Stephen Principato
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Stephen Principato

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Stephen grew up on Long Island just southeast of New York City. He started playing classical guitar at the age of 6. Throughout his school years he studied classical, jazz and popular music. He was involved in numerous bands, orchestras, ensembles, and combos and toured the Caribbean as a performing musician. Steve has performed with Chuck Mangione (recording artist), Billy Mitchell (renowned jazz tenor saxophonist), Bob Cunningham (Bassist for Freddie Hubbard) and Eddie Daniels (renowned Jazz clarinetist).

During the mid 1970’s Steve earned a Bachelor of Music from Hofstra University. His electronic music mentor was Herbert Deutsch, co-inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. Steve studied piano and music theory with Morton Estrin, the noted American pianist. He also had the opportunity to study with jazz guitar legend, Joe Pass. His experiences with Joe Pass inspired him to continue to pursue his lifelong interest in finger-style, multi-voiced guitar composing and arranging. Naturally, with his penchant for electronic music, synthesizers and computers, Mr. Principato transferred his knowledge and love for guitar composition and arranging to scoring for film, television, multimedia and the web.

. Through the 80’s he continued performing in several music venues and secured a public school teaching position, teaching Guitar, Electronic Music and other courses. He also provided numerous music educators with in-service training in music and computer applications. He also earned a Master of Music with an emphasis in music, physics and writing.

During the 90’s Steve decided that film composing was where he could best utilize his full knowledge, combined experiences and love for films to their fullest. He started his corporation Sound Music Productions, Inc. Steve owns and operates a state of the art Pro Tools Studio utilizing Macintosh and PC platforms. He composes and produces music in a variety of genres using MIDI, digital audio, and live musicians, up to a full orchestra in size.

Steve's interest in sound and sound design has led him to learn and implement the finest sound design tools in the field. These software tools include CSound, MAX! and Metasynth. His sound design prowess was the envy of forty NYC television composers at a meeting of the Film Music Network.

Steve is a member is a member of the AFM, Local 802, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the Los Angeles based Film Music Network.

Mr. Principato has scored several New York University and the School for the Visual Arts student film projects. Steve has worked closely with Filmmaker Neil J. Colligan on numerous projects and a commercial for Jet Set children’s clothes. Stephen has composed and conducted music for PBS on a TV show titled, “Lights on For Education”.

Steve has recently collaborated on several projects with Ben Fiore, an IMDb screenwriter and director. Steve scored Mr. Fiore’s award winning screenplay and independent short entitled, “The Hit”. This film has been accepted to the Long Island Film and Television Foundation Big Fish Film Festival, October 13 – October 18, 2007. 'The Hit' is already in pre-production for a feature length film set for release in 2008. Steve has been contracted as composer. Steve's recent projects also include the scoring and sound design of a Long Island sports radio talk show for Frankie The Sports Guy, a local sports radio talent. Steve’s music can be heard the live webcast of Frankie The Sports Guy’s MVN Radio show on the Internet.

The most current of Steve’s projects is the scoring of a television show titled, Off The Lot. This program will showcase numerous independent films which have been part of the 2007 Long Island International Film Expo. Eight episodes of Off The Lot begin airing in New York on October 4, 2007 and is a production of the Long Island Film and TV Foundation and the Nassau County Film Commission.

updated October 4, 2007