A focused panel featuring composers and visionary performers Ronit Kirchman and Sofia Hultquist, with moderator Holly Vernon of the Experimental Sound Society. The discussion will take a close look at how psychology, technology, and storytelling come together in the unique environment of contemporary film and television scoring. It's on the early side, but it's worth making it in to the conference early to catch this event!
Join Ronit Kirchman, Will Bates, and the Newton Brothers with moderators Chandler Poling and BMI's Anne Cecere in a vibrant discussion of music for drama and thrillers at WonderCon 2019. The composers will present work from fan-favorite series, take questions from the audience, and offer special merchandise giveaways.
Ronit will be joining several of her esteemed film music colleagues on a panel presented by Avid at Sony Studios' wonderful Cary Grant Theater. The whole day of events looks amazing! Please stop by Ronit's panel at 3pm and enjoy all of the excellent programming.
Ronit presents the world premiere of her Welcome Suite from The Sinner Season 2, as she conducts the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra in a program featuring twelve of today's notable female composers for media. It promises to be an exciting night of great music at the historic Wiltern theater in Los Angeles! Presented by KCRW with the support of Avid, BMI, Capitol Studios, Sennheiser, and many others.
Join The Society of Composers & Lyricists (The SCL) and White Bear PR for a panel discussion featuring composers sought after for their signature sound, as they create compositions that move beyond traditional Hollywood methods. Film music journalist Tim Greiving (LA Times, NPR) will moderate the evening's discussion, which will include Ronit Kirchman, Volker Bertelmann, Will Bates, and Nima Fakhrara.
Musicians Institute Concert Hall
6752 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Join composer Ronit Kirchman and showrunner Derek Simonds for a screening and Q&A of Part VIII (the final episode) of The Sinner's first season. Hosted by the Society for Composers & Lyricists, it's sure to be an enjoyable evening!
729 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Hey Sinner fans! Ronit's original score album for Season 1 is coming out on May 11 on Lakeshore Records! This album is a deep dive into the mysterious and captivating musical world of The Sinner – an emotional journey of discovery through a landscape of distinctive electronic rhythms and beats, evolving layers of danger and mystery, and memorable, masterfully orchestrated melodies. The Apple Deluxe edition includes a package of 9 additional exclusive bonus tracks from Kirchman’s score, and a 24-bit WAV version will be available through Lakeshore's Bandcamp site.
Says showrunner Derek Simonds: “I can’t imagine The Sinner without Ronit’s music. She’s a whiz in the studio, a talented multi-instrumentalist who creates singular textures for her compositions, and most importantly, a soulful artist with a deep sensitivity to the subtleties of character and mood. Her work effortlessly expresses both the churning dread and the contemplative, bruised heart of Cora’s journey.”
Join this music in media panel discussion where you'll learn the essentials of having a career in the Film & TV Music world with some of the top people in the industry. Gain valuable insight from composer Ronit Kirchman ('The Sinner'), music supervisor Liz Lawson ('Support the Girls'), Jeff Jernigan of Kraft-Engel Management, Brian McNelis of Lakeshore Records, and Arbel Bedak of Decca Publishing. Chandler Poling of White Bear PR will lead the evening's discussion.
Musicians Institute Concert Hall
6752 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
To attend, RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Sinner was a huge success for USA Network,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “In our second season, we’ll follow Detective Ambrose as he tracks his newest “why-dunnit,” while staying true to the unique, edge-of-your-seat storytelling that captivated audiences and critics alike.”
"Season 2 lures Detective Harry Ambrose (Pullman) back to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart wrenching crime — parents murdered by their 11-year-old son, with no apparent motive. As Ambrose realizes there’s nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from, the investigation pulls him into the hidden darkness of his hometown. He’s pitted against those who’ll stop at nothing to protect its secrets — and a mysterious woman who proves to be a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle."
Read more about it in Deadline Hollywood.
The Sinner just rocked the boat a little bit with two major Golden Globes nominations for Best TV Limited Series or Movie, and Best Actress in the same category. Hearty congratulations to Derek Simonds, Jessica Biel, and the whole Sinner team!
Read all about it in this article from Vanity Fair.
Ronit will be playing amplified violin and electronics with Go: Organic Orchestra at REDCAT in this year's Angel City Jazz Festival. The full band, led by Adam Rudolph and featuring Bennie Maupin, also includes Gustavo Bulgach, Pablo Calogero , Ralph M. Jones, Charles Sharp, Michael Birnbryer, Myka Miller, Tara Speiser, Graham Haynes, Ronit Kirchman, Emily Hay, Ellen Burr, Fawntice Finesse, Thomas Stones, Damon Banks, Kenny Wessel, Alexis Marcelo, Janie Cowan, Randy Gloss, Hamid Drake, Dexter Story, and Carlos Niño.
It's going to be a great evening of groovy large-ensemble in-the-moment magic, with Moving Pictures playing at 8, and Go: Organic Orchestra in the following set.
At a time when women continue to advance as part of the creative community in Hollywood, it's exciting to share that Ronit Kirchman has joined the Television Academy as an active voting member of the Music Peer Group!
It's time, folks! The Sinner just hit tv screens on August 2, and the adventure begins! The captivating "whydunit" series, created by Derek Simonds, stars Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman and features a gripping musical score by Ronit Kirchman. Part I was directed by Antonio Campos. A housewife stabs a beachgoer to death, which sparks an investigation and creates confusion in a small town. Dubbed "intriguing and stylish" by the New York Times and "superbly executed" (Vulture), it's the appointment tv event of the summer.
Watch the episodes here.
A new short film from comedy powerhouse Brian Gattas comes to the big screen this summer. Check it out for big laughs and incisive social insight! This one was a fun one for Ronit to score with a healthy dose of house and techno music.
Monday, July 10, 2017 at 9:30pm
Outfest Film Festival 2017
Harmony Gold Theater
7655 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Get tickets here
THE SINNER comes to the West Coast with a sneak peek of this exciting new series, starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman, created by Derek Simonds, directed by Antonio Campos, with music by Ronit Kirchman. It's a fascinating ride that starts its USA Network television run on August 2.
More info on The Sinner series
The Alliance for Women Film Composers has launched a video series featuring notable composers. This week, Ronit is the artist in the spotlight as she answers the question "Where do you draw your inspiration?" To be sure, there are a lot of ways to answer this question! Ronit says, "It's always a pleasure to talk about the art of composition, the creative process, and film scoring as a synesthetic medium." Watch the video to learn more!
Ronit has scored the pilot for an amazing new show at USA Network – THE SINNER, starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman, executive produced by Derek Simonds, and directed by Antonio Campos. This riveting psychological thriller will be having its world premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The premise: A young mother is overcome by an inexplcable fit of rage and commits a startling act of violence. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the "who" or the "what,"– but the why. Soon the investigator finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman's buried motive. Be among the first to see this exciting episode and enjoy a Q&A with the actors and filmmakers.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:15pm
Tribeca Film Festival 2017
333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
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Ronit will be featured in a special concert featuring women film composers. Presented in association with Women In Film, the concert will take place at the storied Wilshire Ebell Theater. Ronit will be conducting the Helix Collective in a suite of music from her hybrid orchestral and electronic score to the documentary The Skin I'm In, directed by Broderick Fox. Guest of Honor: Deborah Lurie. The other talented composers include Arhynn Descy, Jojo Draven, Catherine Grealish, Ronit Kirchman, Nami Melumad, Layla Minoui, Julia Newmann, Eimear Noone, Karin Okada, and Dara Taylor.
Doors open: 6.30
Program begins: 7.00
Drinks & light refreshments: 9.00
Willshire Ebell Theater
4401 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
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.
Join percussion virtuoso and composer Adam Rudolph and an all-star orchestra of Los Angeles improvisers at these three exciting concerts. It's GO time again with Adam Rudolph's all-star Go: Organic Orchestra - giving the gifts of incredible groove, spontaneous invention, and uplifting vibrations we all need more of. At Venice's longtime performing arts hub, the Electric Lodge.
Tickets available 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!
Ronit is pleased to present a master workshop for artists of all kinds in cooperation with Creative Dream Work. The result of many years of artistic practice, meditation in various modalities, and training in somatic and movement awareness, Ronit's The Conscious Artist™ series offers an environment where creative professionals can attune within, go deep, and learn new ways in to a healthier, more connected flow in all areas.
The Art of Dropping In will take place as a one-day workshop devoted to building foundational awareness, slowing down and learning one's own instrument of perception and action. This will be a recurring "à la carte" workshop, taught every month or two from an evolving set of materials. Here is the course description:
How do we drop into a connected state? For artists seeking to bring through original material, making space and time to connect with a deeper flow of being is not a luxury, but a necessary practice. The quality of the space and time we create with our whole presence determines the quality of the material we bring through. In this workshop, we get to know more connected states in depth, letting go of the veils of habitual persona, seeking to come closer to our changing natures, exploring playfully and with curiosity. The more we visit our depths, the more available they become, and the struggles on the surface transform.
Our work will include guided meditation, the Feldenkrais Method®, somatic awareness, creative movement and visualization.
Friday, May 1, 2015, 12-5 pm
672 South La Fayette Park Place, Studio 34, Los Angeles, CA 90057
The course fee is $125.
To register please contact Ronit: email@example.com
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!
Zen & the Art of Dying, directed by Broderick Fox, and scored by Ronit, kicks off its festival tour in March at the Byron Bay International Film Festival closing night gala! This feature-length documentary chronicles deathwalker Zenith Virago and the community of Byron Bay, Australia. Zenith's life and work challenge core assumptions about life and dissolve taboos around death, moving to a more communal, celebratory, and creative engagement with death and dying.
Full festival program and tickets go on sale Monday, February 23, 2015.
Improvising orchestras are a rare treat, and ones that groove are even rarer and more awesome! Ronit will be playing with Adam Rudolph's 38-piece improvising orchestra for two weekend concerts at the inimitable Electric Lodge in Venice, CA. The roster includes fantastic musicians including Bennie Maupin, Randy Gloss, and many more!
Tickets available now.
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.
Finding Neighbors continues to grace the festival circuit at a number of U.S. cities this winter and spring. An entertaining, thoughtful dramedy for the boomer generation, directed by Ron Judkins, starring Michael O'Keefe, Catherine Dent, Blake Bashoff, Julie Mond and Sean Patrick Thomas, with musical score and songs by Ronit Kirchman. Upcoming screenings: DC Independent Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, Richmond International Film Festival, Omaha Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, USA Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, and IFS Showcase LA. For ticket info and screening details, visit the Finding Neighbors sites listed below.
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.
Finding Neighbors, a winning dramedy feature written and directed by Ron Judkins, featuring musical score and songs by Ronit Kirchman, has its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival! Starring Michael O'Keefe, Catherine Dent, Blake Bashoff, Julie Mond and Sean Patrick Thomas, the film has been hailed in the press as a festival "must-see" along with Inside Llewyn Davis and Vince Gilligan.
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.
The Skin I'm In celebrates a long festival run with its official Los Angeles Premiere on Oct. 6 at LA Filmforum at the Historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Ronit will perform a live electronic music remix of her original film score before the screening, and join director Broderick Fox for a Q&A after the show. Ronit's live set is part of her continuing Remix Anatomy performance and recording series. Stay tuned for further developments!
Live performance at 7pm, screening at 7:30pm
The Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
$10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Tickets available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.
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!
The debut of this dynamic improvising quartet will feature the Pacific Rim Projekt duo of Alfred Harth (woodwinds and electronics) and Torsten Müller (contrabass), joined by Ronit Kirchman (violin) and Ted Byrnes (percussion). Cover is just $10 and there is a bar and food, too! Two sets. A great evening awaits.
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, Ste 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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?
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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.