GREG LAPORTA AND ERNIE SAVAGE, A.K.A THE OSTINATO BROTHERS
BY: LYNN MARIE
Greg Laporta and Ernie Savage truly have a love and passion for their work. The Ostinato Brothers, a.k.a. Greg and Ernie, have been writing, performing, and producing music for over twenty years.
Their award-winning work can be heard in major motion pictures, cable television and on their own CD recordings.
You just have to get passed the art work of the CD (which isn't that inappropriate compared to what we see on television and movies these days) because the tracks on Go Commando are just clever and hysterical.
Laporta and Savage have a unique way of expressing their musical talent; I don't know any other artists that could pull this off but these guys do it flawlessly. Their brilliance and expertise shine through in their recordings. The CD features guest artists such as Deanna Kirk, Rena Strober, and Tony Desare.
"I never in my wildest dreams thought there would be a signature cocktail named after one of our CD's," stated Savage. Move over Lady Gaga and Madonna, no signature drink named after these ladies.
After a few years in NYC recording studios, Greg landed a job with New England Digital, creators of the Synclavier, one of the foremost leaders in digital sampling and sequencing technology.
As a product specialist, he provided creative and technical support to musical artists such as Sting and Pat Metheny. This led to staff composing jobs at some prominent NYC music houses (Lavskymusic and National Sound), where Greg eventually met fellow Ostinato Brother, Ernie.
Eventually, Greg became a full time free-lance composer writing for film and television, and accumulating a top notch list of clients (PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, NBC, ABC, and CBS). Greg has provided MIDI orchestrations and score enhancements to such blockbuster films as Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and Martin Scorcese's "The Departed."
Ernie later landed a job as assistant to film composer Joe Delia where he worked on T.V. series "War of the Worlds", feature film "King of New York" (directed by Abel Ferrara) and with the "Killer Joe" band which features Max Weinberg. Ernie then transitioned into the NYC studio scene composing and producing, T.V. theme/promo packages and scores, jingles and record dates.
Utilizing his network of studio musicians, he also launched into the live music scene, fronting a 10 piece swing/jump blues R&B dance ensemble "The Ernie Savage Revival." Based in both New York City and Houston, Texas, "ESR" regularly performed corporate dates worldwide, for such clients as American Express and IBM. They also performed at Bob Hope's 100th birthday celebration.
They wanted to share their expertise to aspiring songwriters/musicians. Also the winner of the contest owns the newly produced master recording of their song. All visitors to the site may upload their own original song demos and share them with the world.
"We just enjoy what we do so much and want to give other people a chance in an industry that is very competitive," explains Laporta.
"It's great to hear the talent of other artists out there and being able to put it all together for them is truly amazing and exciting to Ernie and myself", explains Laporta.
Additionally, the winning songwriter each month will be featured in an Ostinato Treatment video webisode, where they will hear and comment on the newly produced version of their song for the very first time.