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Second Nomination From HMMA For Talented
Composer Nan Avant For Piano Piece Roses For Oso

Nan Avant
Roses for Oso, a piano work written by award-winning composer Nan Avant for the Music For Oso concert, has been nominated for a 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Contemporary/Classical/Instrumental work.

"Two weeks after the Oso landslide I was asked to contribute music for a benefit concert for the people of Oso. I was honored to be participating in the work to aid this resilient community who had suffered great losses and I dedicated this music to the people of Oso as homage by naming it Roses For Oso," said Avant. "I am especially pleased to have been nominated because this recognition will bring renewed awareness of the plight of Oso and the continuing efforts to raise money for the Oso Relief Fund."

The concert was organized by Seattle Symphony violinist Arthur Zadinsky and pianist Dr. Oana Rusu Tomai. Roses For Oso was performed by Dr. Tomai and dedicated to the people of Oso. The concert also featured Felicity James, daughter of Seattle Symphony violinist Simon James, as well as Oso residents Sarah Hall, violin, and cellist Aaron Hall. Their older brother Isaac Hall helped pull 4-year-old Jacob Spillers from the mudslide.

The HMMA nomination is the latest to join an extensive list of accolades earned by Avant. Most recently, she was named winner of the 13th Annual Independent Music Vox Populi Award for Best Instrumental Song for Tributum, a concert piece composed for the Celebrate World Music! world premiere concert and CD. Tributum also received an Award of Merit for Composition at the 2013 Global Media Awards. Avant's music has received numerous awards from the Park City Film Music Festival including Gold Medals and a Director's Choice Silver Medal for Full Brain Films' Unremembered, a feature film directed by Greg Kerr.

Her diverse body of work is featured in a wide variety of popular genres from comedy and animation to documentary and drama, and spans both traditional and new media including film, television, concerts, games, CDs and the Internet. Last fall, Avant scored Herman Blue: Pumpkin Comic for animator Ian Stewart. This brilliant stop-motion short quickly found an online audience on Vimeo during Halloween.

Constantly expanding as a composer and musician exploring new expressions in music, Avant was recently added to the highly recognized educational program, Composers and Schools in Concert, which unites composers of today with schools and youth orchestras in the U.S.

Avant is currently working on Origins: The Life and the Universe, a CD and concert performance that juxtaposes music with dazzling images from outer space. She is one of eight Seattle composers contributing original orchestral music to this production by Burmer Music and The Composition Lab in collaboration with the University of Washington Departments of Astrobiology and Astronomy. The CD will be recorded in February 2015, followed by a concert performance by the NW Sinfonnia conducted by Grammy winner David Sabee. Avant is an advisor, composer and team member at Play Works Studio, a Seattle start up by CEO Adriana Moscatelli. The studio is a National Science Foundation Grant recipient. Their current project, Robees, is a board game with robots, smart phones and a puzzle where players learn important STEM skills such as logical reasoning, procedural thinking, spatial reasoning and probabilistic reasoning – all learned within the context of solving problems collaboratively. She is also working on a new Web series titled Exceptionals by Greg Kerr and Portland, Oregon-based Full Brain Films. Now in post production, the series was filmed in India, Portland, Seattle and Las Vegas. Exceptionals features Tony Mirrcandani (Ender's Game).

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) honors music used in visual media and the composers, music supervisors and songwriters who create, produce and place composition in various films, TV shows and ads. Winners were announced Tuesday, November 5, 2014 at the 6th annual awards event at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood, Calif.

About Nan Avant
Based in Seattle, Nan Avant is a composer whose music embraces thematic and rhythmic intentions, often reflecting her Latin heritage and encompasses her passion for classical composers, world music movie soundtracks and electronic sound design.

Having collaborated with filmmakers throughout the United States, her music is heard on award-winning indie films, concert stage and PBS broadcasts. She is a producer and composer for Full Brain Films in Portland, Oregon.

Nan began her musical journey studying piano at age seven and started composing music at 17. She continued her study of music in college, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano Performance from the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), which was recently ranked among the world's top 10 music schools by The Hollywood Reporter. Following graduation, Nan further expressed her lifelong passion for film music by studying Film Scoring Composition and Orchestration at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program.


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