David Shire at Soncinemad - Madrid
Legendary composer/songwriter David Shire is the latest, very special guest of SONCINEMAD 2007, 2nd Madrid Film Music Festival.
Having just completed the score for David Fincher’s long-awaited thriller Zodiac and being honoured just a few months back in a sold-out symphonic concert in Buffalo, his native city – which was focused on his eclectic oeuvre and also featured the premiere of a new symphonic jazz piece entitled Shades Of Blue - Shire enthusiastically accepted to join SONCINEMAD’s celebration of Film Music, despite his tight schedule which currently includes his latest musical project Take Flight, released in London, July the 24th.
David Shire will present an exclusive conference and attend a special disc signing sessions for the holders of Soncinemad Pass.
In the past and while being Francis Ford Coppola’s brother-in-law by marrying Coppola’s sister, actress Talia Shire-, David Shire [Buffalo, New York, 7/3/37] was a crucial artist in America’s 70’s and 80’s cinema. His name is essentially associated with the advent of the rebellious American New Wave cinema, linked to such directors as Coppola, DePalma, Altman, Spielberg, Lucas and Scorsese. His aesthetic corresponding to this new cinema is best exemplified by the legendary score he composed for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 masterpiece, The Conversation. Shire’s output is also defined by a captivating sensibility to strengthen pop music’s dramatic potential, a talent well-represented in the innovative funk/pop/rock/avant-garde extravaganza score he delivered for Joseph Sargent’s The Taking Of Pelham One-Two-Three and also in the moody, cerebral chords he crafted for Alan J. Pakula’s All The President’s Men.
Gifted with a unique talent and sense of melody, Shire is one of Broadway (Baby; Big) and off-Broadway’s (Starting Here, Starting Now; Closer Than Ever) most prestigious composers. Being the recipient of multiple Tony and Grammy awards for a wide variety of scores, Shire has written for singers such as Barbra Streisand, Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, Johnny Mathis, Billy Preston and Jennifer Warnes, being also awarded with an Academy Award in 1980 for Norma Rae’s timeless hit “It Goes Like It Goes”.
Nevertheless, his dramatic sensibility is at the forefront of his musical abilities. He has worked in all kinds of movies, and always treated them with musical magic. An example of his versatility would be the evocative and sumptuous symphonic tapestry he composed for Walter Murch’s Return To Oz, in which he transcends Wagnerian cliché adopting the language of Ives and Schumann; also the Straussian splendour exercised in Robert Wise’s The Hindenburg, or his heartfelt, powerful noir score he wrote for Dick Richards’ Farewell My Lovely.
It’s an undeniable fact that Mr. Shire is a musical master. A passionate music-lover, an erudite artist and a judicious music-maker, Shire’s formidable artistry shines brighter these days. He is very welcome to this grand event.
You can find more info and pre-register for Soncinemad 2007 here.