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6/11/2019
Hildur Guðnadóttir nominated in Hollywood

Music Sales composer Hildur Guðnadóttir has been nominated for the 2019 Hollywood Music in Media. Guðnadóttir has secured two nominations - one in the category Original Score - Feature Film for Todd Phillips' "Joker" and one in the category Original Score - TV Show/Limited Series for the HBO drama "Chernobyl". Recently, Guðnadóttir spoke to Variety about her work process on "Joker": "The composer read Phillips’ script, and submitted – prior to shooting – musical ideas she played on her Halldorophone. It’s a specially designed electro-acoustic cello that has a separate set of mic’d resonating strings, turning the instrument into “a kind of feedback mechanism. It’s like a Jimi Hendrix cello,” she says. “As the film develops, the orchestra steps more and more in front and, by the end, kind of suffocates the cello,” Guðnadóttir explains. “This poor guy gets so angry, and the orchestra gets angry with him; everything gets louder and more aggressive, and the music really punches you in the face.”" https://www.hmmawards.com/2019-music-in-visual-media-nominations/ https://variety.com/2019/music/news/joker-score-composer-us-harriet-motherless-brooklyn-judy-1203389033/

30/10/2019
Queen of Hearts awarded Nordic Council Film Prize

The Nordic Council Film Prize 2019 has been awarded to director May el-Toukhy, screenwriter Maren Louise Käehne and producers Caroline Blanco and René Ezra for the Danish film QUEEN OF HEARTS. The highly acclaimed film QUEEN OF HEARTS received Tuesday night the NORDIC COUNCIL FILM PRIZE 2019, one of Northern Europe’s most coveted film awards, on stage in Stockholm Concert house. The prize endowed with DKK 350,000 is shared among director, screenwriters and producers in recognition of film as an art form, based on the collaboration between the main functions. 'It is impossible not to praise Trine Dyrholm for her formidable nuanced performance as 'Queen' Anne, but at all levels – cinematography, music, production design and more. - 'The Queen' is an impressive feat. It makes an almost impossible task seem easy and effortless' (quote from the jury motivation). Music Sales Creative Cph music supervised the film placing 6 copyrights and 3 masters including works by the Edition Wilhelm Hansen signings Thomas Blachman, Carsten Dahl and Bent Sørensen as well as Bosworth Songwriter William Fitzsimmons. Furthermore Music Sales copyright "Tainted Love" was featured in a key scene with lead actress Trine Dyrholm dancing on her own. http://www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com/movie/queen-of-harts http://www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com/press/nordic-council-film-prize-2019-winner

28/10/2019
'Oh, To Be A Butterfly' with score by Jacob Groth

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen returns with his first Danish feature in several years with a score composed by Jacob Groth. The upcoming dramedy, 'Oh, To Be a Butterfly', is centered on the stubborn pig farmer Ernst and his wife Louise who are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a traditional Danish party for friends and family. However, the family carries several secrets and Ernest holds on to the biggest one of them all. Through one long joyous, intoxicating, surprising, gripping and melancholic night, the truths creep out and the family is put to the ultimate test. Playing the role of Ernst is Jesper Christensen who also appeared in Kragh-Jacobsen's debut feature 'Wanna See My Beautiful Navel?' from 1978. Since then, Christensen has become one of the most important Danish actors of his generation. The music for both the debut and the upcoming film is composed by Jacob Groth and the two have worked together on several productions through the years. The film title 'Oh, To Be a Butterfly', is inspired by Danish evergreen "Lille sommerfugl". The song was composed in 1921 by Elith Worsing, Axel Andreasen and Ludvig Brandstrup and covered by Danish artist Bjørn Tidmand in 1968. The song is Tidmand's signature song and a national hit across generations. https://www.dfi.dk/en/english/news/soren-kragh-jacobsen-begins-shooting-new-film-jesper-christensen

14/10/2019
Music Sales signs Carlos Cipa

Composer and pianist Carlos Cipa has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bosworth Music, part of the Music Sales Group. The deal encompasses Carlos’ future works plus a selection of his back catalogue, including latest album Retronyms which came out on Warners Classics in August. A classically trained musician, who studied contemporary classical composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Carlos has also scored for dance, theatre and film; credits include Die Goldfische (dir. Alireza Golafshan) and Lovers Of The Night (dir. Anna Frances Ewert). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86F47YjJ81Y

11/10/2019
"Queen of Hearts" Oscar nominated

Feature film “Queen Of Hearts” has been chosen as the official Danish entry for the Oscars in the “Best International Feature Film” category. The music featured in the film includes works by the Edition Wilhelm Hansen signings Thomas Blachman, Carsten Dahl and Bent Sørensen as well as Bosworth Songwriter William Fitzsimmons. On top of this Music Sales copyright "Tainted Love" was featured in a key scene with lead actress Trine Dyrholm dancing on her own. "Tainted Love" written by Ed Cobb was originally recorded by soul singer Gloria Jones in 1964. The song attained worldwide fame after being covered by the synth-pop duo Soft Cell in 1981. The dance scene in "Queen of Hearts" features the Soft Cell version. https://www.dfi.dk/en/english/news/queen-hearts-denmarks-oscar-entry https://variety.com/2019/film/news/oscars-denmark-queen-of-hearts-for-heroic-losers-argentina-the-white-storm-2-drug-lords-hong-kong-international-feature-film-race-1203347300/ Article in Danish about the Bent Sørensen work featured in "Queen of Hearts": https://www.dacapo-records.dk/nyheder/dansk-film-med-musik-af-bent-soerensen-indstillet-som-dansk-oscar-bud

21/6/2019
Benny Andersen in all weathers

Benny Andersen's understanding and usage of the Danish language was phenomenal and through more than 60 years he used it to describe the characteristics of the Danish people. Next year a mosaic of poems and lyrics by Benny Andersen will be the basis for the cabaret "I al slags vejr" (In All Weathers) at Café Liva, Copenhagen which will run from February to April 2020 http://www.cafeliva.dk/content/i-al-slags-vejr-en-benny-andsersen-mosaik

3/5/2019
Fallulah receives female empowerment award

Last night Fallulah received the Ethel Award at SPOT Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, for her effort to promote and encourage equal opportunities in the Danish music industry. One of Fallulah's initiatives is the Spotify playlist Hej Søster which highlights the quality and diversity of female songwriters and artists in Denmark and works as a positive statement. Read more here (in Danish) https://spotfestival.dk/ethel-pris-2019-til-fallulah/ Links:Hej Søster – SpotifyFallulah – Spotify

7/2/2019
"Queen of Hearts" takes home the Audience Award at Sundance and Gothenburg Film Festivals

A new Danish feature film premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival on January 26. 6 Music Sales copyrights and 3 Storyville masters are featured in the film. The film, titled “Dronningen” (English title “Queen Of Hearts”), was directed by May el-Toukhy and stars the legendary Danish actress Trine Dyrholm. It was entered into competition for Best International Film and won the prestigious Sundance Audience Award Read more here: http://trustnordisk.com/content/queen-hearts-takes-home-audience-award-sundance-film-festival February 2nd, the film was in competition at the Gothenburg Film Festival in Sweden, the largest and most prestigious film festival in the Nordic region. “Queen Of Hearts” picked up 3 major prizes: Best Nordic Film (for which the director May el-Toukhy receives 100.000EUR – the largest monetary film prize in the world) Best Acting (for Trine Dyrholm) Audience Award Best Nordic Film https://goteborgfilmfestival.se/en/here-are-all-the-winners-in-dragon-award-2019/?lang=en Music Supervision of “Queen Of Hearts” was handled by Steve Tallamy and Hanne Hee Lange of Edition Wilhelm Hansen. The music featured in the film includes works by the Edition Wilhelm Hansen signings Thomas Blachman, Carsten Dahl and Bent Sørensen as well as Bosworth Songwriter William Fitzsimmons. The film will receive its Danish Premiere on March 28th Interview with director May el-Toukhy https://www.dfi.dk/en/english/news/navigating-morally-complex-story

7/2/2019
Fallulah to play Gaffa Awards 2019

Fallulah is part of the line-up at the Danish Gaffa Awards 2019 on March 7th in Odense: "Wonderful and enterprising Fallulah is back with a fabulous mix of genres" https://gaffa.dk/nyhed/135003/gaffa-prisen-2019-her-er-vaerterne-og-de-syv-live-navne/?c_rid=61ua0003019Gzz1M0Dg1598213353%7C95155412&utm_campaign=814600_GAFFA-PRISEN_2019:_Her_er_v%C3%A6rterne_og_de_syv_live-navne_(B2C)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=GAFFA+Plus+DK-All_Users

21/1/2019
Dahl/Blachman/Ginman in concert

Two of our most talented jazz musicians/composers will play at Bremen Teater on January 25th http://brementeater.dk/arrangementer/ginmanblachmandahl/

10/12/2018
Ariel Marx signs to Music Sales

Music Sales are thrilled to announce the signing of award-winning film / TV composer and multi-instrumentalist Ariel Marx to a worldwide co-publishing deal. Recently hailed as ‘a film composer to watch’ by Filmmaker Magazine, Ariel is recognised for her versatility in genre and ability to craft engaging, emotional undertones for the screen. A violinist herself, she often pairs strings, piano and folk instruments with electronics. This year her most notable projects have included HBO’s Emmy, Gotham, and Spirit Award-nominated film The Tale, as well as Shawn Snyder’s award-winning To Dust. Along with these two scores, the deal will also cover all her existing and future works. Listen here

19/11/2018
Harts releases Queens, Kings & All Big Things

Harts has released his latest album Queens, Kings And All Big Things, a contextual continuation to his last album Smoke Fire Hope Desire. "Throughout the process of writing this album, I was back and forth between Australia and the U.S. I went though a lot of changes in that two year period, both in my personal life and my music life", Harts states. "[There was] a lot of self re-discovery, dealing with lack of self confidence, and finding my place within this world. I think a lot of that is reflected into this album, and unashamedly brought up throughout the songs. In that way, as wacky as the ride may me, there’s a lot of personal struggle within this body of work. Overall it has a different musical and production style to the previous album, utilising a lot more intricate hypnotic rhythms, beautiful chords, melodies, orchestras, dynamic vocals and arrangements. I feel it’s a progression for me as a songwriter, composer, musician and solo artist and I’m very proud of it.” The album was preceded by singles 'Ain’t Nothin’ On Me', '21&19' and 'Wishfulness' throughout 2018, a year which has seen Harts land huge features such as playing guitar with Joey Bada$$ for Triple J’s Like A Version and rocking 80,000 people at the MCG with Peking Duk for the NRL State of Origin pre-game entertainment. He also wrapped up two huge sets at Bluesfest and premiered a brand new expanded live band for a special sold-out show at Howler in Melbourne in July. Listen here

19/11/2018
Node Records releases original soundtrack album for 'The Wife'

Featuring Original Music by BAFTA-Award Winning and Golden-Globe Nominated Composer Jocelyn Pook “Jocelyn Pook's understated musical score may well be the film's true hidden genius.” Selig Film News LOS ANGELES, CA (November 12, 2018)– Node Records is pleased to announce the release of Jocelyn Pook’s original motion picture score album for the critically acclaimed film The Wife. The soundtrack is now available through all major digital music platforms via Node Records. Currently in worldwide theatrical release, the film stars Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, and Elizabeth McGovern. Directed by Björn Runge, the film is an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s bestselling novel about a woman (Close) who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband (Jonathan Pryce), where he is to be honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature. Featuring a sublime score by Jocelyn Pook (Eyes Wide Shut, The Staircase) for piano and chamber orchestra, reviews have overwhelmingly recognized the primary role Pook’s music plays in creating the complex undercurrents and powerful, emotional atmospheres that Runge’s thriller demands. "I am so pleased that the soundtrack of The Wife is finally going to be released alongside the film,” Jocelyn Pook remarks. “It was an absolute joy to work on a film with such depth and resonance for our times; a film with rich cinematography and with extraordinarily masterful yet understated performances. It was also wonderful to work with the director Björn Runge who was both inspiring and trusting.” The soundtrack was executive-produced by Lucy Bright, Tracy McKnight, and Robert Thompson. ABOUT JOCELYN POOK:Jocelyn Pook is a BAFTA Award-winning composer who writes music for film, television, theatre, dance, the concert platform, and her own album projects. Often remembered for her film score to Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, other notable film scores include The Merchant of Venice, Brick Lane, and L’Emploi Du Temps. ABOUT NODE RECORDS:Node Records is a boutique label committed to releasing and marketing music from groundbreaking artists and films. Based in Los Angeles and New York, Node has a partner in BFE / The Orchard Sony for its marketing and distribution. Vision. Passion. Music.

19/11/2018
Writer/producer/artist PILFINGER signs worldwide publishing deal with Music Sales

Danish writer / producer / artist PILFINGER signs worldwide publishing deal with Music Sales

5/10/2018
Jacob Groth nominated for The Camille Awards

Jacob has been nominated for an European Film Composer Award, the Camille Award, for Best Score 2017, for his score for Modus (Second Season). The Camille Awards are a set of awards given to composers of exceptional pieces of film and audio-visual music by their peer composers. The ceremony will take place October 20th 2018 in the frame of the International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF) in Pula (Croatia). It is organized jointly by the festival’s organizers and the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA). The Camille Awards honor composers of original music for audio-visual artworks in three categories (“Best Orchestral Score”, “Best Electro-acoustic Score” and “Best Original Music for a Series”). In the first phase, fourteen member-organizations representing composers of music for the audiovisual sector in twelve European countries have submitted outstanding works from their respective region.

28/9/2018
New NIKE ad soundtracked by Dustin O'Halloran

Dustin O'Halloran's 'We Move Lightly' is the featured composition within Nike’s Dream Crazy advertisement, narrated by NFL athlete and humanitarian Colin Kaepernick. Created for the 30th anniversary of the 'Just Do It' campaign, the powerful ad highlights inspirational stories of various athletes succeeding against all odds, including cameos from Serena Williams and LeBron James. For more on Dustin O'Halloran and 'We Move Lightly', read Digital Music News's story about the Nike ad here. Watch here

23/8/2018
40 years of Kattejammer rock

40 years ago children from the Vesterbro Ungdomsgård Youth Club sang their way up the charts and into the hearts of the Danish public. Now these powerful and much loved songs will be performed on stage in a newly written show celebrating the album "Kattejammer rock" as a mirror for the young people of today.

30/7/2018
New a capella version of ‘Yumeji’s Theme’ released

Following the widespread success of Shigeru Umebayashi’s ‘Yumeji’s Theme’ from In The Mood For Love, Umebayashi released a new a cappella version on 13th July. The track has been recorded by The Plum Forest Singers with soprano soloist Grace Davidson https://sc.musicsalescreative.com/#/track/MTU0MzAwNDgtMjVkN2Vk/

24/7/2018
Carnival Youth at The Nordic Arts Festival 2018

On September 14th Carnival Youth will be playing in Schleswig, Germany as part of Norden - The Nordic Arts Festival: Carnival Youth are currently Latvia's most successful indie pop band. So far, they have released three albums and played shows all across Europe, performed at festivals such as Reeperbahn Festival, The Great Escape, SXSW, Sziget, and Eurosonic. In early 2018, they released their single “Love is the Answer” on which the young band, fronted by the brothers Emils and Edgars Kaupers, display their development towards a more mature sound, without abandoning their hit potential. You can look forward to four charming musicians who love to perform. Once they strike up their hit single “Never Have Enough”, their audience will be captivated. https://www.norden-festival.com/en/Home.html

12/6/2018
Jazz by the Sea feat. Blachman/Dahl/Ginman

Carsten Dahl (piano), Thomas Blachman (drums) and Lennart Ginman (bass) will be reunited during Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July. More than any other Danish jazz trio they combine spirituality with fun and traditions with innovation: http://jazz.dk/en/copenhagen-jazz-festival-2018/concerts/52835/

12/6/2018
Zeal & Ardor to play Copenhell 2018

COPENHELL is Denmark's greatest rock and metal festival, which has drawn metal fans from both within and outside the country's borders to Copenhagen since the beginning of 2010. The peninsula called 'Refshaleøen' right in the middle of Copenhagen is the epicenter of these three days of hell on earth, and the raw, industrial surrounds are the perfect background for the brutal decibel bombardment from COPENHELL's three stages. ZEAL & ARDOR (BLACK METAL/GOSPEL, SWI/US) will play Thursday June 21st at Midnight at the PANDÆMONIUM stage https://www.copenhell.dk/zeal-ardor

23/3/2018
Gabriel Yared re-signs to Music Sales

Chester Music has signed a new long-term publishing agreement with Gabriel Yared and has also acquired the back catalogue of scores in his Yad Music and Deva Music companies. Included in this agreement are scores to films such as A Royal Affair, Autumn in New York, Betty Blue, Breaking and Entering, Camille Claudel, Coco Chanel et Igor Stravinsky, Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) and most recently The Happy Prince, directed and starring Rupert Everett. Yared scored four films with the much-missed director Anthony Minghella; he won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy for his score to The English Patient. In addition he has received two ASCAP awards and has twice been awarded the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music from BAFTA. At the present time he is working with the Canadian director Xavier Dolan (Tom at the Farm, It’s Only the End of the World and the upcoming The Death and Life of John F Donovan). Listen here

2/3/2018
Sebastian to receive the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018

The Award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievements in working with Hans Christian Andersen and of contributions to promoting and spreading further knowledge of the Danish national poet in many parts of the world. This work is expressed in the publication of new translations and publications, in many forms of artistic creativity, in philantrophical or educational activities. The Award Ceremony takes place on April 3rd in the poet’s native town of Odense. http://hans-christian-andersen-priskomite.dk/en/

22/2/2018
Music Sales acquires worldwide publishing rights to Julius Eastman catalog

G. Schirmer, Inc., part of The Music Sales Group, announces it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to composer Julius Eastman’s catalog, including iconic works such as Femenine (1974), Stay on it (1973), and the controversial Nigger Series (1978-1979). The New York Times broke the news earlier today.Eastman has been praised for his fearlessness and originality as a composer, performer and pianist, mostly active in the 1970s and 1980s. An unabashed pride in his race and sexuality defines his artistry, along with his pioneering synthesis of minimalism and improvisation. "What I am trying to achieve is to be what I am to the fullest," Eastman said in 1976. "Black to the fullest, a musician to the fullest, a homosexual to the fullest." Blurring the boundaries between joy and austerity, his legendary compositions and performances were an extension of the life he led. Eastman tragically fell from the public eye during the final years of his life, plagued by mental illness, drug addiction and homelessness. He died on May 28th, 1990, in Buffalo, NY, and it would be nine months before a proper obituary was published in The Village Voice.Portions of his scattered, forgotten catalog have since been collected by composer Mary Jane Leach, whose archival work precipitated the essential album Unjust Malaise (New World Records, 2005) and book Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music (2015). These led to a growing awareness of and respect for Eastman and his music."Minimalist Composer Julius Eastman, Dead for 26 Years, Crashes the Canon," wrote The New York Times in 2016. An outpouring of festivals, performances, commercial releases, and publicity continue to intensify Eastman’s fame and celebrate his singular genius: this past month in New York City, The Kitchen presented Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental. Other recent Eastman celebrations include those of the London Contemporary Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, and Bowerbird in Philadelphia. Audiences and critics alike are quick to celebrate Eastman’s resurgent body of work, which The New Yorker recently described as "wild, grand, delirious, demonic…an uncontainable personality surging into sound.""Julius’ music profoundly affected both composition and performance since he first came on the scene in the mid-20th century," writes Gerry Eastman, brother of Julius, and accomplished saxophonist. "No one contributed so much to the ever-expanding breadth of musical composition emanating out of the seeds of minimalism which he alone planted. That such a renowned music publisher as G. Schirmer is dedicated to nurture and disseminate my brother’s music is a tremendous honor for him and our entire family and a gift to the public in general.""Publishing Julius Eastman’s catalog represents an opportunity to correct both a social and musicological wrong," said Schirmer President Robert Thompson. "The canon of American contemporary music cannot be considered complete without inclusion of Eastman’s compositions, which until recently have gone largely neglected and unpublished. Now that Julius Eastman’s work has found a home at G. Schirmer, we are eager to facilitate the continued international discovery of this American master. We are deeply grateful to Gerry Eastman and the Eastman estate, and to those dedicated musicians and scholars who have worked tirelessly to bring the genius of Julius Eastman to the public." (Photo by Ron Hammond)

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