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Musician and Composer Israel David Groveman
Musician and Composer Israel David Groveman
Musician and Composer Israel David Groveman, Photo courtesy Israel David Groveman, used with permission

On April 23, 2014, musician Israel David Groveman shared about his background and recent entertainment projects. Groveman is located in L.A.

In addition to being a musician and composer, Groveman excels in other areas of the arts. He is a filmmaker and photographer, and he is also educated in computer science.

Israel, what formal training do you have, including awards?

"My education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Maryland in 2000, and a Bacelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 2002."

I created the Miss DC’s Allyn Rose Personality Video for Miss America Pageant and ABC Studios amd was a NYC 48 Hour Film Festival, Grand Prize Winner."

What is your background in the area of music?

"My background includes 32 years as a concert and improvisional violinist. I studied with Jody Gatwood, Gerald Fischbach, Oliver Edel, Evelyn Elsing, performed with Yo-Yo Ma, R. Carlos Nakai, Third Day, Audio Adrenaline, Rebecca St. James, many more.

I received a full music scholarship to Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland, College Park Chamber and was a solo competition winner of Live Solo Premiere of Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the Building Museum in Washington, DC with the Levine School Orchestra. Plus was part of a hour long solo graduation recital at the University of Maryland.

In addition, I have recording experience and am a chamber and solo competition winner, composed an Emmy nominated 'Melting Point' documentary score and others, including 'Avenger Girls vs. Evil Nerd' fantasy score, 'Desdichado' score – orchestral string score with fantasy elements, 'Despondent' score – 36 minute orchestral and solo instrumental score and former concert violinist with public performance/ recording experience."

What about your background or work as a composer?

"I have several credits as a composer, so I will just list them, and they include Emmy Nominated Melting Point documentary written to evoke Old World Viking and Eskimo cultural encounters using Greenlandic vocal libraries as inspiration, "Despondent" film, Successful Kickstarter campaign for DC Premiere at DC’s Premiere Movie Palace, The Uptown Theater on March 5 and a 36 minute orchestral and solo instrumental movie score, classical but electronic crime-thriller score with intense, beautiful string sections along with drama, suspense "Desdichado" film.

I was selected for The Set NYC film festival, February 2013 with orchestral string score with fantasy elements, brass, woodwind, percussion-grand, mournful, epic of this year (2014)."

What are some of your marketing and other skills?

"My work in marketing comes from marketing my own films. Some of my skills and projects include producer and filmmaker, composer and musician, project management, software and corporate technical and photographer in the areas of fashion and beauty, cinema and dramatic plus sports and editorial.

I have also marketed and produced independently a variety of elaborate photography shoots, advertising, portrait, commercial photographer of actors, models, athletes, celebrities with recent clients listed below.

Some of those clients are Chloe Dykstra, Lucasfilm, Na Vorro Bowman (San Francisco 49ers), Deadmau5 (musician), Peter Dobson (Forrest Gump), Sebastian Siegel (LOST) and Bill Marriott (Marriott Resorts and Hotels). To learn more about my work one can go to IDG Bio."

In summation, Groveman's rep offered the following:

"Israel David Groveman is intensely creative, passionate, and a deeply technical musician and composer in Los Angeles who recently wrote the score for an Emmy nominated documentary, along with scoring work for films and promotional videos released in NYC, L.A., and DC.

Groveman is an award-winning violinist with live improvisation, chamber music, and recording experiences, recently played violin onstage with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for hitRECord. He has recording space in L.A. with recording and mixing equipment and thousands of professional film score source tracks. He is a true renaissance, creative and looking for full time employment, collaboration, or composing opportunities."

Thank you Israel for sharing with us. Readers look forward to future articles on your many endeavors!

It looks like with Groveman's skills, training and experience he is more than qualified to be a part of many projects both in the worlds of entertainment and computer science.

Groveman as film character
Groveman as film character Photo courtesy Israel David Groveman, used with permission

Groveman as film character

"I have produced and acted in my own projects, including a recent short called 'Despondent.' I have also worked on 'Lincoln' with Daniel Day Lewis and directed by Steven Spielberg.

I wrote the score for the Emmy-nominated documentary about Greenland, called 'Melting Point.' The music can be heard at www.inamoratamusic.com.

In addition, I have been a part of AMC’s 'Turn,' Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord, the San Francisco 49ers and the Miss America Pageant."

"Despondent"
"Despondent" Photo courtesy Israel David Groveman, used with permission

"Despondent"

"Despondent" Short Film – Producer/ Director/ Editor/ DP/ Composer

Solely produced film from start to finish (hired talent/freelancers, marketing, managed budget, location booking, scoring, etc.)

Solved challenging technical problems during post-production

Suggested, pushed, and accomplished building a traveling high wire camera rig for long distance aerial tracking shots

Led and marketed a successful Kickstarter campaign for a Washington, DC premiere at the Uptown Theater in 2014.

Character in "Despondent"
Character in "Despondent" Photo courtesy Israel David Groveman

Character in "Despondent"

"As a photographer I have studio space available in Woodland Hills.

It includes a full photographic strobe studio, backdrops, set fans, SteadiCam Merlin, Dynamic Perception, Emotimo Black, Nikon D800e, BlackMagic 2k, Kessler slider, recording and mixing equipment.

I also have thousands of professional Hollywood level film score source tracks, high end 2.8 glass, and more." - Israel David Groveman

Violin
Violin Photo: Wiki

Violin

The violin, also known as a fiddle, is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola, the cello and the double bass.

Someone who plays the violin is called a violinist or a fiddler. The violinist produces sound by drawing a bow across one or more strings (which may be stopped by the fingers of the other hand to produce a full range of pitches), by plucking the strings (with either hand), or by a variety of other techniques.

The violin is played by musicians in a wide variety of musical genres, including Baroque music, classical, jazz, folk music, rock and roll, and soft rock.

The violin has come to be played in many non-Western music cultures all over the world. - Wiki

Photograpy by Israel David Groveman
Photograpy by Israel David Groveman Photo courtesy Israel David Groveman, used with permission

Photograpy by Israel David Groveman

Israel is a Los Angeles based director, producer, DP, camera operator, and editor with a fully equipped studio.

Israel is a driven individual with a background in many layers of the arts as a musician, filmmaker, and photographer. Israel operates with creative zeal and dedication that only serve as a standard that he deeply desires to surpass.

Feel free to contact Israel with any creative project you have at info@idgfilm.com. He will reply within 24 hours.

Film poster for "Despondent"
Film poster for "Despondent" Photo courtesy Israel David Groveman, used with permission

Film poster for "Despondent"

According to Groveman's past work and "reviews," he is intensely creative and passionate when it comes to his art, his skills, his projects.

He is a producer, director and director of photography (DP) in the areas of filmmaking, photography and composition background.

"Despondent" Premiere
"Despondent" Premiere Photo courtesy Israel David Groveman, used with permission

"Despondent" Premiere

A killer deals with a mind and a soul without rest after years of living a death-oriented lifestyle - do the consequences of his actions outweigh his goals? Philosophically, the film seeks to take the viewer through a series of questions about choices.

While created and released on a shoestring budget, the film has intensity and suspense that viewers have been shocked by, and industry insiders and critics that have previewed the film have enthusiastically referred to it as an "arthouse action film."

Violin Performance
Violin Performance Photo: Wike

Violin Performance

The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word violin comes from the Medieval Latin word vitula, meaning stringed instrument. This word is also believed to be the source of the Germanic "fiddle."

The violin, while it has ancient origins, acquired most of its modern characteristics in 16th-century Italy, with some further modifications occurring in the 18th and 19th centuries. Violinists and collectors particularly prize the instruments made by the Gasparo da Salò, Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati families from the 16th to the 18th century in Brescia and Cremona and by Jacob Stainer in Austria. According to their reputation, the quality of their sound has defied attempts to explain or equal it, though this belief is disputed. - Wiki