Six musicians of promise go to Sundance


NEW YORK -- The 10th annual Sundance Institute Composers Lab has selected six emerging musicians to be coached by composer James Newton Howard, director Lawrence Kasdan and other advisers.

Terence Blanchard assistant Derrick Hodge, Jeremy Flower, Shahzad Ali Ismaily, Enis Rotthoff, Gingger Shankar and Jeff Toyne will participate in the Lab, today July 24 -Aug. 9 in Park City, Utah.

This year's list of advisers includes composers Jeff Beal ("Pollack"), George S. Clinton ("Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"), Osvaldo Golijov ("The Man Who Cried"), Graeme Revell ("Sin City") and Harry Gregson-Williams ("Shrek the Third"). Other musically inclined film vets on the list are New Line Cinema music head Paul Broucek, music supervisor Tracy McKnight ("Friends with Money"), First Artists film music agent Robert Messinger, BMI vp film/TV relations Doreen Ringer Ross, cellist Maya Beiser, percussionist Steven Schick and sound artist Shahrokh Yadegari.

Electronic music vet Flower is working with Golijov on Francis Ford Coppola's upcoming "Youth Without Youth," jazz bassist Hodge assisted Blanchard on such films as "Waist Deep" and "Inside Man," and Rotthoff assisted composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek on "Finding Neverland" and "Unfaithful."

Multi-instrument musician and ballet composer Ali Ismaily has performed with Laurie Anderson, Booker T, Tom Waits, John Zorn and others. Shankar invented the one-string stereophonic double violin and has composed and performed on the instrument in "The Passion of the Christ" and "Born Into Brothels."

As part of their training, participants will create scores for scenes shot during the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program's Directors Lab and others from the Documentary Program's Edit and Storytelling Lab.