Monday Link Round Up: February 27, 2017

News to start your week! The Oscars happened Sunday night – and Mica Levi was nominated for best film score for Jackie.  In recognition of her nomination, The New Yorker has a profile of the musician and composer. Also in The New Yorker, Alex Ross explores Kate Soper’s new work and “philosophy-opera” Ipsa Dexit which was recently presented by Wet Ink (a contemporary music ensemble) in New York City.  Read on about this complex and sophisticated work here. Women’s History Month is quickly approaching, and with it comes the Women Composers Festival of Hartford!  The lineup this year of performers, presenters, and composers…

Monday Link Round Up: January 30, 2017

News to start your week: BBC Radio 3 has commissioned a new work from composer Kate Whitley.  The project, which is set to be premiered on International Women’s Day, will set the text of Malala Yousafzai’s 2013 UN speech to music.  Learn more about this work, and other programming on International Women’s Day, at The Guardian. There is a new album of works for piano by French composer, and first female teacher at the Paris Conservatoire, Hélène de Montgeroult.  Performed by Edna Stern, the album includes her Ninth Sonata as well as twelve etudes.  The Guardian has a review – and have a…

Happy Halloween!

It’s the spookiest time of year – and even beyond the costumes and candy, Halloween has become a reason to indulge in horror movies.  There are plenty of examples of classical music being used as film scores to some of the scariest films ever made (WQXR lists several here), but there is one composer whose contributions to the scary movie business far surpass the rest. Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983) was a British composer who was fortunate to receive training and support from her family from a very young age.  After studying at the Royal College of Music, Lutyens began her career as…

Mica Levi wins major Film Award

Composer Mica Levi has been awarded the European Film Award for best composer, for her music to Under The Skin, a steamy Sci-Fi horror thriller, starring Scarlett Johansson.  Levi had no prior film experience, but the film’s music producer had heard a collaboration that her band, Micachu and the Shapes, had done with the London Sinfonietta. An article in The Guardian describes what happened.  Still trying to grasp her dramatic entre into the film music world, Levi has quite a bit to say about the film scene:  “When I was at the European Film Awards most of the people there…