the stories of a los angeles violinist

nerds

Added on by Jordan Martone.

when you boil it down, my job is to work with a bunch of nerds. music nerds. and specifically nerds, not geeks, because they're smart. one of my favorite nerds is named nolan and he is wonderful. nolan is an incredibly talented young composer who writes film music. he asked me many months ago to contract the string section for his 60-piece orchestra that would play his compositions for his recital. now, this was a tall order considering that i had never contracted anything this large before. and on top of that, i was concert mistress (1st chair violin) so i had to "lead the strings to victory" in a business sense and a musical sense. (picture hobbit martin freeman yelling "i'm going on an adventure!" and thats how i felt). after lots of email, practice, and stress, this recital came off beautifully. we played killer music from movies like star trek, tangled, and how to train your dragon (one of my all time favorite soundtracks). 

here is a shot of the orchestra   

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yes, that's a pipe organ behind us. we like it. and, there are people standing on the sides of the room because audience > chairs. oops! i'm certain it was a fire hazard.

 *photo cred: joe

*photo cred: joe

this is nolan. yes, he is dressed like captain kirk. we played his arrangement of "enterprising young men" it was nerdy-appropriate. i'm a fan. 

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this is my joe. he was principle percussionist. we like to cherish the times when we play gigs together because they don't come around very often. there's nothing like looking over your shoulder and seeing your hunky man hitting some drums in time with you. mmmhmmm. 

my first love was film music. really. when people were listening to britney and backstreet, i was listening to john williams and howard shore. i think that makes me a nerd too. i have a passion for inspiring audiences with excellent music. movies are only as powerful as the score, manipulating scenes and provoking certain feelings, it's a delicate art. it's encouraging to receive thank you notes with uplifting words like "if anyone deserves to make it in this industry, it's you". *sigh* someday all this hard work will pay off, right? this music-making biz is definitely my thing.