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 was music director of 90 Minutes Live, with Peter Gzowski on CBC Television from 1976 to 1978.

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Website Bio". Archived from the original on 2015-10-17. Retrieved 2006-09-12.
  2. ^ a b Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Film and TV Composers, Jack Lenz
  3. ^ a b "Socan, Archived News 2004, Jack Lenz". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-09-12.
  4. ^ Mona's Message
  5. ^ Mona's Dream
  6. ^ Note Mona Mahmudnizhad's story is also the subject of other art works: music artist Doug Cameron's popular song "Mona with the Children" which made the top of the pop charts (#14 for the week of October 19, 1985) according to "Pop Annual 1955-1999: Sixth Edition" "Pop Annual 1955-1999: Sixth Edition" for October, 1985 and as a play A Dress for Mona Archived 2007-02-02 at the Wayback Machine..
  7. ^ a b Millennnium Arts Society Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. - Jack Lenz in conversation with Joseph Lerner
  8. ^ a b c Bahá'í Community of Canada, Canadian Bahá'ís > In the News > Jack Lenz Archived 2004-11-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ ole Expands Agreement with Jack Lenz and Lenz Entertainment
  10. ^ IMBD Entry
  11. ^ Jack Lenz Credits
  12. ^ a b c d James Beveridge, Film Guru, Jack Lenz
  13. ^ "14th SOCAN Awards". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
  14. ^ "16th Annual SOCAN Awards". Archived from the original on 2006-12-31. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
  15. ^ a b Music for the Second Bahá'í World Congress
  16. ^ Also appeared in the episode All the Queen's Horses in the Canadian series "Due South," in April, 1996
  17. ^ Jewel in the Lotus
  18. ^ Divine Notes - We Are Baha'is, Album Details Archived 2007-08-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "Music and The Arts - The Oneness of Humankind". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-01-13.
  20. ^ "RPM 50 Singles". RPM (through Library and Archives Canada). September 17, 1983. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  21. ^ Lenz Entertainment Artist Management[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Ava: Turning Point[permanent dead link]

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