Sept. 11, 2012
-- Composer Chris Walden Creates Jazz Infused Score for
King of Herrings
(West Hollywood, CA) September 5, 2012— Four- time Grammy nominated composer, arranger and conductor Chris Walden is scoring the indie black and white feature film King of Herrings. Co- written and co-directed by actor Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s Eleven) and Sean Richardson (GoodbyeHello)
, King of Herrings is a film based in New Orleans about a group of small time wannabes who find themselves in a strange tug-of-war over a childlike woman looking for a way out. Chris Walden scored the film using only six instruments including trumpet, celesta, and a 150 year old harmonia.
Chris Walden said, “Limiting myself to only six instruments and three players, including myself, it allowed me to explore my creativity. I incorporated jazz motifs reminiscent of New Orleans during this time period mixed with an edgy, acoustic, experimental sound.” Director Eddie Jemison stated, “I wanted the music to create textures around the dialogue and Chris’s score does that and more.”
Chris Walden is a four time Grammy nominated composer, arranger and conductor. Walden has written over 400 arrangements, scored over 40 feature and television films, and conducted orchestras around the world. He has worked with music icons Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Christina Aguilera. His television arranging credits include American Idol, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and two live performances at the Super Bowl. He recently arranged and conducted Michael Buble’s Christmas album, Christmas, produced by David Foster and Arturo Sandoval’s tribute album to Dizzy Gillespie, Dear Diz.
Walden’s talent as a musician and conductor is evident from his recent performances. He recently conducted The Ray Charles tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Ray Charles Genius + Jazz= Soul. He also conducted and played trumpet with the Chris Walden Big Band along with Tierney Sutton at Vitello’s Jazz & Supper Club. Chris Walden’s newest projects include full orchestral arrangements on Glee star Matthew Morrison’s sophomore album and Keith Harkin’s debut self- titled album, Keith Harkin, available September 18, 2012.