week after week. Spearheading the music aspect of the equation is film composing journeyman Mark Isham, who was nominated for an Academy Award for 1992’s A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, won an Emmy in 1997 for EZ STREETS, and most recently was awarded the 2011 Hollywood Music In Media Award for Best Original Film Score for his work on THE WARRIOR.

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Journey Score Album Featuring Music by Austin Wintory Released Tuesday April 10th Sat, 07 Apr 2012 00:39:05 +0000 Last month, thatgamecompany released Journey on the PlayStation Network to widespread critical acclaim and, happily, an equally favorable commercial reception. In fact, Journey has become the fastest-selling title in the history of the PSN both in the US and in Europe. The number of fan letters that the developer has received also surpassed those for Flower, Journey’s predecessor, after only three days. This success is likely to hold steady as Journey’s soundtrack, by Austin Wintory, is released on April 10th and the Smithsonian continues to feature Flower in its Art of Video Gamesexhibit.

However, this period of good fortune for the company is also marked by the turmoil of transition as key staff depart. Kellee Santiago, a TED fellow and Indie Fund backer who founded thatgamecompany with Jenova Chen, acted as a producer for the developer’s first two games before focusing her attention upon directing the company as its president. She has left under amicable terms in order to pursue new though as-yet unannounced goals, Gamasutra reports. The producer for Journey, Robin Hunicke, also parts ways as she joins Tiny Speck and Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi in their work on Glitch, an MMORPG that explores interdependent player communities.

Despite these personnel changeups, the future is bright for thatgamecompany. Sony’s second-party developer completes its three-game contract with Journey (after flOw and Flower). Anything is possible now—and on any platform. Indeed, as Chen told Push Square: “Right now we are very much exploring ways to bring our games to a bigger audience, beyond just PlayStation.” His statement about Santiago’s departure indicates that Journey’s successor is already in the works.