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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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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 10:30
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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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Björk's "Biophilia Live" Film Makes North American Theatrical Debut in NYC

on September 26, 2014 - 10:00am
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Björk: Biophilia Live, the documentary film capturing the multidimensional concert centered on Björk’s eighth studio album, makes its North American theatrical debut at the IFC Center in New York City today. The film made its European debut at the Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, at which Variety praised the film as “a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers.” At selected screenings the documentary When Björk Met Attenborough will screen alongside Björk: Biophilia Live.

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Björk: Biophilia Live, the documentary film capturing the multidimensional concert centered on Björk’s eighth studio album, Biophilia, makes its North American theatrical debut at the IFC Center in New York City today. The film made its European debut at the Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival earlier this year, after which Variety praised the film as “a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers.” The New York Times calls it a "wonderland of space, nature, and song." At selected screenings the documentary When Björk Met Attenborough will screen alongside Björk: Biophilia Live. Watch a trailer for the film below. For more information, including screening details, visit biophiliathefilm.com.


The film documents the live show based on Biophilia, the multi-disciplinary, multimedia exploration of the intersection of music, nature and technology first released in 2011 as an album and suite of apps which NPR called “astounding.” The intimate Biophilia performance, which premiered in 2011 in what the Wall Street Journal called a “magical evening,” finds Björk accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. “To bring the manifold ideas of her Biophilia app/album/educational series/multimedia experience to life,” Pitchfork writes, “[Björk is] accompanied by an all-female Icelandic choir, a dazzling set of nature films, and a variety of custom-made instruments, including a Tesla coil that descends from the ceiling. In short, it’s … mind-blowing.” UK screenings of the film will be announced Monday, August 18.

Directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Björk live in performance and augment her music with animation created by top designers. The film, produced by Jacqui Edenbrow/Gloria Films, also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, which explore the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena—atomic, cellular and cosmic. The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation.

To pick up a copy of the Biophilia album in the US, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a free MP3 download of the complete album at checkout.

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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:00
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Björk's "Biophilia Live" Film to Open Worldwide

on August 14, 2014 - 9:30am
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Björk: Biophilia Live, the documentary film capturing the multidimensional concert centered on Björk’s eighth studio album, will begin a limited series of premiere screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, galleries and cinemas worldwide on September 5. The film recently made its European debut at the Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, at which Variety praised the film as “a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers.” At selected screenings the documentary When Björk Met Attenborough will screen alongside Björk: Biophilia Live. Watch a trailer for the film here. 

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Björk: Biophilia Live, the documentary film capturing the multidimensional concert centered on Björk’s eighth studio album, Biophilia, will begin a limited series of premiere screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, galleries and cinemas worldwide—including Moscow’s 360° Contemporary Science Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro’s Festival do Rio, Reykjavík's Bio Paradis and Iceland Airwaves Festival, Panama City’s Biomuseo, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image—on September 5. The film recently made its European debut at the Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, at which Variety praised the film as “a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers.” Additionally, the Museum of Modern Art recently acquired the Biophilia iPad app, making it the first app in MoMA’s permanent collection. At selected screenings the documentary When Björk Met Attenborough will screen alongside Björk: Biophilia Live. Watch a trailer for the film below. For more information, including screening details, visit biophiliathefilm.com.


The film documents the live show based on Biophilia, the multi-disciplinary, multimedia exploration of the intersection of music, nature and technology first released in 2011 as an album and suite of apps which NPR called “astounding.” The intimate Biophilia performance, which premiered in 2011 in what the Wall Street Journal called a “magical evening,” finds Björk accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. “To bring the manifold ideas of her Biophilia app/album/educational series/multimedia experience to life,” Pitchfork writes, “[Björk is] accompanied by an all-female Icelandic choir, a dazzling set of nature films, and a variety of custom-made instruments, including a Tesla coil that descends from the ceiling. In short, it’s … mind-blowing.” UK screenings of the film will be announced Monday, August 18.

Directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, unique voices in their own right, film Björk live in performance and augment her music with animation created by top designers. The film, produced by Jacqui Edenbrow/Gloria Films, also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, which explore the relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena—atomic, cellular and cosmic. The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation.

To pick up a copy of the Biophilia album in the US, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a free MP3 download of the complete album at checkout.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 09:30
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