William Austin Smith
Filmmaker, Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Studio Engineer
Austin is an American composer and arranger. His music has been performed in Europe, China and throughout the United States. His most recent project will be the musical backdrop for a light show in Savannah, Georgia's famous River Street District.
Austin's music was heard on PBS in summer 2016, as part of the "Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra" special. Austin's film scores have been heard at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, the Beaufort International Film Festival, the Comic Con Wizard World Film Fest Philadelphia, Dragon Con Independent Film Festival, the Doobious Film Slam in Atlanta, GA, and the Emerging Filmmakers Forum in Beverly Hills, CA.
In 2014, Austin arranged and recorded a big band/gypsy jazz album in Paris, France, with world-renowned recording artists Bireli Lagrene, Didier Lockwood and Jeff Hamilton. Featuring the original music of singer/songwriter, Julie Rose Wilde, Bohemian Dream Cabaret was recorded at historic Davout Studios with Ron Meza's Parisian High Definition Big Band and is the basis for the live cabaret show of the same name. The album release is slated for summer 2015.
In 2013, Austin was commissioned by the Kessler Collection hotels to arrange and produce an album of contemporary, electronic-jazz, lounge music, based on Johnny Mercer classics. Austin has been commissioned to compose and arrange for the Savannah Philharmonic, the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, the Camel City Jazz Orchestra and the Savannah Jazz Orchestra.
Trained in film music composition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Austin has scored movies, documentaries and commercials, has arranged for marching bands and has produced concert pieces for orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles and big band.
Austin is also a documentary filmmaker and photographer. Samples of his photography can be seen by clicking here.