WORKSHOP

for the screen composers guild of canada

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about

Joel Schwartz is a seasoned guitarist and multi-instrumentalist specializing in session work. With 20 years of experience as a professional musician, he records instrumental parts for folk, Americana, roots, blues, and indie-rock musicians and composers.

He is not a traditionalist in any one style: Joel’s formal education was in jazz, but his real-world education was touring and recording with some of Canada’s best singer/songwriters including Birds of Chicago, Amelia Curran, Matthew and Jill Barber, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Jessica Mitchell, Aviva Chernick, Andrea Koziol, Dione Taylor, Lydia Persaud, Jadea Kelly, and many others.

From his studio in Toronto, he sends electric and acoustic guitar, resonator, mandolin, and banjo instrumentals to songwriters, producers, and screen composers all over the world.

The recordings he’s played on have won, or been nominated for numerous awards including the Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Ontario Folk Music Awards. Likewise, the film scores he’s played on have received several awards and nominations from the Canadian Screen Awards.

Joel’s contributions on guitars, mandolins, slide, and banjo can be heard on several film and television scores by Ari Posner, Amin Bhatia, Stacey Hersh, Rob Carli, and Jim McGrath.

He looks forward to working with you.

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WORKSHOP

guitarist and Multi-instrumentalist Joel Schwartz will share his process of working remotely explaining how he records fretted instruments (guitars, mandolin, resonators, banjo) for film/TV composers and other artists. SCGC members will have the opportunity to submit a short composition (30 seconds is recommended) and have Joel demonstrate some approaches to the piece Here are the guidelines for submission: 1. Compositions can be a lead sheet, chord progressions, notated melody, or just an overall concept (simple is good for this purpose) 2. Please submit compositions by Tuesday March 24th 3. Upload files and details using the form below. The number of submitted compositions that Joel will demonstrate will be limited to the amount of time available during the live stream. All submitted compositions may not be performed. Joel will select what compositions to play based on suitability and variety. Composers who submit their compositions should be available during the live stream and use Zoom to discuss with Joel their feedback.  
 WORKSHOP: WILL BE LIVE ON SCGC Facebook page ON FRIDAY, MARCH 27 @ 2PM edt

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Contact

COMPOSITION SUBMISSION

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