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
Very pleased to announce I’m presently working with electro duo Underworld, arranging the score to the much anticipated Frankenstein directed by Oscar winning Danny Boyle, and opening at the National’s Olivier Theatre in February 2011.
I’ve been busy recently working with fellow LIPA graduate Michael Bruce for the score of Men Should Weep at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre. I’ve been producing and mixing Michael’s jazz score which was recorded at the NT’s studios this week. Previews begin next week…
I’ve also been in workshops at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden with writer Ben Ockrent and director Gregory Thompson developing a new theatrical musical piece, Playsong, as part of the Ignition 2010 project. A naturalistic musical about music therapy, I’ve been really enthused by what we have managed to come up with in such a short space of time. The workshops will be shown to an audience at the Tristan Bates on 26th, 27th and 29th October at 7.30pm.
We’re just about to go into previews for Hamlet at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre, where I’ve been working with director Sir Nicholas Hytner. Later in the year, Hamlet will also be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 9th December as part of the National’s second NT Live season… and subsequently go on a European tour.
Much of my score has been recorded with the Iskra String quartet – read more about them on their website.
More information about the production can be found on the Royal National Theatre’s website.
Alex Baranowski is a 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 theatre he has composed for productions at the National Theatre's Olivier, Cottesloe and Lyttelton stages as well as for the West End, Royal Court, Donmar, Sheffield Crucible, RSC, Old Vic Tunnels and the Royal Opera House ... working with directors including Michael Grandage, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Rupert Goold, Danny Boyle and Jamie Lloyd.