C Music TV recently sat down with neo-classical composer Amelia Warner, to discuss her wonderful new album 'Visitors'. The album consists of seven new, self-penned works, each based on a fictional female character. It evolves in that the abandoned old house in which the women have all lived at some point in time slowly releases during the night its memories of each of them: Eve, Heidi, Frances, Mary, Rebecca, Sarah and Dawn. As Warner notes, 'The house becomes a place where the music they inspired lives on, even though the people are no longer there'. Delicately scored for piano and strings, the suite is mixed and produced by Warner's regular collaborator, classically-trained Fyfe Dangerfield, of 'Guillemots' fame.
You come from a family of actors. Has being an actor influenced your approach to writing music?
I think being an actor has helped me understand the process of making a film. From reading scripts to being on set and the post production period. It's given me a kind of education and comprehensive view of film making, who everybody is, what their job entails and all the elements of telling a story which I've found really valuable.
Who or what inspired you to move in to classical and film composition?
The majority of the music I listen to has always been film score. I suppose it always felt beyond me and out of reach but then I began hearing composers such as Ludivico Einaudi, Nick Cave and Dustin O Halloran. Their music was more contemporary and had a simplicity and minimalism that felt more accessible and inspired me. I friend of mine had made a short film and asked me to have a go at writing the music and that's where it began.
You have mentioned that you have a passion for story-telling, especially through the relationship between music and imagery. What inspired this passion?
I think the inspiration comes from films. I'm a huge Terrance Malik fan and his films to me are the perfect marriage of image and music. I'm fascinated with how music can affect an image and how much it can change your experience.
How would you compare the role of a storyteller to that of a composer?
I think the writer and director are the storytellers and as a composer you are trying to facilitate their telling of the story.
Your most recent project 'Visitors' features the instrumental stories of Eve, Heidi, Frances, Mary, Rebecca, Sarah and Dawn, who have all passed through the same big old house at different points. What does each character represent for you?
It is hard for me to describe exactly what these women represent. It was more a feeling I had when I wrote each piece. It is quite intangible and hard to articulate. It's like I just felt their spirit passing through for a split second and then it was gone again.
You have decided to release one track per month in order to 'slowly populate the house '. In what ways does the order in which the tracks are released tell the overall story of the house?
The idea is that the EP takes places over one night on the house. It starts to come alive as it becomes dark. The first track is called Eve as it begins in the evening and then we end with the Dawn. When we played Dawn we had this image of everything returning to its rightful place, laying to rest and the house becoming quiet again.
How has collaborating with classically-trained indie rocker Fyfe Dangerfield influenced your sound, first on your EP ‘Arms’ and now on Visitors?
I absolutely love working with Fyfe! He is so creative and incredibly talented. With Arms we took a bit more time and experimented quite a bit but with Visitors it was just very clear how it should be. We both had a really strong sense of the atmosphere and the story and it was just very straight forward. I think having worked together on Arms we just really understood each other and he totally understood the sound I wanted to create.
In addition to Dangerfield, who else would you want to collaborate with in the future?
I love collaboration and would be very keen to do more. I'm a huge fan of Olafar Arnaulds, Max Richter, Haushka, Dustin O Halloran, Nils Frahm, Damon Albarn, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Collete, Mark Bradshaw, David Holmes. The idea of working with or just meeting any of those guys would be dizzying.
You are also composing the music for the upcoming Mary Shelley film directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour. How does scoring for a film differ from composing for an album?
It's completely different! As in the music I am writing has to function and assist the story telling. It's not just making something that sounds beautiful or that I personally would want to listen to bur rather something that supports the characters and the narrative. Also it's a bit of a puzzle as each cue is a specific length,whether it's 9 seconds or 3 minutes and so it's an art, getting it to fit everything within those very rigid margins.
How does the soundtrack add to Shelley's life and her classic tale Frankenstein?
When I was talking to the film-makers the thing we kept coming back to was that the music should be Mary. It should always be reflecting her state and her journey. So hopefully the music captures her. Her love story with Percy, her inspiration and her loss. Also we tried to hint at the gothic world she created with Frankenstein and the other worldliness she seemed so drawn to.
For more information on Amelia Warner and her new album, click here.
Cmusic News Released: 2017-05-12
Golden Globes 2017 Winners
The 2017 Golden Globes was led by nominations for La La Land, The Crown, Moonlight and Westworld – see the full list of winners below to see who delivered.
Best film supporting actor:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
Best actor in a TV series (drama):
Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath
Best actress in a TV series (musical/comedy):
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Best TV series (comedy):
Best actress in a miniseries or TV movie:
Sarah Paulson, American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson
Best miniseries or TV movie:
American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV film:
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Best film score:
La La Land
Best original song:
City of Stars, La La Land
Best supporting actress in a motion picture (drama):
Viola Davis, Fences
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV film:
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Best actor (comedy/musical):
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
La La Land
Best animated film:
Best foreign language film:
Best actor in miniseries or TV movie:
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Best actress in a TV series (drama):
Claire Foy, The Crown
Best TV series (drama):
Best film director:
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best actor in a TV series (musical/comedy):
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Best actress in a film (comedy/musical):
Emma Stone, La La Land
Best film (comedy/musical):
La La Land
Best actor (drama):
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best actress (drama):
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best film (drama):
Cmusic News Released: 2017-01-09
Michael Nyman Interview
C Music TV is excited to share our exclusive interview with Michael Nyman. We caught up with the English Composer as he celebrates the 40th anniversary of 'IlThe Michael Nyman Band'Il, to discuss the origin of his long serving ensemble, his composition techniques, collaborating with Peter Greenaway and his love for his native instrument, the Piano.
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Cmusic News Released: 2017-01-03
Gavin Greenaway Interview
C Music TV sat down with the English composer, conductor and pianist Gavin Greenaway at Air Studios in London to discuss the story behind his latest album 'Il Falco Bianco', his influences, his special relationship with Hans Zimmer and some of his favourite film scores.
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Cmusic News Released: 2016-10-27
C Music TV receives Eutelsat TV Awards nomination
C Music TV has been nominated in the 'Best Music Channel' at the 2016 Eutelsat TV Awards. 26 of the world's most innovative channels make up the shortlist of this year's Eutelsat TV Awards, the only international event distinguishing excellence in satellite broadcasting. With over 120 channels from 37 countries entering this year, the ceremony will shine a spotlight on the highest standards of creativity, innovation and audience engagement from broadcasters from around the world.
Viewers will also have the chance to vote for their favourite channel in the 'People's Choice' category, click here to vote!
Cmusic News Released: 2016-10-11
INTERVIEW: ILAN ESHKERI
Ilan Eshkeri (b. 1977) is a British neoclassical composer and songwriter, well known for his scores for films, video games, song-writing collaborations and concert work. Eshkeri recently worked with world renowned visual artists the Chapman Brothers, on their film 'The Marriage of Reason and Squalor' and scored the much-loved film from the studios of Aardman Animations, 'Shaun The Sheep', as well as writing the songs for the film with Nick Hodgson of Kaiser Chiefs and Tim Wheeler of Ash. Over the years, Eshkeri has collaborated with Coldplay, David Gilmour, Kasabian, Annie Lennox, Tom Odell and KT Tunstall to name but a few. His recent film work includes 'Still Alice', for which Julianne Moore won an Oscar, Kevin Macdonald's 'Black Sea', '47 Ronin', and the Oscar nominated 'The Invisible Woman'. Ilan Eshkeri continues to write the music for Sims, one of the world's largest video game franchises and recent live performances include 'The Snowman & The Snowdog', which was performed live to picture. Eshkeri has conducted his own works at The Louvre, Paris, The Rudolfinum, Prague and The Royal Albert Hall, London. His accolades include a Wildscreen Panda Award for the score to David Attenborough's 'Natural History Museum Alive' and an International Film Music Critics' Association Best Original Score for 'Stardust'. We recently sat down with Ilan to discuss his career so far as well as his contribution to the brand new adaptation of Arthur Ransome's (1884-1967) classic adventure story 'Swallows and Amazons', due in cinemas on August 19th.
You studied Music and English Literature at Leeds University, but what made you choose to pursue music and composition as a full time career?
I always wanted to compose music. Even as a young child playing the violin I never understood why I couldn't change the notes of the pieces I was playing to make them sound the way I wanted them to. So I guess getting to do this for a living is the luckiest thing that could have happened.
You have been described as a neo-classical composer. For those unfamiliar with the term, how would you describe the style of music and/or composition associated with neo-classicism?
Neo-classicism originally refers to a 20th Century musical movement but its revival describes a movement of contemporary composers who work in multiple disciplines using instruments from every genre without prejudice of what goes with whilst also embracing styles from any genre. In the past we saw this kind of creativity almost exclusively in film music, which is what initially drew me to film scores. But now what we do is being seen as its own unique musical movement, which I'm very excited to be a part of.
You have conducted your own works at The Louvre, The Rudolfinum and The Royal Albert Hall. What would you say has been your most memorable performance?
The most memorable was The Louvre. Not just because of the incredible setting and the stage we built in the Tuileries Garden, but because my Parisian grandmother, who was a hero of the French Resistance and an Auschwitz survivor and who by that time was too old to travel abroad, was able to come and see me perform. It was a proud moment for both of us.
How did you come to work with the European Space Agency on music for Tim Peake's Principia Mission?
I got followed on Twitter by a member of the European Space Agency. Surprised, I of course, followed them back. They got in touch to say they were a member of Tim Peake's team and that Tim was a fan of my music and would I be interested in writing some music for films Tim would shoot on his mission to the International Space Station. I was completely blown away, of course I said yes and took the opportunity to go and visit Tim where he was training at the Johnson Space Centre in Texas. That time inspired lots of ideas for further collaborations on which we are currently working.
You are a song-writer and conductor, but what is it that draws you to film music in particular?
Bernard Hermann said that in film you could present any kind of music to the audience and providing it supported the film they would accept it. Writing for film challenges me to explore all kinds of music from all times, from all over the world, in all genres and often to mix it all together. There aren't many creative environments in which an audience would necessarily be up for engaging with work like that.
How do you approach composing for film? Does it differ from your concert work?
The most significant difference is that the structure of film music is dictated by the narrative structure of the film and often each individual piece of music in a film wont have any form when removed from the scene. The other big difference is that it's a collaboration with the film-makers. Writing concert work, I'm on my own, which can be more challenging but allows for more autonomous creativity.
You have composed the music for Arthur Ransome's much-loved children's classic 'Swallows and Amazons'. How did you become involved in the project?
Having always been a fan of the book I approached the film-makers and much to my delight, several months later, they came back to me and asked me to write the score. Before I take a project on it's very important to me that I get on well and have a good creative relationship with the director and other filmmakers so that I know it will be a positive creative collaboration. This was very much the case on Swallows and Amazons.
What was your inspiration for the 'Swallows and Amazons' score?
I wanted to capture that feeling of when you're a child and your parents let you go off to play in a park, on your bike, at the beach - and you have that exhilarating sense of freedom. Everyone can remember that feeling from their childhood and I think that the story helps us relive that and I wanted to capture that childhood sense of adventure in the music. On a more practical level I researched British folk music and in particular 19th century sea shanties, the story needed to have a strong sense of Britishness about it.
How do you think public perceptions towards classical music are changing?
I think it's changing alongside a change in the creation of classical music. Creators and Audience are changing together, they are starting to see that classical music doesn't have to be traditional and orchestral. It's a term that can refer to any kind of modern music outside of rock and pop songs and in any case blurs the lines between all different genres. There is a new younger audience listening to classical music who are really helping to make this movement a reality.
Finally, what's next for Ilan Eshkeri - compositional work / film scores / live performances?
A real mixture. I'm writing a ballet for Sergei Polunin, which is designed by David LaChapelle, I'm doing a space project with British astronaut Tim Peake, a film with Andy Serkis and something special for London Fashion Week next month!
Ilan Eshkeri's soundtrack to the heart-warming adventure story,
'Swallows and Amazons' is released by Globe Soundtrack and Score on August 19th 2016.
Cmusic News Released: 2016-08-22
The Big Weekend: Steven Spielberg and John Williams
The Big Weekend returns to C Music TV on 13th and 14th August to celebrate two Hollywood titans; visionary director Steven Spielberg and legendary film composer John Williams.
To mark the release of Steven Spielberg's hotly anticipated adaption of Roald Dahl's BFG, the Big Weekend will revisit Spielberg and Williams' most iconic collaborations over the last four decades.
With a host of exclusive music-videos, the Big Weekend will take viewers behind the scenes on some of Spielberg's latest movies, including new release The BFG. We will also give viewers the opportunity to revisit some of John Williams' most iconic scores with our all-time Top 5 Spielberg/Williams soundtracks, which includes classics such as Jaws, E.T., and Jurassic Park.
Additional program notes will explore the careers of composer and director and provide movie trivia from the set and in the recording studio.
Cmusic News Released: 2016-07-27
Alison Balsom receives OBE
British trumpet soloist, producer and educator Alison Balsom has been awarded the OBE for services to music at the Queen's Birthday Honours. Balsom, from Hertfordshire, UK first burst on to the classical music scene nearly 15 years ago as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and has since been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Leicester and the University of East Anglia.
The 37 year old described the award as a 'wonderful surprise' and also spoke of the special significance of it coming during a landmark year for the Queen, who recently turned 90.
Cmusic News Released: 2016-06-13
The C Music TV Big Weekend: Superheroes
C Music TV's Big Weekend is back on 28th and 29th May with an in-depth look at the superhero soundtrack.
To mark the release of two major superhero blockbusters, Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse, The Big Weekend will explore the genius that is the superhero film score.
With a host of exclusive music-videos featuring your favourite superheroes and their distinctive soundtracks, The Big Weekend will also give viewers a look behind the scenes of some of the biggest superhero films from the last decade.
Additional program notes will include an abundance of superhero trivia and will delve into the evolution of the superhero soundtrack over the decades. Also, be sure to head over to our facebook page for inside looks, fact files and a run-down of our favourite superhero movie soundtracks in the lead up to the Big Weekend.
Cmusic News Released: 2016-05-16
Il Divo The Amor & Pasion Tour
Il Divo are on tour! The multinational quartet has begun their mammoth European tour that will run until August 3rd. The Concerts are in support of their 7th studio album 'Amor & Pasion ', which was released at the end of last year.
Want to catch Il Divo on their Amor & Pasion tour this summer? Tickets are available here.