Harpsichord Unlimited Music Videos Win Awards in 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival
Out of more than 4,300 international category entries in WorldFest-Houston's 10 major Remi Award Competitions, Harpsichord Unlimited won a Silver Award (Into the Light) and a Bronze Award (Concertino Cubano). The Remi takes its name from artist Frederick Remington, who captured the spirit of Texas and the West with his paintings and sculptures.Filmmakers from China, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Nepal, Nigeria, England, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Bosnia, Croatia, Iraq, Iran, Canada, India, Pakistan, Italy, Taiwan, Israel, Japan, Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovenia, Bermuda, Viet Nam, Serbia, Poland, Greece, England, Poland and the USA participated. With so many entries, only about 15-20% are good enough to win awards for creative excellence. WorldFest-Houston is not only one of the world's longest-running film festivals (the third oldest film festival in North America) but also one of the most significant, giving first honors to Spielberg, Lucas, David Lynch, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, the Coen Brothers, Brian De Palma, Randal Kleiser and many more.
Music videos Into the Light and Concertino Cubano feature harpsichordist Elaine Comparone and The Queen's Chamber Band performing music by Cuban-American composer José Raúl Bernardo (1938-2008). Harpsichord Unlimited, a non-profit organization founded in 1978 and dedicated to expanding public awareness of the harpsichord as a living, contemporary instrument, commissioned the works and presented the world premiere performances.
"I feel deeply honored by these awards," said founder/director Elaine Comparone. "They represent not only a tremendous artistic achievement for The Queen's Chamber Band, but also a fitting testament to the brilliance of José Raúl Bernardo's music. We are pleased to present his music to an international audience on Youtube."
The Queen's Chamber Band instrumentalists include flutist Karla Moe, oboist Marsha Heller, violinists Robert Zubrycki and Lori Abbott, violist Veronica Salas, cellist Peter Seidenberg and bassist Tomoya Aomori.
Members of the production team include John Ostendorf (music producer); David Barnes (recording engineer); Joel Spector (assistant recording engineer); Steve Jambeck (video producer and director); Claudia Hayden (cinematographer); George Giakoumis (technical support); Joseph Alfano (page turner); and, Rodrigo Martinez and Charlie Perez (harpsichord movers).
To view these and other Harpsichord Unlimited videos, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/ecomparone