Anna Melikian and Derek Smith (musician)

Anna Melikian in 2015

Anna Melikian (Анна Меликян) (born February 8, 1976 in Baku, Soviet Union) is an Armenian-Russian film and TV director/ producer whose work has been recognized with several awards. After her participation at Sundance Film Festival she was listed in the TOP 10 of most perspective film directors by Variety magazine.

Melikian studied at the All-Russian State University of Cinematography film school in Moscow (classes of prof. Sergey Solovyov and Valery Rubinchik), where she was awarded by the university prize of "Saint Anna" for Poste restante (2000). After the graduation she was granted by GosKino Russian organization, made various documental and TV films. In 2008 Melikian's Rusalka (2007) was awarded by the Berlin International Film Festival Prize.

Contents 1 Awards 2 Filmography 2.1 Director 2.2 Producer 2.3 Writer 3 References 4 External links

Awards Berlin International Film Festival, 2008, FIPRESCI Prize for: Rusalka (2007) Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 2001, Special Jury Award for Poste restante (2000) Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, 2008, Feature Film for Rusalka (2007) Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2008, Independent Camera Award for Rusalka (2007) Melbourne International Film Festival, 2001, City of Melbourne Award for Best Short Experimental Poste restante (2000) Sofia International Film Festival, 2008, Grand Prix for Rusalka (2007) Sundance Film Festival, 2008, Directing Award, World Cinema - Dramatic for Rusalka (2007) Filmography Director Zvezda (Звезда, "Star") 2014 Rusalka (Русалка, "Mermaid") 2007 Mars (Марс) 2004 Poste restante (До Востребования) 2000 Producer Domovoy (2008) (producer) Semeyka Ady (2007) (co-producer) Writer Rusalka (Русалка, "The Mermaid") 2007 Mars (Марс) 2004

Derek Smith (musician) and Anna Melikian

Derek Smith (born 17 August 1931, London) is an English jazz pianist.

Smith began his career in his native England, playing his first job for pay when he was fourteen. Someone rolled a piano out into the street, and he played for the VE Day celebrations. Over his parents’ protestations, he joined John Dankworth’s band when Cleo Laine was the female vocalist, and with many other noted British jazz musicians, including Kenny Graham and Kenny Baker. Smith also began performing and recording for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), but soon realized the place for him professionally, was America.

Smith immigrated to the United States with no job awaiting him. Fourteen days after arriving in New York, he recorded with the Modern Jazz Quartet. One of his first engagements was working with his trio opposite Mel Tormé and Ella Fitzgerald at Basin Street East in New York. He joined Benny Goodman’s band in 1961, and was pianist on Benny Goodman – The Swing Era, released by Time/Life Records, as well as working with Connie Kay and recording copiously as a session musician.

Derek Smith met Doc Severinsen when both were contracted to play a society gig. Later, when Severinsen was named leader of the NBC Orchestra, the “The Tonight Show Band", he called Smith to be the pianist. Smith played with the band for seven years while continuing to record daily in New York studios and work with Benny Goodman. When The Tonight Show moved to the West Coast, Smith opted to stay in New York and continue his career as a “first call” studio musician.

Smith led his own band on NBC’s “Musical Chairs (1955 TV series)” game show after he left the “Tonight Show”. After “Musical Chairs” was cancelled, he began concentrating on jazz concert performances while continuing to record. Smith’s trio album, Love for Sale, was nominated for a Grammy Award on 1989. Smith has around 30 albums as leader to his credit in the United States and Japan. Described by critics as "fiery", "passionate", and having "an evil left hand", he is a frequent headliner at jazz festivals around the world.

Smith may be heard on recordings ranging from the popular Burt Bacharach/Dionne Warwick and Steve Lawrence/Eydie Gorme tracks, recorded in the 1960’s, to jazz albums with Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, Milt Hinton, and Clark Terry. The material Smith has recorded also includes movie sound tracks among them Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence; (1993).

The roster of singers with whom Derek Smith has performed go from Frank Sinatra to Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Robert Palmer (in the Royal Albert Hall). Lyricist Sammy Cahn, a good friend until his death, comedian Steve Allen, and many other performers have frequently called upon his accompanying and conducting skills.

He continued to work with Goodman in the 1970s, and recorded often as a leader from 1978. He worked as a solo performer into the 2000s and also played in a trio with Bobby Rosengarden and Milt Hinton.

Contents 1 Discography 1.1 As leader 1.2 As sideman 2 See also 3 References

Discography This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. As leader Love for Sale (Progressive Records, 1978) My Favorite Things (Progressive, 1978) The Man I Love (Statiras Records, 1978) Derek Smith Trio Plays Jerome Kern (Progressive, 1980) I'm Old Fashioned (Progressive, 1980) Dark Eyes (Eastwind Records, 1983) Derek Smith Plays the Passionate Piano (Special Music, 1987) New Orleans Mardi Gras Explosion (Special Music, 1994) The Trio - 1994 (Chiaroscuro Records, 1994) New Orleans Mardi Gras Explosion (Special Music, 1994) Dixieland Dance Party (Essex Records, 1995) High Energy (Arbors Records, 2002) Live in London (Harkit Records, 2004) As sideman

With Marlena Shaw Marlena (Blue Note, 1972) From the Depths of My Soul (Blue Note, 1973)

With Nick Brignola Sextet feat. Pepper Adams Baritone Madness (Bee Hive, 1978)

With Bill Watrous Bill Watrous Does it Again! (Half Note Records, 2000) See also The Green Bird (Elliot Goldenthal musical in which he performed.)
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