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Howard Shore on his musical life & Order of Canada

Thursday, 19 January 2017 15:27

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks to legendary Canadian composer and musician Howard Shore about his incredible career and the recent announcement that he has been made Officer to the Order of Canada.

Howard Shore can lay claim to a collection of the most recognizable score and soundtrack melodies in modern times.

His 80+ film scores span the genres; from dramas and action adventures, to comedies and animated films. His long and prolific relationships with Directors like Peter Jackson, David Cronenberg, Martin Scorsese and David Fincher have produced unforgettable soundtracks for films like ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Fly’, ‘The Departed’, ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Seven’.

Howard Shore grew up in Toronto where he first studied music. He elevated his career in his early teens, learning classical and jazz, and playing multiple instruments. By the 1960s he was touring with the successful jazz/rock act, Lighthouse.

In the mid 70s, Shore’s Toronto connection to Lorne Michaels landed him the Musical Director gig on the new sketch comedy program, Saturday Night Live.

When his tenure at Rockefeller centre came to an end in 1980, Shore had already started on his feature film composing career. His relationship with another famous Torontonian, David Cronenberg, saw the beginnings of a long cinematic partnership and the launch of a career virtually unmatched in modern movie-making.

Howard Shore spoke to Mark Wigmore from his New York Studios.

Howard Shore’s latest projects include his new CD of Chamber Music, and a celebration of the music of Chopin with the release ‘Two Concerti’. “Ruin & Memory” with pianist Lang Lang and “Mythic Gardens” with Cellist Sophie Shao

To learn more about Howard Shore head here.

To learn more about the Order of Canada, click here.

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the JAZZ.FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

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