New Release: ‘Across the Stars: The Music of John Williams For Solo Piano’

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Los Angeles-based composer Dan Redfeld announces the recent release of Across the Stars: The Music of John Williams For Solo Piano from BSX Records.

“The music can translate to pretty much anything and it will still communicate an incredibly emotional, powerful idea,” said Redfeld of John Williams’ work. “We hope the public hears that John isn’t just a one-note, blockbuster composer. His skills are much more multi-faceted and he has a created a body of work which is complex but always memorable and melodic. He’s definitely the greatest American composer since Bernstein or Copland and in a class all by himself.”

Full details at BuySoundtrax.com

Spielberg to Present John Williams with AFI Life Achievement Award

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This year, Steven Spielberg will present the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award to his longtime collaborator, composer John Williams. This is the first time in the history of the American Film Institute that the award will go to a composer.

Williams’ career will be celebrated at a private Gala Tribute on June 9, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The televised special, AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS, will air on TNT on June 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/ PT), followed by an encore presentation on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on September 12 during a night of programming dedicated to John Williams.

Spielberg Talks ‘The BFG’ Music

In an interview published in the Official Disney Fan Club magazine, director Steven Spielberg shared details on making The BFG, including working with John Williams on the film’s score:

In terms of the movie’s music, it’s no surprise that Spielberg would turn to his longtime collaborator John Williams, a five-time Oscar winner who has scored most of Spielberg’s films since 1974. “I will tell John my story by showing him my cut and he goes away and eight weeks later, he tells a story musically,” Spielberg explains. “He has done this brilliantly with ‘The BFG.’ Every moment is accompanied by a little bit of a musical reminder that there is another layer of story being told.”

Full article at MovieFone

John Williams to Score Kobe Bryant’s Animated Short Film

Kobe-JWRetired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant will turn his love poem to hoops, “Dear Basketball,” into a short animated film and a related series of projects to be distributed exclusively on Sports Illustrated digital properties. The short will be narrated by Bryant and directed by Glen Keane, the animator who has worked on such classic films as “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tangled.” John Williams, the five-time Oscar-winning composer whose credits include “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” the “Indiana Jones” series, “E.T.,” “Jurassic Park” and the “Harry Potter” films, will write the score for the animated ode to basketball.

“’Dear Basketball’ is the perfect tribute to something I’ve loved for so long. Glen and John are two legends in their industries, so to partner with them on the creative process is a dream come true,” – Full article at Variety

‘Phila. Orchestra celebrates Star Wars, classical composer John Williams’ (New Williams Interview)

“Creative breakthroughs in the face of personal trauma aren’t unusual in the lives of artists. “It makes or breaks people,” Williams said. “I was young and my wife was very young. Had I been 20 years older, I would’ve been less able to restart my life. Immediately thereafter, I did feel differently about working, especially with music. I can’t quantify or describe what it did. But we do change. All life experience does that. We have accidents. We have happy things. Having three teenage children at the time required a lot of focus and strength, being a single parent. . . . We could talk for a week about this.” – Full article at Philly.com

Pianist Gloria Cheng on Working with John Williams (Audio Interview)

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The Indy Cast interviews Grammy award winning pianist and John Williams collaborator Gloria Cheng about their ‘Conversations’ concert piece as well as her work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and other Williams scores, including Munich, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Adventures of Tintin. Click here to listen to the interview

John Williams Receives France’s ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ Award

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On April 19, John Williams was awarded France’s highest arts honor, “L’Ordre National des Arts et Lettres” in a ceremony that took place at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, California.

Established in 1957, the Order of Arts and Letters recognizes people who have made significant contributions to literature, arts, or the promotion of these fields, in France as well as around the world.

‘The Force Awakens’ Flutist on Working with John Williams

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“Mr. Williams prefered to conduct without a click track unless absolutely necessary, so there were times that the music ran a little long as we all emoted together. The most amazing thing I have ever heard a director say to a composer was when JJ Abrams said to John ‘don’t worry, we’ll make the film work.’ JJ appreciated John so much and knew how important his music was that he was offering to make the film work with the music we had created.” – Full article