Lalo Schifrin

Lalo Schifrin (Buenos Aires, 1932) is a true Renaissance man. For more than six decades, he has composed music for more than 100 films and tv series. As a young man in his native Argentina, Lalo Schifrin received classical training in music, and also studied law. He came from a musical family, and his father, Luis Schifrin, was the concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon. Lalo Schifrin continued his formal music education at the Paris Conservatory during the early 1950’s. Simultaneously, he became a professional jazz pianist, composer and arranger, playing and recording in Europe.When Schifrin returned to Buenos Aires in the mid 1950’s, he formed his own big concert band. It was during a performance of this band that Dizzy Gillespie heard Schifrin play and asked him to become his pianist and arranger.

In 1958, Schifrin moved to the United States and thus began a remarkable career. His music is a synthesis of traditional and twentieth-century techniques, and his early love for jazz and rhythm are strong attributes of his style. “Invocations,” “Concerto for Double Bass,” “Piano Concertos No. 1 and No. 2,” “Pulsations,” “Tropicos,” “La Nouvelle Orleans,” and “Resonances” are examples of this tendency to juxtapose universal thoughts with a kind of elaborated primitivism. In the classical composition field, Schifrin has more than 60 works.

He has written more than 100 scores for films and television. Among the classic scores are “Mission Impossible,” “Mannix,” “The Fox,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Bullitt,” “Dirty Harry,” “The Cincinnati Kid” and “Amityville Horror.” Recent film scores include “Tango,” “Rush Hour,” “Rush Hour 2,” “Rush Hour 3,” “Bringing Down The House,” “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” “After the Sunset,” and “Abominable.”

Among other recognitions, Schifrin is a six times Academy Award Nominee and four Grammy Awards winner. He has also conducted some of the most important Symphony Orchestras in the world and has collaborated with many renowned artists such as tenors José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

Shirley Walker

Shirley Walker was born in Napa, California on April 10, 1945.

She was a piano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony during high school, and later attended San Francisco State University on a piano scholarship.

She studied music composition under Roger Nixon and piano studies with Harald Logan of Berkeley, California. Walker's career in film began in 1979, when she was hired to play the synthesizers on Carmine Coppola's score for 'Apocalypse Now'.

In 1992, she became one of the first female composers to earn a solo score credit on a major Hollywood motion picture - for John Carpenter's 'Memoirs of an Invisible Man' (one of Carpenter's few movies he did not score himself and with whom Walker collaborated again on 'Escape From L.A'.

Shirley Walker served as composer for numerous productions, including films such as 'Willard', the 'Final Destination' trilogy, and television series such as 'Falcon Crest', 'Space: Above and Beyond', 'China Beach', and 'The Flash'.

The Flash was one of many collaborations Walker did with composer Danny Elfman. She was his conductor and orchestrator on projects such as Scrooged and Batman.

Her association with DC Comics extended to television where she served as composer for 'Batman: The Animated Series' (1992–1995), 'Superman: The Animated Series' (1996–2000), 'The New Batman Adventures' (1997–1999), and 'Batman Beyond' (1999–2000); setting a standard for the musical tone of the DC Animated Universe. In 1996, Shirley Walker won her first Daytime Emmy Award as music director for 'Batman: The Animated Series'.

She won another Daytime Emmy in music-composition for 'Batman Beyond' in 2001. In these television works, she worked with composers Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter, who collected the baton after her death.

Shirley Walker died on November 30, 2006 at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, due to complications from a stroke that she had experienced two weeks earlier.