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Composers in motion

Musicians who are normally noted for writing music take the stage in concert.

December 13, 2008|By Joyce Rudolph

Musician Tom Boyd wants to provide the missing link between up-and-coming composers and film executives looking for new talent.

Boyd has been blessed with much success in the entertainment industry, and it’s time for him to help others get their chance, he said.

The former Burbank resident will perform at 7 tonight with composer and concert pianist Marcelo Cesena featuring well-known movie themes, original compositions and music from other major motion picture composers. Titled “From Studio to Stage — Cinematic Musicians Come Out to Play,” the concert is at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica.


Over the last 24 years, Boyd said he’s had the honor of performing on the soundtracks for films such as “Forrest Gump” and “Good Will Hunting” and is probably best known for his solo in “Cast Away,” during the scene where Tom Hanks’ character loses his volleyball friend Wilson.

Tonight’s concert is just the start of a series that will showcase the work of five up-and-coming composers, he said.

“I’m trying to facilitate getting composers from point A to point B,” Boyd said. “To have their music heard to create the stir and create the buzz in the industry.”

When Boyd started out, a lot of contractors introduced him to major composers.

“All I’m doing is reciprocity,” he said. “I’ve been given a lot. Now it’s time I want to give back for what’s been given to me.”

Industry professionals are enthusiastic about the concept.

John Debney, an Emmy-winning television and Oscar-nominated film composer who lives in Burbank and grew up in Glendale, called it a “fantastic” idea.

“Not only is this a wonderful opportunity for young and upcoming composers to hone their skills, it is also a great way to support the art of composing for film, which is so seldom showcased on the concert stage,” Debney said. “The up-and-coming composer now has a way to get the exposure that is crucial to fostering a career in film music.”

Boyd is to be applauded for the concept, said Grammy Award-winning composer Norman Henry Mamey, who is a former Glendale Symphony music director and conductor.

“This is vitally needed because for new composers they need to have an outlet to show their wares,” Mamey said.

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