JOHN DEBNEY SCORES THE STONING OF SORAYA M’

Score Album Available on Varese Sarabande and iTunes

Los Angeles, CA- Academy Award nominated composer John Debney provides a gripping score for “The Stoning of Soraya M,” based on the New York Times Best Selling book by Freidoune Sahebjam, which tells the true story of an Iranian woman named Soraya, whose arranged marriage leads to a tragic ending. The film reunites Debney with “The Passion of the Christ”’s producer Stephen McEveety and actor James Caviezel. “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” written and directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival. “The Stoning of Soraya M.” opens in select theatres on June 26. The score album is available on Varese Sarabande and through iTunes. An e-petition is being generated that will be sent to the United Nations’ general secretary and the U.S. secretary of state, in an effort to compel countries such as Iran to abolish their penal code that supports stoning. To sign the petition and for more information visit http://www.thestoning.com and click on “get involved.”

While composing the score, Debney wanted the music to reflect the culture in the film as well as the dichotomy it illustrates. He accomplished this task by incorporating ethnic instruments such as the Persian violin and cello, the Oud (a string instrument) and several world woodwinds. An 80-piece orchestra and vocal soloists including Tehran-born Sussan Deyhim complete the beautifully moving score.

John Debney’s solid reputation as a composer spans films in virtually all genres. His credits include “The Passion of the Christ,” for which he received an Oscar nomination; “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” “Idlewild,” a Prohibition-era musical starring Outkast and featuring famed trumpeter Arturo Sandoval; animated films “Barnyard” and “Chicken Little,” comic-book inspired “Sin City,” and comedies “Elf” and “Liar, Liar.” The composer has further demonstrated his diversity with this year’s films’ “Hannah Montana” and upcoming releases, “Old Dogs,” “A Thousand Words” and “Aliens in The Attic.” Next year, Debney will travel to Saint Peter’s Square (The Vatican) for a performance of his symphony “The Passion Oratorio.”

In addition to his Oscar nomination, Debney has received three Emmy awards, a Dove award for “The Passion of the Christ,” A CUE award for the videogame score for “Lair,” and was the youngest recipient of the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for Career Achievement. Debney has conducted concerts of his music with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. John Debney’s ability to deliver the perfect score for a variety of films continues to make him one of the most sought after composers in Hollywood.

BMI MOURNS THE LOSS OF ITS ICON AND LONGTIME SONGWRITER MICHAEL JACKSON

June 26, 2009 – NEW YORK – Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) mourns the loss of its BMI Icon and longtime songwriter and publisher Michael Jackson. BMI has set up a section on its homepage – http://www.bmi.com – for some of its most performed songwriters to comment on Michael and his legacy. Included in the site are comments from BMI Icon and legendary songwriter Lamont Dozier (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown) and R. Kelly. Reflections from other leading songwriters will be added throughout the day.

BMI Statement on Michael Jackson:

“BMI mourns the passing of Michael Jackson. A BMI Icon, he was one of the greatest entertainers of our era. His songwriting skills, composing both music and lyrics, were as influential as his singing, dancing, personal style and humanitarianism. In an era in which most songs are composed by teams, Michael was the sole composer of dozens of songs that endeared him to audiences around the world. A BMI songwriter since 1976, his catalog contains more than 150 songs, more than 20 reaching multi-million performance status on American radio and television. Our hearts are with his family, especially his children, at this sad time. He will be missed by millions, but we can be comforted that he will live on, young and vibrant, in his music and videos.”

– Del Bryant, President & CEO, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI reported $901 million for its 2008 fiscal year in performing right collections. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

AFYON OPPION – Guido & Maurizio De Angelis (CSC 003)

ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS – John Powell (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 978 2)

IN THE ELECTRIC MIST – Marco Beltrami (Varèse Sarabande 302 064 202 2)

THE INFORMERS – Christopher Young (Lakeshore 34082)

THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN – James Horner (Intrada Special Collection Volume 103) – 43:09

LAND OF THE LOST – Michael Giacchino (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 975 2)

MY SISTER’S KEEPER – Aaron Zigman (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 977 2)

THE STONING OF SORAYA M. – John Debney (Varèse Sarabande 302 064 201 2)

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN – Steve Jablonsky (Warner Bros. 519972)

YEAR ONE – Theodore Shapiro (Lakeshore 34090)

JOHN OTTMAN TO BE HONORED AT ‘VISION AWARDS’

Vision Awards to be Held Saturday June 27 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Ottman receives Saturn nomination for Best Music – Valkyrie

(Los Angeles, CA) Film editor and composer JOHN OTTMAN will be honored this Saturday with the COMPOSER/EDITOR OF VISION at the 36th ANNUAL VISION AWARDS. The Vision Awards honor pioneering visionaries in Film, TV, Music, Research, Technology and Leadership. The Awards show will be hosted by Army Archerd with special guest Larry King at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Hotel on Saturday, June 27 (9500 Wilshire Boulevard). Other Honorees include Lawrence Bender-Producer of Vision, Jim Walton-Leader of Vision, Shonda Rhimes-Women of Vision-Entertainment, Diane Ladd and Tom Wilkinson-Film Artists of Vision, Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) Screenwriter of Vision, and Dr. Shalesh Kaushal, MD- Jules Stein Living Tribute Award.

Currently Ottman is scoring ASTRO BOY, the animated, sci-fi/action film starring Nicolas Cage and Kristen Bell. Last year Ottman reteamed with director Bryan Singer as the editor and composer for VALKYRIE. Ottman has edited and scored virtually all of Singer’s films, including THE USUAL SUSPECTS, APT PUPIL and SUPERMAN RETURNS. Ottman and Singer first began collaborating while students at USC’s Film School on “Public Access,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.

Ottman has successfully traversed every genre as a film composer. His wide range of credits include the dark comedy CABLE GUY, the thriller GOTHIKA, CELLULAR and numerous superhero movies including X-MEN 2 &3, FANTASTIC FOUR 1 & 2 and SUPERMAN RETURNS as well as the drama KISS KISS BANG BANG starring Robert Downy Jr. and last years, Sci-fi blockbuster, THE INVASION starring Nicole Kidman. OTTMAN’s film scores have earned him a Saturn Award and several BMI Film Music Awards.

John Ottman is nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Music for his score to VALKYRIE, he has won a prestigious BAFTA award in editing for THE USUAL SUSPECTS and a nomination from the A.C.E. (American Cinema Editors).

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – FSM, Buysoundtrax

Film Score Monthly – NONE BUT THE BRAVE (John Williams, June 26th)

Buysoundtrax – July: BROTHERS AT WAR (Lee Holdridge), YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS TOO: CLASSIC FILM MUSIC ARRANGED FOR GUITAR (Various)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

28 WEEKS LATER – John Murphy (La-La Land LLLCD 1097)

CAPRICA – Bear McCreary (La-La Land LLLCD 1098) – 54:04

CHERI – Alexandre Desplat (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 961 2)

GETTYSBURG: THE SPEECH THAT SAVED AMERICA – Alan Williams (SMCD 025)

GOD’S LITTLE ACRE – Elmer Bernstein (Kritzerland KR 20012-8)

MARS ATTACKS! (Expanded) – Danny Elfman (La-La Land LLLCD 1096) – 74:48

IMPERATIVA RECORDS PRESENTS: ‘TRAILER MUSIC LIVE’

Experience Music and Visuals Featured in More Than 2,500 Motion Picture Theatrical Trailers and Television Franchises Including “Lord of the Rings,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Harry Potter,” “Spider-Man,” and more

Santa Monica, CA – We all know the best part of going to the movies is watching the trailers… and the best part of the movie trailers is the music. Imperativa Records presents a first-of-its-kind, multi-media event. Trailer Music Live, will feature musical tracks that have been composed, produced and featured in more than 2,500 theatrical trailers including such blockbuster motion picture franchises as “Lord of the Rings,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Harry Potter,” “Spider-Man,” and many others. The truly unique experience will incorporate video of trailer footage from major motion pictures throughout the evening and simultaneously marry these images with music from an astonishing array of live musicians on stage. The event will feature more than 100 performers, including singers from the Angeles Chorale, recording artists Immediate, and rock band Globus.

Immediate is Hollywood’s preeminent producer of original music for major motion picture trailers for over 15 years, Immediate pio-neered the broad distribution of “trailer music” with their recent debut commercial album “Trailerhead.” The internationally acclaimed rock music ensemble Globus’s current hit single, “Orchard of Mines,” is currently enjoying over nine weeks on Billboard Magazine’s “Hot Singles” chart. Yoav Goren, Imperativa Records founder and a musician with both Immediate and Globus says, “This event was received with such enthusiasm in London, we felt compelled to bring it to the states.

Trailer Music Live is truly a unique concert event featuring an orchestra, choir and rock band performing familiar movie music that has never before been heard in a concert setting. This event will appeal to movie fans of all ages by taking this epic music directly from the movie screen to the live stage.” Tickets go on sale at http://www.tix.com/ Friday May 15th at 10:00am

For more information about the June 27th event, please see: www.imperativarecords.com/concert or visit http://www.trailermusiclive.com/

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – Varèse Sarabande, Tadlow

Varèse Sarabande – June 15th: IN THE ELECTRIC MIST (Marco Beltrami), THE STONING OF SORAYA M (John Debney)

Tadlow – EXODUS (Ernest Gold, re-recording, September 7th)