Thrilled that the production of A Streetcar Named Desire, on which I was composer, has opened to some brilliant reviews. Directed by Benedict Andrews, and staring Gillian Anderson, the show opened this week at the Young Vic after previews last week.
Working alongside sound designer Paul Arditi, the music is a mixture of dark jazz, orchestral electronics and moog-infused Polkas (along with an eclectic soundtrack of rock music). I’ll be putting an album of the score up very shortly, which includes the brilliant talents of Mark Kavuma (trumpet), Ruben Fox (saxophone), Giacomo Smith (clarinet), Jason Simpson (upright bass) and myself on piano, hammond, moog and percussion.
It was recorded and mixed at my own studio in London. Set in the round with an almost constantly spinning revolve, reviewers have commented on the raw, visceral quality of the production. Both the Telegraph and the Evening Standard gave five star reviews, with many saying Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career.
With the entire production being sold out in a matter of hours, there is also the exciting news that the play will be broadcast live to cinemas as part of NT Live on 16th September worldwide (with some encore screenings afterwards). For more information click here.
Posted in A Streetcar Named Desire, Arranger, Benedict Andrews, Cinema, Composer, Experimental, Gillian Anderson, Orchestrator, Producer, Sound Design, Soundtrack, String Arranger, Theatre, Young Vic
Very pleased that the album on which I collaborated on with virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope (two pieces Musica Universalis and Biafra) along with Max Richter, Ludovico Einaudi and Gabriel Prokofiev, is now to be released on vinyl by Deutsche Grammophon. Already reaching number 1 in the UK and number 3 in the US Classical charts on CD and downloads, it is exciting to have the release on vinyl (a medium that I absolutely love). For more information and to pre-order, click here.
The piece Biafra is taken from my award winning score to BAFTA nominated feature film McCullin. To purchase the album from iTunes, link here.
Below is Musica Universalis as performed by Daniel at the recording sessions in Berlin.
Posted in Arranger, Attacking The Devil, Composer, Daniel Hope, Deutsche Grammophon, Documentary, Don McCullin, Film, Music + Sound Awards, Musica Universalis, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Rankin, Soundtrack, Spheres, String Arranger
Tagged Daniel Hope, Deutsche Grammophon, Gabriel Prokofiev, Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richter, Musica Universalis
A good friend of mine, director Martin Stirling came to me with an idea for a short film he was working on for Greenpeace. Martin makes beautiful films (including Myron & Hester on my audio/video page) and this one was no exception. It was a campaign to get Lego thinking about their relationship with Shell – who have been selling Lego playsets of arctic oil drilling platforms and oil tankers aimed at children.
Produced by agency Don’t Panic, the film went viral quickly amassing 5 million hits, attaining “ad of day” for Campaign and featured in the Creative Review.
I produced and arranged the music in my studio – with myself on piano and the super talented Sophie Blackburn on vocals. It is a slow remix of the track “Everything is Awesome” written for the recent Lego Movie (performed by Tegan and Sara here)
After it’s first million hits, the film was initially banned from YouTube after a copyright claim by Warner Bros (Greenpeace decided not to ask permission for the use of the characters / song prior to release), although reinstated hours later. The film has also hit the mainstream media, with this piece on Channel 4 news recently (here).
Many people have asked if Sophie and I will be releasing a copy of the song. Considering Warner Bros’ position I don’t think it would be wise. Although I’ve just made it available to stream on this soundcloud link (however if anyone complains, I’ll happily remove it..)
Posted in Advert, Arranger, Film, Lego, Martin Stirling, Online, Producer, Soundtrack
Tagged Greenpeace, Lego, Martin Stirling, Sophie Blackburn
Very pleased that my score to last years’ twice BAFTA nominated McCullin has just won Best Feature Film Score at the Music + Sound International Awards in Cannes.
Against some brilliant competition, including Frank Ilfman’s fantastic “Big Bad Wolves”, it is a great honour to win.. especially after the recent success of the sequel, Attacking the Devil, at the recent Sheffield Documentary Festival this month.
Below is a selection of music from the film, and the whole score can be downloaded on iTunes here.
Posted in Arranger, Attacking The Devil, British Film Company, Cinema, Composer, Daniel Hope, Documentary, Don McCullin, Film, Jacqui Morris, Music + Sound Awards, Orchestra, Orchestrator, Soundtrack, String Arranger
Tagged Best Feature Film Score, Cannes, McCullin, Sheffield Documentary Festival
Very proud that the film I’m composing for, Attacking the Devil, directed by Jacqui Morris, has just won the prestigious Special Jury Prize at Sheffield Documentary Festival. The team behind the film were also behind last years’ twice BAFTA nominated McCullin including director Jacqui, editor David Fairhead and producer Steve Milne of the British Film Company.
Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime is a documentary about Harold Evans, the former editor of The Sunday Times – and his investigation into the drug thalidomide which left 10,000 babies with deformities in the 1950s and ’60s.
The film is not quite finished, with the score to be recorded with an orchestra over the coming months. I’ll be putting snippets up closer to the film release..
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Tagged David Fairhead, Harold Evans, Sheffield Documentary Festival, Steve Milne
Pleased to announce I’ll be the composer for A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic in July 2014 directed by Benedict Andrews, staring Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster. Excited to be collaborating again with sound designer Paul Arditi on the iconic play by Tennessee Williams. Lighting is by Jon Clark and design by Magda Willi.
The show is already sold out (apparently one of the fastest selling shows in the Young Vic’s history) but day seats and returns will be available on the Young Vic’s website here.
Very pleased to have just started rehearsals for Fathers and Sons at the Donmar, directed by Lyndsey Turner (who recently won the Best Director Olivier for “Chimerica”). Written by Brian Friel, and based on the novel by Ivan Turgenev, previews start on the 5th June 2014. I am composer for the production, collaborating with Sound Designer Carolyn Dowling (who also just won an Olivier Award for her work on “Chimerica”). The designer is Rob Howell, and lighting by James Farncombe.
I’ve been collaborating again with brilliant cellist Peter Gregson (who previously performed on my scores to McCullin and Kes as well as numerous others).
For more information about the production, visit the Donmar’s site here.