The wine nights this summer should be renamed the wind nights, you can tell it’s a Monday evening, the wind gets up. Mind you it was cooling us down and, by the way (David S. take note) I am referring to the Meltemi wind not the Mytummy – and I didn’t write ‘bonking,com’ yesterday (sadly) I wrote ‘Boking.com’ though I did go back and change it to Booking.com just to be sure; and thank you for noting it.
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The sun'll come up, in a moment...[/caption]
Seriously: I am very privileged to be in contact recently with the composer George Kallis
. He sent me his latest newsletter, including: “I had a great summer composing orchestral and electronic film scores - most recently I composed the music for Bereave starring Malcolm McDowell (Clockwork Orange, Entourage) and Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers).” And if you follow that link you can hear a sneak preview of some of that score.
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A propeller. enclosed, at Xisos (must translate the writing one day)[/caption]
I also checked out his website
and found some background; a small part is given here, abridged: “George Kallis is a prolific film & TV composer whose trademarks are lyrical melodies and lush, full-bodied scores. George grew up studying piano, violin and saxophone, while also playing bass in heavy-metal bands. He was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Soon after, he was accepted to study with acclaimed British composer Joseph Horowitz at the Royal College of Music in London where he graduated with a Masters of Music in Composition.
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George latest score was for GAGARIN: FIRST IN SPACE
(Kremlin Films), the $10mil biopic of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, which he recorded with the 100-piece Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Choir.”
I’m, heading over to Amazon
to get a copy of that one right now, and if you follow the link by clicking the box cover, you can get one too.
This is all rather timely as only the other night (Monday, at wine night) I was chatting to some very talented folk who came along. Photographer Jon Ryan, who is here at the moment, took a photo for one of the papers he works for in England, and it turned out that that paper is the local paper for some of the folk who were there. That’s going to get Symi in the news back in the UK, all being well. And then it turns out that several of us had theatre and music in common, what with musicians, pit band players for ‘Into the Woods’, choreographers who had choreographed the same show, others who had been in it, little old me who had directed ‘Assassins’, by the same composer, and some of ‘Into The Woods’, and who, funnily enough, had also sung some of one of the parts that had also been sung, in full, by one of the folk there; Cinderella. (It was a revue and I was not dressed in the part!)
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So, lots of lovely musical coincidences there and followed the next day by the email from George. Now then, I wonder how possible it is to introduce George to my other (London College of Music) composer friend, from school, Andrew T. Mackay. And there’s another coincidence. Andrew has a film he scored appearing at the Toronto Film Festival this year. The film I wrote, The Judas Curse, is meant to be at the same festival, what are the chances of two boys from Romney Marsh both turning up there, 36 years after leaving school. (Mind you, I don’t think TJC is going to be ready in time, they are still editing away like mad apparently.) Never mind. Anyway; there, that’s my culture connections from Symi for today.