Changing the world of music

 

At the tender age of 3, C. William Camilleri’s small world became engaged with the wonderful sounds of music through his affinity with the piano, drums, violin and recorder.  Born in London, England, of Italian origin, his abilities grew and by the age of 17, now living in Toronto, Canada,  he was told by the Director of The Ontario College of Percussion, Paul Robson, that he could easily become one of the worlds greatest drummers. At Paul’s suggestion William took up private tuition with world famous American drummer Peter Magadini who was also in Toronto at the time. William’s musical journey began to take a quick and noted path that led him back to London where he played with many world famous artists, including Tina Turner on her hit single “Let’s Stay Together.”
 
His first recorded CD was developed after being discovered by Prof Pirkilbauer faculty at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria where he was commissioned to compose his first CD. A year later William was discovered by Prof. Steven Paul, Head of A&R at Sony Classical in New York, who described William’s compositions as monumental. Prof. Paul then put William in touch with Bob Hurwitz, Head of Time Warner in New York, who graded his music as something astonishing calling William “a musical phenomenon.”  As a result of his continued musical ascent William was later signed on by Claire Best at Sandra Marsh Management in Beverly Hills, a leading Hollywood Film company, who rated William alongside John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and Alan Silvestri.  They opened a music department specifically so they could represent him on the strength of a CD composed, arranged and recorded within a single week.
 
Noting a constant and evolving methodology to his music, William found he didn't fit in with traditional music groups and thus set up his own studio,  Studios, where he composed his own special brand of music.  This state of the art recording studio is where William composes all styles of extremely high quality music ranging from simple samples to full blown symphonies. Gifted with the ease to compose without changes, William’s style of Direct Composition allows him to rely on sheer inspiration, even while performing live, and he is able to deliver some of the most powerful melodic music that can be heard today.  He has composed over 400 CDs, and has worked with many leading orchestras including a commission to compose a large orchestral work with the Warsaw Philharmonic in Poland, which attracted the attention of the heads of several record companies such as Warner Music, Sony Classical, and Naxos of America.  An astonishing feat for this self-taught musician, William has also worked with DreamWorks, Lionsgate Films, Universal and many more on film productions.
 
His unique and timeless style had also garnered the attention of Prof. Erik Gregory, Consultant to the Harvard and New England Conservatory, who requested that he lecture on film music to aspiring Composers and Film Makers.  The Mercedes Benz Fashion Show also came calling when he was contacted by Maria McDonald, head of New York Fashion Week, and was commissioned to submit 8 music videos for the red carpet event in Manhattan, New York. In addition, he was asked to perform live in concert at the prestigious Lincoln Center after which he was approached by two major record labels, in the US and Europe, through whom he released 5 CD’s.  William’s music has often been described as “emotional,” “evocative,” “healing,” and has been known to create such profound effects that people have burst out into tears!
 
In February 2011 William was asked to perform at Haute Couture Fashion week in Concert in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria where he performed on the Red Carpet for a worldwide audience broadcast in 18 different countries.  Additionally, he was asked by Linzy Attenborough to be Head of Music for First Impression Films Ltd, a new large Film/Multimedia Company in London and also, the Head of Music at Thought Juice Films, another Film Company that specializes in High Level Music Videos and all aspects of the Film, Music & Recording Industry.
 
Perhaps the most important of all of William’s work is his incredible true life story which is currently in development to be released as a feature film entitled, “The Composer,”slated to hit theaters in 2016.   Serving as Executive Producer and Composer of the film score, The New York Film festival, upon hearing a brief synopsis of the film, stated that “the story has amazing potential to become an Oscar-winning movie.” The Composer will be a cross between Good Will Hunting, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind and Forrest Gump.  Part drama, romance, and thriller  The Composer is already attracting the attention of the film industry worldwide as it has attached industry heavyweights like Academy Award nominated Cinematographer Garry Waller (E.T the extraterrestrial, Star Wars, Poltergeist), Music Legend Alan Parsons (the Beatles' -Abbey Road, Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon), Academy Award winner and Visual Effects Master Richard Edlund A.S.C (Star Wars, Air Force One, Die Hard, Ghostbusters, Cliffhanger, The Hunt for Red October), Sound mixer Paul Marshal CFA (Oba: The Last Samurai, American History X), Producer Nancy Valle (Last Knights, Barely Lethal, The Twilight Zone), Director and Cinematographer Sean Mullens (Emmy Nominated, Cannes Lions & Clio award winner ) and numerous talented actors including Natalie Burn (The Expendables) and others all with an unfinished screenplay!  For more about The Composer film please visit http://thecomposer.global/.

Every project William has been involved with has been a tremendous success and various websites publish glowing reviews of William’s music which is changing the course of music as we know it.  Having established the New Romantic Neo Classical genre of composition, William continues to exceed expectations.  In 2015 he also founded and serves as CEO of The Composer Global LTD, a new film production company that will specialize in development and production of high quality films for a global audience.   

 

William Camilleri does more than what is being said about him. His compositions guide the soul to peaceful realms, yet unknown to mankind.

Before the age of twelve, I’ve studied 36 of the old masters, such as Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Grieg, etc, and the moment I heard William Camilleri’s first piece, I instantly realized that the world is yet again in the company of an individual of of extreme talent. William is a genius of magnitude such as we haven’t seen in eons. My sincere congratulations indeed.
— Amy Leo PHD, Musicologist South Africa.
I sit mesmerized by the exquisite repertoire of musical works that have been born from this great artist, William Camilleri. Clearly rooted in the early 19th century “Romantic” style, undertones of classical structure with overtones of contemporary nuancing.

There is a familiarity in these musical works, that is comforting and left my mind racing as I attempted to identify which of the great masters had just visited. Replete with rich harmony, emotive expression and complex melody, these masterpieces are created not simply composed. The difference, the listener is presented with an intimacy and a vulnerability that weaves itself in a musical pas de deux.
One becomes a willing participant in the evocative, tones that float and then land upon you,
literally taking your breath away, for a brief sublime moment. Then, wishing to return to that auditory bliss, I found myself searching for more, and yet more again, as my musical appetite was unquenched. It is impossible to remain untouched, unmoved and uninvolved. Every note is an introduction to the essence of this amazing composer, his heart, his head, his soul.

Mr. Camilleri, in gesture, offers a musical handshake that welcomes all of your senses, as you enter his world. There he stands exposed and vulnerable, within this whirlpool of musical genius. I enjoyed knowing the tears of joy and sadness, that moved me, were the very same, that had directed his heart to create that which so moved me. Listen, hear the sounds of the wind, the ocean, rustling leaves, soft voices, rain falling, laughter, rebirth, the words spoken between lovers.

Listen closer and you may hear whispers from Liszt, Chopin and Verdi! All and more reside within this body of work. 

Bravo,
— Laura L. Lane - Poet, Freelance Writer, Editor  LA, USA
It may be a sacrilege to attempt define William Camilleri’s compositions or even dare classify them. It is true that Art is not created to be reviewed or judged, but, to delight, move and cultivate. However, listening to Camilleri’s music pieces people get overwhelmed with emotion that needs to be shared and somehow communicated. His music evolves mentally spiraling like a nautilus shell form as a symbol of universal expansion and renewal, a logarithmic growth spiral uniting the essence of cosmos with the Platonic golden mean of beauty appealing to all ages.

It is remarkable that even teenagers and children, who are not acquainted with classical music listening at all, are inexplicably drawn to not only notice but also feel it. How can one perceive his work it certainly depends on the individual and his or her interpretation as it happens with any form of Art. It inspires generating sentiment and thought extending our ability to perceive them to new levels of conception, and in this process, our experience is discussed with the desire to be shared. In this spiritual journey, we are not the audience but the active participants following the course of concepts unfolding ceremoniously. There is some kind of fusing of the Pythagorean principles of Harmony with Esoteric concepts of movement like the Fourth Way Exercise initiated by Gurdjieff – denial – reconciliation – affirmation – unity - for meditation and spiritual clarity reaching to emotions romantically hinted at the work of Mahler and Rachmaninoff. Nevertheless, it is something beyond all these as there is a purification element of perception and feeling in it that the audience is invited to process. It is this aspect exactly, that is evident in Camilleri’s music – the initiation to meditation and inner search for the being.

As the creator of these heartfelt melodies he is there as a priest of a high order of some kind of purification ritual summoning us to be initiated in stages of insightful rite of passages and be exposed to concepts and perception of an inner exploration. There is no wonder that his music has just gained recognition only by the samples posted on his official website while there is no commercial promotion yet involved in distributing his sound. The initiated to his melodic sound we view him as the Virgil of our personal Divine Comedy to instruct in the stages of our personal journey to growth.
— Georgina Kouti - Classical Archaeology BA and Classics MA of University College London
William Camilleri’s music moves a person’s soul. His melodies soar, his harmonies fit even as they’re unexpected, his lyric moments are lovely and his power moments are impressive. I call him one of the great composers of our time and, what’s more, believe his name should be added to list of the greats from Purcell to Barber.
— Kathryn Dahlstrom - Award Winning Author and Screenwriter
I am listening to your music as I’m typing, being enchanted, chilled and uplifted. I love classical and movie soundtracks and yours is destined to be classic. I feel you are a creative genius that became so by your struggles that did not destroy you, but made you stronger
— TL LEWIS - Academy Award Winning Screenwriter
The rate at which William turns out classic upon classic puts him in the stratosphere of the truly great composers of the last fifty years. His music not only fits the scene more perfectly than imagination could ever have hoped for, but it also inspires the creative team to raise their and deliver a scene worthy of the composition.
On The Velvet Abstract, his original score became a metronome for the entire film. It set the pace, mood, and creative levels that we all found honored to be a part of. To me his talent cannot be surpassed.
— JAMES HUGHES Writer & Director - The Velvet Abstract
I had the privilege of working with William on his new feature film. What an absolute stunning and talented man he is. He has a heart of gold and is an inspiring optimist. It is an honour to work with such a creative and successful man. His music echo’s his soul - bringing moving and heart felt compositions. His new feature film will touch the world. World, meet the fabulous Mr William Camilleri.
— MELANIE JAYNE BEVAN - ACTRESS