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Soundscapes - Uncovering Future Talents of Estonian Film Music
November 21 at 16:00-18:00 Nordic Hotel Forum, restaurant Monaco lounge
Estonians have always been known for their love of music. Take for example the famous Singing Festival that in every year brings together more than 20 000 singers and an audience of 80 000 visitors for a weekend full joy of singing from their hearts. Or our worldwide famed contemporary composers Arvo Pärt, Erki Sven Tüür, Helena Tulve or Veljo Tormis.
Yet Estonia also features a rich landscape of up and coming film composers and sound designers whose Nordic roots combined with fresh ideas deliver a truly unique and cost wise competitive score to the productions.
On November 21st, the 5th film music showcase presents the top of Estonia's scoring and sound design talent with accompanying talks and workshops and one to one meetings. Please see our Daily Schedule for more details.
As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and a vinyl digger Misha Panfilov has been active in music for over a decade. With projects in jazz-funk, psych-rock and analogue electronica, his deepest passion lies in library music reminiscent of the 70s. Misha's works tip the hat to legendary film music composers Piero Umiliani, Piero Piccioni, Alain Goraguer, Aleksandr Zatsepin and Rein Rannap. Soundtracks of the Blaxploitation era as well as retro space-age science fiction pics could easily include Misha’s works. “Planet Savage” and “Ocean Twelve” are on his list of fine film music examples.
As a specialist on Soviet records together with the Western and European traditions, MR. Panfilov exemplifies the Estonian existential situation in the world – his inspiration spawns from a creative clash of cultures, fusing a whole that is larger than the sum of the parts. In 2016, the hard-working man did 10+ vinyl releases on various local and international record labels.
Listen to Misha’s work: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkse_XCRjhddeOu85-nM8APZ3pfT_WCRE
Mari-Liis Rebane (Tallinn, Estonia) is a MA student in New Media Arts who’s focused on sound art and the interactive, emerging technologies of the digital age. As a composer she values the ability to bring the openness of an intuitive process together with the technical skills and audible narrations. Discovering and exploring the unknown through soundscapes has become her passion in life. She is interested in new approaches that combine trans-media solutions and interaction between art, media and technology.
Her debut 4-track EP release, that dropped 2016 fall under the artist name Vul Vulpes, combines eerie vocal chops with leftfield, experimental electronica. With a plethora of works, Mari-Liis’ refusal to define herself has made her at home in a range of styles. A candidate to compose music for artistic and contemplative pictures as well as for video games, she finds herself inspired by classical minimalism and field recordings and she has her favourites ranging from IDM to avant-garde.
Listen to Mari-Liis' work: https://soundcloud.com/vulvulpes/mari-liis-rebane-pr-lude
Ervin Trofimov is an Estonian-born composer and record producer who works in post-minimalist and contemporary popular musical styles.
Starting in bands (Opium Flirt, Candy Empire) and producing artists (Kene, Desiree, Balam), Trofimov has written music for films (TV show Catfish, feature films by Ain Mäeots Demons and Taarka) and networks (VICE, MTV, FOX, NAT GEO, ITV, NBC, ERR, Amazon) around the world. He holds a publishing contract with EMI records.
Listen to Ervin's work: https://open.spotify.com/track/65QIpQB2vLHtW0FsJPntOy
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erki Pärnoja, mostly known from the Estonian group Ewert and The Two Dragons, released his first solo EP “Himmelbjerget” in late 2015. After being actively involved in the Estonian music scene for almost 15 years as guitarist, songwriter and producer, he finally started writing and recording under his own name. Whilst recording guitars, bass and synthesizers on his own in a tiny rehearsal room in the creative district of Tallinn, he decided to involve a few more musicians and make a long distance recording out of it. The collaboration with keyboardist/producer Filip Leyman and drummer Ulrik Ording – both veterans of critically acclaimed Swedish singer Anna von Hausswolff 's band – is a big step up in the pursuit to capture a cinematic soundscape.
His music is a taste of melancholic reflections and bittersweet recollections at summer's end, organically evolving wide dreamy soundscapes, all drenched in shimmering reverb. Pärnoja’s sound is described as a cinematographic affair between indie-pop, folk and groovy guitar-rock. Within less than a year he has played at the most influential festivals in Estonia, Jazzkaar and Tallinn Music Week among others and also at the biggest music event in the Baltics - Positivus Festival.
The EP “Himmelbjerget” was well received in Estonia: "It seems like this music is not from our time, nor is it from the future or the past. It is rather from a parallel time, that is purer, more complete, more comprehensive, more meaningful and aspiring than the time we live in now…” Erki is currently working on his next album, which will be out in early 2017.
Listen to Erki’s latest single ‘Doors Dance’ here: Erki Pärnoja - NEW SINGLE "Doors Dance" (album art making of video)
Young and hungry, Estonian composer Kaspar Tambur has proven himself in a variety of styles. With focus on the piano, he got classical education that was followed by jazz studies in adolescence. Kaspar has since become a strong musical performer, band leader, producer as well as a creative force experienced in team-work.
Having disregarded the academic view about score music coming second to “high culture” forms, Kaspar is keen on film music being his primary focus. As of date, he’s worked on local short movies and film scores to would-be movies. The notion of rebelling the status quo is ever present by Kaspar, as he’s mixed Beethoven with Bach, Haydn with Mozart, having even joined together Eduard Grieg's "Anitra's Dance" and MJ's "Billie Jean." The latter shows how a very attack-driven synth music work can take on a graceful flow of an organic waltz.
At the age of 17 Kaspar created his first composition for The National Music Olympiad titled Miserere for a choir, violin and grand, which received the maximum points by the jury. Alongside fellow students, the 18-year old Kaspar put together a Pink Floyd Tribute tour in Estonia, doing sold-out gigs to over 3000 people a night. In addition to entertaining the audience with the ageless music, Kaspar discovered the film music side of Floyd. Additionally the works of Hans Zimmer (Batman Begins, Interstellar, Inception), Thomas Newman (Meet Joe Black) and James Hohner (Titanic, Braveheart) made him realize that movies can carry a deeper meaning to a wide audience. Finding inspiration in understanding his surroundings and translating that into his music, he’s learned how the director and composer co-create the narrative.
Local film creatives have praised Kaspar as a hard-worker capable of taking on multiple roles in writing and producing the score. With the technical and creative skillset mastered, he’s ripe to follow through his personal mantra: ”As long as it’s from the heart and has some deep meaning through lyrics or other art mediums – you can’t go wrong.”
Soundscapes: Talks About Film Music
November 21 at 12:00-14:00 Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus
Adaptation: A Composer's Journey - a thought journey to the borders of different industries and various genres. We talk about challenges hindering every emerging composer when crossing the gap from one reality to another. From music to film. From film to games. From comedy to horror. What makes the difference between success and failure - is it just hard work and talent or is there a more exquisite sorcery at play? Accompanied by the minds of Michael Pärt and William Goldstein, we delve into the challenging depths of adaptation with the spirited Jüri Muttika leading the conversation.
William Goldstein: William Goldstein has been a recording artist for Motown and CBS Masterworks. He has over 40 albums currently available. He has scored over 50 Movie and Television projects, including Fame & The Miracle Worker. He has written on the arts for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. He has been a pioneer in the use of computers and electronic instruments in music. His most distinguishing characteristic as a composer / pianist is his gift of "Instant Composition", which he shares with audiences through Master Classes, recitals and Albums.
Michael Pärt: Having been active in the music industry as a Producer and Editor for almost 16 years. Michael has been part of a wide variety of projects, ranging from working closely with composers and pop stars, liaising with directors to managing and producing recording sessions. Michael Pärt has gained renowned recognition in the music and film communities by working closely with Oscar and Grammy award winning artists. He has worked with Icelandic megastar Björk, film directors Peter Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, composers Richard Harvey, Howard Shore and film director and Prince of Thailand Chatrichalerm Yukol among others. Michael has contributed to award-winning projects such as the BAFTA winning LazyTown and the Grammy nominated albums Volta by Björk and Neon Bible by Arcade Fire.
Moderator Jüri Muttika is an acclaimed Estonian journalist who has experience all across the local media landscape. Currently he is working as an investigative journalist at Estonian Public Broadcasting. He is also a film director, producer and screenwriter, and presently working on a documentary about Estonian pop music.
November 21 at 14:30-15:30 Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus
Story vs Score: The Art of Co-Creating The Narrative – A Case Study. There is a tender relationship between a director and a composer. When two creative forces work together, result can be mesmerizing. Still, It takes only a slight aberrancy for the story to collapse, or for soundtrack to become obsolete? Is it even possible for two storytellers to tell the same exact story?
Director Alexandre O. Philippe & composer Jon Hegel, in midst of recording soundtrack to Alexandre's upcoming documentary 78/52 about the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, have agreed to reflect upon their collective and individual experiences.
Alexandre O. Philippe is a director and writer, known for The People vs. George Lucas (2010), Doc of the Dead (2014) and The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus (2012). Currently in production 78/52 a documentary about the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Jon Hegel is a composer and actor, known for composing music for The People vs. George Lucas (2010), The Spot (2008) and Left (2006).
Moderated by Michael Pärt who has been active in the music industry as a Producer and Editor for almost 16 years. Michael has been part of a wide variety of projects, ranging from working closely with composers and pop stars, liaising with directors to managing and producing recording sessions. Michael Pärt has gained renowned recognition in the music and film communities by working closely with Oscar and Grammy award winning artists. He has worked with Icelandic megastar Björk, film directors Peter Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, composers Richard Harvey, Howard Shore and film director and Prince of Thailand Chatrichalerm Yukol among others. Michael has contributed to award-winning projects such as the BAFTA winning LazyTown and the Grammy nominated albums Volta by Björk and Neon Bible by Arcade Fire.