COMPOSER | SCREENWRITER | MUSICIAN
I’ve had some very awesome experiences in the last few decades and writing about it in a biography seems bizarre in this social media digital era, ok well... maybe not. It was a great privilege to work with supremely talented multi-hyphenate Rachel Bloom on the CW’s CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, co-writing songs and writing the full score for the pilot episode. We also collaborated on a brand new musical, BROADWAY CRAZY, her 'in-novel' HOW CAN I EXPLAIN?, and several songs with Jack Dolgen, from CHANUKAH HONEY to THE HISTORICALLY ACCURATE DISNEY PRINCESS SONG and JAZZ FEVER. Jack and I also collaborated on an episode of THE SIMPSONS writing songs for Kristen Bell and the cast! Nothing but amazing collaborators!
Scoring films is my passion and I was honored to score Nick Demos' INVISIBLE, Jane Lanier’s TOUCH, Sal Bardo's REQUITED, Matthew Johnson's LESSONS WITH MARTHA ,The Try Guys director/producer Eugene Lee Yang's amazing short MA CITÉ, MON HISTOIRE, and Brian Bolster's WINTER'S WATCH and DEPARTING GESTURE. Another fantastic collaboration is work with The Apple Sisters, serving as composer on their digital shorts and arranging, orchestrating, musical directing (MD) their live performances and three studio albums. Speaking of albums, I've written and produced a library of songs – for Cyrenne and Amanda McAllister on their debuts - and my own album EXIT under the silly artist name J Rod [insert jokes here].
The digital media landscape has changed so rapidly but I'm very excited to be involved in the world of Podcasts through MOTHER OF ALL SHOWS with Kimmy Gatewood, AGENTS: DECLASSIFIED with Matt Mancuso, Bryan Anthos' OUR HALLOWED FRUIT, and AD-LIBRETTO: AN IMPROVISED MUSICAL PODCAST.
Still finding a place for concert & stage, I've completed my first two symphonies WESTERLY and WANDERLUST, a symphonic poem with SATB choir - RAVEN & THUNDERBIRD, and a great many pieces for chamber ensembles, trios, duets, and solos for various instrumentation. A few have been performed in the US and abroad. Two full length musicals – OUTSIDE THE LINES and SPECTRA – are currently in development.
As with the Apple Sisters, I have been able to be MD and collaborate with many people, including The Second City Hollywood, and served as MD and arranger for the World Premiere musicals TOWN WITHOUT PITY, I WANT MY 80’S MUSICAL, TOTS IN TINSELTOWN and ONE WAY TICKET TO HELL.
And I still feel like I’m just getting started.