In fall 2017, Zev Burrows ’12 will be featured as an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) “Composer to Watch” due to his participation in the ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop through which he collaborated on a short film, Absent, which was scored professionally at Reservoir Studies and opened the Columbia University Film Festival at Lincoln Center.
“The biggest achievement of my career thus far is the inclusion by ASCAP as a Composer to Watch,” says Burrows.
“Equally as exciting was to be May 2017’s Artist of the Month for Velvet Green Music, a production music library specializing in custom-made music for film, TV, and other media, and being accepted for the upcoming Dramatists Guild Musical Theatre Composition Master Class with Tony Award-winning composer Mark Hollman, composer of Urinetown.”
Burrows’ passion for music was nurtured in his AP Music Theory class at St. Anne’s-Belfield School with Mr. Rob Lane, and his interest in films was furthered in conversations Mr. Taylor which helped the way he watched and studied movies. By combining the two, Burrows has a made a career as a composer for film, television, and musical theatre.
“Currently I'm working on a musical with a very talented lyricist and librettist, and we are about to begin talking with some friends who could help us with readings,” says Burrows.
“I also score many short films and web series; one of them called Bound recently had its premiere at the Chain NYC Film Festival, and another called After Oil which will be a part of the New York Television Festival in October.”
For Burrows, continuous learning has been a hallmark of his career.
“In this industry, everybody has something to teach somebody else, even if it's not in a traditional classroom setting. I teach those who I work with about how I work with sample libraries and MIDI, and recently I learned and was given an unbelievable spreadsheet of 600 words that Shakespeare had used for the first time in Hamlet, words that he had never used in a play before, and where they were used. It is never a bad thing to maintain a love of learning.”
In 2019, Burrows' musical entitled The Pledge was selected for the New Works Lab at James Madison University.