Elliot Sokolov
Posted: December, 2015
Icarus Rising
I've composed the music for a dance opera, Icarus Rising. We had a wonderful first performance the work in progress at Raritan Valley Community College in December 2015, featuring singers Kristen Plumley and David Seamon, dancers Emma Pressman and Shawn Brush as well as a vocal chorus and members of the school's dance department. I'm happy to be working with choreographers Sabatino Verlezza and Loretta Fois and lyricist-librettist Isidore Elias on this groundbreaking production, which is supported in part by the O'Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation.

Posted: December, 2014
New KINGS PARK trailer
See the latest trailer for the documentary film "Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rWQj-72NHE
Original score by Elliot Sokolov; Directed by Lucy Winer.
Listen to or download the soundtrack album here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kings-park-stories-from-american/id536728924

Over 30 years after being committed to the female violent ward of Kings Park State Hospital following a series of failed suicide attempts, veteran documentary filmmaker Lucy Winer returns to Kings Park for the first time since her discharge. Her journey back sparks a decade-long effort to face her past and learn the story of the now abandoned institution that once held her captive.

music copyright (c) 2011 User Friendly Music. All rights reserved

Posted: December, 2014
Open Eye Theater production
Elliot was commissioned to write and record music for "Dulce Domum with the Reluctant Dragon," a children's holiday show produced by the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, NY in December, 2014. You can listen some of the music on this site.

Posted: June, 2012
KINGS PARK Soundtrack released
The soundtrack from the film "Kings Park: Stories From An American Mental Institution" is now available for download on
and Amazon

Posted: April 2013
Powers Of Ten - dance score
"Powers Of Ten", a modern dance work was performed April 4-7, 2013 at Montclair State University, Montclair NJ. The dance, with extraordinary choreography by May O'Donnell, was originally created in 1984 and is being re-staged for the first time with new sets and new music. My new score was commissioned by the O'Donnell-Green Dance and Music Foundation.

Posted: January, 2012
KINGS PARK - Trailer
Check out the trailer for the compelling documentary "Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution", (featuring my music score).


Posted: Sep 19, 2011
My Production WINS Soundcloud Song Contest!
I produced and arranged this song, which won the 2011 UK Songwriting Contest! Congratulations to writers Brian and Marv.

OLYMPIC THEME WINNER 2011 - When You Ride A Dream by Marv Conan and Brian Muni
The UK Songwriting Contest at Soundcloud.

Posted: May, 2012
KINGS PARK screened at Film Festivals
The documentary feature film KINGS PARK, with my score, has been screened at dozens of festivals throughout the U.S. The first preview screening was in July, 2011 at the Stony Brook Film Festival to a sold out crowd of over 1500 people. Audience reaction was quite enthusiastic, with a standing ovation! Other screenings include the Woodstock Film Festival, the Columbia Film Festival, National Alliance on Mental Illness, SVA theatre Benefit for Fountain House, New York State Psychological Association Annual Conference, Lighthouse International Film Festival, New York Women In Film and TV, American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference, University of Chicago Law School, The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, Benefit Screening & Reception for Clubhouse of Suffolk and Hands Across Long Island (HALI), Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Stony Brook Film Festival, The New School, Institute for Health Care Improvement, Bellevue Hospital, and many others.

Posted: Jul 26, 2011
Premiere at National Arts Festival, South Africa
My new music for "The Cycle Of Things To End," a collaboration with choreographer Zingi Mkefa, had 8 performances beginning on June 30, 2011 as part of the National Arts Festival, in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Posted: Jan 2, 2010
WINGED music for dance performance
Elliot and choreographer Sabatino Verlezza have collaborated on a new dance/theater work, "Winged," supported in part by a grant from the O'Donnell -Green Music and Dance Foundation. An excerpt from "Winged" was performed by Verlezza Dance in December, 2009 at the 92nd Street Y's Fridays at Noon dance series in NYC.

Posted: Dec 24, 2009
"Mekong Tipping Point" video score
Elliot has composed and produced the score for a documentary video, "Mekong Tipping Point" for the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington D.C.
The video was produced by Wildlight Films, NYC.

Posted: Jun 25, 2008
World Refugee Day - PSA for UN HCR
The UNHCR in Australia recently licensed my music for use in the new Public Service Announcement "Put Your Hands Up" to promote awareness of the UN's World Regugee Day.
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBFbaf4emkI

Posted: August 2007
See the Light Feel the Heat re-released
“See the Light/Feel the Heat” was written and produced
by Elliot Sokolov & Jack Waldman, aka Air Force One. The record
was mixed by Arthur Baker, edited by the Latin Rascals, and
released on Streetwise Records in 1984. It was one of the first
records featuring an entirely sampled vocal (by President Ronald
Reagan). "See the Light/Feel the Heat" by Air Force One has been
re-released on 2 new compilation CDs, "ESSENTIAL HOUSE" (released
summer 2007) and "80's UNDERGROUND CLUB HITS" (released fall 2006)
by Moist Music. A college/alternative radio and club favorite for
years after its release, the original Streetwise Records 12 inch
vinyl single is now a collectors item, often available on various sites.
These re-releases comes more than 20 years after it's original 12 inch
single release on Streetwise Records. The re-release is the b-side (dub version) of the original 12 inch single.

Posted: Jun 11, 2007
UNHCR spots with Khaled Hosseini
Elliot has recently provided music for 2 PSA's
which can be seen on the web. The spots, produced
by Wildlight Productions, feature Khaled Hosseini,
author of the internationally best-selling novel
"The Kite Runner", and who is now an envoy for the
UN Refugee Agency. Earlier this year, Hosseini
visited UNHCR camps in eastern Chad where some
240,000 refugees from Darfur are sheltered. The trip
was the result of his desire to see first-hand one
of UNHCR’s most complex operations and to bring wider
attention to the Darfur crisis. You can see one of the
spots at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rBEztz0YDg

Posted: Nov 10, 2006
Music for UN Darfur aid spots with Meryl Streep and Tony Bennett
Elliot has composed and produced music
for several commercials to raise awareness
and funds of aid for Darfur, sponsored by
UNRefugees.org. The spots, produced by Wildlight
Productions, feature MERYL STREEP and TONY BENNETT,
who graciously donated their talent and services
for this great cause. I am honored to have joined
them and composed and produced music for most of
the spots. They will begin airing as TV public
service announcements in March 2007. There are direct
links to the videos on my LINKS page, or go to
UNRefugees.org to see them. Please consider making
a contribution to this great cause.