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September 2013
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Michael Joins the Roster of COOL Music Interactive

Michael is pleased to have joined agent Darrell Alexander and a roster of distinguished composers at COOL Music Interactive, a new division of the music composer representation agency.

Originating as a London-based orchestral contracting service (the Chamber Orchestra of London, from which COOL Music gets its name), COOL evolved into an agency representing a handful of prominent composers for film, television, and now interactive media.

COOL Interactive is the designated successor to Michael’s former agency, Four Bars Intertainment, founded by game music representation pioneer Bob Rice.

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September 2013
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“Touché” begins festival circuit

Feature documentary Touché: A Blind Fencer’s Story begins its festival circuit at the prestigious Big Bear Lake International Film Festival in California.

Touché shares the poignant stories of several blind and sight-impaired individuals who endeavor to master blindfolded fencing. As much a story of vision loss as it is a documentary of a fascinating sport, Touché follows the personal lives of the fencers as well as a nail-biting championship competition.

Michael’s score for the film utilizes an intimdate chamber ensemble including cello, piano, and guitar. The music was augmented with drums and hand percussion to capture the cat-and-mouse energy of a dynamic athletic event made even more gripping by its blindfolded variant.

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August 2013
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Michael composing music for “Hex: Shards of Fate”

Michael is writing over thirty minutes of score for Cryptozoic Entertainment’s first foray into video game development, Hex: Shards of Fate. Hex combines the trading card game tradition with quests and online multiplayer tournaments in a richly detailed fantasy world.

Michael’s score combines a dark fantasy orchestral sound with elements of exotic percussion, mid- and far eastern winds, processed acoustic instrumentation and other evocative colorful sounds to give the game a distinct musical signature.

Hex: Shards of Fate‘s final release is expected in late 2013/early 2014.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pvymobgRQ-M

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May 2013
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“Wizard Ops Tactics” Released for iOS and Android

Tactical turn-based game Wizard Ops Tactics, a followup to Phyken Media’s 2011 shooter Wizard Ops: Part One, has been released for iOS and Android mobile platforms.

The game features a fantasy-themed orchestral score by Michael, combining musical elements from the prior game with many new themes and an overall pacing more suited to new game’s strategy genre.

The game is available on the iOS App Store and the major Android marketplaces.

 

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February 2013
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“Identity” concerto available for orchestral rental; soloist subsidy grant announced

Orchestral scores and parts for Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang, a concerto for guzheng and orchestra, are now available for rental from Janen Music.

Composed by Michael Gordon Shapiro and Victor Cheng, the piece puts the 3800-year-old Chinese folk instrument at the fore of the Western orchestra in new take on a traditional concerto setting. Identity has had performances in the United States, Canada, and several cities in Mainland China, most notably in Beijing by the China National Symphony. Janen Music is now making the piece available to American orchestras for the first time.

Recognizing that most American orchestras don’t have access to a guzheng player, Hanyi Inc will subsidize travel and accommodations for a renowned guzheng virtuoso, Su Chang – effectively providing a soloist for the piece at no cost to the host orchestra! This offer is made possible through a grant offered by Hanyi, motivated by a desire to help share this music more widely throughout the United States, and to introduce American audiences to the guzheng. The grant will be awarded to up to six qualified orchestras for performances in 2013 or 2014.

For more information on the piece or the grant, please visit Identity’s page at Janen Music.

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January 2013
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Recent project roundup

Michael has completed scoring game projects for Gas Powered Games/Square Enix and Phyken Media, both of which will be announced in early Spring.

On the film side, Michael has completed original score for Birdemic 2: The Ressurrection, sequel to the infamous cult hit Birdemic: Shock and Terror.

Birdemic 2 icon

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January 2013
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Premiere of “Lament for Solo Violin”

Michael’s Lament for Solo Violin premiered in December at a San Francisco commemorative service for victims of the Nanking Massacre. Joseph Maile performs in the photo below.

Lament for solo violin

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November 2012
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New Solo Violin Work

Michael was commissioned to write a piece for solo violin to be premiered on December 15th in San Francisco at a commemoration of the 1937 Nanking Massacre. The piece, “Lament for Solo Violin: Nanking 1937” is an elegy and gesture of sympathy for those impacted by this dark period during World War Two. The piece will be performed by violinist Joseph Maile.

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