In Ghent, film composers are the new rock stars

Ghent-badalamentiAt a time when the classic film score would appear to be an endangered species, the recently wrapped 37th Ghent Film Festival, with its movie music focus, revealed a vitality often lost in Hollywood circles.

Sure, the film composing community is a beleagured lot, all too frequently pulled into the postproduction process at the 11th hour, when budgets are almost tapped out and they are forced to create under impossible deadlines. But at Ghent, which celebrated the 10th anniversary of the World Soundtrack Awards last Saturday, the atmosphere was purely celebratory. Granted, many of the talents who were on hand represent the creme of the crop, and don’t face the struggle for recognition — and gigs — of many of their contemporaries.

If composers might be viewed as the new rock stars (and in some cases partied like rock stars), the 10th WSAs could have been viewed as the Woodstock of film music concerts, with no less than five Oscar winners represented in the program, all of them present. And while the Brussells Philharmonic has acted as Ghent’s house orchestra for some years now, with the classy Dirk Brosse wielding the baton, the audience was still able to see some of these composers outside of a scoring stage and on the public stage performing as soloists, including Gabriel Yared (“The English Patient”), Angelo Badalamenti (“Twin Peaks”) and Nico Muhly (“The Reader”) on piano, and Gustavo Santaolalla on ronroco and acoustic guitar.

More Music

  • John Malone

    Liberty Media Withdraws $1.16 Billion Offer for iHeartMedia Stake

    At a time when the classic film score would appear to be an endangered species, the recently wrapped 37th Ghent Film Festival, with its movie music focus, revealed a vitality often lost in Hollywood circles. Sure, the film composing community is a beleagured lot, all too frequently pulled into the postproduction process at the 11th […]

  • Joe Jackson Car Accident

    Joe Jackson Hospitalized, in Final Stages of Terminal Cancer

    At a time when the classic film score would appear to be an endangered species, the recently wrapped 37th Ghent Film Festival, with its movie music focus, revealed a vitality often lost in Hollywood circles. Sure, the film composing community is a beleagured lot, all too frequently pulled into the postproduction process at the 11th […]

  • Best Albums of 2018 so Far.

    Best Music of 2018 (So Far)

    At a time when the classic film score would appear to be an endangered species, the recently wrapped 37th Ghent Film Festival, with its movie music focus, revealed a vitality often lost in Hollywood circles. Sure, the film composing community is a beleagured lot, all too frequently pulled into the postproduction process at the 11th […]

  • Carpool Karaoke in London with Paul

    Paul McCartney Joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke (Watch)

    At a time when the classic film score would appear to be an endangered species, the recently wrapped 37th Ghent Film Festival, with its movie music focus, revealed a vitality often lost in Hollywood circles. Sure, the film composing community is a beleagured lot, all too frequently pulled into the postproduction process at the 11th […]

  • Bad Wolves

    How the Cranberries' 'Zombie' Got a Second Life Thanks to Hard Rock Band Bad Wolves

    At a time when the classic film score would appear to be an endangered species, the recently wrapped 37th Ghent Film Festival, with its movie music focus, revealed a vitality often lost in Hollywood circles. Sure, the film composing community is a beleagured lot, all too frequently pulled into the postproduction process at the 11th […]

  • Rapper Jim Jones Arrested for Gun

    Rapper Jim Jones Arrested for Gun and Drug Possession

    At a time when the classic film score would appear to be an endangered species, the recently wrapped 37th Ghent Film Festival, with its movie music focus, revealed a vitality often lost in Hollywood circles. Sure, the film composing community is a beleagured lot, all too frequently pulled into the postproduction process at the 11th […]

  • Paul Simon

    Paul Simon's 'What Not to Bring' List for Farewell Concert Is Astonishingly Thorough

    At a time when the classic film score would appear to be an endangered species, the recently wrapped 37th Ghent Film Festival, with its movie music focus, revealed a vitality often lost in Hollywood circles. Sure, the film composing community is a beleagured lot, all too frequently pulled into the postproduction process at the 11th […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content