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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)

3/9/2017
Sharon Van Etten Covers "The End of the World"

Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and Sam Cohen have taken the Amazon series Man in the High Castle to the next level with their anticipated concept album, Resistance Radio. The 18-track compilation features artists from today, providing their own innovative takes on early 1960s hits. The eclectic mix includes Sharon Van Etten, Beck, Norah Jones and Karen O among others. As the first release, the Skeeter Davis classic “The End of the World" is covered beautifully by Sharon Van Etten. A true indicator of what is to come from the project, the track tends to steer in a darker direction and naturally matches the alt-history themes within the series. “When I heard that vocal of hers on that track is when I knew the potential of this,” Burton reflected to NPR. “She could have been a big vocalist in the '60s easily. If this is the style of music she wants to sing, she can do it." Listen to “The End of the World” and look out for April 7th release of Resistance Radio via 30th Century Records.

2/28/2017
Harts: A Viceland Interview on Prince's Prodigy

The Feed (SBS Viceland) recently interviewed the Melbourne emerging rocker Harts, as part of their video series highlighting Prince’s musical prodigies. The late Prince was not only a musical genius, but had the ability to spot unbelievable talent when he saw it. He supported and mentored many extraordinary, up-and-coming artists within his career - including Harts, whom Prince discovered from YouTube not too long before he passed. Harts fills The Feed in on that life-changing phone call from Prince, jamming at Paisley Park and the late musician’s advice that continues to inspire him today.

2/17/2017
MSC Sponsors Guild of Music Supervisors Awards

"MSC are proud sponsors of the GMS Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees and to the Guild of Music Supervisors for hosting an amazing event." - From Bob, Oscar, Kimberly and JoeThe 7th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards took place this Thursday February 16th at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The red carpet event honored the year's most recognized music supervisors within the realms of television, film, trailers, games and multimedia. View the full list of winners here.

2/14/2017
Grammy Awards 2017: John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles"

The LA Opera recording of John Corigliano's opera The Ghosts of Versailles won twice at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album, Classical. This world premiere audio recording is the LA Opera's acclaimed 2015 production, recorded live and conducted by James Conlon. It features soprano Patricia Racette as Marie Antoinette, baritone Christopher Maltman as Beaumarchais, baritone Lucas Meachem as Figaro, and Patti LuPone as Samira. Darko Tresnjak directed the production. Mark Donahue, Fred Vogler, and David L Williams engineered the recording. The two-CD album and digital download are on the Pentatone label's new American Operas series. The Metropolitan Opera commissioned The Ghosts of Versailles to celebrate its 100th anniversary and debuted it in 1991 to ecstatic reviews and a sold-out run. This grand opera buffa, with a libretto by William M. Hoffman, has continued to win over audiences and critics alike with many performances and new productions for a quarter-century. More: -Preview and order the recording -Browse the full score online -Buy the vocal score and libretto Photograph: BEN GIBBS / LA Opera

2/13/2017
Harts Signs to Washington Square / Razor & Tie

The rising Melbourne singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harts has signed to Washington Square Music, an imprint of Razor & Tie. Fusing pop, funk and psychedelic rock seamlessly through his eclectic musicianship and production work, Harts has mesmerized fans, critics and even the late Prince who proclaimed, “he reminds me of myself at that age.” Harts has charmed audiences from Pinkpop Festival to SXSW 2016 with his Hendrix-influenced guitar style, dance-oriented tracks and impressive showmanship. His most recent accomplishments include being GQ Australia’s Artist of the Year (2016), as well as having several songs featured on Triple J’s desired ‘Hit List.’ Both Harts and Washington Square / Razor & Tie Co-Owner Cliff Chenfeld reflect on the announcement: “It's no secret the US birthed and nurtured a lot of the music and artists that influenced me to become what I am today,” said Harts. “I've had my heart set on establishing myself, and a fan base for myself here for many years. I'm thrilled to now be working with the team at Washington Square to make that happen. I'm excited for the journey ahead and I'm looking forward to spending time, finding success in the US.” “Harts is a sensation,” says Washington Square/Razor & Tie Co-Owner Cliff Chenfeld. “It is rare to see a new artist who both can write amazing, undeniable songs and play every instrument on his album. Harts is the real deal and we are very excited to be his partner.” Look out for the U.S. debut of Smoke Fire Hope Desire this summer and watch HARTs’ first video release “Power” here. For more information, visit Washington Square Music.

1/27/2017
Max Richter Releases "Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works"

Max Richter’s Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works has just been released today via Deutsche Grammophon, a concept album inspired by and in tribute to, the acclaimed English author Virginia Woolf. The anticipated record reflects Richter’s recent score for the award-winning Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych Woolf Works. Pairing with the performance, the album is also divided into three separate sections, each representing a different novel from Woolf (Mrs Dalloway, Orlando & The Waves). The textured work covers an array of musical styles, ranging from orchestral to electronic and additionally features interludes from Woolf herself, which are the only recordings of her voice known to survive. After receiving rave reviews from its original premiere in 2015, Woolf Works (featuring The Royal Ballet) is currently having its revival this January 21 – February 14th 2017, with a worldwide broadcast set for February 8th. Watch the video for Richter’s first Woolf Works single, “In The Garden” below.

1/27/2017
The Gold Setting Announce Debut EP

The powerhouse voice of The Gold Setting is LIZA COLBY. Channeling sensual 1960's soul, 1990s R&B, and the swagger of Tina Turner, The Gold Setting boasts a fluid cast of all-stars including multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger Todd Simon, Grammy-nominated producer Adam Berg, and songwriter/producer/musician Richard Rudolph. Today, The Gold Setting announce their debut Volume and Tone EP set for release on April 7th and reveal the infectious first single "Being Without You" via Galore. Text Credit: broadwayworld.com

1/25/2017
Oscars 2017 - Hauschka and Dustin O’Halloran Nominated for Best Original Score (Lion)

The 2017 Oscar nominations are in! Hauschka and Dustin O’Halloran are among those nominated for Best Original Score, for their collaborative work within the film Lion. According to Forbes, there are five first-time nominees within the category, a rare event for the Academy – which includes both Lion composers. O’Halloran and Hauschka expressed gratitude for the nomination in a shared statement. "We feel extremely honored to receive this Academy Awards nomination and to be acknowledged by The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences. We celebrate this nomination with our friend and colleague director Garth Davis, and the whole creative team and talented cast of Lion. We are grateful that our music supports this magnificent true story of love, determination and family. Saroo’s journey enriched our lives and we hope it will touch audiences watching this beautiful movie around the world, bringing us all closer together." The Academy Awards will air live Sunday, February 26th and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

1/13/2017
Hauschka Announces Eighth Studio Album "What If"

Fresh from his Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for scoring Lion with Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka has just announced his forthcoming eighth studio album What If. The nine-track record will be released March 31st via City Slang and Temporary Residence Ltd. Hauschka expresses on Facebook, “I’ve dived further into noise and experimentation with electronics on this record, I feel it may be my most radical to date.” The experimental instrumentation unquestionably seems comparable with the album’s previewed subject matter. The What If track list below suggests themes of environmental destruction and thoughts of a post-apocalyptic world, where all basic fundamentals humanity once knew disappears. 01. I Can’t Find Water02. Constant Growth Fails03. My Kids Live On Mars04. I Need Exile05. I Can’t Express My Deep Love06. Nature Fights Back07. Familiar Things Disappear08. Trees Only Exist in Books09. We Live a Thousand YearsWhat If will be available for purchase as a CD, download and vinyl. Pre-order here. As a precursor to the release, Hauschka’s music video “Familiar Things Disappear” recently premiered on Tiny Mix Tapes.

1/11/2017
2017 BAFTA Nominees - Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka and Jóhann Jóhannsson

The 2017 BAFTA Award nominations have just been announced! Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka (Lion) and Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival) have all been nominated within the category of Best Original Music. This will be Jóhannsson’s third consecutive year he is nominated for BAFTA’s Best Original Music – preceded by Sicario (2016) and The Theory of Everything (2015). Hauschka and Dustin O’Halloran are both first-time nominees for their score collaboration on the Garth Davis drama film. The 70th annual awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 12th at Royal Albert Hall and will be broadcasted on BBC One. View the full list of nominees here.

1/9/2017
The New York Times Interviews Ludovico Einaudi

Between playing an “Elegy for the Arctic” with Greenpeace and being the world’s most streamed classical artist, Ludovico Einaudi is changing the commercial field for contemporary classical artists. His latest release Elements became the first classical album in over two decades to break the Top 15 on the UK charts. When touring internationally this 2016, youthful crowds filled sold out venues and the live instrumentation ranged from steel drums to a water phone. In his recent interview with The New York Times, Einaudi reflects on the viral video that left viewers lost for words, his creative process for composing and his eclectic musical influence that covers everything from African to rock. Elements (Deluxe) Elements (Deluxe), an album by Ludovico Einaudi on Spotify

1/5/2017
Adam Berg Produces Emma Sameth’s “2am”

Adam Berg draws 2016 to a close with the stand-out track “2am,” produced with DNTST. The ambient single created for LA-based artist Emma Sameth has generated major buzz over the last two weeks – including an exclusive premiere from EARMILK, reaching #1 on Hype Machine and nailing a spot on Spotify’s Weekly Buzz playlist. Pairing snappy percussion with alternative R&B-inspired vocals, the slow jam still manages to possess an ethereal quality - visualized by the bitbird-released music video below.

12/20/2016
Alberto Iglesias Nominated to the Goya Awards for the Soundtrack of 'Julieta'

Film composer Alberto Iglesias has been nominated to the Goya Awards for the original score of the film Julieta. The motion picture directed by Pedro Almodóvar goes as favorite of the present award edition with nominations in seven categories. Throughout his career, Iglesias has been awarded with ten Goya Awards for films like The Skin I Live In (2011), Volver (2006) or All About My Mother (1999). Julieta has been shortlisted by the Spanish Academy of Cinema to represent Spain in the Academy Awards. The five CD box-set Archipiélago: A Film Music Retrospective is now available. This retrospective includes 100 of the best tracks included in the best soundtracks by Alberto Iglesias composed during the last twenty years. Listen to the soundtrack here.

12/15/2016
Greenberg Artists and Schirmer Theatrical Announce New Co-Production Agreement

Schirmer Theatrical, LLC (part of the Music Sales Group) and Greenberg Artists are pleased to announce a co-production agreement with Grammy Award-winning arranger/conductor Jeff Tyzik to create and produce high-end symphonic pops concerts. Women Rock, a celebration of the great female songwriters from the 1970s and 1980s, signifies the partnership’s first collaboration. The concert will premiere June 2, 2017 with the Rochester Philharmonic at Eastman Theatre’s Kodak Hall. "I’m excited to be collaborating with Schirmer Theatrical and Greenberg Artists to produce the highest quality symphonic pops programs for orchestras," said Tyzik. "It has been my goal over the past thirty-five years of conducting and arranging music for orchestras to elevate the pops concert format. This new partnership will provide innumerable resources for creating wonderful programs in the years to come." "Greenberg Artists is thrilled to partner with Schirmer Theatrical and Grammy Award-winner Jeff Tyzik to create exciting new pops programs for 21st-century audiences and orchestras," said Jami Greenberg, President of Greenberg Artists. "We look forward to creating programs with the very highest level of musical integrity, as well as bringing incredible entertainment and production value to symphony orchestras around the world." "We’re honored to work with Jeff Tyzik, one of America’s top orchestral pops conductor/arrangers and Greenberg Artists, a premiere agency for orchestral pops shows and conductors, in creating high quality orchestral programming," said Robert Thompson, President of Schirmer Theatrical. Jeff Tyzik is truly in high demand across North America as a pops conductor. He is the creative force behind the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RPO) Pops, where he has led the orchestra for twenty-three years. Tyzik also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Detroit Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra. He additionally holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As a composer and arranger, Tyzik’s compositions have been recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, and Doc Severinsen with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also produced and composed theme music for major television networks including ABC, NBC, HBO, and Cinemax. Greenberg Artists is an artist management agency that strives to bring the absolute highest level of talent and musical integrity to audiences across the country. Its group of highly esteemed, seasoned, and respected musicians have a proven track record of bringing cutting-edge and innovative programming to orchestras throughout the US and abroad. Schirmer Theatrical is a creative producing company that specializes in the development of theatre, film with live orchestra and symphonic pops concerts. Schirmer Theatrical recently produced the world premiere of the Oscar-winning film The Red Violin, screened with live orchestra, at the Festival de Lanaudière in Montreal. Women Rock is anticipated to be the first of many concerts in the company’s collaborative symphonic pops series.

12/14/2016
O'Halloran, Hauschka and Jóhannsson Nominated For Golden Globe Awards

A huge congratulations to our composers Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka and Jóhann Jóhannsson on their Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Original Score – Motion Picture. O’Halloran and Hauschka are noted for their collaborative work on the drama film Lion, while Jóhannsson crafted an ambient score for the sci-fi thriller Arrival. The 74th Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday January 8th, 2017 on NBC. View the full list of Golden Globe nominees here. Lion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Lion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), an album by Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka on Spotify

12/8/2016
J. Cole Samples Minnie Riperton’s “Inside My Love”

Rapper and producer J. Cole surprised fans by releasing two new music videos “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies,” as a precursor to his anticipated album 4 Your Eyez Only dropping this Friday. The latter song samples the lustful Minnie Riperton hit “Inside My Love” (1975) in a slightly higher key. Co-written by Riperton herself, Richard Rudolph and Leon Ware, the acclaimed single continues to hold great importance since originally appearing on Adventures in Paradise (1975). Numerous covers have carried the classic throughout the last two decades and most notably has been sampled by Timbaland for Aaliyah’s “Heartbroken” (1996) and A Tribe Called Quest’s “Lyrics to Go” (1993). You can hear J. Cole’s sample at the 3:07 mark here. Watch J. Cole’s two new music videos and his Tidal documentary, recently featured in Billboard.

12/7/2016
Composer Joby Talbot Scores "Sing" Animated Film

Composer Joby Talbot has scored the upcoming animated film Sing, which is predicted to be a massive Blockbuster hit this holiday season. Director Garth Jennings and Talbot have worked together in the past, most notably on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and the comedy Son of Rambow (2007). Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Minions and The Secret Life of Pets) and Universal Pictures invite viewers to an all-animal world, to follow the individual journeys of several characters – complete with strikingly different, fun personas, as they all strive to win a singing competition. The star-studded cast includes Jennifer Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane. Talbot had quite the ambitious task of not only creating the score itself, but constructing his work around 85 popular songs featured in the film. Known for his diverse sound within concertos, ballet and opera, Talbot showcases various instrumentation throughout the film, including in one scene a 90-piece orchestra and choir. Sing will be released in theatres Friday, December 21st. For a more in-depth view at Talbot’s score, read his recent interview with WhereToWatch. (Photo: Talbot at the Los Angeles premiere. AFP / Valerie Macon)

12/2/2016
Jacob Groth Scores 4 Of The 5 DR TV Series Highlighted In International EMMY Directorate Award

The International Emmy Awards Gala took place on Monday, November 21st at The Hilton in New York. Among the 2016 Special Awards recipients were The Danish Radio (Denmarks national TV and radio broadcaster). The award given to DR was The International Emmy Directorate Award, which was received on stage by Maria Rørbye Rønn CEO and Director General of DR. The award was given based on the impressive five Emmy Award winning TV-series from DR, and the broadcaster in general setting new standards for TV drama. Four of the five Emmy Award winning tv-shows from DR had music composed by Music Sales composer Jacob Groth: International Drama winners ‘Livvagterne’ (The Protectors) (2009), ‘Ørnen’ (The Eagle) (2005), ‘Rejseholdet’ (Unit One) (2002) and in International Miniseries ‘Unge Andersen’ (Young Andersen) (2005). Jacob Groth adds his trademark of high quality, imaginative music with a Nordic tone to every project he works with and, as these Emmys show, he has contributed with these talents for many years. Jacob Groth, who works live with orchestras who are interested in programming his evocative music, was signed to Edition Wilhelm Hansen/ Music Sales in 2016 and the EWH office in Copenhagen proudly represents his contemporary works. You can enjoy some of the Emmy Award winning TV series from DR, including Jacob Groth’s music, this coming weekend on the TV channel DR K.

11/30/2016
Dion Signs Exclusive Publishing Deal With Music Sales Corp.

Music Sales Corporation is thrilled to announce the signing of an exclusive publishing agreement with legendary singer-songwriter Dion DiMucci, the former leader of Dion and the Belmonts and 1989 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. The agreement covers all of Dion’s past, present and future compositions, including his hits “Runaround Sue” and “Donna The Prima Donna," as well as his most recent release, New York Is My Home (featuring Paul Simon on the title track). “Dion has had a legendary career and it’s an honor for the Music Sales Group to be representing and promoting his complete catalog,” said John Castaldo, Music Sales Group's Executive Vice President. Defined by his bold, extroverted vocals and signature “Bronx Soul” swagger, Dion is largely recognized for being a key figure in doo-wop’s transition to rock & roll. The singer-songwriter’s relevance and creativity continue to extend throughout his career, resulting in a 2002 Grammy Hall of Fame induction and over a dozen Top 40 hits. These include the 1961 #1 hit, “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer” (1961) and “Abraham, Martin And John” (1968).

11/29/2016
Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie Scores "Salero" Film

Known for his ambient works in both A Winged Victory For The Sullen (with Dustin O’Halloran) and the Stars of the Lid, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie has now provided the evocative soundtrack to the upcoming Salero. Featuring vast scenes from the film, the music video below “A Few Of Us Left” is a prime example of how Wiltzie’s soundtrack manages speaks volumes, without lending words. The feature-length documentary film, set to premiere December 1st, captures Bolivia’s immaculate Salar de Uyuni (the largest salt flat in the world) and the gatherers or ‘saleros’ who harvest it. Pre-order Wiltzie’s score through Erased Tapes here.

11/28/2016
Film Composer Brian Byrne Signs Exclusive Publishing Agreement With Music Sales Corp.

Music Sales Corporation (part of the Music Sales Group which includes G. Schirmer/AMP, Inc.) is pleased to announce the signing of Golden Globe nominated film composer and songwriter Brian Byrne to an exclusive publishing agreement. The agreement includes Byrne’s pieces from his film scores and concert works, including Tales from the Walled City (recorded with the RTE Concert Orchestra for Decca), film score selections including Albert Nobbs (2011) Queen of Carthage (2014), as well as the songs ‘Lay Your Head Down,’ co-written with Glenn Close for Sinead O'Connor and "The Cry Inside" written for Kelly Clarkson. The LA-based Irish composer has certainly made his presence known within the worlds of film scoring, songwriting and arranging. In addition to scoring Boychoir (Dustin Hoffman, François Girard), Byrne has co-written songs for artists including Josh Groban, Sinead O’Connor, Barbra Streisand and has arranged strings for Katy Perry, Pink and Bono. This year, Byrne arranged and recorded strings for the upcoming album of Grammy and JUNO award-winning artist Sarah McLachlan. Most recently, Byrne collaborated with six-time Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan in composing the original score for The Secret Scripture. His film score includes the end title song, “The Cry Inside,” written for and sung by Kelly Clarkson.Byrne’s music has been widely acclaimed by the film and television community. He won his first Irish Film and Television Award for scoring the sci-fi comedy Zonad. Byrne additionally was presented a Satellite Award for his work on the Oscar-nominated 2012 film Albert Nobbs. Most recently, he has been the recipient of two World Soundtrack Awards and was nominated this year for the independent film Jenny’s Wedding (2016). Byrne also composed the music for Riverdance's recent new show, "Heartbeat of Home.” An accomplished pianist and conductor, Byrne has performed and conducted extensively."We're honored to have Brian join our roster," said Robert Thompson, President of Schirmer/Music Sales. "Brian is not only a gifted composer and songwriter who has written songs for an A-list of artists, but an extraordinary artist who’s adept across genres, not to mention being an extraordinarily gifted pianist and conductor.""I am incredibly excited to sign with one of the most prestigious publishers in the world," Byrne expressed. "I knew immediately upon meeting the Music Sales team that I wanted Music Sales/G. Schirmer to be my musical home. The possibilities are endless and exciting. I know I am in great hands. It is a composer’s dream to be associated with such a distinguished and highly regarded music publisher."Currently on Billboard, the No. 1 World Music album Nollaig by Keith Harkin, was produced and arranged by Byrne. See more information and listen here.

11/16/2016
Billboard Premieres Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Heptapod B"

Billboard has exclusively premiered Jóhann Jóhannsson's “Heptapod B,” as a prelude to the brand new film Arrival and its experimental score. It was one of the composer’s first written pieces for the sci-fi thriller, which has been gaining some serious Oscar buzz since its film festival run. Jóhannsson explains to Billboard, “'Heptapod B' is featured in a montage sequence which demonstrates the various methods that Louise [Amy Adams] and Ian [Jeremy Renner] use to decipher the aliens’ language.” The track sonically illustrates the scene well - ensemble vocals act as instrumental components, cultivating raw ambiguity underneath a bold, progressive structure.

11/10/2016
Max Richter Scores Black Mirror 'Nosedive' Episode

Berlin-based composer Max Richter has crafted the score for 'Nosedive' - the opening episode for Black Mirror’s third series. Originally aired in Britain in 2011, the Charlie Brooker series focuses on the twisted real-life love and co-dependency of technology through episode-based scenarios. Black Mirror has recently found new hype and critical acclaim this past December as a recent Netflix addition. Richter and director Joe Wright worked closely on the ‘Nosedive’ episode together which is described as “a social satire about identity in the social media age.” This is not the first time Richter explores powerful social themes through his contemporary classical style – Waltz With Bashir, The Leftovers (HBO, third season) and the upcoming Miss Sloane all have their own underlying psychological twists illustrated by Richter’s storytelling abilities through sound. For more on creating the ‘Nosedive’ soundtrack, here is Richter’s in-depth interview with FACT. Stream Richter's 'Nosedive' soundtrack here.

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