Eef Barzelay Scores First Feature Film

effBarzelay, who recently relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Nashville, TN, is currently on tour with Ben Folds Five and is showcasing new material from his forthcoming solo album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New York, NY – Singer-songwriter Eef Barzelay, known as the creative force and former frontman for the critically acclaimed band Clem Snide, makes his first venture into feature films, with his mesmerizing musical score for “Rocket Science”, directed by Jeffery Blitz.  “Rocket Science”, a coming of age story about a stuttering debater and New Jersey teen-life, recently won the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Award for Dramatic Directing.  The film will be released theatrically by Picture House/HBO on August 10, 2007. 

 

Blitz, the director of the Academy-award nominated documentary “Spellbound” and a long-time Clem Snide fan, contacted Barzelay directly with an invitation to score the music for “Rocket Science”.  The result is an impressive, multifaceted score incorporating ukulele, tuba, accordion, cello, banjo and kazoo into a folksy-percussive whole. Barzelay also makes memorable use of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in the film’s diverse soundtrack.  While the film was showing at the Sundance Film Festival, critics took note of the Barzelay’s offbeat original score. The Hollywood Reporter remarked that “composer Eef Barzelay’s smartly wacky score splendidly counterpoints Hal’s uncertain world of New Jersey teen-life.”

 

Barzelay, who recently relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Nashville, TN, is currently on tour with Ben Folds Five and is showcasing new material from his forthcoming solo album.  Recorded in Nashville, TN, Barzelay’s new solo work features some of his finest recordings to date and will be released later in the year.  Israeli-born Barzelay also guests on Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin’s new album with vocals on “The Christian Life.”  Produced by Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Calexico, Candi Staton) and Charlie Louvin, the new album also features guest performances by Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy, Will Oldham, members of Bright Eyes and Lambchop, among others.

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