Thus Aug 9th, 2018

I love when director's soul has something dying to scream yet that can only exist in dreams, but with creation of moving picture and music we bring it closer to waking state.  

 

Wednesday May 23rd, 2018

I have been working a romantic drama and a comedy with grannies. It's wonderful to work on a heart warming project. I have also been vaguely asked to compose small ensemble for live concert. Not sure when or with whom... but here are some music from my personal project  Music Diary. Click the link below

Friday May 11th, 2018

Tuesday April 24th, 2018

Wednesday April 18th, 2018

Enjoy!

Karin

 

Saturday December 1st, 2017

It was wonderful to sing at Walt  Concert Hall, Royce Hall, UCLA  and being a member of the California Philharmonic Chorale and the Golden State Pop Orchestra and Chorale. Maestro Victor Vener was so charming, and I really loved how Ms. Mary Lou Basaraba rehearsed the choir.

October 2017

Had a chance to perform Bach, Mozart and Beethoven 9th at St. Peter, Vatican and several locations in Roma with Japan Peace Choir. When I stepped into Saint Peter my jow dropped. I simply could not believe how stunning it was and I kept screaming "Beauuuuuutiful!" and that was the first time Maestro Hideaki Hirai spoke to me. I was little bit embarrassed. Rome Three Orchestra accompanied us, and there were some soloist and Italian and French opera singers from local to boost specially bass and tenor section.

2pm Sunday June 25th, 2017

I will be singing with Californian Philharmonic Choral at Disney Hall this Sunday. We will be singing Wagner and film scores  Hope you can join us!  calphil.com

 

Friday June 23rd, 2017

This was a 3D animation I worked on as a composer. Very sweet and I am excited for it to come out to the Festival next year. Meanwhile I invite you to come and listen to the music from the film. Enjoy!

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/m1aki

Also here is a track from a dark psychological drama Postpartum. More project to come and I am so excited.

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/the-main-title-postpartumoct17

 

Saturday May 6th, 2017

To be conducted by Maestro Conlon, to hear Milena Kitic and Benjamin Blackwell close by, and to study how LA Opera manage over 200 people was invaluable experience. Thanks to LA Opera for this opportunity.

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

I got to conduct my music with orchestra and film for over 300 audiences. 
http://womencomposersinmedia.com/#purpose

 

October 29, 2016

Had a premiere of psychological thriller, "Postpartum" at Rodeo Screening Room in Beverly Hills. 

It was fantastic to meet all the actors whom I have been scoring music to since 2013. I invite you to come and here a sweet music.  

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/the-main-title-postpartumoct17
 

July, 2016

Orchestra Recordings with Helix Collective

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/fragile-live-orchestra

Cannes Film Festival May, 2016

Film I have worked on as a composer was selected at Cannes Film Festival both 2016 and 2015.  This year, I was able to raise a fund, and go, and also work as a producer for another up coming projects.

Film I have worked on as a composer was selected at Cannes Film Festival both 2016 and 2015. This year, I was able to raise a fund, and go, and also work as a producer for another up coming projects.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Conducting workshop with David Newman and Angel Velez. 7am Angel Velez said  "take off your gloves, hear the ocean, feel the wind... I thought of pendulum and moved my hand. Right, left, right left.... Thousands of seagulls waiting for me to chase them away.

Then we conducted Prayer For Peace from the movie Munich. Then The Library And Beyond from the movie Mathilda with punches and streamers.

Big Thanks to ASMAC, BMI, SCL, ASCAP, directors and friends who choose to work with me. 2016, LET DO THIS!

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Amazing.... 2015 is almost over. 2 more weeks to go. This year I have composed for so many projects which went to Cannes Film Festival in France, LA independent Film Festival in down town LA,  and also was a lucky  one of 10 selected composer to write and present music for woodwind quintet for read, and concert at Fire House studio in Pasadena by ASMAC.

For the rest of the month, I will be substitute teaching group piano lesson to Mexican Immigrants Children, and trying to mentally and physically get ready for 2016. I have  a strong feeling something really big and amazing is going to happen in 2016. Very excited but

On the light note of things....

Here is a comedy I scored for a short. It was really fun to study the orchestration and make this midi file. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/jL7OrWtJaRo
https://vimeo.com/149426700

 

Thursday, November 26th 2015

“I Thanks Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed and not I who robbed.”  -Matthew Henry

HAPPY THANKS GIVINGS!
Karin Okada, Composer  
https://vimeo.com/147069089 
https://youtu.be/kCvr13tm7S4
 

Tuesday, November 24th 2015

Finally got to upload a music I did for a short "Legend‬". It's fantastical dreamy music but the film was about family, love and Mexican_Heritage‬. This was my first time working with a Mexican. Now off to group piano teaching in Rosemead to all Mexican children. Last week, I asked them what was their dream, and one of them (8 years old girl) said her dream was to go to Mexico. I understood what this kid was talking about because of this movie "Legend". I feel closer to people of America. People of California. -Enjoy.

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/legend11242015

Monday, November 16th 2015

Got to hear my woodwind quintet at a concert! My debut as a concert music composer, my premiere woodwind quintet!  Here is a links to the concert videos:

https://vimeo.com/145903927
https://youtu.be/jlp_vlLGnjs
 
“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” -Henry Miller

Enjoy the Japanese Jellyfish!!
https://vimeo.com/145924752
https://youtu.be/nVNvYVC4rGo



 

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

So many great news!!! First, I'm happy to announce last Saturday, I was one of the 10 selected composer to bring my Woodwind Quintet with ASMAC, and i got to play my freshly written woodwind concert music and have it recorded. --That's me conducting ;)
And one of my AFI director I worked with just won another award.
LA Film Independent

Ahhhh  there is so much I want to share.... but I need to get back to work. I will make time ti write an essay next month. Until then Enjoy your summer!
Karin
:)

Friday, June 12, 2015

I am happy to announce a short film I scored "Hope" for AFI FELLOW is selected to screen at the LA Film FESTIVAL.
Also very happy to announce that I have won “Closest-to-the-pin” Award in 2015 ASCAP Gold Classic

 
Also I am very happy to announce that I had successful collaborations with a female director about ballet, entitled “Be there” (Not as a dancer, but as a composer.)  But here is something about my dance ability!!!  CAP UCLA --Paragraph 3!!! 
 

 

That's me dancing on a big screen! The organization gave me an honorary membership ;)

That's me dancing on a big screen! The organization gave me an honorary membership ;)

Monday, April 6th, 2015

"Cara" has been selected to Cannes Film Festival

FESTICAL DE CANNES

FESTICAL DE CANNES

Monday, March 30th, 2015.

 
I am happy to announce a short film "Cara" has won San Francisco Film Award. This too, I was one out of 200 composer to win the job.
 

 

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015.

Today, am working on a very short segment of stop motion picture about Beethoven and also on a short film about radical love. Am so excited and happy about both projects and thanks God it's not boiling hot or freezing today. It's a perfect condition for work. Right. I have to get back to creation. :)
 
March 7th,
Today, I was a lucky 1/8 selected conductor to paticipate in Ms. Eimear Noone conducting workshop at AFM Local 47.
Sun Feb 8, 2015

Had a chance to place music in a small Christian TV talk show this month. Somehow I got so attached to this music and I almost didn't want to let it go...... 
https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/untitle_01302015

Also I am working on a stop-motion-pictures about Beethoven. I am very excited about this film because it's about composer!!!  This is a demo I made with 49 keys midi controller, and I 'm going to do 3 incidental music, (Beethoven playing piano) and film score. (scoring for the film)

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/moonlightsonatam3-impro-01232015


Also yesterday I had a pleasure to help my composer friend for his commercial music as a vocalist. Now I have a vocal mic AKG C214, I can easily record at home and email the music file to my colleagues.


Talking about Mic.... those songs below are all recorded with internal mic of a lap top:

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/you-should-stay-music-diary

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/i-dont-know-how-long-i-can

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/fly-me-music-diary-november

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/i-take-pictures-music-diary

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/sunny-side-of-the-street

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/in-your-classic-car

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/music-diary-sunday-november

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/a-lullaby-for-unacquainted


This one below is something I recorded at a studio.

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/i-fall-in-love-too-easily



And this is something I recorded with AKG C 214 recently...

https://soundcloud.com/karin-okada/if-i-should-lose-you



Hope you had some fun listening.

Happy February 2015!

Karin
:)