News and Updates

New theme music for KCTS9

POSTED ON September 22, 2020

Thrilled to have again composed music for KCTS9 Seattle … this time the project was to revamp their station identity theme based on their new visual branding. The new package of music began airing in September 2020.

Live stream from my patio

POSTED ON August 14, 2020

Update: Fun patio concert … click the “Watch Now” button below to watch an archive of the show.

New MOTOTREK episodes

POSTED ON June 13, 2020

The MOTOTREK crew has slowed started up production and two new episodes premiered this month. I had a chance to write a couple of cool opening tracks:


Concert with Lage Lund

POSTED ON May 15, 2020

KNKX 88.5fm captured this performance with the Lage Lund Trio at the 2019 Ballard Jazz Festival.

Guide to Online Streaming

POSTED ON March 28, 2020

A couple weeks ago I authored The Origin Records Guide to Online Streaming and Best Practices. It has now been picked up as an article on All About Jazz.com.

With the Coronavirus upending our lives over the last couple months, finding ways to replace lost income has become vital to many of us—not to mention connection to community and just the act of MAKING MUSIC.

With Seattle being an original hot spot for the virus, our community had to move fast in finding ways to stay connected. As a Seattle drummer and record label partner, the need to create concepts and protocols seemed urgent, so I put together a basic tutorial to present a live stream concert.

From the most simplistic set-up, to multi-camera shoots with studio quality sound, musicians are moving quickly to find their voice in this situation. For all of those and others looking to get started, this tutorial provides some basic tips and strategies that can get you started or act as a reminder for some easily overlooked basics.

Read The Article on AllAboutJazz.com >

Theme for KUOW’s Seattle Now

POSTED ON March 03, 2020

Excited to announce that KUOW’s new daily podcast, Seattle Now, is now available on all major podcasting platforms … I wrote the theme music as well as the outro music and stingers.

Seattle Now is a daily rundown of what’s happening in the Northwest in about 15 minutes. It is available every weekday at 6:00am.

Download Seattle Now:

Winter 2020 Updates

POSTED ON January 28, 2020

Hello all … just a few updates on recent activities.

December 2019 was a jam-packed month of composing. I delivered another music package to KCTS9 in Seattle for all of their Holiday promos. It was a fun way to get into the holiday spirit.

I wrapped the score for a short film entitled Remembering Max (directed by Jason McRuer) which is starting the film festival submission world this month.

Wore multiple hats on the film Generation Lockdown (directed by Sirad Balducci). Working with my longtime friend and composer Jeff McSpadden, I did the orchestrations, handled the recording of live strings in Seattle and did a bit of additional composing. Again, this film is in the mix for up-coming film festivals so more info to come.

Composed music for corporate film for South Puget Sound 911 which was directed by my good friend Tim Tyler … and speaking of Tim Tyler, his MOTOTREK show continues to roll along (pun intended) with over 70 episodes and more scheduled for this year. Always a pleasure to score it … and it has now been viewed over 10 million times which blows my mind.

This month I was able to spend a few days in Los Angeles taking a couple meetings, enjoying the sunshine, and spending a day at NAMM … one day was enough for me!

Coming up in 2020 … have a couple jazz gigs as a bandleader coming up. Continuing to score a couple of short documentary projects, new music KCTS9 and just completed some music for a, as of now, yet-to-be-announced radio show.

Stay tuned for announcements in the coming weeks!

Cheers,
MJ

Recording at Studio X for new film

POSTED ON November 10, 2019

Had my first chance to record at the *new* Studio X this week. I did some orchestrations and conducted some cues for an upcoming short film working with my longtime friend Jeff McSpadden. First time working with David Sabee and his team from Seattle Music … and always great to work with Reed Ruddy and Andrew Ching from Studio X!

Score for “Masterpiece”

POSTED ON October 28, 2019

Had a fun time working on the score with the team from Lorayne Girard Cinematics for their film “Masterpiece” which was part of the Seattle 48 Hour Horror Film project.

The film screened at the SIFF Cinema Uptown on October 28th and again for the finals on November 6.

New KCTS music in support of “Country Music”

POSTED ON September 09, 2019

If you tune in to KCTS9 in the Pacific Northwest you might catch the promos for Ken Burns’ new documentary “Country Music.” The two spots currently airing feature my original music which was part of a new promo package of underscore music and station ID themes.

I had the pleasure of screening a few scenes from the film in July and I’m looking forward to watching all the episodes beginning September 15th!

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