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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

News from Costa Communications & Top Dollar PR

From Costa Communications


(Hollywood, CA) - During the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent Golden Globe winning composer and musician Craig Armstrong will perform a unique film concert at the Flemish Opera house. For the first time ever the music Armstrong composed for "Romeo and Juliet," "Moulin Rouge," and "Ray" will be played by a symphonic orchestra assisted by a choir and Armstrong on the piano. Craig Armstrong, the concert: Thursday Oct 19th, 8pm at the Flemish Opera House in Ghent. Tickets are on sale now at the Flemish Opera House.
This concert will follow the concert debut of Armstrong's score for Oliver Stone's controversial film for Paramount Pictures, "World Trade Center." Armstrong conducts over 100 of Hollywood's top musicians and singers on stage for an exciting gala event and concert program on Saturday, October 7th at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall, on the UCLA campus.
Only five years ago Craig Armstrong was honored by the World Soundtrack Academy as the first WSA Discovery of the Year. In the meantime Armstrong's work in film has resulted in numerous awards. Most recently he received a Grammy for Taylor Hackford's biopic "Ray." For Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo and Juliet" he won a Bafta and for "Moulin Rouge" by the same director he was awarded a prestigious Golden Globe, a Bafta and an American Film Institute Award.
Royal Academy of Music graduate Craig Armstrong passed through the ranks of his native Scotland's band culture to become a respected and sought-after composer and arranger on the world stage. In the contemporary field, Madonna, U2, Björk and Massive Attack are among the acts to have benefited from his talents, but it is his scores for "Ray," "The Clearing," "The Quiet American," "The Bone Collector," and Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo & Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge" that have brought him to the forefront of the movie industry.
The 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent is scheduled for October 11th-21st, 2006. Once again "The impact of music on film" is the overall theme. More than 200 films will be shown at Kinepolis Gent, Capitole, Sphinx, Studio Skoop and Arts Centre Vooruit.

From Top Dollar PR


Award-Winning Composer Employs Traditional Japanese Music with Contemporary Edge for First-Person Action Video Game Set in Present-Day Japan
New York, October 10th, 2006 – Composer and music producer Tom Salta has created the captivating musical score for Ubisoft’s exclusive first-person action title for the Wii™ console, Red Steel™, drawing from traditional and contemporary Japan for the game’s original soundtrack. In the game, players will master both the ancient art of the Katana and the sophisticated technology of modern firearms, taking advantage of the emotion and innovative gameplay possible only with the remarkable Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. Salta’s kaleidoscopic musical score follows the hero’s dramatic journey and immerses gamers in the unique gunplay and swordplay actions set in modern-day Japan.

“Tom Salta has found the perfect balance between Japanese traditional music, classic Hollywood score and various modern styles,” said Manu Bachet, music supervisor for Red Steel. “He has composed the most exciting soundtrack I've ever worked on at Ubisoft.”

Tom Salta arranged and recorded traditional live Japanese instrumentation including Koto, Shamisen, Shakuhachi and Taiko performed by expert Japanese musicians including the specialist percussion group Taikoza. The score also features performances from conservatory-trained Japanese opera singers and renowned violinist Lili Haydn. In order to reflect the diverse and Western-influenced soundtrack of fashionable Tokyo, Salta further embellished the soundtrack with a wide spectrum of music styles – such as orchestral, electronic, rock, hip hop, dance, easy listening, jazz, lounge, and Japanese pop – that truly embrace the game’s cinematic story and vibrant locations.

Tom Salta’s previous video game credits include the anthemic military-themed orchestral score for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter™, which was nominated for Best Video Game Score at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. Recording under the artist name Atlas Plug (, Salta is currently working on the follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut solo album, 2 Days or Die. For more information on Tom Salta, visit
For more information on Red Steel, please visit the official website at

About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 547 million Euros for the 2005–2006 fiscal year, an increase of 3 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit About Wii:Nintendo's new system, Wii, will feature a controller designed to be used with either one hand or two -- a first in the video game industry. When picked up and pointed at the screen, the controller gives a lightning-quick element of interaction, sensing motion, depth, positioning and targeting dictated by movement of the controller itself.© 2006 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Red Steel, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. TM and the Wii logo are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo.


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