Reading the names of the contributors is such a thrill. The contribution of people we didn’t expect to care is particularly sweet. They’re all sweet. It feels a bit mercenary to equal love with money, I suppose we’re all susceptible to concrete marks of friendship. Each contribution like a drop of gold. We’re awed. Really humbled.
It was good to talk with Devon on the Morricone Youth show because he knows his stuff. And because he’s really into the fact that it’s all live musicians, not the usual computer generated film score. We had an amazing line up of NY musicians. John Lurie had been on the show a couple of weeks prior to our interviews and the lot of the musicians who contributed to the Vodka Rocks! score have worked with Lurie. Listen to the Dec 18, 2011 radio interview!
I’ve contributed some to the score, but it’s really Michael Blake, the composer, who brought an incredible variety of genres and rhythms to the score. It’s like an encyclopaedia of the coolest music and film score of the 20th & 21st century! It was fun being on the show with Michael because we know how to fill out each other’s sentences at this point having hummed melodies and traded obscure music clips for months. It came as a surprise to be asked about Lotto Land. It kind of brought to the forefront the radically different processes that I had with the 2 films in terms fo the music, and even the radically different nature of the musicians themselves. The Holmes brother have like a song to be able to play it. Once they have taken the music into their heart , then their amazing technical skills come in.
The jazz guys, Steve Bernstein, Daniel Sadownik, Owen Howard, Michael Blake of course, and even others such as Napoleon Maddox, Jeni Shakti Fujita, Teddy Kumpel, they know each other so well day in day out, improvising together comes easy. You place a complex piece of music in front of them and they can play it. Whatever the groove, wow, they’d play it twice and that was it, still blows me away to think of that. It was amazing to have this community of musicians come together to contribute to the score. I wish I had mentioned Kelly Howard on Devon Levins’ (pictured left) show. She’s the violinist who brought her string quartet, another group of top of musicians, from the classical tradition this time, who contributed to the level of excellency of the sound track.
John Rubino, director of Vodka Rocks! and Lotto Land
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