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Film composer Carlos Felipe Silva draws in audience with touching film scores
A force powerful enough to cut through language barriers, dissolve personal tension and transform a listener's emotional state, music is one of the oldest and strongest forms of communication.

Considering its capacity to make a listener feel something as a result of the what they hear, it's no wonder that music plays such a massive role in both film and advertising. Esteemed film composer and masterful violinist Carlos Felipe Silva knows all about the power of music; and he is one of the few individuals who have managed to turn their talent into a successful career.

From performing as a violinist with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra for five years, Venezuela's most important professional orchestra, which at that time was led by world-renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who is now the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to creating the scores for films such as Lukas Columbo's ("Dream Center," "A Pirate's Tale") 2016 drama "Matthew," the 2015 film "Skye" starring Ximena Casillas ("Foreign Love," "The Charlie Cure") and more, Carlos Felipe Silva has made a strong impact on audiences across the world through his brilliant work as both a musician and composer.

 

Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela Silva first began his musical training at the age of 5, and while he was incredibly talented from the start, few could have predicted that he would go on to be the internationally acclaimed musician and composer he is known as today.

 

In 2005 Silva travelled to the U.S. where he attended the Interlochen Arts Academy to complete his Artist Diploma in music, a notable school for music to which he received a full scholarship. Upon returning to Caracas after completing his degree, Silva landed a coveted and critical position as a violinist in the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. His skill and finesse on the violin has led him to be tapped to play with a number of impressive orchestras and musicians. Earlier this year Silva toured as a lead violinist for Grammy nominee Jorge Luis Chacin on the artist's popular El Cuenta Canciones tour in Canada. In 2014 Silva also performed at the Latin Grammy Awards with 17-time Grammy Award winner Alejandro Sanz as a lead member of the Berklee Latino Band.

While his extraordinary talent on the violin has been a driving force in his international success, his ability to communicate through music as a composer has helped him to push the boundaries, reaching new heights and audiences through music-- specifically in the realm of film, television and advertising.

The release of the film "A Beautiful Mind," over 15 years ago, was what first inspired Carlos Felipe Silva to begin working towards the career he enjoys today as a film composer. For him, James Horner's score for the film is what the made the film's overall story so effectively touching on an emotional level.

He recalls, "I couldn't understand why it was so powerful for me. Later on I understood that the music was so moving that the story became alive. I realized that the job of a film composer was the best job in the world, and that I wanted to do that professionally."

Looking to further his studies in composing for film, Silva dedicated himself to perfecting his skills as a composer and ultimately traveled back to the U.S. to attend the world-renowned Berklee School of Music where he received his B.A. in Film Scoring. Even before attending Berklee however, his composing talent was already receiving extensive recognition. In 2014 Silva took home the First Prize Award from the Millican Composing Competition and in 2015 he was selected as a Finalist in the Marvin Hamlisch International Film Scoring Competition. While at Berklee he was also the recipient of the prestigious Achievement Award for his innovative musical compositions.

After Berklee, Silva relocated to Los Angeles where he has continued to carve out a prominent position for himself in the film and advertising industries where he's earned a reputation for being an extraordinarily gifted composer.

In 2016 Silva was tapped to be the lead composer on the film "Matthew" from director Lukas Colombo, a riveting drama starring Anthony Alatorre ("A Crime to Remember"), Natalia Ferreiro from International Academy of Web Television Award nominee Brandon Ravet's comedy film "Super Guy and Friends" and the 2015 fantasy horror film "The Labyrinth," A Jed Bernard from the two-time Golden Globe Award winning series "24," and Joseph Buttler from Nickelodeon's seven-time Primetime Emmy nominated series "iCarly."

"Matthew" brings to the screen the story of a young couple who are overjoyed by the news that they are going to have a baby, however things take a turn for the worse during the wife's pregnancy and she ultimately loses the child. Considering that the film's story unfolds visually without audible dialogue, it was up to Silva to create a score that would not only bring the narrative to life, but one that heighten the emotional aspects of the story.

In the film's opening scenes where the couple is joyfully planning the arrival of their child Silva uses a delicate piano melody with ethereal sounds that bring to mind a feeling of an oncoming miracle. As the couple discovers something isn't right, Silva brings the violin into the composition, which drives the feeling of bereavement followed by an ever-heightening drum rhythm that represents the anger the father feels as he tries to cope.

Silva says, "I wanted to create a score full of hope with lots of emotional textures to portray Matthew's story. This film is about faith, and how to overcome life's most difficult times, and I think the score did a great job by supporting and delivering the story's message."  

While Silva has had great success composing for heavy dramas, he's also become a highly sought after figure for commercials. Last year he composed the music for a commercial for Atlas 12 Laptop, the first generation of classroom computers created by BAK USA, which are designed to be durable, portable and affordable so every student will have the opportunity to further their education in any setting.

"The music for this campaign tried to convey the clarity, the vision, and the inspiration to succeed, which were the main elements of the promotional video. We wanted to have a minimalist score but very inspirational and empowering," explains Silva.

Through his musical composition Carlos Felipe Silva managed to represent the simplicity of the product, as well as its innovative nature and the powerful resource it provides users, by creating a consistent piano melody that played throughout the whole, but as the commercial progresses Silva adds in strings and other sound design elements, which creates a growing feeling of intensity.

BAK USA Creative Director Luis Alejandro Fernandez says, "It was an amazing experience working with him. His professionalism and creativity exceeded our expectations, and we were extremely satisfied by having him on board with us."

Through his powerful performances on the violin to his triumphant work as composer, Carlos Felipe Silva is one musical genius who uses his art to communicate with audiences across the world. Stay tuned for the upcoming film "Good Karma: An Immigrant Story," which is slated to be released later this year with an original score composed by Silva.

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