Peggy Parsons, The National Gallery
For over two decades Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton have brought their unique blend of original music to major film festivals—New York, Telluride, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, TriBeCa, Denver, Virginia, and Newport—and to MoMA, BAM, the Wadsworth Atheneum, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the Berlin Filmmuseum. They are favorite guest artists at the National Gallery and at Italy’s annual silent film retrospectives in Bologna and Pordenone. They have created scores for over three dozen silent film DVDs, received commissions from the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Colorado Children’s Chorus, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Together they teach songwriting and film music workshops at schools and colleges all over the USA.
With more than one thousand film scores written and recorded to date, Donald Sosin is one of today’s leading silent film composers. Joanna and Donald have collaborated on over thirty scores, including NOSFERATU, DOCKS OF NEW YORK, UPSTREAM, and KING OF KINGS.
Donald and Joanna have held silent film workshops at many schools and venues across the country. Workshop participants create their own scores using computer technology, instruments and voice. Excellent curricula tie-ins: history, art, languages, media.