The 5th Annual SCL Awards

The Society of Composers and Lyricists’ 5th Annual SCL Awards were held on Tuesday, February 13th in Los Angeles, California. The Awards were hosted by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Siedah Garrett. Garrett opened the ceremony with a barn-burning arrangement of her song “Shug Avery” from the 2023 film The Color Purple. She closed with her song “Man in the Mirror”, made famous by Michael Jackson, which Garrett co-wrote with Glen Ballard.

The ceremony also honored the filmmaker-composer team of Martin Scorsese and Robbie Robertson with the Spirit of Collaboration Award, which included a performance of Robertson’s song “Between Trains” from Scorsese’s The King of Comedy by 6-time Grammy-winning recording artist, Jason Isbell.

In addition to accompanying these acts, the orchestra performed Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn”, and the song “Somewhere Out There” from the film An American Tail sung by Zola Odessa and Danny Duran III in a beautiful “In Memoriam” segment.

Symbols of Sound handled the hiring and management of the orchestra and provided music preparation services. SoS has had a role in the music of every SCL awards to date.

The Children's & Family Emmys logo surrounded by posters and logos from Zombies 3, Super Kitties, Eureka!, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, Alice's Wonderland Bakery, Hamster & Gretel, Big City Greens, Cars on the Road, The Wonderful Summer of Mickey Mouse, Mickey Saves Christmas, Kiff, and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday.

The Children’s & Family Emmys Nominations

Symbols of Sound worked on thirteen productions that were nominated for 2023 Children’s & Family Emmys in various categories. Congratulations and good luck to…

  • Alice’s Wonderland Bakery
  • Baymax!
  • Big City Greens
  • Cars On the Road
  • Eureka!
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
  • Hamster & Gretel
  • Kiff
  • Mickey Saves Christmas
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
  • SuperKitties
  • The Wonderful Summer of Mickey Mouse
  • Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 3

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The 4th Annual SCL Awards

Yesterday was The Society of Composers & Lyricists’ 4th Annual SCL Awards. SoS provided music preparation and contracted the all-star lineup of Hollywood musicians. This year’s ceremony was hosted by Darren Criss, and featured performances by Criss, Rizzi Myers, Priscilla Ahn, and and Oscar-winning composer Justin Hurwitz.

After last year’s highly successful show, the SCL made this their biggest ceremony yet with an expanded orchestra, rhythm section, and choir. It proved to be great move with a sold-out show and accolades all around.

SoS has been a part of every SCL Awards since their inaugural ceremony four years ago providing music preparation, managing the hiring of musicians, and consulting on union contracts and procedures.

This project also marked the joyful return of Danita Ng-Poss to the SoS team after completing her term as Secretary/Treasurer of AFM Local 47.

2022 Highlights

In spite of the continuing COVID pandemic, 2022 had a number of highlights for Symbols of Sound. It was a busy year for our work with Disney, beginning with an Oscar for 2021’s Encanto. The year also saw work on a number of features including Turning Red, Disenchanted, Strange World, Pinocchio, Hocus Pocus 2, Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers, Fire Island, Amsterdam, and Zombies 3; as well as several TV and streaming specials such as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Mickey Saves Christmas, and Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation; along with the usual run of regular TV and streaming series episodes.

Aside from Disney, SoS provided music preparation for the Oscar-nominated film Women Talking, and printing sheet music to be used in scenes for the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

In the live performance realm, SoS once again provided music contracting and music preparation for the annual SCL Awards, a show which becomes a larger part of the Hollywood awards season every year.

One surprise highlight of 2022 was a wonderful orchestral demo recording for “The Little Women Musical” composed by Dan Redfeld with lyrics by Christina Harding and John Koladziej. Aside from music preparation, SoS’s Jason Poss also provided score reading and “golden ears” in the booth for multiple days of orchestra and vocal recordings.

Watch this space for news about more exciting projects in 2023.

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Gene “Cip” Cipriano, 1928-2022

A true Hollywood legend

Sax and woodwind player extraordinaire Gene “Cip” Cipriano died yesterday. Many people don’t know who Cip was, but it’s possible nearly everyone in the world who watches films or listens to recordings produced in Hollywood has heard him at some point.

It was widely claimed that Cip was the most recorded man in Hollywood. He had worked with nearly every nearly major artist you can name – Harry James, Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, John Williams, Elvis Presley, Miles Davis, Judy Garland, The Beach Boys, The Monkees. He was part of The Wrecking Crew studio musicians who played on countless record dates. He played on 50 years of Oscar ceremonies. The word “legendary” is often thrown around loosely, but Cip was the real deal, a true legend of Hollywood.

Cip became a legend because he was a phenomenal musician and simply a great guy with whom to work. I was on several dates with Cip where he played seven or more different instruments, even into his 80s. In addition, for the relatively few woodwind players who double on the instrument, oboe is often one of their weakest. It’s a hard instrument that takes a lot of practice to achieve a good consistent tone. However, Cip was a guy who could play a burning sax solo on one tune, then turn around and play beautiful classical oboe on the next.

Beyond his musical abilities, Cip was simply a fun guy to have on a session. He brought a positive energy and encouraged everyone to not take it all too seriously. I remember on one Oscars break we asked him about his earliest years doing the Oscars. He mentioned he enjoyed André Previn as music director. When we asked why, he answered, “Because he didn’t give a s–t about any of it! We all had a great time!”

Cip was also known for his famous “Yo!” greeting to everyone. People loved to recount the time he yelled “Yo Barbra!” to Barbra Streisand (with whom he had recorded numerous times) loud enough to be heard on TV as she walked past the orchestra to receive an Oscar.

I was fortunate to have worked for many years with Cip and to have been a part of a small group that would occasionally go for dinners. Danita Ng-Poss and I were the “kids” in the group when music contractor and copyist Bill Hughes used to hold court at one of his favorite restaurants with a select group of musicians. The group often included Rick Baptist, Sal Lozano, Harold Wheeler, Tom Ranier, Ashley Irwin, Trey Henry, and of course, Cip.

I’ll share one personal remembrance of my time with Cip. Around 2015 we were doing pre-records for the Emmys at Capitol Studios. A group of us, including Cip, went down the block to a restaurant for lunch. We were all chatting and suddenly realized we needed to hurry back or we were going to be late for the afternoon session. We quickly paid our bills and rushed down the street. Cip was getting on in years, so he wasn’t able jog with everyone else. I told the rest to go on ahead. I’d walk with Cip, who was already breathing heavily.

Cip and I were walking as fast as Cip could manage. Just before we reached Capitol, Cip asked me, “Do you think we’ll be late?” I did not look at my watch, and just lazily said, “Yeah, probably.”

Cip found my nonchalance hilarious. We were going to be late for the Emmys! Already out of breath, he began laughing so hard that he was almost unable to breathe. He held on to a light pole to keep from falling over, and, now concerned for his health, I grabbed him and gave him a shoulder to lean on.

After a concerning minute, Cip caught his breath, looked at me and asked, “What are you going to tell them when you walk in late?” I replied, “I’m going to tell them, ‘I was with Cip.'”

He chuckled while leaning on me as we began walking again, and said, “That just might work.”

Of course it worked. Nobody was going to question Cip.

– written by Jason Poss