- Stacey Hersh

“I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.”

- Stacey Hersh

Actually it was Igor Stravinsky who said that, not me. But we did play chess.

Okay, so that’s not true either.

What is true? I love his music. And Stravinsky’s quote speaks of the abstract language that I wrestle with daily, and the great emotional impact it holds.

Beginnings

Grew up in Toronto, Canada.
Listened to everything I could get my hands on. My parents loved this. I stayed out of trouble.
Piano lessons, various orchestral instruments… percussion.
Developed a serious interest in mallet percussion.
Played in every community orchestra that would have me.
Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, University of Toronto Orchestra.

Education

Drifted to NYC, studied with jazz vibraphonist David Friedman.
Theory major at the Manhattan School of Music, New York NY.
Summers: studied arranging and composition, Eastman School of Music, Rochester NY.
Graduated University of Toronto, majored in Economics.

Early Career

Toronto: performing/recording musician, keyboards & mallet percussion.
Experimenting and composing with the newest electronic instruments.
Writing lots of music for top television and radio advertisers.

Realizing electronic versions of new orchestral commissions for:

National Ballet of Canada
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

Playing/recording with a range of artists such as:

New music pioneers Arraymusic
Jazz bandleader Gil Evans
Country singer Carroll Baker
Sherry Kean (“I Want You Back”)
Roger Whittaker (6 years writing, recording, touring North America and Europe)

Now & Forever

I have primarily been involved as a composer for television and film, utilizing my traditional music background as well as an extensive knowledge of electronic music, computers and leading technologies.

My scores and songs have been featured in dozens of TV shows, TV and feature films. In my work I endeavor to incorporate my eclectic tastes and experiences, drawing on styles from electronica and ambient to lush thematic and dense orchestral works.

I am always prowling for new sounds, and delight in unconventional approaches to conventional situations.

My studio is in Santa Monica, California.

And I once went fly fishing with Aaron Copland. Actually.