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Jonas Westover

(b Michigan, 1949). American composer, pianist, producer, and guitarist. He is best known for his evocative and introspective solo piano works. He often draws on nature for his picturesque titles, perhaps responding to his time in the Midwest and areas such as eastern Montana. He did not receive any formal training, but instead learned to play the organ by ear in 1967 by listening to records. In 1971, he turned to the piano, influenced by 1920s jazz and the stride piano style of Thomas “Fats” Waller and Teddy Wilson, among others. He studied music at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. The style he developed has been described by Winston as “rural folk piano,” and he was asked to record by John Fahey for Takoma Records in 1972. His first album, Ballads and Blues, did not receive much popular or critical acclaim, but it brought Winston to the attention of New Age guru William Ackerman in ...


Louis Niebur

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(b Red Bank, NJ, 28 April 1957). American film, television, and video-game composer. Young graduated from Hampshire College, Massachusetts, with the bachelor’s degree in music, followed by graduate work at North Texas State University. In 1980 he moved to Los Angeles and attended the UCLA Department of Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio, where he studied film scoring under David Raksin. Here he scored his first film, The Dorm that Dripped Blood (1982), a student film that was picked up for distribution during the slasher-movie craze of the early 1980s. After this success, he built his early reputation on horror and science fiction, with scores for such successful films as Hellraiser (1987) and Species (1995). Young showed his range during these early years with comedies (The Man who Knew too Little, 1997) and drama (Bat*21, 1988). His television work, although not prolific, has been acclaimed, and includes two Emmy-nominated projects, ...