This behemoth represents a selection from my first few years of making music for theater and film. I have worked within the parameters of my abilities, performing and recording most everything myself, learning by doing.
Some of the pieces here are ideas only partially brought to life. But as I've shared them with directors I've learned that rough hewn first-thoughts can spur a conversation, and are, sometimes, just what a story needs.
The overwhelming majority of these songs, whether used in the end or not, came as a response to material generated by collaborators who, in giving me the chance to help tell their stories, have provided me with my composer's education thus far. I'm deeply grateful to all of them.
For Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally by Kevin Armento, One Year Lease Theater Company. (2016 Winner: Philip Glass)
Best Short Film, Toronto Independent Film Festival. Best Short Film, ITN Film Festival. Accolade Competition, Award of Merit. Maverick Movie Award, Best Original Score.
Best Impact of Music in a Short Film, Park City Film Festival.
Gold Remi Award, Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.
"An elegantly constructed examination of contemporary isolation and the illusory nature of electronic connection... A live score (written and played by Estelle Bajou on mandolin) keeps any electronic coldness at bay."
Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times on Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally a New York Times Critic's Pick
"Music composed by the multi-talented Estelle Bajou is ominous and haunting."
Lori Schneider, Aisle Seat on The Night Alive
"Underscoring the action there's a terrifically effective musical soundtrack that fuses an electric sound with what almost sounds like gentle folk (played by composer Estelle Bajou who sits to one side of the playing area)."
Andy Propst, American Theater Web on Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
"Next to the stage sits a musician, Estelle Bajou, playing mandolin, as she provides the original musical sequences that move the piece emotionally."
Sandi Durell, Theater Pizzazz on Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
"A terrific original score by Estelle Bajou that transports the audience to Ireland as well as an Ireland of the mind."
Izzy Cusack, Free Craic on Beneath Disheveled Stars
"I have found with musicians there are those that shimmer and those that don't. It's inexplicable. Estelle Bajou is one of the lucky ones. From the sinister to the sublime - she's got you covered."
Kevin Baggott, Filmmaker
One Year Lease Theater Co.
59E59 Theater/Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Director: Ianthe Demos
Writer: Kevin Armento
NY Times Critic's Pick
Nominated: Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Music in a Play, 2016
Director: Kevin Baggott
Indie Cork Film Fest 2014
Brooklyn Underground Film Fest 2015
New Filmmakers Film Fest 2015
The Art of Brooklyn Film Fest 2015
KOTORINO // Better Than This : VIOLIN + VOX
THE HEAVY HOWL // The Mask (remix) : VIOLIN + VOX
CLANGENDUM CLASH // Play by Numbers : VIOLIN
DOMINIC BENNETT // Be It Known Demos, "Newblood": VIOLIN
THE DRINKERS THEMSELVES // Hell On High: VIOLIN + Back VOX