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On the soundtrack front I want to first mention a documentary that's premiering at Canada's prestigious Hot Docs festival next month. "Felix Austria!" is the story of Felix Pfeifle, a Eurofile and aesthete whose fascination with the Hapsburg dynasty leads him to an eventual meeting with the last heir of the holy Roman emperors: Otto Van Hapsburg himself. The film globe-trots from California to Germany, Austria, and Bosnia. I had a lot of fun with the score - working with a great Balkan Brass band for much of it, alongside music supervisor Thomas Golubic. Check back for release info. www.felixaustriafilm.com
"The Revisionaries," a doc profiling the Texas school board's right wing and their ability to steer the agenda for schoolchildren across America, premiered at the Tribeca Festival and won a special jury prize. It has been playing around the country and can still be found in a few theaters, and it's now available on dvd or for streaming at the usual suspects. It has a score based around banjo, chamber orchestra, and board-room tangos. www.therevisionariesmovie.com
Fernando Meirelles' "360" is also available on dvd and for streaming. It stars Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, and Rachel Weisz in an internationally shot adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's "La Ronde." Check out my newly recorded "Helium Reprise" with a vocal by Mike Patton - it serves to bookend the film as the opening and closing theme. www.magpictures.com/360
Upcoming and in the works projects include the feature "Beyond Redemption," the doc "Dryland," Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts," and a score this summer for the re-vamped Grand Coulee Dam Laser-Show(!?!).
Tin Hat is going to the big D. We'll be playing a double bill at Dallas' Nasher Sculpture Center on April 26th with one of our all time heroes: pianist Gilbert Kalish. Mr Kalish's recording of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata is in the top 5 desert island discs for me and that's exactly the piece he'll be performing at this co-bill! We'll be playing material from our recent release "the rain is a handsome animal" (song settings of ee cummings poems) along with material specially arranged in honor of the evening. And it bears mentioning that "the rain" is out and available on cd or for download in the usual places. www.tinhat.org
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photo: Kimberly Warner