los angeles – I Am War Music http://iamwarmusic.com/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 12:48:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://iamwarmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/profile.png los angeles – I Am War Music http://iamwarmusic.com/ 32 32 Country Music Hitmaker Michael Ray Reveals Limited Edition “Whiskey and Rain” NFT Exclusive to… | News https://iamwarmusic.com/country-music-hitmaker-michael-ray-reveals-limited-edition-whiskey-and-rain-nft-exclusive-to-news/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 12:15:22 +0000 https://iamwarmusic.com/country-music-hitmaker-michael-ray-reveals-limited-edition-whiskey-and-rain-nft-exclusive-to-news/ Los Angeles, California, March 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MusicFX.io (“MusicFX” or the “Company”), a leading digital community connecting artists to their fans via NFTs, is pleased to announce the details of the upcoming Michael Ray #1 Country Music Airplay Commemorative NFT. To celebrate the achievement of his first multi-week chart-topping single, “Whiskey and Rain”, […]]]>

Los Angeles, California, March 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MusicFX.io (“MusicFX” or the “Company”), a leading digital community connecting artists to their fans via NFTs, is pleased to announce the details of the upcoming Michael Ray #1 Country Music Airplay Commemorative NFT.

To celebrate the achievement of his first multi-week chart-topping single, “Whiskey and Rain”, country music star Michael Ray decided to mark this milestone in his career by teaming up with MusicFX to bring fans his very first NFT.

The Michael Ray #1Country Music Airplay Memorial NFT will stream exclusively on MusicFX on March 22, 2022 and will be the first in a series of fan-focused NFT experiences that Michael plans to release through the platform.

Michael is confident his NFT lineup will be as big a hit with fans as his critically acclaimed music, which includes the four No. 1 hits – RIAA Platinum-certified ‘Think a Little Less’, ‘Kiss You in the Morning’ certified RIAA Gold. , “One That Got Away” certified RIAA Gold and “Whiskey and Rain” certified RIAA Gold.

Features of the Michael Ray #1Country Music Airplay Commemorative NFT are:

Unique digital plaque commemorating the charts of the single “Whiskey and Rain” Limited to only 100 editions Each edition has its own individual serial number MusicFX members exclusive

MusicFX is also thrilled to announce that Michael helped create a Golden Ticket NFT that will be hidden inside one of the commemorative #1Country Music Airplay NFTs. This lucky fan will receive a unique VIP experience with two (2) tickets with VIP passes to meet Michael Ray at a show of the fan’s choice. Five (5) fans will also receive a Bronze Ticket Bonus which will reward them with an exclusive MusicFX Michael Ray Merchandise Pack.

Speaking ahead of the reveal, Michael Ray said, “It was such a pleasure to work with MusicFX to create artwork that I’m proud of for this NFT. “Whiskey And Rain” was a group effort, not only within my team, but the fans played such a big part, so it’s for them. We wanted to make this opportunity even more special, so we created the Golden Ticket bonus. I can’t wait to meet the winner!

“We’re always trying to think of ways to elevate what we offer,” said Billie-Jo Aasen, co-head of MusicFX. “Michael and his team came up with some fantastic ideas, and we’ve enjoyed incorporating them into his first MusicFX NFT. We’re adding real utility to our releases, and that’s what fans want to see.

MusicFX is a partnership between Crown & Ace and award-winning blockchain pioneers CurrencyWorks, who built the NFT platform that powers MusicFX.

To learn more about the Michael Ray #1Country Music Airplay Commemorative NFT, or to sign up for MusicFX, please click here.

About MusicFX

MusicFX is leading the way in new innovations in artist and fan engagement. By using blockchain, artists are able to leverage their brand while bringing fans closer to the music and the people behind the mic than ever before.

MusicFX NFTs provide the backstage pass, the ultimate fan-artist connection, with exclusive VIP events and experiences, priority tickets, merchandise, and more.

MusicFX is made possible through the partnership between global blockchain innovators CurrencyWorks and the music industry expertise of Crown & Ace.

Working with some of the biggest names in global entertainment, MusicFX is pioneering new thinking about artist and fan engagement. Harnessing the versatility of blockchain, artists are empowered to leverage their brand while bringing fans closer to the music and the people behind the mic than ever before.

MusicFX NFTs offer the latest backstage pass, the first fan-artist connection, with exclusive VIP events and experiences, priority tickets, merchandise and more, all through the digital magic of an NFT .

To learn more, visit www.musicfx.io.

Media contact: Richard Hilton media@musicfx.io

About Michael Ray

For Michael Ray, music is his grandfather singing and sweating on a rural Florida stage. It is the childhood refuge he found in the pain of his parents’ divorce. It’s family and stories, history and hope. Ray says the music saved him, but it did more: the music did.

In five short years, Ray has built an impressive foundation: four No. 1 songs – RIAA Platinum-certified “Think a Little Less,” RIAA Gold-certified “Kiss You in the Morning,” RIAA Gold-certified “One That Got Away” and RIAA Gold-certified “Whiskey And Rain” – plus “Get to You” and “Her World or Mine”, brings his total to five Gold-certified singles.

Ray has amassed over a billion global streams, over 650,000 album equivalents, over 100 million views on YouTube and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry over 60 times. Now two hit albums in that all-too-rare mix of critically acclaimed career and commercial success, Ray has released Higher Education, a seven-song collection produced by GRAMMY-nominated producer Ross Copperman.

Proving that wallowing with a broken heart can feel good if he swings, “Whiskey And Rain” scored its first multi-week No. 1, cementing Ray as the perfect bridge between vintage country cool and the best sounds of modern country. . Learn more about Ray at MichaelRayMusic.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @MichaelRayMusic and Facebook.com/MusicMichaelRay.

About Crown & Ace

Crown & Ace is a family of entertainment entrepreneurs who have come together to restore values, relationships, trust and stability in the multi-faceted world of entertainment.

The company is a joint venture between The Festival Company and Periscope Music Group which was founded in 2021 by Billie-Jo Aasen and Jake Crownover, two highly respected and incredibly experienced veterans of the entertainment industry who have worked with some of the most great global talents to take the stage.

Crown & Ace’s core business covers a host of services ranging from talent buying and venue booking, to creating/executing marquee festivals and events, NFTs, creating unique links and partnerships between brands and key personalities. They welcome their clients and partners into their family and as a family they all rise together and stay together.

For more information about Crown & Ace, please visit www.crownandace.com.

About CurrencyWorks

CurrencyWorks Inc. (CSE: CWRK and OTCQB: CWRK) is an award-winning, publicly traded company that builds and operates a full-service blockchain platform.

For more information about CurrencyWorks, visit us at www.currencyworks.io.

For more investor information, visit www.currencyworks.io or www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov by searching for CWRK.

Media Contact: Arian Hopkins arian@currencyworks.io

Company Contact: Bruce Elliott, President Phone: 424-570-9446 Bruce.Elliott@currencyworks.io

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Dolly Parton to Host Monday’s Academy of Country Music Awards https://iamwarmusic.com/dolly-parton-to-host-mondays-academy-of-country-music-awards/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 11:23:00 +0000 https://iamwarmusic.com/dolly-parton-to-host-mondays-academy-of-country-music-awards/ LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) – Dolly Parton will take center stage at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, hosting the Las Vegas event alongside fellow singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen and rising star Gabby Barrett. The awards show will feature a tribute from Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson to Parton, 76, one of country […]]]>

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) – Dolly Parton will take center stage at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, hosting the Las Vegas event alongside fellow singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen and rising star Gabby Barrett.

The awards show will feature a tribute from Grammy-winning singer Kelly Clarkson to Parton, 76, one of country music’s most beloved artists and a cultural icon that transcends genre.

This year’s Academy of Country Music Awards marks the first time viewers can watch the show exclusively through live streaming. It will appear on Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

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Carrie Underwood, nominated for her fourth Entertainer of the Year award, is one of the performers scheduled to perform at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Underwood’s three Artist of the Year awards are the most won by a woman so far.

Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton are also nominated for this supreme award. Church and Stapleton will also perform live at the ceremony.

Leading the field of nominees for this year’s awards is Chris Young with seven, including album of the year. “Famous Friends,” his hit duet with Kane Brown, is up for single of the year.

Miranda Lambert is nominated for five awards, including 16th Female Artist of the Year, tying a record set by Reba McEntire. Walker Hayes, best known for his hit “Fancy Like”, is nominated five times.

Parton began his career in the late 1960s, often partnering with Porter Wagner, and sold over 100 million albums in the more than five decades since.

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Aspen Music Festival Alumni Bring Classical Music to Roaring Fork Valley with Winter Recitals https://iamwarmusic.com/aspen-music-festival-alumni-bring-classical-music-to-roaring-fork-valley-with-winter-recitals/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 22:25:00 +0000 https://iamwarmusic.com/aspen-music-festival-alumni-bring-classical-music-to-roaring-fork-valley-with-winter-recitals/ The critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based quartet will open their performance at Harris Hall Thursday with String Quartet in B flat major, Hob. III/40, op. 33, no. 4, written by the great classical composer Joseph Haydn, widely considered the “father of the string quartet”. Eric Byers plays cello with the Calder Quartet. “I remember learning about […]]]>

The critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based quartet will open their performance at Harris Hall Thursday with String Quartet in B flat major, Hob. III/40, op. 33, no. 4, written by the great classical composer Joseph Haydn, widely considered the “father of the string quartet”.

Eric Byers plays cello with the Calder Quartet.

“I remember learning about Haydn as a kid and thought it was a bit boring. I didn’t see what was so great about it,” he said. said “And as I got older, I came to appreciate him a lot more – his sense of humor and the way he structures his compositions is still so interesting. … There’s always kind of an unusual thing about it.

The program is divided equally between classical and contemporary works. Haydn tops the show, with Beethoven in the middle.

The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet will close their performance with a 1994 work, Eleanor Alberga’s String Quartet No. 2.

“His piece is really cool,” Byers said. “She’s a British Jamaican composer. … I haven’t asked her about her specific influences yet, but I feel like I’m hearing Jamaican influences and maybe African influences in terms of the rhythm stuff she does.

Also on the program is the world premiere of a new work by composer Paul Wiancko.

“It’s a really cool piece,” Byers said. “His voice is very American, in a way, … there’s nothing overt about it, but there’s something about it that reminds me of, I guess, sometimes like Charles Ives. Other times there’s a bit of bluegrass or some kind of fiddle tones – just like little hints. But it’s a really exciting piece. We are thrilled to be able to play in Aspen for the first time.

This is not the first time that an event organized by Aspen Music Festival has included a new composition.

“Yeah, that’s something we’re committed to,” said Alan Fletcher, CEO and President of the Aspen Music Festival. “And we have been since 1949, when we started – and this presents brand new work.”

“It creates the future of classical music,” he said, pointing to the long list of notable alumni of the composition program, including Philip Glass and Joel Thompson.

The impact of the Aspen Music Festival on “the future of classical music” extends from composition to performance.

On March 3, 25-year-old violinist Simone Porter will perform at Harris Hall. Porter, an alumnus of the summer program, has made his debut in recent years with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“Simone stood out the first summer she was with us,” Fletcher said. “We got to the point where we said, ‘Simone, you’re ready to be a guest artist now. And she was ready and has a great international career.

Pianist Hsin-I Huang – also an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival – will join Porter to close the March 3 performance with Cesar Franck’s Violin Sonata in A major.

Full vaccination – including boosters for those eligible – and masks are required for the Calder Quartet’s performance on Thursday.

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Ten films about classical music https://iamwarmusic.com/ten-films-about-classical-music/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 21:34:16 +0000 https://iamwarmusic.com/ten-films-about-classical-music/ For true classical music lovers, just listening is not enough. Movies allow you to experience music with stories and the magic of the screen. Whether they follow the life of the composers or use the music as a unifying theme, it adds another dimension to enjoy. Music plays many roles in the movies on this […]]]>

For true classical music lovers, just listening is not enough. Movies allow you to experience music with stories and the magic of the screen. Whether they follow the life of the composers or use the music as a unifying theme, it adds another dimension to enjoy.

Music plays many roles in the movies on this list. It can be the engine of rivalry and bitterness, passion and jealousy, healing and connection in stories ranging from drama to horror to romantic comedy.

Immortal Beloved

Gary Oldman directs a star-studded cast that includes Isabella Rossellini and Christopher Fulford in the story by our namesake composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The portrayal isn’t always flattering, with Oldman portraying his volatile emotions – including his legendary streak of revenge – and his often tumultuous life. The story revolves around the mystery of the beloved immortal, the nameless woman to whom Beethoven wrote three passionate love letters. Dutch actor Jeroen Krabbé plays Anton Felix Schindler, Beethoven’s friend who must unravel the mystery after his death. The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Georg Solti, performs the music from the film, with soloists Murray Perahia on piano, Gidon Kremer on violin and the Juilliard String Quartet. (Available on YouTube or Apple TV)

Fancy

Fancy was a big gamble for Walt Disney, but it was a project close to his heart. It was only the studio’s third animated feature. The project began as a short film, but production costs quickly caused Disney to realize that it could only recoup its investment in a feature film. He devised a format of several segments, each set to classical music. Leopold Stokowski conducts, with seven of the pieces performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Between each segment, Master of Ceremonies Deems Taylor, eminent music critic and composer in his own right, introduces the next part. With World War II raging at the time, the box office was limited when it was released in 1940. But, in the years that followed, its reputation grew and the film was re-released several times. (Available on Disney+ and Amazon Prime)

The Soloist

In this drama based on a true story, Robert Downey Jr. plays journalist Steve Lopez. One day, he comes across Nathaniel (Jamie Foxx) playing the violin on a Los Angeles sidewalk and recognizes his gift. Nathaniel tells her that he once went to Julliard, but Lopez finds out later he didn’t finish school. Lopez wants to write a story about him and helps him get off the streets in hopes of a fairy tale ending. But Nathaniel’s issues are real, and the story acknowledges the difficulties of living with schizophrenia as well as the healing power of music. The film is based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician whose schizophrenia led to homelessness. (Available on YouTube, Amazon Prime or Apple)

Amedee

Miloš Forman’s 1984 biopic on the life of Amadeus Mozart was a smash hit. Peter Shaffer adapted the screenplay for his play of the same name, describing it as a “Mozart and Salieri-themed fantasy” rather than a standard biography. Filled with music by the composer, the film is set in Vienna. The plot invents a bitter rivalry between former court composer Antonio Salieri and young upstart Amadeus, and the two stars F. Murray Abraham (Salieri) and Tom Hulce (Mozart) have been nominated for an Oscar. Abraham won Best Actor. The film grossed over $90 million and cemented poor Salieri as a jealous murderer in the pop culture psyche. This is perhaps the funniest classic movie still based at least somewhat on reality. (Available on YouTube or Apple TV)

The red violin

Directed by François Girard and performed by Samuel L. Jackson, The red violin is a story inspired by a legendary musical instrument – the 1720 Red Mendelssohn made by Antonio Stradivarius. The real instrument (last sold for $1.7 million) features a red stripe on its right side. The film follows a mysterious red violin as it enters the lives of generations of people, spanning four centuries and five countries. It begins in Cremona in 1681, travels to Vienna in 1793, then to Oxford in the 1890s, Shanghai in the 1960s and Montreal in 1997. The film’s soundtrack was composed by John Corigliano and the solos are performed by renowned violinist Joshua Bell. (Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube and Apple TV)

Perfection

The world of classical music mixes with horror in this cello rivalry thriller. Charlotte is a talented musician, the favorite pupil of Anton, the director of a music academy. When her mother falls ill, she has to leave the prestigious music school to take care of her. Years later, her mother died, Charlotte reconnects with the Shanghai academy and befriends Lizzie, the new cello star student who has taken her place. What ensues is a tale of over-the-top rivalry and bloody revenge worthy of a night on the couch with popcorn. The plot takes sinister twists and turns in places you would never suspect. The story ends with the force that drives the plot: the music. (Available on Netflix)

The song of names

Director François Girard makes the list a second time in this drama based on the power of music to testify. When the Second World War puts his family in Poland in danger, the young Dovidl Rappaport takes refuge with the family of Martin Simmonds in London. Tim Roth stars as Martin, with Clive Owen as Dovidl in a story based on Norman Lebrecht’s book of the same name. Dovidl grows up as the boys enjoy a typical brotherly combination of friendliness and competitiveness. Dovidl continues his studies on the violin, and arrives on the eve of his first big concert. Then, he disappears… Martin tries to find him decades later, revealing a story of loss where music, culture and memory intertwine. (Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube and Apple TV)

Mahler on the couch

The 2010 German film is based on facts. Alma Mahler, wife of Gustav, and Walter Gropius, architect and founder of the Bauhaus school, had an affair. Gustav Mahler met Sigmund Freud in 1910 in Holland. But, of course, no one knows what they talked about. The film imagines the rest, based in part on Alma’s journals, which speak of Gustav’s demands that she quit her own musical composition. The story is funny and distorts the Viennese culture of the time. Mahler’s music is performed by the Swedish Radio Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. (Available on Amazon Premium)

My Father’s Violin

My Father’s Violin (Babamin Kemani) is a Turkish film by director Andaç Haznedaroğlu. Eight-year-old Özlem lives with her father, a poor street musician named Ali Riza. Riza falls ill and when he discovers it is terminal, he tries to reconnect with his brother Mehmet. Mehmet is a famous concert violinist and the two brothers have been separated for many years. He reluctantly takes responsibility for the girl. The violin and the music become a way for the two to connect in a story that explores the healing of deep family wounds. The film’s music was composed by Taskin Sabah. A bonus is a glamorous look at the city of Istanbul. (Available on Netflix)

Fall in love with Figaro

Opera dreams mingle with romantic comedy delight in this film set in the Scottish Highlands. Danielle Macdonald plays Millie, a talented money manager who does what many dream of – she ditches an unsupportive boyfriend, packs her bags and leaves for Scotland to train as an opera singer. Joanna Lumley plays the embittered ex-opera singer who takes her under her wing. Yes, there are romantic ups and downs with Max, a rival opera student, and of course there is a singing contest. There’s also real laughs and beautiful singing from Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and others by Australian opera performers Stacey Alleaume and Nathan Lay. (Available on Netflix)

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Best John Williams Sheet Music – Classical Music https://iamwarmusic.com/best-john-williams-sheet-music-classical-music/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 15:59:48 +0000 https://iamwarmusic.com/best-john-williams-sheet-music-classical-music/ If you’re a fan of John Williams’ music, you’ll know how hard this list was to put together. The 90-year-old American composer, whose screen career began in the late 1950s, is still working – he has at least a few projects in the works, including a fifth installment of the IndianaJones franchise. But what are […]]]>

If you’re a fan of John Williams’ music, you’ll know how hard this list was to put together. The 90-year-old American composer, whose screen career began in the late 1950s, is still working – he has at least a few projects in the works, including a fifth installment of the IndianaJones franchise.

But what are his high scores, and what makes them so? Here’s a starter for ten, from the heavy hitters the world knows and loves to some who may not be so familiar.

John Williams High Scores

Jaws (1975)

The original blockbuster film, Steven Spielberg’s take on Peter Benchley’s bestselling novel is now legendary. And his music too. From the deceptively simple two-note shark motif that stalks the film (and haunts many ocean swims today) to the enthralling swash and loop of the third act, Williams really delivered the goods – and won a Oscar In the process. The music is a big part of this film’s impact, with Williams taking the brunt of the unseen threat beneath the waves – largely unseen due to a malfunctioning shark prop during production.

The best piece? The shark, having been shot and tied to a floating yellow barrel, is chased out to sea by Chief Brody, Captain Quint, and Matt Hooper. Williams’ music for this scene is wiry and windswept, closer to a classic swashbuckler.

the fury (1978)

Williams hasn’t dipped her toe into the horror or thriller genres very often (and never quite completely), but this Brian de Palma-directed entry comes pretty close. By 1978, the composer was used to painting in broad strokes and had already won three Oscars. This score has fantastic breadth and ferocious energy with more than a nod in places to the late Bernard Herrmann. The psychokinetic power scenes (often with grizzly results) are underscored with great zeal by Williams, who just seems to have the best time. Although the original score was recorded in Los Angeles, Williams recorded the soundtrack album with the London Symphony Orchestra.

The best piece? Gillian has a terrifying view of what happened to a young man with similar telekinetic powers who was kidnapped by terrorists. Williams unleashes orchestral power drumming here, in one of many memorable musical moments.

Superman – The Movie (1978)

Williams really helped make us believe that a man could fly with this epic score for Richard Donner’s masterpiece. From the catchy opening title sequence – our first encounter with what is now ubiquitous fanfare and marching – to Americana-infused cues and moments of great humor, Superman really has it all. There is also romance in what is one of the composer’s greatest love themes. Williams recorded the entire score in London with the LSO.

The best piece? After an interview on Lois Lane’s terrace, Superman takes the journalist on a flight she will never forget. A magical musical tale by John Williams, which captures Lane’s childlike wonder as she (literally at some point) falls for the Man of Steel.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Now known as Star Wars: Episode VI – The Empire Strikes Back, it was originally the second film in the now nine-part saga created by George Lucas. Although Williams broke new ground (or perhaps raked in old ground) with his 1977 score for the first film, this sequel saw the composer feel very much at home in the sonic world he had created. This allowed him to return to existing themes and develop them, without forgetting to add what today counts among his best. In his interview with BBC Music Magazine, he even cites “The Imperial March” (written for this film) as probably the piece he is most satisfied with in his film career. Once again, this massive score was recorded in London with the LSO.

The best piece? As the Rebels’ secret base on the planet Hoth is discovered, Imperial forces launch a ground assault. Williams matches the fighters move for move in what is a gripping sequence of orchestral songwriting. May this feat be with you…

The Raiders of the Lost Ark (nineteen eighty one)

The late 70s and early 80s were truly a boom time for John Williams as he settled into a successful working partnership with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The couple reunited for this film, the first of the IndianaJonesseries, envisioned to recapture the romance and adventure of Golden Age Saturday morning soap operas. Everything about this film, including the music, is a tip of the hat (a fedora, of course) to a bygone era. Williams’ main walk is the result of two thematic ideas he had for Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones and it remains one of his most familiar themes. The larger score is a lesson in action writing, with further moments of wonder and romance. “Marion’s Theme” is another of the composer’s greatest love themes. This was also recorded with the LSO.

The best piece? Archaeologist Indiana Jones has foiled the Nazis and deciphered the location of an ancient map room buried beneath the Egyptian sands. Using a staff and pendant, and the rising sun, Indy finds the exact spot to dig for the “well of souls” and the holy ark of the covenant. Williams’ music, for orchestra and choir, is perfectly paced, reaching a thrilling climax as sunlight shines through the pendant in the card below.

Recommended registration: Raiders of the Lost Ark – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

AND the extra-terrestrial (1982)

It may be Steven Spielberg’s greatest cinematic achievement…until Schindler’s list. It’s certainly one of the most popular films he gave the world, with its heartbreaking story about the unique bond formed by a human boy and a stranded alien. John Williams’s mission was to convince the public to take an interest in ‘ET’, although the composer allows us to feel a certain trepidation at the beginning with moments of worry and unease. The pair’s bond is underscored by what is by all accounts a love theme, and Williams hints at a more central theme that literally takes flight.

The best piece? After saving ET, a small group of brave kids on bikes are chased by government officials. The young alien helps them evade capture by lifting their bikes off the ground and flying them into the forest, where his family is waiting to take him home. This grandiose finale is probably one of the most memorable moments in cinema. The pacing of these scenes was so crucial, musically, that Steven Spielberg ended up cutting his film to Williams’ music.

Schindler’s list (1993)

Williams often says he was tasked with scoring Steven Spielberg’s Oscar winner. Seeing a cut of the film for the first time, Williams told his longtime friend and collaborator “Steven, you need a better composer than me for this movie.” Spielberg’s response was, “I know, but they’re all dead.” What the composer created for the film was subtle and beautiful, and won him a fifth Oscar. Williams recorded the score with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with violin solos by Itzhak Perlman. Its main theme has since been part of the repertoire of many violinists.

The best piece? The film’s epilogue sees surviving “Schindler’s Jews” parade past his grave in Israel, accompanied by the actors who played them. Each leaves a stone on the grave, as Williams’ main theme unfolds. A simple and moving ending.

We’ve named the theme from Schindler’s List one of the best pieces of violin music as well as one of the saddest pieces of classical music of all time.

Recommended Recording: Schindler’s List – Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Stepmother (1998)

This intimate, contemporary family drama may seem like a surprising entry into Williams’ filmography, but the composer has proven he has more to him than big-boned blockbusters time and time again over the years. In many ways, this score is a breath of fresh air, as the composer focuses on hot strings, woodwinds, lead guitar (performed by Christopher Parkening), electronics, and just a touch of sparkle. The film was directed by Chris Columbus, with whom Williams had worked on Alone at home (1990) and would return for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001).

The best piece? Isobel steals her young daughter away from her sleep for a late night horseback ride through the snow. It’s a special moment for the dying mother and one that her daughter will never forget. Williams underscores gently with floating strings, keyboard, and a plaintive theme for Isboel on oboe.

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

It’s not often that a composer of Williams’ status seeks out a project, but that was apparently the case with this film. The composer had read Arthur Golden’s novel and when he learned it was being adapted for the screen, he sought out director Rob Marshall to see if he could score it. How could Marshall refuse? Williams’ music for the film is rich and intoxicating, with the composer using Japanese instruments and musical forms in his more familiar Western palette of orchestral sounds. It’s not pastiche at all, but well documented and beautifully applied. The violin solos were again performed by Itzhak Perlamn and the cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma.

The best piece? Sayuri’s Geisha formation is shown in montage, and Williams creates a captivating musical accompaniment. Koto, cello, shimmering strings, oboe and percussion intertwine and tell their own story, with Sayuri’s theme at its heart. The percussion sections are particularly impressive.

Recommended registration: Memoirs of a Geisha – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The book thief (2013)

It is true that John Williams considers very carefully the projects he undertakes these days. A look at his last decade on screen shows that he composed only films directed by Steven Spielberg and the last trilogy of star wars movies. An entrance stands out, however, and The book thief (directed by Brian Percival) has a valuable score. Like Memoirs of a Geisha, it’s a project Williams really wanted to take on and once again he dug deep, composing music rich in pathos, color and with a handful of humable themes. The piano is the central voice of the score, and Williams surrounds it with harp, strings and woodwinds for sumptuous effect.

The best piece? After surviving a terrible bombardment, Liesel emerges from the rubble of Himmel Street and sees his best friend Rudy being dragged from what remains of his home. Terrified to see his lifeless body, she gives him the longed-for kiss, before collapsing. Williams’ thick layers of string fall just short of melodrama, perfectly judged, as Liesel is carried to safety, cheating death.

We named John Williams one of the greatest film composers of all time.

Our Favorite John Williams Recordings

John Williams – The Berlin Concert

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John Williams in Vienna

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Eleven memorable modern music documentaries to fill your lazy summer nights | Music News | Spokane | Interior of the Pacific Northwest https://iamwarmusic.com/eleven-memorable-modern-music-documentaries-to-fill-your-lazy-summer-nights-music-news-spokane-interior-of-the-pacific-northwest/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://iamwarmusic.com/eleven-memorable-modern-music-documentaries-to-fill-your-lazy-summer-nights-music-news-spokane-interior-of-the-pacific-northwest/ Average Canadian metal band Anvil inspired an excellent rock documentary. Jhere are some ways for filmmakers to approach a rock ‘n’ roll documentary. Some are content to film a concert. Others look into a performer’s private life to reveal the person behind the performer on stage. Many of the best rock docs are […]]]>

Average Canadian metal band Anvil inspired an excellent rock documentary.

Jhere are some ways for filmmakers to approach a rock ‘n’ roll documentary. Some are content to film a concert. Others look into a performer’s private life to reveal the person behind the performer on stage. Many of the best rock docs are a combination of the two.

local show Spokane Public Radio Goes to the Moviesco-hosted by the InteriorEditor Nathan Weinbender, presents a screening on June 12, 1968 Monterey pop, one of the best concert films of all time thanks to the performances of Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jefferson Airplane and Otis Redding, among others. The ’60s, unsurprisingly, were fertile ground for great rock documentaries, ranging from Bob Dylan’s tell-all (or is it?) Do not look back to the epic Woodstock movie at give me sheltera 1970 release that captured the Rolling Stones’ violently cursed 1969 concert at Altamont.

While these are classics, there have been plenty of great rock documentaries produced more recently that are worth following and watching on a lazy summer night. Just be sure to turn up the volume on these movies:

EXCITEMENT!

Director Doug Pray’s 1996 deep dive into Seattle’s so-called “grunge” movement and its effect on the city and its music scene is packed with clips that will quickly make any Northwest resident nostalgic or cringe. to memories of the early ’90s. It holds its own, however, and is increasingly poignant given the deaths of Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Mia Zapata, Chris Cornell, and other personalities from that era.

shut up and sing

It may be a “Dixie Chicks documentary”, but it’s much more. shut up and sing explores the legacy of singer Natalie Maines criticizing President George W. Bush and the Iraq War onstage in 2003. Suddenly, one of the world’s biggest bands found themselves virtually banned from mainstream country radio stations that made famous. As a window into the music industry, politics and celebrity, this film is excellent – ​​and remarkably still relevant 13 years after its release in 2006.

ANVIL! ANCLUM’S STORY

At first glance, this 2009 film is the story of a nearly forgotten team of hard-rock Canadians who fight to keep their musical dreams alive. And although there are many spinal valve moments, it’s a surprisingly poignant film, truly a story of lifelong friendship and two men devoted to each other and their shared love of raw.

NEW YORK DOLL

Your home rock historian may be familiar with the New York Dolls, but most of us know them primarily from the androgynous glam-rock style they passed on to Aerosmith, KISS and Mötley Crüe. Arthur “Killer” Kane was the bassist for the Dolls, and this 2005 film catches him living a quiet life as a devout Mormon after years of drug and alcohol abuse. Inspired by the opportunity to reunite with his old band for a festival gig, Kane must balance his personal beliefs with his sordid and entertaining history. The resulting movie is awesome.

20 FEET FROM CELEBRITY

This 2013 documentary won the Oscar for Best Documentary, so it’s not exactly a secret. But if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to fix that right away. Director Morgan Neville explores the world of pop singers, the vital role they played in the definitive songs of rock ‘n’ roll history, and the struggles such singers like Merry Clayton and Rock and Roll member Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love had to face off. overcome to be seen at once and understood.

STRIPE

Rappers are the most famous faces in hip-hop, but they wouldn’t be a thing without DJs, at least during the form’s early years. Stripe focuses on “turntables”, the people who took vinyl records and scratched them to create the explosive beats and creative sounds needed for rappers to shine. Go beat-hunting with DJ Shadow, tour the DJ World Championship with Q-Bert, and watch Jurassic 5 mix together Cut Chemist and Nu-Mark beats with four vocalists to incredible effect. Even if hip-hop isn’t your thing, this film is informative and entertaining.

THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1 & 2

Director Penelope Spheeris has a knack for capturing the youth of Los Angeles. His 1981 feature film The decline of civilization captures the Los Angeles punk scene as its idealism gives way to violence at gigs by star bands like the Germs, Black Flag and X. Spheeris manages to capture the energy of a mosh pit like few have since. His brilliant sequel from 1988, Part II: The years of metallands on the Sunset Strip in the hair-metal era, and while Poison, Megadeth and Ozzy Osbourne all chime in, the real “stars” are the fans, groupies and aspiring Spheeris headbangers captured in hilarious and thoughtful interviews.

CULTURE AND FURY

The Sex Pistols pioneered punk music in the UK, and director Julien Temple lands interviews with all the surviving members (RIP, Sid Vicious) in this 2000 documentary that tells the story of the rambunctious quartet. More than that, however, it puts the band’s meteoric rise into context, explaining exactly what was happening among the disenfranchised working class in England in the 70s that led to the smirking success of singer Johnny Rotten and Co. ., and legendary tunes like “Anarchy in the UK”

MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE

OK, so Madonna was pretty much in control of the flow of this “revealing” 1991 documentary about her Blonde Ambition tour. But it was still eye-opening to see her motherly relationship with her dancers and her romantic relationship with the then-handsome Warren Beatty, not to mention the impressive sets for her concerts. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry took a page from Madonna’s book when they produced their own self-glossed documents decades later.

CLOSE AND PLAY THE HITS

When LCD Soundsystem announced their split and scheduled a farewell in New York’s Madison Square Garden, it marked a glorious end for the James Murphy-led dance-rock crew. Sure, they didn’t stay apart, reforming a few years later to tour again, but this 2012 film remains a worthy piece of rock-doc canon as Murphy wrestles with the question of when to shut down a band at success. ♦

Monterey pop with Spokane Public Radio Go to the Movies • Wed, Jun 12 at 7 p.m. • $15 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • spokanepublicradio.org • 325-7328

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