Aaron Zigman's Bridge To Terabithia
Bridge To Terabithia earns world-wide box office success.
Aaron Zigman, one of Hollywood's most diversified young film composers, scores Bridge To Terabithia for director Gabor Csupo. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, and based on the popular children's book, it is a coming-of-age story about friends who create a magical kingdom in the forest, where the two of them reign together as king and queen. The film continues its success around the world, already grossing over $100 million. Currently in Spain and France, it has earned more than $5 million and $4 million, respectively. Disney releases the film in the United Kingdom May 4. Hollywood Records released Zigman's score CD February 13. The DVD will be available on June 19.
Zigman's rich yet subtle score highlights the emotional material without sensationalizing it. The full orchestral score purposefully soars and swells in just the right places, and Zigman's use of a choir enhances it even further.
As a classically trained pianist, Zigman developed a strong musical foundation early in life, allowing him to work on everything from popular music to orchestral concert works. His incredible range has taken him from Industrial to Urban sounds for Alpha Dog, from a classical score to R&B with John Legend for Pride, as well as the epic score to Bridge To Terabithia. He began his musical career as a producer and arranger for notable popular music stars including Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner, Carly Simon, Christina Aguilera and Seal. His numerous symphonic pieces include a 35 minute-long tone poem divided into five movements, composed as a tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin; and Impressions, a suite for a wind ensemble. Zigman premiered his original concert work, Vis Vitae, at the Third Annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival.
Expanding his repertoire to include film, Zigman began to arrange and orchestrate for features such as Mulan, The Birdcage, Licensed to Kill and Pocahontas. His work garnered the attention of director Nick Cassavetes, for whom he completed his first feature score for John Q., starring Denzel Washington. The two soon collaborated again on the box-office hit The Notebook, which the versatile composer scored in the musical style of the 1940s, performing it with vintage instruments and using period-specific recording instruments for an authentic sound.
Terabithia comes on the heels of a very productive year for Zigman. Zigman-scored films released in 2006 include projects as diverse as Flicka, ATL, Akeelah and the Bee, Take the Lead, Step Up, Alpha Dog, and The Virgin of Juarez. Upcoming projects for the busy composer include 10th and Wolf, with Giovanni Ribisi, James Marsden and Dennis Hopper; The Wendall Baker Story, the directorial debut of Andrew Wilson and Luke Wilson, starring their brother Owen Wilson, Eva Mendes and Eddie Griffin; and Martian Child with John Cusack.
Soundtrack with 4 tracks from the score, available from Amazon.com.