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10/6/2017
Jack Carty Signs With Embassy Music Publishing To A Worldwide Music Publishing Deal

Jack Carty has signed a global music publishing deal with Embassy Music Publishing. This signing comes hot on the heels of the appointment by Managing Director, Jane English, of Larry Heath as the A&R Manager of the Music Sales Australia companies. "I first saw Jack Carty live in Canada (of all places) almost seven years ago”, says Heath, “and have been watching him develop as a songwriter and a performer ever since. He's grown into one of the finest contemporary songwriters in Australia, and I'm thrilled to have him join the Embassy Music Publishing family, as well as to have such a phenomenal talent as my first signing." Carty’s story stands as testament to the power of great songs, great stories, grassroots determination and a spellbinding live show; cementing his reputation as a writer and performer of incredible depth and imagination. It’s been a big few years for the award winning, critically acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter. Following the release of four full-length albums and two EPs; extensive national and international touring; appearances at SXSW, Primavera and Canadian Music Week; co-writes with the likes of Dan Wilson (Adele, Taylor Swift, Semisonic), Josh Pyke & Katie Noonan; a national MusicOz award for Acoustic Singer-Songwriter of the year; and a biannual APRA Professional Development Award in the Popular Contemporary Category; Carty has recently relocated to the UK to write, release and tour from his base in the Cotswolds. In the midst of all this, Carty decided to start his own label and release an album he produced, performed and recorded entirely himself in a tiny apartment in Brisbane’s Red Hill. The result was Home State, one of Rhythms Magazine's Top 10 albums of 2016. It debuted at #1 on the AIR …Independent album chart and #36 on the ARIA Album Chart. Such was the stir the album caused on home soil that it was picked up for release in the UK by Gilded Lily/Absolute. “It’s a wonderful thing to meet people in the music business with the love and commitment to care, sacrifice and put in as much as the musicians themselves. Larry Heath is one of those people and I am so excited to be working with him, Jane and the entire Embassy Music Publishing team around the world on some very exciting plans for the future.” For more information on Jack Carty, please visit www.jackcarty.com and watch his music video below for "A Way With Me."

9/18/2017
Terry Riley Scores François Girard’s Most Ambitious Film to Date - Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes

Featuring an original score by minimalist composer Terry Riley, iconic filmmaker François Girard’s latest film Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes was met with great acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. Variety praised the ‘diverse, beautiful score,’ by Riley, which also features his son, the composer / guitarist Gyan Riley, and longtime Riley champions Kronos Quartet. Music Sales Creative and G.Schirmer/AMP provided music supervision services for the film. This marks Terry Riley’s first major film score, which has plans to be released later this year on Node Records. A stylistic departure from the composer’s signature layering of rhythmic cells and spiritual melodies, the Hochelaga score draws heavily on Riley’s study of Indian Raga with a strong emphasis on timbre and moodiness.Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes is described by TIFF as "a grand fresco on the rich history of Montreal that spans 750 years," and Girard's most ambitious project to date.

9/15/2017
The Stone Foxes Release 'Visalia' EP

The Stone Foxes have released their EPVisalia today! The long-awaited five tracks stay true to the origins of blues, country and Americana, and also allow the group's trademark live-show energy and contemporary spirit to shine through. The result has been praised by critics, with Live For Live Music describing the EP as “warmly nostalgic on the surface, but sincerely topical at its core."Visalia also varies lyrically. “Fight”, “Hypno”, and “Arrogant” draw inspiration from societal dilemmas, while the EP’s opener “If I Die Tonight” is a more personal tune, and encourages living life to the fullest. Singer/drummer Shannon Koehler gives insight on the anthemic, stripped-back track and on Visalia as a whole:“It’s really reflective of how important it is to live in the moment. When you’re with your loved ones and friends, and all having the time of your life, if I die, I’d be alright with it. I live with a pacemaker and have undergone 11 heart surgeries. Every moment is precious. Visalia also dives deep into roots blues music. We wanted to pay tribute to some of our blues/rock idols, while putting out a statement of frustration and anger in response to what’s happening in America right now.” Visalia comes ahead of the band's extensive US “Gigantour” this October and November. Catch where The Stone Foxes are playing and enjoy their full EP below.

9/14/2017
Music Sales at Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival is currently in full swing, featuring a number of films scored by Music Sales composers and / or with our catalogue featured as part of the soundtrack. Below is a full list of the various productions we’re delighted to be affiliated with: The Third Murder (pictured) scored by Ludovico Einaudi The Current War scored by Dustin O’Halloran & Volker Bertelmann Woman Walk Ahead scored by George Fenton HOCHELAGA scored by Terry Riley The Wife scored by Jocelyn Pook Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami features 'La Vie En Rose' On Chesil Beach features Edward Elgar’s 'Nimrod' The Killing of a Sacred Deer features Jani Christou’s 'Enantriodormia' Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool features 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' The Children Act features 'Die Seele Ruht in Jesu Handen' Lean on Pete features 'Live Fast Love Hard Die Young' Thelma features Philip Glass’ 'Symphony No. 2' You Disappear features 'Kvinde Min', a cover version by our writer/singer Lars H.U.G. Suburbicon features 'I Ain’t Got Nobody…And There’s Noboby Cares For Me!' Black Cop features various works by Zeal & Ardor More info

9/6/2017
Manuel Gagneux Of Zeal & Ardor Signs To Music Sales

Swiss-American musician and songwriter Manuel Gagneux has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Music Sales. Manuel is the mastermind behind Zeal & Ardor, the avant-garde metal, blues and spiritual musical project whose debut album Devil Is Fine was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. "Nothing released this year is as strange, inscrutable or wonderful," extolled Rolling Stone, hailing the debut album as "a dream world of infinite possibilities." In addition to his work with Zeal & Ardor, Manuel has been releasing chamber pop music under the alias Birdmask since 2013.Listen to Devil Is Fine here and follow Zeal & Ardor to stay up-to-date.

9/1/2017
Music Sales Corporation, Inc. Acquires Worldwide Publishing Rights to Vernon Duke Catalog

Music Sales Corporation, Inc. announces it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to Vernon Duke’s catalog, 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 (1940). 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. “We’re very honored to have the opportunity to bring the two worlds of Vernon Duke together under one roof,” said G. Schirmer/AMP/Music Sales President Robert Thompson. “Duke’s contribution to the Great American Songbook is legendary, and the depth of his compositional output … from popular songs, musicals, orchestral works and ballets … is remarkable. I’d like to particularly thank Kay Duke Ingalls, widow of Vernon Duke, for her invaluable guidance and expertise.” In February 2016, Duke’s musical Cabin in the Sky was revived by Encores! at New York City Center by Artistic Director Jack Viertel. 2016 also saw the commercial release of Misia (PS Classics), the never-before-heard Duke musical from 1949, reconstructed with new book and lyrics by New York Times journalist Barry Singer; arrangements, adaptations and music direction by Scott Dunn; and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. In 1999, Scott Dunn orchestrated and premiered Dukelsky’s ‘lost’ 1923 ‘Piano Concerto in C.’ Prior to the work’s long delayed Carnegie Hall premiere, Barry Singer reflected on Duke’s legacy within a contemporary time in a New York Times essay, “A Neglected Master’s Haunting Consolations”: “Vernon Duke wrote music for grownups. His songs sang most majestically about ambivalence, not the uplift that Tin Pan Alley consumers overwhelmingly preferred. His probing melodies brought out wonderfully melancholic resonances in lyricists who were by nature, if only on the page, rather jolly — Ira Gershwin, Ogden Nash and even Yip Harburg. As a result, these songs perhaps speak more directly to our own self-doubts and longings in 1999 than they did in a 1930s culture that looked to its songwriters for escape.” View Billie Holiday performing Vernon Duke's "Autumn in New York" below.

8/23/2017
Dustin O'Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson Nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards

Congratulations to Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson, as they both were recently nominated for the 2017 World Soundtrack Awards within the category of Best Film Composer of the Year! O’Halloran was nominated not only for his work on the 2016 Oscar-nominated film Lion with Hauschka, but also for the French film In the Shadow of Iris, which he scored with Adam Wiltzie. Johann Jóhannsson’s World Soundtrack Award nomination recognized his ambient work on the sci-fi thriller Arrival. Both composers were also nominated earlier this year for their respective films at the Golden Globes, within the category of Best Original Score, and the BAFTA Awards for Best Original Music. The World Soundtrack Awards will be held in Gent, Belgium October 17th-19th. View the full list of nominees here.

8/21/2017
Luke Elliot Releases 'Dressed for the Occasion' in the US

This past Friday, the New Jersey rock singer-songwriter Luke Elliot released his debut album Dressed for the Occasion in the US, following his chart-topping success in Europe last year. The brand-new stateside release has been building momentum – resulting in Elliot’s lead single, the country-tinged “Trouble” being added to Spotify’s Fresh Folk playlist. The album was recently reviewed by Jim DeRogatis on the Chicago-based radio talk show Sound Opinions, who said (around the 23 minute mark) that "the songwriting is brilliant, garnering comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, and that underworld vibe." Be sure to watch Luke Elliot’s recent Paste Magazine session below, where he performs featured songs including “Get ‘Em While They’re Hot” and “Let It Rain on Me,” with backing players from The Swans. Follow Luke Elliot to stay up-to-date and watch out for his upcoming US tour this fall. Stream and purchase Dressed for the Occasion here.

8/15/2017
Jóhann Jóhannsson Scores Upcoming 'Mother!' Film

Fresh from his work on last year’s acclaimed sci-fi film Arrival, the Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has scored the Paramount Pictures film mother!, set to release in US theaters on September 15th. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), the horror drama stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. This is the first film collaboration between Aronofsky and Jóhannsson. “I was thrilled when Darren contacted me at the Toronto Film Festival last year and wanted to have coffee,” Jóhannsson remarked to FACT Magazine. “He told me about a couple of projects he was planning and had just seen 'Sicario' and loved the film and the music. Then, a few months later, he sent me the script for his new film, which was the boldest and most exciting script I’d read in a long time. It was not a difficult decision to accept the job.” “Darren has one of the most individual and characterful voices in America cinema today and I’ve been a fan of his work for years. A true auteur and a very generous and inspiring collaborator. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to work with directors of the caliber of Darren and Denis Villeneuve, with whom I’m collaborating now on Blade Runner 2049,” Jóhannsson added. Watch the official first trailer below and follow Jóhann Jóhannsson to stay up-to-date on his work. Photo by Timothée Lambrecq for The Reykjavík Grapevine.

7/26/2017
Jeff Beal Reacts To ‘House of Cards’ Emmy Nomination, Billboard Reports

Congratulations to Jeff Beal, who was recently Emmy-nominated for his work within the fifth season of House of Cards! Beal has been nominated within this category of 'Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)’ several times for the acclaimed drama series, and won in 2015. However, that previous win did not make this 2017 nomination any less of a surprise, as he reveals to Billboard. “I was home getting ready to start my writing day when my publicist called me with this news. It sounds strange to say, having won an Emmy Award already for House of Cards, but I am incredibly surprised to be recognized with a nomination for Season 5. It just shows that people are still invested in the Underwoods, and I am genuinely proud to be along for the ride. For me, Season 5 was about the ascent of Claire Underwood and Frank’s secret self-immolation. This episode, [Chapter 63], was pivotal for both of these characters. I loved the way Claire becomes a fourth wall breaking character, and Frank seems increasingly paranoid -- this sense of lying, and breakdown of trust amongst everyone in the West Wing, which now in today’s climate doesn’t feel so atypical.” The 69th Annual Emmy Awards will air September 17th, 2017 at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT on CBS. Follow Jeff Beal to stay up to date, and check out this classic video of the composer below explaining the musical inspiration behind the House of Cards theme.

7/24/2017
Luke Elliot Signs With Music Sales

Singer-songwriter Luke Elliot has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Music Sales to represent him on a worldwide basis. An American artist from New Jersey with a background in rock ‘n’ roll and Americana, Luke believes in breaking the boundaries of genre, producing unique and philosophical music. He has been compared to some of the greatest storytellers including Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen for his dark, melancholic sound and timeless songwriting. Luke's debut album Dressed For The Occasion received a limited release in 2016, resulting in critical-acclaim across Europe. The album reached #7 on Norway's Top 10 iTunes Album Chart and received more than 2 million streams on TIDAL/Spotify, which led to Luke being named one of TIDAL's best new artists. The successful debut will now receive its worldwide release on August 18th, 2017 via Julian Records. In additional to his commercial work, Luke has composed music for the film Benny The Bum, which won Best Local Film at the 2012 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Watch the music video for Luke's lead single, the 60s'-inspired "Trouble" below. Stay up-to-date on his forthcoming release and pre-order here.

7/18/2017
Ludovico Einaudi Shares The Making of ‘Elegy for the Arctic’

Exactly one year after creating ‘Elegy for the Arctic,’ Ludovico Einaudi shares the making of his iconic collaboration with Greenpeace. This behind-the-scenes glimpse shows the tremendous effort and care that was taken in creating the video short that affected 4.5 million viewers with its powerful, simple message, and how filming did not entirely go to plan. The footage below shows just how candid ‘Elegy for the Arctic’ was and further drives awareness to the global crisis both Einaudi and Greenpeace strive to convey. Greenpeace reflects on the newly-released footage:"The silence broken by the noise of the glacier as it fell off. Some notes torn from a grand piano floating in a sea of ice. Thus began the shocking video with which master Ludovico Einaudi put the soundtrack to the campaign to save the Arctic. It was recorded in Svalbard, in the Norwegian Arctic, just a year ago and managed to bring the thawing problem closer to millions of people around the world. It was not easy to do, but the result was worth it. Discover how one of the most magical moments was built in this campaign that seeks to protect one of the most threatened corners of the planet and on which we all depend." Einaudi shares his own sentiments: "One year ago I played “Elegy for the Arctic” in support to the campaign for a marine sanctuary in the North Pole’s international waters; One year has passed, “Save the Arctic” is still a global priority. We still need your support." For more information, visit Greenpeace.org and Ludovico Einaudi’s website. Photo by Pedro Armestre)

7/6/2017
Dion’s “Kickin’ Child” Named Best Reissue of 2017 by Observer

Dion’s Kickin’ Child: The Lost Album 1965 was recently named the best reissue so far of 2017 by Observer. Surpassing both Prince and The Beatles in the curated lineup, the Norton Records release is noted for showcasing 60s’ electric folk before its time - that Bob Dylan later famously brought into play. The unreleased album from 1965 was originally placed in the Columbia Records vault, and now been rediscovered as an extremely underrated collection of songs fifty years later. “There’s a reason Dion is on the cover of Sgt. Pepper, and that reason is all on this outstanding collection,” Ron Hart (Observer) expresses. Read the full review on The Observer and purchase Kickin’ Child here.

6/13/2017
Embassy Music Publishing Signs Tyrone Noonan To Worldwide Music Publishing Deal

Music Sales Creative is overjoyed to announce its signing of Tyrone Noonan (“Ty”) to a worldwide music publishing deal with Embassy Music Publishing Australia, completed recently in the company’s New York office with Managing Director, Jane English and Creative Director, Denise Sharp. This will see Tyrone published worldwide by the Music Sales Group of affiliates. ARIA award-winning Tyrone Noonan began a multi-faceted solo career following his time with numerous bands culminating with eight years on the road with george, a Brisbane band fronted by sister and brother, Katie Noonan and Tyrone. In george, Tyrone provided vocals, guitar, keyboards, production and songwriting. george’s debut album, Polyserena, entered the Australian national charts at No1, sold double platinum units and won the band an ARIA for Best New Artist. The band released eight EPs, two albums and an award-winning DVD. Last year george celebrated its 20-year anniversary, performed sell-out shows around the country and released a new album compilation of their early indie EPs, the early years. In 2005, george came off the road for an indefinite hiatus and Tyrone went it alone: releasing his debut pop/rock/soul mini-album “Heavy Soul Part 1” in 2006 with a successful national tour and solid national radio play; relocating to London in 2008 and representing Australia at various festivals including Toast and TNT Month of Music; relocating to New York in 2009 (until 2012) and representing Australia at various Australia Day festivals and Anzac Day ceremonies; releasing his first solo album, I Believe, in 2011 on the back of a successful crowd-funded Pledge Music campaign; and releasing his remix EP I’m A Believer in 2014 with a successful east coast band tour and solid national radio play. It was Tyrone’s album Soniclines that brought him once again to the attention of Embassy Music Publishing. Recently returned to Australia from New York, Tyrone formed a new band, Soniclines, that has produced an amazing cross-over album of the same name that is due for release in 2017. That group comprises Tyrone, multi-instrumentalist Anthony Garcia and special guest digeridoo player, William Barton. Soniclines is soon to be developed into a magnificent visual stage performance. A prolific songwriter and producer, Tyrone is now working towards a new solo album. He has ready to go co-writes with Grant (G.W.) McLennan (The Go-Betweens), Dave Goode (The Potbelleez) and Dan Rosen (ARIA CEO), among others. Of joining Embassy Music Publishing, Tyrone said: “It’s fantastic to be working with the amazing team at Music Sales. For me, this offers the best of both worlds, as I have a great relationship with the Managing Director, the Creative Director and the rest of the staff, and yet my songs also now have global reach, and as such it was awesome to meet the New York team at the signing!” Jane English, Managing Director of Music Sales’ Embassy Music Publishing said: “Ty is a perfect fit for our global indie publishing company and for working with the Embassy Music Publishing team. We love that he is so talented, active, energetic and enthusiastic. We love his songs and are so proud he has chosen us as his music publishing team.” (Text courtesy of Music Sales Creative AU)

5/26/2017
Golden Globe-Nominated Composer Brian Byrne Announces James Joyce-Inspired Album Featuring Kurt Elling, Glenn Close, Julian Lennon, and Judith Hill

Node Records, a division of the Music Sales Group, announces their first release on June 16th, 2017: Goldenhair, an album by Golden Globe-nominated and IFTA award-winning composer Brian Byrne. Ranging in style from adult contemporary to jazz, bluegrass and more, the tracks of Goldenhair feature world-renowned artists including Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, Golden Globe-winning actress Glenn Close, Prince's singer/songwriter protégé Judith Hill and British musician/songwriter Julian Lennon. Byrne's original songs were inspired by select poems from renowned Irish writer James Joyce's 1907 collection, Chamber Music. The release date for Goldenhair coincides with Bloomsday, the holiday celebrated worldwide to commemorate the life and works of Joyce. For many, these words (from James Joyce) resonate at different levels and depths…. But I feel like they speak to ‘The Self' within us all… The fire that sometimes overwhelms us all, and the need to breathe and be in the now. — Julian Lennon Node Records artist Brian Byrne (also a conductor, arranger, pianist, and producer), composes in all media and across all genres, as Goldenhair showcases. Byrne co-wrote "The Mystery of Your Gift" with Josh Groban for Dustin Hoffman's film Boychoir. He also wrote the end-title song "The Cry Inside" for Jim Sheridan's film The Secret Scripture, which was recorded for the soundtrack by Kelly Clarkson. Glenn Close is another collaborator of Byrne's. She first worked with him as the lyricist for his song "Lay Your Head Down" for the film Albert Nobbs, and most recently on Goldenhair. I was thrilled to be asked to read something for Goldenhair. Brian is a consummate musician who is fluent in multiple genres. He has masterminded a hauntingly gorgeous album. I'm proud to be part of it. — Glenn Close Goldenhair is available for pre-order now on Amazon and iTunes. Follow on Facebook for announcements, exclusive previews, and additional release information. Watch below as the Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist and featured Goldenhair artist Kurt Elling reflects on Byrne's ability to set James Joyce's words in his original compositions.

5/11/2017
Dave Malloy's "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" Leads The Tony Awards With 12 Nominations

Congratulations to Dave Malloy! His synth-pop opera Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 leads the Tony Awards with 12 nominations - including Best Musical. Malloy himself was nominated for three categories (Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations), as he took on the role of composing and orchestrating the War and Peace inspired show. In earlier productions, the multi-faceted composer even starred as Pierre and will return to replay the role for select dates this May.Not only is Malloy pushing boundaries with The Great Comet leading the nominations, but sonically as well. The New York Times noted in their feature on Malloy, that the show breaks the typical rules of Broadway with its "mostly unrhyming lyrics and sung-through libretto." Additionally, the contemporary score pulls from the genres of folk, electro-pop, R&B and even traditional Russian music.What began as an 87-seat show at the nonprofit Ars Nova, has progressed into a standout Broadway production - and in part propelling commercial theater into a more experimental direction. Pre-order the original cast recording here.(Photo - Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

5/3/2017
Music Sales Acquires Bleu Blanc Rouge Catalog

Music Sales is delighted to welcome its latest catalog acquisition, French publishing company Bleu Blanc Rouge (BBR) into the family. The purchase follows on the heels of the acquisition of another French publishing house, Le Chant Du Monde, in November last year. BBR was established by Belgian producer and songwriter Jean Kluger and his wife Huguette in Paris in 1967, and has grown into a catalogue much loved for its disco hits, including “Cuba”, “Que Era Mi Vida (If You Should Go)”, “Hands Up”, the infectious dance number “D.I.S.C.O.”, and the appropriately titled “Australia” by the Good News. In addition, the catalog includes a multitude of hits performed by the group Les Parisiennes, film music by Claude Bolling (including the theme for French hit ‘Borsalino’) and jazz albums and discs by arrangers such as Andre Popp and Jean Bouchety. 🎧 View our selection of the best from the catalog here.

5/2/2017
Celebrating The 100th Birthday of Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald is one of the most iconic vocalists of all time. With a career spanning more than half of a century, The First Lady of Song was pivotal in changing the playing field for both jazz and pop with her broad vocal range, scat singing and elocution. The jazz vocalist collaborated with everyone from Duke Ellington to Frank Sinatra and became the first African-American woman to win a Grammy Award in 1958 for Best Individual Jazz Performance and Best Female Vocal Performance. In honor of Ella's 100th birthday – we created a playlist celebrating the classics from her career peak in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as engaging, more obscure tracks - from the playful, Nancy Sinatra-styled “I Taught Him Everything He Knows” to the moody Layo & Bushwacka remix of “Angel Eyes.” See which songs made our playlist here!

4/27/2017
Newest Signing Heather Christian Performs at Exclusive Music Sales Corp. Reception

Schirmer Theatrical and Music Sales Creative were thrilled to host an exclusive performance this past Monday for their latest signing – the Obie Award-winning composer Heather Christian. The showcase was held in the Music Sales Corp. New York office, where guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres while the Sundance Fellow performed a variety of her theatre and contemporary avant-folk works – including unreleased songs from her forthcoming albums House/Hymn II and Animal Wisdom. Christian captivated the intimate audience, as she flexed her powerhouse vocals and let her Mississippi roots shine. Her set list included “Willie and the Owls” (The World Is Round, 2014 Obie, Special Citation), “Talk to me Vegas” (Mission Drift: Drama League Outstanding Performance Nominee) “Agnus Dei” (Animal Wisdom) and “Phoenix” (House/Hymn II). She was accompanied by backing vocalists Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) and Kristen Sieh (Orange Is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire). As an added bonus, select film scores by Christian played overhead to welcome guests before her performance – including snippets from Lemon, Pauline Alone and Woman in Deep. President Robert Thompson warmly welcomed Christian to the Music Sales Corp. / Schirmer Theatrical team and made note of her recent accomplishments – including that the 2017 Sundance favorite she scored, Lemon, was recently picked up by Magnolia Pictures. The event was hosted by President Robert Thompson and Creative Projects Coordinator Alyssa Foster, with special thanks to the Music Sales Corp. team. (Photos by Dominick Mastrangelo)

4/20/2017
St. Vincent, John Legend and Zach Galifianakis Cover Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You” In Comedic Short

An incredibly diverse and notable lineup of artists have come together to show their support during this tumultuous political climate the best way they know how – releasing a charity album to protect reproductive healthcare. Titled Seven Inches for Planned Parenthood, the box set release of 7” singles will include mostly unreleased music from an array of artists including Björk, the Foo Fighters, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Sharon Van Etten. The collective effort will also feature comedians, writers, activists and visual artists – most notably Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Margaret Atwood and Shepard Fairey. In light of the forthcoming album, the initiative just released the first of many videos – a comedic short in which Annie Clark (St. Vincent), John Legend and Zach Galifianakis “attempt” to rehearse Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You.” To stay up-to-date on Seven Inches, visit their Facebook page. Pre-sale information coming soon.

4/13/2017
Tom Adams Previews Upcoming Album With "Come On, Dreamer"

Known for his ambient works and his fluttering falsetto, the acclaimed songwriter-composer Tom Adams is about to debut his first full-length album Silence on May 5th via Kowloon Records. The eight-track record is said to be full of minimal arrangements, stunning piano works and was recorded entirely live in a single afternoon. NPR’s All Songs Considered announced the exciting news in February by sharing one featured track titled “Sparks,” which they reviewed as a hypnotic piece of perfection. Since then, the Berlin-based composer has premiered the Leo Plunkett-directed music video for “Come On, Dreamer.” The intimate, uplifting song brings forth messages of self-acceptance and embracing vulnerability in its rawest form. Watch the video below for a preview of what is to come from Silence. Pre-order the album here.

4/12/2017
Hauschka’s 'What If' Impresses Critics and Listeners Alike

Hauschka is having quite the year. Not only was his collaborative score with Dustin O'Halloran (Lion) nominated for both the Academy and Golden Globe Awards, but additionally the German composer released his eighth studio album What If this March 31st, which explores themes of a dystopian world conceptualized through prepared piano and electronics. By fusing old and new technologies, Hauschka was able to achieve a deeper experimental sound and provide an engaging, rhythmic soundscape for listeners. NPR credits both his 1970s Roland Jupiter 4 analog synthesizer and a Disklavier (Yamaha's electronic mechanical piano) in creating his "most claustrophobic album and his most far-reaching." With song titles including "I Can't Find Water" and "Familiar Things Disappear," Hauschka further encourages listeners to ponder the future of our existence and to provide a sense of urgency. Bertelmann further explained to Noisey (VICE): "I just wanted to throw out these questions that are appearing naturally when you think about how the world and humans are developing. There are problems with ecology and the climate, but nobody feels like they're urgent." Since its release, What If has scored an Album of the Day spot on Bandcamp, among other excellent reviews. Listen to the album here and watch the music video for "Constant Growth Fails" below.

4/4/2017
Rolling Stone Reviews Jóhann Jóhannsson As Massive Highlight at Big Ears Festival

“A listening experience unlike any other in America,” is how Rolling Stone describes the contemporary classical Big Ears Festival. Based in Knoxville, Big Ears is known for its slower pace in between sets, having no headliners and featuring eclectic acts from Wilco to Sarah Kirkland Snider – all so one can curate their own festival experience. Although the vibe is certainly more casual than other music festivals, ears are definitely perked. According to Since I Left You, Rachel Grimes states Big Ears “is an ideal place to share a new project because there is such an adventurous quality to the programming, and audiences are excited and open to anything.” The acts were indeed receptive to the exploratory nature set forth by both the festival and audience members. Although most of the performers could be placed in the classical genre, there were radical interjections from both the music and the performance choices that would feel more in-place at a rock concert. Rolling Stone mentions this and also cites Jóhann Jóhannsson as the forefront of this phenomenon with his Drone Mass performance. Rolling Stone elaborates: “Played to a standing crowd in rock club Mill & Mine, the piece (Drone Mass) made it difficult not to adhere to the unwritten, long-held orchestra rule of not applauding until the end. But after a movement where a vocal drone met a cello slide – the satisfying sound of a properly tuned guitar, an effect like a film coming into focus – the boundary was breached and torrents of applause followed.” Since I Left You also reviews Jóhannsson’s performance: “The stopping and starting of the voices and strings–the interplay between the two–was astounding, both lush and loud.” Missed Big Ears Festival? You can catch Jóhannsson at any of his upcoming US tour dates this spring, including LA Phil’s Reykjavik Festival April 17th! (Photo: Big Ears Festival)

3/16/2017
The Gold Setting Releases "Video Star"

In anticipation of their debut EP on April 7th, The Gold Setting have shared their second 60s’ influenced pop track fromVolume and Tone. Titled “Video Star,” the groovy anthem is driven by lots of hand claps, sunny guitar riffs and an overall retro-soul dominance, with Colby’s warm vocals carrying the momentum. “Let it roll, I want to know, that you can see me. Let me be your video star,” Colby sings with a smoothness that could easily persuade. Colby and her powerhouse team (Godfrey at Large, Todd Simon, Adam Berg and Richard Rudolph) continue to prove they can be retro and forward-thinking at the same time. Read their recent Okayplayer feature here and follow The Gold Setting on Facebook for up-to-date news.(Photo by Laurent Chevalier of The Chevalier Creative)

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