School of Music Student Connor Gilbert’s Journey to Film Composition

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Connor Gilbert is a second-year global jazz studies major. An upright bass player, Gilbert began writing jazz songs that turned into jazz suites and, eventually, into music for film. Their work has been featured in student films, “The Cure to Loneliness.”

Gilbert sat down with Ava Allam of The Daily Bruin to talk film, music, scoring, and the path to film composition. It was a path that began in high school with Gilbert’s interest in the auteur style of filmmaking. Proper film scoring seemed central to crafting stories in a particular style. Composing for jazz ensembles was an exercise in true collaboration, an important element of film composition as well.

Gilbert studies film composition at the School of Music.

For the full story, check out Connor Gilbert’s recent profile in the Daily Bruin.


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