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Catch Clint Mansell Live on April 6

by Kevin Taft
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Thursday Mar 28, 2013
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Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated musician and former lead singer of the band "Pop Will Eat Itself," Clint Mansell has become one of the most respected and beloved film composers of the last two decades. Following the break-up of his band in 1996, he was asked to score Darren Aronofsky’s first film, "Pi."

While his score was well-received, it was his work for Aronofsky’s follow up film "Requiem for a Dream" that put him on the map. The film’s main theme, "Lux Aeterna," was so adored that it has since been used extensively in a number of advertisements and film trailers; most notably in the "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" trailer where the composition was re-orchestrated with a full choir and became known as "Requiem for a Tower." Since then it has become one of the most well-known movie themes of all time.


Film fave

His 2006 score for Aronofsky’s next feature "The Fountain" won him a Golden Globe nomination and has since become something of a cult favorite. He would return to score every one of Aronofsky’s later films including "The Wrestler," "Black Swan," and his upcoming "Noah."

But he’s not just Aronofky’s go-to guy. The prolific composer has also scored films like the acclaimed "Moon," the Ryan Reynolds’ rom-com "Definitely, Maybe" and the new thriller "Stoker." In addition, he also provided the score for the popular videogame "Mass Effect 3."
Known for his intricate piano melodies and soaring orchestrations, Mansell is not just a favorite for film enthusiasts.

Writers of all kinds - from screenwriters to novelists - listen to his scores while they put pen to paper. Author Allison Dickson ("Scarlet Letters") acknowledges she utilizes a Spotify playlist of Mansell’s music when she’s working because his scores "provide the perfect emotional ambience."

"His work inspires me to dig deep to find the emotional core of scene," she admits. "Also, it’s just really, really pretty."


At the Orpheum

For these and many other reasons, Southern California fans will be ecstatic to know that he will perform a live concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles on April 6, 2013.

After three intimate sold out shows in 2012, he returns for a much larger showcase bringing along a remarkable group of musicians, including the Los Angeles-based Sonus Quartet.

Aside from selections from his most popular film work, the show will also feature visual projections created by independent film makers and artists.

Tickets for Clint Mansell at the Orpheum Theatre can be purchased at www.livenation.com. Doors open at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm. The Orpheum Theatre is located at 842 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014.


Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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