Featuring Original Music by Ian Hultquist & Sofia Hultquist
(May 22, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Little Twig Records will digitally release THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which features the film’s original score by Ian Hultquist and Sofia Hultquist (also known as Drum & Lace). The documentary about the life and career of renown fashion editor André Leon Talley was an official selection of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, where it made its world premiere. The soundtrack will be released digitally on May 25th, in culmination with the film’s theatrical release.
“This score stood apart from others Sofia and I have worked on together mainly because of the sheer amount of genres we had to cover, while still writing some strong musical themes for the story. For example, André’s main theme is first heard played on solo piano at the very beginning of the film, but then comes back later on through synths, guitars, etc. We found ourselves working with such a large musical palette on this film – we’d jump from Big Band to Jazz trio to indie electronic synth pop, all within the same day. As André moves through the 70’s & 80’s, so does our theme,” said Ian of his and Sofia’s diverse collaborative score.
Sofia spoke of the inspiration The Gospel According to André director Kate Novack provided, which enabled her and Ian create a soundtrack that is exquisitely aligned with André’s true persona: “Kate Novack took on the impossible task of capturing both André’s exuberant personality and his deep-rooted respect for class and beauty, and combined it all into a stunning character study. It was so inspiring to watch footage of André throughout the years as he moved up through the fashion world, and to learn about his story. Kate was very enthusiastic about working with us to push our musical boundaries, to write bold and often times eccentric music – just like André!”
About The Gospel According to André:
André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack’s intimate portrait, The Gospel According to André takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times.
Novack’s film draws fascinating, heretofore unexplored connections, between the elegance of André’s beloved grandmother and the Black Church of his youth and his later iconic, barrier-breaking work at publications like Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue. Weaving together a wealth of archival footage from the most glamorous moments in fashion history with André’s poignant reflections on his life and career, The Gospel According to André is a cinematic monument to one of the most unique figures of 20th Century American culture.
Produced by the team who brought viewers The First Monday in May and Page One: Inside The New York Times and featuring commentary from fashion luminaries including Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, The Gospel According to André is an indispensable addition to the growing canon of fashion documentary.
About Ian Hultquist:
Born in San Diego, raised in Chicago, Ian developed an intense passion for music and film from a young age. He pursued this interest by attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA from which he received a degree in Film Scoring and Composition. Now, after years of touring as a founding member of the indie band Passion Pit, Ian continues to write music for film, commercials, and other musical projects from his studio in Los Angeles, CA.
Ian has found a niche working with a new class of ground-breaking directors, in both film & documentary. In 2017, his credits included Clinical (dir. Alistair Legrand, Netflix), Mommy Dead & Dearest (dir. Erin Lee Carr, HBO) and Bronx Gothic (dir. Andrew Rossi, Grasshopper Films). Most recently, Ian has scored Assassination Nation (dir. Sam Levinson, NEON/AGBO) & the upcoming A-X-L (dir. Oliver Daly, Lakeshore/Global Road).
About Sofia Hultquist:
Drum & Lace, aka Sofia Hultquist, is an Italian composer and performer that writes and creates music for film, fashion and media. Drum & Lace’s composition work includes writing music for fashion shows & films, commercials, and writing for feature-length films such as co-scoring the fashion documentary The First Monday in May (dir by Andrew Rossi) that opened the Tribeca Film Festival 2016, and The Gospel According to André (dir by Kate Novack) that premiered at TIFF 2017 (in theaters 5/25/18 internationally). Two other feature length documentary films she has scored, “Love and Bananas” (dir by Ashley Bell) and “Invisible Hands” (dir Shraysi Tandon), are being released in theaters in 2018.
Her recent performances include The Echo Society VI: Family concert weekend (Los Angeles, CA), the Girlschool Festival (Los Angeles, CA) and The Satellite Art Show (Miami Beach, FL) with the NY Fem Factory during Art Basel. She also curates and co-hosts the series An Ambient Show, which brings together the ambient, electro-chamber and modular communities in Los Angeles, CA.
Upcoming projects include the release of a chamber-electronic project, as well as upcoming electronic singles. She’s currently based in Los Angeles.
At Home with André
Like a Princess
My Escape, My World
The Mouse That Roared
André Had a Dream
New York City
More Than a Prince
All That & a Bag of Chips
Americans in Paris
The Real Man
Under the Surface
Don’t Give up the Dream