ABOUT

JEROME KURTENBACH

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. Nothing but amazing!

 

Scoring films is my passion and I was honored to score Jane Lanier’s short 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, and Bryan Anthos' OUR HALLOWED FRUIT.

 

Still finding a place for concert & stage, I've completed my first symphony WESTERLY, 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. A full length musicals OUTSIDE THE LINES  is written and in pre-production.

 

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.

Without education I would only have the passion to drive me, but I had such an enormous gift in training at USC under great composers James Newton Howard, John Frizzell, and Christopher Young and with Dr. Edward Knight at OCU.

 

And I still feel like I’m just getting started.