Judy is currently working with Jeff Claus and Richie Stearns on music for "Dear President Obama, Americans against Fracking in One Voice" . A direct appeal to the President, and to all elected officials, to carefully consider the growing evidence proving that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas is hardly the path to energy independence that many promote. The film takes a cross-country look at fracking, highlighting its variety of contaminations, the stories of its victims, the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards an energy future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process. Interviews with scientists, economists, geologists and whistle-blowers will provide the core information we hope will convince the current President and those that will follow to join the “anti-fracking” majority that is growing across the United States. Director: Jon Bowermaster. Released scheduled for 2016.
Judy created cues for "Rising Voices", a Florentine/Hott Production in association with The Language Conservancy. The project is funded by Vision Makers Media with major sponsorship provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Administration for Native Americans, The Dakota Indian Foundation, the South Dakota Humanities Council, and the North Dakota Humanities Council. The project presents the present-day reality that Lakota, along with hundreds of other languages worldwide, is endangered; within a generation it could disappear. The film will examine not only the roots of this crisis, but also the efforts of those who now struggle to save that language -- the Native Americans and non-natives engaged in the very hard work of language revitalization. The project includes a one-hour broadcast film for PBS, a series of short films by Lakota filmmakers, and a project website hosting video podcasts, an interactive map, a selective visual/musical dictionary, an annotated Lakota playlist, a Lakota Wiki and classroom toolkit study guide. Aired on select PBS stations 2015.
Judy, with her husband, Jeff Claus, selected/edited/added parts to existing period music for the film "Peter and John", directed by Jay Craven, Kingdom County Productions. Based on a screenplay adapted from the Maupassant novel, the film stars 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset (Day for Night, Bulllitt), Emmy winner and Tony nominee Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue, Glengarry Glen Ross), Christian Coulson (Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets, The Hours), Shane Patrick Kearns (Blue Collar Boys) and Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black). Released summer 2015.
Judy scored PBS documentary Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America which aired on PBS June 20, 2014 with premieres in Northampton, MA; Boston, MA; Syracuse, NY; and Buffalo, NY.
Judy has been included in Fiddler Magazine's Fiddlers 20 CD/book set celebrating 20 years of Fiddler Magazine.
Judy talks about Late Last Summer in Fiddler Magazine's fall 2013 issue.
Judy's waltz, Ralph's Watch, is included in Waltz Book IV, compiled by Bill Matthiesen.
An interview with Judy and a transcription of waltz, Victor and Naomi, appears in the summer 2013 issue of Old Time News, a UK magazine.
Judy appears appears in anti-fracking music documentary Dear Governor Cuomo ... solo and with The Horse Flies and many others. Copies of this entertaining and informative primer about the important issue of fracking are available on request. You are encouraged to share it widely.
Judy's orchestration of Donna the Buffalo's song "Mystic Water" was played by the GrassRoots Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, July 21 at the GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance.
In January-February 2013 Judy and her husband, Jeff Claus, wrote and produced the score for Northern Borders, a film by director Jay Craven based on Howard Mosher's book. The film stars Bruce Dern, Genevieve Bujold, and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and is the fourth Jay Craven/Howard Mosher film Jeff and Judy have made music for. Released summer 2013.
Here are two fun videos of music from Judy Hyman and Dick Hyman's recent release, Late Last Summer ... Ralph's Watch set to old photos of Judy and Dick, and
Save a Thought, a moody music video ... hope you enjoy!
Ralph's Watch from the new album Late Last Summer was played on Terry Gross's show Fresh Air! This and other highlights of the album's life are being collected at http://www.facebook.com/LateLastSummer
Late Last Summer was officially released on October 23, 2012. Featuring Dick Hyman on piano and Judy on violin, this father-daughter collaboration is a collection of Judy's original waltzes. File under heart-felt and emotional. Available at cdbaby.com, amazon.com, i-tunes, and more.
Judy taught at Mark O'Connor's Berklee College Summer Strings Program June 25-29, 2012.
The Horse Flies participated in a May 15th New Yorkers Against Fracking concert at The Egg in Albany, NY along with Natalie Merchant; Medeski, Martin and Wood; Joan Osborne; The Felice Brothers; Citizen Cope, Dan Zanes, Ida, The Akwesasne Women Singers, Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo.
The Horse Flies opened for Natalie Merchant at the Forum Theater in Binghamton on March 10, 2012. Judy and Richie of the Flies also played in Ms. Merchant's band. This benefit concert raised money for the anti-hydrofracking movement. Noted author and recent Heinz grant recipient Sandra Steingraber spoke.
Judy performed with Natalie Merchant at New York City's 92nd Street Y on November 30 and December 1, 2011 for a total of over 3500 NYC public school children! As part of the Y's educational outreach program, participating schools were provided with curriculum to prepare the students.
Judy composed and produced the music for a two-hour documentary, The War of 1812. Produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo, NY and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc., which aired on PBS on October 10, 2011. PBS provides resources for teachers, students, and general viewers at their web site as well as the full documentary streamed.
Judy appears on Natalie Merchant's April 2010 release, Leave Your Sleep. She performed with Ms. Merchant in NYC for the album release and toured with her during July and August of 2010 playing violin and fiddle in Ms. Merchant's 8-piece ensemble. The tour, Judy's third with Ms. Merchant, covered 17,000 road miles in the U.S. plus an appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival in England.
Judy was featured in Electronic Musician's Composer Profile in the June 2010 issue.
The Horse Flies performed in April 2010 in Boulder, CO at the Boulder Theater for the E-Town radio show. This aired in July 2010.
The Horse Flies performed on Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know on June 5, 2010 broadcast live from the State Theater in Ithaca, NY.