John Debney scores Idlewild
John Debney once again proves his versatility
Academy Award nominated composer John Debney features world famous trumpeter Arturo Sandoval on his score for Idlewild, a ragtime-inspired musical starring Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton of R&B duo Outkast. The two artists, known in the musical world as Andre 3000 and Big Boi, play speakeasy performers in the Prohibition-era south that contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club in which they perform. Brian Barber, who has built a career as a music video director for the Grammy Award winning pair, directs the film. It will be released on DVD by Universal Studios on December 5.
With Idlewild, the prolific John Debney once again proves his versatility and talent as he continues to compose for a diverse array of genres. His projects include an elaborate full orchestral score for Chicken Little and a collaboration with superstar violinist Joshua Bell on the elegant and heartfelt score for Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story. His other projects include Christopher Reeves' last project Everyone's Hero, Barnyard, The Ant Bully, and Evan Almighty.
Although Varèse Sarabande had announced to release the score, for one reason or another they have withdrawn that announcement. The reason why is not known and Varèse does not give one.
In addition to his film projects, Debney premiered his "Passion of the Christ Symphony," a concert based on his Oscar-nominated score for the blockbuster film, to audiences in Rome and received a pontifical blessing from the Vatican. A later performance at Southern California's Crystal Cathedral raised funds for the American Red Cross' Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Last year, Debney, in his 40s, was honored with ASCAP's Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary scoring range. His credits include the hit films "Elf," "The Princess Diaries," "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Liar Liar."
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