• Composer Series,  Interviews,  Movies/Entertainment

    Interview…Stephen Dorff on the Music & Songs of ‘Wheeler’

    Ryan Ross’ Wheeler is a captivating film, one that really shines due to a trifecta of story, acting, and music. The baby of both Ross and Stephen Dorff (Blade, The Power of One, The Gate), this story follows a middle-aged musician trying to make a name for himself in Nashville. Only this isn’t a fictitious endeavor; Dorff becomes his character – the titular Wheeler Bryson – in this documentary style narrative and very few people know what’s happening. Each and every interaction caught on camera is legitimized by Dorff (under impressive prosthesis) as everyone he meets he wins over with his story, his persona, and some truly amazing “outlaw” Western songs. In…

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    Interview…Composer Penka Kouneva on ‘The Woman Astronaut’

    Film and game composer Penka Kouneva has worked for 15 years in Los Angeles on a variety of projects from games, to shorts, to feature films. Her own music is a blend of her Eastern-European upbringing, classical training, modern film & game music, and influences ranging from rock, electronica, Medieval chant to non-Western music. A woman composer role model on the vanguard of the rising momentum for women creatives in entertainment, Penka Kouneva made Hollywood history as the first woman Lead Orchestrator on films with a budget over $100M – Ender’s Game and Elysium. In various capacitites, she has had notable collaborations with the celebrity composers Hans Zimmer (orchestrator: Pirates 3,…

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    Interview…Composer Patrick Doyle on His New Collection of Solo Piano Themes

    Patrick Doyle has scored over 50 international feature films, including Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, BRAVE, Indochine, Carlito’s Way and A Little Princess. His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, including Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, and Robert Altman. On July 24, Varèse Sarabande released The Film Music of Patrick Doyle: Solo Piano. The first of two planned albums features original performances and arrangements by the Oscar-nominated composer, the collection features some of Patrick’s most revered compositions performed on piano by Doyle himself. This exceptional album highlights eighteen tracks which include music…

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    Varèse Sarabande Celebrates the Film Music of Patrick Doyle

    This Friday, Varèse Sarabande will release THE MUSIC OF PATRICK DOYLE: SOLO PIANO. The first of two planned albums features original performances and arrangements by the Oscar-nominated composer. The collection features some of Patrick’s most revered compositions performed on piano by Doyle himself. Few composers have taken audiences to such whimsical, fun and fantastical landscapes with their music. But stepping back from the energy and grandeur of the cinema screen, Doyle has put together a low-key yet intimate listening experience. His exceptional album highlights eighteen tracks which include music from Sense and Sensibility, Great Expectations, Nanny McPhee, Gosford Park and Cinderella. “I have been recording the piano album over the last…