Jeff Rona

Listen: “Inara” From Composer Jeff Rona’s Forthcoming Solo Album

Oct 26, 2017

Composer Jeff Rona has used the sensibilities shaped from his multitude of film and television scoring projects to create a solo album of cloudy and beautiful ambiance. Rona has worn many studio hats in a distinguished career as a studio musician, arranger, sound designer, synthesist, and programmer and has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Cliff Martinez, and Hans Zimmer, with whom he had a long-time partnership. 

Rona's solo album, PROJECTOR is a consuming work and closing track "Inara" demonstrates his caliber of craft. Listen to it below.

“Like most of my music,” explains Rona, “the tracks in PROJECTOR began as experiments. I'd done some musical sketches for an experimental Brazilian film, but I set them aside as they didn’t really fit. Yet there was a kernel of something really interesting within them.”

PROJECTOR came together from a far-flung set of audio sources - from field recordings in the most remote part of the upper Amazon, to any number of found objects, to unidentified radio transmissions. These were turned into ambient sounds, harmonies and modern rhythms. The rest comes from Rona and his fellow musicians, including British cellist and recording artist Peter Gregson, British film composer David Julyan (Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige), LA-based cellist Emily Rice, Japanese singer (and archery expert) Yoko Honda and others. The result is a world in which ambient ideas are grounded by drums, piano, strings, guitars, and voices. A new process created a new sound.