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Huffington Post: John Adams's Music a Perfect Fit for "I Am Love"

on July 16, 2010 - 1:13pm
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The new film I Am Love, featuring the music of John Adams, has now opened in movie theaters across the US, with still more to be added in the coming weeks. The Huffington Post says that wonderful as it is, what "was truly powerful was the music used in the film." The Arts Desk calls the soundtrack album "an excellent single CD introduction to one of our greatest modern composers," complete with "impulsive, inventive and melodically rich post-systems gems."

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Director Luca Guadagnino's new film, I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton and featuring the music of John Adams, has now opened wide in movie theaters across the United States, with still more slated to be added in the coming weeks.

The Huffington Post's Matt Budd describes the film as "one of my favorite films of the year perhaps of the last few years. When I left the theater I felt elated and uplifted and really moved." Budd credits much of this reaction to Adams's music. "The actors, the sets, the clothes all-fantastic," he writes, "but what I thought was truly powerful was the music used in the film."

Budd explains that, while all of the music is taken from previously existing works by Adams, Guadagnino expertly incorporates it into his own work to great effect, so that it "seems to work perfectly ... I think it is fascinating how one thing like a score written for an opera about Richard Nixon's visit to China [Nixon in China] can be used in a completely different setting and still seem to fit so perfectly."

The article concludes with Budd dubbing the film "a fantastic piece of art" and its soundtrack of Adams's music "a fantastic piece of re-purposed art containing nine compositions that I think will expose him to a new audience and win him new fans."

Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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The Arts Desk offers a similar analysis, calling the soundtrack album "an excellent single CD introduction to one of our greatest modern composers." Reviewer Peter Culshaw describes it as "a hits compilation" complete with "impulsive, inventive and melodically rich post-systems gems." Culshaw recommends the album as "essential listening" for anyone new to Adams music and the "perfect gift" for fans looking to bring new fans into the fold. Read more at theartsdesk.com.

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To find out where I Am Love is playing at a theater near you, or to see when it is coming to your town, visit magpictures.com. To pick up a copy of the soundtrack album with high quality MP3s of the complete album included at checkout at no additional cost, head to the Nonesuch Store.

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BBC: John Adams's "I Am Love" Score "One of Those Rare Soundtracks That Merits, Rewards Repeated Listening"

on June 29, 2010 - 10:59am
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John Adams's music serves as soundtrack for the new film I Am Love. The BBC calls the album "one of those rare soundtracks that merits—and rewards—repeated listening." The Philadelphia Daily News gives the album an A-, citing "John Adams's brilliant score." The San Jose Mercury News, says the "music considerably adds to the grandness and sweep" of the film; the Chicago Tribune includes it among the elements making I Am Love "a film whose texture and atmosphere and fragrances stay with you."

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John Adams's music is featured prominently throughout I Am Love, the new film from Italian director Luca Guadagnino and star Tilda Swinton, both of whom have spoken frequently of having created the film with Adams's music in mind. Guadagnino has called it "a crucial emotional anchor" to his film. In addition to the centrality of Adams's music in the film, the soundtrack album itself showcases more than an hour of music from throughout the composer's career. In a review of the album from the BBC, critic Michael Quinn calls it "one of those rare soundtracks that merits—and rewards—repeated listening." Read his review at bbc.co.uk.

The Philadelphia Daily News gives the album an A-. "Soundtrack collectors," writes reviewer Jonathan Takiff, should "seek out John Adams's brilliant score for the art film I Am Love ... a serious Academy Award contender." Read more at philly.com.

The Miami Herald's Rene Rodriguez, in a film review posted in the San Jose Mercury News, says "I Am Love is the first film to use compositions by the great, Pulitzer Prize-winning John Adams (Nixon in China) as a score, and the symphonic, sometimes discordant music considerably adds to the grandness and sweep of what is essentially an intimate character study." Rodriguez writes: "Right from the opening credits, in which the titles fill the screen in curly script over snowy vistas of Milan in winter," set to Adams's The Chairman Dances (a musical precursor to Nixon in China), "you know I Am Love is going to be something special." Read more at mercurynews.com.

The Chicago Tribune says "You will fall for I Am Love." Tribune film critic Michael Phillips explains: "When you have an actress as fabulous and idiosyncratically compelling as Swinton, a director who knows how to move a camera and let a narrative breathe, and a composer as distinctive as Adams, you're handed, on a platter, a film whose texture and atmosphere and fragrances stay with you." Read the complete review at chicagotribune.com.

To find out where I Am Love is playing at a theater near you, visit magnoliapictures.com. To pick up a copy of the soundtrack on CD, with the complete album included as high-quality MP3s at no additional cost, head to the Nonesuch Store.

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Washington Post Talks with John Adams, "One of This Country's Most Distinguished, Talented Artists," About "I Am Love," More

on June 21, 2010 - 1:39pm
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I Am Love, the new film from director Luca Guadagnino, starring Tilda Swinton and featuring the music of John Adams, has opened in New York and Los Angeles. Guadagnino tells the Los Angeles Times: "His music was so powerful and many scenes were written with it in mind." Adams spoke with the Washington Post, which calls the composer "one this country's most distinguished and most talented artists," his music "beautifully crafted, endlessly engaging and has won over audiences throughout the world."

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I Am Love, the new film from director Luca Guadagnino, starring Tilda Swinton and featuring the music of John Adams, opened over the weekend in select theaters in New York City and Los Angeles, with more screens across the country to be added this coming weekend.

"From its pianissimo opening sequence to the thundering crescendo of its final moments," says Los Angeles Times writer David Ng, "I Am Love is a movie awash in the music of John Adams."

The film's director, Ng reports, sees Adams's music "as a crucial emotional anchor for the movie." Guadagnino tells the Times: "His music was so powerful and many scenes were written with it in mind."

Describing his first encounter with Adams's work, Guadagnino tells Ng that a friend had brought him a copy of Adams's Naive and Sentimental Music, released on Nonesuch in 2002. "I came home and the second the music came out of the stereo, it was an emotion I will always remember," the director explains. "There was something incredibly new but also familiar and then I became obsessed."

The Times also speaks with the composer about the film and his reaction to seeing his music being featured in such a way, concluding, Ng reports, "that it made excellent use of his compositions."

Read more at latimes.com.

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Adams met with Washington Post staff writer Philip Kennicott for a conversation that was ostensibly about I Am Love, but touched upon any number of subjects. That such wide-ranging conversations should come so freely with the man Kennicott describes as "one this country's most distinguished and most talented artists" is hardly surprising.

"Adams is deeply interested in the broader musical dimensions of culture," Kennicott writes, "how pop music and classical music coexist and sometimes cross-fertilize, how composers need audience feedback, how musical generations succeed one another and how some artists will fight quixotic battles to their dying day, holding true to avant-garde orthodoxy no matter how isolating it is. The story of classical music in America is for Adams a grand narrative that is still unfolding."

When talk turns to a novel Adams is writing, that news, too, meets the Post writer unphased. "Adams isn't just one of this country's greatest composers," says Kennicott, "he is also a fluent and entertaining writer," citing Adams's memoir, Hallelujah Junction, and his blog, Hell Mouth.

Steering the conversation back toward the subject at hand, Kennicott says, "Adams music is beautifully crafted, endlessly engaging and has won over audiences throughout the world."

Read the complete article at washingtonpost.com.

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Wilco Releases Solid Sound Festival Documentary, "Every Other Summer"

on June 18, 2015 - 10:00am
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Wilco has released a full-length documentary film entitled Every Other Summer, about the band's music and arts festival, Solid Sound. Directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty of Trixie Films and shot in 2013, it documents the three-day event, which takes place at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The film features appearances and performances from a number of festival artists including Sam Amidon, who returns to Solid Sound next weekend with Bill Frisell. The two give a free set in Brooklyn's Prospect Park tonight for Celebrate Brooklyn!. 

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Wilco has released a full-length documentary film entitled Every Other Summer, about the band's music and arts festival, Solid Sound. Directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty of Trixie Films and shot in 2013, it documents the three-day event, which takes place at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The film features appearances and performances from a number of festival artists including Sam Amidon, who performs "Sugar Baby."

Every Other Summer, whose title refers to how frequently the festival is held, is available to buy or rent now via Vimeo On Demand. You can watch the trailer below.

Amidon returns to Solid Sound this year, which takes place next weekend, June 26–28. He will perform with guitarist Bill Frisell, who can be heard on Amidon's latest album, Lily-O, released last fall on Nonesuch Records. The two give a free set in Brooklyn's Prospect Park tonight as a part of Celebrate Brooklyn!. Also on the bill tonight are eighth blackbird with special guest Will Oldham.

For more on Amidon's upcoming tour dates, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of Lily-O and Amidon's Nonesuch debut album, Bright Sunny South, head to iTunes or the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout.

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Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" Out Now on Blu-Ray/DVD

on April 28, 2015 - 7:00am
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Paul Thomas Anderson's latest feature film, Inherent Vice, is available on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD UltraViolet in the US today. An adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, Inherent Vice is set in the tail end of the psychedelic ’60s and stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Owen Wilson. Nonesuch Records released the soundtrack to Inherent Vice, which includes nine compositions by Jonny Greenwood, as well as "Spooks," an unreleased Radiohead tune performed with members of Supergrass, and recordings from the movie’s era. Performers include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Neil Young, Can, and The Marketts.

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Paul Thomas Anderson's latest feature film, Inherent Vice, is available in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack in the United States today. An adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, Inherent Vice, which was released in theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures and is available now from Warner Home Video, is set in the tail end of the psychedelic ’60s and stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Owen Wilson. To pick up a copy of the film, head to Amazon now.

The Telegraph calls the film "dazzling ... stupendous: as antic as Boogie Nights and Punch-Drunk Love, but with The Master and There Will Be Blood’s uncanny feel for the swell and ebb of history." The Los Angeles Times says: "Inherent Vice is Pynchon and Anderson at their funniest, loosest and most accessible." 

Nonesuch Records released Jonny Greenwood's soundtrack to Inherent Vice on CD and digitally in December and the vinyl in March. In addition to nine compositions by Greenwood, the soundtrack features “Spooks,” an unreleased Radiohead tune performed with members of Supergrass, as well as other recordings from the movie’s era. Additional performers include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Neil Young, Can, and The Marketts, among others.

The Daily Mail gives the Inherent Vice soundtrack a perfect five stars. "Paul Thomas Anderson’s films have great soundtracks," writes reviewer Adrian Thrills, and Inherent Vice "is no exception ... [I]ts hypnotic qualities confirm Greenwood’s growth into a first-rate film composer." To pick up a copy of the Inherent Vice soundtrack, head to iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. 

 

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