james wesley stemple


Composer Reel FEATURED PROJECTS



Bukowski
Every Dog
FEATURED PROJECT
every dog has its day


THE MOVIE
"WALT & EL GRUPO" is the story of Walt Disney's journey to South America in 1941 as a part of the "Good Neighbor" program sponsored by the U.S. State Department during the opening chapters of WWII. (They sent Orson Welles and Leopold Stowkowski as well.) It's a film about art and politics that offers a glimpse into the lives and times of the select group of artists that accompanied Disney as well as their Latin American counterparts with whom they exchanged ideas.



THE CD
"WALT & EL GRUPO" is complimented by an original score written in styles from Brazil, Argentina, the Andes as well as vintage American swing. Preparation for the score included travel to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and New York to research styles, meet with musicians and scout studios. The original soundtrack was recorded in multiple locations with a stellar group of 35 musicians. The film will premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2008.
James Stemple and Grammy nominee Luciana Souza recording "Watercolors".

Recording in Rio de Janeiro


Recording at AR Studios


Mart'nÓlia recording the vocal for "Aquarela do Brasil"


James and Ronaldo do Bandolim
Photo images courtesy of Theodore Thomas Productions.
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