Emile Mosseri is an award-winning composer, pianist, singer and producer who has quickly made a name for himself in the world of film music with his song-based approach to crafting emotionally-stirring compositions.
Mosseri made his feature film score debut with Sundance standout The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019), garnering extensive critical acclaim from LA Times, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly and more, with NPR lauding, "Mosseri's score gives the film an extra layer of poetry and transcendence." A breakout moment for the young composer, the sweepingly romantic score cemented Mosseri as a sought-after collaborator, next joining director Miranda July for her comedic crime drama Kajillionaire (2020). Described by Billboard as "an integral part of the film and a delight on its own," Mosseri's score also featured a collaboration with acclaimed singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, the duo pairing up for a cover of Bobby Vinton classic "Mr. Lonely."
Meanwhile, Mosseri's television credits include Terence Nance's HBO series Random Acts of Flyness as well as season 2 of Amazon Original Series Homecoming starring Janelle Monáe. Vulture hailed Mosseri's score as "the secret weapon" of Homecoming, while Monáe herself admitted, "Honestly, I'm like, I wish that was my album! That's how good that music is."
Mosseri's latest project is director Lee Isaac Chung's family drama Minari, which made its award-winning debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The score has once again been lauded by critics, with The Los Angeles Times calling the music "sublime" and The Guardian writing, "it reinforces and deepens the story."
Milan Records today announces the February 12 release of MINARI (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by award-winning composer EMILE MOSSERI (The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Kajillionaire). Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Mosseri for director Lee Isaac Chung's family drama. The resulting 16-track collection is an emotionally evocative body of music that enhances the film's intimate storytelling. Minari originally made its debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize as well as the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award.
KDFC - KUSC's Brian Lauritzen and Jeffrey Freymann write.....Minari tells the story of a Korean family that moves to Arkansas in the 1980s, hoping to find their American dream by working a farm. For almost every film, the score is the last element to be added – after all the other editing has been done, and the actors have moved on to their next projects. But composer Emile Mosseri approached his score to Minari another way, writing many of the original themes when there was only a script, and the film hadn't yet been shot.
He says he sent director Lee Isaac Chung sketches for the score even before he was officially hired as the film's composer, and thinks that the music would have had a less important role if it had been written later.
Mosseri has only scored a handful of films, including the critically acclaimed The Last Black Man in San Francisco and Miranda July's Kajillionaire, yet won this nomination (one of six for the film) with a score about the intersection of two cultures that doesn't try to sound like either of them.
Listen to Brian Lauritzen and Emile Mosseri chat on KDFC: San Francisco & KUSC: Los Angeles
The Austin Chronicle's RICHARD WHITTAKER writes......Award season was delayed, but it's now in full flow. The Austin Film Critics Association has voted, and announced that Minari is its selection for this year's best film.
Lee Isaac Chung's semi-autobiographical story of a Korean family's trials and tribulations in 1980's rural America dominated the awards with six wins including Best Film, plus the top slot in the top 10 list. This double doesn't always happen, as there are two voting processes: the individual awards are done via a nominating first round, then members vote on a second round short list, while the top 10 is calculated by aggregating members' individual top 10s. So Minari's double hitter shows its consensus support among the AFCA's membership.
Here's the full list of winners & read The Austin Chronicle ARTICLE