UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

La-La Land Records – October: BAD BOYS (Mark Mancina), WONG TURN 2 (Bear McCreary)
Buydoundtrax – WITHOUT A CLUE (Henry Mancini, October 18th)
Silva Screen Records – KING OF CALIFORNIA (David Robbins, October 22nd)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER – Laurie Johnson (BSXCD 8831)
THE KINGDOM – Danny Elfman (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 842 2) – 39:43
THE LAST WINTER – Jeff Grace & Anton Sanko (MMS07009)
LUST, CAUTION – Alexandre Desplat (Decca 991002)
MICHAEL CLAYTON – James Newton Howard (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 850 2) – 38:42
SEA OF DREAMS – Luis Bacalov (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 849 2

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

4 MOSCHE DI VELLUTO – Ennio Morricone (Cinevox MDF 617)
FRACTURE – Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna (Silva 1243)
INDAGINE SU UN CITTADINO AL DI SOPRA DI OGNI SOSPETTO – Ennio Morricone (Cinevox MDF 617)
INLAND EMPIRE – David Lynch (Absurdia 2) MOSCA ADDIO – Ennio Morricone (Saimel 3998310) – 60:28
NEWMAN: LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD – egendary Alfred Newman (Citadel STC 77139) – 48:15
RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR – Tomandandy (Lakeshore 33949)
THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN – David Newman (Intrada Special Collection Volume 49) – 35:39

Ghent International Film Festival Gent honours composer Mikis Theodorakis with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the distribution of the World Soundtrack Awards on 20 October. Theodorakis has written the music for Zorba The Greek, Z and Serpico. The Flemish Radio Orchestra conducted by Dirk Brossé will play music from Zorba The Greek.

Mikis Theodorakis was born on the Greek island Chios on 29 July 1925. Still being a child he became acquainted with Greek folk music and after hearing Ludwig von Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony he decided to become a composer himself. He received a musical formation both in his own country and at the Conservatory in Paris, where he studied under Olivier Messiaen. His gift for music was immediately recognised and he was commissioned with film scores and ballet music. In 1959 his ballet Antigone was performed at Covent Garden in London. The death of a young striker and the poems about the incident he set to music, urged him to return to his homeland. Political incidents have never let him indifferent.

The German occupation of Greece, the Greek civil wars and the never-ending tensions between Turkey and Greece in the Cyprus dispute have marked Mikis Theodorakis deeply. He has always tried to reconcile, but has also taken stands as a result of which he ended in prison more than once and was even tortured. When the Colonels took power in 1967, he was first interned in his homeland and in 1970, under the pressure of an international solidarity movement, released and sent to exile in Paris.

He reached fame with his scores for Michael Cacoyannis’ Zorba the Greek (1964) and Costa-Gavras’ Z (1969). He also wrote the music for The Trojan Women, The Day the Fish Came Out and Iphegenia in Aulis, three films made by Cacoyannis. Also with Costa-Gavras he hit it off immediately, and the score for Z was followed by music for Etat de Siège. Among his sixty music scores should not be forgotten that for Sidney Lumet’s Serpico.

In the sixties and in the eighties Mikis Theodorakis was a Member of Parliament and a minister. He was even solicited to become Greek president, but he declined that offer because of his age. Although some of his political statements were controversial, he has got several peace prizes.

At the seventh edition of the World Soundtrack Awards the Flemish Radio orchestra conducted by Dirk Brossé will not only perform music of Mikis Theodorakis, but also of the Canadian composer Mychael Danna (Little Miss Sunshine, Capote, Monsoon Wedding, Ice Storm), of Harry Gregson-Williams (Man of Fire, Shrek, Chronicles of Narnia), of Evanthia Reboutsika (My Father & My Son), World Soundtrack Discovery 2006 and of Belgian jazz musician Jef Neve (Dagen Zonder Lief).

THE 2006/2007 ‘EMMY’ WINNERS AT THE MUSIC CATEGORIES

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES – George Fenton (Planet Earth: Pole to Pole)
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL – Jeff Beal (Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King: Battleground)
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC – Trevor Morris (The Tudors)
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS – Justin Timberlake, Jorma Taccone, Katreese Barnes, Asa Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live: “Dick In A Box”)
OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION – William Ross (79th Annual Academy Awards)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

Moviescore Media – THE LAST WINTER (Anton Sanko, Jeff Grace, September 18th), BEYOND THE GATES (Dario Marianelli, October 9th)
Varèse Sarabande – 30 DAYS OF NIGHT (Brian Reitzell, October 23rd)
Reprise – THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS (Howard Shore, November 6th, 4 CDs, 1 DVD)
Tadlow Music – EL CID (Miklos Rozsa, 2 CDs, 2008)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

THE BRAVE ONE – Dario Marianelli (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 841 2)
EASTERN PROMISES – Howard Shore (Sony 16687) – 36:55
STARDUST – Ilan Eshkeri (Decca 982102) – 53:53
UNFORGIVEN: CLASSIC WESTERN SCORES FROM UNITED ARTISTS – Dimitri Tiomkin, Gerald Fried, David Buttolph, David Raksin, Elmer Bernstein (FSMCD Vol.10 No.10, 3 CDs)
VACANCY – Paul Haslinger (CMR-CD-14)

CHRISTOPHER YOUNG HONORED AT 13TH ANNUAL TEMECULA VALLEY INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL

(Temecula, CA): Film music composer Christopher Young will be honored at the 13th Annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival at a star-studded black tie affair honoring significant film and music icons of the past and present. The award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Film Composing recognizes the profilic and significant film composer for his work in some 85 feature films including “Spider Man 3”, “Entrapment” and “The Hurricane.” The Closing Black Tie Awards Gala will be held Sunday, September 16, 5 p.m. at the Pachanga Resort & Casino Ballroom.

Young’s distinctive and imaginative approaches to several unusual projects have made him a highly sought-after commodity on films with unusual subject matter. He wrote an ingenious score incorporating breathing effects for the offbeat film “The Vagrant”; provided a darkly dramatic score to the Christian Slater/Kevin Bacon prison drama “Murder in the First”; and tuned in perfectly to the offbeat sensibility of the Bill Murray comedy “The Man Who Knew Too Little.” His long list of works include the scores for “Hellraiser” and its sequel “Hellbound: Hellraiser II”; plus such hits as “Runaway Jury,” “The Shipping News,” “The Core” and “The Grudge.” His most recent scores include “Ghost Rider,” “Lucky You” and the mammoth hit, “Spider-Man 3.”

Young joins a line-up on honorees that includes Smokey Robinson, Kay Panabaker, Michael Madsen, Robert Rosen and Eve Craig. Past Lifetime and Career Achievement Award honorees include distinguished film and music icons of past and present such as Dionne Warwick, Hector Elizondo, Dennis Haybert, John Ottman, John Badham, Lucas Foster, Rick Shroeder, Steve Dorff, Natasha Hentsridge, AFI’s Jean Firstenberg, Howard W. Koch, Robert Wise, Carl Reiner, Karl Malden, Shirley Jones, Michael York, Ray Charles, Rita Coolidge, Marsha Mason, Robert Stack, Gale Ann Hurd, William Shatner, Patty Duke, Billy Preston, Sam Grogg, Julie Corman, Etta James, John Spencer, Diane Ladd, Penelope Spheeris, Howard Suber, AC Lyles, Louis Gossett, Jr, Lou Rawls, Jonathan Lynn, Dr. Elizabeth Daley, Gina Gershon, Trevor Rabin, and Michael Childers.