Composer Spotlight – Life of PI – Mychael Danna


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Mychael Danna recently landed his first two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, Pi’s Lullaby. Danna is considered to be a frontrunner for this year’s Oscar after winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Score.

Danna has been scoring films since his 1987 feature debut for Atom Egoyan’s Family Viewing, a score which earned Danna the first of his thirteen Genie Award nominations, an award he has won five times. Danna is recognized as one of the pioneers of combining non-Western sound sources with orchestral and electronic minimalism in the world of film music. This reputation has led him to work with such directors as Terry Gilliam. Scott Hicks, Ang Lee, Deepa Mehta, Gillies MacKinnon, James Mangold, Mira Nair, Billy Ray, Joel Schumacher, and Denzel Washington. Mychael joins us for a conversation on the rewards that come with working on a eleven time nominated film and his work with many of the world best filmmakers.

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