Michael Mollura Music
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ABOUT

MICHAEL MOLLURA

PhD,MA,MFA

Film | TV Music Composer

 

"Michael Mollura is a genius in his mastery of music and his dedication to revealing the vibrations of Soul." Motion Picture Producer Adam Schomer  

Michael Mollura's music compositions have been used for theater, cinema, TV, commercial and world music genres since 1991 in more ways than can be documented here. His extensive experiences as a composer, studio musician and performer makes his perspective unique and complements his ability to effectively relate and serve others in the entertainment industry with a tremendous amount of authenticity, compassion and enthusiasm. Michael's music offers a fresh take on old-school and alternative contemporary theme scoring strategies that keeps viewers engaged, touched and inspired.

Mollura is primarily known as being the critically acclaimed composer for such feature films as:  CLIMATE REFUGEES, AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA, THE HIGHEST PASS, HARE KRISHNA and HEAL.  Michael Mollura has been the "go to" composer for films that have dramatic spiritual or healing themes including dark Gothic and Psychological Thriller genres as evident in dramatic feature films like Nebraska, Reconciliation and Clarity.  His blend of traditional Eastern musicality and western minimalism is an alchemical solution to any production seeking depth with an original and memorable score. 

Mollura is widely recognized and respected in the entertainment, academic and spiritual communities as someone you can rely on to complete projects. His expertise and strategies as a music master has been called versatile, fresh, introspective and backed with trained intelligence from New York University and the University of Miami. 

Michael Mollura first broke out as a composer for theater in New York City providing challenging theme music for off-off Broadway productions such as Bertolt Brecht's Good Woman of Szechuan, Jean Paul Sartre's The Flies as well as other experimental minimalistic productions incorporating dance, movement and art. After scoring several documentary shorts while recording and performing in various music ensembles, he scored his first full-length film NEBRASKA in 1998. Since then, he has written music for several projects while also playing a vital role in the appreciation of music from around in the world.

Mollura is currently doing Q&As for the theatrically released film HEAL throughout the United States and is completing work on a 10-part doc drama series for i2i Productions Road to Dharma. In addition to that he is also completing work on a documentary episode titled DENT produced by Juliette Marquis on his lifework as a composer and his revolutionary ground breaking work with dreams and music.

Mollura also has a project where he composes music to the dreams of the mentally ill in order to access deeper experiences of the dream phenomena and to facilitate healing.  Michael holds two masters degrees as well as a PhD in dream-psychology using a Jungian lens. 

Mollura currently lives in Los Angeles, but is available for productions in any part of the world including lectures - panels - performances - and film festivals.

2018 - ROAD TO DHARMA - post production.  TV docu-series produced by Adam Schomer.  

2018 - WILD HORSES - post production.  Feature film about the plight of natural horses driven off the prairy.

2017 - Completed the original score for HEAL documentary featuring Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Anthony William (The Medical Medium) and many more world–renowned health experts.  

2017 - Completed original scores for Yadubara Das film: HARE KRISHNA

2016 - Composed an original score for Jill Goldman’s film: THE GIRL BEFORE the MIRROR.  In addition to many dream music pieces for freelance projects.

2015 - Mollura composed a score for Adam Schomer’s ONE LITTLE PILL and CLARITY starring Nadine Valazquez.

2014 - 2015- Mollura composed scores for the feature film AWAKE THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA directed and produced by Paola Diflorio, Lisa Leeman and Peter Rader CP Films. Available on Netflix and Amazon. 

2012 - Winner of HMMA Award for BEST SONG for an Indie Feature and BEST SCORE for an Indie Feature.

2011- Composed the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL features HOT COFFEE and  CLIMATE REFUGEES as well as critically award winning feature films RECONCILIATION and THE HIGHEST PASS.

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Award-winning feature film composer Michael R. Mollura has worked on a plethora of films that have premiered at celebrated festivals such as The Sundance Film Festivals and The Illuminate Film Festival.   

Mollura has created original scores for popular documentaries such as  HOT COFFEE that was purchased by HBO and award-winning dramatic feature films such as RECONCILIATION, Nebraska and Clarity.

Michael Mollura also composed the “haunting” (Variety magazine Review; 2010) score for the feature film CLIMATE REFUGEES which had its premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

For consecutive years, Michael has been selected to participate in the Sundance Film Festival’s prestigious BMI Director/Composer Roundtable

Michael's award-winning composition for the feature film, The Highest Pass  included "Best Song" for the title track with vocals by supergroup rockstar JON ANDERSON of the band YES.

In 2010 Michael also completed a score for a special DVD/Art project in collaboration with well known psychotherapist/author/photographer, Robert Romanyshyn titled ANTARCTICA. The music for this project is hypnotic, transformational and soulful and part of a series of projects investigating the psychological impact of sound and images.

Mollura’s music is currently airing on a national commercial for T-MOBILE and his pieces have been licensed for everything from sports action cues to romantic drama and coming of age themed projects.

Mollura’s work includes music compositions which have been used for theater, cinema, TV, commercial and world music genres in more ways than can be documented here. His extensive experiences as a composer, studio musician and performer makes his perspective unique and complements his ability to effectively relate and serve others in the entertainment industry with a tremendous amount of authenticity, compassion and enthusiasm. Michael’s music offers a fresh take on old-school and alternative contemporary theme scoring strategies that keeps viewers engaged, touched and inspired. Mollura is well respected and deeply appreciated in his working relationships. This is evident in that Michael has consecutively been selected by BMI to take part in a distinguished panel at The Sundance Film Festial as a veteran composers where directors and the like, discuss the importance of having a positive relationship with everyone during the production process of any project by invoking the spirit of love, creativity and the imagination on any any project regardless of its thematic content.

HISTORY & TRAINING

Widely recognized and respected in the entertainment, academic and spiritual communities as someone you can rely on to complete your personal mission or current projects, Michael’s expertise and strategies as a music master is versatile, fresh, introspective and backed with trained intelligence from New York University and the University of Miami. Michael takes great pride in being able to write music of almost any genre, but feels he is most aligned with films with spiritual, family, drama, children, documentary, World and psychological thriller themes.

Michael Mollura first broke out as a composer for theater in New York City providing challenging theme music for off-off Broadway productions such as Bertolt Brecht’s Good Woman of Szechuan, Jean Paul Sartre’s The Flies as well as other experimental minimalistic productions incorporating dance, movement and art. After scoring several documentary shorts while recording and performing in various music ensembles, he scored his first full-length film NEBRASKA in 1998. Since then, he has written music for several theater and commercial projects while also playing a vital role in the preservation and appreciation of music from around in the world.

 
 

TESTIMONIALS

 

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“Michael Mollura is all heart. As a master storyteller through music composition,  unique in his vision and diverse in his range, Michael truly enters in to the spirit of each film he approaches. With remarkable sensitivity and a breadth of experience at his fingertips, he lifts whatever he touches to new heights. Prolific, talented, and a skilled collaborator, he is a filmmakers dream.”

Lauren Ross, Producer & Director - HARE KRISHNA! 


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"Michael is a gem of a person, great to work with and added a huge amount to the production value of our film with his brilliant mixing of Western and Indian music. His musical emotional highs and lows added so much to Prabhupada's story. Michael was always on call, did his very best to deliver on time and when we came up against an unexpected music rights issue, delivered the same day! I would consider it an honor to work with Michael again."

John Griesser, Producer - HARE KRISHNA! 


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"I met Michael at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival after the screening of the film CLIMATE REFUGEES where I really loved his music. I approached him and asked Michael to compose the music for my film HOT COFFEE and he got back to me right away. Michael is a wonderful composer with passion and dedication. His music is also beautiful. I would highly recommend Michael.” 

Susan Saladoff,  Director - HOT COFFEE


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“When I first talked to Michael, I knew he was my guy. He understood my vision, the truth of this film, and how we wanted the music to reflect a fusion of spirituality and adventure. Michael knows the sacred sound because he lives it. He can play music that touches us deeply because he has gone there and goes there himself. Michael’s rich talents are supported by his vast network of musicians which is a testament to his years of building bridges and friends in the industry. So trusted and appreciated is he, that the legendary Jon Anderson came on to this project through him. On this project Michael no less than magically whisked up track after track, creating what seems like three albums worth of work in no time at all. Nothing but the highest regard for michael and his tireless effort to share our vision in the form of film and music. I so believe in Michael that I hand delivered and sat down with his next clients, showing them the work he did on our film, well before the film was released. I wanted them to know, that Michael is there guy and your guy.” 

Adam Schomer, Writer & Producer - THE HIGHEST PASS


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"Michael has really allowed my films to breathe for the first time. He is uber talented in blending visuals, emotions, and the story arc with music. If you want your project to go to the next level, call this music mad man.”  

Michael Nash, Director - CLIMATE REFUGEES & NEBRASKA


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“I recently completed directing a low-budget indie feature film, RECONCILIATION, and as I turned my focus to the post sound work I was at a crossroads with regards to the score/music. Should I use a band I was friendly with but had no experience scoring a movie, or should I search for a composer? My biggest dilemma was money.One afternoon one of the main actors called me and said I have a composer friend who read the script and he’d love to speak with you about scoring the movie. I expressed the fact that we didn’t have much money to offer, but he said just do me a favor and meet with him. In the meantime, Michael sent me over some samples of music he envisioned for the movie. I was conflicted because I wanted to work with him but didn’t have much to offer and I didn’ know if what little I had to offer should be used in other areas of post production. To make a long story short, I hired Michael (which came with his team of musicians and engineer and producer) and it was one of the best decisions I made. Michael and his team poured their heart, sweat and soul into delivering a compelling, moving score that complements the movie from beginning to end. He has been professional, easy to work with, accommodating and a true blessing to our project. I can’t put a price tag on what Michael and his team delivered. I would hire Michael again and again. I’m truly blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him and I’m confident beyond a doubt that I made the right decision hiring him.”  

Chad Ahrendt, Director - RECONCILIATION

INTERVIEWS

 

HEAL DOCUMENTARY - The Award Winning Film | MICHAEL MOLLURA On the DR. ERIN SHOW Join us in this conscious discussion about how you have the power to heal. We talk about the source of disease, spontaneous remission, the power of meditation, sound healing, the psychology of healing, and much more.

BMI INTERVIEW: BMI speaks to Michael Mollura on the score of "Hot Coffee", Gingger Shankar (Composer) and Maryam Keshavarz (Director) on working together on the score of "Circumstance," and Vivek Maddala on the score of "Kaboom" at BMI's 13th Annual Composer/Director Sundance Roundtable. More on BMI and Sundance http://www.bmi.com/sundance More on BMI and Film & Television http://www.bmi.com/filmtv Get paid when your music gets played.

VIDEO BLOG: Michael Mollura at the Sundance Film Festival. 

CASE STUDY: Dr. Michael Mollura discusses the psychology behind dream music with student Diego Jerez.

 

Michael Mollura, Ph.D., joins Bonnie Bright, Ph.D., to discuss his groundbreaking work with music and dreams. This exciting approach to psychotherapy includes researched clinical strategies to address the thematic content of client dreams. In recurring sessions, the client collaborates with Michael as he uses his skill and gifts as a composer to re-create the experience of the dream using sounds, vibrations, and tones which then create a musical landscape that best describes the dream in a new collaborative piece of music composition.

VIDEO BLOG: Composer Michael Mollura created a cohesive musical fabric for the moving film 'Climate Refugees', screened during Sundance. Mollura took a moment to discuss the soul and the spirit he needed to convey with his score.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: MICHAEL MOLLURA, Composer for "Climate Refugees" discusses the creative process behind music and film. 

AUDIO BLOG: Michael Mollura at Sundance Film Festival discusses scoring Climate Refugees.

MUSIC

 

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DREAM MUSIC

Can Be Heard through special request to Michael@michaelmolluramusic.com

 

TRAILERS

 

HEAL

SCORE BY MICHAEL MOLLURA

A documentary film that takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that by changing one's perceptions, the human body can heal itself. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis.

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HARE KRISHNA! 

SCORE BY MICHAEL MOLLURA

Hare Krishna! is the true story of an unexpected, prolific, and controversial revolutionary.  Original music score composed by Michael Mollura. Out now in theaters!

Listen to the full score on SoundCloud
• View Hare Krishna! 

 

The Road to Dharma 

SCORE BY MICHAEL MOLLURA

This TV docu-series takes us on a daring motorcycle adventure into the Indian Himalayas and towards the four sacred sites: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Tungnath, Hemkund... and the Hidden Valley of the Flowers. These peaks rise to heights from 13,000 - 17,000 feet, revealing hidden villages and the teachings of freedom. The eight riders are lead by the enigmatic Anand Mehrotra, an Indian Yogi whose depth and wisdom move our souls, and whose youth and vitality capture our hearts.


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AWAKE

SCORE BY MICHAEL MOLLURA

Unique biopic about Yogananda, author of The Autobiography of a Yogi. In the 1920s, he brought Hindu spirituality to the West. This tells the story of his life and influence on yoga, religion and science, combining re-enactment, interviews, and verité. starring Anupam Kher and directed by Paola di Florio, Lisa Leeman. 

Listen to the full score on SoundCloud
• View AWAKE

 

The Highest Pass

SCORE BY MICHAEL MOLLURA

This documentary that us takes on a motorcycle journey through the Himalayas of India over the highest motorable road in the world, and follows a dare devil yogi leading seven Americans to make decisions about life and death while traversing steep, icy cliffs and the chaos of India's "road killer" traffic.

• Listen to the full score on SoundCloud
• View The Highest Pass

HOT COFFEE

SCORE BY MICHAEL MOLLURA

Everyone knows the case of the woman who sued McDonald's over spilled coffee. Or do they? More than 15 years after making international news, the case continues to be cited as an example of citizens who use 'frivolous' lawsuits to take unfair advantage of the American legal system. 

Listen to the full score on SoundCloud
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Clarity

SCORE BY MICHAEL MOLLURA

Watch the trailer for the dramatic thriller directed by Peyv Raz and starring Nadine Velazques, Dina Meyer, Maurice Compte, Tony Denison, Dana Melanie, Lourdes Narro. When 22-year old Maggie (Dana Melanie) falls fatally ill with a rare kidney disease, her adoptive mother, Sharon (Meyer) must find her birth mother to save her dying daughter.

Listen to the full score on SoundCloud
• View CLARITY

ONE LITTLE PILL

SCORE BY MICHAEL MOLLURA

Worldwide, alcohol abuse kills more people than HIV, nearly 3.3 million per year. Yet the old saying, “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic,” is not as true as you think. Profiling recovering alcoholics, medical professionals and justice practitioners, this scientific investigation exposes the benefits of a little-known drug Naltrexone and explores why the health care industry is so reluctant to accept this life-changing medication, despite boasting a 78% success rate. 

• Listen to the full score on SoundCloud
View One Little Pill

 

REELS

 

CLIMATE REFUGEES Original Score by Michael Mollura

Michael Mollura composed the full feature score for the Sundance FIlm Festival award winning film CLIMATE REFUGEES. 

RECONCILIATION  Original Score by Michael Mollura

This drama is out now in Theaters and available for download. 

HOT COFFEE Original Score by Michael Mollura

This is a compilation of music composed for the HBO film HOT COFFEE with jingles and title song included. Enjoy! 

 

VIDEOS

 

Mata Hari / Мата Хари 

Music by: Michael Mollura - Nudra Drive (OST: Mata Hari)

Clip: Holi Day Историческая достоверность - ноль. Просто красивый фильм.

 

HARE KRISHNA! Original Score by Michael Mollura 

Music invocation for the opening titles to the feature film HARE KRISHNA to be released in the Summer of 2017. Music composed by Michael Mollura and sung by Arjun Baba.

 
 
 

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MICHAEL MOLLURA
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