‘Music is what feelings sound like’ (Author unknown)
‘Music is the shorthand of emotion’ (Leo Tolstoy)
Art Phillips – Music Composer, Guitarist, Record Producer, Arranger, Orchestrator and Musical Director, delivers original music with a distinctive approach to enhance the stories you want to tell.
‘A good score can define a story as no word can possibly do, as it guides the viewer through a powerful emotional journey’ (Art Phillips).
…………..emotional solutions through music
Art Phillips is a valued and respected member of the music community in Australia and abroad, with over 40 years of international experience including 2000 hours of television music scoring on programs such as the NBC daytime series Santa Barbara, Australia’s hit Neighbours, Outback House, The Lost Treasure Of Fiji and Missing Persons Unit, as well as decades of live performance and recording work with big names from Barry Manilow, Minnie Riperton to Demis Roussos. Art served as President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers from 2001-2008, and was Vice President from 1992-2000.
Art Phillips, aka Arturo Di Filippo, as known on many solo guitar record releases, is a 2nd generation Italian who grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania (USA). All four of his grandparents were born in Italy, and his grandfather Antonio Phillips, born ‘Antonio Di Filippo’, from Montenero Val Cocchiara, Molise (Italy), immigrated to the USA in 1901 where immigration officials at Ellis Island, New York changed his name on arrival to Antonio Phillips ……he was only 7 years old at the time and had no say in the decision.
Art pays tribute to his grandfather and family by including his authentic family name, Di Filippo, on his solo acoustic guitar and mandolin Italian CD releases.
‘I am always looking for new challenges to develop a fresh sound to a project rather than predictable music clichés. In the early 1950s there was an American dramatic television series produced out of New York entitled ‘DANGER’, directed by Yul Brynner and Sidney Lumet, where the great guitarist and composer Tony Mottola scored all the episodes with the sound of a single guitar. It was such a unique and identifiable signature. I’m passionate about a strong collaboration with the filmmaker, and to develop a distinctive emotional soundscape to serve the visual story’. Art Phillips (2013)