New York, NY (October 27, 2008)–Elias Arts has expanded its multi-cultural division, Avenida Acceso, with the addition of its new creative director, composer and general manager Mike Pandolfo, according to Dante Piacenza, EVP, GM and executive producer, Elias Arts.
In his new position, Pandolfo, based in New York, will oversee the musical production and continued growth of Elias Arts’ Avenida Acceso Group. He will work closely with the company’s existing clients, and introduce new clients to the company. In addition, he will work closely with Andres Levin, featured artist/creative director for Avenida Acceso and bandleader/producer of the Latin fusion band, Yerba Buena.
Piacenza commented, “Mike Pandolfo truly brings an amazing feel and ability for crafting contemporary yet authentic music, as well as the knowledge of how to best guide its use smartly. He’s a very talented composer, and is gifted at melding musical styles and genres. He really rounds out the team nicely, and is a fantastic addition to the Avenida Acceso Group.”
Pandolfo began his musical career in 1995 and has worked in the audio, film and television industries in both the multi-cultural and general markets. He has produced music featured in projects ranging from international TV commercials for the Haitian soccer team to Tony Hawk’s videogame, Proving Ground.
Pandolfo has also done work for a wide variety of brands, including Mercedes, Volvo, Reebok, Sears, Old Navy, Intel, Cingular, Verizon and Bacardi, among others. He also scored the HBO short movie, Daddy, and created all of the promotional music for Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Show.
Most recently, Pandolfo served as managing director/creative director of the New York-based music production company Wonderful for four years, after working as a composer at other established music houses throughout the city.