OUR TEAM - MUSIC
Lead Composition Mentor
TOMMY FARAGHER is a two-time Grammy nominated, ASCAP Pop Award winning, producer, composer, songwriter, arranger and musician.
Mr. Faragher has over four decades of experience in the music industry, with an extensive discography that includes numerous top Billboard charting singles and albums, producing leading artists such as Al Green, Kelly Clarkson, BB King, Josh Groban and Celine Dion.
Faragher's work includes achievements in groundbreaking international programming, including FOX's Glee, CBS's The Crazy Ones, CBS's The Odd Couple, Netflix’s One Day At A Time, HBO’s The Normal Heart, FOX's Beverly Hills 90210, and Australia's Popstars. Faragher composed and scored the animated short films "Follow Your Heart" and YouTube Kid's "Happy Birthday Ada!"
Recent television credits include FOX's The Rocky Horror Picture Show 2016 remake (Recording Supervisor), ABC's Mind Games (Music Writer / Producer), John Stamos' Little Brother pilot (Music Producer), FOX's animated series Allen Gregory (Music Producer), and the Oprah Winfrey Network's Real Life: The Musical (Music Producer).
Tommy is also the Musical Director and Producer of John Lloyd Young (Tony Award winner, Jersey Boys), and has produced shows at The White House, The Kennedy Center, The Cafe Carlyle, Michael Feinstein's at the Nikko and multiple USO performances for military troops. Faragher produced John Lloyd Young's 2014 album, "My Turn."
Tommy has also founded myriad successful publishing companies and labels, most recently the independent Remote Access Music Incorporated.
Born in Japan, JUNE KURAMOTO came to America at age six with her mother, brother and two sisters and was raised in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. Almost by destiny, a renowned koto master Madame Kazue Kudo, protégé of one of Japan’s most famous kotoist/composer, Michio Miyagi, also immigrated to the United States around the same time and began teaching (o)koto in June’s family home. Using her grandmother’s koto, June, at age seven, found comfort and connection in playing this ancient Japanese instrument. She subsequently received her classical koto degrees (natori) from the Miyagi School of Koto in Tokyo, Japan.
Along Ms. Kuramoto’s musical journey she realized she is an American artist and wanted to integrate this music that is her life with the American culture and music that she also loves. She joined up with Dan Kuramoto, leader of Hiroshima, and has since been one of the driving artistic forces of Hiroshima, creating a multi-cultural musical statement. Hiroshima has received two grammy nominations, the Soul Train Award and many more awards and acknowledgements. She also had the great privilege to study with the late Brazilian composer, arranger and musician, Mocair Santos, who sparked the inspiration to begin composing and epitomized America’s evolving art and music culture.
June has had the great honor and privilege to record and/or perform with Ravi Shankar, George Duke, Manhattan Transfer, A Taste of Honey, Stanley Clarke, Angela Bofill, Teddy Pendergrass, Keiko Matsui, David Benoit, Michael Paulo, Kenny Endo, Daniel Ho, Ozomatli to name a few. She can also be heard on motion picture and television scores such as “The Last Samurai” (one of the featured musicians), “Heroes”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Xena the Princess Warrior”, “Blade II”, “Black Rain”; and various commercials.
Her heart is always with children, Mother Earth and dignity of all human beings. She is extremely honored to be part of this inspirational “Inception Orchestra”.
She has three CDs--“Under the Stars”, “Spirit and Soul” and “The Way of Tea” with Derek Nakamoto. She is forever grateful for the help and support from her families, friends, Hiroshima and the multitude of communities.
KEVORK ANDONIAN is a composer and pianist from Ottawa, Canada. He is currently pursuing post- graduate studies in music composition and film scoring at UCLA, where he is also a teaching fellow. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Carleton University where he studied composition with the late Canadian composer Patrick Cardy, graduating with highest honors in 2001. The recipient of many scholarships and awards, He was also awarded the Carleton University Medal in Music upon his graduation. He holds a Master of Music in theory and composition from the University of Ottawa where he also taught as a part-time professor.
Canada, the United States, Europe and Armenia have all hosted performances of Mr. Andonian’s various compositions and arrangements. World-class musicians, including members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in addition to the Omaha Symphony and the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio, have performed his musical works.
In Belgium, flutist Marc Grauwels and marimbist Sarah Mouradoglou recorded a composition by Kevork titled “A Longing for Joy” for the Naxos record label. The name of the album is Music for Flute and Percussion, Vol. 2. Recently, he composed a work for Native American flute, violin, frame drum and piano which was released on the album titled Aboriginal Inspirations. The work is called “Of the Dancing of the Spirits at Night” and the Native flute player for this project is Ron Korb, who was Grammy-nominated in 2016.
In April 2019, a French song that Kevork co-wrote and produced with European artists was released. The song is titled "Tes derniers mots pour l’Arménie" [Your Last Words for Armenia] and dedicated to all victims of the Armenian Genocide.
Composition Mentor/VR Sound Producer
JOEL DOUEK is an award winning composer and instrumentalist whose music has underscored many films and television productions, including in some of the most prestigious documentaries of the last few years – those of naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Born in London, England, Mr. Douek’s working life has encompassed disciplines as diverse as neuroscience and international politics, but always grounded in his love of music and its ability to speak directly to the emotions. Drawing deeply from the orchestral complement and from his principal instruments – piano and percussion – Douek also brings a fascination with world music and electronica into many of his scores.
From big-screen IMAX features such as the BAFTA-winning film 'Flying Monsters 3D' and the Everest adventure: 'The Wildest Dream' (feat. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes), dark thrillers such as "Manhattan Night" (feat. Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski) and “The Tall Man” (feat. Jessica Biel), Douek's music has brought many a scene to life. He has scored over 80 documentaries, including the multi-EMMY-winning BBC series 'First Life with Sir David Attenborough'. Earlier in his composing career he scored iconic animations such as 'YU-GI-OH!', 'Sonic X' and 'The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (2003 Edition), creating many of their classic themes.
Joel is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers & Lyricists. Now living in Los Angeles, Douek moonlights as a professional Fire Dancer.
TOM HIEL is an Award Winning Composer for film, television and other media. He started playing the piano when he was 4 years old and subsequently started writing his own compositions. When he was just 13 years old, he won a 1st place award for his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, from the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, competing in the High School Division.
Mr. Hiel went on to tour the country with his solo piano and cinematic synthesizer compositions before settling in Los Angeles. Early breakout films Dark Side of Genus and Swimming With Sharks led to work on the Hit TV Show, The Practice. Other work on orchestrating, and providing additional music for such films as Red Eye, Angel Eyes, Cursed, Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Rugrats in Paris, Rugrats Go Wild and others. Other notable films include A Plumm Summer (Henry Winkler, William Baldwin, Brenda Strong), Under Still Waters (Clifton Collins Jr, Jason Clarke, and Lake Bell) and the ESPN Documentary The ' 51 Dons.
Tom has an MFA in Composition from California Institute of the Arts. He also lectures in music and film at Cal State Polytechnic Pomona and Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena.
CLINTON ANTHONY JOHNSON
CLINTON ANTHONY JOHNSON graduated from Crenshaw High School’s Gifted Magnet Program and moved to the opposite corner of the United States to pursue his baccalaureate degree at
Colby College in Waterville, ME. Mr. Johnson was heavily involved in the Department of Music where he engaged piano, organ and voice lessons. in addition to membership in both of Colby’s flagship choral groups, the Chorale and Collegium Musicum. he also found his muses at Colby and has been composing and arranging music ever since.
Rather than perform full-time, Johnson decided to accept his calling to work in education.
He served the students of Bell High School (LAUSD) as a teaching assistant under the Title I
and EL programs. Concurrently, Clinton pursued and completed a graduate degree in Cross-Cultural Teaching and earned a Master of Education degree from National University with “Distinction”.
Clinton left Southern California and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he taught for ten years
And in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. He also spent seven seasons singing with the Nashville Symphony Chorus.
Clinton returned to So Cal and taught two years at Audubon Middle School and Gifted Magnet. He now pursues his dream of working with the very young in LAUSD’s Elementary Music Program, where he’s teaching instrumental music to third through sixth graders to play standard orchestral instruments. He’s honored to be able to work with young composers!
International cello soloist, JENESS JOHNSON, combines passion and virtuosity unlike any other cellist of her generation. When the world famous cellist Janos Starker heard her play he named her "The single greatest talent of her generation." Jeness has performed worldwide including in such prestigious concert halls as Severance Hall, The Lincoln Center, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy, where she was also appointed as Principal Cellist.
Ms. Johnson has performed for former President Jimmy Carter, Pope John Paul II, Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker, Mstislav Rostropovich, and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Macy Gray, k.d. lang, Kenny Loggins, James Taylor, The Empire Brass, The Canadian Brass, John Williams, Marilyn Horne, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Vienna Philharmonic, and La Scala Quartet.
Jeness attended the Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Meadowmount School of Music, and is a graduate of the famed Interlochen Arts Academy and The Cleveland Institute of Music. She has developed her own unique improvisational skills and enjoys improvising, composing, and recording as a Cello Soloist for film and television. She is a composer for Crime Sonics, and has her music distributed globally via BMG Music. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is in high demand as a Cello Soloist, Recording Artist, and Composer.
EMER KINSELLA is an Irish composer from Dublin known for her textural and minimal introspective
string writing, blended together with ambient electronics and poignant soundscapes. She received her
MFA in film and media scoring from Columbia College Chicago. Her credits include working with Johnny Klimek on the Netflix show Sense8 and the motion picture Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Ms. Kinsella recently scored the documentary film Faith which screened at the Vancouver and Atlanta LGBT film festivals and the award winning short film Suburban Jungle which won Best Short film at the San Pedro International Film Festival in 2018. At the heart of her musical voice is the violin, an instrument she has played since the age of two. Emer is based in Los Angeles.
“Emer loves to experiment with texture, sound, and atmosphere; seeking to create something new by pushing it beyond its boundaries or combining genres..."
As a violinist and keyboard player, DANA LYN is at home in multiple musical worlds, ranging from classical to folk, contemporary and improvisatory music. She has worked and performed a wide variety of artists such as Grammy Award-winning vocalists Loudon Wainwright and Susan McKeown; the late great Scots fiddler Johnny Cunningham; D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Sting, Bruce Springsteen
and the Walkmen.
Ms. Lyn currently collaborates and performs with Tony Award-winning musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald; Irish poet Louis de Paor; actor-directors Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio; performance artist Taylor Mac; avant cellist Hank Roberts; drummer Billy Martin; guitarist Kyle Sanna and the Elysian Fields, among others. She has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Beacon Theater, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie and Town Halls, as well as folk festivals and dive bars the world over.
As a composer, Dana has received commissions from the Brooklyn Rider, the Apple Hill String Quartet, the National Arts Council of Ireland, fiddler Martin Hayes and the New Orchestra of Washington. Her music was featured on WNYC’s New Sounds and has been performed at the Savannah Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Stillwater Music Festival and in Carnegie Hall. Dana is also a well-versed fiddle player in the Irish tradition. Her own projects include a mixed quintet, “Mother Octopus“, a collaboration with actor Vincent D’Onofrio called "Slim Bone Head Volt", and a duo with guitarist Kyle Sanna.
Most recently, Dana was an artist in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in the Spring of 2017.
Composition Mentor/Flamenco Guitar
Flamenco Guitarist and Composition Mentor MOLINA started playing guitar at the age of 21 and began traveling to Spain to study Flamenco music for 10 years with a gypsy family in Madrid.
Molina taught at the Orange County school of performing arts for 6 years where he mentored hundreds of students and helped them acquire college musical scholarships.
Molina has a passion for health and fitness and fuses it with his musical lifestyle and helps mentor individuals with healthy lifestyle changes. He. continues to perform throughout the US and teaches in Los Angeles.
Called "feisty" and "impressive" by the LA Times, BEN PHELPS lives in Los Angeles, where he is a percussionist, composer and amateur urban planning enthusiast. He has performed and collaborated extensively with many local chamber and new music groups, including What's Next?, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, The Definiens Project, WildUp and the pioneering multimedia based theater company Rogue Artists Ensemble.
In 2009, in conjunction with What’s Next?, a leading post-classical new music event and performance collective in Southern California, he founded the Los Angeles Composers Project, the most comprehensive survey of local music from composers of all stages of their careers in Southern California. His newest project, The B Band, is an eclectic "classical band" created for performance in both clubs and the concert hall. More commercially, he has toured the world as an assistant conductor for Lord of the Rings Live, presenting the entire score performed live by an orchestra to the films, and his orchestration of Nino Rota's ballet La Strada is in repertoire at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, Germany.
Mr. Phelp's music has been performed by the likes of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Argus String Quartet, pianist Vicki Ray, the Bass Clarinet Duo Sqwonk, and by percussion ensembles across the country, including The Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and Talujon Percussion Group, and many more.
Phelps is also an accomplished percussionist. He has had the pleasure of working with such luminary living composers as Steve Reich, Thomas Adès, Michael Gordon, and John Adams. Steve Reich called his performance of Nagoya Marimbas at a concert honoring Reich's 70th birthday "the best I've ever seen- and I don't say that," and the Huffington Post has called him "a magician of the marimba." He can be heard performing frequently as a percussionist with orchestras in the Southern California area as well on locally recorded film and television soundtracks.
His work with the pioneering theater company Rogue Artists Ensemble has been called "enchanting" by the LAWeekly and "sonically brilliant" by the OCWeekly.
Ben holds a BA and MA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a DMA in music composition at University of Southern California. He can currently be found teaching music theory and composition at Chapman University and at UCLA.
Clarinetist Jonathan SACDALAN’s passion for diverse musical styles inspires him to seek out new and exciting musical environments and performance opportunities in Los Angeles. Whether it is playing in symphony orchestras, premiering new chamber works, performing live with entertainment artists or recording for film and television, Mr. Sacdalan is eager to find new ways to broaden his musical horizons.
The highlights of his last several years as an orchestral musician include performing auxiliary chairs with the San Bernardino Symphony, the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony and the California Ballet Company. Currently, he serves as principal clarinetist in the Southeast Symphony.
As a chamber musician, he collaborated with clarinetist Ralph Williams in the premiere recording of David Lefkowitz’s Canonical Variations, released on the Albany Records label. The highlights of his work in chamber music include performances locally with Jacaranda, Pacific Serenades, Classical Revolution, the Beverly Hills International Chamber Music Festival, and the Helix Collective. He has premiered the concert works of notable Los Angeles composers including Bruce Broughton, David Lefkowitz, Paul Chihara, Mark Carlson, Roger Bourland, Haim Shtrum and George N. Gianopoulous.
In other musical fronts, Jonathan has recorded for Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, Jeff Russo, Jon Brion, Bear McCreary and others. His playing can be heard in the motion picture soundtracks of Disney’s Christopher Robin, Universal Picture’s Little and Welcome to Marwen. He recorded for Barbara Streisand’s 2018 album, Walls. Over the last several years, Mr. Sacdalan has recorded for television motion pictures and documentaries for Netflix, Amazon, and Hallmark Entertainment. He has performed live with notable artists in the film industry including Joe Hisaishi, Seth Macfarlane, John Debney, Alex Wurman, Didier Lean Rachou, Bruce Broughton, Sean Callery and more.
Mr. Sacdalan holds a DMA and MM degree from the UCLA and a BM from the California State University, Fullerton. He is the recipient of several scholarships including the Léni Fé Bland Music Scholarship, the Kent Atwater Music Fellowship and the Ebell Music Scholarship. He has taught masterclasses at the Cerritos College and at the Superior School of Music of Lisbon, Portugal. In 2010 he published his doctoral dissertation titled The Secret (Musical) Lives of Hollywood Film Composers. Mr. Sacdalan studied with Gary Gray, William Wellwood and Håkan Rosengren. While not performing, Jonathan is a devoted clarinet instructor with the Harmony Project and LA Philharmonics’s Youth Orchestra LA Initiative, both organizations providing-no cost music education to low- income or disadvantaged urban youth in Los Angeles.
HEE JIN YOON
Harpist HEE JIN YOON is very active as a soloist, orchestra musician, chamber musician and teacher in Los Angeles & Orange County, California. She is co-founder of Flute and Harp Duo, Dolce. and plays many chamber concerts and coaches young students. Recently, she has formed the Duo Gliss harp duo which focuses on expanding harp duo music. She has performed at Redlands, CA for the American Harp Society Conference 2018 and Logan, Utah for the American Harp Society Summer Institute 2015.
Ms. Yoon was the principal harpist of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra from 2008 to 2015 and has played in the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Recently, she has played with many other orchestras in California. She can be heard on the orchestra CD of Lancaster Festival Orchestra “Ragomania- music of William Bolcom, Clare Fischer”
Yoon was born in Boston,Massachusetts, grew up in Seoul, Korea and received a Bachelor’s degree from the Seoul National University in harp performance. She came back to United States in 2004 and earned a Master of Music degree in 2006 from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Gillian Benet Sella of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She also received a Performer Diploma from the Indiana University with the distinguished Professor, Susann McDonald. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in harp performance at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She won Concerto Competition at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2012. She received Honorable mention in the Victor Salvi Awards in 2007 and 3rd prize in the Busan MBC Broadcast Competition. In 2006, she was the finalist of the American Harp Society Anne Adams Harp Competition. As a soloist, she has performed Debussy’s Danse sacrée et profane with Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K. 299 with CCM Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel’s Concerto Op.4 No.6 with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Oboe and Harp with the CCM Concert Chamber Orchestra.
Hee Jin has passion for teaching and educational outreach program. She maintains her private teaching studio since 2007 and she was on harp instructor at God’s Bible College in Cincinnati from 2009-2012. In 2012, she moved to Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two dachshunds. She continues her career as a harpist to share her music with colleagues, audiences, composers and students.
A world class aviation designer and architect, TERENCE YOUNG is a principal at Gensler, designing airports around the world.
He also plays the electric cello with the band Splendido.