This year, the International Film Festival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, FIMUCITÉ (International Film and Music Festival of Tenerife) and the Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir of Gran Canaria have joined forces to create an area devoted to film and film-scores or soundtracks by organising a concert devoted to theme tunes of films as a parallel activity. This initiative takes advantage of the two excellent film festivals and a magnificent orchestra in the Archipelago to showcase the importance of music to the overall audiovisual effect of film.
As an active soundtrack composer myself, and director of FIMUCITÉ, I know just how many people there are in our Archipelago who truly appreciate the theme music of films. So I am sure that we have put together a programme that is going to be a great success and that will thrill those who join us in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium on the 23rd March.
The first part of the concert is devoted to one of the most outstanding composers in Japan: Shigeru Umebayashi. We are going to run through a medley of the theme tunes he composed for films like IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, 2046 among others, exploring the relation that exists with directors like Wong Kar Wei and Zhang Yimou.
The second part of the concert will focus on the extraordinary music composed for the film PERFUME: THE HISTORY OF A MURDERER by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimmek and Reinhold Heil. The world première of the film-score of PERFUME was in the second edition of FIMUCITÉ in 2008, a concert that I was honoured to conduct. This concert will be the third time that I have conducted this excellent film score designed for a symphonic orchestra and mixed four-voice choir where the solo soprano plays the leading role, guiding us through an intricately woven, magic and beautiful tapestry of melodies combined with spell-binding orchestration that absorbs us, immersing us in the universe created by Patrick Süskind in his novel and later re-created in the film version of PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER.
I hope that this new venture that we are launching between the two Canary festivals together with the Philharmonic orchestra and choir of Gran Canaria will be only the first in a long and fruitful collaboration in favour of the full experience of audiovisual productions, through highlighting the value of soundtracks and film scores.