Legendary composer/songwriter David Shire is the latest, very special guest confirmed to attend SONCINEMAD 2007, Madrid 2nd Film Music Festival. Having just recorded the score for David Fincher’s long-awaited thriller Zodiac and being honoured just few months ago in a sold-out symphonic concert in Buffalo, his native city, which focused on his eclectic oeuvre –an event in which he premiered a symphonic jazz piece entitled “Shades Of Blue”-, Shire accepted to join SONCINEMAD’s celebration of movie music even he is actually very busy working in his last musical project Take Flight to be released on 24th July in London. He hopefully will be only one day in Madrid, and then he will return to his work, but first he will present in a exclusive conference and a disc signing sessions for the Soncinemad Pass Owner.

In the past being Francis Ford Coppola’s brother-in-law –he married Coppola’s sister, actress Talia Shire-, David Shire [Buffalo, New York, 7/3/37] was a crucial artist in America’s 70’s and 80’s cinema. His name is definitely associated with the advent of the rebellious American New Wave cinema, linked to such directors as Coppola, DePalma, Altman, Spielberg, Lucas and Scorsese. His aesthetic corresponding to this new cinema is best exemplified by the legendary score he composed for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 masterpiece, The Conversation. Shire’s output is also defined by a captivating sensibility to strengthen pop music’s dramatic potential, a talent well-represented in the innovative funk/pop/rock/avant-garde extravaganza score he delivered for Joseph Sargent’s The Taking Of Pelham One-Two-Three and also in the moody, cerebral chords he crafted for Alan J. Pakula’s All The President’s Men.

Gifted with a unique melodic talent, Shire is one of Broadway and off-Broadway’s most prestigious composers. Being the recipient of multiple Tony and Grammy awards for a wide variety of scores, Shire has written for singers such as Barbra Streisand, Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, Johnny Mathis, Billy Preston and Jennifer Warnes, being awarded with an Academy Award in 1980 for Norma Rae’s timeless hit “It Goes Like It Goes”.

Nevertheless, his dramatic sensibility is at the forefront of his musical abilities. He has worked in all kinds of movies, and always he touched them with musical magic. An example of his versatility would be the evocative and sumptuous symphonic tapestry he composed for Walter Murch’s Return To Oz, in which he trascends wagnerian cliché adopting the language of Ives and Schumann; also the straussian splendour exercised in Robert Wise’s The Hindenburg, or his heartfelt, powerful noir score he wrote for Dick Richards’ Farewell My Lovely.

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