Monday, 11 March 2013

Composer of the week - Mychael Danna:


The first composer out in this weekly series is Mychael Danna. Mychael Danna is for many probably most known as the composer of the recently award-winning soundtrack to the movie “Life of Pi”, directed by Ang Lee. The score got an Oscar for “Best Original Score”, and was nominated for “Best Original Song” (winner: Adele’s “Skyfall” for the movie with the same name). If you’re interested in viewing Mychael Danna’s winning speech, it can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bN-aHoFPgA
Photo of Mychael Danna. Photo taken from "Wikimedia Commons".
 
Mychael Danna is a Canadian composer and the brother of fellow composer Jeff Danna. Jeff and Mychael have worked on several movie scores together, for instance: “Camelot” (TV-series, premiered April 2011), “Lakeview Terrace” (American thriller from 2008) and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”(fantasy film from 2009).  Mychael danna was born in Winnipeg, the capital of the province of Manitoba in Canada, and studied music composition at the University of Toronto (Toronto is Canada’s largest city and is the provincial city of Ontario).

Other works of Mychael Danna include but are not limited to: “Little Miss Sunshine” (American movie from 2006), “Moneyball” (drama film from 2011) and “(500) Days of Summer” (American comedy from 2009). 

Mychael Danna’s most recent soundtrack for the visually impressive movie “Life of Pi” is a wonderful soundtrack for everyone who appreciates a strong, melodically rich and moody soundtrack. If you haven’t checked out the soundtrack, check it out! You will not regret it – the movie didn’t win an Oscar for nothing.

Question of the day:
What do you think of Mychael Danna’s work on “Life of Pi”? Do you think it deserved the Oscar win for ”Best Original Music”?



Main sources:
http://oscar.go.com/nominees