Sundance 2020 Composer Spotlight: Florencia Di Concilio
Praised by The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety, Florencia Di Concilio has composed scores for award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Cannes, Berlin, and Sundance festivals. Recent soundtracks include Léa Mysius’ Ava, prizewinner at the 2017 Cannes Critics’ Fortnight, Fredrik Gertten’s Push, winner of the Audience Award at the 2019 CPHdox, River Phoenix’s posthumous opus Dark Blood, and Heddy Honigmann’s latest feature, Buddy. She was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Original Score at the 2019 Aubagne International Film Festival for her score for Daouda Diakhaté’s short feature Bulles d’Air, screening in this year’s Director’s Fortnight, in Cannes.
Di Concilio has written major symphonic works as a composer-in-residence with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and two piano concertos that have been performed by both South American and North American symphony orchestras. She has created music for groundbreaking visual artists like Camille Henrot, in a commission from the Jeu de Paume National Gallery in Paris, and for contemporary dance companies such as the CobosMika Dance Company in Barcelona.
Through a mastery of classical musical language, and of electronic composition, Florencia Di Concilio has developed a trademark style that can be best described as an orchestration of everyday life. She uses real everyday noises and, through her personal sound processing technique, turns them into musical instruments, and orchestrates them into organic, complex, and architecturally imposing pieces of music. Her music is humanist : it uses a language to which we can immediately relate and which brings us back to what is artistically essential.