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16th World Soundtrack Awards
Held on October 19th, the World Soundtrack Awards Gala will celebrate its 16th edition this year focusing on television scores. Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir will perform the scores from the most beloved television shows in recent history, including Fargo, Homeland, House of Cards, Sherlock and The Leftovers with composers JEFF RUSSO, SEAN CALLERY, JEFF BEAL in attendance. This all accompanied by film fragments played on the big screen.
We are proud to announce that the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, following the festival's spotlight on Japanese Cinema. A selection of his work will also be live performed during the 16th World Soundtrack Awards Gala.
The traditional film music concert will be held during the second part of the night and will, for the first time, be repeated the day after the World Soundtrack Awards Gala during the WSA Concert on 20 October 2016.
New Golden Age of Television
The list is simply endless: House of Cards, Game of Thrones, The Americans, Better Call Saul, Mad Men, Fargo, The Leftovers, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Borgen, The Killing, The Walking Dead, Les Revenants… all television series with sophisticated storytelling that rivals current ‘cinema’. Not just highprofile directors and writers are attracted to this ‘new Golden Age of TV’, but also top composers are making their way into living rooms with their contributions to this exciting and addictive art form.
‘It’s no suprise that big names such as Jeff Beal, Max Richter and David Arnold venture to television scoring. We have know for a while now that original TV scores are catching up with the rather traditional field of film scores. Reasons enough for us to focus on a wide range of original TV scores during our 16th WSAwards’, says Dirk Brossé, music director of the World Soundtrack Awards.
The 16th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards will showcase the music composed for today’s top television shows. This year it will be featured in two different programs: the World Soundtrack Awards Gala on Wednesday October 19th, and the WSA Concert on Thursday October 20th. In addition a new award will be introduced at the World Soundtrack Awards Gala: Best TV Composer of the Year. Following the Award Ceremony, a concert will celebrate the best scores for contemporary TV. Honoring their role and craftsmanship in these series, Film Fest Gent has invited several composers and film/television music professionals to Ghent for the World Soundtrack Awards Gala on Wednesday October 19th to attend the live performances of these scores.
In addition to compelling live performances of David Arnold and Michael Price’s score for the British-American drama TV series Sherlock and Max Richter’s mysterious soundtrack from cult-drama series The Leftovers by Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir, several composers will make their way to the stage for what is often the debut of their scores played live in front of an audience. American composer and arranger Jeff Russo will play drums during the live performance of his Emmy nominated music from Fargo. Sean Callery, best known from his suspense-driven scores on TV-series 24 and Homeland will perform piano on the latter. For the performance of his score and theme for Netflix drama House of Cards, composer Jeff Beal will take the stage.
Film Fest Gent will announce additional names of attending composers and the full program by the end of June 2016.
The celebration of Television Music and the introduction of a new award for Best TV Composer of the Year has already been enthousiastically received by the Television Academy professionals in Hollywood.
‘It is enormously exciting that the prestigious World Soundtrack Awards are now going to recognize excellence in television music. This is further evidence that we have entered a “platinum age” of television in which its quality and level of craftsmanship has never been better,’ said Michael A. Levine, ASCAP Film and Television Music Award-winning composer and Governor, Music Peer Group, Television Academy.