FEATURED THIS WEEK:
LISA GERRARD & JEFF RONA: TRAVELING A THOUSAND ROADS
Dead Can Dance singer Lisa Gerrard and film and TV composer Jeff Rona collaborate on a soundtrack to the short film, A THOUSAND ROADS (Reincarnate Music), directed by Chris Eyre and written by Joy Harjo, both of whom created the critically acclaimed film, SMOKE SIGNALS. The movie is on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Lisa Gerrard and Jeff Rona talk about creating a soundtrack that goes to the spirit of the Native American themes in the film, without actually creating Native American music.
LISA GERRARD: CINEMATIC SIREN
Lisa Gerrard came to renown as the haunting singer of Dead Can Dance, intoning her own supralingua dialect in ecstatic refrains. Dead Can Dance recently got back together for a tour, but Lisa has been on her own for several years, taking a surprising turn into film music. Her score to THE INSIDER was critically acclaimed and her soundtrack to GLADIATOR won her a Golden Globe Award along with co-composer Hans Zimmer. We talk with Lisa Gerrard about combining her uniquely personal music into the inherently collaborative art of film making.
THE MUFFINS: STILL BAKING
The Muffins are a quartet that pushed the avant-jazz edges of the Progressive music envelope. Formed in the 1970s, they've been in existence off and on since then with pretty much the same core members. On their album DOUBLE NEGATIVE (Cuneiform) they show that the progressive fires are still burning in a music that is both challenging and kinetically exhilarating. We talked to the Muffins during the summer 2005 Nearfest where they talked about the parameters of prog and their own left-field directions.
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