Monday, January 16, 2017

New Music Monday Spotlight: LQR's Serenity

Composer and jazz musician Louis Romanos is gearing up with his bandmates (Daniel Sumner, Dr. Alex Noppe, and Dr. Luca Lombardi) to embark on a Southeastern tour pumping up music lovers for their upcoming album release, Serenity.
Who is Louis Romanos?
As a composer, Louis writes for live bands, dance, TV, video games, indie movies and commercials.   His band, Permagrin, released three albums co-written with Dan Sumner.  Permagrin performed in SXSW music conference, the NOW music festival, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Indy Jazz Fest, the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, and were nominated for best electronica band in New Orleans in 2005 Big Easy Awards.  Permagrin licensed Classical to the documentary movie, Plane Spotting.   Louis’ commissioned works include 5 works for the Confederacy of Dances performance in New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center, Take Me There, the University of Monroe guitar ensemble, and a piece for Mirari Brass Quintet.   Louis wrote Light Waves for visual artist and Chicago producer, Nancy Bechtol, and together they have a work on Culture T.V.  Louis also composed about a dozen pieces for C-E-N-T-E-R, a collaborative project between visual artists and composers, in Los Angeles, California.   Additionally, his composition, Tyco at the Gates, was licensed to the major motion picture, Cool It.
Recent credits include a dystopian futuristic score for the short movie, Odessa, an action score for Fira’s Game, and an uplifting score for feature documentary, Pink and Blue: The Colors of Hereditary Cancer.  Louis has also scored live theater (The Bakkhai), video games (The Dark Ages of Titan, Corpse Wagon), the modern ballet (Interior Borders by choreographer, Joan Buttram, at University of Georgia) and recording drums on the new theme song for the Squidbillies on Cartoon network.
Currently, Mr. Romanos leads and writes for his own quartet, The Louis Romanos Quartet, which released its debut album, Take Me There, in 2015.  His quartet performs concerts and clinics in the mainland USA and in Hawaii. Mr. Romanos recently developed a workshop for Brenau University’s Dance Department, teaching dancers basic music and communications skills needed for cross discipline collaboration. Mr. Romanos is currently scoring the full length feature film, Above the Fruited Plains. Visit their website to preorder a copy of Serenity, listen to some tracks, and check out the plethora of music video and photos of them in action!

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