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    Harvardwood Masterclass with Roger Neill AM '90, PhD '94 (MOZART IN THE JUNGLE)

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 07:30 PM · $15.00 USD
    Emerson LA in Los Angeles, CA

    Film Scoring & the Art of Collaborative Storytelling

    This month's masterclass, led by composer Roger Neill (20th CENTURY WOMEN, DON'T THINK TWICE, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE), is a must for EVERYONE—writers, directors, producers, filmmakers, composers, and musicians—interested in learning the collaborative process of film scoring from all sides. In this hands-on workshop, Roger will take us through the art and process of creating music for the big and small screen, speaking specifically about how composer and director and producer establish a common language and learn how to become partners in the mysterious process of storytelling. The workshop will be invaluable to any filmmaker interested in cross-discipline communication, how to convey abstract artistic ideas and collaborate successfully together.

    Masterclasses are only open to dues-current Harvardwood Full Members. You must be logged in to the site to access the RSVP link below. Join or renew your membership.

    Roger Neill AM '90, PhD '94
    (20th Century WomenMozart in the Jungle)

    Composer Roger Neill is a Harvard doctorate whose award-winning music catalog spans hundreds of television episodes, TV commercials, games, more than 20 major motion pictures and even an operetta. 

    For the Amazon Studios series Mozart in the Jungle, Roger acted as composer, music producer and consultant.   In 2016 MITJ won two Golden Globes and an Emmy, including the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series.  Amazon recently released the soundtrack album for Mozart in the Jungle, which features Roger’s orchestral arrangement of Phoenix‘s “Lisztomania,” the series’ main title. 

    Roger’s recent feature films include Mike Birbiglia’s critically acclaimed Don’t Think Twice, which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, and Mike Mill’s 20th Century Woman, which premiered as the Centerpiece of the 2106 New York Film Festival.  Roger also scored Mill’s 2010 Academy Award winning film, Beginners.  Other features include the documentary The Killer Within, featuring the renowned Kronos String Quartet, and Sofia Coppola’s kaleidoscopic “Marie-Antoinette.” 

    In television Roger is well known for his 13 seasons scoring the Fox prime-time animated series King of the Hill.  Currently Roger is music consultant for Chuck Lorre’s comedy series, Mom.  Roger’s other television credits include Chicago HopeMichael Hayes and The Simple Life, and many others.  

    As an arranger, orchestrator, conductor and collaborator, Roger has worked with a Who’s Who in the recording industry, including Air, Beck, John Legend, Kygo, Mellow, Spoon, David Sylvian, Jason Falkner, Natalie Merchant, Stereolab, Sondre Lerche and Stars of Track & Field.

    Roger is very active in the commercial world, scoring ad campaigns for Facebook, Subaru, Hummer, Axe and many others. Roger has had the good-fortune to collaborate with many distinguished commercial directors, including Roman Coppola, Mike Mills. Kathryn Bigelow, Rupert Saunders and Gus Van Sant. 

    Roger has been active as teacher throughout his career, at UCLA Extension, Cal Poly Pomona, and as founding faculty of the Palomar Film Music Workshops.  He is the recipient of many ASCAP and BMI awards, an Emmy for his work on King of the Hill, and an LA Weekly Theater Critics Musical of the Year Award for his operetta The Beastly Bombing.  The Beastly Bombing will be produced next in late 2017 at the Deutsches SchauSpiel Haus in Hamburg, Germany.

    Roger Neill is represented by Evolution Music Partners.


    Read Harvardwood's profile of Roger!

    Harvardwood Heads To... KANGAROO PLAY DATE

    Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 10:30 AM
    Bank Street Books in New York, NY

    How many excuses can you come up with when you don't want to stop playing? Join award-winning actor, writer and child-rights activist Nandana Sen for a fantastical interactive storytelling session, with fun games, animal masks, play-acting, tail-swishing and Kangaroo.jpgcoloring activities! Kangaroo Kisses is a lovely mix of fantasy and real life as one mischievous child delays going to bed, and has some amazing wildlife encounters along the way. Nandana will be signing copies of Kangaroo Kisses after the reading. Children and grownups of all ages are invited!

    Kirkus Reviews: “Smiles and wild creatures abound in this playful mother-child bedtime routine. A warm and spirited invitation to dreamland.”

    Nandana Sen has starred in over 20 feature films, and authored three children's books, including Mambi and the Forest Fire (2016) and NOT YET! (2017). Her books have been translated into 13 languages. After studying literature at Harvard and filmmaking at USC, she worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a poetry translator, a script doctor, an advocate for child protection, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland. Nandana works with children (and grownups) at UNICEF, Operation Smile, and RAHI to fight against child abuse.


    Select Reviews for Kangaroo Kisses:

    Mirrors Windows Doors: "So well crafted that it requires no effort to make it into a great shared readaloud experience... Taking Kangaroo Kisses as an example, we can certainly look forward to some wonderful books that encompass diversity and promote empathy – and that children will want to have read to them again and again." http://mirrorswindowsdoors.org/wp/review-kangaroo-kisses-by-nandana-dev-sen-and-pippa-curnick/

    Feathered Quill Book Reviews: “The illustrations are colorful and adorable, while the actual story expertly combines reality with fantasy. Quill says: A true bedtime story, this is one that should become a staple for all parents and children to enjoy.” Children's Picture Books - Feathered Quill Book Reviews 

    Curling Up with a Good Book 5*/5*: Kangaroo Kisses is a beautifully written children's book with vivid, colorful illustrations. I recommend Kangaroo Kisses to any parent who enjoys reading to their kids at night.”

    5 Star Children's Book Review: Kangaroo Kisses (Nandana Dev Sen)


    In case you can’t make it to Bank Street Books, Kangaroo Kisses is also available on-line via IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, KitaabWorld, and Amazon.


    Harvardwood Helps: National Trails Day Stewardship Project

    Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa in Thousand Oaks, CA

    The National Park Service and its partners invite Harvardwood to roll up our sleeves and participate in National Trails Day, repairing trails at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. RSVP below to let Stacy Cohen know that you're coming!

    National Trails Day occurs annually on the first Saturday in June and is the country’s largest celebration of trails. The Santa Monica Mountains are home to approximately 500 miles of trails. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park System, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

    This event is also supported by California State Parks, Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council and the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force of the Sierra Club.


    Ventura Fwy 101 North to Exit 45 - Lynn Rd. Proceed south on Lynn Rd. 5.25 miles to Via Goleta/Sycamore Cyn Trailhead. Park entrance is on the left.

    Important Information

    Volunteers should dress appropriately with work gloves, closed-toed footwear, long sleeves and pants recommended, and sun protection. Tools and refreshments will be provided. Participants must be at least 8 years old and minors must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Welcome to the Harvard Class of 2017!

    Harvardwood heartily extends our congrats to the University's newest graduates!

    To celebrate their achievements as they start their post-Harvard adventures, we are thrilled to welcome members of the Class of 2017 to Harvardwood with a $10 discount off their dues. Our annual membership fee is ordinarily $45/year ($3.75/month), but members of the Class of 2017 may join Harvardwood for $35/year. This offer is only valid for new Harvardwood members. To receive your membership gift, email us with your full name, as registered with the College, and we'll send you the special link to become a member.

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    Students, still time to join the 2017 Summer Internship Program

    “HSIP not only got my foot in the door, but also turned out to be a windfall, producing this ripple effect where attending a panel presentation turned into an internship, that turned into exclusive meetings with studio executives, then landed me paid positions in precisely the kind of job I’d had my eye on,” says HSIP Director Marie Kim.

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