The HBO series “Vice” recently featured two compositions of Miguel Castro, artist in residence for Middle Georgia State College's instrumental music program.
The show used Castro's "Bugaku,” from the compilation CD “World Percussion – Rhythm Journey” in season 2, episode 3. In season 2, episode 5, the show used Castro's “Brigamo" from the same compilation CD.
As Castro described them, “Bugaku” is a Japanese piece that features dramatically vibrant drumming. “Brigamo” combines syncopated drumming patterns with metallic rhythmic sounds.
As an internationally known percussionist, Castro has performed with the Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Hagen Theatre Orchestra (Hagen, Germany), the Seacoast Music Society, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo (Venezuela), the Swiss Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Dominican Republic). He has taught extensively in the Middle Georgia area, including at Mercer and at Warner Robins High School.
"Vice" is a documentary TV series created and hosted by Shane Smith of Vice magazine, according to Wikipedia. Produced by Bill Maher, the show uses CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria as a consultant, and covers topics using an immersionist style of documentary filmmaking. The show follows journalists as they go to different parts of the world interviewing people on political and cultural topics. Subjects include political assassinations, young weapons manufacturers, child suicide bombers, Indian and Pakistani border politics and the Chinese one-child policy. "Vice" premiered April 5, 2013, on HBO. http://www.hbo.com/vice#/