Composer/GREAT MUSEUMS Theme Music
Deborah Berg is a New York City-based singer/songwriter and teacher whose distinctive voice, songwriting talents, and warm teaching style characterize her 25 year musical career. In the 1980’s Deborah and British music composer, Julian Marshall, formed the duo Eye to Eye and recorded two classic albums with Warner Brothers: “Eye to Eye” and “Shakespeare Stole My Baby,” both produced by Gary Katz (Steely Dan). In 2006, the duo recorded a third independent CD: “Clean Slate,” produced by Rhett Davies (Roxy Music). Deborah has published and written over 50 original and co-written songs. In 1999, she recorded and produced her first solo album, “Places Where I Dream.” She currently performs with Dusty, a Bluegrass-tinged gal trio, in and around New York City. In 2009, Deborah co-wrote with Doug Katsaros the new theme music for GREAT MUSEUMS.
Jack Turner aka John Lovick Turner is a writer/producer/artist living in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and Athens, GA. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he majored in Art. A self taught musician, multi instrumentalist, he played in many bands during his college days and after. He primarily composes on piano, and he is also a singer. In 1972, he had an album released by Polydor Records, “Rookie of the Year”.
In 1976, he composed Jimmy Carter’s Clio winning theme song “Why Not The Best” for the 1976 Presidential campaign run, and in 1982, “Sometime Somewhere Somehow,” sung by Barbara Mandrell, reached the Top 10 Country and Top 25 Adult Contemporary on the Billboard charts. He became a staff composer/producer at Doppler Enterprises, an Atlanta music house, in 1981, and started his own production company JACK Music & Soundesign in 1996.
Composer, GREAT MUSEUMS Theme Music
Doug Katsaros is equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra or performing live in concert in front of 20,000 people. His musical compositions and arrangements cover the gamut from rock to pop to jazz to latin to big band swing to symphonic soundscapes. Doug has played, sung & arranged for Gloria Estefan, KISS, Rod Stewart, Judy Collins, Peter Paul & Mary, Cher, Bon Jovi, LIVE, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bolton, Sinéad O’Connor, Donny Osmond, Aerosmith, B. B. King, Diane Schuur, Todd Rundgren, Richie Havens & others. His Broadway credits include Footloose (conductor); The Rocky Horror Show (orchestrated); The Life (dance & vocal arrangements); and Laughing Room Only (composer). He has numerous off-Broadway credits. His television and film credits include the memorable “By Mennen” jingle and GREAT MUSEUMS theme music, co-written with Deborah Berg in 2009.
Original Music, Audio Mixing and Sound Design for GREAT MUSEUMS
An indispensable element of GREAT MUSEUMS’ overall impact has been the music by Composer/Sound Designer Dan Marshall, who wrote the original and memorable theme and incidental music for more than 20 GREAT MUSEUMS episodes, establishing the rich musical style for the series. Dan’s style is at times both cinematic and intimate, translating the drama of the museums’ stories and evoking the flavor of the varied time periods and diverse range of cultural landscapes represented. Dan utilizes a select group of instrumentalists in his ongoing quest to find just the right voice to support each show’s narrative. Beginning with the 2003 High Definition episodes, Dan has also provided the final mix and overall sound design on select episodes.
Dan’s other compositions for Echo Pictures includes scoring two one-hour HGTV specials (The Rose Story and The Orchid Mystique); the theme and incidental music for the “In America” series on the International Channel (The Vietnamese Story; The Russian Story; The Chinese Story; The Asian Indian Story); and the music for the 96-epiode series Profiles on Knowledge TV.
Dan composes and produces music for broadcast, corporate, and interactive applications. Past composing credits include work for various state agencies, the Atlanta Visitors and Convention Bureau, interactive productions for Intellimedia and ESPN and numerous projects on the Sunshine Network.
Through LevelHeads, his recording studio and audio services company in Atlanta, he serves a broad range of music, broadcast, and corporate clients, including Aquemini Records, Sony Records, Columbia Records, Dreamworks, Interscope Records, Resevoir Records, Southpaw Records, Coca-Cola, Arrow, BET, and LaFace Records, to name a few. Dan recently engineered and played guitar and bass on Monster, the debut album of Grammy Award winning rap artist Killer Mike, released on Sony/Aquemini records. A multi-instrumentalist, Dan studied classic guitar at Florida State University, graduating with degrees in Music and Media Production.
Eddie Horst is a composer and producer of music for film, TV, recording artists, video games and performance. Eddie composed the music for GREAT MUSEUMS: “An Acquiring Mind: Philippe de Montebello and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Eddie used a violin, cello, vibes, and piano to help tell the story about de Montebello’s contribution to the world of art. Eddie also composed music for GREAT MUSEUMS: Curious About Cuba: The Great Museums of Havana, and he consulted on the creation of GREAT MUSEUMS’ new theme music.
Working on a wide variety of projects, Eddie has been achieving success and winning industry awards, including the Emmy, Clio, BDA, and Promax. In September, 2005, he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Accomplishments include, half a dozen feature films, such as: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Fatwa, FDR At The Little White House. Arrangements for many pop artists, including: Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Cole, The Bravery, Leona Lewis, R.E.M., Monica, Pearl Jam, Train, Collective Soul, Kelly Price. Scoring the music for two seasons of the CBS-TV series, In The Heat Of The Night and many other TV shows: Cartoon Network-Space Ghost, PBS-Salsa. Documentaries such as: CNN’s 9/11 Specials, The War in Iraq, and Infidelity. Commercials, including: Kodak, Goodwill Games, Beazer Homes, and promos: Atlanta Braves, NBA, Geraldo Rivera. Additionally, Eddie’s music has been performed often by the Atlanta Symphony. Eddie is located at Crawford Communications, one of America’s largest creative media environments.
Michael Whalen has composed over 550 television scores, show themes, and network IDs for nearly every network in the world. In addition to dozens of feature and short film credits, he has created thousands of commercials tracks for clients such as Coca-Cola, Apple, Disney and Nike. In the USA, he is best-known for the opening theme to ABC’s “Good Morning America”, music for “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, the daytime drama “As The World Turns”, the news magazine “Inside Edition” and countless PBS series such as “America at a Crossroads”, The American Experience and “Slavery and the Making of America”. His solo work is prolific as well, having produced his own 24 albums, including this year’s best of collection “Dancing in Black and White”, the classical compilation “Lights Along the Highway” and his ambient music milestone “The Sea of Tranquility”. A two-time Emmy® Award winner and 8-time Emmy® Award nominee, Michael’s music has spanned universes of style: ambient, jazz, world music, alternative, classical, electronic and all of the hidden spaces where those genres meet. Such a broad spectrum has led him to work on several high-profile recordings with some of music’s all-time greats, including Stephen Sondheim, Brian Wilson, Carole King, Diane Warren, David Foster and film composers Howard Shore, Rachel Portman and Michael Kamen. Born in Long Island, he is a professor at the City College of New York and teaches Film Scoring and Entrepreneurship for Artists and at NYU where he teaches a course on how pop music and film have influenced each other since the dawn of cinema. Since the summer of 2009, Michael has been doing stand-up comedy at local clubs in NYC.