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Dustin O'Halloran Signs To Deutsche Grammophon

Dustin O’Halloran has signed with Deutsche Grammophon, the German classical music label that is part of Universal Music Group, ahead of the November 8th release of his EP Sundoor. Sundoor will feature a single 20-minute piece entitled ‘196 Hz’ which was adapted from a 2017 composition for cross-disciplinary American artist Slater Bradley’s Sundoor at World’s End -- an installation at the Church of Mary Magdalene in Venice, Italy, during the Venice Biennale. 2020 will see the release of a new studio album as part of this partnership, O’Halloran’s first since 2011’s Lumiere.

Wilson Trouvé Due To Release Two EP's

Wilson Trouvé is set to release two EPs in September. The first, Eclaircies, is due for release through Sonder House on September 13th, followed by Poem, due to be self released on September 20th to mark his birthday. Both EP's focus on peaceful melodies and a strong will of minimalism, crafted from piano, cello and violin. Trouvé said of the releases, he hoped they 'will bring pleasure and peaceful moments'.

Dylan Henner Releases Stormbird Brother In The Dusk EP

Dylan Henner returns with his second EP of 2019, the ‘Caribbean ambient’ styled Stormbird Brother in the Dusk. Aligning with the raw stylistic materials of Caribbean music, Henner set about creating a sparse, delicate, often beatless take on a music abundant with joyful sunshine and rhythm. The EP, consisting of 4 tracks, is released through Phantom Limb on September 6th. Listen here

Music Sales At The 2019 BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival line-up has been unveiled, and included in the programme this year are a number of films scored by Music Sales composers. Peter Gregson scores British director Roger Michell’s Blackbird; Volker Bertelmann has composed the score to The Perfect Candidate; The Kingmaker, Lauren Greenfield's documentary about Imelda Marcos the former first lady of the Philippines, has a score by Jocelyn Pook; Bryce Dessner has scored The Two Popes; and Jed Kurzel has composed the score to the film Seberg. In addition to these, several films included in the festival feature Music Sales tracks; Blackbird, Greed and Citizen K. Finally, Song Of Names, funded by Music Sales’ film acquisitions team headed by Tracy McKnight in LA, is also included in the line-up for the festival this year which runs from 2nd to 13th October. More info

The Beamish Brothers Sign To Music Sales

Embassy Music Publishing is excited to announce a worldwide* publishing agreement with rising Australian pop duo The Beamish Brothers, for their debut EP ‘Brutalism’. Ben and Jeremy Beamish, the multi-talented siblings who hail from Toowoomba, are handcrafting a new flavour of intelligent alt-pop music, “a signature style sitting harmoniously between the worlds of folk, soul and pop” (Vicky Hebbs, Amplify). After successful tours of the US, Spain, Japan and Korea, the brothers are ready to ride the wave of success with their debut EP 'Brutalism'. The 4 track EP features the latest single ‘Crying No Tears’, a ballad of beautifully laid harmonies and emotion that encapsulates the feeling of seeing someone you love hit rock bottom while still putting on a brave face. The debut music video for their first single from the EP, ‘Kills Me Every Time’, continues to receive a tremendous amount of attention with over 80,000 streams on Spotify and over 64,000 on their music video alone. “The duo’s synergy is apparent through their attention to and delivery of flawless, celestial harmonies. The pair strike an endearing contrast, aligning elements of fragility with more raw, fiery vocals. Their smooth, minimalistic guitar sound serves as the perfect tool to illuminate their dominant construction of harmonies.” — Artist 1 on 1 Managing Director of Embassy Music Publishing (Music Sales Australia), Jane English, says of the signing, “When I first heard ‘Kills Me Every Time’ I was not surprised their EP, Brutalism, was already signed for South Korea. It’s such an airy, stripped-back acoustic, neo-soul sound, that seems to suit the South Korean market. Everyone at Embassy Music Publishing fell in love with that song. Plus, as a result of their recent tour through Japan and South Korea, The BBs are already in there collaborating with Japanese artists, such as The Syamisenist Japan and Kaiki. Asia is such a natural market for their sound and, as the guys embark on their East Coast tour of Australia to promote Brutalism, they are going to win everyone over here too.” Ben and Jeremy Beamish look forward to working with Embassy, "We're both so excited to have signed this deal with Embassy for our EP. It's one of those cool moments when the songs we write and record by ourselves in our home studio receive recognition from the industry. We didn't expect this but it's incredible to join forces with the Embassy team and we look forward to seeing where this opportunity takes us and our music." Listen to the EP here

Music Sales Composers At The Venice Film Festival

A number of films with original scores by Music Sales composers will be featured at this year's Venice Film Festival. Volker Bertelmann has scored Haifaa Al Mansour's The Perfect Candidate - the first film to be funded by the Saudi Film Council. The comedic drama tells the story of a young female physician who maneuvers through her conservative, male-dominated society to run in municipal elections. Todd Phillips' Joker will also premiere. The film has a score by Hildur Guðnadóttir and tells the lesser-known origin story of the notorious DC Universe villain. The Kingmaker, Lauren Greenfield's documentary about Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, has a score by Jocelyn Pook. The hotly anticipated film delves into the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and Imelda's attempts to aid her son's political career. Jed Kurzel has also scored Benedict Andrews' political thriller Seberg, which stars Kristen Stewart and Anthony Mackie. More info

Hildur Guðnadóttir Nominated For TV Composer Of The Year

Music Sales composer Hildur Guðnadóttir has been nominated in the Best Television Composer Of The Year category of the 2019 World Soundtrack Awards. In the last year, Guðnadóttir has composed the scores to HBO and Sky Atlantic's critically-acclaimed Chernobyl as well as the hit Iclandic TV mystery drama series Trapped. More info

New Signings To Phantom Limb

We're delighted to announce a number of new signings to our partners at Phantom Limb! Turkish violinist and composer Damla Bozkurt has joined the roster. Working under the pseudonym DMLLL, she released her debut album Short Tales Of Winter in 2018. The album cites direct inspiration from dark morality fables, from classic folk lore to the writings of Hans Christian Andersen. Taz Modi has also signed, bringing with him his latest album Reclaimed Goods. Alongside playing keys for soulful dance music heavyweights the Submotion Orchestra and jazz trumpeter Matthew Halsall's Gondwana Orchestra, Modi has been exploring his passion for contemporary composition. This album is a summation of that exploration and provides a hugely varied experience, from fragile beauty to percussive prepared piano loops. Finally, we have the string duo Fran & Flora. consisting of violinist Flora Curzon and cellist Francesca Ter-Berg, the duo's compositions and arrangements are infused with modes and forms from traditional Transylvanian, Klezmer, Romanian, Greek and Armenian music which they have studied for over a decade with teachers of such folk traditions. Earlier this year, they released their debut album Unfurl.

Ludovico Einaudi Commits Music Publishing Future To Music Sales Group

The Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has agreed a new, exclusive long-term publishing contract with Chester Music Limited, part of The Music Sales Group of Companies. Ludovico Einaudi comments: 'Music Sales is like a big beautiful family. In the last years we have done so many amazing projects together and I am very proud to continue this fantastic adventure with them.'Chris Butler, Director of Global Rights Development at Music Sales says: 'Working with Ludovico over a sustained period has been a revelation and it is a privilege to publish the music of such a creative composer, artist and performer. Each project scales new heights of innovation and there is so much more to come as we continue the partnership. Ludovico has recently been acknowledged as the most streamed classical artist of all time, quite aside from his pre-eminence as a live performer, and his enduring popularity in the synchronisation market.'

2019 TIFF Premieres Announced

The lineup of premieres for this year's Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and among the many high-profile features are a number of projects for which Music Sales composers have composed original scores. Hildur Guðnadóttir scored the new Joker film directed by Todd Phillips; Jed Kurzel wrote the music for Justin Kurzel's True History Of The Kelly Gang; Peter Gregson composed the score for British director Roger Michell's Blackbird; Bryce Dessner's original music is featured in The Two Popes; and Rupert Goold's Judy Garland biopic Judy has music by Gabriel Yared. More info

Tandis Jenhudson Scores Cajun Navy Doc

Tandis Jenhudson has written an original score for BAFTA- and Grierson Trust award-winning filmmaker James Newton’s feature-length documentary Cajun Navy. The film aired on Discovery Channel in the US on July 23rd and will air on July 28th in the UK. Cajun Navy provides intimate access to the lives of heroic men and women operating under the Cajun Navy banner, which formed as a grass-roots rescue effort in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, on the frontlines during Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael. More info

Free Solo and Hildur Guðnadóttir Nominated For An Emmy

Marco Beltrami's extraordinary score for the Academy Award-winning documentary Free Solo has been nominated in the 2019 Emmys for Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramaitc Score). The film documented climber Alex Honnold's death-defying unprotected ascent of Yosemite National Park's notorious El Capitan. Listen here In addition to this, Hildur Guðnadóttir's stunning score for Chernobyl has also been nominated in the Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score).

Jocelyn Pook Wins Music+Sound Award

Congratulations to Jocelyn Pook whose original score for The Wife has won Best Original Composition in a Feature Film Score in the 2019 Music+Sound Awards! Listen here

James Jones Scores BBC Panorama Brexit Special

Music Sales composer James Jones has composed the music for BBC One's flagship show Panorama's Brexit Special, airing at 9pm on July 18th. The documentary interviews negotiators from both sides of table on the events that led to Prime Minister Theresa May's requesting a delay to Brexit and subsequent resignation from office. More info

Neil Cowley Returns With Beat Infinitum EP

Following on from his collaborative EP with Ben Lukas Boysen, Neil Cowley has returned with his new solo EP, Beat Infinitum. The release explores what happens when you look for heart and himanity from within the clutches of technology. Listen here

Three Music Sales Composers Become Members Of The Academy

Earlier this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the invitation of over 900 new members and among them were three Music Sales composers. Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jed Kurzel and Anne Nikitin have all become members of the prestegious organisation behind the Oscars. Congratulations to all three! More info

Music Sales Projects Nominated In 2019 Music & Sound Awards

We are delighted to say that several Music Sales projects have been nominated in the 2019 Music & Sound Awards: Best Original Composition In A Feature Film: The Wife - Jocelyn Pook Best Re-Record Or Adaptation In Online, Viral & Ambient Marketing: 'Walking In The Air' for Barbour Maybe Just Maybe campaign Best Sync In Gaming Traliers/Promos: 'Devil is Fine' by Zeal & Ardor in Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Trailer Music Sales composer Anne Nikitin has also been nominated in the film catergory for her American Animals score and for Best Original Composition In A Television Programme Score for her work on Mrs Wilson. More info

Federico Albanese Releases The Twelve Soundtrack

Federico Albanese has released his original soundtrack to the documentary film The Twelve via Neue Meister. The film tells the story of twelve indigenous elders from around the world who gathered at the United Nations in New York in November 2017 to talk about the current state of the planet from their unique perspectives. Federico says of the album that 'The Twelve is a soundtrack, but it is also an album very much in its own right, with tracks that stand on their own. It tells the story of the twelve people even without you seeing the film.' More info

Daniel Elms Releases Islandia

Composer Daniel Elms has released his debut album of original works via New Amsterdam. Islandia combines chamber orchestra, synthesisers, electronic guitar and found sounds and the works straddle the musical worlds of concert composition, ambient, electronica, jazz and choral music – something Elms describes as ‘post genre’. Listen here

Node Records Releases Halston OST

Node Records is pleased to release Stanley Clarke’s original score for the critically-acclaimed documentary Halston on Friday, June 7th, 2019, through all digital platforms. Halston Director Frédéric Tcheng (Dior and I) documents America’s first superstar designer’s rise to international fame in the 1970s through weaving archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s family, friends and collaborators including Liza Minnelli, Iman, Joel Schumacher, Lesley Frowick, and Jacqueline Kennedy. It is a behind-the-headlines look into the struggle between Halston’s artistic legacy and his fall to the pressures of big business. Halston is produced by Roland Ballester and Frédéric Tcheng, with producers Stephanie Levy and Paul Dallas, executive produced by T Dog Productions (Dogwoof) and CNN Films and music supervised by Tracy McKnight. Frédéric Tcheng reflects, “The music that Stanley composed captures brilliantly the epic sweep of Halston’s career and the enigmatic aura of his persona, elusive yet intimate, a true American giant.” Stanley Clarke is one of the most celebrated acoustic and electric bass players in the world, and an accomplished composer of more than 70 film and television projects including the Academy Award®-nominated Boyz n The Hood, the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, and The Transporter. “Halston was fascinating to work on due to the wealth of archival footage available,” explains Clarke. “Frédéric Tcheng sequenced the material in a manner that gave me an opportunity to maintain a storytelling continuity to the score. The soundtrack is melodic and is part jazz-combo dynamic and part orchestral with occasional elements of synthesized music acknowledging the era of the 1970s.” Listen here

Trapped Original Soundtrack Now Available

Milan Records has released a soundtrack album for hit Icelandic TV mystery drama series Trapped. The album comprises selections of the show’s original music composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Rutger Hoedemaekers and Johann Johannsson. Trapped was created by Baltasar Kormakur (Everest, 101 Reykjavík) and originally broadcast on RUV in Iceland before being distributed internationally - it has since been broadcast by BBC Four in the UK and Viceland in the US. The second series aired from late 2018 and a third series is underway. Listen here

Peter Gregson Scores Two Ashley Avis Films

Two films directed by Ashley Avis with original music by Peter Gregson are being premiered at the Dances With Films festival in LA. Feature-length film Adolescence tells the story of a young teen boy Alice who finds his life spiraling out of control into a world of hard parties and hard drugs after falling in love with a runaway named Alice. Being And Nothingness is a short film telling the story of a teenage girl adapting to new life after moving to an isolated ranch following her parents' divorce. More info

Fallulah Releases All My Eyes Are Open Pt. 1 EP

Grammy Award-winning, double-platinum Danish-Romanian singer-songwriter, dancer and producer Fallulah has released a new EP entitled All My Eyes Are Open Pt. 1. The EP consists of five new tracks, including the recent singles 'Dysfunctional' and 'Bloodline'.

Konx-Om-Pax Releases Ways Of Seeing

Konx-Om-Pax will release his newest album Ways Of Seeing on June 14th. The release follows 2017's Refresher EP and treads new ground in terms of genre - where his previous album combined rave, ambient and abstract sounds, Ways Of Seeing pulls more on a more accessible mix of pop-driven electronica and melodic writing. Scholefield says this genre shift is reflective of his recent move from Glasgow to Berlin. The album features cameos from Nightwave and Silvia Kastel, as well as partial collaborations with Hudson Mohawke and Lunice.

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