May 20th, 2014
Finally, here is a short trailer from the short film Nous sommes eux (We are them) by Maribel Bedoya, for which I have composed the music. It was a lovely project, for the film was almost entirely silent. I had then all the liberty to give a tone, an atmosphere to the movie, especially because Maribel almost gave me complete freedom. We are waiting for the answer of many festivals to give you the premiere date.
The only constraint that I had was that Maribel wanted piano and strings. Then we decided together that the strings should be heard once the miracle was happening (yes, it is a movie about a miracle).
Many say that a successful film music is a music that is not getting noticed. That is a principle with which I strongly disagree. If it were true, how could we explain that so many great movies had remarkable music: from Stanley Kubrick (Bartok in The Shining, Ligeti in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut), from Sergio Leone (Ennio Morricone in Once upon a Time in the West)... without forgeting the music from Joe Hisaishi in the animation films of Miyazaki! Even the most internationally acclaimed Quebec films had strong music: Crazy, of course, but also Les Invasions barbares (the Barbarian Invasions). So I quickly trashed this principle out of my mind.
Since the film was silent, the music could not be just an accompaniment that would go unnoticed. On the contrary, the soundtrack was becoming almost the whole soundscape of the movie. The music had to be coherent by itself, since it was played almost without interruption during 11 minutes. Through the music, I tried to translate the essence of the film by focusing on two words: simplicity and candour.
Finally, I wanted to sincerely thank the musicians that warmly accepted to contribute to the recording.
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April 28th, 2014
On Tuesday, May 6th, at the Centre d'art contemporain L'Arsenal Montréal (2020, rue William, Montréal), we will launch the 2014 edition of the Festival classique des Hautes-Laurentides, with Mr. Bernard Landry, honorary president of the Festival, Alexandre Da Costa, artistic director and Martine Cardinal, general directress... and of course your favorite composer as the Composer-in-Residence!
It wil be the actress Amélie Grenier who will animate this prestigious launching.
Until then, I continue arranging to fulfill my Composer-in-Residence duties.
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March 31st, 2014
Again, I have been asked to make the music of the new ad of the Tour du Mont-Royal Brébeuf (formerly known as the Tour des Trois sommets). Here is the result.
The challenge here was to mix some synthetic sounds with orchestral instruments (who were also synthetic, actually). I had some concerns about the mix at the beginning, but at the end I was quite proud of the result. What is important is that it gives you the urge to run!
Yes, it has been a long time I haven't written on this site. Please forgive me! Now, I need to finish the music for the short movie Nous sommes eux (We are them) by Maribel Badoya, a great series of arrangements for Alexandre Da Costa (for his concert Un Stradivarius à l'opéra) and finally the course on Sibelius software that I will give for the Conseil québécois de la musique... For the moment, I still sleep my nights!
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