Music

Ludek Drizhal

Composer

Award winning Los Angeles-based composer and music producer Ludek Drizhal has written a long list of varied film scores in the U.S. and Europe.

Most recently, Ludek completed the score for the film «Alabama Moon» with award-winning writer/director Tim McCanlies (Iron Giant, Secondhand Lions) starring John Goodman, Clint Howard and Jimmy Bennett.

Ludek also scored the horror/thriller «Simon Says» with director William Dear (Angels in the Outfield, Harry and the Hendersons), which stars Crispin Glover and Blake Lively. The film was released on DVD by Lions Gate Films in June 2009.

In 2007, Drizhal worked with director Francesco Lucente on the drama «Badland» (Jamie Draven, Joe Morton), which won Best Picture at the 2009 European Independent Film Festival in Paris and was nominated for Best Picture at the Milan International Film Festival. Jamie Draven also received Best Actor Award for his performance in the film. The film's score was praised as «…highly original symphonic film music…» (Filmstarts.ge), «…serious, symphonic and even operatic…» (Variety), and «…perhaps the best part of the film» (Monsters and Critics.com). Drizhal's song «Nothing's There» written for the film was considered in the Original Song category for the 80th Annual Academy Awards.

In 2007, Drizhal worked with director Francesco Lucente on the drama «Badland» (Jamie Draven, Joe Morton), which won Best Picture at the 2009 European Independent Film Festival in Paris and was nominated for Best Picture at the Milan International Film Festival. Jamie Draven also received Best Actor Award for his performance in the film. The film's score was praised as «…highly original symphonic film music…» (Filmstarts.ge), «…serious, symphonic and even operatic…» (Variety), and «…perhaps the best part of the film» (Monsters and Critics.com). Drizhal's song «Nothing's There» written for the film was considered in the Original Song category for the 80th Annual Academy Awards.

For his work on the comedy/drama, «Rounding First» Ludek received the Audience Choice for Best Impact of Music in a Feature Film award from the Park City Film Music Festival.

Drizhal has also built an international presence, providing unique scores for films such as the comedy U PANA BOGA ZA MIEDZA («God's Little Village») by acclaimed Polish writer/director Jacek Bromski. When the film premiered in June 2009, it reached the #1 place in the Polish box office. The soundtrack for «God's Little Village» has achieved much acclaim and commercial success.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Ludek studied violin starting at age five, and later attended the Vorsilska School of Music where he studied with Josef Müller of the Prague Conservatory, a renowned teacher and a principal violinist of the Prague Radio Symphony. Ludek started performing by the age of nine, and won awards at national and international competitions. With the knowledge, he acquired while studying violin, Ludek discovered an affinity for improvisation at the piano. By age ten, he began to cultivate his improvisations into fully structured compositions. His ambition to become a composer was ignited while listening to Elmer Bernstein's score to the film «The Magnificent Seven» in a Prague Theatre in 1978.

Ludek is also an accomplished conductor, having worked with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Radio Orchestra, and Hungarian National Symphony, with whom he has recorded many of his scores.

For more information about Ludek, visit http://ludekdrizhal.com/

 

Rondale Overstreet

Singer/Songwriter

Born on the bayou, Rondale was raised in the backwater town of Bayou La Batre, Alabama. A descendent of rich musical talent, she started playing the guitar and singing as a child in church.

As a young musician, she played at Nashville's Blue Bird Cafe, a popular club for up and coming musicians and songwriters. In her early twenties Rondale, and her sister Dorothy the owner and publisher of Gumbo Woman Music, played weekends in many local establishments. The band Rondale and the Kit Kats grew out of her travels and they frequently play the Gulf Coast scene.

Rondale and three other writers, Jim Coman, Jacquie Snellman and Dorothy Overstreet composed the song "Racing" for the movie «Alabama Moon». The song was produced by Jay Joyce of Nashville, TN, who has worked with artist including Faith Hill, Leann Rimes and Patty Griffin. «Racing» is played during the credits of «Alabama Moon», and Rondale's voice brings you to her roots.

 

«Racing» Lyrics

Published by GUMBO WOMAN MUSIC BMI 2009
Writers / Jim Coman, Rondale, Jacquie Snellman, Dorothy Overstreet

 

trouble falling all around me,
fear rushing down my spine.
nobody here to help me,
scared I can't get there on time.

pap, I gotta get you a message,
one you clearly see.
I'll write the words in fire,
smoke rising through the trees.

just pretend we are racing with the sunrise; can't you see it in your mind?
cause daylights barely breaking, close your eyes remember the time,
we were playing in the streets; you fell down and skinned your knees....

I need a simple solution,
one I clearly see.
we gotta find us a safe place,
just, like playing hide and seek...

chorus

I'm gonna carry you, I'm gonna carry you, I'm gonna carry you home

 

Budapest Symphony Orchestra

The score for «Alabama Moon» was recorded in Hungary and performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Gulya.

In 1943, conductor Ernst von Dohnányi founded the Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio and Television. Today, that orchestra is known outside Hungary as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, but its concerts are still broadcast in Hungary and elsewhere. Many notable conductors have led the orchestra, in concert and on recordings, including Otto Klemperer, Carlo Zecchi, Peter Eötvös, Claudio Abbado, and Sir Georg Solti. Through its frequent broadcasts and its recordings it has become widely known and its tours have taken it to the countries of Europe as well as to the United States of America and Canada. In the past 15 years the orchestra has been recorded several American and European film scores.

 

Robert Gulya

Music Recording Supervisor

Robert Gulya was born in Budapest in 1973 into a family of musicians. His father is a jazz pianist and music has been the center of Robert's life since early childhood. He studied piano and composition at the Budapest Conservatory and received his summa cum laude degree in composition and music theory in 1997 at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary and later at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria.

He was named one of the most promising composers of his generation and has been honored with various national and international scholarships and awards.

Since 2002, he has been writing music for commercials for some of the biggest commercial agencies including McCann Erickson, Grey, BBDO, Publicis, Leo Burnett, Lowe GGK, Euro RSCG, J. W. Thompson and Y & R.

In 2004, he composed and conducted the orchestral score for the American feature film "Truce", directed by Matthew Marconi, starring with Buck Taylor, Brad Johnson and Academy Award winner, George Kennedy. The score was recorded with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra.

In 2005 Robert was selected from hundreds of composers to score the thriller-drama feature film "THE BOY WHO CRIED" directed by Matt Levin, starring Adam LaVorgna (Outside Providence) and Casey Siemaszko (Back to the Future). In 2007, he composed the score for the most successful Hungarian film in the year: "S.O.S. Love" directed by Tamas Sas, starring with Sandor Csanyi and Monika Ullmann. Later in this year, Robert wrote the 70 minutes long award-winner orchestral score for the American sci-fi adventure feature, "Atom Nine Adventures", written and directed by Christopher Farley. Movie Score Media and iTunes released the soundtrack CD. Due to the successful collaboration with the World Film Entertainment Robert was hired to score their next blockbuster film entitled "9 and a Half Dates» directed by Tamas Sas again, starring with Ivan Fenyo and Patricia Kovacs. In the same year he was commissioned to score the first Hungarian sci-fi feature film "Themoleris" directed by Balazs Hatvani. In 2008, Robert composed the score for three feature films: the American comedy "Bamboo Shark» directed by Dennis Ward, starring with the Academy Award winner Mickey Rooney, the Hungarian blockbuster musical "Made in Hungaria" directed by Gergely Fonyo and the beautiful American drama "Outpost" directed by Dominick Domingo. One of his music for commercials (T-Home SAT) became the most successful Hungarian music in 2008.

Robert has composed numerous scores for films, TV shows, theatre performances, commercials and concert pieces. These compositions have been played and recorded by orchestras and soloists throughout Europe, China, Japan and North America.

For more information, please visit http://www.interscore.hu/