15 17 Oct '24
2023 - Austin Wintory

WSA 2023

During the 23rd edition of the World Soundtrack Awards, for the first time, game music is added to the programme, as well as the brand new WSA Game Music Award.

At our yearly film music concert, we decide to change things up, diving into worlds you rarely get to experience without a console. The PRESS PLAY: Music in Games concert features not only scores from some of the biggest games out there, but also from acclaimed indie hits. Both host and one of the guests is Austin Wintory, whose music is performed live by Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé.

Japanese composer Eiko Ishibashi presents her new project, titled GIFT, in world-premiere. It involves a live performance by Ishibashi accompanied by a brand-new film by Oscar-winning director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, who shot footage especially for his composer's new show. The result is a silent film completely supported by Ishibashi's dynamic live performance. During the WSA Film Music Days, Ishibashi and Hamaguchi hold a talk on their creative partnership.

For three consecutive days, the WSA Film Music Days offers a peek behind the scenes of the film music world. Filled with panel discussions, interviews, and masterclasses, these talks explore how the film music industry operates and evolves. The talks include deep dives into the music of Borislav Slavov and Stephanie Economou.

In collaboration with VIERNULVIER, Film Fest Gent presents a new edition of VIDEODROOM, a unique programme blending film and music. This eclectic experience, including a musical night with Colin Stetson, offers audiences an immersive journey at the intersection of visual and auditory arts.

On 21 October 2023, the year’s best and most loved compositions are celebrated during the World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert. Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé, performs works by Lawrence Rosenthal, Nicola Piovani, and Eiko Ishibashi.

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