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Aaron Zigman scores The Jane Austen Book Club
10-Oct-2007 -




You don't have to know the books to be in the club.

Award-winning composer Aaron Zigman has scored The Jane Austen Book Club, a Sony Pictures Film from director Robin Swicord. The Jane Austen Book Club, starring Kathy Baker, Lynn Redgrave and Jimmy Smits, opened in New York and Los Angeles theaters on September 21.

Adapted from author Karen Joy Fowler's novel of the same name, The Jane Austen Book Club is a story about six book club members, six Austen books, and six interwoven story lines set in the city of Sacramento. While the contemporary stories never completely parallel the Austen plots, the six characters find echoes, predictions, warnings and wisdom about their own trajectories within Austen's beloved narratives.

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.

Orchestration is Aaron Zigman's passion. He is an accomplished composer of concert works, writing numerous symphonic pieces including a 35 minute-long tone poem divided into 5 movements which was written in tribute for Yitzhak Rabin, and performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. Recently, the USC Symphony orchestra performed Zigman's Impressions, a suite for a wind ensemble. Zigman premiered his original concert work, Vis Vitae, at the Third Annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival. To further expand his career, Aaron arranged and orchestrated for feature films such as Mulan, The Birdcage, and Licensed To Kill.

Zigman's big break into feature film composing came in 2002, when director Nick Cassavetes offered him a shot at scoring John Q starring Denzel Washington. Zigman paid for a 55-piece orchestra and wrote an extravagant six-minute opening montage that he submitted as a demo to land the job. The relationship has led to further film collaborations including the romantic classic The Notebook, and the edgy drama Alpha Dog.

The score for The Jane Austen Book Club is available from

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