"...(Reunification is) backed by an achingly beautiful score" - San Diego Asian Festival
Jo is based in Birmingham and is a proud honorary Brummie. She specialises in scoring plays and films, and particularly enjoys writing for piano, violin, electronics, and orchestra. Her favourite style to compose in is minimalism, but she also enjoys scoring for orchestras, strings, piano, and writing glitch music.
Jo has worked in features, shorts, web series and podcasts in many genres. The features that she has scored are available to stream via Amazon Prime. Highlights of her work to date include Reunification, a feature documentary which won awards at festivals worldwide, one woman feminist thriller The Bellwether, which is being distributed by Giant Pictures and Cardinal XD, 51 States, a short dystopian scifi film for sarangi, electronics and strings, and Mind’s Eye, a VR film about dementia.
Jo has a masters degree in composition from the University of Birmingham, having specialised in combining acoustic and electronic sound worlds. During her undergraduate she specialised in romantic violin performance practice and acoustic composition. She has studied with Jonty Harrison and Michael Zev Gordon. She often works alongside Stan’s Cafe to deliver creative learning opportunities in schools.
From June 2019, Jo has been part of BAFTA Crew X BFI Network.
Find out more about all Jo's projects at www.joannakarselis.com. If you're interested in collaborating together, please get in touch!
Jo also works as a singer songwriter. You can hear all my work at www.joannakarselis.bandcamp.com.
Jonah (short, 2019), Giggles (short, 2019), Sissy (short, 2019), Breathe (short, 2019), 51 States (short, 2019), Darkest Corner (short, 2019), The Imperfect Machine (short, 2019), Mind's Eye (VR film, 2018), Tracing (short, 2018), The Bellwether (feature, 2018), Night Of The Screamer (short, 2018), Subject 256 (short, 2018), Ground Rush (short, 2018), Billion To One (web series, 2017-18, scored as one composer as part of CollabFeature), Death Is Just A Feeling (short, 2017), Between The Lines (TV Pilot, in production 2018), Cups (short, 2017), Classified Freaks (web series, 2017-19), Disavowed (short film, 2016, winner of Audience Choice and Out Of The Box awards at Rack Festival), Still Chaos (short film, 2016), Bespoke (short film, 2016), Reunification (documentary film, winner of Special Mention of the Jury Prize at San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2015)
Unique traits: Violinist, Pianist, Guitarist, Vocalist
Film (short) by Bella Meyer Composer
Night Of The Screamer
by Alec Jordan Composer
Film by Christopher Morrison Composer
Between the Lines
Cups: First Glass
Between The Lines- Pilot Theme Tune
Television by Joe Zarobinski Composer
Death Is Just A Feeling
by Alec Jordan Composer
Film (short) by Kerbi Slusser Composer
Film (short) by Jamie Benyon Composer
Documentary by Alvin Tsang Composer A feature length documentary by Alvin Tsang.
Film (short) Composer A down and out man walks into a suit shop...
University of Birmingham