The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus premiered my new 15 minute operetta based on “Paradise Lost” at War Memorial Concert Hall, Herbst Theatre, in San Francisco. The libretto was written by the multi-talented Dr. Timothy Seelig and is scored for three soloists, men’s chorus, and a septet of instrumentalists.
A PBS documentary is being filmed featuring the Virginia Chorale, under the baton of Bryson Mortensen, and their performance of my #twittterlieder: 15 tweets in 3 acts . More information soon!
The National Women's Chorus will be performing "Sleep, my child" at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium in February 2017. More details soon!
The National Youth Chorus will be performing "We are the Stars" from Stargazing at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium in April 2017. More details soon!
My original score for the feature film "Cut to the Chase," is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify. Links can be found on the "Recordings" page and a few short excerpts can be heard on the "Film Music" page under the Audio Examples. Enjoy!!
The score for "Sugar" is now complete! This short film written and directed by Stephen Anderson, director of Disney's "Meet the Robinsons" and "Winnie the Pooh," captures a moment in an aspiring rocker's life when he's hit rock-bottom. The score was a blast and mimicked 80's hair metal! It is now off to the festivals. So much fun working with this amazing crew!!
Stargazing, once voted by ACDA as one of the top 10 works for TTBB and Orchestra, will be available soon from E.C. Schirmer. In addition to the TTBB version, a new version for SATB will also be available, both with piano-only accompaniment or with the original String-Septet & Celesta accompaniment.
With the help of generous donors, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra has commissioned my first symphony. I'm looking forward to working with maestro Michael Butterman and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra once again!
#twitterlieder: 15 tweets in 3 acts, which chronicles life from birth to old age, is now available from E.C. Schirmer. Versions are available for TTBB and SATB choirs with piano-only accompaniment or chamber ensemble accompaniment. The musical styles of each act are varied, with a little something for everyone, and lots of soloist opportunities! Get your copies here!
"Behold, the Gate" for TTBB & Orchestra premiered to a packed Davies Symphony Hall April 14th & 15th. I composed the music and the multi-talented Tim Seelig wrote the lyrics. Here is what Roger Brigham, editor of Edge, said about the performance:
"Behold, the Gate" composed by James Eakin III with lyrics by artistic director Timothy Seelig, was a stunning and powerful introduction for the entire evening, teasing the audience with the emotions it would soon be flexing. It captured the breathless joy and wonder so many of us have had as we have discovered San Francisco and lived our own tales in our city."
The score for the feature film, "Cut to the Chase," is now finished! It was so much fun working with so many talented people on this film. "Cut to the Chase," an action thriller, was written and directed by Blayne Weaver, and stars Weaver, Lyndie Greenwood (Fox's "Sleepy Hollow), Lance Henriksen (Terminator, Aliens), and Erin Cahill (Pink Power Ranger).
Eakin is set to score Blayne Weaver’s thriller,”Cut to the Chase.” It explores the seedy underbelly of the mob in Louisiana. Can’t wait to get started!
On April 1 & 2 the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus premiered my latest choral song-cycle, #twitterlieder: 15 tweets in 3 acts at Davies Symphony Hall. It was an overwhelming success with the Bay Times calling it a “highlight for many in the audience.” I can’t thank Tim Seelig and the talented singers in the chorus enough for their masterful performance! An SATB version will be available soon! Contact me for more details.
The music of James Eakin will once again be performed at Carnegie Hall. More details soon!
James Eakin will team up with lyricist, Anthony Silvestri, to compose a new song-cycle titled “Twitterlieder.” More details soon!
James Eakin and Paul Freeman have been nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. “King of False Alarms,” co-written by the duo and sung by Freeman, was nominated for “best Folk/Acoustic song.” The song was written and recorded in Eakin’s Sonic Veil Studios. Listen to the song on the Popular Music page.
The world-renowned San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will perform Eakin’s best-selling and beloved “Twinkle” from his three-movement, Stargazing at their upcoming Christmas concerts on December 6th at the War Memorial Opera House and December 24th at the Castro Theater.
James Eakin and Paul Freeman were asked to pitch the theme song for Fox’s “Mob Doctor.” The song is titled “Can You Keep a Secret” and was written and recorded at Eakin’s “Sonic Veil Studios“. Listen to an excerpt of the song on the “Popular Music” page!
On February 20, 2012 choirs from around the country descended on Carnegie Hall, joining a 72 piece orchestra, and three soloists to premiere “Flowers over the Graves of War.” As the hour-long work concluded, the audience was moved to tears. Rorianne Schrade of the New York Concert Review said that it was a “… moving work by a composer from whom I’ll be interested to hear more.” I would like to thank Distinguished Concerts International-New York, Tim Seelig, and all of the talented singers for making this colossal premiere a night to remember.