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21/6/2019
Daniel Elms Releases Islandia

Composer Daniel Elms has released his debut album of original works via New Amsterdam. Islandia combines chamber orchestra, synthesisers, electronic guitar and found sounds and the works straddle the musical worlds of concert composition, ambient, electronica, jazz and choral music – something Elms describes as ‘post genre’. Listen here

19/6/2019
Node Records Releases Halston OST

Node Records is pleased to release Stanley Clarke’s original score for the critically-acclaimed documentary Halston on Friday, June 7th, 2019, through all digital platforms. Halston Director Frédéric Tcheng (Dior and I) documents America’s first superstar designer’s rise to international fame in the 1970s through weaving archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s family, friends and collaborators including Liza Minnelli, Iman, Joel Schumacher, Lesley Frowick, and Jacqueline Kennedy. It is a behind-the-headlines look into the struggle between Halston’s artistic legacy and his fall to the pressures of big business. Halston is produced by Roland Ballester and Frédéric Tcheng, with producers Stephanie Levy and Paul Dallas, executive produced by T Dog Productions (Dogwoof) and CNN Films and music supervised by Tracy McKnight. Frédéric Tcheng reflects, “The music that Stanley composed captures brilliantly the epic sweep of Halston’s career and the enigmatic aura of his persona, elusive yet intimate, a true American giant.” Stanley Clarke is one of the most celebrated acoustic and electric bass players in the world, and an accomplished composer of more than 70 film and television projects including the Academy Award®-nominated Boyz n The Hood, the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, and The Transporter. “Halston was fascinating to work on due to the wealth of archival footage available,” explains Clarke. “Frédéric Tcheng sequenced the material in a manner that gave me an opportunity to maintain a storytelling continuity to the score. The soundtrack is melodic and is part jazz-combo dynamic and part orchestral with occasional elements of synthesized music acknowledging the era of the 1970s.” Listen here

19/6/2019
Trapped Original Soundtrack Now Available

Milan Records has released a soundtrack album for hit Icelandic TV mystery drama series Trapped. The album comprises selections of the show’s original music composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Rutger Hoedemaekers and Johann Johannsson. Trapped was created by Baltasar Kormakur (Everest, 101 Reykjavík) and originally broadcast on RUV in Iceland before being distributed internationally - it has since been broadcast by BBC Four in the UK and Viceland in the US. The second series aired from late 2018 and a third series is underway. Listen here

12/6/2019
Peter Gregson Scores Two Ashley Avis Films

Two films directed by Ashley Avis with original music by Peter Gregson are being premiered at the Dances With Films festival in LA. Feature-length film Adolescence tells the story of a young teen boy Alice who finds his life spiraling out of control into a world of hard parties and hard drugs after falling in love with a runaway named Alice. Being And Nothingness is a short film telling the story of a teenage girl adapting to new life after moving to an isolated ranch following her parents' divorce. More info

12/6/2019
Fallulah Releases All My Eyes Are Open Pt. 1 EP

Grammy Award-winning, double-platinum Danish-Romanian singer-songwriter, dancer and producer Fallulah has released a new EP entitled All My Eyes Are Open Pt. 1. The EP consists of five new tracks, including the recent singles 'Dysfunctional' and 'Bloodline'.

11/6/2019
Konx-Om-Pax Releases Ways Of Seeing

Konx-Om-Pax will release his newest album Ways Of Seeing on June 14th. The release follows 2017's Refresher EP and treads new ground in terms of genre - where his previous album combined rave, ambient and abstract sounds, Ways Of Seeing pulls more on a more accessible mix of pop-driven electronica and melodic writing. Scholefield says this genre shift is reflective of his recent move from Glasgow to Berlin. The album features cameos from Nightwave and Silvia Kastel, as well as partial collaborations with Hudson Mohawke and Lunice.

10/6/2019
American Woman Soundtrack Releases 14 June

Adam Wiltzie has composed the original soundtrack for the upcoming Jake Scott feature American Woman. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 and stars Sienna Miller and tells the story of a woman who raises her young grandson after her daughter goes missing. The soundtrack album is released on 14 June. Listen here

7/6/2019
Peter Gregson Featured In Mari

Peter Gregson has composed some original music for the upcoming film Mari, starring acclaimed dancer Bobbi Jene Smith. The film is the debut feature from writer-director Georgia Parris and producer Emma Duffy. The film was commissioned through Film London's Microwave scheme, the low-budget feature initiative which is backed by the BFI and BBC Films with support from Creative Skillset. The film is a drama with dance elements and also stars Phoebe Nicholls with original choreography by Maxine Doyle. In addition to the original music, Gregson's 'Sequence Four' will also appear in the film. More info

28/5/2019
Daniel Wohl Releases État

Composer-performer Daniel Wohl's latest album État has been released via New Amsterdam and Nonesuch Records. The album features electro-acoustic pieces written by Wohl, and includes guest performances by Poliça's Channy Leaneagh with co-production by Son Lux's Ryan Lott and mmph. État, recorded with members of yMusic and the Calder Quartet, is the third release in a new partnership between the two record labels, established with the goal of enabling contemporary American composers to realise creative ambitions that might not otherwise be achievable.

28/5/2019
Music Sales Acquires Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix Tracks

Harlem soul singer Curtis Knight met Jimi Hendriz at the Americana hotel in 1965 and it was there their musical collaboration began. Several early recording sessions yielded such songs as ‘How Would You Feel?’, ‘Gloomy Monday’ and ‘Fool For You Baby’. Jimi recorded another crop of songs with Curtis in 1967 with his newly purchased Wha-Wha pedal including ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Flashing’ and ‘Hush Now’. The Beastie Boys sampled one of these songs as the musical bed for their single ‘Jimmy James’ from their classic Check Your Head album. These important songs represent a vital evolution point, not only in the musical journeys both of Knight and Hendrix, but also in the greater timeline of rock, fun and soul, and their fusion. Music Sales are delighted to announce our acquisition of these tracks. Listen here

28/5/2019
Her Name Is Calla To Release Animal Choir

Post-rock band Her Name Is Calla have released their final album, Animal Choir. The release has taken over two years to make showcasing the band’s signature sound that earned them their reputation as one of the UK’s finest post-rock bands. Tom Morris - the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter for the band – is also known for his work in film and TV, having written original music for the critically acclaimed Warp Films drama Southcliffe (2013) as well as the independent horror film Bachelor Games (2016). The cinematic tendencies of Morris’s media work are a new and clear development in the sound of this final album for the band. More info

17/5/2019
Shakespears Sister Reunite For UK Tour And New Music

Earlier this month, Shakespears Sister announced their upcoming reunion. The duo will be returning after 26 years to a 14-date UK tour and a Greatest Hits album which will include 2 new tracks to be released on July 19 (two months today). Their new single All The Queen's Horses is available now. More info

17/5/2019
Ludovico Einaudi Releases Seven Days Walking: Day 3

Ludovico Einaudi has released the third installment of his sprawling, seminal project Seven Days Walking. Released via Decca, inspiration for the project derived from walks that Einaudi would take through the mountains in winter. He explains 'In January last year I often went for long walks in the mountains, always following more or less the same trail. It snowed heavily, and my thoughts roamed free inside the storm, where all shapes, stripped bare by the cold, lost their contours and colours. Perhaps that feeling of extreme essence was the origin of this album'. Listen to 'Day Three' here

17/5/2019
Light Falls Soundtrack Released Via Node Records

Jeff Beals' soundtrack to Brian Greene's Light Falls: Space, Time, & An Obsession Of Einstein has been released on Node Records. Light Falls is a theatrical journey illuminating the story behind Einstein's discovery of his theory of relativity. The play is to be aired on PBS on May 29th. Listen here

17/5/2019
Jed Kurzel's Alien: Covenant Score In BBC Proms

Jed Kurzel's extraordinary score to Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant will be featured in the BBC Proms this summer. Prom 27: The Sound Of Space: Sci-Fi Film Music will showcase some of the finest original scores composed for sci-fi films. The prom will take place on 7th August at 22:15 in the Royal Albert Hall and will feature the London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames. More info

15/5/2019
Zbigniew Preisner To Be Celebrated In Krakow

Zbigniew Preisnder is being celebrated in a concert of his music conducted by the composer marking 40 years of his composing career. The concert will incluyde performances from Sinfonia Varsovia, the Krakow Singers, Lisa Gerrard, Teresa Salgueiro, Edyta Krzemień, Dominik Wania, Piotr Salajczyk, Zbigniew Paleta, Marta Glenszczyk, the Wroclaw Mime Theatre and special guest Jerzy Trela. The event will take place at Tauron Arena, Krakow, Poland on October 5th 2019. More info

10/5/2019
Gabriel Yared To Receive Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award

French-Lebanese film composer Gabriel Yared will be awarded the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award at the Hollywood in Vienna Gala on 19 October. This award is given by the city of Vienna and past recipients include Hans Zimmer, Randy Newman, Danny Elfman, and John Barry. The night before the gala, Yared will be performing selections from his Oscar- and Grammy-winning works on piano with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra at the Vienna Concert Hall. More info

30/4/2019
Music Sales At The 2019 BBC Proms

The programme for the BBC Proms 2019 was announced on April 17 and numerous works by Music Sales composers will be performed in the festival. Running from July 19 to September 14, the BBC Proms feature a wide range of works from a long list of composers including two world premieres of BBC commissions, one European premiere and one UK premiere as well as three performances of works by BBC Singers Composer in Association Judith Weir. As well as all this, music from Jed Kurzel's original score to Alien: Covenant will be performed. Full Listing | Book Tickets 21 July - PROM 4: Samuel Barber Violin ConcertoNemanja Radulović, violin / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits, conductorA concert of 20th-century classics from Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra continues with performances of The Planets and Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Parting these energetic titans will be the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, its exquisite slow movement offering a contrasting moment of contemplation. Dynamic Franco-Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović makes his Proms debut as soloist. 22 July - PROM 6: Anna Thorvaldsdottir METACOSMOS (UK Premiere)Juilliard/RAM Orchestra / Edward Gardner, conductorStudents of New York’s Juilliard School and London’s Royal Academy of Music will join forces under the baton of Edward Gardner for the highly-anticipated UK premiere of the most recent orchestral work from Anna Thorvaldsdottir. METACOSMOS was premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 2018 and portrays what the Icelandic composer describes as ‘the natural balance between beauty and chaos’ in a work initially inspired by deep space. METACOSMOS is joined by Britten’s Violin Concerto and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. 28 July - PROM 13: Olivier Messiaen Des canyons aux étoilesBBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo, conductorThe ‘wild and colourful beauty’ of Arizona inspired one of the 20th century’s most striking works – a sprawling sonic meditation in which birdsong mingles with desert winds. Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO with soloists including Steven Osborne. 3 August - PROM 20: Jean Sibelius Symphony No 5 (original version, 1915)Pekka Kuusisto, violin / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard, conductor‘It is as if God Almighty had thrown down pieces of a mosaic for heaven’s floor and asked me to find out what was the original pattern’ Sibelius noted in his diary of his iconic symphony. Prom 20 is the first of two performances at this year’s festival featuring Symphony No 5. This less commonly-heard, original version shares more stylistic features with his more modernist Symphony No 4 than the 1919 revision. For those intrigued by the composer’s habit for self-criticism and revision, make sure you catch that version at Prom 67 (8 September). Pekka Kuusisto opens the concert with Sibelius’ sweeping Violin Concerto. 4 August – PROM 22: Outi Tarkiainen Midnight Sun Variations (World Premiere, BBC commission) BBC Philharmonic / John Storgårds, conductorThe light of the summer sky above the Arctic provided the starting point for Finnish composer Outi Tarkiainen’s new orchestral work, a BBC commission, which draws parallels between the natural world and the human life cycle.Tarkiainen was born in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland and is active in the worlds of both jazz and classical music. She has been Composer in Residence with Norrbotten Big Band (2017) and at the Festival de Musique Classique d’Uzerche in France (2015) and was Co-Artistic Director of the Silence Festival in Lapland from 2014 to 2018. The landscape and culture of Tarkiainen’s native region play an important role in her work, perhaps best illustrated in her largest piece to date, The Earth, Spring’s Daughter, an orchestral song cycle to texts by Sami poets. 7 August – PROM 27: The Sound of Space: Sci-Fi Film music London Contemporary Orchestra / Robert Ames, conductor A Late Night Prom with a futuristic spin brings together some of the best sci-fi film music. Excerpts from cult soundtracks come together with recent works by Hans Zimmer and Mica Levi. The award-winning London Contemporary Orchestra - whose collaborators include Radiohead, Goldfrapp and Steve Reich - perform music from Under The Skin, Interstellar and the recent Netflix series The Innocents, among other titles, as well as from Alien: Covenant, whose soundtrack the LCO recorded. 12 August – PROM 34: Witold Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra West–Eastern Divan Orchestra / Daniel Barenboim, conductorInternationally celebrated conductor Daniel Barenboim and his pioneering West–Eastern Divan Orchestra are joined by the legendary Martha Argerich for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1, and perhaps Lutosławski’s most famous work, Concerto for Orchestra. Full of bracing vitality, 12-tonal exploration and folk-inspired music, the concerto is a 20th-Century classic. For those looking explore it even further, musicologist Adrian Thomas leads a discussion ahead of the performance at Imperial College London. 13 August - PROM 35: Judith Weir Sixty Salutations (World premiere, BBC commission)BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins, conductorJudith Weir is one of 14 composers who has contributed to a new piece in celebration of conductor Martyn Brabbins' 60th birthday. The joint commission is a series of variations on an original theme modelled on Elgar's Enigma Variations and will be premiered by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Brabbins conducting. 17 August - Proms at…Holy Sepulchre London: Musgrave Rorate Coeli & Weir: Missa del CidBBC Singers / Sofi Jeannin, conductorThe BBC Singers take the Proms to London’s ‘Musicians’ Church’ for a concert of English choral pieces spanning the 20th and 21st centuries. Audiences will be treated to two substantial and challenging works for unaccompanied choir: Rorate Coeli, a setting of two interleaved poems of the famous Scottish poet William Dunbar (written circa 1500) and Missa del Cid, a short choral selection from the vast Spanish medieval epic poem Poema De Mio Cid which chronicles the life and times of the legendary warlord and outlaw ‘El Cid’. Audiences can also expect to hear works by Britten, Walton, Ireland, Maconchy, Vaughan Williams and Joanna Lee. 29 August - PROM 53: Hugh Wood Scenes from Comus BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis, conductorElder statesman of English Classical music, Hugh Wood returns to the Proms after the success of his Donne orchestral cantata Epithalamion at the Proms in 2015. Now, it's one of his earlier modern lyrical orchestral scores that features: Scenes from Comus, a musical setting of episodes from Milton’s masque originally commissioned by the Proms in 1965. This is programmed alongside Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Elgar’s great choral work The Music Makers. 29 August - PROM 54: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music Carleen Anderson and the UK Vocal Assembly / Nu Civilisation Orchestra / Peter Edwards, conductorJazz, showbiz swagger and spirituality come together as never before in Duke Ellington’s spectacular Sacred Concerts. Described by Ellington himself as ‘the most important thing I have ever done’, these sacred revues, blending big-band jazz, gospel and Broadway-style melodies, bring all the legendary musician’s originality and energy to Christian subjects, and generated three critically acclaimed, boundary-crossing albums. Drawing on these, the Proms premieres a brand-new Sacred Concert – an exhilarating evening of dance, song and spectacle. 31 August - PROM 56: John Ireland Piano ConcertoLeon McCawley, piano / BBC Concert Orchestra / Bramwell ToveyJohn Ireland's rich Ravel and Prokofiev-inspired Piano Concerto was premiered in 1930 by Henry Wood. It features here in a special concert exploring the rich musical legacy of Proms-founder, who celebrates his 150th anniversary this year. A diverse programme of works premiered and championed by the conductor includes music by Wagner, Ravel and Granados. 08 September – PROM 66: John Luther Adams In the Name of the Earth (European Premiere) Numerous assembled choirs / Simon Halsey, conductor Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Luther Adams is a master of large-scale musical spectacles – sonic installations that take the natural world not just as their inspiration but also as a stage. In the Name of the Earth celebrates the elements in a musical meditation on rivers, lakes, mountains and deserts. The Proms audience will be immersed in the sound of more than 600 singers placed around the auditorium. Marshalling these huge vocal forces are conductors Neville Creed, Neil Ferris, Simon Halsey and David Temple. 08 September – PROM 67: Judith Weir Forest & Jean Sibelius Symphony No 5 (final version, 1919)BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo, conductorJudith Weir and Jean Sibelius are paired in this programme inspired by nature. Weir’s Forest grows from a handful of instrumental lines which bloom into a richly-coloured orchestral score. Sibelius’ fifth symphony, in part inspired by the sight of 16 swans taking flight, is heard here in its final (1919) version in which the composer adopts a more direct, classical approach. 09 September – Proms at...Cadogan Hall 8: Hans Abrahamsen HerbstliedKnussen Chamber Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth, conductorThe much-loved giant of British contemporary music Oliver Knussen is celebrated a year on from his death in a special performance by the newly formed Knussen Chamber Orchestra. Made up of orchestral principals and rising young musicians from across the UK, the ensemble is conducted by Knussen’s protégé Ryan Wigglesworth. 14 September – Last Night of the Proms: Manuel de Falla The Three Cornered Hat Suite No 2 BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari OramoManuel de Falla’s fiery ballet The Three Cornered Hat turns 100 this year, having premiered in Leicester Square’s dominating Alhambra Theatre in 1919. The Proms marks this wonderful milestone with a performance of the Suite No 2. From orchestral dances and marches to songs and arias, world premieres to traditional favourites, this year’s Last Night of the Proms is a spectacular climax to the world’s greatest classical music festival.

29/4/2019
Anne Nikitin's Score For American Animals Nominated For Ivor Novello Award

Anne Nikitin's score for the 2018 film American Animals has been nominated for best original score in the 2019 Ivor Novello Awards. The Bart Layton-directed film told the story of a group of friends who conspired to steal the rarest and most valuable books in the Transylvania University library. As one of the most audacious art heists in US history unfolds, the men question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives are simply misguided attempts at achieving the American dream. The 64th Ivor Novello Awards will be held on 23 May 2019 at Grosvenor House. More info

12/4/2019
Arrivals & Departures Available Now

The Leisure Society's fifth album, Arrivals & Departures, is available now. The album comes almost exactly 10 years after their debut single and covers a very broad range of themes across the personal and the political. Towards the beginning of the writing process, lead songwriter Nick Hemmings and flautist Helen Whitaker separated, and during this lengthy process Nick moved out of their Brighton home. He wrote most of the songs on this double album as he moved from place to place over the ensuing years. He said of one of the singles ‘God Has Taken A Vacation’ “I started writing the song about my breakup, but world events started finding their way in too. Division, borders a loss of hope. There were a lot of shared themes.” The press response to the album has already been overwhelmingly positive. The Financial Times described the album as 'gorgeous... dovetailing geopolitical and personal turmoil' and Clash Magazine hailed it as 'A series of remarkable, folk-hewn numbers that match the pastoral to the personal'. Listen here

5/4/2019
Bryce Dessner's El Chan Released

Katia and Marielle Labeque present their new album dedicated entirely to American composer Bryce Dessner, founder and guitarist of the rock band The National. El Chan features debut recordings of three works: 'Concerto For Two Pianos' performed by the Labèque Sisters, Orchestre de Paris and Matthias Pintscher, 'El Chan' for two pianos dedicated to film director Alejandro Iñárritu (The Revenant, Babel, Amores Perros etc.) and 'Haven', for two pianos and two guitars and which will be premiered live in concert during the Minimalist Dream House tour in April 2019. Arranged for two pianos and performed regularly internationally by Katia and Marielle Labèque, El Chan is dedicated to Dessner’s friend and collaborator, film director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and his wife Maria Eladia Hagerman. The work is inspired by the mythical guardian spirit, ‘El Chan,’ of a pool of water nestled in the canyons close to Iñarritu and Hagerman’s hometown of San Miguel de Allende, in the stunning Mexican landscape, and which has been the source of popular legends for many centuries. Iñárritu in turn created the cover artwork for this new album. Listen here

5/4/2019
Atomos Coming To BBC Four

Wayne McGregor production Atomos, scored by A Winged Victory For The Sullen, will be shown on BBC Four on April 7th. Taking creative points of departure from atomised film, music and biometric data, McGregor’s choreography is woven into an intense 70 minute film, performed by the incredible dancers of Company Wayne McGregor in his distinctive style - sculptural, rigorous, jarring and hauntingly beautiful. Known for his unique, tenacious questioning across the interface of art and science and through the body and mind, multi award-winning choreographer and director McGregor has remained at the forefront of contemporary arts for the past 25 years. Following a highly successful national and international tour of the original stage production, McGregor has extended and translated his acclaimed work Atomos into a unique film experience, directed by McGregor and long-time collaborator Ravi Deepres. In addition to A Winged Victory For The Sullen's soaring score, Atomos features incredible lighting design by Lucy Carter, original footage by Ravi Deepres, and costumes by wearable technology specialists Studio XO. Beyond it's initial transmission, the film will be available on iPlayer for 30 days. More info

3/4/2019
Music Sales Signs Anna Aaron

Music Sales is proud to announce the signing of the Swiss artist and songwriter Anna Aaron. Her new album Pallas Dreams was released on 25 January through Radicalis Music. After earlier experimentations with acoustic folk and rock as well as jazzier sounds during her collaborations and touring with Erik Truffaz Anna Aaron has created her own sound which is a mixture of Alternative, Pop and Electronica. The 11 songs of this album reflect all these influences and show her musical diversity.

3/4/2019
Anne Nikitin Scores The Trial of Ratko Mladic

Anne Nikitin has scored the The Trial of Ratko Mladic, a feature documentary produced by Sandpaper Films and broadcast on BBC Four as part of their Storyville strand. Capturing the final, momentous act in the Bosnian war, the film tells an epic story of justice, accountability and a country trying to escape from its bloody past. More info

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