Ilan Eshkeri is an award winning composer, artist, songwriter, producer and creator. Eshkeri's work is performed in concert halls, theatres, galleries, on film & television and video games; his eclectic body of work is linked by his love of narrative.
Ilan is currently creating music for A Perfect Planet, his fourth collaboration with the legendary naturalist David Attenborough. Recently, Ilan and Ralph Fiennes completed their third film together – a biopic about Rudolf Nureyev, ‘The White Crow'. This followed the creation of a ballet ‘Narcissus and Echo', choreographed by famed dancer Sergei Polunin with set designs by David LaChapelle and a ballet commission from Rambert Dance Company.
Ilan has collaborated with Burberry on a landmark fashion show, where he composed and conducted a choral symphonic suite, ‘Reliquary', which then reached no.1 in the UK classical chart. Before this, he worked with astronaut Tim Peake and the European Space Agency on a film documenting his mission to the International Space Station. Ilan continues his collaboration with Tim Peake and ESA with his spell-binding show ‘Space Station Earth' last performed in Stockholm to an audience of 10,000. Other performance highlights include a unique concert for thousands in the gardens of the Louvre in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Rudolfinum in Prague.
Eshkeri's many creative partnerships include artists such as Annie Lennox, David Gilmour, Sinead O'Connor, KT Tunstall, Tom Odell, Ash and The Cinematic Orchestra. Amongst his extensive catalogue of film & television are multiple Oscar & BAFTA winning films such as Still Alice, Stardust and Shaun The Sheep. Eshkeri has been nominated for an Ivor Novello for ‘The Young Victoria' as well as a BAFTA for ‘The Snowman & The Snowdog'.
Shigeru Umebayashi (aka Ume) was born in Kitakyushu Japan.
He started composing film music in 1984 and his talent was immediately recognized in 1985, when the music he composed for the Japanese film production Sorekara (And Then) won several film music awards. He has since scored more than 30 Japanese Films.
Ume is also an internationally renowned film composer, best known for creating ‘Yumeji's Theme' in Wong Kar-Wai's film In The Mood for Love as well as collaborating with Wong Kar-Wai on 2046. He was the music producer and composer for Zhang Yimou's films House of Flying Daggers and Curse of The Golden Flower and composed the end-title song ‘Lovers' for the soprano Kathleen Battle.
Ume has proven his versatility in world cinema, working with such directors as Hong Kong's Ronny Yu for Jet Li's Fearless, Italy's Roberta Torre for Mare nero (Dark Sea), Serbia's Uros Stojanovic for Tears for Sale, England's Peter Webber for Hannibal Rising, Germany's Veit Helmer for Absurdistan and British director Sharon Maguire for Incendiary, starring Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor.
He also contributed music to A Single Man, directed by Tom Ford (2009); Dias de gracia (Days of Grace) directed by Everardo Gout, winning the Mexican Academy Ariel Awards Best Score in 2012; Trishna, directed by Michael Winterbottom (2011); The Grandmaster, directed by Wong Kar-Wai (2013) winning jointly with French composer Nathaniel Mechaly the 2014 Best Composer Award at the 8th Asian Film Awards and 2014 Best Composer Award at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards; and Come il vento (Like the Wind) directed Marco Simon Puccioni (2013).
Recent scores for Chinese production companies include The Wasted Times (Er Cheng, 2016), God of War (Gordon Chan, 2017) Miss Puff (Xinyi Zhang, 2018). He has also co-written the score for the 4-part Channel 4 drama Chimerica (Michael Keillor, 2018). Ume has also composed scores for several video games including Ghost of Tsushima.
Ume composed the music for the official documentary film of the Beijing Olympics The Everlasting Flame : Beijing 2008, winning many international awards.
Since 2010 Ume has started to present his film music in concert at European festivals and concert halls.
Milan Records today releases GHOST OF TSUSHIMA (MUSIC FROM THE VIDEO GAME) with music by ILAN ESHKERI and SHIGERU UMEBAYASHI. Available everywhere now, the album features music written by both Eshkeri and Umebayashi for the latest action-adventure game from Sony Interactive Entertainment. Included in the album are tracks written by Eshkeri that serve as the sonic companion to the game's narrative, as well as music written by Umebayashi for the exploratory, open world dimension of the game. Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, Ghost of Tsushima is now available for PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system.
Of the soundtrack, composer ILAN ESHKERI says, "Ghost of Tsushima is such a beautiful game set in a culture that has always fascinated me, with a powerful and compelling story. Everything about it touched me creatively and I learned so much on the journey. The score brings together Japanese music and instruments, with sounds I've performed and a symphony orchestra all led by melody. I hope together it creates an emotional world that touches you and draws you into the heart and spirit of Ghost."
Coming off of 2014's inFamous: Second Son, Sucker Punch went hard to work on what would be the studio's next game, Ghost of Tsushima. This game was going to be Sucker Punch's most ambitious project yet, and with that came new challenges. The game's audio director, Brad Meyer, told me that the team wanted Ghost of Tsushima to act as a sort of time machine. When playing the game, the intention was to transport players back in time to make it feel like they were assuming the role of a samurai in feudal Japan.
"Our next task was deconstructing the gameplay to figure out how we could make music work dynamically," said Meyer, "to keep pushing this sense of being in an ancient time and far-off place while also reacting to the hero journey."
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