Henry Jackman’s score for Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’ is probably his most emotional soundtrack to date. A few weeks ago, his music was performed live at the Middleberg Film Fest. You can now enjoy a video from Henry Jackman’s live performance of a suite from ‘The Birth of a Nation’:

Suite from "The Birth of a Nation" by Henry Jackman performed live at the Middleberg Film Fest

Henry Jackman was deeply impressed by the performance of the young musicians:

About Henry Jackman’s soundtrack for ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Award-winning Composer Henry Jackman delivers a score that reflects hope and struggle in the period drama “The Birth of a Nation”.  The film is co-written, co-produced, co-stars Nate Parker, who makes his directorial debut. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union, and Parker as Nat Turner, a literate slave whose ability to preach is manipulated by his financially strained owner (Hammer) to inculcate discipline to defiant slaves. Soon, the horror of slavery shifts Turner’s sermons of silence into a resounding revolt for freedom.

Henry Jackman captured the dramatic tension inherent in the dichotomy between captor and hostage for the film “Captain Phillips.” For “The Birth of a Nation,” the composer continues to encapsulate the musical essence of oppression through melodies that reflect the ubiquitous pain from the era in which the film resides. Jackman incorporated a full orchestra, choir and ethnic instruments to create a score that underlines the drama of the poignant story.

Henry Jackman and The Birth of A Nation

About composer Henry Jackman

The geo-political music Jackman created for Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” earned him a Hollywood Music in Media Award for best score as well as a BAFTA nomination.  In addition, Henry Jackman’s music for DreamWorks Animation’s “Turbo” was recognized with a 2014 Annie Award nomination in the best score category. His upcoming projects include the Tom Cruise-led action thriller film “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” as well as the untitled sequel to Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph.

Henry Jackman’s diverse educational background compliments his musical diversity that has underlined the complexity of his musical creations. Aside from the electronic music he began to produce in his early years, he assumed classical training at St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, Eton College and Oxford University. Shortly after graduating, Jackman was invited to join Hans Zimmer’s team at Remote Control Studios. Jackman won an Annie Award for “Wreck-It Ralph” and was nominated for Discovery of the Year by the World Soundtrack Awards.

Posted by Peter F. Ebbinghaus

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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