An accomplished violinist and performer, Fernando’s musical compositions and performances encompass many genres, from classical to experimental. Fernando began playing the violin at the age of four, Fernando trained with renowned classical violinist Frederic Balazs (Composer/Conductor).
Fernando has contributed original music for:
+ Fishpeople by Patagonia
+ Damnation by Patagonia
+ Slow is Fast by Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman, and Kellen Keene
+ The Drifter by Rob Machado/Taylor Steele
+ State of S: Full Circle by Brian Taylor
+Thicker Than Water by Jack Johnson
+ Shelter by Chris Malloy/Taylor Steele.
+ Majini by Fernando Apodaca
+ Off Season by Ben Moon
Bands and Performances:
Fernando played violin with the gypsy/punk band Mad Juana, with Sami Yaffa and Karmen Guy, opening for Gogol Bordello. In 2010, he toured with Melali (featuring musicians Rob Machado, Jon Swift, Todd Hannigan, Jesse Siebenberg, and Sam Bolle.) He has performed internationally in locations such as:
+ Troubador, Hollywood CA
+ National Geographic Headquarters in Washington D.C.
+ House of Blues, Hollywood, CA
+ Comedy Store, Hollywood, CA
+ Casbah, San Diego, CA
+ 4th & B, San Diego, CA
+ The Old Globe, San Diego, CA
+ The Libby Bowl, Ojai, CA
+ Patagonia, San Diego, CA and Soho, NY
+ Belly Up, San Diego, CA
+ Viper Room, Hollywood, CA
+ Bowery Electric, New York, NY
+ Gramercy Theater, New York, NY
+ Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
+ The Elbow Room, San Francisco, CA
+ Slims, San Francisco, CA
+ The Stone Pony, New Jersey
+ Africa, South America (Brazil), Japan, Hawaii, Europe and across the U.S.A.
He has performed with notable musicians such as Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks/Michael Monroe/New York Dolls), Mike Watt (Minutemen, Iggy Pop and the Stooges), Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Gavin Hardkiss (Hardkiss Brothers), Trulio Disgracias, Escalara (Ananda Moorman, Bob Burnquist, Danny Way, Casey Gee, Jason Mueller, Joey Max Piro), Mburu, and others.
Fernando has composed sounds, original ringtones, and audio cues for companies such as Beats by Dr. Dre, Sonos, Altec Lansing, and Kyocera Wireless. Fernando performs these unique pieces using various instruments and methods.
+ “Best Sound Design” at The Giant Screen Cinema Association Awards 2011 for Director Sean Casey’s Tornado Alley (Graphic Films and Giant Screen Films) Sound Team: Mike McDonough, Sound Designer; Michael McDonough and Tamara Johnson, Re-Recording Mixers; Tim Archer and Fernando Apodaca, Location Sound Recordists; Blake Marymor, Recordist.
This is the video premiere for Todd Hannigan’s “Further than the Bow”. It features Fernando Apodaca on violin and rehearsal excerpts from the City Ballet of San Diego’s “Tchaikovsky Spectacular”. The full album “Further than the Bow” is now available on iTunes.
To preview some of Fernando’s music in iTunes,
please click on an album cover below: