Directed by Mike Burstyn, “Azimuth” takes place at the end of the Six Day War of 1967 when two soldiers, an Egyptian and an Israeli, encounter each other in the Sinai desert with one goal- Survival. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Mike, an acclaimed actor and singer in his own right, and I look forward to our next collaboration. The film will be screened as part of the Israeli Film Festival before its upcoming theatrical release.
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In the feature film “Children of the Fall”, Director Eitan Gafni created a chilling thriller, juggling the fine line between drama and horror. With a strong social and political commentary, “Children of the Fall” is set in a kibbutz in Israel in the 1970’s, on the eve of the Yom Kippur war. The film will have its premier at the BLACK NIGHT Film Festival in Europe. Sharon had the opportunity to compose some very scary music as well dramatic love scenes, and she enjoyed working with a director that “gets it”!
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In the concert world, Sharon will be having a four -city tour of the Pacific Northwest with her concerto for Cello, Orchestra and Narrator- BESTEMMING (Destination in Dutch) based on the remarkable life story of Holocaust survivor and hero of the Dutch resistance, Curt Lowens. Maestro Yaniv Attar takes the Northwest Sinfonietta’s audiences on this incredible journey, November 9th, 11th and 12th. Narrated by Erich Parce and joined by renowned cellist Amit Peled, who has performed with many orchestras in the world's major concert halls, this heroic tale is perfectly paired with Beethoven’s beloved third symphony.
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The tour will continue with a performance of BESTEMMING with the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra, this time in a new version that Sharon extended especially to accommodate such a big scale orchestra. Under the button of Maestro Yaniv Attar, the piece will have the same outstanding cast-narrated by Erich Parce and joined by renowned cellist Amit Peled, paired with Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’.
Sharon will be speaking at the pre-Concert lectures about Curt Lowens and the creation of “BESTEMMING”.
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Sharon has been commissioned by the prestigious National Children Chorus to compose a new piece for this acclaimed choir’s Winter concert. In this piece, entitled “Children of Light”, Sharon not only composed the music, but also written the poem which the piece is set to.
Come hear the pristine voices of the National Children Chorus, telling a heartfelt story, and guiding their audience members on an extraordinary musical journey. Musical highlights will also include “Sleep”, by Eric Whitacre and “Snow Angel” by Sarah Quartel.
The West Coast premier of “Children of Light” will take place on December 8th at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and the NCC’s 3rd major appearance at Lincoln Center will take place on December 16th. The NCC Scholars SATB ensemble will also sing “Frostiana," Randal Thompson’s classic setting of country poems by Robert Frost.
Don’t miss what promises to be a stunning celebration of the holidays, featuring members of the NCC’s Senior Division from Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. For Los Angeles tickets click here:
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On December 12th, at the same time of the West Coast Premier of "Children of Light", the Zimryiah Chorale, conducted by Nick Strimple, will feature Sharon's chorale music at Adat Ariel Temple in Los Angeles.
Sharon will be giving master classes in the following institutions:
PACIFIC NORTH WEST FILM SCORING PROGRAM
Professor/composer Hummie Mann, 11.9.2017
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Composer, Associate Professor, Dr. Bruce Hamilton, 11.13.2017
Sharon has been attached to score “The Dark Return of Time”, a super natural thriller starring Eric Roberts and Bill Cobbs. To be shot in France and the UK Spring 2016.
The Dark Return of Time's Facebook Page
Sharon is in the final mixed of the music for “Children of the Fall”- a thriller/horror feature directed by Eitan Gafni.
Children of the Fall's iMDB page
Sharon has been attached to score “Mata Hari - her True Story” for Aegis Film Group. To be shot in France and Canada.
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Sharon has been attached to score “Pendragon (TV series)” for Aegis Film Group. To be shot in the UK and USA.
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Sharon's acclaimed Concerto for Cello, Orchestra and Narrator, Bestemming, will be performed at the SABAN theater on June 13th, 2014. BESTEMMING was premiered in January to a sold out crowed. Cellist Ruslan Biryukov and Maestro Frank Fetta will lead the Glendale Philharmonic in a special event. Bestemming honors the life of Holocaust survivor, Curt Lowens. For more information please visit:
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Sharon's piece ASHKINA, for mixed choir, chamber orchestra and Ethnic Instruments will be performed in Jerusalem, Israel on December 22nd, 2012, by the Gary Bertini choir, Israel's leading and most prestigious Choir. As ASHKINA's music is a fusion of cultures, faiths and languages, it is even more meaningful to perform it in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
Sharon has signed to score Director T. Raphael Cimino's film HIGH ORDER that she will be recording late January/February.
Soprano Sharon Rostorf-Zamir has been nominated for a GRAMMY in the BEST CLASSICAL SOLO VOCAL category for her performance on the recently released CD FOREVER TO REMEMBER. Ms. Rostorf and pianist Hagai Yodan chose to open up the CD with Sharon's song cycle TO ALWAYS REMEMBER.
Sharon has signed up to score producer's Aaron Millar new upcoming feature film BUDDHA EYESE. This action adventure film will be shot in Alaska amongst other locations and starts Eric Roberts.
Sharon's String quartet will be performed by the International String Quartet of Yucatan on May 30th 2013. The program will also include Mozart - Divertimento No. 1 and Mendelssohn - String Quartet in e minor.
Sharon's work for String Orchestra, flute and Percussion, ONLY A BOOK, commissioned by the outstanding iPalpiti Artists International orchestra, was World Premiered at the SABAN Theatre in Beverly Hills on July 20th.
The twenty-five minutes piece, which is in the form of theme and (six) variations, portrays the journey and history of the Jewish people.
GRAMMY winner soprano Hila PLitmann has released a new CD entitled THE ANCIENT QUESTION. Ms. Plitmann has chosen to close the CD with Sharon's song cycle BRIDGES OF LOVE. The CD is available on itunes and Amazon.
On June 13th, Director Gloria Greenfield presented the Los Angeles premier of the film UNMASKED- JUDEOPHOBIA, scored by Sharon. The film deals with the roots of anti-Semitism in the Christian and Islamic worlds and its effect on humanity. The moving and at times terrifying score accompanies the film and brings about an added dimension to this important and difficult issue. Ms. Greenfield has already asked Sharon to compose the music for her next film as well.
Sharon's dramatic piano ballad has been chosen to be featured at NASUCA LA's concert on August 27th. The ballad performed by acclaimed pianist Dr. Tali Tadmor.
Sharon has recently been commissioned by the prestigious I-Palpity orchestra to compose a new work to be premiered July 2012 at Los Angeles' Music Center, Disney Concert.
Sharon's commissioned piece, ASHKINA, which has already been performed many times, will be performed again in NY's Symphony space on November 12th, The 25 minutes work is written for mixed choir and Chamber Orchestra and features three outstanding soloists; the renowned Omar Faruk Tekbilek on ney flute, oud and dumbeck, Gutiarist Freddy Schiftan on Flamenco Guitar, and percussionist David Kontesz on dumbeck. To be conducted by maestro Harold Rosnbaum.
Sharon's piece for women's choir and piano, WHEN MUSIC SOUNDS was premiered on May 23rd by the Orange County Women's Choir to enthusiastic audience. Music Direcrtor/Conductor Eliza Rubenstein commissioned the work from Sharon after one of her choir members heard Sharon's trio THE LIVING SEA at the Laguna beach Music Festival.
Sharon's song cycle, BRIDGES OF LOVE recorded in London by GRAMMY Award winner soprano Hila Plitmann. Ms. Plitmann, who performed the piece for Soprano, clarinet, viola and piano at the Beverly Hills International Music Festival, has chosen BRIDGES OF LOVE to be recorded for CD: THE ANCIENT QUESTION, released by Signum Records.
On December 14th, the renowned Israeli singe HEDVA AMRANI gave an exciting and full-length concert in Los Angeles. The concert, which was sold out and proved to be a huge success, presented all new arrangements by Sharon, for 13 musicians, including an extended rhythm section, 2 guitars (including Flamenco guitar and bouzouki), a string quartet and background vocalists. Sharon was conducting from the piano and music directing the concert.
Sharon's acclaimed piece, Translucent Rock, has been chosen to be performed by the Culver City Symphony Orchestra. The piece, commissioned by The Israeli Chamber Orchestra is originally written for chamber orchestra and was re- orchestrated for a full symphony orchestra by Sharon for the concert, which took place on 1/29/2011a. The historic concert was dedicated solely to Women Composers, many of them living and creating new music today.
Sharon's piece for Chamber Orchestra, "Translucent Rocks", which was originally commissioned and premiered by The Israeli Chamber Orchestra, have had its US premier on 5/27 at The Million Dollar Theater in Los Angeles. Other works presented at the concert featured composers Ali Helnwein, Gernot Wolfganag, and Raven Kane. Conducted by David Campbell.
Sharon has been working with the amazing soprano Hila Plitmann on Hila's upcoming recital writing arrangements and original music for her. The unique and intimate concert was presented at the Boston Court in Pasadena, CA.
Sharon has been commissioned by the prestigious PACIFIC SERENADE ENSEMBLE to compose a new work. The 3 movements song cycle, entitled "Bridges of Love", was premiered in Los Angeles March 6th, 7th and 9th, 2010.
Sharon's moving piece for women's choir and chamber ensemble, "My Beloved", has been chosen to be performed at the American Choral Directors Association Convention. Conductor Janet Galvan premiered the piece in April and performed it again at the convention, with a 60 piece women's choir. The piece, sung in Hebrew, conveys the sorrow of the poet after he lost his son in war.
Sharon has been invited to N. Carolina, to perform her music for Martin Luther King Day, with a 100 piece choir. Temple Emanuel, January 16th, 2010.
Sharon has been commissioned by Composer and Music Director of the Laguna Beach Music Festival, Paul Chihara, to compose a new trio for the Festival. Director Greg Macgillivary has created a 15 minutes film that will be scored by 3 different composers and shown on three different concerts at the festival. Sharon is honored to be collaborating with the Clermont Trio for this project. To be performed live on stage, January 24th, 2010.
Sharon commissioned by Pacific Serenade Ensemble Sharon has recently been commissioned by the prestigious Pacific Serenade ensemble to compose a new piece for tenor, piano viola and clarinet. To be premiered January 6th, 8 and 9th in Los Angeles.
On Friday, August 28th, Soprano Carol Stephenson presented an emotional evening entitled Music and Remembrance. Carol performed Sharon's poignant song cycle, set to poems by Holocaust survivor poet Jacob Barzilai. The beautiful performance took place at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut and featured Margaret Worsley, clarinet and Masako Klassen, piano. The concert will be repeated on Monday, September 21, 8:00 p.m. at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA.
The Daniel Pearl Foundation has chosen to include the A Cappella piece written in memory of Daniel on the Daniel Pearl Music Days website. Listen to the recording of "The Third Mother/Mothers' Lament", performed by The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, conductor. "A Mother's Lament / The Third Mother" is published by the Roger Dean Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation and is catalogue number 15/2596R". Please join the Daniel Pearl World music days with a concert, a song, or any musical idea!
A concert featuring music of Sharon Farber On June 7th, 2009, Sharon's music was featured at a World Humanitarian Concert entitled "Kindred Spirits", to benefit the "Helfer International", an organization committed to sustainable solutions to end hunger and poverty. The concert featured 2 pieces by Sharon: "As You Walk With Me" to lyrics by Danny Israeli (Hebrew) and award winning Arthur Hamilton (English, who also wrote " Cry me A River"). The second piece is "God is One" with lyrics and music by Sharon. The pieces, which also featured Sharon on piano, presented 3 great soloists: Ilysia Pierec, Ilan Davidson and Ron Li-Paz, accompanied by The Jewish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Noreen Green and a 100 piece Gospel Choir. In addition, Sharon's music featured the great Saxophone player Dave Koz. Sharon received standing ovations on both her pieces.
Sharon has recently completed a new CD for APM/SONOTON music library. The commissioned CD includes 12 new tracks by Sharon, ranging from Drama, to suspense/ horror, to romantic music. In addition, Sharon has also composed a few pieces with Middle Eastern influences, which featured the beautiful sound of the duduk, as well as Flamenco style pieces. Available on APM and SONOTOS's websites.
Sharon's piece for Women's Choir and Chamber Ensemble will be premiered on 4/26/09 at the Ford Hall in the Whalen Center for Music on the Ithaca College Campus. The Ithaca College Women's Chorale with Janet Galván, conductor, who received the piece from Roger Dean publishing, (who will be publishing it shortly), and fell in love with the beauty and honesty of the music.
On Thursday, 4/16/09, Oboist Tom Boyd and Pianist Marcelo Cesena presented an evening of film music arranged for a small chamber ensemble. They featured 3 pieces by Sharon arranged for Oboe, Piano, Cello and D. Bass. Other performers included Garik Terzian (cello), Waldir Bertipaglia (D. Bass) Amy Tatum (flute) and salpy kerkoonian (flute).
Roger Dean Music publishing has selected Sharon's A Cappella work, "Mothers' Lament" for publication. This moving piece, written in memory of Daniel Pearl, was first premiered by The Los Angeles Master Chorale under Maestro Grant Gershon and is now available for purchase. www.lorenz.com
Sharon has recently become the composer in residence for the 2009 sixth ANNUAL BEVERLY HILLS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESIVAL. The festival will take place August 7-17, 2009 at The Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 505 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. The festival will also include a series of Chamber Music concerts, including "VOICES OF HOLLYWOOD"- concert music by Film composers.
On 10.14.08, the soundtrack of "When Nietzsche Wept" – music composed by Sharon, was released by moviescoremedia. The album is available on ITUNES and AMAZON. MovieScore Media president, Mikael Carlsson, wrote: "Some scores are worth fighting for - for more than a year we have been working on acquiring the rights to release this immensely beautiful orchestral score by the hugely talented Sharon Farber. Based on the novel by Irvin D. Yalom, scoring When Nietzsche Wept was a dream project for the composer, who had read the book as a teenager and immediately fell in love with it. Starring Armand Assante as famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, the film features a score that is filled of strong themes (often presented on piano or solo woodwinds) and rich orchestrations. Although restrained emotional writing forms the backbone of the score, it also features several elegant scherzos as well as darker action-orientated material. The album ends beautifully with Sharon Farber's arrangement of Nietzsche's song 'Hymnus an das leben' featuring soprano Ayana Haviv and the composer on piano."
Sharon's latest orchestral soundtrack for the Millennium film, "When Nietzsche Wept", starring Armand Assante and Ben Cross, will be released on October 14th, 2008 by MovieScore Media (hhttp://www.moviescoremedia.com/comingsoon.html). The focus of this periodic film is Viennese doctor Josef Bruer, who meets with philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to help him deal with his despair.
Sharon has recently returned from Israel, where her commissioned concert piece, TRANSLUCENT ROCKS, was premiered to rave reviews, with repeated performances. The piece, which was commissioned by The Israeli Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Maestro Gil Shochat, opened up the 2007-8 Season and was premiered on 10/16/07.
From the press: "It was "Translucent Rocks", a fantasy for orchestra, which was commissioned by The Israeli Chamber Orchestra from the young Israeli composer Sharon Farber, which made the strongest mark at the concert... It's been so long since I've heard such a beautiful piece in every sense of the word, and that during its performance I felt that I was in the classical era, instead of listening to something that recently came out. Although there is a programmatic reference to Jerusalem stones and to the history that the stones observe in the past, present and optimistic future, the musical phrases, And the honest and warm humanity that Farber expresses, these are the elements that make her music a communicative creation that speaks to your heart, without even referring to it's title. Without any arrogance, with flowing writing and almost innocent harmonies, Farber, who also composed the music for the film "When Nietzsche Wept", made the large audience respond enthusiastically with a very sincere and authentic feedback." TRANSLUCENT ROCKS was created with the help of a grant from The American Music Center.
The Daniel On July 23rd, 2007, Sharon was one of a few industry professionals to judge at the Turner Classics Young Film Composers Competition. The judges included composers Hans Zimmer and Hummy Mann, as well as representative from WB, Turner Classics and BMI.
On July 25th, 2007, Sharon was featured at a panel discussion at the Film Music Expo. The panel, titled, THE ART AND CRAFT OF COMPOSING FOR INDIE FILMS, focused on the special creative demands of scoring indie films, including budgetary limitations, changing schedules, short deadlines, and effective communication with directors. Other panelists included Composers Penka Kouneva, Mark Adler, and Micheal A. Levine.
The Daniel "WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT", Sharon's latest orchestral score for director/producer Pinchas Perry and Millennium Films, was featured at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. The screening of the film, starring Armand Assante and Ben Cross and based on Irvin Yalom's bestseller book, will took place on July 7th in Jerusalem. Sharon will join director Pinchas Perry, producers Avi Lerner and Danny Dimboart at the festival.
Sharon's piano ballade, commissioned by pianist Hagai Yodan, was premiered in Israel to rave reviews on June 12th, 2007. The pianist is planning on recording the work for a new CD.
Sharon's song cycle for Soprano and chamber ensemble (Piano, clarinet, violin and cello) was premiered on May 17th by The Center For Jewish Culture and Creativity's SYNERGY Ensemble. The three movements piece, set to three poems by holocaust survivor poet Jacob Barzilai, was well received by the enthusiastic audience. The concert also included compositions by composers Russell Steinberg, Lucas Richman and others. The concert will be repeated in the next few months.
Sharon is the First Prize Winner of the Cincinnati Camerata Composition Competition. Her winning piece, "The Third Mother/Mothers' Lament" is an A Cappella work, which honors the life of the late journalist, Daniel Pearl. The piece was originally premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, under the direction of Maestro Grant Gershon. The work will be performed by the Cincinnati Camerata on May 5th, 2007. "The jury reviewed 41 works. After two rounds "The Third Mother/Mothers' Lament" stood out, and was the clear winner in the third. We especially liked the choral writing, the text and the timely topic. The language... and the fact that the Hebrew underlay is phonetic, and easily accessible to an American chorus... were other plusses"… Richard Arnet, Organizer and Facilitator of the Composition Competition.
This April, Film Music Magazine, features Sharon Farber, and she is the first female composer to grace its cover. The article focuses on her recently completed score for the feature film "WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT" for Millennium Films (starring Armand Assante) based on Irvin Yalom's bestseller book. Her next feature will be UK director Sean Martin's film, Folie`a Deux.
Sharon's acclaimed concert piece for Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Ethnic instruments, "ASHKINA", (featuring the renowned musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek), will be preformed in Boston March ‘07 with the prestigious MUSICA SACRA choir. For a preview of the piece from its New York premier, please go to Music/Concert Music/Ashkina and click on "video".
Sharon has recently completed scoring director's Pinchas Perry feature film, "When Nietzsche Wept", based on Irvin Yalom's best seller book. Fact, fiction, drama, love, fate, and will, all played out against the intellectual ferment of nineteenth century Vienna on the eve of the birth of psychoanalysis.
Sharon has recently been invited back to New York City, for a second performance of her acclaimed composition "ASHKINA", which premiered last fall. "ASHKINA" was originally commissioned by the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music, which had a two day Music Festival this year. "ASHKINA" was the Grand Finale of the concert last year, featuring a full ensemble orchestra and choir, which were received with great enthusiasm by the audience. The Foundation was so impressed with the response to the piece, that they are bringing it back for the Festival. The concert was held on October 29th, 2005, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture building on Central Park West, NYC. The program was conducted by acclaimed conductor Suzanne Peck. "ASHKINA" is written for mixed choir, chamber orchestra and ethnic instruments. The music moves freely between Traditional, Western and Middle Eastern musical influences and brings about a fusion of cultures by using Hebrew, English and Turkish languages. Featured musicians for "Ashkina" were, again, Special Guest Artists, the renowned Omar Faruk Tekbilek (on Ney flute, Oud and Percussion); David Kontesz (Percussion) and Freddy Schiftan (Flamenco Guitar), among other gifted players. Last Octobers' concert was dedicated to the life of slain journalist, Daniel Pearl, as part of the global "Daniel Pearl Music Day".
Sharon has been scoring the EMMY nominated NBC Day time TV series "STARTING OVER", and has been invited back to continue composing music for season 3.
Sharon's new song cycle, commissioned by Soprano Sharon Rostorf and poet Jakob Barzilay, was premiered on May 29th, 2005 in Berlin.
Sharon's new work, "ASHKINA", for mixed choir and chamber orchestra, commissioned by The Foundation for Universal Sacred Music, was premiered with great success on October 9th, 2004 at the Merkin Hall, Kaufman Center in New York. The piece integrates English, Hebrew and Turkish text, and featured the amazing musicianship of Omar Faruk Tekbilek on Ney flute, Oud and percussion, as well as guest artists David Kontesz on Dumbeck and Freddi Shiftan on Flamenko guitar.
Sharon recent song cycle, TIME, commissioned by Soprano Ayana Haviv and pianist Dr. Tali Tadmor, was premiered on May 23rd in Beverly Hills, California. The recital was presented by Ayana Haviv (Soprano) and Dr. Tali Tadmor (piano) and was well received by the audience. Sharon will be orchestrating the work for soprano and orchestra.
On April 18th The American Composers Forum presented the FIFTEENTH ACF-LA COMPOSERS SALON, featuring Sharon's music, along with composers Billy Childs and Leticia Castaneda.
Sharon's two works for Soprano, choir and orchestra were premiered on March 14th, 2004, featuring Soprano Hilla Plitman, Valley Beth Shalom Choir and the Jewish Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Noreen Green and as part a concert entitled VOICES OF WOMEN part of the celebration of NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH and the WOMEN'S PHILHARMONIC celebrating Women in Music Festival.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale, under the direction of Maestro Grant Gershon, premiered Sharon¹s piece THE THIRD MOTHER/MOTHERS' LAMENT during their opening season concert, September 29, 2002, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. This A Capella work was written in memory of slain reporter Daniel Pearl and with dedication to his parents, Judea and Ruth Pearl.