This Sunday, the Royal Albert Hall in London will host Nitin Sawhney performing music from his forthcoming album Dystopian Dream and a selection of material from his first nine albums. With music straddling a broad spectrum of media including film, TV, video games, dance and theatre, Sawhney is recognised as a world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer.
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The acclaimed composer of Channel 4’s Utopia, Chilean composer Cristobal Tapia De Veer, has won the categories of Best Original Score : Fiction and Best Theme Song : All Categories at the 2014 French-Canadian TV awards. Both prizes were for Série Noire, the critically acclaimed French-Canadian comedy/drama series which aired on Radio-Canada Television earlier this year.
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Congratulations are in order for Sherlock, which won seven Prime-Time Emmy awards in the mini-series category at last night’s ceremony in Los Angeles. David Arnold and Michael Price won Outstanding Music Composition for their wonderful score for His Last Vow. Benedict Cumberbatch won best actor in the category along with Martin Freeman in his supporting role. Steven Moffat scooped the best writing Emmy for his work alongside others in cinematography and film and sound editing.
Fast becoming a cult hit, Leonard Abrahamson’s fantastical black comedy, Frank, features Michael Fassbender as the masked leader of a doomed avant-rock group. Not surprising then, that Stephen Rennicks’s song based soundtrack is central to the film, with the actors playing their instruments live. Maggie Gyllenhaal is Clara, the band’s severe theremin player, François Civil is Baraque, the guitarist who only speaks French, and the only professional musician, Autolux drummer Carla Azar plays Nana, the silent type.
Dubbed by Spin Magazine “a loving and hilarious tribute to outsider music”, Rennicks leads the cast through indie songs ranging from the hilarious “Franks Most Likeable Song – People Will Love it!” to the heartbreaking indie-classic “I Love You All”. The film is inspired by cult comedy creation Frank Sidebottom, as well as underground music legends Captain Beefheart and Daniel Johnston. Rooted in Jon Ronson’s real-life account of his time playing keyboards in Frank Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band, the film follows Domhnall Gleeson as a wannabe pop star Jon Burroughs who joins the unpronounceable Soronprfbs band. The bands’ live performances often descend into chaos and the band members ooze eccentricity.
The song “I Love You All”, performed by Michael Fassbender and the Soronprfbs, was released digitally on 11th August, with the band performing the song live on The Colbert Report in NY on 6th August. The album is released on the 15th September 2014.
*MARK KERMODE’S FILM OF THE MONTH
1 Jon’s Crap Songs
2 Ginger Crouton
3 Welcome to Vetno
4 Lay an Egg
5 Frank’s Dawn Chorus
6 Jon Shares His Songs
7 Lone Standing Tuft
8 Work Begins in Earnest
9 Creaky Door
10 Be Still (Don’s Song)
11 Idiot Shriek
12 The Holidaymakers
14 Jon’s Song Changed
by Frank and Clara
15 Secure the Galactic Perimeter
17 Viking Funeral
18 Just Like ‘Paris Texas’
20 I’m Just Me
21 Frank’s Most Likeable Song…Ever
22 The Music’s Shit
24 Lighthouse Keeper
25 I Love You All
26 I Love You All (Credits)
27 All Broken (Credits)
28 Tuft (Credits)
29 Frank’s Cacophony
30 Stop Sign
31 I Love You All (Radio Mix)
Congratulations from Silva Screen to Sarah Class whose outstanding score for the BBC Earth series Africa has been nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Documentary Music & Sound category. The ceremony takes place in New York on September 30th
Her music has also recently won best score/soundtrack for documentary TV series at the Jerry Goldsmith Gold Spirit Awards at The Cordoba Film And TV Music Festival.
With a London world premiere on August 4th, The Expendables explode back on to the screen once more with another selection of screen action legends joining the regular team. These include Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Harrison Ford. Their mission: to foil Expendables co-founder Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) who is out to destroy them. Composer Brian Tyler is one of the most prolific creators of action scores in the business and he also reunites with the regular team following the success of the first two soundtracks (also on Silva Screen). In the last decade he has created a wide selection of music for many films including The Fast And The Furious, Aliens Vs Predator – Requiem, Battle Los Angeles, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. A previous release on Silva Screen, Rambo , has been a consistent seller and has been applauded as a fine successor to Jerry Goldsmith’s original music for the series. Fast becoming a go-to name on the Hollywood composing scene his next projects include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Brian Tyler’s explosive soundtrack will be released by Silva Screen on September 1st.
British production Scar Tissue is a gripping mystery thriller which is both shocking and unsettling. Starring Danny Horn (Doctor Who) and Charity Wakefield (Sense And Sensibility) the film’s score is written by Mark Ayres. He is best known for his work as the archivist for the groundbreaking music used in Doctor Who from the very beginning in 1963 up to the late 1980s. This role has seen him seek and out preserve a vast range of compositions and sound effects, most notably the work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. A four CD compilation of these efforts was released in December 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the programme and was a Top 50 hit. His finest work in the role of custodian of this catalogue will be an authoritative 11CD set issued this autumn. Parallel to his conservation role he has also written music for the programme with Silva Screen releasing his scores for The Greatest Show In The Galaxy, Ghost Light and The Curse Of Fenric. He also wrote the soundtrack to the 1996 conspiracy thriller The Innocent Sleep.
The 66th Annual Emmy Award nominations have been announced and Silva Screen has released the music for three of the programmes. Sherlock – His Last Vow (David Arnold/Michael Price) and The White Queen (John Lunn) are featured in Outstanding Music Composition For A Mini-Series, Movie or A Special (Original Dramatic Score). The Sherlock music is one of 12 nominations the series has received. Magic City (Daniele Luppi) features in the Main Title Theme category. You can listen to John Lunn’s outstanding theme for The White Queen here. The ceremony takes place on August 25th.
In more Zimmer news, the great man himself will be playing live in London this coming October 10-11 in a concert entitled “Hans Zimmer Revealed”. Accompanied by a band of top musicians, plus a few special surprise guests from the pop and rock world, Zimmer will initially perform a selection from his classic film scores, changing the format in the second half of the concert to re-imagine some of his most iconic themes. The resulting cross-genre programme will be a first for Zimmer:
“Performing a concert series like this is something that I have always wanted to do, and I am thrilled that that time has finally come,” said Zimmer. “I am very excited to get some of my very talented friends together and give our audiences an experience unlike any concert they have every been to before.” – Hans Zimmer
Details and Tickets Here
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Consummate film composer Hans Zimmer will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 10th Zurich Film Festival on October 1st. The Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich will perform music from his enormous repertoire of scores including The Lion King and Gladiator.