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Encyclopedia > Mychael Danna

Mychael Danna is a film composer. A film score is the background music in a film, generally specially written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ...


Mychael Danna has been scoring films since his 1987 feature debut for Atom Egoyan's Family Viewing, a score which earned Danna the first of his eleven Canadian Film Award nominations. Mychael is recognized as one of the pioneers of combining non-Western sound sources with orchestral and electronic minimalism in the world of film music. This reputation has led him to work with such acclaimed directors as Atom Egoyan, Scott Hicks, Ang Lee, Gillies MacKinnon, James Mangold, Mira Nair, Billy Ray, Joel Schumacher, and Denzel Washington. Atom Egoyan and wife Arsinee Khanjian at the Golden Apricot Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia. ... The Canadian Film Awards were the leading Canadian cinema awards from 1949 until 1979. ... Atom Egoyan and wife Arsinee Khanjian at the Golden Apricot Film Festival in Yerevan, Armenia. ... Scott Hicks (b. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Gillies MacKinnon (born 8 January 1948 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish film director and writer. ... James Mangold (born December 1964) is an American film director born in New York City, New York best known for the independent film Heavy, winner of the best directing prize at Sundance; Cop Land starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta; Girl, Interrupted, which won the Best... Mira Nair (born October 15, 1957) is a New York-based Indian film director. ... William (Billy) Ray began writing television and movies since 1994 with Color of Night and is currently working on the movie Breach. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, writer and producer. ... Denzel Washington at premiere of The Hurricane, 2000 Berlinale, photo by Michael Weiner Denzel Jermaine Washington, Jr. ...

He studied music composition at the University of Toronto, winning there the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship in 1985. Mychael also served for five years as composer-in-residence at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto (1987-1992). Works for dance include music for Dead Souls (Carbone Quatorze Dance Company, directed by Gilles Maheu 1996), and a score for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Gita Govinda (2001) based on the 1000-year-old classical Indian erotic poem, with choreographer Nina Menon. Glenn Gould, Toronto, 1974 Glenn Herbert Gould (September 25, 1932 – October 4, 1982) was a celebrated Canadian pianist, noted especially for his recordings of Johann Sebastian Bachs keyboard music. ... A scholarship is an award of access to an institution or a financial aid award for an individual (a scholar) for the purposes of furthering their education. ... A promotional picture of the original configuration for the McLaughlin Planetarium, prior to extensive renovations that removed its northern annex, circa early 1970s The McLaughlin Planetarium is a former working planetarium whose building continues to occupy a space immediately to the south of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, at... Dead Souls is a satirical novel by the Russian author Nikolai Gogol. ... The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is Canadas oldest ballet company and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America. ... The Gita Govinda or the Song of the Shri Krishna is a work composed in the 12th century by Jayadeva Goswami. ...

Recent projects include Deepa Mehta's Water, Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies, Terry Gilliam's Tideland, and Bennett Miller's Capote. Deepa Mehta (born 1950 in Amritsar, India) is an Indian born Canadian film director and screenwriter, based in Toronto. ... Water is a 2005 movie by Deepa Mehta which is set in 1938 and examines the plight of impoverished widows at a temple in Varanasi, India. ... Where the Truth Lies is a 2005 dramatic film directed by Atom Egoyan. ... Terry Gilliam at Cannes 2001. ... Tideland is a novel by Mitch Cullin that was adapted by director Terry Gilliam into a feature film, and was filmed in Regina, Saskatchewan in 2004. ... Bennett Miller (born December 30, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director. ... Capote can refer to: American writer Truman Capote the 2005 film about the same, Capote (film) Spanish writer Ariel Capote A robe, generally made from blankets, blanket capote This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...

Filmography (Recent)

  • Surf's Up (2007) (filming)
  • Nativity (2006) (filming)
  • Lonely Hearts (2006) (post-production)
  • Sohni Sapna (2005)
  • Eve and the Fire Horse (2005)
  • Tideland (2005)
  • Water (2005)
  • Capote (2005)
  • Where the Truth Lies (2005)
  • Aurora Borealis (2005)
  • Being Julia (2004)
  • Vanity Fair (2004)
  • The Snow Walker (2003)
  • Shattered Glass (2003)
  • Hulk (2003) (additional cue "Mother")
  • The Making of 'Ararat' (2003) (V)
  • Antwone Fisher (2002)
  • The Guys (2002)
  • Ararat (2002)
  • Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
  • Monsoon Wedding (2001)
  • The Hire: Chosen (2001)
  • Green Dragon (2001)
  • Bounce (2000)
  • The Line (2000) (from 'Exotica (1994)')

External links

  • Official Mychael Danna Home Page
  • Mychael Danna at the Internet Movie Database

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Artists: Mychael DannaNew Age Music (516 words)
With Sirens, MYCHAEL DANNA takes a giant step beyond his previous work to establish himself as one of the ranking composers of what I'd like to call cinematic spacemusic.
It seems ironic, but Mychael Danna's most beautiful and subtly orchestrated music to date was inspired by the unrelenting monochromatic greyness and the timeless grandeur of the great Canadian skyscape.
Danna calls the resulting style "orchestral romantic minimalism" - the repetition of small melodic/harmonic cells, rendered with deep feeling, evoking the timeless grandeur of the great Canadian skyscape.
Artists: Mychael Danna and Jeff DannaNew Age Music (1450 words)
MYCHAEL and JEFF DANNA's A Celtic Romance is the imaginary soundtrack for the poignant 9th century Irish legend of Liadain and Curithir.
Musically, the Dannas bring together a wide array of Celtic folk instruments: fiddle, tin whistle and flute, guitar and mandolin, Uillean and Highland pipes, wirestrung harp, concertina and bodhran - with all their bite and pungent overtones - and surround them with the harmonic richness, color and power of the orchestra.
And yet in the end it is a tragic tale, and the darker moments fully realize the depths of the epic battle between the forces of the druid and struggle of the heroes, and finally, the inconsolate sorrow of love lost.
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