Featuring Original Music By Composers Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian
(February 29, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the EYE IN THE SKY – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on March 11 and on CD April 8, 2016. The album features original music composed by composers Paul Hepker (KITE, SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS, RENDITION, Tsotsi) and Mark Kilian (THE WARD, RENDITION, Tsotsi).
“EYE IN THE SKY is a taut, darkly comic, action thriller set against the backdrop of the highly topical (and controversial) modern warfare; the movie takes place in London, Nairobi, Las Vegas, Honolulu and 20,000 feet above the earth,” said Hepker. “The score for Eye In the Sky blends electronic, orchestral and world music elements as the story onscreen unfolds.”
Produced by Raindog Films (co-founded by Colin Firth and former Sony Music UK Chairman Ged Doherty) and Entertainment One Features, EYE IN THE SKY stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top-secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of US and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. The film also stars Alan Rickman, Iain Glen and Barkad Abhi.
“Stuttering mechanical soundscapes and big rolling pads give voice to the omnipresent drones and the relentless war machine as it gathers pace,” said Kilian. “The score is at times sparse and atmospheric, but as the psychological drama heightens, aleatoric orchestral shimmers and electronic distortions weave together to turn up the heat.”
Bleecker Street presents EYE IN THE SKY in select theaters March 11. Lakeshore Records will release the EYE IN THE SKY – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on March 11 and on CD April 8, 2016.
About Paul Hepker
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, Paul Hepker trained as a concert pianist under Adolphe Hallis. He worked as a Musical Director at the National Theatres in Pretoria and Cape Town (THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, JOSEPH…) and has performed or recorded with a number of prominent South African and international artists such as Shirley Bassey, Miriam Makeba, Ice Cube and Vusi Mahlasela. In the mid-1990’s he toured the world as a member of Grammy-nominated band Johnny Clegg and Savuka (Juluka) before moving to Los Angeles in 1997.
A long-time member of acclaimed Los Angeles theatre company Circle X, Hepker garnered an Ovation Award, two LA Weekly Awards, and numerous nominations for his work as composer or Musical Director on productions such as GRENDEL, LAURA COMSTOCK’S BAG-PUNCHING DOG, and ROMEO & JULIET: ANTEBELLUM, NEW ORLEANS, 1839. In 1999 Hepker was a Finalist in the inaugural John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and has had songs featured in, and included on the soundtracks for EYE IN THE SKY, TSOTSI, PERMANENT MIDNIGHT, SOUL SURVIVOR, THE BIRD CAN’T FLY and INTO THE LIGHT.
Hepker’s film credits include SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS (Steve Coogan), KITE (Samuel L. Jackson), TSOTSI (2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film), RENDITION (Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal) and THE BIRD CAN’T FLY (Barbara Hershey). His score for INTO THE LIGHT featured Kenyan singer Ayub Ogada. Paul was series composer on numerous Discovery, History and National Geographic Channel shows, including DEADLIEST CATCH, IRT DEADLIEST ROADS, CRASH FILES, IMPACT, AMERICA’S DEADLIEST SEASON, INTO THE FIRESTORM, RAW NATURE, IDITAROD, HERRINGS – all for Original Productions – and SHARK TAGGERS (NBC).
About Mark Kilian
South African born Mark Kilian started his music career as a jazz pianist working in and around his homeland. He played with the Brubecks, Shirley Bassey, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Airto Moreira and also played some musical theater. After completing a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano and a Masters Degree in Composition and Film Scoring in Durban, he headed for Los Angeles in 1994 where he attended USC’s graduate program Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. On completion of the program, lecturer and well-known film composer Christopher Young hired Mark where he got the opportunity to cut his teeth in and around the studios of LA learning about the art and business of film scoring.
Kilian scored his first feature LOVERGIRL in 1997 and has since had a successful and eclectic film scoring career. He is most known for his ethnic flavored scores like the Oscar winning TSOTSI, TRAITOR, RENDITION, BLESS ME ULTIMA, and BEFORE THE RAINS. His most recent scores include REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS (executive produced by Martin Scorsese,) John Carpenter’s THE WARD, TRUST ME (Clark Gregg, Felicity Huffman, Sam Rockwell, William H Macy,) REPENTANCE (Forest Whitaker), and PITCH PERFECT for which he has a platinum album for soundtrack sales. His TV work includes HBO’s 41, ABC’s KILLER WOMEN and DAYBREAK. He has also written music for many TV commercials including Apple, Toyota, Budweiser, American Express and Microsoft. He has 3 albums out under the name The Gravy Street which have received airplay in Los Angeles and also 2 albums with the electronica duo Ape Quartet. Kilian also did string arrangements for Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) on his solo album Music For The Divine and a KCRW sponsored remix of an Ozomatli song with Anne Litt as well as music for the Getty exhibition The Aztec Pantheon.