Just as the English language makes use of foreign words to augment its own expressive power, Los Angeles-based composer Jonathan Sacks (b. 1950) draws from a wide range of styles and techniques to create music in an idiom that’s entirely his own.
As the orchestrator of scores for dozens of popular Hollywood movies (what Sacks describes as a “great day job”), the composer’s musical talents are not unknown to a wide audience. His credits include such films as Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995), Seabiscuit (2003) and, most recently, The X Files: I Want To Believe (2008). However, his first-ever CD collection of his own music, 5th Season, shows a composer in command of a distinctly personal sonic language.