THE IRISH VAMPIRE GOES WEST

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I have been very impressed with the music of Vincent Gillioz, for a composer so young, he has written so marvelous music that is full of depth, power and wonderfully melodic to boot. Every work for the cinema I have listened to has been exceptional, and has contained something that is both original and pleasing. I pleased to say that THE IRISH VAMPIRE GOES WEST is certainly not an exception to that rule. I would go as far as to say that this is probably the composers most accomplished, involved and interesting work which has been issued onto CD to date. It’s a tale of mystery, magic, fairies, mad scientists, blood, vampires and love. These ingredients are taken and folded into a mix which contains a helping of Irish folklore. The end result is a worthy and thought provoking little movie. Gillioz has risen to the challenge with a score that is brimming with Irish flavoured thematic properties and of course given the subject matter we have the odd atonal and mysterious sounding cue along the way. But although the composer has created a somewhat menacing and un-easy sounding work at times, he alleviates the somber and foreboding with a mixture of wistful and melodic sounding themes, that are both vibrant and poignant and filled with energy and mischief. The score relies upon the use of solo violin (fiddle), percussion, penny whistle, Celtic Harp, shimmering effects in the background and also a particularly rich and stunning Mezzo Soprano from Mashal Arman. Bagpipes also feature and cimbalom is introduced to the equation which adds an Eastern European atmosphere to the proceedings. The score also contains samples and the composer often combines these with live performances displacing the sound at times to create an eerie atmosphere, which is extremely effective. I love track 7, RUNNING THROUGH THE EMERALD ISLE, it is a composition that builds and builds the composer utilizing violin, in the main and adding pipes, cimbalom, and other instrumentation as the momentum builds and builds, this I thought was very similar to the style employed by Elliot Goldenthal in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, But Gillioz is more subtle, slightly more delicate and certainly a shade more melodic. This is yet another triumph for Vincent Gillioz, and again I can do nothing else but urge you to buy it.

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