Chris Hajian | Yonkers Joe (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Yonkers Joe (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

by Chris Hajian

Evocative and dramatic orchestral film compositions
Genre: Classical: Film Music
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1. Joe's Idea
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2. The Drive Home
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1:14 album only
3. The Back Room
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1:55 album only
4. Strangers
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1:22 album only
5. The Cooler
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3:43 album only
6. Nowhere To Go
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1:51 album only
7. The Clam Bake
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2:23 album only
8. Vegas
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1:12 album only
9. Getting The Call
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2:10 album only
10. I\'m Not GIving Up
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1:46 album only
11. I Can Drop The Dice
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2:06 album only
12. Joey Saves The Day
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13. The Switch
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14. Leaving
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Album Notes
Composing this score was truly one of the highlights of my film composing career. First, I got to work with Robert Celestino whom I respect tremendously as a director and consider one of my dear friends. We had worked together twelve years ago and I knew then that Bob was a director I wanted to work with again and again. The most important thing in a creative collaboration is to have the trust of the people you work with. With that, I believe a composer is able to create truly original music. Yonkers Joe afforded me the freedom to compose a more artistic type of film score and it’s one of my proudest achievements. The challenges were to merge the two worlds of ‘Joe’ – his life as a dice mechanic, and his responsibilities as a father. Musically, they each needed to have strong identities, and still be connected tonally. It was essential to me that I create a score that drew the audience into this film, and that was authentic to these rich characters.

Chris Hajian
Composer, Yonkers Joe


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Wonderful,Inspired Score
It's not everyday that an original film score feels inspired and original right out of the box, but this score to Yonkers Joe is truly different. The film has an overall gambling plot line, yet this composer does not go to the usual conventions that many have overused previously. He finds a different way to create the drama in all the gambling scenes without going to the obvious "Funky Vegas" music. The composer stays with the internal emotion and character conflict instead, and it's much more satisfying. These days most scores sound like tired, overblown cliches and many composers feel the need to "overwrite" as to somehow impress it's audience. Mr. Hajian is obviously very comfortable with his lyrical ability as to let the story unfold organically through his soundtrack. The recording is beautiful and sounds warm yet not schmaltzy. I've seen the film and really enjoyed it so I was happy to see that the score was available. I highly recommend this CD for fans of film scores.


A beautiful soundtrack!
I had the good fortune of seeing this movie at the Tribeca Film Festival - and was hoping they would release the soundtrack. The score is absolutely beautiful, smart, unexpected and moving. I highly recommend this and will be sure to keep an ear out for the talented Chris Hajian.