Jennifer Thomas, LDS musician and composer, is on FIRE! She recently won Park City Film Festival’s Gold Medal of Excellence for Original Music in a Short Film for her work in Minuet. There were over 200 films selected for review this year, and it was Jennifer’s first film score.
Before the excitement of winning had even slightly worn off, she received a Hollywood Music in Media Awards nomination for her classical crossover arrangement of J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. There is a version of it here, and it is also being re-mastered for Jennifer’s new album. The HMM Awards honor film scores, commercial music composers, video game composers, and independent musicians in every musical genre. It is the only awards platform of its kind, and it will be the real deal: red carpet, media coverage, and after-parties. Jennifer humbly says that even if she doesn’t win, it will be a great experience to meet others in her field.
With all of the projects she has going on, she still found the time to let me interview her. I was thrilled.
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Long-time fans of Linescratchers will recognize our resident New Age/World/Ambient composer Australis right away. We’ve featured Australis on our podcast and in an interview, and we’re pleased to announce that Australis has just released a much-anticipated third album: Sentient Genus. Click to check it out on iTunes or CDBaby.
Here is the track listing:
1. Fatum fugit
3. Vanishing point
4. Smile of a woman
6. Outposts of certainty
7. Man must explore
9. Windborne touch
10. Human nature
11. The lunatic – part one
12. Little blue planet
Lovers of classical and new age music will love the soothing songs of Carolyn Southworth. Carolyn inherited a rich tradition of music in her family and has passed that love on to her daughter, former Linescratchers interviewee Jennifer Thomas, with whom she has released an album of lullabies. Carolyn has a thing or two to say about how she grew up with music, where her inspiration comes from, her musical family, the writing process, and how her faith influences what she does. Continue reading “Carolyn Southworth”
If you like classical music that kicks, you’re in for a treat. Violinist, pianist, classical composer, performer, and mother, Jennifer Thomas brings quite a bit to the table, and yet she manages to seamlessly transition from modern to traditional, from dramatic to gentle, from tempest to forest and in between. Listeners will at once connect with her melodies and themes. Her compositions are complex enough to resonate with fellow musicians, but Jennifer is also quite adept at emotional connection with the lay listener. Jennifer has quite a bit to say about her musical process, and has taken the time to answer some questions for us. She talks about promoting her music, how composition requires hard work, and how she feels God helps her as she composes her music. Continue reading “Jennifer Thomas”
In keeping with last week’s trend of featuring genres too often overlooked, this week we bring out the softer side of Linescratchers. Oscar Aguayo was born in Peru, but currently resides in Layton, Utah, and his complex sonic textures and ethnic melodies and percussion make his music difficult to categorize simply. However, one thing is for sure, his music transports the listener elsewhere. Oscar is unique in his synthesis of many styles, and brings quite a bit of life experience to the table. For everyone interested in modern New Age, World, and Ambient styles, Australis is the place to look.
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