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Saundi Wilson

Red Five Music/Saundi Wilson Photography

Location
Saugerties, New York
Industry
Media Production
Current
  1. Crucial Music,
  2. Red Five Music,
  3. Saundi Wilson Photography
Previous
  1. Still Do That,
  2. El Diario la Prensa,
  3. Google
Education
  1. New York University
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Websites
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Crucial Music

Crucial Music

composer/songwriter

– Present

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Background

Summary

Saundi's work in film and television began at age 19, and he has since composed music for A&E, CBS, ABC, and Disney. He would go on to composed the score for the feature film, Manito, which garnered honors at several film festivals, most notably Sundance and South by Southwest. Saundi has also licensed music to hit tv shows such as The CW's Nikita, and BBC's Top Gear.

After his graduate study at NYU (where he was awarded Best Original Score- NYU film festival), Saundi began creating The Brüknahm Project with Sebastian Bardin, a former classmate from his undergrad days (S.U.N.Y. Purchase). Their first LP (self-titled) was released on Knitting Factory Records to critical acclaim and has been licensed more than fifteen different television shows including MTV’s Jersey Shore. The Brüknahm Project completed two European tours performing on some of Europe's greatest stages (i.e. North Sea, Jazz a Vienne). After their tremendous success in Europe, the duo packed up and moved to Paris. Brüknahm was commissioned by Universal(France) to produce tracks for Algerian star Khaled, not to mention two remixes for the Japanese sensation AIR on the LP On My Way(EMI/Capitol).

Saundi eventually to moved back to the US (LA, then NY), and released his first solo album- "Los Angeles". And he collaborated with Mr.Bardin on Bruknahm's second album- "City of Light".

Since his return to the States, Saundi has begun to turn his passion for photography into a career. He has been featured on Sports Illustrated's "Extra Mustard" blog, and has had a photo chosen as a Smithsonian Magazine editor’s pick. He has contributed four cover photos to El Diario la Prensa -the oldest Spanish language newspaper in the country. Saundi's work has also been featured in the NY Photo Festival Capture Brooklyn exhibit at Powerhouse Arena, and most recently at the Sony World Photography Exhibit - the World Photography Organisation selected Saundi’s work from 52,323 images selected from 171 countries.

Specialties:photography, composition, production, music/sound editing(Logic Pro), arranging, keyboards, bass, tour management, translation(French)

Experience

composer/songwriter

Crucial Music
– Present (5 years 5 months)

I currently license12 titles from my extensive catalog of original compositions to their music library. The team at Crucial has gotten placements for my music on The CW and Lifetime Network, among others.

Owner

Red Five Music
– Present (15 years 5 months)

Film:
Manito(feature film), Eric Eason, Director, Starring Frankie G.(Saw 2, The Italian Job) and ensemble cast, Winner- Sundance(Best ensemble),SXSW(best drama), Avignon(best foreign film)- Nominated for Indie Spirit- The 7th Floor /Film Movement

Television:

Oakley (original music licensed), commercial
NASCAR Raceday (original music licensed) 2011, FOX Sports
The Client List (original music licensed) 2013, Lifetime Network
NBA Playoffs (original music licensed) 2012, NBA TV
Platinum Weddings (original music licensed) 2012, WE TV
Beavis and Butt-head (original music licensed) 2012, MTV Networks
Top Gear (original music licensed) 2012, BBC
Nikita (original music licensed) 2011, CW
A&E Investigative Reports (Bill Kurtis, Narrator): The New Skinheads,
Kids Behind Bars, Bikers , Bombs: The Danger Next Door- A&E Network
I-Witness(theme for series), CBS television
Jersey Shore(original music licensed)2009- present, MTV Networks
Disaster Date (original music licensed)2009- present, MTV Networks
Real World (original music licensed)2002- present, MTV Networks
Road Rules (original music licensed)2002-present, MTV Networks
Dismissed (original music licensed)2003-presnt, MTV Networks
Making of the Band (original music licensed)2003-present, MTV Networks
Punk’d (original music licensed)2004-present, MTV Networks
Bad Girls Club (original music licensed), Oxygen
Dr.Steve-O (original music licensed)2007, USA
The New Amsterdam Theatre (documentary), Walt Disney Entertainment

Owner

Saundi Wilson Photography
– Present (4 years 9 months)

Exhibits and Awards:

"Rim Shot" and "Skyscraper"- featured in the Sony World Photography Exhibit- Somerset Gallery(London)
"Yankee Beer"- featured on Sport Illustrated's ExtraMustard.com
"718"- featured in the NY Photo Festival Capture Brooklyn Exhibit- Powerhouse Arena(DUMBO)
"Ben's Famous Pizzeria"- Smithsonian.com, Editor's Pick

Clients:

Freelance photographer at The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Freelance photographer at El Diario
ASPECD Apparel (website and lookbook)
Murali Coryell (album art)
Dj Ladyverse (promo)
Sonuvo (live performances and album art)
Max Schneider live @Webster Hall- NYC
Hank and Cupcakes @Cameo Gallery- Brooklyn, NY
A Taste of France (Eventpremier) @Bryant Park- NYC

composer

Stephen Arnold Music
– Present (6 years)

• I currently license 31 titles from my extensive catalog of original compositions to their music library, known as The Vault. The team SAM has gotten placements for my music on The History Channel and National Geographic Channel, among others.

Composer

MTV Networks
– Present (12 years 2 months)

I am licensing 19 titles from my catalogue to several shows, including- Real World/Road Rules, Jersey Shore, Beavis and Butt-head

producer

The Brüknahm Project
– Present (12 years)

The term Brüknahm is hip hop slang for the borough of Brooklyn. In 1999, Entrepreneurs Dexter Wimberly and Geuka Evans launched an urban clothing brand called Brüknahm, and wanted to elucidate a deeper meaning of the word in creating a concept behind the gear. They turned to composer/producers Saundi Wilson and Sebastian Bardin. The Brüknahm Project was born:

The Bruknahm Project- LP(Knitting Factory Records)
AIR: On My Way- LP(EMI/Toshiba Japan)
North Sea Jazz Festival(Holland)
Jazz á Vienne Festival(France)
Shangahi Jazz Festival(China)
Living Larger Hip Hop Festival(Germany)
MTV- Real World, Dismissed, Road Rules,etc.
Manito(Film Movement, Showtime, IFC)

In an alarmingly compartmentalized music industry Saundi Wilson and Sebastian Bardin continue their chameleon-like mastery of myriad styles of music. An approach that still reflects the philosophy that is- Brüknahm.

Chief Communications Officer

Still Do That
(3 years 8 months)Greater New York City Area

Still do That is a virtual and real time group and non-profit foundation to help people displaced by the current economic crisis get back into the workforce, through networking, retraining and reverse/mutual mentoring.

• My responsibilities include receiving, organizing, and facilitating the flow of the foundation's web content and communications.

freelance photographer

El Diario la Prensa
(7 months)Brooklyn, New York

I capture images of current events and create portraiture of people featured in El Diario- the largest and oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in New York City, and the oldest Spanish-language daily in the United States.

Ads Evaluation

Google
(1 year 1 month)

As an Ads Quality Evaluator for Google, my evaluations directly contributed to maintaining the high quality of ads presented on Google search pages. Some of my responsibilities were:

• Conduct research in order to understand the query and what the user was looking for.
• Evaluate the usefulness and relevance of the advertisement for the user.
• Evaluate the page the ad leads to if the user were to click on it.
• Evaluate and rate the quality of the advertiser's site overall.
• Determine if the advertiser fits into one or more other defined categories.
• Task deliberation- discuss the various aspects of a task with other evaluators if there is disagreement with certain ratings, comment codes, query interpretation, or application of the guidelines.

freelance photographer

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
(2 months)

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle is published five days a week as a morning newspaper, and is the only daily in New York City devoted exclusively to Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was originally founded in 1841 and published continuously until 1955 when the original Eagle folded. The Brooklyn Daily Bulletin, a successor to the Eagle, began publishing that same year, and published continuously until 1996, when it merged with the revived Daily Eagle. Today, the combined Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Brooklyn Daily Bulletin can boast continuous publication since 1841.

NY Entertainment Examiner

Examiner.com
(10 months)

I photograph and write about entertainment venues and cultural events in New York City.

Research and Development

Panasonic
(1 year 7 months)

The Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) is a video research lab located in Hollywood, the movie capital of the world. It was created to meet the lofty demands of Hollywood film professionals, by conducting on-site research into technologies such as digital conversion for film-based movies, compressing DVD images, authoring, and digital cinema.

• Screened for errors in French subtitles or overdubs.
• Tested the functionally of disc menus with regard to language logic.

Quality Control

EA Mobile
(6 months)Marina Del Rey, CA

As a publishing company in the wireless video game industry, EA Mobile's primary service is linking game developers, who generally develop the games from idea to playable software, with wireless telecommunications service providers or "carriers", who sell the games to their customers. To this end, they maintain strong relationships with major companies in both groups. In addition, they create, purchase, and maintain proprietary software libraries to aid developers with whom they have working relationships, a common practice among electronic game publishers. They also do the majority of the work regarding quality assurance for their games.

• Tested new game designs and game networking applications on a wide range of mobile phones.
• Screened the French text in the various game builds for errors in grammar and/or translation.

Deejay

The Standard Hotel
(1 year)

Deejayed the Rooftop at The Standard Downtown.

recording artist

Knitting Factory Records
(2 years)

Released the lp, "The Bruknahm Project". Completed a tour of Europe, including North Sea Jazz, San Sebastian Jazz, and Jazz a Vienne.

Composer

The 7th Floor
(3 years)

Composed the score for the short film "So What Do You Think?" (Darren Goldberg), and the award winning feature film, "Manito" (Eric Eason)- Sundance, SXSW, Avignon, HBO, Showtime, IFC.

Projects

The Bruknahm Project(Link)

– Present

In an alarmingly compartmentalized music industry, Saundi Wilson and Sebastian Bardin continue a chameleon-like mastery of their craft that is inspired by the community(s) in which they live. An approach to music that still reflects the philosophy that is- Brüknahm.

Team members:

Los Angeles(Link)

"Los Angeles is a beautifully composed album by Saundi, who deftly weaves instruments and tech together to create a sexy, poptronic tapestry infused with hi-fi R&B.

From the knuckle-punch bass and chants on "This Town," to the haunting chime of "Wedding Day," to the sunnyside snap of "When 2 Let Go," this album is a work of art from start to finish. Layered with buttermilk smooth beats, ambient electronic melodies, and gorgeous vocals by Erica Electra, Claire Holley and Jessica Brooks, Los Angeles delivers a rich sonic experience that effortlessly onions musical genres, revealing a little more with each listen.

Even more impressive is that all the technical dexterity on this album does not come at the expense of heart. Los Angeles illustrates how musical precision can feel organic and emotional in the right hands. Achieving balance between craft and passion is a difficult thing to achieve, especially when it's wrapped in a pop music package, but Saundi pulls it off seamlessly.

If you appreciate intelligent artistry in songs you can groove to, pick this up. I can't recommend Los Angeles highly enough."

Team members:

Languages

  1. French

Skills

  • French
  • Logic Pro
  • Aperture
  • Composition
  • Keyboards
  • Photography
  • Tour Management
  • Bass
  • Music Production
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Pro Tools
  • Songwriting
  • Recording
  • Audio Engineering
  • New Media
  • Video
  • Editing
  • Film
  • Advertising
  • Television
  • Concerts
  • Documentaries
  • Band
  • Music Licensing
  • Music Supervision
  • Blogging
  • Original Music
  • Music Publishing
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Education

New York University

MFA, Film music composition

Best Original Score- NYU Film Festival 1997

Activities and Societies: Scholarship, New Music and Dance Ensemble, Baseball Team

Purchase College, SUNY

BFA, Music production/composition

Dean's List, President's List, Thayer fellowship

Activities and Societies: Tennis Team, Volleyball Team

Brooklyn Technical HIgh School

Organizations

ASCAP, Stephen Arnold Music

Honors & Awards

Thayer Fellowship(S.U.N.Y), President's Award(Purchase Conservatory of Music), Best Film Score(N.Y.U. Film Fest.), ASCAP Plus Award(4x)

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