Free Talks: French Touch Composers
Composers Grégoire Hetzel (Summertime), Nicolas Jaar (Dheepan), Morgan Kibby (Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)), Mathieu Lamboley (Lolo), and Mark Snow (best known for The X-Files theme music, as well as his work with Alain Resnais) will discuss their craft. Moderated by Variety’s Elsa Keslassy.
Paris-born Grégoire Hetzel is a César Award–nominated composer who emerged onto the film scene in the early 2000s, scoring movies by acclaimed French directors Arnaud Desplechin (Kings and Queen, A Christmas Tale, My Golden Years), Mathieu Amalric (The Wimbledon Stadium, The Blue Room), and Emmanuel Bourdieu (Intrusions, Poison Friends). A former student of Paris Conservatory, Hetzel started his performing career while playing piano to accompany silent films at the French Cinémathèque. Having been called a soulchild of Georges Delerue, Hetzel is versatile and able to shift from pop-music scores to electronic soundscapes, writing big symphonic scores as well as folk tunes—which he did for the Australian movie The Tree. Hetzel also scored movies from Denis Villeneuve (the Oscars-nominated Incendies), Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Pierre Salvadori, Anne Fontaine (the 2016 Sundance-acclaimed Agnus Dei), among others. In 2006, he co-composed and produced French singer Marie Modiano’s first album, I’m Not a Rose. In 2013, he wrote the opera La Chute de Fukuyama, along with French writer Camille de Toledo. The piece premiered in Paris at Salle Pleyel with Daniel Harding and the Radio France philharmonic orchestra and received great reviews. Hetzel also wrote a novel, Le Vert Paradis, published by Gallimard in 2003.
Nicolas Jaar is a Chilean-American composer and recording artist based in New York. Notable works include Space Is Only Noise (2011) and Pomegranates (2015). He is known in the club world for his various dance 12″ EPs he put out from 2008 to 2011. Since his first album, he has embarked on more explorative directions, performing a five-hour improvisational concert at PS1, releasing a large volume of experimental recordings through his label Other People (including works by like-minded artists Lydia Lunch, William Basinski, and Lucretia Dalt). In 2015, Jaar scored Dheepan by director Jacques Audiard (winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2015). Jaar is also half of the band Darkside (Psychic 2013).
White Sea, the moniker of Los Angeles–based recording artist, composer, and producer Morgan Kibby, was named Rolling Stone’s “Artist You Need to Know” in March 2014 and one of MTV’s “15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop,” she was also included on KROQ’s “New Music to Know” and claimed the No. 7 spot on Billboard’s “Best Pop Albums of 2014.” Kibby’s self-produced debut album, In Cold Blood, earned high praise from outlets like Rolling Stone, who described it as “epic and ardent,” and LA Weekly coined her “LA’s renaissance woman of pop.” Kibby has also taken on projects outside of traditional recording—most recently, she scored the critically acclaimed French film Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), which premiered to high praise at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win the prize for Best Original Score at Les Arc European Film Festival in France in late 2015. This year sees Kibby collaborating with chef Craig Thornton of Wolvesmouth on his most recent documentary for The New Yorker on Amazon, and contributing music to his newest installation set to open later this month at MOCA.
Pianist and composer, Mathieu Lamboley began his musical studies when he was 7 years old with Yves Henry. In 1998, he entered the CNR of Paris in Olivier Gardon’s piano classes, and unanimously awarded First Prize. The same year he entered the National Superior Conservatory of Paris in two degree courses, Piano and Composition, and obtained five First Prizes: Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Forms, Orchestration and Piano. He then got master’s degrees in Composition, Orchestration and Piano. At the beginning of his professional training, the art of the orchestration was his main goal, and therefore he became orchestrator of other composers such as Grégoire Hetzel for the film A Christmas Tale by Arnaud Desplechin. In 2004, he studied conducting at the Guidhall School of Music of London. Since then, he’s been conducting many orchestras in classical repertory as well as in his own compositions. Lamboley first concentrated on contemporary music composition before expanding his work toward film, musicals, and songwriting. In 2003, he composed the music for the movie Les oreilles n’ont pas de paupières by Etienne Chaillou, which won the best music award at the Aubagne Film Festival. In 2006, he attended the ASCAP film music workshop in Los Angeles and at this special occasion worked with Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. At present Lamboley is engaged in multiple musicals activities, such as concerts, musical-theater composition, and film-music composition, most recently for the films Lolo by Julie Delpy and Toute première fois by Maxime Govare and Noémie Saglio. He also did the composition for the new musical signature of the Marrakech International Film Festival and the music for the latest Caroline Huppert film. Dior asked him to compose for its advertising campaign, as did Jaeger-LeCoultre and Vega LTE in South Korea.