We are really excited to share live-news from the 7th Krakow Film Music Festival with you guys – the organizers really don’t exaggerate when they call it “one of the most important festivals in the world of film music”. From September 25th – 28th we will do our very best to keep you updated about anything that happens. Not only will there be live film music concerts (“Best of James Bond”, “Gladiator”, “Kon-Tiki”) but we will also attend the “International Film Music Gala celebrating the 100th birthday of ASCAP”. Special guests include brilliant composers such as Dario Marianelli, Elliot Goldenthal, Patrick Doyle and Hans Zimmer who will be part of the “FMF Master Classes: Composer Super Panel” as well. We will also try to get as much info as possible about the FMF Master Classes for young composers.

This article will be constantly updated so make sure to check back every now and then! You can also follow the updates on Twitter and Facebook.

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28/09/2014 11:20 pm
Light show and performance of the orchestra at Elliot Goldenthal’s Grand Gothic Suite inspired by his Batman scores was stunning. Standing ovations in the entire hall even before Goldenthal came on stage. Inception suite was great as well with seeing Hans Zimmer playing the piano. We’re pretty sad everthing’s over now. Extensive 2 articles about the Q&As as well as concerts will follow next week. Have a good start in the week!

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28/09/2014 8:00 pm Indeed some of the best scores in Film Music history. Looking forward to the more modern second half featuring movies like Thor or Inception.

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28/09/2014 6:00 pm Ready for the “International Gala of Film Music: Krakow Film Music Festival Celebrates ASCAP’s 100th Anniversay”!

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28/09/2014 16:00 pm While one of us was at the Q&A with Dario Marianelli where many of his scores were discussed to the picture, two of us got to meet Marcin Przybylowicz, composer of the Witcher 3 score at CD Project Red.

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28/09/2014 12:50 pm At the same time one of us enjoyed the “FMF 4 Kids: Young Way into the Classics” played by the FMF Youth Orchestra. The week long rehearsals were really worth it and enabled many kids to find their first steps into film music.

FMF 4 Kids: Young way into the Classics #fmf2014

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28/09/2014 12:45 pm At the Composer Super Panel with Patrick Doyle, Garry Schyman, Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal and Dario Marianelli. Hosted by Daniel Carlin, Professor of Practice at University of Southern California – Thorton School of Music. Again really insightful for fans as well as young composers as specific scenes of the movies they scored are being discussed with a lot of background information about the productions and the time back then. Would be great material for any dvd release of the discussed movies. Again it’s partly about how hard work leads to be lucky sometimes to get new jobs as a composer. Furthermore Dario Marianelli just mentioned how important it is to be able to solve problems spontaneously. More info to come.

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27/09/2014 8:30 pm Enjoying Gladiator live in concert. Co-Composer and singer Lisa Gerrard unfortunately is not on stage because of “medical reasons”. Replacement Kaitlyn Lusk, American mezzo-soprano singer who already performed at Lord of the Rings Live, does a fantastic job so far.

Hans Zimmer on stage before the screening of Gladiator with Live Orchestra in Krakow Arena. #fmf2014

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Let's get entertained! #Gladiator #live #concert #orchestra #RidleyScott #HansZimmer #fmf2014

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27/09/2014 4:15 pm We really didn’t expect that composer Hans Zimmer, responsible for almost every score you know, answered questions for 2 hours. Host Simeon Greenaway, consultant for ASAP and Executive Board Member of the World Soundtrack Awards, who knows Zimmer for several years made the conversation really lively. Hans Zimmer told many stories about his work on Inception, Lion King, Rain Man, Thin Red Line and many more. More info again to come.

2 hours of Q&A with composer Hans Zimmer this noon talking Inception, Rainman, Lion King,… #fmf2014

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27/09/2014 1:15 pm Press conference with the composers Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal and Dario Marianelli as well as Shawn LeMone, Vice President and General Manager of the Film & Television / Visual Media Department in ASCAP’s Membership Group. The 45 minutes felt like 5 minutes which was actually true for Elliot Goldenthal who had to leave early after making everyone laugh a couple of times. Also more info about this conference will come later on as we’re eager to catch up with all the events taking place one after another. Next: Q&A with composer Hans Zimmer.

Press conference at the Krakow Film Music Festival #HansZimmer #DarioMarianelli #ElliotGoldenthal

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Press conference at the Kraków Film Music Festival #fmf2014 #HansZimmer #ElliotGoldenthal #DarioMarianelli

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27/09/2014 11:00 am Open discussion panel about how young composers can get make a living from what they love was really insightful. You’ll be able to read everything soon.

The participants and host included Robert Townson (Music Producer, Varese Sarabande Records), Nancy Knutsen (ASCAP’s Special Consultant for Film and Television Music), Rebecca Morellato (Senior Vice President of Film Music Production for 20th Century Fox), Maggie Rodford (Managing Director of the Air-Edel Group), Matthijs Kieboom (composer), Bartosz Chajdecki (composer), Andy Hill (music supervisor, record producer, and music educator)

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27/09/2014 1:00 am Some quick impressions from the “Best of James Bond” concert before we go to bed now to be ready for the Q&A with Hans Zimmer tomorrow!

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#fmf2014 #amazing #music #concert

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Best of James Bond at Krakow Film Music Festival tonight #fmf2014 #DarioMarianelli #live #concert

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Best of James Bond at Krakow Film Music Festival tonight #fmf2014 #DarioMarianelli #live #concert

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26/09/2014 4 pm Coming back from the public Q&A with composer Johan Söderqvist, we would first like to share our thoughts about the Kon-Tiki screening yesterday where his score was played live by a live orchestra. Lee will speak for all of us (you find a picture below and more are to come including videos):

Kon-Tiki in one word will have to be “charming”. Johan Söderqvist’s tragically romantic tone in his music for Let the Right One In is completely gone and a soft, warm tone sails Kon-Tiki. If you would have told me I was going to be experiencing it in an industrial works, I wouldn’t have imagined what I saw.

The film and the venue (Tinning Plant of ArcelorMittal) don’t match at all, which is what was so fascinating about it. The juxtaposition of hard metal and hanging chains with a story about crossing an Ocean is wonderful, and the large open, seemingly endless cold space inside the venue was actually a fitting representation of a vast ocean. The Orchestra’s sweeping sounds filled the cavernous space easily and from the biggest heroic musical moments of full Orchestra, to the smallest solo harp or solo piano, you still felt every Note. And to complete the night, Johan took to the stage at the end to acknowledge the flawless performance of the players, and was clearly happy about the deserving standing ovation.

#fmf2014 #live #concert #kontiki #johansoderqvist

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26/09/2014 1:00 pm Before heading to an official Q&A with Johan Söderqvist, composer of the festival opener Kon-Tiki, here are some impressions from the press conference yesterday:

– The festival is growing year after year: This time the audience has tripled compared to the last year. Next year it will probably even bigger (new concert spots and even more Academy Award winners e.g.)
– For “Gladiator live in concert” tomorrow night, special narration for the blind. This is one example of how the festival tries to be socially responsible and tries to include as many film music fans as possible.
Diego Navarro said that “the last year was crazy but wonderful”. About the “Best of James Bond” concert tonight he said that he grew up with the movies and that therefore a dream will come true conducting it. “To work with Polish singers is a privilege and to showcase them is great”, he added. Over 3000 people voted for their favorite James Bond tracks.
Daniel Carlin, Professor of Practice at University of Southern California – Thorton School of Music, told that he is “delighted to be invited this year”.

Press conference #fmf2014 #johansöderqvist #kontiki #DarioMarianelli

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26/09/2014 11:30 am Unfortunately we couldn’t report anything yesterday because our laptop got stolen. Anyway we’re back in the game now and will keep you updated about everything for sure. The Krakow Festival Office staff is really great and the festival itself is pretty amazing as you will read and see within the next hours and days yourself!

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25/09/2014 10:30 am Getting the team together to be ready for the upcoming press conference with Izabela Helbin, Director of the Krakow Festival Office; Paweł Pawlik, program director at RMF Classic; Robert Piaskowski, Deputy Director for Programme Planning at the Krakow Festival Office; Daniel Carlin, Professor of Practice at University of Southern California – Thorton School of Music; Silje Ingleiv Engeness, Director at Kosmorama Festival Filmfest Trondheim; Johan Söderqvist, film composer (Kon-Tiki score); Diego Navarro, film composer; Aage Aaberge, producer of “Kon-Tiki“.

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24/09/2014 5 pm Successfully arrived in Krakow

Cześć! #Krakow #fmf2014 #HansZimmer #PatrickDoyle #ElliotGoldenthal #DarioMarianelli #GarryShyman

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Based in Berlin, Germany. Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief. Music Producer at Eon Sounds Productions. Founder of Composers for Relief. Keeps Moving.

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