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Saturday, February 03, 2007

CD REVIEW - Freedom Writers & News fromCosta Communications

Freedom Writers
Music by Mark Isham and Various Artists
Hollywood 386 1552 (EU)
15 Tracks (3 only score)

For this film, based on the true life story of teacher Erin Gruwell, Hollywood Records has released an album filled with songs from hip-hop artists past and present, with just three tracks of Mark Isham's score bringing up the rear, and one of these, "Riots," is a beat-driven collaboration with Will-i-am. The other two are "Eva's Theme, which moves along nicely after a delicate guitar opening, and the sensitive piano and strings of "Anne Frank." In all, just over 5 minutes of score conclude the album.
The songs are performed by the aforementioned Will-i-am, Common Feat, Talib Kewli, Jeannie Ortega, Cypress Hill, Naughty By Nature, 2 Pac, Gang Starr, Digable Planets, The Pharcyde, and Montell Jordan.
The album will be released on February 26th, just ahead of the UK release of the film on 2nd March.

From Costa Communications


Awards Presented February 24

(Paris, France) Film composer Mark Snow has been nominated for a César Award, the main national film award in France, for Best Music Written for a Film for "Coeurs" (International Title: "Private Fears in Public Places").

Snow is the only American composer nominated in the category. "Coeurs,"adapted from an award-winning play, offers a darkly comedic glimpse into the lives of six lonely characters and the strange circumstances that connect them. It also received recognition in seven other categories including Best Director (Alain Resnais). The award ceremony takes place on February 24.

Snow has received numerous Emmy nominations and ASCAP awards. Last year, he became the first composer to receive ASCAP's prestigious Golden Note Award for lifetime achievement and impact on music culture. Past Golden Note recipients include Elton John, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Stevie Wonder. He has enjoyed great popular success as well. Mark Snow's iconic "X-Files" theme remains a worldwide phenomenon. Classically trained at Julliard, he continues to blend his orchestral style with electronica influences. His impressive list of over one hundred television and feature film credits includes "Starsky and Hutch," "Crazy in Alabama," "Disturbing Behavior," "Millenium" and "Ghost Whisperer."


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