The River Why

by Austin Wintory

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THE RIVER WHY is in many ways a composer's dream film. It's a very inward-looking narrative, captured with absolutely stunning cinematography and the combination of the two leave a lot of room for music to be a major storyteller and breathe very independently. From the beginning, Matthew Leutwyler (the director) and Kristi Denton Cohen (executive producer) were leaning towards a guitar-driven score, and not only did that feel right to me too, but we were fortunate to be joined by one of the true greats: Dominic Miller (a composer and songwriter in his own right, and esteemed for his long-running collaboration with Sting). The result is intimate but emotionally rich. The somewhat odd palette of guitars (including both steel and classical, mandolin, banjo, and 12-string) with solo viola and cello (plus a few other little surprises) is definitely one of my favorites I've ever worked with. My music is always written as an ode to the musicians, but rarely as much as on this score; they simply ARE why I love composing.

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released June 20, 2012

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Austin Wintory Los Angeles, California

25% (or more) of the income here is used to support the non-profit Education Through Music - Los Angeles (www.etmla.org).

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Thank you so much for checking out my music. I love exploring ALL kinds of genres so hopefully you'll find something you like.
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