UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – April 3 to May 8

April 3
Bel Ami
– Lakshman Joseph De Saram, Rachel Portman – Varese Sarabande
The Cabin in the Woods – David Julyan – Varese Sarabande
Conquest 1453
– Benjamin Wallfisch – MovieScore Media
Eye of the Eagle: The Film Music of Soren Hyldgaard – Soren Hyldgaard – MovieScore Media
Fringe: Season Three – Chris Tilton – Varese Sarabande
Spartacus: Vengeance
– Joseph LoDuca – Varese Sarabande

April 10
Damsels in Distress – Mark Suozzo, Adam Schlesinger – Milan
Mirror Mirror – Alan Menken – Relativity Music Group
The Raven – Lucas Vidal – Sony (import)

April 17
CoriolanusIlan Eshkeri – Varese Sarabande
Red Lights – Victor Reyes – Lakeshore
Silent Hill: Book of Memories
– Daniel Licht – Milan

May 1
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Thomas Newman – Sony (U.S. release)
Days of Grace – Nic Cave, Warren Elllis, Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Claudia Sarne, Shigeru Umebayashi – Lakeshore

May 8
Battleship – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande
Dark Shadows – Danny Elfman – Watertower

Date Unknown
Agent Trouble, etc
– Gabriel Yared – Music Box
The Barbarian and the Geisha/Violent Saturday – Hugo Friedhofer – Kritzerland
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
– Jerry Fielding – Quartet
Indiscretion of an American Wife/The Black Orchid
– Alessandro Cicognini – Disques CineMusique
Moon 44 – Joel Goldsmith – Buysoundtrax
The New War of the Buttons – Philippe Rombi – Music Box
Titanic: An Epic Musical Voyage – various – Buysoundtrax
Una Questione D’Onore – Luis Bacalov – Quartet
Visit to a Chief’s Son – Francis Lai – Music Box

Source: ScoreTrack.net

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 03/29/2012

Hunger Games – James Newton Howard (Universal Republic 1657902)

Kronos / The Cosmic Man – Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter (Monstrous Movie Music MMM 1963/1964)

Last Night – Clint Mansell (Milan 36566)

The McCullochs – Ernest Gold (Monstrous Movie Music MMM 1966)

Rocketship X-M – Ferde Grofe (Monstrous Movie Music MMM 1965)

Ship Of Fools – Ernest Gold (Monstrous Movie Music MMM 1962)

Titanic – James Horner (Sony 23862, 4 CDs)

DANIEL ALCHEH SCORES ‘THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS’

Newly released indie romantic comedy starring Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu and Peter Fonda
 LOS ANGELES – Award-winning film composer and orchestrator Daniel Alcheh provides a modern Greek-inspired folk score for Michael Knowles’ newly released comedy-drama, The Trouble With Bliss, winner of Best Picture at the San Diego Film Festival. Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel East Fifth Bliss by Douglas Light, The Trouble With Bliss stars Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Chris Messina (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Brad William Henke (Justified). The Trouble With Bliss is now showing in select theaters and available on iTunes and Video On Demand.

For his score to The Trouble With Bliss, Alcheh employs traditional and contemporary instrumentation including bouzouki, accordion, clarinet, mandolin, saz, violin, guitars and strings performed by world-class musicians and conducted by Alcheh. Additionally, the classically-trained composer wrote and arranged original songs featuring vocals by celebrated Greek artists Sofia Papazoglou, Vasilis Lekkas and Pantelis Thalassinos with lyrics by Maria Papadaki. The songs will appear on the upcoming soundtrack release.

The Trouble With Bliss tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects, and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Peter Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate (Brad William Henke) and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Lucy Liu), Morris begins to realize that even though his life is unraveling, it’s also opening up in ways that are long overdue.

“In all my years of writing I had composed music of many cultures, but I never had the opportunity to write a Greek-sounding score,” says Alcheh. “The director did not know this when I was hired, but as it turns out my family from my father’s side is from Thessaloniki, Greece. It was a great pleasure to connect with my ancestry.”

Alcheh began playing the piano at age seven, and was seriously pursuing the path of a composer by his teens. He completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in composition at The Music Academy at Tel-Aviv University, completing his thesis as a visiting scholar at Chicago’s Northwestern University, by invitation of the Music Technology Department. While still a student, Alcheh’s career in film music began as a soundtrack producer for Dover Kosashvili’s feature Late Marriage, one of Entertainment Weekly’s Ten Best Films of 2002 and Newsweek’s Top 15 Films of 2002. Alcheh’s score for the award-winning horror-comedy feature The Man Who Collected Food was named “The Discovery of 2011” by AmericanMusicPreservation.com and selected among the “Top 10 Film Scores of 2011” by AintItCoolNews.com. Other recent film and television scores include the Chinese features Son of Stars and Together In Guangzhou (the official 2010 Asian Olympic Games film) and Iris Bahr’s HDNet comedy series, Svetlana. Simultaneously with his passion for film scoring, Alcheh is an accomplished concert composer who is currently working on several American and European commissions for 2012.

For more information on Daniel Alcheh, visit: www.danielalcheh.com.

MARK ISHAM SCORES ‘THE LUCKY ONE’

(Los Angeles, CA) March 26, 2012—Award winning composer Mark Isham scores the Warner Bros. drama The Lucky One, opening in theaters April 20, 2012. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Lucky One tells the story of a Marine who, after serving in Iraq, searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. The film is directed by Scott Hicks and stars Zac Efron, Blythe Danner and Taylor Schilling. For The Lucky One, Mark Isham created a score that evokes a wide spectrum of emotion.
Mark Isham welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with director Scott Hicks on The Lucky One. Isham explains, “I’ve always wanted to work with Scott Hicks. I feel we have similar sensibilities and it was a pleasure to work with him.” The composer described his scoring process, “It was important to me to show the two extremes, the horror of war and the beauty of a blooming love affair. Using different musical elements, the score ranges from intimate solo piano and guitar to a full 80 piece orchestra- a very wide scope,” Isham stated.
Mark Isham’s recent credits include the critically acclaimed films Warrior and Dolphin Tale and ABC’s hit drama Once Upon A Time. Isham has traversed from Grammy winning performer and songwriter to writing award winning scores for film and television. He has written critically-acclaimed scores to over 100 films including Oscar winning film Crash, Miracle, A River Runs Through It, Nell, and The Black Dahlia. He has collaborated with Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma, Jodie Foster, Robert Altman, and Sydney Lumet. As a performer, Isham displays his talents in a variety of genres. His musical stylings can be heard on releases of music legends’ Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, and The Rolling Stones. Isham won the Grammy for his solo album Mark Isham.
Mark Isham is also an activist for musicians’ rights. He launched the non-profit “I Buy My Music,” an anti-piracy music campaign that supports music makers and their art. A portion of all proceeds from “I Buy My Music” merchandise benefits Education Through Music Los Angeles.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – March 27 to May 8

March 27Being Flynn – Badly Drawn Boy [Damon Gough] – Lakeshore
The Hunger Games – James Newton Howard – Universal Republic
Intruders – Roque Banos – Milan
Last Night – Clint Mansell – Milan
Titanic (anniversary edition)
– James Horner – Sony

April 3
Bel Ami
– Lakshman Joseph De Saram, Rachel Portman – Varese Sarabande
The Cabin in the Woods – David Julyan – Varese Sarabande
Conquest 1453
– Benjamin Wallfisch – MovieScore Media
Fringe: Season Three – Chris Tilton – Varese Sarabande
Spartacus: Vengeance
– Joseph LoDuca – Varese Sarabande

April 10
Damsels in Distress – Mark Suozzo, Adam Schlesinger – Milan
Mirror Mirror – Alan Menken – Relativity Music Group
The Raven – Lucas Vidal – Sony (import)

April 17
CoriolanusIlan Eshkeri – Varese Sarabande
Red Lights – Victor Reyes – Lakeshore
Silent Hill: Book of Memories
– Daniel Licht – Milan

May 1
Days of Grace – NIc Cave, Warren Elllis, Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Claudia Sarne, Shigeru Umebayashi – Lakeshore

May 8
Battleship – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande
Dark Shadows – Danny Elfman – Watertower

Date Unknown
Agent Trouble, etc
– Gabriel Yared – Music Box
The Barbarian and the Geisha/Violent Saturday – Hugo Friedhofer – Kritzerland
The Film Music of Arthur Benjamin and Leighton Lucas – Arthur Benjamin, Leighton Lucas – Chandos
Kronos/The Cosmic Man – Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter – Monstrous Movie Music
The McCullouchs – Ernest Gold – Monstrous Movie Music
The New War of the Buttons – Philippe Rombi – Music Box
Rocketship X-M – Ferde Grofe – Monstrous Movie Music
Ship of Fools – Ernest Gold – Monstrous Movie Music
Visit to a Chief’s Son
– Francis Lai – Music Box

Source: Film Score Monthly

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – 03/21/2012

Brake – Brian Tyler (Varese Sarabande 302 067 143 2)
Chillerama: I Was A Teenage Werebear – Patrick Copeland & Various (Label: BSXCD 8902)
Columbus Circle – Brian Tyler (Varese Sarabande 302 064 211 2)
Hostel Part III – Frederik Wiedmann (Varese Sarabande 302 064 210 2)
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen – Dario Marianelli (Lakeshore 34256)
Transformers Prime – Brian Tyler (Lakeshore 34257)
White Fang – Basil Poledouris / Hans Zimmer (Intrada Special Collection Volume 189, 2 CDs) – 119:23

WONDERCON’S TOP TELEVISION COMPOSERS PANEL

Award-winning music talents Mark Isham, Blake Neely, Nathan Barr, Jim Dooley, Robert Duncan, Danny Jacob, and David Ari Leon Gave Large Audience Sneak Peaks Into Their Careers, Lives and Projects

Los Angeles, CA (March 20, 2012) – In front of an enthusiastic crowd of television and music fans, actress Ellen Greene (“Pushing Daisies”, “Heroes” and Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors”) dug into her job as moderator and happily grilled seven of Hollywood’s most esteemed film and television composers on Sunday at the  “Behind the Music: Composing for WonderCon’s Favorite Projects” panel at the Anaheim Convention Center. The panel was well attended by more than 400 eager Con-goers.
The panel kicked off with a reel of each of the composer’s most memorable recently scored scenes, along with a nice surprise for all the panelists: each of their respective showrunners had recorded a special message of thanks to them each.  The musicians were thrilled to hear from “Missing” Executive Producer Gina Matthews; “Wilfred” Executive Producer David Zuckerman; “Phineas and Ferb” Executive Producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh; “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” Executive Producer Eric Rollman; “True Blood” Creator and Executive Producer Alan Ball; and “Once Upon a Time” Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Kitsis said of composer Mark Isham’s work: “If you’re a fan of ‘Once Upon a Time’ then you definitely have to be a fan of Mark because his music is definitely the heart of the show.”
Tinged with humor, Greene quickly zeroed in on the composers’ current projects and their day-to-day work schedules, about which Isham quipped: “My wife insists my recording studio be on our property. There are a lot of 2 a.m. days.” David Ari Leon, composer of “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” passionately described that his craft and his abilities to enhance a show through music gives him great pride. “Bringing the triumph of the will of a character is an honor,” he said.
When Greene asked when was the first time the panelists “handled their instruments,” there was a pause and she hastily replied, “Oops, I phrased that wrong” inviting hoots and hollers from the audience. To save the situation, Danny Jacob said he immediately fell in love with the guitar when he was 13 years old. Since then, he’s been on the musical path of live music, and composing, arranging, producing and performing much of the songs from “Phineas and Ferb.”
During the more serious rounds of questions, panelists went into their creative process when scoring for a scene. Robert Duncan of “Castle” and “Missing,” which premiered last Thursday on ABC, said on his best days, it simply flows. “Composing is like writing poetry.”
Perhaps the most anticipated part of the panel was finding out the composers’ next projects. Blake Neely, of “The Mentalist” announced he is scoring The CW’s “Arrow,” starring Stephen Amell of “Vampire Diaries” fame, Mark Isham is scoring the newest Zac Efron drama “The Lucky One”, “True Blood’s” Nathan Barr is scoring “The Wedding,” starring Robert De Niro, Amanda Seyfried, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon and Topher Grace.
After the successful session, panelists and Greene met with fans.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – March 20 to May 8

March 20
Brake Brian Tyler – Varese Sarabande
Columbus Circle – Brian Tyler – Varese Sarabande
Dirk Gently – Daniel Pemberton – MovieScore Media
Gone David Buckley – Lakeshore
Hostel: Part III – Frederik Wiedemann – Varese Sarabande
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Dario Marianelli – Lakeshore
Transformers Prime – Brian Tyler – Lakeshore

March 27
Being Flynn – Badly Drawn Boy [Damon Gough] – Lakeshore
The Hunger Games – James Newton Howard – Universal Republic
Intruders – Roque Banos – Milan
Last Night – Clint Mansell – Milan
Titanic (anniversary edition)
– James Horner – Sony

April 3
Bel Ami
– Lakshman Joseph De Saram, Rachel Portman – Varese Sarabande
The Cabin in the Woods – David Julyan – Varese Sarabande
Fringe: Season Three – Chris Tilton – Varese Sarabande
Spartacus: Vengeance
– Joseph LoDuca – Varese Sarabande

April 10
Mirror Mirror – Alan Menken – Relativity Music Group

April 17
CoriolanusIlan Eshkeri – Varese Sarabande
Red Lights – Victor Reyes – Lakeshore

May 8
Battleship – Steve Jablonsky – Varese Sarabande

Date Unknown
Agent Trouble, etc
– Gabriel Yared – Music Box
The Film Music of Arthur Benjamin and Leighton Lucas – Arthur Benjamin, Leighton Lucas – Chandos
The New War of the Buttons
– Philippe Rombi – Music Box
Visit to a Chief’s Son
– Francis Lai – Music Box

Source: Film Score Monthly