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Scandinavian Jazzer brings Bukowski to life
2-Aug-2006 - One of the leading jazz artists in the Scandinavian scene, composer Kristin Asbjornsen provides the eclectic score to the upcoming feature film Factotum, based on the life of American cult favorite writer Charles Bukowski and his quasi-autobiographical novel of the same name. With a history of combining Victorian and contemporary poetry with music, Asbjornsen makes an unprecedented and successful attempt to create original melody within Charles Bukowski's acclaimed poetry with her ethereal, moody vocals. Performing with her band Dadafon, the composer's sound draws from the mix of her formal jazz education, and West-African griot singers whom she calls one of her greatest sources of inspiration. The result is a gripping and original jazz-pop hybrid using Asbjornsen's own breath-taking vocals.

Written and directed by Brent Hamer, Factotum stars Matt Dillon, Marisa Tomei and Lili Taylor. Dillon plays Bukowski's fictional alter-ego, Henry Chinaski, a Los Angeles writer easily distracted by women, drinking and gambling. To insure that the film gives an accurate representation of Bukowski and his unique style, Hamer enlisted the help of Charles' widow, Linda Bukowski. She gave input and approved both the film's soundtrack and the film itself. Already released in Europe to critical acclaim, the film premieres in US theaters on August 18.

Like the character in the film, Charles Bukowski was known for his hard-drinking ways and his refusal to conform to the formal structure of poetry. In addition to Factotum, his works include the novel Post Office and the poems The Blackbirds Are Rough Today, Young In New Orleans, and Confessions.

Milan Entertainment, Inc. has a proven dedication to releasing quality, award-winning soundtracks for film and television as well as cutting edge electronic, world and Latin music. Its catalog includes such notable soundtracks as Ghost, Mulholland Drive, Monsoon Wedding, Spirited Away, Talk To Her, City of God, Bend It Like Beckham, Once Upon A Time in Mexico, Match Point and most recently, the Academy Award Winning films, March of the Penguins and Tsotsi and the documentary Moro No Brasil.

Milan Entertainment, an independently owned operation with offices located in Burbank, California and Paris, France is distributed by WEA Inc., Warner Music Group's (an AOL Time Warner Company) manufacturing and distribution operation.

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