17th World Soundtrack Awards: Gala & Concert
The World Soundtrack Academy is ready to celebrate 100 years of jazz and cinematography by dedicating the World Soundtrack Awards to the influence of jazz music on the art of film scoring. On October 18th, the Academy will announce the winners of the WSAwards in attendance of Terence Blanchard, Joe Kraemer and with a Lifetime Achievement Award for David Shire.
"In the year that we celebrate the 100th birthday of jazz, how could we not focus on this quintessential American art form at the World Soundtrack Awards?" says artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher. "Especially since the rise of the Jazz Age coincided with the development and worldwide success of another quintessential American art form and entertainment: the movies. Over the years, jazz and film have influenced and enriched each other. In our two concerts (World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert and Symphonic Jazz Concert) we bring the best of the great jazz scores from the past and the present. Two concerts you can’t afford to miss if you are a fan of film music, jazz or just plain great music!"
Every year the World Soundtrack Academy and Film Fest Gent present awards for Best Composer of the Year, Best Score, Best Song composed for a Film, and several others during the official World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert, held on October 18th 2017. A panel of voting members, namely the Advisory Board and Honorary Board, choose the winning scores and composers. These boards exist of film music composers and executives active in the film music business. Next to that, audiences from around the world can vote for the Public Choice Award, of which the winner will also be announced during the WSAwards Gala.
The ceremony will be followed by a unique symphonic film music concert. Because of the centenary of jazz music, the festival will focus on that genre and its relationship to movies. During the century that both jazz and film have arisen and thrived, the two forms of art have crossed each other’s paths numerous times. The World Soundtrack Awards Gala, however, will concentrate on contemporary jazz in the soundtrack scenery.
Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé will perform compelling contemporary jazz scores, accompanied by film clips on the big screen. Our central guest of the evening will be Terence Blanchard, the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for motion pictures. He began performing in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Two years later, he succeeded Wynton Marsalis in the legendary Jazz Messengers before forming his own influential groups. As a film composer Terence Blanchard is most known and admired for his unique collaboration with director Spike Lee that started in 1991 and includes Mo Better Blues, Malcolm X, Clockers, 25th Hour, Jungle Fever, Inside Man; movies of which clips will be depicted during the concert. His innovative approach to film scoring results in film music that can be gritty urban, but also heartfelt, richly emotional or low key. Sometimes there’s a blues sensibility at work but his jazz-flavoured arrangements also express a sense of anguish.
During this 17th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be granted to David Shire, acknowledging his large and varied contribution to film music. He is the man behind soundtracks of movies including Norma Rae, The Conversation and All the President's Men. We’re also happy to welcome our Discovery 2016 Joe Kraemer, who has already composed many television scores, but is justly celebrated for his collaboration with writer turned director Christopher McQuarrie on The Way of the Gun, Jack Reacher, Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation, all action thrillers that benefit considerably from Joe Kraemer’s strongly eloquent scores.
Next to the World Soundtrack Awards Gala, jazz lovers can also attend the Symphonic Jazz Concert, held on October 19th in the Capitole. This will be a classics night during which Brussels Philharmonic will cover 100 years of jazz at the movies.
Terence Blanchard is not only our central guest of the evening, his film scores are also the topic of our 2017 compilation album. To cover the production costs, we have set up a crowdfunding campaign, to which you can contribute. You can find more info about the project and extra advantages if you support here.
17th World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert @ Capitole Ghent