Happy New year 2011
2010 is over and what a year it has been. It was the year of my first big feature film score for “The Legend of Silk Boy” starring Jackie Chan.
The score was recorded with the wonderful Evergreen Orchestra in Taipei and I was lucky enough to get it released on the Movie Score Media (MSM) label.
I have never written about how the CD got released. It was Mikael of MSM who got in touch with me before a single note of that score was written. He listened to the music I had written on my site and heard I was about to score Silk Boy and was interested. So was I, of course.
Once the score was done I sent parts of it over to him via email and it was a done deal.
The film itself has been released in China for a limited run but has not yet found a distributor, so the CD is the only thing representing my music at this point, and I am so thankful to Mikael for that.
Because of this CD I received some fantastic reviews and, perhaps the biggest honour of all, I was included on Jim Lochner’s top 10 scores of 2010!
One of the joys of reviewing new releases are discovering new composers. And few scores this year have brought me such unbridled joy as SILKBOY. Alain Mayrand composed a rousing, old-fashioned superhero theme, some equally charming secondary themes and one exciting action cue after another. Energetic and buoyant, Mayrand’s score is a delight from start to finish.
On the list I am right between Alan Menken and Howard Shore.Not bad company.
(If you don’t know Jim Lochner, he is editor at Film Score Monthly, arguably the greatest film music magazine.)
Film Music Magazine included me on their list of “composers to watch’ for 2011. And the reviews of the “Silk Boy” score have all been overwhelmingly positive.
This year I also got to work on a few commercials, including an Australian one, I got a commission from the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra which was premiered in September, and then started work on the feature film “Comforting Skin”.
“Comforting Skin” is a dark psychological thriller. The approach is completely different to “Silk Boy” and will certainly be a great asset in showing the range I am capable of. No pigeonhole for me!
I will be recording it with a live group in February, a small chamber group of 8 to 0 players, enhanced with a limited use of electronics. Just highlights really, it will be 99% live.
I pushed for a live group because the only pigeonhole I want to be in is that of quality work, and to me, that includes live players.
Coming up are two commissions, one for concert band and the other again for the VMO. I also got news that a commercial is coming my way this month, so I have tons to do.
And there you have it, that was my short look at a great 2010 and I look forward to a 2011 filled with great scores.
Comments are closed