ScottWorks 2020 Now Being Planned | The Raymond Scott Festival

We’re Reckless Night Music—Raymond Scott’s family—and happy to let all know we’re in the planning stage for a new festival, scheduled for September 12th, 2020.  Of course given the times we now live in it’s going to be an online only event, but we we’re confident we can be true to the spirit and content of the original.  Stay tuned for more and a quick note, the website is now a work in progress again, a mix of old and new but we’ll be updating in the current weeks as we move forward.


Find out more about Raymond Scott’s life at our primary website

An Afternoon Symposium/Webinar

Our afternoon event will again celebrate Scott’s creative and technical legacy, with music, panel discussions on Scott-related themes, and interactive exhibits. The ScottWorks symposium will pay tribute to the many facets of Raymond Scott’s life and work.

Presenters and Panelists

We will be scheduling many special guests who each will bring a unique perspective to the event–some who worked alongside Raymond Scott, and some who were inspired by him.

A Possible Separate Concert

We’re exploring ways to present an online concert with interpretations of Raymond Scott’s timeless music, including electronic music performances. We’re exploring the musicians who will participate, as we know more we’ll be updating here, there and everywhere.

PANELISTS, PRESENTERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS

WORK IN PROGRESS NOTE: This list is currently just a holdover including some of our panelists, presenters and musicians from 2018.  Some of them will be back and we’ll have some new folks as well.  Stay tuned for more!

DJ Alxndr
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DJ Alxndr

Tiffany Anders
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Tiffany Anders

Jerry Beck
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Jerry Beck

Dave Brown
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Dave Brown

Stu Brown
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Stu Brown

Irwin Chusid
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Irwin Chusid

Jeremy Cohen
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Jeremy Cohen

Herb Deutsch
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Herb Deutsch

Dr. Les Deutsch
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Dr. Les Deutsch

Corey Goldberg
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Corey Goldberg

Daniel Goldmark
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Daniel Goldmark

Skip Heller
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Skip Heller

Jack Hertz
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Jack Hertz

Brian Kehew
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Brian Kehew

Morgan Neville
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Morgan Neville

Martin Olson
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Martin Olson

Ego Plum
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Ego Plum

Tom Rhea
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Tom Rhea

Beth Sorrentino
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Beth Sorrentino

Byron Werner
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Byron Werner

Michael Whelan
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Michael Whelan

Jeff Winner
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Jeff Winner

DAYTIME PROGRAM--JUST A PLACEHOLDER AT THE MOMENT, COMPLETE SCHEDULE TBA.

Welcoming Remarks

Welcome and greetings from the organizers.  We'll be updating with specific other events...

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Deborah Scott Studebaker

Deborah Scott Studebaker started her career as an assistant engineer at Motown Studios, and went on to produce spoken word recordings and feature films. Transitioning from entertainment to education, Deb develops techniques to enhance writing, learning and creativity. She teaches poetry at The Willows Community School and is also developing a podcast about her father, […]

Stan Warnow

Stan Warnow is Raymond Scott’s only son and a career film professional—mainly as an editor on a wide range of projects including many music-centric films—one of which was the Academy Award-winning documentary Woodstock. As a filmmaker he directed and produced Deconstructing Dad, his 2010 award-winning personal documentary about his father.

http://www.scottdoc.com

NEWS AND UPDATES

Our News and Updates  keeps all informed of latest developments–currently just a retrospective of 2018.  We’ll be updating soon for 2020.

Have a look back at the September 7th  L.A. Times article about Raymond Scott and the festival.  Click here to read.

Also–we had a pretty incredible new addition to our fest–a new modern version of the Raymond Scott Fascination Machine–it’s kind of a micro–Electronium with 5 different modes and random pattern generation. Huge thanks to everyone at Rebel Technology, the London based collective that pulled this off. off. https://www.rebeltech.org/  See our promo video below.

We have another musician joining us!  Pianist Chiacheng Sen will be playing Raymond Scott’s Suite for Violin and Piano with Jeremy Cohen of Quartet San Francisco as part of our first Musical Moment at 2:20 pm after the lunch break.  In 2017, Chiacheng won the first prize in the Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition, second prize in the International Music CompetitionGrad Prize Virtuoso in Rome, third prize in the Risingstars Grandprix in Berlin.  In previous years, she also won the first prize in the USOMC in Oakland, American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition which led to her Carnegie Hall debut. She received her Masters Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and doctoral degree in Piano Performance with full scholarship from UC Santa Barbara.

We’re delighted to announce that Morgan Neville has been added to the Raymond Scott Music in Film and TV panel.  Morgan is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. For over twenty years he has been making films about music and cultural subjects including Troubadours, Search and Destroy and three Grammy-nominated films: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied, and Johnny Cash’s America.  In 2014, 20 Feet From Stardom, won numerous awards including the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Neville has used Raymond Scott music in two of his films, including  the 2018 current release Won’t You Be My Neighbor, his feature documentary about the lessons, ethics and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.

Unfortunately we have learned that Darren cannot  join us.  Like most of us he has a regular job, and a work trip has come up that he is obligated to make.  In is email he wrote :”I wont be able to make the event, which kills me, but I am hopeful you will have one again next year, which I will not miss.” We still have plenty of guests for the Electronium panel, especially Hoby Cook who actually played and composed on the machine, and Herb Deutsch, who spent time with the machine at Raymond’s  Long Island studio.

Have a look at as Skip Heller rehearses his Reckless Night Ensemble for the festival concert.  Excerpts from three tunes, the mysterious and not so well known Naked City, the usually electronic Portofino done with traditional instruments, and Powerhouse. See below in video section or  click here.

Herbert A. Deutsch has devoted his life to new ways of hearing sound. In the early 1960s Herb conceived of a keyboard electronic instrument and brought his idea to Bob Moog — their collaboration resulted in the first Moog synthesizer, and led to a decades-long professional and personal relationship.

Herb met Raymond Scott through Bob Moog, and spent considerable time with him at his Three Willow Park studio participating in the development of the Electronium.

Herb is a composer, inventor, educator, recording artist, keyboardist, author and now Professor Emeritus of Music at Hofstra University.  He joins us as a panelist and performer at ScottWorks, and we’re honored to have him.

EVENING PROGRAM

On Saturday Night, Jeff Winner produced  a tribute to Scott’s legendary creativity and his multi-dimensional career. This unique concert was an evening filled with interpretations of Raymond Scott’s timeless music, including electronic music performances.

Three-time Grammy Award nominees Quartet San Francisco, led by Jeremy Cohen, expanded the reach of chamber music as they interpreted 1930s ‘cartoon jazz” by the Raymond Scott Quintette.  Check out their  previous YouTube performance of Scott’s The Penguin. 

Guitarist/Bandleader Skip Heller works in many musical genres — from Philly Jazz to rockabilly, soul and exotica.  He’s also a real authority on Raymond Scott.  Skip and his Reckless Night Ensemble took a deep dive into the Raymond Scott catalogue and brought  new life to Scott’s Quintette, big band, orchestral and electronic compositions from the 1940s-60s. 

 

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Questions? email info@raymondscott.net

And though the 2018 Festival is over, we encourage our community to keep spreading the word about Raymond Scott through their social media and personal contacts.

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VENUE

Thanks again to Brenda Ramirez Kalcoff, Genetra Tull and all the staff at the beautiful Colony Theater in Burbank, CA.  They were essential to the success of our event.

555 N 3rd St,
Burbank, CA 91502

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ABOUT THE TEAM

Deborah Scott Studebaker
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Deborah Scott Studebaker

Producer and Managing Partner

Sheri Timmons
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Sheri Timmons

Event Producer

Brian Kehew
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Brian Kehew

Event Producer

Carrie Makover
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Carrie Makover

Web Crafter & Partner

Stan Warnow
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Stan Warnow

Producer and Managing Partner

Irwin Chusid
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Irwin Chusid

Master of Ceremonies

Jeff Winner
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Jeff Winner

Concert Producer

Elizabeth Adams
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Elizabeth Adams

Partner at Reckless Night Music