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. The Telegraph, Observer and the Evening Standard gave five star reviews, with many saying Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career. The Sunday Times has written -
“Benedict Andrews’s direction has some powerful pluses.. Alex Baranowski’s music is a powerful accompaniment, from dreamy ambient to Southern grunge, and the production also uses well-known songs to great effect”
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.
Excited to announce I’m writing the original music for a very special dance theatre adaptation of Kes directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins opening at the Sheffield Crucible in March 2014.
Based on Barry Hines’ celebrated book “A Kestrel For A Knave” the production is being designed by Ben Stones and will feature eight professional and 20 young local dancers to combine dance, physical theatre and puppetry in this world premiere production.
I previously collaborated with Jonathan for “Together Alone” with Ballet Black at the Royal Opera House and for short film “Sofa” commissioned by Channel 4.
For more information and to buy tickets (twelve performances only!) head to the Sheffield Theatre’s website here.
Very happy that the National Theatre will be broadcasting again to cinemas Sir Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed 2010 production of Hamlet, on which I was composer, on the day that the NT turns 50 – 22nd October 2013. The production stared Rory Kinnear in the title role and gained numerous five star reviews.
The encore screenings also include Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle, on which I was music associate with electro duo Underworld and staring Benedict Cumberbatch, which is being shown later in October.
As bonus material leading up to the broadcast, the NT has also released the original programme in PDF form here. Below is the trailer (featuring my score) and some snippets of the soundtrack I released in 2010.
I’m presently composing music and sound for Macbeth directed by Jamie Lloyd – the first production as part of his Trafalgar Transformed season in the radically redesigned Trafalgar Studio in the West End. Designed by award winning Soutra Gilmour for Jamie Lloyd Productions and ATG, the cast includes James McAvoy and Claire Foy.
Very happy to be working with Jamie again after the success of The Faith Machine at the Royal Court Theatre in 2011. Tickets for the show are already sold out, although there is limited availability on some nights as more seats become available. Macbeth opens for previews on 9th Feb and runs for ten weeks. More information about tickets etc here.
Very pleased that distributers Artificial Eye will be releasing McCullin in cinemas on 1st January across the UK, for which I composed the music. Watch the trailer below. The digital soundtrack will be out very soon (find the mini-site for that here), with CD release in the following months. The score features the talents of Peter Gregson (cello), James Underwood (violin), Dominik Johnson (ronroco, mandola), the Iskra String Quartet, and a special bonus track recorded by world renowned soloist Daniel Hope.
It’s been a busy start to the year. And helpfully due to a raft of non-disclosure agreements I haven’t been able to tell you too much about it..
I’m presently working on a pilot for the BBC, heavily based around music. I’ve also recently recorded a number of my orchestral pieces with an orchestra at London’s Air Edel recording studios, as well as working on some interesting projects with The Times and some exciting fashion brands.. Hopefully I’ll be able to divulge more in the coming months.
One project I can talk about is feature documentary McCullin, a wonderfully moving film about acclaimed war photographer Don McCullin which I started composing for late last year. Directed by Don’s one time photography assistant Jacqui Morris and produced by the British Film Company and Rankin Film Productions, the music and edit should be finished later this month. All being well the soundtrack will be on iTunes on the film’s release..
I’ve been commissioned to score a twenty minute music piece as part of 2Faced Dance’s In The Dust showing at the Edinburgh fringe Zoo venue this summer and going on a subsequent European tour. The piece is called Seven Point Zero – listen to and purchase the album from the music player below.
“Tamsin Fitzgerald finishes the piece based on her visit to Haiti one year after the earthquake… visually and aurally arresting and filled with bruised emotions that are passionately and tenderly performed. Added to the mix is Alex Baranowski’s sensational soundtrack – it is hard not to be deeply moved.” http://www.thepublicreviews.com
Alex Baranowski is a Tony nominated composer and arranger based in Central London.
His diverse work in film, theatre and music has recently led him to collaborate with The xx, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Daniel Hope, and composing for twice BAFTA nominated feature film "McCullin" (for which he won a Music + Sound International Award for Best Feature Film Score at Cannes).
For theatre he has composed for productions at the National Theatre's Olivier, Cottesloe and Lyttelton stages as well as for the West End, Broadway, Donmar, Young Vic, Sheffield Crucible, Royal Court, RSC, Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Opera House ... working with directors including Michael Grandage, Danny Boyle, Lyndsey Turner, Benedict Andrews, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Rupert Goold, Daniel Evans and Jamie Lloyd.