An eclectic Los Angeles based composer/musician, Kennard Ramsey has worked with a diversity of talent in the film and record industry. With numerous composing credits for feature films, documentaries, television movies, and episodic television, recent projects include CATEGORY 5, an action/drama starring Burt Reynolds; LET ME EXPLAIN, a feature documentary comedy starring Kevin Hart, to producer/performer on the song “Tears” for a Russian released foreign film GENERATION P. Additional feature film credits include HAIR SHOW, FORTUNES OF WAR, RINGMASTER and ROMEO MUST DIE (orchestrator/ additional music). Television shows include: Lincoln Heights, Knots Landing, Trauma Center, Beverly Hills 90210 and The X-Files (source music). Kennard’s festival works include: WITHOUT AIR for the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto and the Mannheim Film Festival; FREEWAY II for the Kushner-Locke Company, a Toronto Film Festival Official Selection; BUNDY, Edinburgh Film Festival and BOB SMITH, U.S.A., a feature length documentary competitor at the SilverDocs and Big Sky Film Festivals.
He is distinguished by his innovative use of live orchestra, synthesizer and other digital audio media integrating contemporary music genres with traditional. Kennard has arranged music for, and performed with stars like the inimitable King of Love Barry White, as well as, jazz virtuoso Ronnie Laws. Adding to his list of achievements, he recently traveled to Port Harcourt, Nigeria as a guest instructor for the ION International Film Festival teaching film music composition. A recipient of consecutive Aspen Music Fellowship Awards, he has proven himself to be an accomplished musician and an award-winning performer.
Voted Best Album 2012 on SmoothJazznow.com, artist, composer/producer, Ramsey’s jazz/world inspired CD entitled SOMOS, is released by Stanley Clarke’s Roxboro Entertainment Group, Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group. Contributing artists include Stanley Clarke (executive producer), Ruslan Sirota, DJ Maga Bo, Chiwoniso, and Charlie Paxson. The album’s ten tracks explore varied ranges of sound, from the infectious, atmospheric rhythms of “Loved Right” to the insistent complex vocal of “White Owl (Pressure),” which features Zimbabwe-born Chiwoniso. It is influenced by the arrangements and orchestrations that personified the innovation of Verve, CTI and Blue Note era recordings.
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