Monday, July 20, 2015

Future Tense

A recent appearance on the Modern Musician podcast, and a tiny glimpse of things to come. Listen in right HERE.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Telling Tales

Another podcast appearance. This time, Tom Racine's Tall Tale Radio. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


I'm happy to have been invited to sit in on the Tracksounds Podcast again this year to talk about Howard Shore's work on The Hobbit. Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Movie Bit

Great interview with Howard Shore on The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Maps To The Stars, Rosewater, his new Guitar Concerto, and much more!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Deluxe in Teal

I really should have posted this soon, but it's been one of those months. Here's the cover for the Deluxe Edition of Howard Shore's remarkable score to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The color scheme is teal this time out ... or blue-green. Aquamarine? I'm not sure what the official name is, but I am sure that you're going to love it!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LOTR Lincoln Center

Academy Award-Winning Scores By
HOWARD SHORE Performed Live to the Motion Pictures
st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Ludwig Wicki, Conductor
David H. Koch Theater
LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK TWO TRILOGIES – APRIL 8-12, 2015 Week to Include Forums and Additional Events

NEW YORK, NY — For the first time in North America, the complete film trilogy The Lord of the Rings will be presented live, in concert, at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, April 8-12, 2015. Beneath a giant screen, the Academy Award-winning scores by Howard Shore will be performed by 250 musicians, on stage, including symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists, in two trilogies, Wednesday-Friday, April 8-10, and Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12. The production is created by CAMI Music, and follows acclaimed concert presentations of the first two films of The Lord of the Rings trilogy at Radio City Music Hall (2009 and 2010).

The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, at Lincoln Center, features the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of Lucerne, Switzerland, conducted by Ludwig Wicki, which specializes in bringing films and their scores to life, and performs an annual program of film concerts at the KKL Luzern. Soloists and chorus for the 2015 trilogy performances at Lincoln Center, as well as related forums and other events, will be announced at a later date.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Trilogy In Concert LINCOLN CENTER – April 8-12, 2015

The epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), The Return of the King (2003) – directed by Peter Jackson and based on the beloved J. R. R. Tolkien novel became an international phenomenon. Released by New Line Cinema, the trilogy is among the highest earning films of all time, and won a total of 17 Academy Awards. Howard Shore was honored with Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score for The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) and The Return of the King (2004), and for Best Music, Original Song for Into the West, featured in The Return of the King (2004). Since 2008, more than 200 presentations of individual films of The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, have taken place in cities in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The complete film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, was presented in Lucerne and Munich in 2011.

Howard Shore commented on the meaning of this North American premiere presentation of the trilogy, in concert: “It was fascinating to watch the performances of individual films of The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, at Radio City in 2009 and 2010. For those events, people came from all over the world: Scandinavia, Europe, the Far East. The book has been translated into 40 languages and has attracted a global fan-base. But the fan community doesn’t often have the opportunity to come together in person and coalesce around a performance like this at the highest level. The trilogy at Lincoln Center is unique and something powerful happens – a synergy is created – in bringing together the music, live on a massive scale, with the films, in a magnificent house, and not only for one night, but presented over the course of a week. To bring the trilogy to New York is meaningful as it’s a center of the cultural world, and Lincoln Center is at the heart of New York. It’s the perfect place to play the Trilogy in its entirety. We hope that everyone who travels from near or far will feel they’ve arrived at a kind of contemporary, cultural Middle-earth.” 

Wednesday, April 8, 7:30pm Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm
Friday, April 10, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 11, 1:00pm Saturday, April 11, 7:30pm Sunday, April 12, 1:00pm
The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers
The Return of the King

The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers
The Return of the King

- more -
THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Trilogy In Concert LINCOLN CENTER – April 8-12, 2015
Individual tickets begin at $59. Trilogy packages are $240 for the Hobbit Package and $400 for the VIP Gondor Package, including:
VIP Trilogy Ticket
Post-Concert Shire Reception*
Ticket to LOTR at Lincoln Center Symposium Event* Commemorative Program Book Signed by Howard Shore
Premium Trilogy Ticket
Post-Concert Shire Reception*
Commemorative Program Book Signed by Howard Shore * Locations and additional information to be announced

Tickets and packages are available online at davidhkochtheater.com, by telephone at (212) 496- 0600, or at the David H. Koch Theater Box Office. The David H. Koch Theater is located at the south side of the Lincoln Center Plaza at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fantasy Con Videos

Last week, I gave three presentations at Fantasy Con in Salt Lake City, Utah. (I also sat in on a couple of panels, and got to spend a little quality backstage time with cast members from The Hobbit and LOTR, hence the picture.) 

Two of my three presentations discussed the still-forming music of the Hobbit. While I don't believe those will be appearing online in any official capacity, a newly revised presentation on the music of The Lord of the Rings was filmed for TheOneRing.net's streaming service. That video was divided into three parts, and may be accessed HERE, HERE, and HERE.

This presentation marked the first time I was able demonstrate a few of the connections between Howard Shore's Hobbit and Rings scores. I didn't delve into too much detail--there will be time for that later--but I hope I was able to crack the door just a little and show what lurks behind it.

Huge thanks to everyone who came and said "hello" at the event!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fantasy Con

For the past few months, I've spent most of my create time outside of Middle-earth. That's about to change. Book two--which I've teased on Twitter and in online interviews, but am not yet ready to fully announce--is now in editing. That means I'm headed back to Tolkien's world.

To kick things off, I'll be appearing at Fantasy Con in Salt Lake City over the Fourth of July weekend. I'm scheduled for two events right now, and we're lining up a book-signing as well. And hey, maybe there will be a surprising announcement or two in store ...

See you in SLC!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Maps to the Stars

Interested in hearing the first single from Howard Shore's new score to David Cronenberg's film Maps to the Stars? It's now available for purchase/download on both iTunes and Amazon. It's a fascinating, tabla-fueled glimpse of things to come!

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