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Meet Imre Czomba

Today we’d like to introduce you to Imre Czomba.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Imre. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Hungary-born composer, songwriter, orchestrator, music producer, and musician based in Los Angeles.

My journey in music started in Hungary, where I have been working with legendary local performers for over 20 years. I was the composer of Experidance Production for almost two decades and worked a lot within the walls of the prestigious Pesti Theater and Vígh Theater. My name is associated with the music creation of more than 25 theater shows that have all been performed with great success from Europe to China. In addition to creating original music for international world competitions, I have written music for nearly 70 films and television shows. I was asked in 2008 and 2009 to compose music to accompany the fireworks for the Hungarian National Holiday which is held every year on 20th August. More than 3 million viewers were watching the fireworks made to my music – breaking a television viewing record.

Along my career path, I had the opportunity to study Film Scoring at UCLA in 2012 which was my first experience with the Hollywood Industry. It had a great impact on me and made me decide to move to Los Angeles with my wife in 2015. How I got here? Easy… I received the Extraordinary Ability, Green Card, two days after I applied for it. For me, that was a sign. 🙂 5 years have passed since and meanwhile, I scored around 60-70 TV episodes and a couple of films in LA. During the years, I’ve earned the Emmy Television Academy active membership.

My latest project the #QuarantineMusicChain that is a well-crafted song created by multiple composers and musicians (140, to be precise) was an incredibly successful project. What happened was that I gathered a group of composers from the industry, had them create 4 bars each, one after the other, connecting the parts like links of a chain. When the chain was completed, I assembled our professional musicians from 16 countries to finish this monumental creation. This is a great opportunity to evolve new friendships and future collaborations with artists from around the world. Artists, you may never have had the opportunity to meet. So I had this crazy idea of a worldwide jam session. I made a social media group with the participants and chose a couple of other musician friends as well. Later I had an even crazier idea that I wanted to involve my famous friends from Hollywood, too. I was super excited because they would love to join the project.

I am talking about names like Kenny G, Ed Calle(Gloria Estefan), Michael Boddicker(Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones), Michael O’Neill(Barbra Streisand Band), La Bouche Band, Alphonso Johnson(Weather Report ), Sara Andon, Richie Garcia(Phill Collins Band), etc. Needless to say that I was beyond ecstatic to be the creative link between my musician friends and above all to be able to put a smile on everyone’s face in this difficult time. I connected musicians from 16 countries who may never have met or played together. When I started, I posted a short question on my social media site and I got back 192 responses. That was a point when I realized how many friends trust me to create something unique without really knowing what it would be. This honorable trust has a big responsibility as well.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My career in Hungary was pretty smooth, everything unfolded step by step. But Hollywood is really a tough cookie. There are a bunch of talented composers and musicians here making it a real worldwide competition. I believe the big challenge is to find your opportunity and make enough money for the cost of living. It is not the 80’s anymore. Another obstacle I have to say is that the music lost its price value, unfortunately. What I mean by this is that there are a lot of musicians in the film composer industry, who are not really musicians who have no knowledge about music theory. This is not a predicament, simply the world has changed. Nowadays everybody and anybody can make music with computer software.

What is challenging is to find the director/producer who can see your ability and value and who is ready to support you. Here it is not enough if you are the best in something you have to showcase, spread, and advertise yourself and your music, you have to show your talent. I found this part of the business the biggest struggle. I realized I have to learn networking and self-managing if I want to step ahead. Acquiring how I can be focused on making my music more profitable while keeping my clients content and presenting excellent work. It is a long learning curve that I am eager to take.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
My brand is my name IMRE CZOMBA composer. I’m a classical and jazz-trained composer and arranger. I’m most recognized for my numerous theatrical compositions and productions, including musicals, international events, and dance theatre shows. I have earned international acclaim for my 18-year collaboration with ExperiDance, a famous dance troupe whose shows premiered in top theaters across Europe and Asia.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have to say thank you for my legendary mentor friends such as Michael Boddicker, who is a Grammy Award Winner composer and synthesizer player legend. Walter Afanasieff, who was one of my favorite music producers and I’m proud to call him my friend now. And a bunch of musicians friends around the world…

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Imre Czomba, Walter Afanasieff, Michael Lehmann Boddicker, Kenny G, Quarantine Music Chain Project Photographer: Eniko Czomba, Judit Szemler

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