Sony Music proudly announces the release of GUNPOWDER (Original Television Soundtrack), featuring original music by Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka. The soundtrack will be released on December 15th, 2017. Gunpowder's first part will debut in the US on HBO on Monday, December 18 at 10 PM.
Gunpowder is a three-part thriller based on the 17th century events. The miniseries, written by Ronan Bennett (Top Boy) and directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as Robert Catesby, who was the driving force behind the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 London.
The story focuses on Catesby, a committed Catholic at a time when Protestant England persecuted Catholics relentlessly, as his refusal to abandon his religion brings him to the edge of financial, social and psychological ruin. Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones, Sherlock) plays Robert Cecil, King James' spymaster, who directs efforts to hunt down, torture and kill priests, while rank-and-file Catholics are subject to oppression and the loss of their property.
The miniseries chronicles the evolution of the plot, the selection of collaborators to carry it out, the gathering of resources and the obstacles to its execution - as Catesby's team plays a deadly cat and mouse game with Cecil's ruthless spy network.
The cast also features Peter Mullan (Cinemax's Quarry) as the Jesuit Father Garnet, who advocates peaceful protestation, and Liv Tyler (The Leftovers) as Catesby's astute and capable cousin, Anne Vaux, who becomes suspicious about his activities and fears the consequences will be the exact opposite of what Catesby intends.
Originally commissioned by BBC One in the U.K., the series is produced by Kudos in association with Thriker Films. "Gunpowder has been hugely popular with BBC One audiences in the U.K.," says Kudos CEO Diederick Santer. "We expect the drama to be unmissable viewing stateside." Gunpowder's first part will debut in the US on HBO on Monday, December 18 at 10 PM, with the second and third installments airing on the subsequent two nights - Tuesday, December 19 and Wednesday, December 20, also at 10 PM.
Volker Bertelmann, aka Hauschka is one of the most recognizable 21st Century proponents of what is known as prepared piano. The sound of Hauschka has always been both instinctive and fueled by a love of rhythm. Bertelmann is clearly a man who knows his instrument quite literally inside out, and he is as unafraid of approaching it with a fresh sensibility, as he is capable of drawing upon an unusually broad church of influences. By the age of 18, Bertelmann had already composed his first film score. In the 90's he became more and more fascinated with electronic music. He discovered that placing material within a piano opened the doors to a whole new sonic world.
The combination of Hauschka's classicist training, chamber music sensibilities and pop-cultural interests ensured that the often playful but never disposable results were far more than an academic exercise in experimentalism.
Since 2007's Room to Expand, he has integrated both electronic and more traditional instrumentation into his work. Collaborators include drummer Samuli Kosminen (from Icelands Mm), Calexicos Joey Burns and John Convertino, and celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn.
Bertelmann worked on numerous projects throughout the last decade, most notably in the fields of film, theatre, dance and art. As well as various short film soundtracks.
Volker Bertelmann is regularly compared to Eric Satie, John Cage and Steve Reich.