Craig Armstrong - News & Site Updates 2007
Craig Armstrong has been awarded a BAFTA for 'Outstanding International Contribution'.
BAFTA Scotland exists to promote and reward excellence in Scotland's screen industry and the award recognises Craig's achievements through his acclaimed film score work.
For more information, visit the official BAFTA Scotland website.
I've added another score recommendation to the
Music Recommendations section.
In the news post of 02/10/10 I mentioned the musician Paul Leonard-Morgan, a collaborator of Craig Armstrong's, who was releasing his first album. I was fortunate to be sent an early copy and I'm pleased to tell you it's great and I highly recommend you check it out. You can read my review here - Filmtales.
The review below is taken from GigWise.
"It's at this point of the evening that taking that extra pill thirty minutes ago suddenly becomes a bad idea. Razor-sharp and delivered with pinpoint precision, 'Without You' will do one of two things; either leave you feeling 100% invincible or rip you apart from the inside out, brain first.
A hectic mish-mash of orphaned hypnotic beats is enough to see Scottish composer Craig Armstrong and the other half of Winona, Scott Fraser, sectioned under the mental health act, but redemption comes through the spoken word of French actress Laurence Ashley and melting vocals of Lucy Pullin. All or nothing, 'Without You' will fuck with your head and is probably best listened to in wide open spaces or a padded cell."
You can download the Without You Remix EP from iTunes UK. It comes with the additional tracks The White Room (one of the highlights of the album) and Apricot. Download Now.
I recently read this article regarding Paul Leonard-Morgan, he' a Glasgow based composer with a similar music style to Craig Armstrong. Working on film and TV scores as well as arranging music for bands, he's recently won the commission to composer the anthem for the US Olympic team. Paul's got an album coming out this month called Filmtales and there are some very promising sample tracks on his MySpace page.
Paul's Official Website
Filmtales Official Website
The Elizabeth section has been updated with the tracklistings for the CD release of Craig's score (view page).
Five:15 - Opera Made in Scotland
Five specially commissioned fifteen-minute operas written by some of today’s leading authors and composers.
Performance dates have been announced:
29 February and 1 & 2 March 2008
The Hub, Edinburgh
*8 & 9 March 2008 (*2 performances)
Download the Press Release (PDF 64kb)
For the Record: Craig Armstrong
Some news updates for you. A CD has just been released of a new recording of some of Craig Armstrong's film music. Last year Craig performed at the Flanders International Film Festival (View Photos), the same performers from that concert are featured on the CD.
European Film Music Concert
A concert celebrating the best of European film music is being staged in Berlin in November. Craig will be introducing music from his back catalogue at the event.
The event takes place at Berlin’s Admiralspalast theatre on Friday November 30th. You can purchase tickets via this ticket website.
A track from the forthcoming Winona release is to appear on a new CD being released by the book publishers and book store chain 'Barnes & Noble' The CD series is called 'Sunday Music' and the track 'The White Room' will feature on one of the CDs.
This Love - Alternate Version
One of Craig's most popular tracks is 'This Love'. Jerry Burns - the
co-writer of the song - has a slightly different version on her MySpace page which is worth checking out.
If you're wanting to get your hands on a copy of the Winona limited addition release, then head on over to Phonica Records. Where you can buy the 12" which come with two B-Side tracks taken off the forthcoming CD.
The website for the forthcoming film Elizabeth: The Golden Age has been updated. It's featuring some music which I'm assuming is Craig's and Rahman's score. I've linked to the audio files on the The Golden Age page. You can view the official movie website here.
You can now pre-order the score on Amazon USA. It's released on the 9th October in America. I'll post links to UK stores when the CD is give a release date. As the film is out here in the UK in November, then I would expect the score around then.
> View the trailer online
The music used in the trailer has been taken from Steve Jablonsky's score to 'The Island'. The track is entitled 'My Name Is Lincoln'.
Winona recently played the Rock en Seine festival in Paris. There are some videos up online, the quality is not the best, but it provides an idea of what the concert was like.
I've also added a link to a select of photos taken at the concert as well.
You can listen to the remix of the Winona Track 'Without You' by
The Dead Soul Brothers over on the official MySpace page.
The Dead Soul Brothers' remix of the Winona track 'Without You', will be made available on 12" vinyl at the end of August. The release, which had it's first airing on Radio One this month, will also feature the B-Side tracks
'The White Room' and 'Apricot'.
I'll post more news / dates as I receive it.
Sunday 29th July saw the first of this years' Winona concerts. Footage is now online of the event as well as an interview with Craig Armstrong, Scott Fraser and Lucy Pullin discussing the project.
Watch the Video
MySpace / Sample Tracks
You can hear a preview of Craig's new electronic project 'Winona' on his MySpace page - the track is called Apline Tunnel - Check it out
Forthcoming Live Dates for Winona can be found here.
Opera - 5:15
What happens if an opera company puts crime author Ian Rankin and Craig Armstrong in a room together with a blank piece of paper? The result is Five: 15
Five:15 is five new fifteen-minute chamber operas produced through collaborations between some of the leading lights working in Scotland’s vibrant creative industry.
Find out more
Craig Armstrong and Scott Fraser have composed a brand new track for the newest model of Audi car, the R8. The full advert is approximately 10 minutes in length. You can watch a shortened version over at YouTube.
You can hear Craig on BBC Radio Scotlands 'Classics Unwrapped' programme this Sunday. The show starts at 15:05. Listen live here.
Craig will be featured on a forthcoming edition of BBC Radio Scotland's 'Classics Unwrapped' series - to be broadcasted on Sunday 13th May. You'll be able to listen via their website.
The first trailer for 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' has been released online. You can view it here (QuickTime 14.6mb). The music used in the trailer has been taken from Steve Jablonsky's score to 'The Island'. The track is entitled 'My Name Is Lincoln'.
Last year Craig performed at the Flanders International Film Festival, I've just found some photos online taken at the event - Have a look. For those of you in Ireland, don't forget, you can catch Craig at this year's Electric Picnic. Check out the official website for further details.
Craig will be working with author Ian Rankin to write the music for a 20 minute opera which has been commissioned by the Scottish Opera. More information will be announced soon.
Craig is working with composer A.R Rahman on the score to The Golden Age. I've found this piece of info online, which talks about what's happening.
Maverick AR Rahman and Scottish composer Craig Armstrong are working on the film’s score at the latter’s studio in Glasgow. The teaming of the two composers is expected to show fascinating results considering their different backgrounds, thinks the director, a speaker at FICCI-Frame 2007. Kapoor recently mentioned in his blog that he has been encouraging Armstrong to lead, since the film is a pre-dominantly western production. “But I am looking to Rahman to inject some bold, out-there melodies and sounds into the score,” he says.
Craig Armstrong is working with director Shekhar Kapur on his new film The Golden Age. The film is a continuation of the film Elizabeth which stared Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I. This second chapter in the story takes in the later years of Elizabeth's reign and her relationship with explorer Sir Walter Raleigh. The Golden Age is currently scheduled for release in October 2007. I'll post more news as and when I receive it.
I've found an interview with Craig conducted by britfilms.tv. The interview took place at the time of the release of the Piano Works DVD.
Check it out
The Once exhibition ends on the 25th February. If you haven't been to see it yet, then I suggest you go and see it before it closes. Whilst you're there you can pick up a copy of Craig's music on CD. Alternatively you can order a copy by telephoning Kelvingrove shop on 0141 276 9576.
I'm a Witch - a collection of remixed Yoko Ono tracks is released today. Craig's track 'Shiranakatta (I Didn't Know)' features Yoko's vocals on a new orchestral composition. The track is now available on iTunes.
The remix album of Yoko Ono's work is released on February 19th. It features a track re-worked by Craig. I'll post more news on it once I've heard it. You can read more about it in last year's news section - take a look.
I've got a new interview for you with Craig Armstrong talking to Aint It Cool. It's an interesting interview which goes quite in depth to his scoring process, enjoy in. Check it out
Happy New Year!!!
I've done a bit of house keeping and I've moved all of last years news and updates to their own archived section - view 2006 news.
In case you've not already seen it, there is a MySpace page for Craig Armstrong. It's run by his management company i.e. Music and it is currently been used to promote the Piano Works DVD release. Check it out.
recent projects highlights of craig armstrong
- Victor Frankenstein
- It's Nearly Tomorrow