MEET THE AIRWOLF EXTENDED THEMES MUSICIANS
Jan Michal Szulew (Ян Шулев)
Bulgarian Polish Musician, Jan Michal Szulew is best known as the Orchestrator & Associate Producer of the 'Airwolf Extended Themes' CD1 disc with specific emphasis on the perfect recreations of the various Airwolf "Main Themes", as originally composed by Sylvester Levay, Udi Harpaz and Ian Freebairn-Smith.
Szulew's first official Airwolf music release was in 2007 with a 4-track EP of specific scores called "Airwolf Main Themes EP". This was purely a digital downloads release originally, but most of the tracks eventually made it onto the full 22 track collection from CD1 of "Airwolf Extended Themes", after extra refinement.
Having various synthesizer influences such as Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and other synth icons, Jan Michal Szulew is a keyboard guy through and through. In May 2016, Jan was placed 3rd in an on-line competition set by Jean Michel Jarre for his interpretation of Jarre's 2016 track, "Heart of Noise".
Mark J. Cairns
Born: Northern Ireland, UK
Long-time "Airwolf" fan, Northern Ireland-based Producer and Designer, Mark J. Cairns in collaboration with original composer Sylvester Levay is best known for producing the Airwolf Themes 2CD soundtrack album for the high-flying, mid-1980s American action television series series Airwolf (1984-1986). His involvement with the Airwolf TV series started in early 1987 when he created the International Airwolf Appreciation Association, building it and Airwolf Fandom (which he christened the "Wolf Pack", Pre-Internet) to members in 23 countries worldwide with regular magazines called "File A56-7W".
In 1994, he decided to retire the Airwolf Appreciation Association to work on the first ever dedicated soundtrack for the Airwolf TV series. Created over a 5 year period, the eventual "Airwolf Themes 2CD Special Limited Edition" soundtrack was created by-ear, by the self-taught musician, with the eventual collaboration of original Airwolf composer, Sylvester Levay. It was a tremendous success and in the end, shipped to over 26 countries during the early days of the Internet gaining a value World Record for a Television Soundtrack due to the second-hand pricing it was changing hands for on eBay.
Spurred on by his original efforts with 'Airwolf Themes', he felt that a bigger and better project could work and found his future Orchestrator & Associate Producer, Jan Michal Szulew, who had perfect pitch to achieve the attention to detail required with his orchestration and arrangements of Levay's iconic Airwolf Main Themes. That allowed Mark to focus solely on the episodic "tune of the week" scores for a new collaborative Airwolf Soundtrack album called "Airwolf Extended Themes" of which he completed 20 "episodic" tracks from the series' first 3 CBS-aired seasons (neither Mark nor Jan were interested in working on any of the Canadian-shot Airwolf II Series – aka "Season 4", which is available from its original composer elsewhere) for disc 2 of the album, which was released during March 2014.
Mark also has interests with film & TV production, and is currently working on an Airwolf Fan Movie project called "AIRWOLF: VALLEY OF FIRE", the initial teaser of which is on YouTube.