Xavier Capellas, born in Barcelona, Spain, started his music career as a jazz pianist and took a detour towards composition in his twenties, studying Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music and the University of Southern California. Since 1990, Capellas has been composing for films and TV, and worked with directors such as Montxo Armendáriz on OBABA, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón on LA VIDA QUE TE ESPERA and UNA ROSA DE FRANCIA, Mariano Barroso on HORMIGAS EN LA BOCA, Laura Mañá on LA VIDA EMPIEZA HOY. He has written music for Javier Mariscal’s animated TV-series THE COBI TROUPE and TWIPSY, and for Manuel Huerga’s OPERACIÓN MALAYA. Continue reading Xavier Capellas
Pinar Toprak is best known for composing the film score for BEHIND ENEMY LINES II: AXIS OF EVIL and the Xbox 360 video game NINETY-NINE NIGHTS. Born in Istanbul, she began her music education at the age of five at the Istanbul State Conservatory. While at the conservatory, she studied composition, violin as well as voice and graduated with a diploma in classical guitar. In 1997, Pinar moved to Chicago and studied piano and jazz theory with many master jazz pianists. Later, Toprak completed her Bachelor’s degree in Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music in two years and received a Master of Music degree in composition from the California State University at the age of 22. Her composing career began as a contributor at Media Ventures (now known as Remote Control Productions), home of the legendary film composer Hans Zimmer during projects such as PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE LAST SAMURAI and KING ARTHUR.
Composer Trevor Morris has recently been put into the spotlight of film music collectors via his haunting and highly original scores for the Showtime television series THE TUDORS which has had huge success all around the world. His music for this series literally made the film music community sit up and take notice and also paved the way for the composer to work on more high profile projects and motion pictures and television assignments with bigger budgets. Trevor was born in London Ontario in Canada, which is just a few hours away from Toronto. He was accepted to St Mary’s school of arts as a child where he studied choir and violin on a daily basis. At the age of 13 years he was commissioned by his school to compose a piece in honour of Pope John Paul’s visit to Canada, for which he received a fee of $50.00. When the composer moved onto college he attended the most prestigious school for recording and production, Fanshawe’s music industry arts program. The composer graduated at the top of his class after which he relocated to Toronto. During his mid 20’s the composer spent most of his time involved with many of the top music production studios Continue reading Trevor Morris
The name of composer Alex Wurman is a relatively new one to collectors of film music and connoisseurs of soundtracks. It was when Wurman scored the movie CRIMINAL in 2005 that many such collectors began to take notice of his music and also became aware of the composer’s originality and his musical expertise. I was fortunate enough to get Mr. Wurman to answer a short questionnaire for me and the questions and response set out here are the end result of that interview.
Q: What musical education did you receive?
I came from a musical family in Chicago and started to play piano at a very early age. My father had a recording studio and also was good friends with Robert Moog; he had the modular system, serial number 2, Walter Carlos had serial number 1 – they were getting parts as they were being built! With my Fathers classical training, he did amazing recordings – he had a record deal with RCA. He was reading scores like The Nutcracker and Chopin’s works and executing them perfectly on his Moog – Continue reading Alex Wurman
Composer Serge Franklin is in my opinion one of France’s most talented and original composers. For me Franklin ranks alongside the likes of Francis Lai, Michel Legrand, Michel Magne and François de Roubaix. His music is highly original and full of melody. But despite his obvious talent the composer remains virtually unknown outside of his native France. I contacted the composer recently asking for an interview, I was surprised and pleased when Mr. Franklin replied and agreed. I would like to thank the composer for his time and also his patience. I would also like to acknowledge everyone at Lympia Records (France) who put me in contact with Mr. Franklin.
Q: Where and when were you born, and did you come from a family that had a musical background?
I was born in a small French town called Mountlucon; this was during World War II. My family were not musical at all; I gained my musical education from the songs and music that I heard from all over the world. Continue reading Serge Franklin