TRANSCENDERS IS A FULL SERVICE MUSIC PRODUCTION COMPANY ESTABLISHED
IN 2002 BY BRIAN LAPIN, TERENCE YOSHIAKI AND MIKE FRATANTUNO.
Brian, Terence and Mike began collaborating on film and television scoring projects under the collective Transcenders Music in 2002 and quickly realized that their individual strengths and creative visions complemented each other well. Some of Transcenders’ most notable works include composing the score and main title for the CBS dramatic series Madam Secretary, ABC’s hit comedy Blackish and the long-running dramatic series Gossip Girl. They are the recipients of numerous ASCAP and BMI Composer Awards for the hit shows Harry’s Law, Gossip Girl, and NBC’s Friends spinoff, Joey. They have also contributed music to many films including The Smurfs, Our Family Wedding, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad, and The 40 Year Old Virgin.
As recording artists, Terence, Mike and Brian helped to define a groundbreaking sound and vision with the multi-platinum selling recording artists, The Black Eyed Peas. Their songwriting collaborations have received Grammy nominations and BMI Songwriter Awards for the Black Eyed Peas’ hit songs “Let’s Get It Started” and “Where Is The Love”, featuring Justin Timberlake.
Transcenders have been making their mark in the world of composing by combining live analog instrumentation with tech-savvy production techniques, their approach to composing is distinctive, fresh and innovative. From their recording studio in Marina Del Rey, California, Transcenders pride themselves on writing and producing music from any genre, while maintaining their own signature sound.
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Blackish Takes on the Election of Donald Trump
The timing of tonight’s episode of Blackish (Wednesday Jan. 11th) couldn’t be more important a direct reflection of our society and what it means moving forward over the next four years. The episode entitled, “Lemons” focuses on the aftermath of the 2016 election, where we are as a country, how we arrived to this point and the dialog necessary to unify this country. Directed by show creator Kenya Barris…Tune in 9:30pm on Abc. See the Variety Magazine article here.
Tracee Ellis Ross Wins 2017 Golden Globe Award For Blackish!
Tracee Ellis Ross made history at Golden Globes 2017 on Sunday night, when she became the first black woman to win in the Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical category in 35 years. The last recipient of that award was Debbie Allen back in 1982 for the TV show Fame.
Ellis Ross was honored for her vibrant portrayal of Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson on ABC’s black-ish, where she plays opposite Anthony Anderson (Andre “Dre” Johnson) as the two African-American professionals raise their four children in a spirited[More...]
Blackish Nominated for Three Golden Globe Awards!
The 2017 Golden Globes are here and Blackish has the honor of being nominated for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, Best Performance By an Actor in TV Series, Drama (Anthony Anderson) and Best Performance By an Actress in TV Series, Drama (Tracee Ellis Ross)! Transcenders are super proud be a an integral part of this series! Let’s goooooo!
TRN Remixes Sia’s “The Greatest” for TRO Episode
Sia recently gave a shout out to our show The Real O’Neals, for a mashup we created of her recent hit “The Greatest”. The song is featured in a special Christmas episode highlighting additional TRN produced songs!
Blackish Garners Three 2016 Emmy Nominations!
Outstanding Comedy Series – Outstanding Lead Actor – Outstanding Lead Actress BOOM! Blackish comes out swinging with three nominations for the 68th annual Emmy awards. Big shout to all of our peeps over there – TRN look forward to Season 3! Check out this great interview with the show’s creator, Kenya Barris in the New Yorker. Click here
2016 BMI Film/TV Awards Honors
TRN’s Mike and Terence were honored to receive 2016 BMI Film/Television Awards for their work on season two of CBS’s Madam Secretary. It was an honor to be in the company of so many great composers, including this year’s Icon recipient, James Newton Howard!
Output Instruments feat. TRN
TRN were recently included on the artists page of Output Instruments. Based in Hollywood, CA., Output has been dropping some really dope instrument plug-ins that TRN love to use in their productions. Check them out..you won’t be disappointed! Here’s a link
Black-ish renewed for a third season!
ABC wasted no time adding Blackish to it’s list of early renewals. The network’s breakout hit show will return for a third season, it was announced earlier in the week. TRN look forward to continuing their fresh approach to the show’s score and seeing what’s in store to come…Let’s go! For more info and full episodes to stream, click here: ABC’s Blackish
TRN SCORES NEW ABC COMEDY, THE REAL O’NEALS
TRN just wrapped up composing duties for ABC’s midseason comedy “The Real O’Neals”, debuting Tuesday March 8th. ABC’s new comedy is a fresh take on a seemingly perfect family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. The Real O’Neals stars Martha Plimpton and is exec produced by are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Todd Holland, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage. For more info, trailers and clips, click on this link: ABC’s The Real O’Neals
TRN Works with Tyra Banks
TRN recently worked with the talented Tyra Banks on a remix of Alicia Key’s “Fallin” for a recent episode of Blackish. This joint features Tyra and series breakout star, Marsai Martin! Check out the clip in our REEL section! Shout out to Ms. Terry Dexter for the vocal coaching the session.
BMI 2015 Film/TV Award Winners!
TRN’s Mike and Terence were recently recognized at BMI’s 2015 Film/Television Awards for their work on CBS’s Madam Secretary. It was an honor to be in the company of so many great composers including Oscar-Winning Icon recipient, Alexandre Desplat. Terence and Mike are seen here on stage with BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and Assistant Vice President of Film and Television Relations at BMI Ray Yee.
ASCAP Publishing Society Awards TRN’s Brian!
Transcenders’ own Brian Lapin was honored at the 2015 ASCAP Film and TV Composer Awards for his work on CBS’s Madam Secretary, ABC’s Blackish and Nickelodeon’s Instant Mom! Congrats B!
TRN meet Legendary Virtuoso Violinist Itzhak Perlman!
Brian and Mike had the pleasure of meeting with legendary virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman after his astounding performance at Disney Hall in January. It turns out Itzhak is a fan of ‘Madam Secretary’! Thanks to Mr. Perlman’s son, and our good friend, Rami Perlman for the introduction.
Madam Secretary Renewed For Second Season
CBS gives it’s breakout freshman drama, Madam Secretary an early pickup for a season reports Deadline Hollywood! MS ranks as the #2 new series this season in total viewers with 14.9 million per week. TRN have enjoyed establishing the sonic palette for the show and look forward to another great season with the team over at Revelations Entertainment/CBS Studios!
TRN Studio Session for Madam Secretary
TRN had the privilege of working with Dimitris Mahlis and Charlie Bisharat in our studio recently. The two renowned musicians came in and laid down beautiful parts on our score for Madam Secretary, helping to transport MS viewers into the world of a seedy Turkish marketplace. The Oud that Dimitris played is one of the most unique sounding instruments we’ve had the pleasure of recording…and Charlie’s violin playing was like butter!
Madam Secretary & Blackish Receive Full Season Orders!
TRN are stoked that both of their network television shows have been picked up for full season orders! CBS has found a Sunday night gem in the making with Madam Secretary, consistently drawing over 12 million viewers weekly! ABC’s hilarious hit comedy, Blackish has become the perfect compliment to their Wednesday night lineup following Modern Family! Viewers are tuning in and the momentum continues to escalate at a rapid rate for both shows! Check out full episodes online here: Blackish and Madam Secretary
‘Madam Secretary’ premiere wins night with 14.3 million viewers
Washington (AFP) – Some 14.3 million Americans tuned in to watch Sunday’s premiere of a new CBS drama that recalls Hillary Clinton’s stint as US secretary of state, according to initial ratings data Monday. This is the kind of headline we like to hear over here at Transcenders Studios! Read the premiere review here. TRN are excited to be a part of this great show – keep tuning in on Sunday nights on CBS!
ABC’s Black-ish Set to Debut
TRN’s fall comedy, Black-ish is all set to premiere Wed, September 24th at 9:30pm on the ABC Network. You may have seen a few of the show’s billboards around town! Black-ish is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated comedies of the 2014 fall season! For more info, trailers and clips, click on this link: ABC/Black-ish
MADAM SECRETARY SET TO PREMIERE!
TRN’S forthcoming CBS political drama, Madam Secretary is set to debut Sunday September 21st, 8pm PT! This show has been receiving a nice buzz in the industry and is considered a must watch show this fall. Check out this link to EXTRA’s Hot New Shows List. If you haven’t had a chance to see the official trailer for Madam Secretary, watch it here!
TRN’s Song collaboration with actor Jess Harnell
TRN’s Terence and Brian caught up with voice actor Jess Harnell during a recent recording session at Technicolor Sound Services. Jess’s voice over acting will be heard over a TRN produced song for the forthcoming Dreamworks/Netflx animated series, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Check out Jess’s extensive resume here on IMDB. He’s been featured in just about every animated series you can think of…his credits are a mile long!
TRN’s Low End Theory
TRN’s Mike Fratantuno recently held down the low end for the rhythm section of L.A. perennial funk band, The Greasy Beats. The reunion show took place at Seven Grand in downtown L.A. The Greasy Beats features musicians from The Breakestra, Orgone, The Lions and De La Soul‘s live backing band. Good music…real music! Here’s a couple of links to check out! Official website of the Greasy Beats and on iTunes
TRN record and co-produce The Magic Line LP
Our good friend Chris Richards released his incredible album, The Magic Line recently and TRN are proud to have been a part of the recording process. The Magic Line is the 4th full-length release by critically acclaimed Wisconsin songwriter Chris Richards. Recorded in both Nashville and Los Angeles, it features the songs Right Here All The Time, Tavern Town and Flowers Of The Sea. Check out Chris’ official website and support him by downloading The Magic Line here!
TRN Score CBS’s Fall Drama ‘Madam Secretary’
TRN recently re-teamed with talented director, David Semel and executive producer Morgan Freeman on CBS’s new fall series, Madam Secretary starring Tea Leoni. The drama, from Homeland‘s Barbara Hall, centers on the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. Check out the Hollywood Reporter link for more info…You can also view the trailer here! Tune in on Sunday nights at 8pm!
TRN Score ABC’s Comedy ‘Black-ish’
TRN recently scored ABC’s forthcoming comedy Black-ish for their fall line-up. The single-camera comedy stars Anthony Anderson who exec. produces along with Laurence Fishburne. From writer Kenya Barris (The Game), the semi-autobiographical comedy centers on an upper-middle class black man who struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity. The pilot is hilarious so keep an eye out for it’s debut on Wednesday nights this fall, following Modern Family! View the trailer and check out the review here in the Huffington Post!
TRN Collaborate With Hit Songwriter, Francci Richard
Transcenders recently collaborated with hit songwriter, Francci Richard for a forthcoming project..details to come. Francci is a Grammy nominated songwriter who has written with industry heavyweights Bono, Patti LaBelle, Fergie, Carly Rae Jepsen and Dr. Dre among others. A veteran of the industry, Francci has also placed numerous songs in notable film and television projects.
Tony The Hat…A Rock & Roll Musical
Brian’s incredible musical album is finally complete! Transcenders collective along with dozens of talented musicians and vocalists came together to help realize B’s vision. For more details, go to www.tonythehatmusical.com and get a glimpse of a cool Broadway play in the making!
TRN in studio working on Tony The Hat
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…who would complain about work when your job is to make music! Here’s a picture of TRN in the studio working on “Tony The Hat… A Rock and Roll Musical”!
TRN score The hit documentary, “I Know That Voice”
TRN collaborated with executive producer, John Dimaggio to score his well received documentary, I Know That Voice detailing the inner workings of the voice-over acting world. I Know That Voice has been gaining huge amounts of traction and success where it has consistently been in the top 5 doc’s on iTunes since it’s release. Check out this article on John D!
I Know That Voice Hollywood Premiere Party
TRN at the premiere of the “I Know That Voice” documentary in Los Angeles. TRN’s score is featured throughout!
Hammond Organ Co. Endorses TRN’s Brian
Check out this link to the Hammond Organ website where you can find TRN’s Brian listed as one of their endorsees! hammondorganco.com
The Best Man Holiday features Channel Two’s Music
Christopher Greco Photograpy
Transcenders linked up with good friend Chris Greco for a day of photos. Chris’ amazing imagery can be viewed here: www.chrisgrecophoto.com Thanks again Chris!
Colbie Calliat works with TRN
Grammy winning singer/songwriter, Colbie Calliat came into to the studio to work with TRN on a remake of Leslie Gore’s, “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To” for NBC’s, The Playboy Club. Colbie was great to work with…talent, engaging and knocked out the song like a true professional. www.colbiecaillat.com
Channel Two Music
Channel Two is Terence’s on going recording project with German producer, Deja Move delivers their second full length LP, Beyond 2012. This set features incredible artists, N’FA (Australia), Ming (NYC), Joy Jones (L.A.) and Todd Simon among others.
Sons of Mariel
TRN’s Mike Fratantuno has been recording and performing with The Sons Of Mariel…George Pajon Jr.’s new band and recording project. Along with Diego Vals, S.O.M. has created one of L.A.’s most rocking up and coming bands to look out for. Give them some love and visit them www.sonsofmariel.com
The Voice’s Javier Colon Works with TRN
‘Voice’ winner, Javier Colon came into the studio to work with us on a remake of Ray Charles’ “Let the Good Times Roll” for NBC’s The Playboy Club. Javier played a young Ray Charles on the show, performing our remake, and when you hear this man sing, you know why he deserves all of the accolades he’s received! Check him out www.javiercolon.com