Allen Savedoff, a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Pacific Symphony, is a busy freelance musician based in Los Angeles, CA. On this, his third solo album, he is featured on bassoon and contrabassoon and is heard playing many other woodwinds. Recent film soundtrack credits include Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Wolverine, Spiderman 3, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Step Brothers, Bedtime Stories and The Princess and the Frog. His television credits include The Pacific, Pinky and the Brain, and Animaniacs. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Hart School of Music, he is originally from Rochester, New York. Previous solo albums by Savedoff are Contradiction, a collection of jazz standards for contrabassoon; and SaviorFaire, a classical album for bassoon and contrabassoon. Both are available on Capstone Records.close
Connecticut-based Kim Scharnberg has evolved from a young music student growing up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to an acclaimed producer, arranger, composer and conductor. His vast experience ranges from conducting major international orchestras to producing highly-commercial recording artists. To say that Scharnberg grew up in a diverse musical environment would be an understatement. The youngest of three brothers, Kim found himself influenced by the musical tastes of his two older siblings, both distinctly different in their respective artistic sensibilities. "My oldest brother is a professional French hornist, and my other brother played the saxophone," says Scharnberg. "At one point, one brother tried to turn me on to Led Zeppelin while the other was pushing Mahler on me. I ended up liking both!"
The resulting party of sounds in the Scharnberg household ensured Kim the ultimate musical education. Between the sibling rivalries of rock versus classical, the parental preference of big band jazz, and Kim's own discovery of Spike Jones 78s and pop music, his musical bases were more than covered. Learning to embrace these multiple genres of music would later influence his flexible approach to producing. After attending the Eastman School of Music, Kim moved to Los Angeles to pursue recording work and to play professionally for many orchestras, operas, and countless commercial sessions. Balancing his time between LA and New York, he became one of the busiest young music writers for film, television, commercials and records.
Kim's various arrangements have been performed by such noted orchestras as the Boston Pops and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has orchestrated several Broadway musicals including Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Civil War. In 2005, he was nominated for a Drama Desk award for his orchestration for Little Women. In addition to his orchestrations, he co-produced the cast recordings for each of the musicals, including the Grammy nominated Jekyll and Hyde: The Complete Work. Kim has also written orchestrations for feature films (including A River Runs Through It, Quiz Show, Made In America, The Net, and Fly Away Home) and television. Today, Scharnberg continues to compose and produce works prolifically in a variety of genres.close
Richard Stoltzman's virtuosity, technique, imagination, and communicative power have revolutionized the world of clarinet playing, opening up possibilities for the instrument that no one could have predicted. He was responsible for bringing the clarinet to the forefront as a solo instrument, and is still the world's foremost clarinetist. Stoltzman gave the first clarinet recitals in the histories of both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and, in 1986, became the first wind player to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. As one of today's most sought-after artists, Stoltzman has been a soloist with more than a hundred orchestras as well as a recitalist and chamber music performer, innovative jazz artist, and prolific recording artist. A two-time Grammy Award winner, he has amazed critics and audiences alike in repertory spanning many musical genres.
Stoltzman's talents as a jazz performer as well as a classical artist have been heard far beyond his annual tours. He has performed and recorded with such classical, jazz, and pop greats as Emmanual Az, Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Burton, the Canadian Brass, Chick Corea, Judy Collins, Eddie Gomez, Keith Jarrett, the King's Singers, George Shearing, Wayne Shorter, Mel Tormé, and Spyro Gyra founder Jeremy Wall. Stoltzman frequently performs with his son Peter John Stoltzman, a talented classical and jazz pianist and composer.
Stoltzman graduated from Ohio State University with a double major in music and mathematics. He earned his Master of Music degree at Yale University while studying with Keith Wilson, and later studied with Kalmen Opperman at Columbia University. He makes his home in Massachusetts and is a passionate Boston Red Sox fan. He is also a Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef whose specialty is the Linzer Torte.close