Cal Reichenbach

composer & sound designer

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Cal Reichenbach produces eclectic music for film, TV, and video games. An accomplished guitarist and composer, Cal specializes in emotionally dynamic, rhythmically compelling scores that enhance visual action and propel narrative flow. His work spans a broad range of genres including rock, funk, jazz, afrobeat, Brazilian, orchestral, electronic, and world groove. Cal plays an array of guitar styles as well as bass, mandolin, ukulele, and guembri (Morroccan/Gnawa bass lute) in his productions.

 

CalZone areas of scoring expertise include show open themes, emulations of any given reference track/musical genre/era, and the integration of ethnic music styles from any desired corner of the world. Tongue-in-cheek musical satire is another CalZone specialty: ironic cover arrangements, over-the-top genre parodies, and other feats of comedic scoring--from subtly sardonic to outrageously hyperbolic--are served with relish. 

Cal has worked with Subaru Asia, Bully Entertainment/Cosi Games (for Pelé: Soccer Legend {7mm downloads}), Pilot (for FX, AMC, CMT), Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Men In Blazers (VICE Sports), Organic, Brass Ideas, Cibo, Evolve Media, Disher Sound (for PlayStation Magazine/Gran Turismo 4), and director Banker White/WeOwnTV.

After a decade of touring, recording with, and producing an array of rock, funk, and jazz bands including the award winning Bay Area afrobeat ensembles ALBINO! and Aphrodesia, Cal earned an MFA in music production for visual media at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

CalZone Music & Sound is based in Oakland, California.

 

AWARDS:

Cal's orchestral score for Subaru Forester "Canoe Race” TV ad was nominated for Best Score at the 2015 AAU Media Awards and aired internationally

 

...with ALBINO!:

Best Band -East Bay Express Best of the Bay 2009

Best World Music Band -SF Bay Guardian Reader's Poll 2008

Pathfinder Medal of Honor -Burning Man 2007

Best World Music Band -SF Weekly Music Awards 2005

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY:

ALBINO!, Rhino (2007) CR: guitar

SOCKET, SOCKET  (2008) CR: guitar and producer, feat. Dave Ellis (Charlie Hunter Trio)

ALBINO!, Live with Karl Denson (2008) CR: guitar, recorded at Great American, SF

ALBINO!, Peralta House  (2009) CR: guitar and co-producer 

Aphrodesia, Lagos by Bus (2009) CR: guitar

THE ROUGH GUIDE to Afrobeat Revolution (2009 UK compilation) CR: guitar w/ALBINO!

Robert Temple, What Would You Do? (2005) CR: producer

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:

Montreal Jazz Festival, Outside Lands Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Burning Man, SFJAZZ Festival, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Sonoma Jazz Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Great American Music Hall (SF), Yoshi's (Oakland), Fox Theatre (Boulder), Mishawaka Amphitheater (Ft Collins), Richards on Richards (Vancouver), Neumos (Seattle), Les Schwab Amphitheater (Bend), Ashland Armory, Alaska State Fair, Oregon Country Fair

 

Live radio performances on KEXP Seattle,  KPFA Berkeley, West Coast Live

performing live with ALBINO! at Montreal Jazz Festival,  2008 

Current TV produced this short doc about ALBINO! playing at Burning Man in 2008*