Dickinson -Season 2, AppleTV Original SeriesS-trak
Drum & Lace + Ian Hultquist: Bio
Drum & Lace, aka Sofia degli Alessandri-Hultquist, is an Italian composer, sound artist and performer that writes and creates music for film and media. Raised in Florence, Italy she received her Undergraduate Degree from Berklee College of Music (Film Scoring & Composition) and a Masters Degree (Music Technology & Composition) from New York University.
Inspired by interesting sounds and cinematic elements, Drum & Lace melds together sampled field recordings and lush layers of synths to create densely textural and beat-heavy music, greatly drawing from film music, music concrete and modern electronica. Her ambient and chamber work also gathers great inspiration from nature and natural sound, as well as the juxtaposition of unlikely sounds with one another.
Her composition work includes writing for film, tv, dance, theater, fashion and advertising.
Her feature-length film scoring credits include fashion documentary "The First Monday in May" (dir Andrew Rossi), HBO documentary "At The Heart of Gold- Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal" (dir. Erin Lee Carr), upcoming noir-thriller "Deadly Illusions" (dir. Anna Elizabeth James). Television credits include AppleTV+ Original Series "Dickinson" (created by Alena Smith) and season 3, and upcoming season 4, of NBC "Good Girls" (created by Jenna Bans & Bill Krebs).
Notable other composition projects include music for brands such as NARS, Always, Tanya Taylor, Girls Who Code, Squarespace as well as ongoing collaborations with theatre production company Saudade Theatre and dance company Heidi Duckler.
Drum & Lace's performance work often includes sound installation and spatial audio elements, at events such as The Echo Society VI: Family (Los Angeles, CA), Pink Privacy installation at Pulse Art Fair 2018 / Art Basel (Miami Beach, FL), a quadraphonic interactive performance at Los Angeles Central Library's Taper Auditorium with Suzanne Ciani (Los Angeles, CA), Moogfest 2019 (Durham, NC) and 'semi songs' Live LA at Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles, CA). She recently performed a (virtual) set as part of National Sawdust's Digital Discovery Festival in July 2020.
Her most recent release, "Further" EP, is a new work composed for contemporary dance that features field recordings, electronics and strings performed by the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO).
Drum & Lace is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Ian Hultquist is an American composer & producer based in Los Angeles, CA. Over the past few years he has made a name for himself composing the scores for numerous films, documentaries and tv shows.
Ian started his career in music as a founding member of the band Passion Pit, which started in Boston, MA where he was studying Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. He spent many years touring around the world & honing in his productions skills as a Music Director, and working on remixes for artists such as Portugal the Man, Imagine Dragons, Tegan & Sara and OK GO. In 2014 he, along with his wife & fellow composer Sofia Hultquist (aka Drum & Lace), relocated to Los Angeles in order to fully dedicate himself to working in music for film.
He has built a lasting working relationship with renowned directors in the film & documentary world such as Andrew Rossi (Ivory Tower, The First Monday in May) Erin Lee Carr (Mommy Dead & Dearest) & Alistair Legrand (Clinical). In 2018 alone Ian has four feature films being released theatrically including Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (dir. Ashley Bell, Abrorama), The Gospel According to André (dir. Kate Novack, Magnolia Pictures), A-X-L (dir. Oliver Daly, Lakeshore/Global Road) & Assassination Nation (dir. Sam Levinson, NEON/AGBO).
In 2016 Ian formed Little Twig Records, an imprint label focused on releasing soundtracks for Film & TV.
Drum & Lace + Ian Hultquist
Dickinson -Season 2, AppleTV Original SeriesS-trak
Milan Records today releases DICKINSON: SEASON TWO (APPLE TV+ ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK) with music by Drum & Lace and Ian Hultquist. Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Drum & Lace and Hultquist for the second season of the Apple Original series starring Hailee Steinfeld as poet Emily Dickinson. Also included on the album is vocal track "Split the Lark" performed by "Dickinson" actress Ella Hunt.
The second season of "Dickinson" is now streaming globally on Apple TV+ and new episodes premiere weekly, every Friday.
Of the soundtrack, composers DRUM & LACE and IAN HULTQUIST say, "In Season 2 of Dickinson, we find all of our characters having grown up a bit, for better or for worse, and we wanted our music to reflect that shift as well. The mood of our music is deeper, more mature and evolved to go with the narrative of the new season: ‘What is the cost of Fame'' This question is asked both internally by Emily, and by those around her. While we definitely kept some of the signature sounds from season one such as (Sofia's) voice, analog synths & drum machines, we were also able to explore new themes and sonic territories to cover the new narratives at hand. Without spoiling anything, we also had a great chance to work with the cast on some original songs which we're hoping the viewers will resonate with."
During the Toronto International Film Festival, the husband and wife found themselves walking the red carpet for the screening of The Gospel According to André, a fashion documentary that follows former Vogue editor André Leon Talley, for which they composed the score. But creating beautiful music together is nothing new for this duo. In fact, the two have worked together on-and-off since just after they graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music in 2008. Sofia and Ian, who have both also performed separately as musicians (Sofia under the moniker Drum & Lace and Ian as a former guitarist and keyboardist for Passion Pit), even formed their own band at one point (and yes, we already requested a reunion).
Sofia, who was born and raised in Florence, Italy, and Ian, who hails from Chicago's Highland Park neighborhood, relocated to their current residence in Eagle Rock from a stint in Brooklyn and one of the things they're most appreciating about their new city is the ability to work from home. In addition to providing plenty of space for their two pups Lupo and Fiamma, their home allows for two work areas, an office and a freestanding studio filled with analogue synths most music geeks would lust after. The ultra-cool couple recently let us into both spaces to chat about the best-and worst-parts of working with your spouse and how they keep their work areas inspiring enough to spark productivity.
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