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.
Cmusic News Released: 2016-04-20
Hans Zimmer Live
Hans Zimmer is on tour! The German composer responsible for such film soundtracks as The Lion King, Gladiator and The Dark Knight Trilogy begins his tour on April 6th in London, at the SSE Arena. The live ensemble line up hosts an array of talented musicians including Richard Harvey, Tina Guo, and Guthrie Govan, who will accompany Zimmer on 30+ dates across Europe.
The Hans Zimmer live tour commences tonight in London, and will also visit Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria and Poland. Click here to buy tickets.
Cmusic News Released: 2016-04-06
Anoushka Shankar The Land of Gold
Indian sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar has released her highly anticipated 8th studio album 'The Land of Gold' via Deutsche Grammophon. The daughter of the world-renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar said on her Facebook page, 'It has been an amazing journey creating this album, with incredibly talented collaborators, and I hope that you will enjoy it.'
Shankar began learning the sitar from as young as 7 years old, splitting her childhood between London and Delhi. She gave her first public performance at 13, before becoming at regular member of her father's live ensemble. She released her debut album 'Anoushka' in 1998 to critical acclaim.
Anoushka Shankar The Land of Gold is now available worldwide. Click here to purchase.
Cmusic News Released: 2016-04-04
Hans Zimmer announces his retirement from 'Superhero Movies'
German film composer Hans Zimmer has announced his retirement from the 'Superhero' movie genre following his most recent collaboration with Junkie XL for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The four time Grammy award winner told BBChardtalk 'I did Batman Begins with Chris Nolan 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life. This one [Batman v Superman] was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.'
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. The follow up to 2009's Man of Steel is the first live action film to feature both Batman and Superman together, as well as the first theatrical film to feature live action portrayals of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash.
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