CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ SCORES ‘CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE’ AND ‘COYOTE FALLS’


LENNERTZ CREATES MUSIC FOR TWO OF THE BIGGEST ALL-TIME RIVALRIES IN CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE AND NEW LOONEY TOONS 3-D SHORT COYOTE FALLS

LOS ANGELES (June 28, 2010) – In composer Christopher Lennertz’s house, “the claws are the law” between his cat, Loca and Dalmatian Miles Davis. That often contentious relationship between his furry charges inspired his scores to the upcoming Warner Bros. double bill of CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE and COYOTE FALLS, a brand new Looney Tunes 3-D short. A soundtrack featuring “Concerto for Claws and Orchestra” by Lennertz will be released on July 27 through WaterTower Music on CD and digital download at Amazon.com.

“Loca rules the house,” said Lennertz. “Miles just wants to play with her and she doesn’t want to be bothered.” Despite Loca’s penchant for claws first and questions never, she has yet to make an attempt at world domination. In the movie, Kitty Galore is a former agent for a cat spy organization who has gone rogue. She hatched a plan to not only bring her canine enemies to heel, but also take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post. Lennertz – who created the score for the two James Bond video games – felt the music should be in the James Bond vein.
“For KITTY GALORE I mixed up a taste of early John Barry (“James Bond Theme”) with a touch of Lalo Schifrin (“Mission: Impossible” theme) and a touch of Henry Mancini (“Peter Gunn Theme”),” explains Lennertz. “Taking the best elements of the genre and create a comedic, adventurous score serves the film well. In fact, the cats have their own theme with a lounge groove and five alto flutes that is a pretty awesome tip of the hat to Mancini.”
Warner Bros. signed Lennertz on to score a series of three 3-D Looney Tunes shorts to reintroduce the brand to a new generation of audiences. The first short, COYOTE FALLS stars Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner – another famed rivalry – will play ahead of the movie CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE.
“My pets influence me a lot,” said Lennertz. “I find a lot of humor in my pets’ facial expressions and habits that I think pet owners will recognize. So it was easy for me to underscore the emotion in the films and create a sense of urgency when they were in trouble.”
Christopher Lennertz composes for film, TV and videogames. Credits include SUPERNATURAL, MARMADUKE, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, and TORTILLA HEAVEN.

OLIVIER DERIVIERE LAUNCHES AMEO PRODUCTIONS


Award-winning composer Olivier Deriviere launches new music production company with offices in San Francisco, Boston and Paris

San Francisco, CA, June 28th, 2010 – AMEO Productions, founded by brother and sister team award-winning composer Olivier Deriviere (Alone In The Dark, Obscure: The Aftermath), whose innovative soundtracks have been recognized by Billboard, G4TV and The New York Times, and project manager Marion Deriviere, is a new music composition and production company specializing in authentic original scores for video games. To ensure a truly immersive and enhanced gaming experience, AMEO creates dynamic, narrative-driven music with a unique identity and emotion adapted for each project. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Boston and Paris, AMEO Productions combines the celebrated talents of classically trained multimedia composer Olivier Deriviere working with renowned recording studios, world-class engineers and performers, as well as employing the latest software and custom library sounds.

“AMEO was created to enhance the in-game music experience and quality,” says Marion Deriviere, Co-Founder and President of AMEO Productions. “We are dedicated to producing unique musical identities for games using the best tools, performers, recording and mixing studios. Working closely with game development teams to satisfy their requirements and enhance their creativity, we offer world-class quality audio that fits various budgets and meets demanding deadlines.”

AMEO Artistic Director / Composer Olivier Deriviere has scored multiple animation, film and video game soundtracks including the critically acclaimed interactive scores for Alone In The Dark (Eden Games) and the Obscure video game series (Hydravision Entertainment). An alumnus of Berklee College of Music (Jazz & Film Scoring) and the National Conservatory in Nice (Composition & Orchestration), Olivier Deriviere has recorded with the GRAMMY® award-winning choir The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices, Boston Symphony Orchestra Quartet and Children Choir of the National Opera of Paris. His scores have also been performed by the Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Monte Carlo String Quartet, and Utrecht Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir (“Games In Concert”).

AMEO President Marion Deriviere is an experienced technical engineer and project manager who previously held positions at Texas Instruments as Application Engineer and Customer Program Manager. Her musical background includes 8 years conservatory training for classical piano. Marion Deriviere manages business affairs, project management and client relationships for AMEO Productions.

For more information on AMEO Productions please visit http://www.ameoprod.com/.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – Screen Archives, Kritzerland, La-La Land, Buysoundtrax


Screen Archives – CHAMPION (Dimitri Tiomkin, June 28th)

Kritzerland – July: A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE / THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL / THE MEAL (Stu Phillips)

La-La Land – July 6th: OFFICE SPACE (John Frizzell), IDIOCRACY (Theodore Shapiro)

Buysoundtrax – July: LIVE EVIL (Austin Wintory), FINALE (Shawn K. Clement)

FILM MUSIC LIVE PREMIERES JUNE 30th


At the world’s first live interactive video site dedicated to film music, composer John Debney discusses Iron Man 2 and Predators

LOS ANGELES (June 24, 2010) –Film composers are increasingly receiving the spotlight. Now fans of film music have the opportunity to interact live with leading composers. Film Music Live, the first interactive video site dedicated to the sounds of film, premieres with John Debney on June 30th at 5:30 pm PDT/8:30 pm EDT at http://www.justin.tv/filmmusiclive. The award winning composer (The Passion of the Christ, Valentine’s Day), from his studio, will answer live questions from fans and discuss his recent projects including Iron Man 2 and Predators — opening in theaters on July 9th. The video broadcast will stream on the Film Music Live channel from the website Justin.TV.

Despite his busy schedule, Debney keeps his fans connected via Twitter (http://twitter.com/JohnDebney), posting information, pictures and videos from scoring sessions. His dedication to fans made Debney the natural choice to premiere Film Music Live.

Debney’s musical ability knows no boundaries, and his music sets the tone for films in all genres, from his Academy Award® nominated score for “The Passion of the Christ” to his work on Disney’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie;” which Debney and Glen Ballard collaborated on the song “Butterfly Fly Away” performed by Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus. Recently Daily Variety devoted an 11 page tribute to John Debney as the “Billion-Dollar Composer,” because of his tremendous box office success (films he has scored have grossed nearly five billion-dollars.) In 2005, Debney became the youngest recipient of ASCAP’s highest honor, The Henry Mancini Award.

Film Music Live is a new channel on Justin.TV that allows viewers an opportunity to communicate live to leading film composers. Bi-weekly, FML will present composers live and anyone is welcome to join in the chat. Justin.TV was created for users to broadcast and watch live videos. The live video streams and ability to chat are open to anyone who has access to the Internet and participation does not require an account with the site.

Film Music Live is produced by Costa Communications, an award winning full service marketing, public relations and artist management firm. Clients include John Debney, John Ottman (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie), Bruno Coulais (Coraline, Winged Migration), Aaron Zigman (The Notebook, Sex and the City 2), Alan Menken (Little Mermaid, Enchanted), Craig Armstrong (Moulin Rouge), Christopher Lennertz (Cats & Dogs 2, Alvin & The Chipmunks) and Christopher Young (Grudge, Spider Man 3), Austin Wintory (Captain Abu Read), Atticus Ross (Book of Eli) and more. Other Costa Communications productions include the documentary Hometown Glory. For more information visit http://www.costacomm.com/ .

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


The A-Team – Alan Silvestri (Varèse Sarabande 302 067 032 2)

The Edge (Expanded) – Jerry Goldsmith (La-La Land LLLCD 1131) – 66:15

Speed 2: Cruise Control – Mark Mancina (La-La Land LLLCD 1138) – 70:24

THE ‘BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’ SYMPHONY PREMIERES AT FIMUCITÉ 4


FIMUCITÉ 4 presents the International Premiere of Bear McCreary The Battlestar Galactica Symphony on July 9, 2010, at 9PM, at the Auditorium of Tenerife.

The Fourth Edition of the Tenerife International Film Music Festival, FIMUCITÉ, will present the world premiere of Bear McCreary’s The Battlestar Galactica Symphony on Friday, July 9, 2010. Conducted by renowned composer Bear McCreary, The Battlestar Galactica Symphony will be performed by the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra together with the Symphonic Orchestra of Tenerife and the Tenerife Film Choir in the Tenerife Auditorium. The program will include excerpts from the entire four season run of the series.

At the age of 24, Bear McCreary was launched into pop culture with his score to the SyFy channel hit, Battlestar Galactica, which features ‘the most innovative music on TV today’ (Variety). Four seasons and seventy-five episodes later, Battlestar Galactica is universally revered, having won the prestigious Peabody Award and special recognition from the United Nations.

His Battlestar Galactica score has been described as “sharp and sensitive” (The Wall Street Journal), “a key element in establishing the show’s dark, complex tone,” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “rich, raw, oddly stirring… kick-ass and powerful as hell” (E! Online). It “fits the action so perfectly, it’s almost devastating: a sci-fi score like no other,” (NPR). Seasons One, Two, Three and Four of his best-selling Battlestar Galactica soundtrack albums have rocketed up the Amazon.com Top Music Sales Charts, reaching the #1 sales spot in both television and movie soundtrack lists. The most recent album, Season 4, cracked into Amazon.com’s Top 5 Music Sales and charted in the Billboard Top 150.

Under the direction of composer and conductor Bear McCreary, The Battlestar Galactica Orchestra features Raya Yarbrough (vocals), Brendan McCreary (vocals and guitars), Steve Bartek (guitars), Paul Cartwright (electric violin), Chris Bleth (ethnic woodwinds), M.B. Gordy (percussion). This unique combination of the symphonic, ethnic, rock and percussive realms will make this concert the most complete live performance of McCreary’s visionary Battlestar Galactica score ever.

FIMUCITÉ 4 occurs from July 5-10 in the Canary Islands town of Tenerife, and is sponsored by the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Canary Islands Government and Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna City Councils.

For information about FIMUCITÉ 4 and instructions how to purchase tickets visit http://www.fimucite.com/

‘DEXTER’ COMPOSER TRAVELS TO ‘SILENT HILL’


It was just announced today at E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center that composer Daniel Licht will be creating the music for the new Silent Hill videogame. The announcement was made at the KONAMI press conference . Daniel Licht is a leading television and film composer with credits that include all seasons of Dexter, film such as Stephen King’s Thinner, Hellraiser Bloodline, and Children of the Corn. He also writes music that is not horrifying such as Lifetime’s film Maneater.

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


Black Death – Christian Henson – (MMS10011)

The Boy And The Pirates – Albert Glasser (Kritzerland KR 20015-8)

Charge Of The Light Brigade / The Honey Pot – John Addison (Quartet QRSCE010) – 65:14

Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires – James Bernard (BSXCD 8869) – 79:45

Outland – Jerry Goldsmith (FSMCD Vol.13 No.8, 2 CDs) – 115:47

Shout At The Devil – Maurice Jarre (Quartet QRSCE009) – 39:35

Star Trek – Deluxe Edition – Michael Giacchino (Varèse Sarabande VCL 0410 1108, 2 CDs)

Tootsie – Dave Grusin (FSMCD Vol.13 No.7) – 73:59

Transylvania Twist / Not Of This Earth – Chuck Cirino (BSXCD 8870)