I received great news a couple of weeks ago (an early Christmas present). Bravo has given the green-light to a new documentary proposal, a film with the working title of Synchronicity. After wrapping up Fields of Fear, and then Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Cases, I'll be leaving the UFO world for a while to go back to classical music (previous classical music projects include the documentary Denise Djokic: Seven Days Seven Nights, and two seasons of the performing arts series The Classical Now, all for Bravo).
Now, I love working with guys like Nick Redfern, Stan Friedman, Kevin Randle, Karl Pflock, Brad Sparks, Orlando Pla, Fern Belzil, and Scott Ramsey - all fine fellas - but it will be nice to get away from ufology, at least in the film sense, and work with Heather Schmidt and Shauna Rolston, two of the best classical musicians in the world today, and the subjects of Synchronicity.
Synchronicity will follow Heather as she composes a new piece for Shauna. The film will explore the relationship between composer and performer, and composition and performance. These are subjects that Heather touched upon briefly when she appeared on season 2 of The Classical Now. It will be great to work with her again, and to get a chance to work with Shauna, and take a look at the creative process from start to finish (the premiere performance of the new piece) through the eyes of the creators.
I'm very excited about this project!
For those who may not be familiar with Heather and Shauna, here are excerpts from their bios -their full bios, and all sorts of other information, can be found at their websites.
I do love my "job". :-)
Heather Schmidt - Heather Schmidt, pianist and composer, has emerged as one of the most talented, exciting and versatile musicians of her generation.
She has received national and international recognition through performances, broadcasts, commissions and awards in Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, England, Finland, Iceland, Mexico, and Brazil.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, she is currently based in the United States. Heather received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University with double majors in composition and piano performance.
In 1996, at the age of 21, she became the youngest student to ever receive a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana.
Shauna Rolston - Having been named "Young Artist to Watch" by Musical America, celebrated cellist Shauna Rolston is considered to be one of the most compelling musicians of her generation.
Described as impressive, fearless, and provocative - her work powerful, intimate and pure- Shauna Rolston has been captivating audiences with her passion for music since the age of two.
Following her formative studies at the renowned Banff Centre, Shauna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Yale
University and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of
In addition to her busy concert and recording career, Shauna is a passionate and devoted educator. Much in demand as a guest master class instructor, Shauna is also a Professor of Cello and Co-Head of the String Department at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Artist for the Music and Sound Programs at The Banff Centre.