The production of The Merchant of Venice directed by Rupert Goold (which was previously shown at RSC Stratford in 2011) has recently been re-staged at the Almeida Theatre in London with Ian McDiarmid taking over from Patrick Stewart in the role of Shylock. I was music associate and co-orchestrator on the project, with music by Adam Cork.
Set in modern day Las Vegas, the original gained some brilliant four and five star reviews for its originality. The arrangements were recorded for the Almeida production by a twelve piece big band, with Jim Hustwit acting as Associate Musical Director.
For more information find the Almeida’s website here. The production opens officially on 15th December.
Thrilled that two shows I had a great deal of pleasure working on last year have been nominated for the 2012 Oliver awards;
Salt, Root and Roe for the Donmar Warehouse’s season at Trafalgar Studios was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. I was composer and sound designer on the piece.. one of my favourites, much of the music from the show is available to listen to in my Listen/Watch section.
Frankenstein at the National Theatre was nominated for Best Sound Design – working alongside Underworld and Ed Clarke on the music and sound score, I was Music Associate on the production directed by Danny Boyle. The show will be repeated at cinema screenings this summer across the UK and rest of the world as part of NT Live.
Very happy to see Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein (NT Olivier), Daniel Evans’ Othello (Sheffield Crucible) and Rupert Goold’s Merchant of Venice (RSC Stratford) were amongst Michael Billington’s top shows of 2011. I’ve been immensely proud of having a large involvement in the music / sound for all three shows (Frankenstein working with Underworld, Merchant of Venice working with Adam Cork). Read the full article here.
After a rather busy May, two projects I’ve been working on have recently opened to great critical success. The first being Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice directed by Rupert Goold at the RSC who turned a few heads setting the play in modern day Las Vegas (complete with 8-piece big band and numerous Elvis songs given a modern twist by myself and Adam Cork).
After months of work, Frankenstein has just opened to great reviews at the National Theatre. I’ve been working with amazing electro duo Underworld (Rick Smith and Karl Hyde) as well as grammy award winning mix engineer Simon Gogerly on the music and sound to the show directed by Danny Boyle. Watch out for the live cinema broadcasts on 17th and 24th March.
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.