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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

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

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

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.

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

Volker Bertelmann Nominated For BAFTA TV Awards 2019

The BAFTA TV nominations for 2019 have been announced, including an Original Music nomination for Volker Bertelmann’s score for the Sky Atlantic / Showtime series Patrick Melrose. In other categories, Casualty – scored by Justine Barker - has been shortlisted for Soap And Continuing Drama; Mrs Wilson, which has original music from Anne Nikitin, has received numerous nominations including Mini-Series; and Save Me, soundtracked by Dustin O’Halloran, is up for Drama Series. See full nominations here

Two Year Vacation Signs To Music Sales

Music Sales are thrilled to announce our latest signing: the Swedish band Two Year Vacation. Their unique blend of disco and indie-pop generates a mixture of supremely danceable and feel-good vibes. The band will be have released their new album Slacker Island, which you can hear below. Listen here

For Emma Released By Craig Armstrong

Craig Armstrong has released a 4-track EP based on his track 'For Emma' which originally appeared on his 2017 album Sun On You. In addition to the original work, the EP includes three new versions of the composition - a beautiful vocal version featuring Hero Fisher, a solo piano recording and a remix by Mogwai. Listen here

Joe Stilgoe Signs To Music Sales

The songwriter, singer and pianist Joe Stilgoe has signed an agreement for his future writing with The Music Sales Group of Companies. The deal also includes Stilgoe's music to Jessica Swale's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book', which toured the UK in 2017/18 and for his score to David Walliams' staged version of 'The Midnight Gang'. Joe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. His live shows are a mixture of virtuosic musicianship, breath-taking theatricality and interaction with the audience, combining on the spot improvisation and the quickest of wits. As well as releasing 5 critically lauded albums, three of which have topped the UK Jazz chart, Stilgoe has toured around the world with his band and as a solo act, appearing in festivals, jazz clubs and concert halls from Ronnie Scotts to the Barbican to Birdland in New York. He starred in High Society at The Old Vic in 2015, which led to him being invited to perform at the 2016 Olivier Awards, and he recently starred in Guys and Dolls at the Albert Hall. In 2017 he wrote the songs for a hit production of The Jungle Book, which toured the UK in 2018, and this year he’s written the songs for a hugely successful production of The Midnight Gang, an adaption of the David Walliams novel. He is frequently a guest performer with orchestras including The John Wilson Orchestra, RLPO, RTE and the BBC Concert Orchestra, and regularly puts together his own Big Band for sold-out shows across the country. In December 2017, Joe put together three Christmas shows for the Lyric Hammersmith with guests including Rob Brydon, Jamie Parker and Meow Meow, and he made his Albert Hall debut as a special guest with Guy Barker’s Big Band. He works extensively on radio, having hosted and starred many times in BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, while also being a regular presence on the station. He has appeared on the Now Show, Loose Ends and The Horne Section for Radio 4, is a regular on In Tune for Radio 3 and this year he started his own brand-new show on JazzFM. On TV, he has appeared most notably hosting 2016’s BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, and least notably in Bargain Hunt.

Vivan & Ketan Bhatti Sign To Music Sales

German composer and producer duo, Vivan & Ketan Bhatti have signed a publishing deal with Music Sales. The pair have built a broad following through their varied cross-genre work including music for film, stage music, dance projects,musical theatre, and more. Most recently, they scored the German film Glück ist was für Weicheier (directed by Anca Miruna Lazarescu) which has already seen critical acclaim and a nomination for the Deutscher Filmpreis. Listen here

Neil Cowley & Ben Lukas Boysen Release Grains & Motes

Neil Cowley has released a collaborative EP with the Erased Tapes signed composer, producer and sound designer Ben Lukas Boysen. The Grains & Motes EP features four tracks recorded at Ben’s Berlin studio in the summer of 2018. With this release, Neil Cowley has embraced a new musical direction, in part reflected in the choice of artists on his recent Spacebound Tapes EP that included remixes by Rival Consoles, Throwing Snow, Christian Löffler and Vessels. 2018 also saw the ever forward-moving composer co-write a track with Maribou State for their album Kingdoms In Colour, support Roy Ayers at the Barbican and record a mix for the esteemed Solid Steel series. February 2019 will see the live launch of his new electronic focused project at Ghost Notes, London. Ben Lukas Boysen’s albums Spells and Gravity for Erased Tapes were his first recorded under his own name, but as acclaimed electronic producer HECQ he’s released nine albums since 2003 exploring everything from ambient to breakcore. He has simultaneously established himself as a trusted composer and sound designer, composing for feature films, games, art installations and convention opening titles. Alongside Sebastian Plano, he produced the soundtrack to acclaimed video game Everything in 2017. Listen here

New Music From Ludovico Einaudi

‘Seven Days Walking’: seven bodies of music to be released over seven consecutive months. The first, ‘Seven Days Walking: Day One’, which interweaves piano and strings in his unmistakable style, is Einaudi’s 14th studio album and will be released on 15th March, on Decca. ‘Seven Days Walking: Day Two’ follows a month later. Each ‘day’ is then released, digitally, a month apart, leading up to ‘Day Seven’ which will be released in the autumn in a box-set of the complete Seven Days. Inspiration for the entire 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.” The first album focuses on several main themes, which then recur in different forms on the following albums – seven variations following the same imaginary itinerary. Or the same itinerary, retraced at seven different times. Listen here

Dilili a Paris Wins At The César Awards

Michel Ocelot's latest project Dilili a Paris, scored by Gabriel Yared, has been awarded Animated Film at the 2019 César Awards. The film tells the story of Kanak Dilili, who investigates a spate of mysterious kidnappings of young girls that is plaguing Belle Epoque Paris and encounters a series of extraordinary characters in the course of her investigation. Gabriel's soundtrack was released via Sony Masterworks in October 2018, to coincide with the film's initial release. Listen here

Dirk Maassen Signs To Music Sales

German composer Dirk Maassen has signed to Music Sales. In the 1980s he was member of several bands and projects and started some experimental cross genre productions experimenting with different styles. In the 1990s Dirk toured with his band ‘In Contact’ and released 2 CDs both with them and his other project ‘Unknown Vision’. In 2011 he started playing concerts as solo pianist. Dirk Maassen’s compositions and works have been featured in several film projects so far including the movie "Crossroads" (directed by Katie Smith) which won several awards at Cannes Film festival in 2015. His album, Avalanche, was released in 2018 and produced with Lorenz Dangel (winner of the official German Film Award ‘Deutscher Filmpreis’) and Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. ‘Avalanche’ contains unique minimal solo piano works as well as epic symphonic pieces such as ‘Helios’, ‘Avalanche’ and ‘Allewind’. The singles ‘Gravity’, ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Falling Stars’ have been streamed millions of times each. Listen here

Dylan Henner Releases Debut EP

Newcomer Dylan Henner, who describes his work as ‘bliss-out ambient’, releases his debut EP A Reason For Living through Phantom Limb on 22 February. The album was largely formed during Henner’s travels across India, the Middle East, Morocco, the Americas, South East Asia and Australia as a photographer’s assistant. The album has been described as ‘mesmeric and soaring – a genuine treasure’. Listen here

The Piano - Live in concert at the Barbican

On Tuesday February 26 the world premiere of a special screening of the 1993 Academy-Award-winning Jane Campion film The Piano will be presented live to the renowned score by Michael Nyman by members of the London Contemporary Orchestra. Don't miss this chance to experience the film in a new, engrossing way, back on the big screen, with live orchestra... More info

Queen Of Hearts Wins Sundance Audience Award

A new Danish feature film premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The film features numerous tracks from the Music Sales and Storyville catalogues. The film, titled Dronningen (English title: Queen Of Hearts) was directed by May el-Toukhy and stars the legendary Danish actress Trine Dyrholm. It won the Sundance Audience Award and, following its screening at the Gothenburg Film Festival in Sweden, it was awarded Best Nordic Film, Best Acting (for Trine Dyrholm) and Audience Award For Best Nordic Film. More info

Hauschka Releases A Different Forest

On February 8th, Oscar-nominated film composer and renowned pianist Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) releases his latest album A Different Forest via Sony Classical. The album is his first for the label and sees him strip away his customary instrumental preparations in favour of straight solo piano. Hauschka’s experience of nature as his basis for understanding life and the composition of music is the central theme of the album. He said of the album ‘In A Different Forest, I’m focusing on the forest as a natural environment and contrast to the urban everyday life. How often have I gone for a walk and finished on the crest of a hill or maintain top, and found a new perspective on things. It’s quite a moving experience, realising that everything has been there for such a long time and will continue to exist, yet our human existence is reduced to but a fraction of the earth’s history.’ Released in October 2018, ‘Curious’, the first single from the album, heralds this central theme. Listen here

Music Sales at the 2019 Oscars

Following on from the announcement of the nominations for the 2019 Oscars, we are please two announce that two films with soundtracks released through Node Records have been nominated: The Wife (original score by Jocelyn Pook) - Actress in a Leading Role (Glenn Close) Free Solo (original score by Marco Beltrami) - Best Documentary Feature In addition to these, a number of films using Music Sales tracks have been nominated in numerous categories: The Favourite - Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role (Olivia Colman), Actress in a Supporting Role (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz), Directing (Yorgos Lanthimos), Cinematography (Robbie Ryan), Production Design, Costume Design, Film Editing BlacKkKlansman - Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Adam Driver), Directing (Spike Lee), Adapted Screenplay (Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee), Original Score, Film Editing Look here to see the full listing

Music Sales at the 2019 BAFTAs

A number of films using Music Sales songs or featuring music by Music Sales composers have been nominated in the 2019 BAFTA Awards. The Favourite - Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Leading Actress (Olivia Colman), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz), Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make Up & Hair Stan & Ollie - Outstanding British Film, Leading Actor (Steve Coogan), Make Up & Hair The Wife - Leading Actress (Glenn Close) McQueen - Outstanding British Film Free Solo - Documentary See here for the full listing

Yumeji's Theme (A Cappella) at No.1 in Singapore

The recently released a cappella version of Shigeru Umebayashi's 'Yumeji's Theme' has reached No. 1 on the Singaporean Classical Charts, as well as No. 9 on the Classcal chart in the Netherlands. Since the first digital release of the original instrumental version Yumeji's Theme, the track has clocked more than 8 million streams and around nine thousand downloads.

Stan & Ollie Released

The new biopic telling the story of Laurel & Hardy's UK tour directed by Jon S. Baird will be released on 11th January. The film will feature the iconic 'Dance of the Cuckoos' by Marvin Hatley, known to many as the theme of Laurel & Hardy. The work was composed as the 'on-the-hour chime' for the Roach Studio radio station. Laurel felt the piece reflected the personalities of the two performers. Listen here

Music Sales Acquires Vernon Duke's Catalogue

Music Sales Corporation, Inc. announces it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to Vernon Duke's catalogue, including the Great American Songbook gems 'April in Paris', 'Autumn In New York', and 'Taking a Chance on Love' - the latter from the Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky. Known for his integral contributions to the Great American Songbook, Vernon Duke was also a highly respected classical composer - composing for both orchestra and ballet under his birth name, Vladimir Dukelsky. The Russian-born composer collaborated with many musical luminaries including George and Ira Gershwin, George Balanchine, Sergei Prokofiev and Serge Koussevitzky. Listen here

Music Sales At 2019 Sundance Film Festival

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival has announced their programme and there are several films featuring soundtracks by Music Sales composers. - Biggest Little Farm - Jeff Beal - The Nightingale - Jed Kurzel - Mustang - Jed Kurzel - Weinstein - Anne Nikitin - The Elephant Queen - Alex Heffes See here for the full listing

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