Jonathan Hartman

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Proud to announce the release of THE CHAPERONE! I composed the original 1920s style songs for this amazing film.     Written, directed &produced by the team from DOWNTON ABBEY, starring Haley Lu Richardson and Elizabeth McGovern (whom I had the privilege of working with at the recording sessions). Released in select theaters across the US, and will be featured on PBS as their first original PBS Masterpiece film. The Process.. Composing these songs was a unique opportunity and challenge, to dig into the sound of the 1920s and recreate an authentic feel for the era.  I spent about 6 weeks constantly listening to 1920s music and refamiliarizing myself with a lot of material I grew listening to.   I composed about a dozen original pieces for the film, and we recorded them at NRG studios in North Hollywood. I had an amazing team, including recording & mix engineer Adam Schmidt, music editor Lisa Arpino, and my music supervisor Andy Ross.    We recorded 26 musicians in a variety of band configurations, from small duos to ragtime sextets to full big bands.     Elizabeth McGovern attended the sessions, as well as producer Victoria Hill and it a pleasure spending[…]

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Incredibly happy to announce the first trailer for THE CHAPERONE, starring Elizabeth McGovern and Haley Lu Richardson.    I had the unique pleasure and task of composing the original 1920s songs for this film.  Lots of ragtime, vaudeville, big bands…  Tremendous Fun!   I worked with Elizabeth McGovern, producer Victoria Hill and music supervisor Andy Ross for Michael Engler’s beautifully directed film.  Look for it in international release soon, on the BBC, and on PBS as a Masterpiece Film release.

Happy to announce my NEW studio! Upgrading, growing with a larger new space for 2019.  Still in the early, but every day brings progress.  We painted the walls (HIGH ceilings), installed new flooring, replaced doors with soundproof ones, and are currently in the process of building and installing acoustic treatments for better sound, and in some cases, soundproofing areas.   Hoping to move in by mid December with full music making for January.  Stay tuned!    

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We just received our first review of TALE OF TWO SISTERS and its great!  Steve Barton at Brainwaves has reviewed it- link included below.  Also very pleased to receive a shoutout re: my score, particularly right after Traci Lords fantastic performance. Cemetery Tales Presents: A Tale of Two Sisters (Movie Review) by Steve Barton, Sept 27, 2018 Starring Traci Lords, Bruce Davison, Michael Broderick, Ros Gentle, Monte Markham Directed by Chris Roe Movies and television. We obsessively engage in these media because they allow us a few moments to escape. To take part in an illusion of sorts as a means to distract us from the perils of reality. Our love affair with motion pictures began decades ago, and some of the earliest TV programs depicting thought-provoking genre-related content remain some of the very best examples of storytelling. Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” will always have a home in many fans’ hearts as its storytelling and technique are every bit as powerful as they were when it premiered back in 1959. It’s cliche to say, “They just don’t make them like they used to,” but they just don’t… or do they? When it comes to Chris Roe’s directorial debut, Cemetery[…]

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I had the pleasure of working with Chris Roe years ago on my first feature  THE EMPLOYER.  A man of real style and substance, I was always impressed by him and his vision.  So when he approached me to score Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters, and I jumped at the opportunity.   Black and white, with a  retro feel of the late 1940s inspired by Sunset Blvd, Hitchcock and classic Bernard Hermann film scores,  this was a rare chance to stretch my wings and compose something hauntingly beautiful.   We recorded a number of live players over two days of sessions, and will be posting a preview of the original score SOON.  The pilot premieres at the Stiges Film Festival this Fall.  Look for it on television soon……     Chris Roe (Bereave, The Employer), Writer/Director, Exec Producer.   Matt O’Neill, producer Starring Traci Lords (Excision, Blade), Bruce Davison ( Xmen, The Fosters), Michael Broderick (American Crime Story, NCIS),  Ros Gentle (American Crime Story) Set in 1949, a Hollywood star mourns the loss of her beloved sister on the one year anniversary of her death. When the truth of her murder is revealed, a surprise visitor returns. Time is running out. Will justice be served? Tick tock tick tock…

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It’s official- I’m now a member of the Television Academy.    When I first moved to Los Angeles years ago, I didn’t know what to expect, or if I’d even work when I arrived.  I’m grateful for the career I have and it’s a genuine honor to have been accepted, a real milestone in my musical journey in this business.   More to come, and I look forward to working with and participating in the academy for years to come.

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I was approached to compose, arrange, and record a collection of original jazz songs for the upcoming feature film THE CHAPERONE, starring Elizabeth McGovern.  It’s a beautiful film, set in the 1920’s, and the project provided an unique  opportunity to work in a genre and era you rarely encounter in motion pictures.  It was a joy to return to the music of that decade and come up with something that felt authentic and original for the period.  I approached the project with the idea of creating the mythical “B Sides” to albums that could have existed. I put together an amazing team, and together we recorded a variety of ensembles, ranging from small dixieland style groups to full big bands to resemble the sound and instrumentation of the era.  The all star band included instrumentation like tuba (instead of bass) and banjo (instead of guitar).  Recorded over a long day at NRG Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Elizabeth McGovern, star and producer of the film, attended the recordings; it was a real honor and joy to work with her on these songs.   THE CHAPERONE Michael Engler, director.   Elizabeth McGovern, Victoria Hill, Andrew Mann, Gary Hamilton, Julian Fellowes,  producers.   Original Songs by Jonathan Hartman.[…]

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  After a successful first run on the SYFY network here in the United States, my latest series SUPERSTITION is now on NETFLIX in over 180 countries worldwide! The series centers on the Hastings family, owners of the only funeral home in the mysterious town of La Rochelle, Georgia. The family also acts as the keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor. Starring Mario Van Peebles, Brad James, Robinne Lee, W Earl Brown, Demetria McKenny    

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STRING SESSION, MARCH 2017 I recently had the opportunity to record here at my studio for a number of upcoming projects.  While I can’t go into detail (yet) on the projects, I thought it would be fun to show you some pictures of our space here in Los Angeles, and a bit of the process. I was recording live strings for two projects.   Here’s a view of the scoring stage from our control booth just prior to recording: My contractor, Nicole Garcia, brought in some amazing players. We started on the first musical cues with a string quintet comprised of 2 Violins, 2 Violas and a Cellist:   Adam Schmidt engineered and mixed the sessions.  One of the most talented people I know and a guy whom I trust will always make my music sound great!  Adam worked for years over at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions and has the experience in making musical cues sound beautiful and epic   Here is a brief sample clip of some of the music I recorded:    

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