Check out Spitfire Audio‘s latest interview regarding Jeff’s workflow integrating Spitfire samples in Star Trek: Discovery Season One below!
Friday evening, November 16, Jeff Russo and Perrine Virgile hosted an event for the AWFC, a community of composers and colleagues who strive to support and celebrate the work of women composers through advocacy and education. Through support and awareness, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring. The AFWC advocates for the inclusion of women composers within industry events, supports filmmakers, game developers and studios in their inclusion of women composers, and educates, mentors and inspires emerging women composers.
This week we stepped back a few decades to record a jazz trio in attempts to recreate sultry and enigmatic sounds from greats like Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans. It’s amazing how quickly the live room walls faded to grey revealing a candle-lit smokey ’60s lounge with the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Paul Newman sipping on old fashioned cocktails.
With the right combination of engineering expertise, adaptive mic technique, and musicianship, music can transport you through decades. The recording engineer worked with the mixing engineer to dampen sounds, select the right drumset, isolate instruments, and create the perfect tone for that era. The language of music is powerful and it’s especially pertinent in live jazz improvisation. Check out some photos from the session below!
Lakeshore Records released It’s Always Blue: Songs From Legion digitally on August 17, presenting cover versions of classic songs featured in the critically-acclaimed drama series performed by EMMY Award-winning composer Jeff Russo (Fargo, Star Trek: Discovery) and Peabody Award-winning series Creator/Executive Producer Noah Hawley. Noah literally named one of his characters Syd Barrett and cited Dark Side of the Moon as one of the creative influences for the show. Hence, the show is full of cover versions of rock songs he wanted to showcase for thematic reasons. Reimagined tracks, such as “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Don’t Come Around Here No More” showcase Hawley on lead vocals and Russo on harmony vocals in addition to playing all other instruments, including the Moog Synthesizer IIIc. Legion is set to return to FX for a third season in 2019.
Check out a full tracklist below:
White Rabbit 3:54
White Room 5:11
Burning Down the House 4:37
Don’t Come Around Here No More 6:18
Change the World 4:01
Behind Blue Eyes 3:14
Nothing in This World 3:45
Cornflake Girl 3:43
This week, you could say we made history at the Star Trek Convention in Vegas. Jeff arranged a musical suite including music he wrote for the most recent Star Trek: Discovery franchise that culminated with an updated version of the original Star Trek’s Main “Courage” Theme composed by Alexander Courage back in the mid ’60s. Much to the delight of the surprised convention attendees, Ayana Haviv performed soaring operatic vocals accompanying the Nevada Pops Orchestra conducted by Jeff. The audience went wild celebrating this rare resurgence of historical music that shaped the lives of so many dedicated fans.
“Star Trek had to open with some kind of something or other. Little did I know when I wrote that first A-flat for the flute, that it was going to go down in history somehow. It’s a very strange feeling.” — Alexander Courage
Check out clips of the show below:
Catch Jeff at the Official Star Trek 2018 Convention at The Rio Suites Hotel in Vegas this weekend!
He’ll be conducting the Nevada Pops Orchestra performing a world premiere of the Star Trek: Discovery score featuring guest vocalist Ayana Haviv. In addition, fellow composers Michael Giacchino and Dennis McCarthy will be conducting original works Saturday (Aug. 4) evening at from 9:00-10:30 pm. The entire 90-minute concert is priced at $50 for General Admission, with ticket purchase available at the Ticket Booth in the Gala.
Jeff, Michael, and Dennis will also be participating in a Behind the Music panel Saturday afternoon starting 1:30 pm in Rio’s Pavillion.
Grab your last-minute tickets here, and don’t forget to bring along your favorite Nemesis uniform! Check out the behind-the-scenes footage of the Star Trek: Discovery score recording below!