“A king fights only for his nation. You fight for everyone.” - Mera
From Screen To Stage: Rupert Gregson-Williams’ Live Concert Journey – read the Film.Music.Media feature by Kaya Savas (January 2022)
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“That environmental streak was important to thread into Aquaman, says [director and co-writer] Wan, . . . The filmmaker credits his upbringing in Australia with keeping the eco-friendly messaging on his mind.” – Jen Yamato, LA Times
“Pretty much every superhero movie is about how part of our world (or universe) is saved from by some hero swooping in and eliminating some immediate threat. But what about the continuous threats our environment takes on every day? . . . Jason Momoa’s Aquaman takes the head spot for DC heroes in most eco-friendly, which is of course very on-brand for the sea-dwelling hero.” – Carlie Hoke, Cinema Blend
“There’s also an environmental message in Aquaman that may make you side with the bad guys. . . . ‘There’s some themes about the environment that I really want [audiences] take away from it because it’s really a mirror of our society/modern times right now without being preachy,’ says [Jason] Momoa, who is an environmental activist himself. He’s right — it’s not overt in the film. Mostly, the environmental message is just under the surface — no pun intended — but part of the reason Orm is coming for the land is because of pollution. His villainy is backed by more than just ‘family turmoil,’ [Patrick] Wilson says.” – Leah Marilla Thomas, Bustle
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be . . . a king.
The film also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Baywatch,” Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna; as well as Ludi Lin (“Power Rangers”) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando; and Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.
Produced by Schirmer Theatrical, in association with Fortress Talent Management, audiences at Aquaman in Concert will experience James Wan’s first film in the DC Extended Universe, screened live as an orchestra performs ASCAP and BMI award-winning composer Rupert Gregson-Williams‘ original score. Gregson-Williams joins Schirmer Theatrical’s creative team for the production to prepare his film score for live performance. The production includes the film, complete score and parts, along with a conductor video and click track. Production travels with a Technical Director.
Aquaman in Concert is presented under license from Warner Bros. Distributing Inc. The music is licensed from Alfred Music Publishing.
To accompany the diverse settings in Wan’s film, Gregson-Williams was tasked with writing love themes, adventure underscore, battle music and character themes, including what Gregson-Williams described as “revenge-driven industrial music” for one of Aquaman’s foes, the Black Manta, in his 2018 interview with DC Comics writer Tim Beedle. He was also inspired by the modern version of the Aquaman character developed by Wan and lead actor Jason Momoa. Gregson-Williams took his time revising his “Ring of Fire” music that accompanies the arena battle between Arthur and his half-brother Orm. His score also features of landscape of synth sounds reminiscent of the ‘80s to distinguish the underwater kingdoms, including Atlantis.
For more insight into Gregson-Williams’ inspiration and working relationship with Wan, read Kaya Savas’ Film.Music.Media feature, “From Screen to Stage.”
The score was recorded at Warner Bros. Studios’ Eastwood Scoring Stage. View pictures from the session here on ScoringSessions.com!
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Concert Duration: 163 minutes (2h 43m) inclusive of a 20 min intermission
Estimated Orchestral Playing Time: 90%
Working Instrumentation: 2(2nd doubles picc + alto fl).0.2(2nd doubles bcl).2(2nd doubles cbn)/4.3.2+btbn+cbtbn.1/timp.3perc.dmkt/pf.synth/eb/str(12/12/10/10/6)+optional SATB choir (12/12/8/8)
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