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Topaz

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It all began for Topaz McGarrigle on 6th Road, the epicenter for music activity in his hometown of Austin, TX. Performing on his tenor saxophone for suggestions from passersby, he reached towards the limitations of his musical vocabulary to go after his hopeful dreams to become a jazz musician in NEW YORK. His musical identification began to consider shape within the muscular twists and becomes of his phrasing, in his awesome, soulful sense and in his grooving rhythmic energy. Topaz, his jazz group, created in 1997 in NEW YORK. The group might easily have already been a faraway objective on that day time when McGarrigle 1st set foot around the roads of Austin to execute in public, nonetheless it is just about the realization of an extended musical trip for the Texan. The chances have already been against Topaz. The group showed up on the brand new York picture well following the pinnacle of acidity jazz and in the wake of the resurgent fascination with the electrical music of Mls Davis. Jazz was a downsized marketplace in 2000 with main labels dropping lots of the youthful lions from the ’80s and ’90s off their rosters in choice for the back-up of rock and roll and hip-hop. Pay attention!, Topaz’s second Compact disc, premiered in 1999 and defied the chances due to its eclectic beauty. We were young in Austin, McGarrigle noticed a variety of music. His dad constructed and fixed American folk and Middle Eastern musical instruments and open his son towards the mystical music of Hamza Un Din. From his mom, he gleaned an understanding for Tx jazz fusion saxist Kirk Whalum. That knowledge led him to Jean-Luc Ponty and David Sanborn. Additional exploration of jazz pressed him in to the music of Lou Donaldson, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, and Mls Davis. Per year abroad learning in Britain during his mature year in senior high school in 1990 positioned him squarely amid a burgeoning acidity jazz picture of the newest Heavies as well as the Youthful Disciples in London. Stanley Turrentine, Pharoah Sanders, John Coltrane, and Fela Kuti ultimately became McGarrigle’s primary affects on sax. McGarrigle came back towards the Expresses in 1991 to review more music, this time around at the renowned Duke Ellington College from the Arts in Washington, D.C., where he learned all about orchestration and additional developed his passions in acidity jazz, home, drum’n’bass, as well as the Grateful Deceased. During his years in Washington, D.C., he performed using a Dead-inspired jam music group known as Amalgamate and in the acidity jazz group Exodus. In 1994, he found its way to NEW YORK to review music and liberal arts at NY College or university. There he fulfilled his Topaz bandmates: Takuya Nakamura (trumpet, synthesizer), Squantch (trombone, didgeridoo), Tewar (acoustic guitar, sitar, viola), Justin Wallace (electrical bass), Ethan White colored (keyboards), Ernesto Abreau (percussion), and Phelim White colored (drums). They started performing Fridays in the previous Bell Cafe in TriBeca in NEW YORK. Following a while, the music group got gigs in the Mercury Lounge as well as the Bowery Ballroom. On Pay attention!, documented at Phillip Cup’ old studio room in TriBeca in NEW YORK on Velour Recordings in 1999, he demonstrated his allegiance towards the electric amount of Kilometers Davis’ Bitches Brew and Live/Bad. He also shown his like for the melodicism of Middle Eastern music. Both vibrant energy as well as the mild, cool love of Brazilian music surfaced along with the impact of Gato Barbieri and Pharaoh Sanders. He explored the hypnotic grooves of acidity jazz as well as the splattering beats of drum’n’bass along with the spirituality of John Coltrane in an assortment of wealthy textures, vibrant orchestral hues, dynamic grooves, and soulful spirituality.

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Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Seed of Maize 2016 Short completed
[THE AND] Marcela & Rock 2015 Documentary short
Branko 2012 Documentary short
Boy 2011/I Short
Laredo, Texas 2010 Short
Trece años 2009 Short
Letting Go 2008/I
Americana 2008/I Documentary
Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres 2006 TV Series 1 episode
City 2006 Short
La vida es una canción 2006 TV Series 1 episode
Seven Miles Alone 2005 Short

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The C Word 2016 Documentary
The Pixel Painter 2013 Documentary short
Branko 2012 Documentary short
Laredo, Texas 2010 Short
The IFC Media Project 2009-2010 TV Series 3 episodes
Trece años 2009 Short
Americana 2008/I Documentary
City 2006 Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Doomsday Preppers 2012 TV Series field producer - 1 episode
Boy 2011/I Short producer
Laredo, Texas 2010 Short producer
Trece años 2009 Short producer
Letting Go 2008/I producer
Americana 2008/I Documentary producer
City 2006 Short producer
Autumn's Eyes 2006 Documentary associate producer
Seven Miles Alone 2005 Short producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Seed of Maize 2016 Short writer completed
Branko 2012 Documentary short writer
Boy 2011/I Short
City 2006 Short
Seven Miles Alone 2005 Short

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Time Freak 2011 Short additional assistant director
Damage Control 2005 TV Series first assistant director
Williamsburg 2005 Short first assistant director
Dock 2004 Short first assistant director

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
There Will Be Blood 2007 set production assistant
Munich 2005 set production assistant
War of the Worlds 2005 set production assistant - uncredited
Kingdom of Heaven 2005 set production assistant

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington 2013 Documentary studio camera
Independent Lens 2010 TV Series documentary camera operator - 1 episode

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laredo, Texas 2010 Short
Americana 2008/I Documentary

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ideal 2005 Short He

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Autumn's Eyes 2006 Documentary sound recordist

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
rotten. 2016 Short special thanks
Unsettled 2007 Documentary special thanks

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Special Mention Ashland Independent Film Festival Short Film Trece años (2009)
2007 Jury Award Aspen Shortsfest Best Short Short City (2006)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Short Film Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival [THE AND] Marcela & Rock (2015)
2011 Discovery Award Cannes Film Festival Boy (2011)
2011 Bronze Horse Stockholm Film Festival Best Short Film Boy (2011)
2011 SXSW Grand Jury Award SXSW Film Festival Narrative Short Boy (2011)


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