Don Cento

Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Austin, TX

Composer Reel 2016

Below you'll find a handful of instrumental pieces I've written recently. These were devised as score pieces for ersatz TV shows / movies. Some work as themes, some have more of a narrative shape following a scene that only lives in the imagination. Not sure if anybody would be interested in watching these so-called shows, but hopefully the music will move you. Should you be moved to enlist my services as a composer for your project, you may contact me.

Cover Image - Fresh Ideas in Shape-Shifting
Cover Image - Fresh Ideas in Shape-Shifting

Fresh Ideas in Shape-Shifting

The middle of Iowa is not the easiest place to blend in if you’re from one of the “quiet neighborhoods” on Neptune.

Those Birds Will Come Back Someday

Brian is Shopping for a German Car

The Meat of September

guitars, synthesizers, drums, piano, bass, quirky, oddball, wonky, peppy, smiling


Cover Image - Badge of Dishonor
Cover Image - Badge of Dishonor

Badge of Dishonor

A bad cop tries to come clean but only gets dirtier.

If I Have to I'll Drive All Night

Unwrapping the Body

synthesizer, percussion, drums, dark, moody, gritty, foreboding


Cover Image - A Most Mysterious Notebook
Cover Image - A Most Mysterious Notebook

A Most Mysterious Notebook

While exploring in Aunt Sylvia’s attic, twelve-year old Tana and her little sister Karen find a musty old notebook overflowing with mystical poems and magical powers.
(NOTE: These are all MIDI mock-ups, performed not by humans but by a magical computer)

Turning the Pages of Time

Let Us Go and Make Our Visit

The Requirements of Magic

orchestra, brass, symphonic, mystical, magical, wonder, mysterious, wide-eyed, awe


Cover Image - A Short Summer on Lake Champlain
Cover Image - A Short Summer on Lake Champlain

A Short Summer on Lake Champlain

When Nathan’s car breaks down in Vermont he is forced to slow down and notice the world around him for the first time in years.

The Lake is Shallow but the Water is Cold

The Light Here is Amazing

acoustic guitar


Cover Image - Blank Spot on the Map
Cover Image - Blank Spot on the Map

Blank Spot on the Map

Everybody ends up somewhere…. but what if your somewhere is nowhere?

Blank Spot on the Map

Puzzlewood

acoustic guitar, mandolin, electric slide guitar, deep woods, moody, rustic, nervous, ominous, percussion


Cover Image - ATX Uncensored(ish)
Cover Image - ATX Uncensored(ish)

ATX Uncensored(ish)

I recently provided some theme music for an Austin-based comedy show ATX Uncensored(ish) which is, regrettably, no longer the air. I'm fairly certain my tune had nothing to do with the cancellation but stranger things have happened. In any event, the theme is presented here for posterity.

Brian is Ironing His Concert T-Shirts

guitars, synthesizers, drums, rock


Greetings. I'm Don Cento.

I'm a musician in general but more specifically I play guitar, write songs and sing those songs. I also compose instrumental pieces and I occasionally produce recordings, mix recordings and do some arranging.

I've been intimately involved with the guitar since I was in seventh grade which, if memory serves, was around 1985. I was struck by a bolt of lighting in the form of a Flamenco guitar player (Ronald Radford, for the completists out there) during a special performance in band class. Soon after that it was Eddie Van Halen and after that a snowball of guitar players and bands and countless hours in the basement and practice rooms.

I matriculated at the University of North Texas and earned my BA in Jazz Guitar Performance in 1995.

Since it all began I've had the good fortune to play with a ton of great bands and artists and make a bunch of cool records. I've recorded or toured with Jude, The Tomorrow People, Chomsky, Trey Johnson, Jerry David DeCicca and many others.

Of late I've had a few placements with my band El Cento, most notably in the FOX sitcom "Grandfathered." Additionally I provided some theme music for an Austin-based comedy show ATX Uncensored(ish) which is, regrettably, no longer on the air. I'm fairly certain my music had nothing to do with that...

I'm currently performing with...

I'm available for recording, arranging, composing/song-writing and mixing. I'm also available for lessons. If you've got any questions please don't hesitate to drop me a line for more info.

Calendar

  • July 29
    Shibboleth
    Kitchen Cafe
    Dallas, TX
  • August 20
    Jerry David DeCicca
    Beerland
    Austin, TX

Listen

Here's a quick sampler of tunes. More stuff can be found on my SoundCloud Page.

Lessons

Starting in Summer 2015 I'll be teaching Applied Guitar (private lessons, basically) at Austin Community College. I'd love to talk to you about getting to know the neck better, writing good parts, playing in bands, using effects. Anything really.

Please visit ACC Music Business, Performance & Technology for more info.

Contact

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Feel free to drop a line to discuss anything you've seen on the page or (just about) anything at all.

© 2016 Don Cento. Except stuff that is © other folks. Should be obvious. Banner photo by the one and only Gavin Tabone.