DANNA BROTHERS COME TOGETHER TO SCORE ‘FRACTURE’

(Los Angeles, CA) Brothers and award-winning film composers Jeff and Mychael Danna reunite to score “Fracture,” a film directed by Gregory Hoblit (“Primal Fear,” “Frequency”). In the thriller, a district attorney (Ryan Gosling) embarks on a crusade for justice after a man (Anthony Hopkins) is found innocent for the attempted murder of his wife. The film’s release date is set for April 20, 2007.

The Danna brothers recently recorded the film’s score with a full orchestra in Los Angeles. This is not the first collaboration between Jeff Danna and Mychael Danna. Their joint film credits include Terry Gilliam’s fantasy/drama “Tideland;” “The Matthew Shephard Story,” for which they won a Gemini Award for Best Original Score; and “Green Dragon,” a Vietnam war drama starring Patrick Swayze and Forest Whitaker. Also recording artists, the pair worked on an orchestral Celtic album that reached worldwide success and reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts.

The Danna’s individual accomplishments speak loudly of the talents of both brothers. Both received a SOCAN Award in 2006; Mychael won the Domestic Feature Film Music Award for “Where the Truth Lies” and Jeff won the International Film Music Award for “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.” Mychael recently earned a Grammy nomination for “Little Miss Sunshine,” which he scored with indie band DeVotchka. His other films include “Breach,” currently in theaters, “The Nativity,” “Capote,” “Being Julia,” and the upcoming animated feature “Surf’s Up.”

Jeff Danna’s credits include “Chicago 10,” which opened 2007’s Sundance Film Festival; and the upcoming “Closing the Ring,” a romantic drama starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, and Mischa Barton; and television series “Nimrod Nation,” an eight-part documentary series about a Michigan town’s obsession with high school basketball. For the film’s “Chicago 10” and “Nimrod Nation,” Jeff Danna recollaborated with director Brett Morgan for whom he scored the Grammy-nominated “The Kid Stays in the Picture.” Additionally, For “Closing The Ring, “Jeff Danna collaborated with famed director Sir Richard Attenborough.
The composers, both originally from Canada, now reside in Los Angeles.

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ENNIO MORRICONE TO OPEN BRAZILIAN FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL

The “Música em Cena – First International Film Music Festival” will takes place in Rio de Janeiro, beginning on May 5th and ending on May 12th. In a rare appearance outside Europe, legendary italian composer Ennio Morricone will open the event conducting a concert of his great music composed for film. The programme will include excerpts from “Il Maestro” masterpieces like The Good, The Bad and Ugly, Once Upon a Time in The West, Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables, The Mission and Once Upon a Time in América, among others.

The event also includes concerts and shows from brazilian composers Wagner Tiso and André Abujamra, american vocalist/pianist Lisbeth Scott and argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla (double Oscar winner for Brokeback Mountain and Babel). Also, yet to be confirmed a concert conducted by Gabriel Yared.

Besides the musical performances, the “Música em Cena – First International Film Music Festival” will feature several workshops and debates with brazilian composers, filmmakers and film critics like David Tygel, Cacá Diegues, José Wilker, Rubens Ewald Filho, João Máximo, Ney Carrasco and Marcus Viana. ScoreTrack Network is one of the event’s supporters and made available the Música em Cena hotsite (in portuguese) – www.scoretrack.net/mec/mec.html. An official website will be online shortly.

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84 CHARING CROSS ROAD – George Fenton (Varèse Sarabande VCL 0307 1062
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ALAN SILVESTRI LEADS SONCINEMAD 2007

March 27, 2007 – The Soncinemad Organizing Committee announced the apical event of Soncinemad 2007; world-famous American composer ALAN SILVESTRI will conduct his own film music under a special symphonic concert which will crown the 2nd Soncinemad film music festival of Madrid, Spain, June the 29th to July the 1st, 2007.

Silvestri will head a world-exclusive symphonic concert for full orchestra and choir with the repertoire covering a large part of his best, most beloved and memorable works to date. He is currently putting together the program for the concert, an evidently difficult task while the composer’s long-time career covers vast grounds and there is an amazing variety of impressive scores to choose from for the concert. Silvestri ’s most known credits under his filmography include Forrest Gump, the Back to the Future trilogy, Cast Away, Contact, Predator, The Mummy Returns, Van Helsing, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Abyss and Identity.

Soncinemad 2007’s events will begin with a very special film music concert tribute to all the guests and with the orchestra performing suites from the Soncinemad 2007 panelists’ best works introduced and led by Christopher Young, Honorary President of Soncinemad, who will also present some of his music as part of an Extraordinary concert the 29th June.

The first installment of the Soncinemad festival last year in Madrid was led by two warmly-embraced and celebrated symphonic concerts which featured Harry Gregson-Williams and Trevor Jones respectively, the later also released as a highly successful double CD commercial release. The whole of Soncinemad’s events also included seminars and conferences with media coverage, guests, speakers and panelists, including Hans Zimmer , Christopher Young and Dario Marianelli . Over 4,000 fans, composers and film music professionals attended the festival and embraced our efforts with particular warmth and support.

For more info: http://www.soncinemad.com, info@soncinemad.com

R.I.P: HERMAN STEIN

Prolific Herman Stein died on March 15th in Los Angeles, at the age of 91. Stein was a jazz composer and arranger in the 1940s before becoming a film music composer, working with jazz musician Billy Eckstine. However Stein was best known for his underscores for several sci fi and horror films in the 50’s. For television he created music for legendary producers Rod Serling (THE TWILIGHT ZONE) and Irwin Allen (VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, LOST IN SPACE).

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La La Land Records – THE BIG COUNTRY (Jerome Moross, 3.000 copies, abril)
Disques Cinemusique – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PIANO THEMES (Georges Delerue, April)