Ron Judkins and the Finding Neighbors team have released a charming video interview with Ronit, in which she describes her creative process in creating the score and songs for the independent film dramedy. available now on VHX. The video isIf you are interested in music, independent film, and in particular how music for film is created, this video is a must see! This interview is also included in the Finding Neighbors Filmmaker's Edition, recenty released and available now on VHX.
See the full-screen video here.
An April Fool's blessing from comedy wizard Brian Gattas and company, now available on YouTube. This tart, sweet, unusual amuse-bouche of a film also features virtuoso funny people Connor Barrett, Ethan Sandler, and Robin Shorr, and a musical score by Ronit. Keep an eye out for this team of amazing compadres. They are sure to produce more great material in the future!
Wild River Records is pleased to announce the June 22 release of the beautiful new score EP Zen and the Art of Dying, featuring original music by Ronit Kirchman for the documentary film by Broderick Fox. The film is currently making the rounds of the festival circuit and we look forward to keeping you posted about where it can be viewed.
The Zen and the Art of Dying EP is great to listen to as a 20-minute meditation, or on a per-track basis of course. Trace a path of transformation as you enter an ethereal ocean of sound that can only belong to the here and now. Organic and electronic sounds weave into a whole fabric. Singing shimmers and swells, emergent earthy rhythms, and slow-growing melodies that will open your heart and set you afloat.
This music is immersive, subtle, unpredictable, and inventively arranged. It's sure to have a healing influence and invite your full attention.
Enjoy a preview of the album in the embeddable player here on the news page, buy the album on Bandcamp now, and look for it very soon in our web shop as well as iTunes and other vendors worldwide.
A current of exciting activity is flowing around Wild River Music these days. Dramedy Finding Neighbors, directed by Ron Judkins, with original songs and score by Ronit, will be distributed by Strand Releasing this fall. While working on a score for a new comedy short, Ronit is currently mastering her soundtrack EP Spirit Sources for Zen and the Art of Dying, as well as some fierce live remix and improvisation tracks from the vault. We're looking at a summer release for these new recordings! Ronit, Ted Byrnes and Charles Sharp had a first trio meeting in May, with more to come as they meld strings, percussion, winds and live electronics in unexpected spontaneous ways. The studio floor is looking more and more like a mad scientist's brain these days, with pedals and computers recombining in Ronit's evolving live rig. Ronit has some large-scale solo album and performance projects in the works... more on these soon. Stay tuned!
As the world premiere of Zen and the Art of Dying approaches, you can take a look at a preview of this thoughtful and moving documentary.
Zen and the Art of Dying at Byron Bay Film Festival
Byron Bay International Film Festival has just announced that feature-length documentary Zen and the Art of Dying has been selected as the closing night gala film this year. Congratulations to director Broderick Fox, executive producer Lee Biolos and the whole team! This screening will be the film's world premiere, and fittingly so, as the heart of this story takes place in the community of Byron Bay, Australia. The musical score by Ronit features a subtle and unusual palette of instruments from around the world, as well as finely woven electronic soundscapes.
Ronit has begun scoring Broderick Fox's latest documentary feature project, Zen and the Art of Dying.
In a recent issue of Harvardwood, director Fox spoke highly of Ronit and their ongoing collaboration: “Human nature is such a powerful character – ashes to ashes and dust to dust – and with this return to the elements, I was afraid that music may manipulate an already emotional subject matter. But when I started to hear some of Ronit’s exquisite soundscapes, I knew she had the right touch, and the music will take the film to an even deeper level.”
More about this film: Zenith Virago is the go-to marriage celebrant of Byron Shire, Australia, having conducted over 1500 marriage ceremonies. She’s also the region’s deathwalker, offering end-of-life decision planning and DIY funeral alternatives through her Natural Death Centre. Both sides of her work share the same mission: to help people reclaim their most personal, vulnerable, and significant life moments from commercial pressure, government bureaucracy, and cultural taboo.
A retro classic-progrock tune that will have you cheering, Without Warning is the end credits song for award-winning feature film Finding Neighbors. Written, arranged and produced by Ronit, featuring lead vocals by David Poe.
Skinny Jeans is not just a passing fad. It's another great comedic romp courtesy of Brian Gattas, and it's now viewable on Funny or Die! Featuring Brian Gattas, Kat Foster and Laura Kachergus with music by Ronit. Enjoy, and as always, VOTE FUNNY!
In the heart of winter, there is warmth. This month, enjoy an excerpted version of Low Loop. A great companion track for meditation or inner work, this beautiful track was composed live by Ronit, for performing artists participating in a creative meditation. It is available in a longer form as part of the Meditations album in Ronit's webshop.
Kick off the holidays with Dreamland, the ebulliently building opening theme from Ronit's score for the new dramedy Finding Neighbors, a must-see on the film festival circuit this season.
Finding Neighbors announces its world premiere in the narrative feature competition at Austin Film Festival, coming up October 24-30! This wonderful character-driven dramedy was directed by Ron Judkins and stars Michael O'Keefe and Catherine Dent. Ronit composed the score and wrote and produced the songs.
The Skin I'm In celebrates a long festival run with its official Los Angeles Premiere on Sunday Oct. 6, 2013, 7pm at LA Filmforum at the Historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Ronit will perform a live electronic music remix set of her original score before the screening, and join director Broderick Fox for a Q&A after the show.
Now in its 38th year, Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running screening series of experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation.
Congrats to composer Anton Sanko! His score for TV movie Ring of Fire (starring Jewel as June Carter Cash) has garnered an Emmy Nomination for Original Dramatic Score. Ronit is proud to have been part of the music team – she played the fiddle solos and improvisations for this country biopic.
Sip a summer drink and kick back with Journeying, a sweet fiddle-and-banjo tune that just might make your heart smile.
Ronit contributed her essay Los Angeles and the wild roving spirit to a group article about site-specific performance in LA. Published on the Dance Resource Center's website, the article collects writings by curator Rebecca Bruno with those of Ronit, Meg Wolfe, Kate Gilbert, Chloë Flores, and Maya Gingery.
The hilarious short film Bros, written and directed by Brian Gattas and featuring an original musical score and song by Ronit, is now available for viewing on Funny or Die. Take a quick break to enjoy some unexpected laughs, and vote "funny!"
Let the piano's architecture of unwinding free you from surface rush.
Ronit has been cooking up some exciting music onstage and in recording sessions this summer. On July 1, she rocked the acoustic violin and extended toolkit with Pacific Rim Projekt at blue whale jazz club in LA. Recent studio sessions have featured Ronit's work on electric 7-string violin and electronics, for Fabian Almazan's upcoming jazz album on Blue Note Records and Philip Klein's score to the video game Zombie Highway 2.
Ronit dialed in some fiddle magic for Anton Sanko's artful score to Ring of Fire, a biopic about June Carter Cash starring Jewel and directed by Allison Anders. Ring of Fire premiered on May 27, 2013 and will air again on Lifetime on Sunday June 9 at 7pm, 8pm and 11pm, and on Monday June 10 at 12am.
Soaring and anthemic, Thirsty for Heroes from the score for feature documentary The Skin I'm In lifts you through successive waves of electronic and orchestral revelation.
There is a treasure trove of recordings now available from Wild River Records! Ronit's newest album, the effervescent rock soundtrack to Finding Neighbors, is currently on sale in the webshop and on Bandcamp. We'll let you know about the CD and digital wide release soon.
Also now available: Meditations; An Idea to Farewell co-starring contrabass powerhouse Torsten Müller; the electronic thinkscapes of Three Rooms; Ronit's original film score for The Golden Age of Fish; and the unusually attractive micro-EP true gaze speeds. The original score for Broderick Fox's film The Skin I'm In, our inaugural release, is now widely available on iTunes and in all the usual digital nooks and crannies.
This month's featured free download is Ronit's new song Starting To Realize. Listen for it in the upcoming feature film Finding Neighbors, directed by Ron Judkins.
The way of the artist can be a path of personal power, virtuosic awareness, grace, fulfillment, mastery, and joy. Ronit's workshop offers you Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons as a foundational framework for getting to know yourself as a specific, dynamic presence. You can be an effective creative partner to yourself and to your changing environment. Bring the unconscious into consciousness through attention and movement, and open the way to unexpected inspiration.
Class will be held in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Size limited. Fee $50.
homeLA is a series curated by Rebecca Bruno in partnership with Dance Resource Center and Pieter. Combining site-specific dance with salon-style performance, homeLA features performances by 14 artists that activate the unique architecture and particular ethos of a home. In this first iteration, homeLA will take shape in an expansive modern home in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles. GuestHaus Residency founders Chloe Flores and her partner Tim Lefevre, who is the owner and builder of the property, have generously donated their home to the first event.
Participating artists: Ronit Kirchman, Melanie Rios Glaser, Alexx Shilling, Meg Wolfe, Nick Duran, Rikki Rothenberg, Amanda Furches, Jil Stein, Selen Ermanav, Flora Wiegmann, Maya Gingery, Perin Hailey McNelis, Alexa Weir, Julio Montero.
When would you say
The night ends and day begins?
What is it that makes something
Late or early?
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Director Ron Judkins, producer Jennifer Young and composer Ronit Kirchman traveled up to the legendary facilities at Skywalker Sound for the final dub of feature film Finding Neighbors. Working with the talented Tony Sereno and Tony Villefour, the team had an incredible time. The finished film will be coming soon to a venue near you.