Channeling Cuba

Channeling Cuba

Violinist Joshua Bell performs with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana for the PBS Live at Lincoln Center production “Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba.” The show premieres  Dec. 16 as part of the PBS Fall Arts Festival. Bell, arguably the finest American violinist of our day, leads a pack that includes such Cuban talent as singer-songwriter […]

‘Sing’ a Chorus of 60 Shiny Tunes

‘Sing’ a Chorus of 60 Shiny Tunes

Melinda Newman safaried to the heart of song licensing territory for Billboard, reporting “From the Desk of…”  Universal Film Group President of Music and Publishing Mike Knobloch, who presided over the licensing feat of what is believed to be a record-setting 60 songs for the animation motion picture Sing. The Dec. 21 Universal Pictures release […]

La La Land Tops Globe Music Noms

<em>La La Land</em> Tops Globe Music Noms

The 74th Annual Golden Globe nominations are out, and no surprise, La La Land continues the run-up at the front of the pack for Best Song and Best Score, with the requisite three noms –One for composer Justin Hurwitz, amd two in the Song category, for Hurwitz and lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The […]

Furukawa Conducts ‘Last Guardian’ to Market

Furukawa Conducts ‘Last Guardian’ to Market

Takeshi Furukawa’s The Last Guardian soundtrack is coming to vinyl in Q1. In addition Sony is also making the score available via the Composer’s Choice PS4 Music App, featuring 19 tracks that are available at the PlayStation Store. The soundtrack app supports both stereo and surround playback, and also allows users to export all the tracks as stereo […]

‘Assassin’s Creed,’ Jed Kurzel

Based on the insanely popular Ubisoft videogame (more than 80 million units sold since 2007), the 20th Century Fox release expands on the mythology of the Templar Order that is the crux of the series’ mythology. Two-time Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender plays modern-day assassin Callum Lynch, created for the film, as well as his  descendant, Aguilar de Nerh, of […]

‘La La Land,’ Justin Hurwitz

Composer Justin Hurwitz created the music for La La Land, which stars Ryan Gosling as a pianist who falls for actress Emma Stone. Needless to say, Gosling spends quite a bit of screen time tinkling the ivories. “I practiced some of those piano pieces four hours a day for three months,” he shares, in the clip below.  Stone […]

‘Silence’ Trailer, Confidential Music

The trailer for Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated holiday release Silence features music by John Hanson of the Santa Monica-based Confidential Music. company that had such break-out success with the early trailer for Suicide Squad (cutting a tune that actually made it onto the soundtrack).  The Paramount film, which had its world premiere in Vatican City in November, starts […]

Psych 101: Hating Nickelback

Psych 101: Hating Nickelback

Even the BBC is weighing in on a Finnish research study tracing animus Nickelus, the root psychological cause of why people love hating the Canadian rock group Nickelback, which has sold more than 50 million albums. If that’s hate, I’m sure more bands would love to be on the receiving end of some of it! […]

‘Jackie’ score by Mica Levy

Twenty-nine-year-old British composer and musician Mica Levy has become an awards season contender with her beguiling score for Fox Searchlight’s Jackie, which stars Natalie Portman as the former First Lady in the emotional aftermath of her husband’s assassination. An NPR feature quotes Levy talking about how her music “elevates the surreal element, because music creates a […]

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