Thursday, March 28, 2013

NCA to Offer Two-Day Film Music Symposium with John Capek

            NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Composers Association and Film-Com are pleased to present the two-day seminar “Music – The Script Support System” with composer, songwriter, keyboard player and arranger John Capek from April 13-14 at Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios on Music Row.
            As both a composer and songwriter, John’s symposium will give composers a unique opportunity to learn how to write to picture via song — “scoring a scene in the form of a song”, and how various compositional techniques can be utilized in both score and song for picture. 

Sign Up by midnight Friday, March 29:

Topics that will be covered in the symposium include:



            * Scoring music to lyric and scoring music to story.

            * Intros, endings, cadences, tension and release. Why do we care? How do you make a melody?

            * Do we need to be great instrumentalists to be great songwriters? Is tempo important and does it matter what key the song is in. Minor keys, what do they mean?

            * Do these words fit my melody?

            * Music is the other half of a song. It often takes second place in the songwriting process where lyric is king. Except for the fact that great melodies are the thing that history remembers.

            * This class discusses the process of music making in our songs and how to make better melodies and harmonies.



            * Writing a song is a creative process. What do Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and Socrates have in common with songwriters?  More than you would imagine.

            * How do we create something from nothing? What is the path we take to get from a musical point A to point B. How do we get inspired?

            * This is a class that covers the most basic fundamentals of writing songs, and then extends the process into an exploration of invention, creativity and inspiration.

            * How do we know our song is finished? What is prosody and why do we care? What comes first, music or lyrics? Why am I not getting cuts?

            Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a notebook or score paper for the interactive exercise! All symposium attendees are invited to a Film-Com networking event on the evening of April 13 (Saturday) from 7 to 10 p.m.  Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided.  Feel free to bring your business cards, demos, or any other promotional materials!

Symposium Schedule:

Saturday, April 13:

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: NCA Q&A Panel on “The Non-Musical Side of Music” and “Risk Taking”
2-5 p.m.: John Capek
7 p.m.:  networking event

Sunday, April 14:

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: NCA Panel Discussion
2-5 p.m.: John Capek

            All paid attendees will also receive all-access laminates to attend the following Film-Com film and television business seminars:

            * The Film/Television Business Seminars at the Ford Theater, Country Music Hall of Fame on April 17 (Wednesday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

            * The New Project Expo at Titans Stadium on April 18 (Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

            * The Film/TV Songs Happy Hour at the Hard Rock Cafe on April 18 (Thursday) from 5-7 p.m.

            DEADLINE: To receive your all-access Film-Com laminate, you must register by March 29, 2013.

Please click this link to register:

Seating is limited.  Regular enrollment fee: $85 – paid NCA members’ fee: $55.  Student rate with current student ID (must show ID at event sign-in): $45.

John Capek BIO:

            John Capek has achieved international acclaim as a composer, songwriter, keyboard player, producer, arranger and scorer for feature films and television. Rod Stewart leads the list of popular music icons who have recorded Capek compositions. Others include Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Diana Ross, Joe Cocker, Toto, Chicago, Olivia Newton John, Little River Band, Heart, Manhattan Transfer and Amanda Marshall. John Capek’s most performed award winning songs include  “Rhythm of My Heart”, “This”, “Soul on Soul” and “Carmelia”. Capek’s most performed productions include Dan Hill’s Billboard hit duet with Vonda Sheppard, “Can’t We Try”,  as well as work with Ken Tobias, Gene McLellan, Good Brothers and Downchild. As a keyboard player, John has recorded with Diana Ross, Olivia Newton John, Stan Rogers, Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan, Dan Hill, Kermit, The Chipmunks, The Simpsons and countless other international performers. John’s songs are heard in the feature films, “A Perfect Storm”, “Cocktail”, “Blown Away” and many others. For more information go to

            “I’ve been a fan of John’s music for many years. He’s one of the deepest, most talented and soulful writers I know and I find myself listening to his albums for inspiration and pleasure all the time.” – Bonnie Raitt

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