(November 2, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the ALIAS GRACE – Original Mini-Series Soundtrack digitally on November 3, 2017. The album features original music by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna created for the acclaimed CBC/Netflix mini-series produced by Halfire Entertainment.
“ALIAS GRACE is based on a novel of the same name written by celebrated author Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) of a true story that took place in Canada in 1843,” said Mychael Danna. “We wanted the score to mirror the formal rigidity of British Colonial 19th Century society.”
The story of ALIAS GRACE follows Grace Marks, a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment. Grace became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada for her supposed role in the sensational double murder, and was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction was controversial, and sparked much debate about whether Grace was actually involved in the murder, or merely an unwitting accessory.
“We chose a chamber group of virtuosic musicians to lay out the complicated fabric of the musical world of ALIAS GRACE,” Jeff Danna explained. “There was interwoven string parts, often with one player per part in the traditional way, colored by fleeting woodwinds, piano and even the occasional church organ – all of it underlined with a dark thread of mystery and growing doom as we slowly move towards the inevitable violence of the crime.”
A CBC/Netflix original production, Alias Grace is produced by Halfire Entertainment, written by Sarah Polley, and directed by Mary Harron. The executive producers are Sarah Polley, Mary Harron, and Noreen Halpern. Producers are D.J. Carson and Sarah Polley.
Netflix begins streaming ALIAS GRACE globally outside of Canada on November 3, 2017. Lakeshore Records will release the ALIAS GRACE – Original Netflix Series Soundtrack digitally on November 3, 2017.