Friday, February 5, 2016


Howard Shore
The composer of images

From the soundworlds that shaped almost every one of David Cronenberg’s films to the fantasy thundering of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, ranging through the musical punctuation of thrillers like The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme) and Seven (David Fincher), the pursuit of sparks of rock music in High Fidelity (Steven Frears) or the accompaniment to the hypnoses and bizarre hiccups of Ed Wood (Tim Burton), without forgetting all those incursions into genres that arose out of the collaboration with Martin Scorsese, from the mechanical tick-tock of black comedy (After Hours) to the epic score of The Aviator to the fantastical sighs of Hugo… These are just some of the greatest examples – among the many available – of how a soundtrack can never be reduced to a secondary filmic element, to a side dish, when it has been scored with the creative touch of a composer like Howard Shore. He has the rare gift of being able to insert the music directly into that process of world-building that lies at the base of a film. And it is because of this gift, put to the service of a long series of great directors, that the Festival del film Locarno is paying tribute to the great Canadian composer and conductor. 

This is the latest continuation of a journey that Locarno is dedicating to those figures who have shaped the history of cinema with their insight and skill. After the tributes to the special effects of Douglas Trumbull (2013), Mr Steadicam® Garrett Brown (2014) and sound designer and editor Walter Murch, the upcoming 69th edition will turn the spotlight on Howard Shore. Born in Toronto in 1946, his musical career has not been limited to the movies, though it is at the cinema that it has found its maximum resonance. This is clear not just from the welcome recognition represented by a total of three Oscars (Best Original Score in 2002 for Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and in 2004 for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, when he also won the award for Best Original Song for Into the West, performed by Annie Lennox). What should be noted most of all is the significance and impact his compositions have had on the invention of the most diverse auteurial universes, with that versatility that can move musical horizons in order to combine them with the image in a way that is always stimulating and never unambiguous. And if there was ever need of more examples, we can go back to where we started from: the substantial filmography of David Cronenberg, with whom Shore began working back in 1979, with the science-fiction horror The Brood. The dystopian future ruled by television violence in Videodrome (1983) would never have found its anguished density without the sinister and metallic reverberations that infect its soundtrack. The same can be said for the horror-like suspense that musically accompanies the bodily transformations of a scientist into an insect in The Fly (1986). Cinematographic voyages that merge with Ornette Coleman’s saxophone as they delve into the hallucinated mental explorations of Naked Lunch (1991), or veer towards the disturbing electric cords of a guitar that creates the sound landscape of the erotic collisions between cars and bodies in Crash (1996). And so on, up to the more noir and dramatic styles of Cronenberg’s most recent productions (Eastern Promises, Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars), also characterized by Shore’s music, because the ear can also lead us to the edges of other types of mental abyss. As always for Shore, he discards any kind of didactic shortcut, instead setting himself the task of sculpting, note by note, the invisible heart of the world in which everything takes place. 

Lorenzo Buccella

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Chicago Film Festival

I may be present at this ... ;)

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

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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. 
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