October 08, 2014

ASCAP Music Resounds at Krakow Film Music Festival

Film music fans experienced a once-in-a-lifetime summit as marquee names from ASCAP’s incredible roster of composing superstars gathered in Poland for the 7th annual Krakow Film Music Festival. Held September 25th-28th, 2014, the Festival brought together composers and industry experts from around the world for four days of conversation, workshops and concerts devoted to music for the big screen.

The Festival culminated in an International Film Music Gala celebrating ASCAP’s 100th birthday. Spanish film music composer Diego Navarro conducted the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Polish Radio Choir in music by many of the Festival’s guest composers, all licensed by ASCAP: Patrick Doyle (PRS - a suite from FrankensteinThor and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Elliot Goldenthal (the Polish premiere of his newest work “Grand Gothic Suite,” based on his themes from Batman Forever and Batman & Robin), Dario Marianelli (PRS - a suite of music from Anna Karenina) and Hans Zimmer, who performed at the piano during the finale of his score to Inception).

The Gala orchestra was joined by flute soloist Sara Andon and Polish pianist Leszek Możdżer as they played suites from some of the most beloved ASCAP film music of the past century, from Gone With the WindSpartacus, To Kill a MockingbirdThe Last of the MohicansBreakfast at Tiffany's, The Hours, Brokeback Mountain and many others.

At the Gala concert, ASCAP’s Nancy Knutsen was invited onstage to receive the inaugural FMF Ambassador award, for her many years of work connecting the Festival with the public, the film industry and with institutions around the world.

Also revealed at the Gala was the winner of the FMF Young Talent Award competition. Participating composers wrote music to a trailer for BioShock Infinite, a massively influential video game originally scored by Festival guest Garry Schyman. Polish composer Jan Sanejko was announced as the winner, and his BioShock score was performed live.

The rest of the Krakow concert program was also filled with ASCAP music. On September 25th, the Festival-commissioned project Kon-Tiki: Live in Concert premiered with a screening of the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated film Kon-Tiki. The Norwegian blockbuster was presented with a live orchestra performing the film’s score by STIM/ASCAP composer Johan Söderqvist. [Click here to read our interview with Johan Söderqvist about his score to Kon-Tiki]

Agent 007 traveled to Poland for the September 26th concert, dedicated to the music of James Bond and a co-production with FIMUCITÉ (Tenerife International Film Music Festival). Diego Navarro (also FIMUCITÉ's director) led the Krakow Philharmonic through the best-known Bond themes, plus fragments of audio tracks by many Bond composers, including Oscar-winning ASCAP writer-producer Paul Epworth. This one-of-a-kind spectacle also included performances by popular artists from the Polish music scene, and the great Spanish singers Esther Ovejero and Lorena García.

On September 27th, Gladiator screened for the Festival audience, accompanied by live music. The incredible success of the film owes much to its score, written by ASCAP composer Hans Zimmer and Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard (APRA/ASCAP). Sinfonietta Cracovia and Pro Musica Mundi Choir, under the baton of Ludwig Wicki performed the Golden Globe-winning music, accompanied by singer Kaitlyn Lusk.

Additional FMF Event Highlights:

  • ASCAP Board member Richard Bellis led composer workshops on Skill Sets for Composers and Creativity on a Deadline
  • ASCAP's Simon Greenaway led afternoon Q&A sessions with Hans Zimmer and Dario Marianelli
  • ASCAP's Shawn LeMone and Mike Todd co-led a class with Maggie Rodford on Copyright, Performance Royalties and Entrepreneurial Realities
  • ASCAP composer Garry Schyman led a seminar on composing for video games, then co-led (with Dan Carlin, Chair of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program at USC Thornton) a sequence of recording/scoring workshops for the finalists in the FMF Young Talent Award competition
  • ASCAP's Nancy Knutsen and BUMA/ASCAP composer Matthijs Kieboom participated in a panel on how young composers can break into film/TV music 
  • Hans ZimmerPatrick DoyleDario MarianelliElliot Goldenthal and Garry Schyman spoke on a composer super-panel

All in all, it was a memorable, ASCAP-rich Krakow Film Music Festival. We’re already looking forward to the 2015 edition!

Find out more about the Krakow Film Music Festival at fmf.fm/en