Season 4 Episodes



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Episode 11 – In Memoriam: Allee Willis

Kitsch Queen and multi-media creator Allee Willis was a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee with over 500 covers including Earth Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland” and “September,” Neutron Dance” by the Pointer Sisters and “I’ll Be There for You,” from Friends. With the Grammy-nominated, Tony-winning musical, The Color Purple, she added Broadway to her monumental credits. She left us in December 2019, but her indomitable spirit lives on in her songs, in our hearts, and in this encore episode.

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Episode 10 – Evan Bogart

A songwriter, an artist, a businessman, and a creative visionary: Evan Bogart channels his exuberant imagination into songs, films, television, records, music publishing and technology. Music is his through line, and having written songs for a roster of artists including Jennifer Lopez, and Jason DeRulo, Evan’s co-written Beyoncé smash “Halo,” is a remarkable touchstone in an ever-evolving career. Meet the newly elected president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy.



Episode 9 – John Kurlander

Three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Score Soundtrack and three consecutive TEC awards for Best Film Sound Production: John Kurlander is a distinguished Balance engineer and Remixer whose career began working on Abbey Road, by the Beatles. Since then he’s worked on countless musical cast albums, orchestral recordings and films, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and numerous Academy Award winning and Oscar nominated projects. Meet a master sonic craftsman of the highest order.

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Episode 8 – Starr Parodi

She first came on the radar playing keyboards with the Arsenio Hall band. She’s since performed or recorded with artists from Carole King and Carlos Santana to Mariah Carey. As a composer, Starr Parodi’s illustrious credits span feature films, episodic television, concert works and solo piano artistry. Recently elected President of the Alliance for Women Film composers, Starr exemplifies a multi-faceted career that continues to expand. Starr shines brightly on Storyophonic.

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Episode 7 – Sam Hollander

Through a catalog of songs that are undeniably upbeat, songwriter and Rolling Stone’s Hot Producer of the Year Sam Hollander creates vibrant pop hits like Fitz and the Tantrums’ “HandClap” and eight songs for Panic! At the Disco’s Pray for the Wicked, with the #1 hit “High Hopes.” In conversation, he relates how as a member of the supportive SONA community, he has evolved from a young MC into one of the most in-demand songwriters and producers in modern pop music.

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Episode 6 – Christophe Beck

Canadian-born Los Angeles-based Christophe Beck is one of Hollywood’s foremost composers. Now, with the release of Frozen 2, Beck expands on the glacial Disney soundscape he devised for Elsa and her cohorts in the mega-hit Frozen. From the Hangover Trilogy to The Peanuts Movie, Christophe Beck explores a remarkable compositional range with powerful emotional substance. He is committed to expanding opportunities in the film music community through SESAC Scores: The Beck Diversity Project.

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Episode 5 – Ed Cherney

Our music world was stunned by the recent passing of Grammy and Tec Award winning engineer and producer Ed Cherney. With credits that included the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, Ed was one of the greatest board masters of all time. His prodigious achievements were mirrored in his immense humor and loving heart. We thank Ed Cherney for the light that he shared and the music that he illuminated with his genius. In his honor, we present this encore conversation.

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Episode 4 – Carl Thiel

In feature films, documentaries and episodic television, the word “eclectic” only begins to describe music from composer Carl Thiel. For the new Netflix animated series, Seis Manos, Carl cross-pollinates folkloric Mexican influences, traditional Chinese instruments and retro Seventies sounds to accompany the story of three orphans raised in Mexico and trained in martial arts, on a mission to avenge the murder of of their mentor. Sonic sorcery casts a spell as Carl conjures up the score.

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Episode 3 – Danny Kortchmar

Even if you don’t know his name, you know his sound: you’ve heard Danny Kortchmar’s magical guitar on tracks with legends like James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, and Bob Dylan. As a songwriter, he’s collaborated with Don Henley and Jackson Browne, and he’s produced projects with a roster that includes Billy Joel and Neil Young. Now touring and recording with Immediate Family, Danny Kortchmar plugs in on this special episode sponsored by Roland Corporation, Boss, and Universal Audio.



Episode 2 – Doreen Ringer-Ross

Doreen Ringer Ross, Vice President of Film, Television and Visual Media at BMI, works with all echelons of composers including legends like John Williams, Thomas Newman and Danny Elfman. She also oversees a full slate of BMI initiatives and workshops nurturing the next generation of compositional creators. Meet Doreen Ringer Ross whose depth of knowledge confirms that she most assuredly knows the score. This episode of our podcast is sponsored by BMI, whose “Music Moves Our World.”



Episode 1 – Miriam Cutler and Terence Blanchard

Emmy Nominated composer Miriam Cutler works exclusively on social relevant, Emmy winning, Sundance and Oscar nominated documentaries including RBG, a story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. With over forty film scores, six-time Grammy-winning composer, trumpeter and recording artist Terence Blanchard received his first Academy Award nomination for Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman. We highlight two recent guests in this episode who exemplify positive changes in the film music community.

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