Rick Baitz

Current Projects

   FITNESS FIGHTERS - Composer/Songwriter. Animated childrenís pilot, produced & directed by seven-time Emmy Award winner Ian
James. Sponsored by National Institutes of Health.

   DEAD END LOVE (working title) - Composer. Rock musical, music by Rick Baitz, book & lyrics by Ralph Pezzullo.

   MAKING MUSIC (Silver Burdette Ginn/Pearson Entertainment) - Producer/Arranger. African, Asian, Native American and other ethnic folk songs for educational multimedia project.

Soundtracks - Documentary Features

   UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS (Lifetime Television/World V-Day Films) - Songwriter. Starring Jane Fonda, Rosie Perez, Isabella Rossellini, Eve Ensler & Lisa Gay Hamilton. Premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, 2004.

   THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (HBO) - Composer. Starring Eve Ensler. Based on Ensler’s Obie Award-winning stage show of the same name, the special includes all-new interviews and behind-the-scenes commentary added to the original performance material.

   LIVE FREE OR DIE (PBS) - Composer. Broadcast on acclaimed Peabody Award-winning series P.O.V.; Premiered at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival.

   LIFE AFTER LIFE (HBO) - Composer. Featuring acclaimed psychic John Edward (ìCrossing Overî). Director Lisa F. Jackson. Documentary attempts to answer the age-old questions of life after. The musical score includes Balinese gamelan textures, Afro-Cuban percussion, Bach-like fugues and modern orchestral symphonic technique. Winner, Chris Award (Columbus Film Festival); Audience Choice Award (San Jose Film Festival).

   FRESCO (PBS) - Composer. Narrated by Susan Sarandon.

   THE LOST AMERICAN (PBS/Frontline) - Composer. Narrated by Harrison Ford. An in-depth look at the provocative maverick humanitarian aid worker Fred Cuny, who was murdered in Chechnya in 1996.

Dramatic Features

   THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE (Miramax) - Songwriter. Based on award-winning stage play by Jon Robin Baitz, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Timothy Hutton, Tony Goldwyn, Ron Rifkin and Eric Bogosian; directed by Dan Sullivan.

   THE IRREVERSIBLE YEAR (Outlaw Entertainment) - Composer. Directed by Steve Olivieri. Premiered at The Palm Springs International Film Festival.

   LAST SUMMER IN THE HAMPTONS - Music Supervisor. Directed by Henry Jaglom, starring Ron Rifkin, Roddy McDowell, Viveca Lindfors, Victoria Foyt, Jon Robin Baitz.

   THREE HOTELS (American Playhouse) - Composer. Starring Kate Nelligan & Ron Rifkin; directed and written by Jon Robin Baitz. Winner of the Humanitas Award.

Television Documentaries

...A FAMILY UNDERTAKING (PBS: Independent Lens) - Music Producer. Directed by Beth Westrate.

   GUNS & MOTHERS (PBS: Independent Lens; Sugar Pictures) - Composer. Directed by Thom Powers.

   LOOTERS (National Geographic Explorer) - Composer. Emmy Nomination for Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement.

   THE NEW CHIMPANZEES (National Geographic) - Composer. TV Special, narrated by Linda Hunt. Winner, Best Commercial Film, Jackson Hole Int’l. Film Festival; Christopher Columbus Award; Genesis Award.


   THE FAMILY LIFE OF ANIMALS (Readers Digest Television) - Co-composer.

   HEART OF AFRICA (National Geographic Television) - Composer. Avery Brooks, Narrator. Emmy Nomination for Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement.

Short Form

   BRINGING DURBAN HOME (Sugar Pictures/Breakthrough TV) - Composer. Short subject, narrated by Alice Walker.

   PROJECT ALS (DiamondVision) - Composer. Featuring Stephen Baldwin.

...LOGO (UrbanWorld Films) - Composer of musical logo for distribution arm of acclaimed UrbanWorld Film Festival.

   KING OF THE JUNGLE (UrbanWorld Films) - Composer. Feature trailer, starring John Leguizamo.

   BABY STEPS (Atom Films) - Composer. Fiction short, starring Kathy Bates & Geoffrey Nauffts; directed by Mr. Nauffts. Can be seen (and heard) at atomfilm.com

...UNCOMMON GROUNDS (Sugar Pictures/Barnes & Noble) - Composer. Documentary short about caffeine, based on book by Mark Pendergrast. A raging boogy-woogie in-tempo amphetamine, then sped it up beyond human playing capacity.

   THE GEOGRAPHY OF NOWHERE (Sugar Pictures/Barnes & Noble) - Composer. Documentary short about the decline of American architecture, based on book by James Kunstler. An ethereal soundtrack based on the Ithaca school of repetitive keyboard minimalism.

   NUMBER ONE - Composer. Dramatic short, written & directed by Caroline Kava, starring Cherry Jones. DGA Award, Best Female Filmmaker.

   POLIO WATER - Composer. Dramatic short, written & directed by Caroline Kava. Premiered at The New York Film Festival. Winner, IFC Grand Prize; Princess Grace Award.

   LE PLAN AMÈRICAINE (The American Shot) - Composer. Dramatic short, written & directed by Stephen Wasserstein. Grand Prix, Velden Int’l. Film Festival; Gold Medal, Melbourne Int’l. Film Festival.

Music for the Theater

   FEAR: THE ISSUES PROJECT - Naked Angels (NYC). Composer. A night of one-acts presented by the acclaimed New York Theater Company, starring and directed by some of New York's edgiest film and theater luminaries, including Amy Irving, David Marshall Grant, James Urbaniac, Peter Frechette, Fisher Stevens, Maria Tucci, Mia Farrow, Rob Morrow, and Jon Robin Baitz.

....TEN UNKNOWNS - Composer of incidental music for two-act play by Jon Robin Baitz, presented by The Huntington Theatre, Boston; directed by Evan Yionoulis. Mexican-based score, with such local musical elements as the vijuela, charango and Aztec vocals.

   THE ROAD TO MECCA - Long Wharf Theatre. Composer of incidental music to acclaimed play by South African writer Athol Fugard.

   A FAIR COUNTRY - Naked Angels (NYC). Composer of incidental music to award-winning play by Jon Robin Baitz.

   THREE HOTELS - Circle Rep., Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles Music Center), Bay St. Theatre. Composer of incidental music to award-winning play by Jon Robin Baitz, based on his eponymous teleplay for American Playhouse (see feature films).

   DUTCH LANDSCAPE - Mark Taper Forum. Composer of incidental music to play by Jon Robin Baitz.

   THE FILM SOCIETY - Second Stage Theater (NYC). Composer of incidental music to award-winning play by Jon Robin Baitz.

Selected Concert Music

   River of January for mixed ensemble and electronics. Composer. Commissioned by The Juilliard School; Grand Prize, Delius Composition Contest; 1993. Selected to represent USA at International Society of Contemporary Music World Music Days in Mexico City, 1993. Performed by California Ear Unit, 1993.

   The Riverfisher, Part 1 for chamber orchestra, voices and electronics, with poetry by award-winning poet Tory Dent. Composer. Performed by The Prism Orchestra.

   Ojal for solo guitar. Composer. Premiered by Pure Play Contemporary Music Series, produced and directed by Rick Baitz. Performed at Festival Of Classical Guitar, Washington, DC., International Festival of Guitar, Cordoba, Spain.

   Kaleidocycles for live digital synthesizer. Composer. Commissioned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; performed at Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, 1987. CD recording on Centaur Records.

   Music For Orchestra - Composer. Winner of Orchestral Composition Contest, Manhattan School of Music.

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