Michael Edwards (Australian composer)

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Michael Edwards (born 18. February 1974) is an Australian composer and pianist based in Berlin. He composes music for Film, TV and Theatre. Edwards is also known for his work with Lisa Gerrard, Dead Can Dance, Skye Edwards, Patrick Cassidy, Darren Hayes, Christian Tschuggnall and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.[1][2][3][4][5]

Biography[edit]

Edwards was born in Melbourne, Australia. He studied viola at the Queensland Conservatorium and played in the Queensland Youth Orchestras. In 1993 he won the Australian national Nescafe Big Break Award whilst studying jazz piano at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane. He graduated with a music degree from QUT in 1994 and a graduate diploma in philosophy from the University of Sydney in 1998.[6]

His sister is author and columnist Kasey Edwards.[7]

Career[edit]

Music and television[edit]

After relocating to Sydney Edwards began his composition career writing music for advertising and television including writing the theme for the news program Today Tonight.[8]

In 2003 he relocated to London, where he was one half of the production duo Lief, together with Adrian Watkins. They had UK Top 10 chart success with their remixes "Put 'Em High" for StoneBridge and "Cannot Contain This" for Moloko.[9][10] Some years later Lief completed their own debut album "Photogenic", released in 2017 on Native Music.

Film[edit]

Edwards moved into composing for film after meeting Lisa Gerrard. First collaborating with her on the film Whale Rider. Further collaborations include Layer Cake, the Japanese film Ichi, and the albums The Silver Tree and The Black Opal.[11][12][13]

In 2009 he scored the film The Tomb, starring Wes Bentley. Other notable films featuring his music are The Front Line, Fuga Per La Liberta, Kill the Irishman, Calvary and 1916: The Irish Rebellion, all of which he composed in collaboration with Patrick Cassidy.[14][15]

His score to the award-winning film The Clockmaker's Dream won him Best Music at Los Angeles Cinefest 2016 and a nomination for the Deutscher Filmmusikpreis 2016.[16][17][18]

Orchestral work[edit]

Edwards relocated to Berlin in 2009 focusing more heavily on orchestral composition. In 2017 he was commissioned to compose for the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin for which he and co-composer Christian Tschuggnall won multiple international nominations and prizes, including the Music and Sound Awards 2017, Golden Award of Montreux, Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation, and Gold at the Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards 2017.[19][20][21][22][23][24]

With Tschuggnall, Edwards runs the music studio "unheard" in Berlin.[25]

Theatre[edit]

Edwards has composed music for multiple theatre-productions. He has worked with Ice and Fire Theatre London and the network Actors for Human Rights in Germany (Bühne für Menschenrechte). His work includes the original score for the documentary theatre pieces Rendition Monologues, Asylum Dialogues and NSU-Monologues.[26][27]

Pianist[edit]

As a live performer and pianist Edwards toured with Dead Can Dance in 2005 and with Skye and Darren Hayes from 2006 till 2008.[28][29]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Whale Rider (soundtrack)
  • Silver Tree – Lisa Gerrard
  • Dead Can Dance – Live 2005
  • Ichi (soundtrack)
  • Calvary (soundtrack)
  • 1916: The Irish Rebellion (soundtrack)[30]
  • Small Town (soundtrack)
  • The Clockmaker’s Dream (soundtrack)
  • Skye – In a Low Light[31]
  • Atef – Perfect Stranger
  • Volta Music – Embers[32]
  • Lief – Photogenic [2017]
  • Unversal Music – Dark Futures[33][not in citation given]

Feature films[edit]

  • 1916: The Irish Rebellion
  • Calvary
  • Die Gewählten
  • Out of Society
  • Kill The Irishman
  • The Tomb
  • Ichi
  • Secrets of State
  • Solo
  • Fuga Per la Liberta
  • The Frontline
  • Playing For Charlie
  • Before The Flood
  • Layer Cake
  • Whale Rider
  • Breaking the Ice

Singles[edit]

  • Space Weaver – Lisa Gerrard (The Silver Tree)
  • Sleep – Lisa Gerrard
  • Desert Song – Lisa Gerrard
  • The Messinger – Lisa Gerrard
  • Serpent and the Dove – Lisa Gerrard
  • Black Forest – Lisa Gerrard[34]
  • Perfect Stranger – Atef[35]
  • Said and Done – Skye
  • Mise Eire – Sibeal
  • Cannot Contain This – Moloko (Lief Remix)
  • Put ‘em High – Stonebridge (Lief Remix)

Short films[edit]

  • The Clockmaker's Dream[36]
  • Narcan
  • Klangberlins
  • Dead Clean

Television[edit]

  • Today Tonight News Theme (1999–2013)
  • Water Rats (1999)
  • Murder Call (1999)
  • Mandy’s Choice (2006)
  • Town and Country (2005)
  • Katrin und die Welt der Tiere (2010)
  • Small Town (2016)

Plays[edit]

  • Rendition Monologues – Ice and Fire Theare London[37]
  • Asyl-Monologe – Bühne für Menschenrechte Berlin[38]
  • Asyl-Dialoge – Bühne für Menchenrechte Berlin[39]
  • NSU-Monologe – Bühne für Menschenrechte Berlin[27][40]
  • Hypnotise The World – Jan Becker (Germany)
  • Loachre – GAA Ireland

Awards[edit]

  • 1993: Nescafe Big Break (winner)
  • 2006: Australian Music Prize (nomination)
  • 2016: Deutscher Filmmusikpreis (nomination)
  • 2016: Los Angeles Cinefest (winner)
  • 2017: Garden State Film Festival (winner)[41]
  • 2017: Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation (winner)
  • 2017: Golden Award of Montreux (winner)
  • 2017: ADC Peaks – Best YouTube Clip 2017 (winner)[20]
  • 2017: Music and Sound Awards (finalist)
  • 2017: Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards (winner)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Edwards & Lisa Gerrard – Ichi". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  2. ^ "Dead Can Dance – DCD 2005 – Selections From Europe 2005". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  3. ^ "Skye – Said And Done tekst piosenki – Teksciory.pl". teksciory.interia.pl. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  4. ^ "CALVARY – Patrick Cassidy". MOVIE MUSIC UK. 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  5. ^ "Wacky Wednesday – Konzerthausorchester Berlin Present 'The Sounds of Berlin' [LOL]". theviolinchannel.com. 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  6. ^ "Michael Edwards – About". www.michaeledwards.tv. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  7. ^ "Kasey Edwards". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  8. ^ Today Tonight (TV Series 1995–) on IMDb
  9. ^ ""Put Em High" by Stonebridge and Therese – Music Charts". acharts.co. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  10. ^ "Moloko – "Cannot Contain This"". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  11. ^ Caro, Niki (2003-08-29), Whale Rider, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, retrieved 2017-10-02
  12. ^ Ichi, Jvc Japan, 2008-10-15, retrieved 2017-10-02
  13. ^ "Lisa Gerrard – The Silver Tree". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  14. ^ "Michael Edwards". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  15. ^ Calvary (2014), retrieved 2017-10-03
  16. ^ "Deutscher Filmmusikpreis". deutscherfilmmusikpreis.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  17. ^ "Los Angeles Cinefest (2016)". Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  18. ^ The Clockmaker's Dream (2015), retrieved 2017-10-03
  19. ^ "Wie klingt eigentlich eine Currywurst?". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  20. ^ a b "#klangberlins – Konzerthaus Berlin". Konzerthaus Berlin. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  21. ^ "2017 Finalists – Sound Design". Music+Sound Awards. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  22. ^ "Golden Award of Montreux – Annual International Advertising & Multimedia Competition". www.goldenawardmontreux.com. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  23. ^ "Gewinnerliste 2017 | Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation". www.onlinekommunikationspreis.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  24. ^ "Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards: Winners 2017". www.cannescorporate.com. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  25. ^ "unheard – Composition | Production". www.unheard.de. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  26. ^ "Die Asyl-Monologe". Berlin Bühnen (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  27. ^ a b "Die NSU-Monologe / NSU-Monologlari | Heimathafen Neukölln". heimathafen-neukoelln.de. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  28. ^ "The Spirit of Dead Can Dance". SFGate. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  29. ^ Darren Hayes (2016-04-24), Darren Hayes – Baby I Am Pop!ular, retrieved 2017-10-03
  30. ^ i-classical.com. "i-classical.com". i-classical.com. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  31. ^ Skye Edwards (2015-07-21), 'Said And Done' from my 4th solo album In A low Light, retrieved 2017-10-03
  32. ^ "Embers". www.universalproductionmusic.com. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  33. ^ "Dark Futures". www.universalproductionmusic.com. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  34. ^ "Lisa Gerrard – The Black Opal". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  35. ^ "Perfect Stranger – Atef | Song Info | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  36. ^ The Clockmaker's Dream on IMDb
  37. ^ "Rendition Monologues". edinburghfestival.list.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  38. ^ "Die Asyl-Monologe | Heimathafen Neukölln". www.heimathafen-neukoelln.de. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  39. ^ "Die Asyl-Dialoge | Heimathafen Neukölln". heimathafen-neukoelln.de. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  40. ^ Bühne fuer Menschenrechte (2017-08-30), Die NSU-Monologe – Fernsehbericht ZDF Heute Plus, retrieved 2017-10-03
  41. ^ "2017 Festival Winners". Garden State Film Festival. 2017-04-03. Retrieved 2017-10-03.

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