Jack Lenz

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John Frederick "Jack" Lenz is a Canadian composer. He has written, performed, and produced music for film, television, and theatre,[1] along with working on non-soundtrack album ventures.[2][3] He is also the founder of Live Unity Enterprises, an organization devoted to the production of music for the Bahá'í community.

Lenz contributed additional music for the John Debney score for Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ. Among his current projects is working on a movie about the persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran, particularly the story of Mona Mahmudnizhad who suffered under the persecution in Iran,[4] under the title of Mona's Dream.[5][6]

He resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Background[edit]

Lenz was born in Eston, Saskatchewan. His mother was also raised in Saskatchewan, and his father came to Canada from Hungary during the Depression. Still in his youth Lenz took piano lessons from Garth Beckett and later studied composition at the University of Saskatchewan.[7] Lenz became a professional musician when he played keyboards and flute for the soft-rock bands Seals and Crofts and Loggins and Messina touring around the world, performing before large audiences, and recording.[8] Lenz' involvement in children's issues stems partly from having seven children of his own, as well as being an arena which avoids "the conflict between what I believe about music and its sacred nature and dealing with what a lot of programming deals with, which sometimes could be the worst aspects of human nature."[7] Lenz joined the Bahá'í Faith in 1969.[8]

Programs[edit]

Lenz has done music production work for over 100 programs for various categories of mass media including television series and information/news programming, feature films, movies of the week, documentaries, live to broadcast, and children's television productions for networks like the CBC, NBC, Fox Broadcasting Company, PAX TV, Discovery Channel, Scholastic-HBO, Showtime, and Nelvana / CBS (as well as theatrical works).[9][10][11][12]

Awards[edit]

Nominated for several Gemini Awards:

  • Best Original Music Score for a Series for:Due South, episode "Free Willie". (1995)
  • Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series for: "Due South", episode "The Gift of the Wheelman". (1996)
  • Best Pre-School Program or Series for: Nanalan' (2003) (Executive Producer and Music Director)

Winner of several SOCAN Awards:

  • 14th Annual SOCAN Awards 2003[13]
    • Domestic Non-Animated Television Series Music Award
    • International Television Series Music Award
    • News & Sports Television Programming Music Award
  • 16th Annual SOCAN Awards 2005[14]
    • Domestic Non-Animated Television Series Music Award

Albums or songs on albums[edit]

Artists[edit]

Lenz has done production work for Paul Gross, David Keeley, Doug Cameron, Adam Crossley, Holly Stell, The Crawling Kingsnakes and Ava Bowers.[2][21][22]

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