Amanda Lee Falkenberg is an Australian-born pianist and composer, has received many nominations, and has won multiple international contests. These include The Great American Song Contest, Marvin Hamlisch emerging film composer contest in New York, The International Composition Competition in Italy, Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA), and the Los Angeles Music Awards.
In October 2017, having just completed a concerto for piano and orchestra called “Crossing of the Crescent Moon” Falkenberg began work on her 7 movement Symphony called THE MOONS, which celebrates past, present and future missions to moons of our outer solar system. Falkenberg has given several presentations in Dubai and London to discuss her creative process as a composer, and earlier this year was invited to present at a Ted x Youth conference in Dubai – “Composing Music to tell the Secrets of the Moons”. It was here that she discussed her latest creation, THE MOONS Symphony. THE MOONS Symphony celebrates the merging of art and science to inspire and educate wider communities at large, to provide a theatrical foundation for the thrilling stories of these moons, and the spectacular discoveries being made in our outer solar system.
Following this was a presentation in July this year at NASA/JPL, Los Angeles for the Cassini Project Science Group. This included lead scientists Dr Linda Spilker, Dr Earl Maize and Dr Scott Eddington. Amanda presented the music and scientific inspiration for four completed movements from her MOONS Symphony. She had been consulting with lead scientist, Dr Robert Pappalardo, as well as Dr Ashleey Davies from NASA and Dr Ralph Lorenze from John Hopkins University/APL for accuracy during the conceptual phase.
That same month, she also presented her music from the 1st Movement of THE MOONS symphony dedicated to moon Europa at Caltech, Pasadena for the international Europa Clipper/JUICE scientists conference. The conference included the mission staff of Europa Clipper – lead scientist Dr Robert Pappalardo, former NASA /JPL Director Dr Charles Elachi, and director of Lunar Planetary Institute Dr Louise Prockter. The staff came together for the first time to discuss synergistic and complementary science with their teams, since both missions will be at the Jovian system at the same time.
Amanda’s talents are almost synesthetic. An equal command of audio and visual leads to an impressive style of creativity. She wrote over 120 compositions to accompany ballet dancers as they trained, which led to the production of her Moving With Music 3-part CD series. In 2003 saw the world premier of her orchestral 30 minute ballet “Edge of the World” commissioned and performed at the International Barossa Music Festival with the prestigious Leigh Warren and Dancers which received glowing reviews from the National press.
Falkenberg is inspired by visual imagery, so natural progression led her to write for film and TV. stage plays, documentaries, feature films including a 13 part animation series featuring voice over talents Lucy Lui and Mark Hamill. In July 2017 her 10 minute orchestral suite “Sea Trilogy” received a world premier at the London Film Music Orchestra Gala Concert with herself conducting. Indeed, many of her works are designed as soundscapes for films or as ambient soundtracks, something that begs visual accompaniment by nature.
And indeed, many of her works are paired with such accompaniment, to pleasing results.
Sometimes Falkenberg takes part in the visual accompaniment herself, after composing the work.
It’s clear to see that in all schools she dabbles in, Amanda Lee Falkenberg is a veteran and a visionary. She has gone far in her creative career, and for good cause. We are honoured to have her on the Blue Pie artist roster.
Amanda Lee Falkenberg is a Blue Pie Records USA artist for and is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP)