"...(Reunification is) backed by an achingly beautiful score" - San Diego Asian Festival
Hey there! Thanks for finding your way over here. I'm Jo, and I'm a composer, violinist, pianist, guitarist, and vocalist.
I grew up in a house of music, and began playing violin and piano from a young age. I began composing in 2008 after discovering minimalism and the music of John Adams.
During my masters in acoustic and electronic composition, I started to struggle with the world of academic classical music. The music I wrote didn't fit into that scene. In 2012 I was asked to create the music for a production of "House of Bernarda Alba". I wrote a contemporary, Spanish-folk influenced a cappella score for the play; and instantly fell in love with combining visual and audio image. It was addictive!
From there I scored a play called "Hide and Seek", which had an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and went on to score the debut feature film by Alvin Tsang, "Reunification", which is currently touring film festivals around the world (find out more at http://reunificationthemovie.com/; it won prizes at San Diego Asian Festival). I've also scored shorts called "Disavowed" (winner of the "Audience Choice" and the "Outside the Box" awards at Rack Focus Festival), "Bespoke" and "Still Chaos" (https://vimeo.com/164580338), and have recently finished work on "Honey" (a theatre piece with a folk score), and "The Magnetic Diaries" (a moody theatre piece with pre-recorded violin and piano score), as well as super hero web series called "Classified Freaks". I'm currently scoring a TV pilot called "Between The Lines", and shorts "Ground Rush" and "Death Is Just A Feeling". I'm also writing music for a new music library.
When not composing, I teach violin and piano, as well as doing some classical composition. I'm happiest in my studio with a herbal tea, creating something new.
You can hear lots of my music at www.soundcloud.com/joanna-karselis and find out more about all my projects at www.joannakarselis.com. If you like it, please do get in touch as I'd love to discuss scoring your project!
I also work as a singer songwriter. You can hear all my work at www.joannakarselis.bandcamp.com.
Name: Joanna Karselis
Lives in: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Occupation: Music Composer and Musician
Unique traits: Violinist, Pianist, Guitarist, Vocalist
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University of Birmingham