Los Angeles area school performs Crooked Arrows suite in concert.

First Avenue Middle school in Arcadia, CA has a monster music program where 500 of the 800 kids in the school are involved in the music program in one way or another.  Since I am a graduate of the Arcadia school system from many years ago, First Avenue Middle School music director Mike Danielson approached me about wanting to perform a suite of music from my Crooked Arrows score at their end of the year movie music concert.  I immediately loved the idea and thought is was an extra special opportunity due to the fact that Lacrosse (the sport depicted in Crooked Arrows) is the fastest growing sport in America and the age group driving that growth is young teenagers.  To have an orchestra of talented young teenagers beyond their years in musical ability perform this music and bring it to life on stage seemed appropriate.  

On the evening of Monday, May 19, 2014 the suite was reformed in front of a live audience of over 1200 people at the beautiful new performing arts center in Arcadia, CA.  It was a joy to be able to conduct this extremely talented musical group.  The concert went extremely well.  I have to keep reminding myself that these were 6th - 8th graders performing music well beyond their years.  If it is any indication of the future of music in Los Angeles, the future is bright.  

Another great review from the NY Film Music Examiner

Reviewer Danny Gonzalez of the New York Film Music Examiner just posted another great review of the Crooked Arrows soundtrack CD.  He compared Brian's score to Trevor Rabin's "Remember The Titans" and said, "This is definitely an inspiration of a score like "Remember The Titans", but it is completely original and Ralston's work is just as good as Trevor Rabin on that level."

"The album is one of the more engaging and surprisingly solid ones of 2013. I can easily see way people were raving about Brian Ralston's score and they were right on the money on this one. "Crooked Arrows" a solid stand out this year. Thumbs up!"

Here is the link to the entire review:



Crooked Arrows CD Signing at Dark Delicacies

This past week, Brian participated in a CD signing of his new Crooked Arrows soundtrack release with Perseverance Records at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA.  Brian was honored to be sitting next to so many other composers from the label whose work he deeply respects.  Other composers at the signing event included Craig Safan (The Last Starfighter), Peter Bernstein (The Puppetmaster), Richard Sherman (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins), David Williams, Edwin Wendler (The Escape), Mader (The Wedding Banquet), Paul Hertzog (Bloodsport), David Williams (The Prophecy I & II) and many more.  Limited autographed copies of the score are available if purchased from the Perseverance Records online store.

Official Crooked Arrows Soundtrack announced

An official CD soundtrack for Brian's score to Crooked Arrows has been announced by the specialty soundtrack label Perseverance Records.  Brian has spent the last couple months working on the definitive release of his score with all new stereo mixed and mastered tracks.  There are 33 tracks total on the album totally approximately 45 minutes of music from the score.  Crooked Arrows was performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra and recorded in Los Angeles in march of 2012.  The soundtrack can be ordered from the labels website at perseverancerecords.com or at a variety of the online soundtrack specialty stores such as screenarchives.com and intrada.com.  The first 50 copies sold from Perseverance Records will be autographed by Brian.

A Promotional "trailer" for the soundtrack was released by Perseverance Records and can be seen below.