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Avarese
John Avarese
Program Director, Film & Television

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University Crossings, 035

A life-long musician, John Avarese began studying classical piano at the age of four and by the age of seven he was performing recitals with classical music ensembles. Eventually, John started a music production company that utilized computer based technology to produce original music for a wide range of corporate and commercial clients. He is well known for his ability to produce complex original scores that effectively support the objectives of video producers and filmmakers.

To this date, Avarese has composed over 4000 commissioned scores and recorded an elegant collection of film music, as well as mixing and sound design on hundreds of projects. This includes 45 theatrical feature films, scores of short films, and nine surround sound planetarium features.

John won a 2019-2020 National Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for the PBS series Articulate with Jim Cotter. Articulate is co-produced and presented by PBS39, Lehigh Valley’s PBS station, and distributed by American Public Television (APT).

In 2017 Avarese authored a book (“Post Sound Design”) through Bloomsbury publishing as a practical introduction to the craft of Audio Post Production.

In 2006, John won the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Fellowship in Music for Jazz/Blues/World and Non-classical Composition and in 2002 he received a grant from the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA) for scoring the Buster Keaton silent film, Cops. He is currently an Program Director and Associate Teaching Professor at Drexel University’s Film and Television program, in the Cinema and Television Department, teaching all aspects of film sound, including Production Sound Recording and Audio Post-Production. Visit www.johnavarese.com to find out more.

Selected Features (Scored and Mixed)

All iWant For Christmas 2021

The Night Time World 2021

Where the Scary Things Are 2020

Dust Nuggets 2019

The Arrangement 2019

Dead Water 2019 (Saban Entertainment) Judd Nelson, Casper Van Dien

The Bill Murray Stories 2018 (Gravitas Ventures)

Ghostheads 2017 (Netflix)

Death House 2017 Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman, Tony Todd

Courier X 2016 (Amazon Prime) Udo Kier

The Fields 2011 (Fabrication Films) Cloris Leachman, Tara Reid

I Melt With You 2011 (Magnolia) Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven

My Dog Tulip 2009 (New Yorker Films) Christopher Plummer, Isabella Rosselini

 

Planetarium Features

Atlas of a Changing Earth 2021

Birth of Planet Earth 2019 Richard Dormer

Faster Than Light 2018 Sean Bean

Solarsuperstorms 2015 Benedict Cumberbatch

Supervolcanoes 2013 Benedict Cumberbatch

Dynamic Earth 2011 Liam Neeson

 

Selected Shorts (Scored and Mixed)

Calf Rope 2020

The Sound of Waves 2019

Inside Voice 2019

Spit on the Broom 2019

The Quality of Light 2019

Teddy 2019

Lost Dog 2018

The Train 2014 Eli Wallace

A Long Walk 2013 Colman Domingo

A Room Nearby (Animated), Paul Fierlinger. 2006 Peabody Award

 

Television

Articulate with Jim Cotter (2017- )

United Airlines “Spoiled” (international spot) 2005

Nick Jr. “Amby & Dexter” Interstitials

Sesame Street “Alice Kadeezenberry” series