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Thursday, January 12, 2006


Hot off the press from Costa Communications comes the following news:-

Premieres January 25 at Sundance Film Festival

Prolific film composer David Kitay scores "Darwin Awards" for writer/director Finn Taylor. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday, January 25 at 6pm at the Eccles Theatre. In addition, Kitay will take part in Music & Film: The Creative Process, a roundtable discussion featuring composers and directors Wed., Jan 25 at Sundance house at The Kimball Art Center. Showing remarkable innovation and creativity, Kitay created the score for "Darwin Awards" as the world's first retrograde reverse score, wherein the music was performed backwards and digitally reversed to play forwards, so the notes sound reversed even though they are accurate.

In addition, Sundance will premiere "Art School Confidential," Kitay's latest for United Artists and director Terry Zwigoff. The film, starring Max Minghella, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent and Anjelica Huston, will premiere at Sundance on Monday, January 23 at the Eccles Theatre and open wide in February. This is the third collaboration of the composer and Zwigoff; they had previously worked together on "Ghostworld" and "Bad

"Darwin Awards," a dark comedy, is inspired by the award of the same name that "salute the improvement of the human genome by honouring those who accidentally kill themselves in really stupid ways." In the film, a forensic detective and an insurance claims investigator trek to investigate a potential winner. "Darwin Awards" boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes Joseph Fiennes, Winona Ryder, Juliette Lewis, Julianna Margulies, David Arquette, Chris Penn and Wilmer Valderrama.

After solidifying his reputation in the teen genre with hit movies like
"Clueless," "Can't Hardly Wait," "Scary Movie," "Harold and Kumar Go to
White Castle" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" Kitay has expanded his repertoire to include black comedies like "Bad Santa" and "Ghost World." "Darwin Awards" is another in a series of adult-oriented, offbeat films Kitay has done for a variety of innovative directors.

Late last year, Kitay had Harold Ramis' "The Ice Harvest" in theatres, and he has completed scores for "Relative Strangers," starring Ron Livingston, and John Cosgrove's comedy ensemble "Caffeine," both set for release this year. His third collaboration with director Terry Zwigoff, "Art SchoolConfidential," starring Max Minghella, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent and Anjelica Huston, will also premiere at Sundance on Monday, January 23 at the Eccles Theatre and open wide in February.

Among other honours, David has received four prestigious BMI awards, several for his scores for the hit TV series Mad About You. In addition to scoring,
David has produced records for such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee
Jones, Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram.

Premiering at Sundance January 27

Composer and producer Aaron Zigman has scored "Alpha Dog" for writer/director Nick Cassavetes and New Line Cinema. The film, starring Justin Timberlake, Dominique Swain, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Foster and Sharon Stone, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, January 27 at 6pm at the Eccles Theatre and open wider in February. In addition, Zigman will, like Kitay, take part in Music & Film: The Creative Process, on Wed., Jan 25.

The film is a drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list. To match the grittiness of the film, Zigman scored it to have an edgy urban feel, with a lot of rap, techno and rock. The composer created "source" music, a term for music that is somewhere between song and score, rather than underscoring emotion and creating traditional characters' themes. He co-wrote most of the songs in the movie, and layered them underneath the story to portray the pastiche of the music indigenous to violent world of the high school-aged characters.

Zigman is no stranger to the urban music. The composer made a name for himself producing and arranging for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Nona Gaye, the Pointer Sisters and Christina Aguilera. Known for his command of rhythm and different styles, he developed his knack for melody into his current scoring career.

Zigman's foray into feature film composing began when Cassavetes, familiar with his pop background and his orchestral works, offered him the opportunity to audition for "John Q," starring Denzel Washington. Zigman wrote an extravagant six-minute opening montage, recording it with a 55-piece orchestra and submitted it as a demo. The director, editor and studio were impressed, and he got the job. The two collaborated again shortly after on the critically acclaimed romantic film "The Notebook," starring Gena Rowlands and James Garner, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. For that project, Zigman not only wrote in the musical style of the period, but also used vintage instruments and recording equipment from the 40s and 50s to create an authentic sound.

Zigman has since worked on "The Wendell Baker Story", the directorial debut of Andrew Wilson and Luke Wilson, starring their brother Owen Wilson, Eva Mendes and Eddie Griffin; and "Raise Your Voice," a vehicle for pop superstar Hilary Duff. Among his other upcoming film releases are "Flicka" with Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw, "10th & Wolf" with Giovanni Ribisi, James Marsden and Dennis Hopper.


Visit, where you will find new interviews with composers John Frizzell and Jesper Kyd; and while you're at it, drop in on, where you will find a new session report, featuring Shirley Walker conducting her score for Final Destination 3. It's always worth keeping an eye on the site as they regularly feature these colourful photoreports, allowing you to see the creative process behind the scores.

Sorry there was no entry yesterday - pressure of work again, I'm afraid. Tomorrow I hope things will be back to normal and that I'll have at least one CD review for you.


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