The Long Hair

Brian Katona

Best Soundtrack

An 86-year-old barber in North Dakota still cuts hair with a winning smile, even as the world around him has changed.

Artist Biography

Brian Katona is an Emmy® Award-winning composer, orchestrator, arranger, and conductor. Recent film/television credits: The Red River Flood, The Long Hair, The Builder (Emmy Winner for best musical composition), A Hope For Hartly (Best Melodic Theme, Garden State Film Festival), PEI Kids: Generation Change (Film: Broader Vision Award, Garden State Film Festival), The Town That Disappeared Overnight (Film: Two time Emmy Winner, Garden State Film Festival Winner), Biserici De Lemn Din Romania (SEEFest Official Selection), I Throw Rocks (Film: Maumee Film Festival Winner), My Spirited Sister (Sitcom). Theater credits: Jesse James: Dead or Alive. Commercial recordings: The Voice of Christmas: “The Night Before Christmas,” A Christmas Journey: “I Wonder What I’ll Get for Christmas.” Published concert music (Imagine Music): Anthem for the Patriots, Space Battle, Space Fantasy, When I Hear Music, An Irish Blessing.

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Artist Statement

While creating the score for this film, I wanted the viewer to experience a sense of pleasant nostalgia for small-town traditions that have come to pass. Two main themes were composed for the film. The first, a lyrical cello motif which represents LeRoy’s (the barber) memories of times gone by. The second, an upbeat melody led by pizzicato strings harkening back to the Golden Age of the barbershop. These themes weave together throughout the score, sometimes in tandem, other times in discord. By the end of the film, a solo piano is heard and the two themes meet with full resolve.

Brian Katona

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