“Cinematic Plateau”: Film Scores by Tasso Zapanti
In celebration of Black History month 2016, Tasso Zapanti released his score to the film ‘PROUD”. The movie, released in 2004 and starring Ossie Davis, Stephen Rea and Aidan Quinn, was written and directed by Mary Pat Kelly, who is also the author of the book “Proudly We Served”. It uncovers the true story of the first African Americans to serve in the navy’s front line during World War II.
The album includes music from two additional films scored by Tasso: “The Bronx War” written and directed by Joseph B. Vasquez (Hanging with the Homeboys), and “Black Cougar”, a super hero story written and directed by Silvio Disalvatore. All films are available on Netflix and DVD through Amazon.
The music on the album is a hybrid neo-classical, electro-acoustic score composed, performed and produced by Tasso Zapanti. Guest instrumentalists include Alex Foster on clarinet and flute (leader of the Mingus Big Band and SNL house band), Ani Aznavoorian on cello, Sheila Horne on vocals (Parliament Funkadelic) and Joe Berger on electric guitar.
His most recent live performances were at the 20th Anniversary ArtWalk /T.O.A.S.T, an annual art exhibit collective by New York artists who live and work in TriBeCa.
The live performance included five musicians – including guitarist extraordinaire Spiro Exaras – and five artists who painted in real time inspired by Tasso’s music. He also performed with an ensemble at a 2016 memorial for New York Islanders legendary coach, Al Arbour, in front of 1.000 Islanders fans.
Tasso has received an ASCAP-Gershwin award in composition presented by composer/conductor Morton Gould. He was an artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television center in Oswego New York and was included in Hollywood Reporter’s “Who’s Who” in film and television composers.
He has also written music for ABC’s news magazine Turning Point together with composer/guitarist Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart).
CINEMATIC PLATEAU is available for digital download on Itunes & Amazon. It is also streaming on Pandora, Spotify and IHeart radio. Those interested can see a complete list of his work on zapanti.com or you can find several music videos on YOUTUBE/TassoZapanti.