Films don't get any more personal to me than STRANGELY IN LOVE. The director, Amin Matalqa, is like my brother and a composer couldn't dream of a better collaborator. Amin builds his films to feature music as an overt narrator, in the spirit of directors like Steven Spielberg or Wes Anderson. I feel so lucky to call him a collaborator and even more to be his friend.
For STRANGELY IN LOVE, the quality we wanted from the score was this old fashioned, romantic Chaplin-era vibe blended with modern tangos and oddness. The superb soloists who helped me achieve that (Hermine Deurloo on harmonica and Scott Tennant on guitar) were indispensable. As is so often the case, they are the soul of this music.
A more fleshed-out Behind The Scenes look can be seen at the link below, but I'll just finish with this last comment: part of what made this film so special to make was how it brought together a group of friends. This was not a big budget project, and it only happened because we all just said "let's make a movie together!" And a lot of things in our lives changed after that, some for the better and others for the worse. So this film will forever be a monument to the end of a really significant chapter for us, and the start of a fundamentally different one. I don't know if that comes through in the music or on screen, but it will forever render the film important to me either way.
A look behind the scenes:
released February 8, 2016
Music composed and produced by Austin Wintory
Featuring Scott Tennant and Hermine Deurloo
Orchestrations by Susie Seiter and Austin Wintory
Mixed and Mastered by Steve Kempster
Music Preparation by Steve Juliani
Music Editor: Kevin Globerman
Orchestral performances by the Macedonia Radio Symphonic Orchestra
Conducted by Oleg Kontradenko
Orchestra contractor: Laurent Koppitz
Digital Recordist: Boban Apostolov
Additional Recording: Paul Pouwer (Power Sound Studio; Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Guitar: Scott Tennant
Harmonica: Hermine Deurloo
Flutes: Amy Tatum
Clarinets: Andrew Leonard
Harp: Charissa Barger
Piano: Mike Lang
English Horn: Tom Boyd
Cello: Amin Matalqa
Accordion: Austin Wintory
(Click on "A Simple Love" for those credits!)
Album Art Direction by Zsutit Molnar:
Special thanks to Amin Matalqa, Michelle Lang, Ian Nelms, Sarah Kovacs, Caroline Khoury, Laura Vall & Thomas Hjorth, and Meg.