Congratulations to the team – 2 Bafta wins for Editing and Best Specialist Factual.
A 4-part history of woman’s role in society in the last 3000 years. Presented by Amanda Foreman.
June-August 2014 Another great art documentary series with Grayson Perry, culminating with an exhibition of his portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Started album recording at Air – string ensemble conducted by Clarissa Farran and sound engineered by Olga Fitzroy.
A very interesting 2 episode doc about prostitution with a candid approach by presenter Rupert Everett.
Still available on 4oD if you missed it.
As always a real pleasure to work with Niel Crombie from Swan Films and editor Jake Martin.
Avshalom is invited to give a series of talks about music in film and documentaries, composer-director communication and the process of producing a soundtrack.
The seminar will take place in Basel, Switzerland this coming weekend as part of FOCAL a foundation for professional training in cinema and audiovisual media.
Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews is on air this month over BBC 2.
This 5 hours of beautiful documentary was a fantastic and challenging project to score with string recording in Berlin and more recording of vocalists, soloists and mixing at Air Studios in London.
At least fifty percent of the music was written before the editing stages and the rest of the music was written during the edit.
The series will be broadcasted next in the US and later on many TV channels around the world .
Congratulations Neil Crombie, Grayson Perry and all the team for winning BAFTA for Best Factual.
Special thanks to editor Jake Martin for your great ideas and involvement with the music.
It was great fun to be part of this project!
More recording for the BBC series, this time in the Hall at Air. Collaborating with two wonderful musicians – Clara Sanabras on vocals, guitars and harmonium and Samy Bishai on violin. Olga Fitzroy engineering and mixing for us. A big thank you to all at Air for a great few days!
Just back from recording in Berlin for this new 5-part BBC series. Berlin was chilled and snowy (see snowed-under bikes..), studio was nice and warm and we were graced with fantastic musicians from the Berlin Chamber Players. Will post some music when ready..
About to start work on this BBC series, presented by Simon Schama. This should be a really enjoyable project and will be ready in a few months. I’ll be composing for string ensemble plus a few soloists, and electronics. Most likely will be heading to Berlin for the recording in a month or so…
Av won the Golden Goblet Award for best score at the Shanghai Film Festival 2012 for the Spanish film ‘De tu ventana a la mia’ (‘Chrysalis’).
A big thank you to everyone involved in the production of the music and all the wonderful musicians and singers that took part in the recording –
And a very special thank you to the director Paula Ortiz.
Here are some tracks of this soundtrack:
‘ALL IN THE BEST POSSIBLE TASTE…WITH GRAYSON PERRY’
Av finished composing the music for this fascinating series presented by Grayson Perry. The programme is getting amazing reviews! Directed by Neil Crombie.
Special thanks to the film editor Jake Martin who was a great help in the creation of the music. You can still watch it on 4oD here
CONCERT SERIES IN ISRAEL – PERFORMING WITH CARMELA GROSS WAGNER
Av is in Tel Aviv, rehearsing for a set of five reunion concerts with Carmella Gross & Wagner after 17 years since their last recordings.
Avshalom has received a nomination for Best Original Song at the Spanish Film Academy ‘Goya’ Awards. The song is part of the original score he composed for the film ‘De Tu Ventana a la Mia‘ (‘Chrysalis’). The ceremony will take place in Madrid in February.
Av continues to compose for ‘Taste’. In this new Channel 4 series, artist Grayson Perry confronts one of the elephants in the room of British culture – the relationship between taste and social background in today’s Britain . Produced by Seneca Productions and directed by Neil Crombie.
‘LOST AND FOUND’ – WINNER OF THE 48-HOUR FILM CHALLENGE
Well done director Sam Washington for winning this years’ competition!
Great to be involved in this challenging project.
Here’s a link to Sam’s blog and to watch the film:
Av is providing the score for director Sam Washington’s short film ‘Lost and Found’, as part of SMOKE & MIRRORS 2011, the 48-hour film challenge… See what happens in the next 48 hours…
De Tu Ventana a la Mia has been selected for the Official Selection at the Seminci Film Festival in Valladolid, Spain, and will premier on 28th October. Here is the trailer:
Av is working on a 3 part series for Channel 4 produces by Seneca productions and directed by Niel Crombie. This series will also be a part of an exhibition which will take place early next year at the Victoria Miro gallery.
DTVALM – RECORDING AND MIXING AT AIR STUDIOS
We recorded the soundtrack for ‘De Tu Ventana a la Mía‘ at Air last week. It went really well – musicians were fantastic (contracted by Hilary Skewes). Music was produced by Clarissa Farran, and recording and mixing taken care of by Jake Jackson & Fiona Cruickshank.
Av is composing the score and original song for this beautiful Spanish feature film directed by Paula Ortiz Alvarez and produced by Amapola Films.
RTS AWARDS 2011
Congratulations to all!
The Genius of British Art is nominated for best art documentary.
At Home with the Georgians is nominated for best historical documentary.
Unfortunately the concert with Annie Lennox has been called off!
3 Episode docu-drama is to be broadcast this month on BBC 2
Av is working on orchestral and choral arrangements for a special Annie Lennox Christmas Concert – BBC Sessions – to be recorded early November and will be broadcast in December. More details to follow…
THE GENIUS OF BRITISH ART
The 6 x 1 hour series will start broadcasting on Channel 4 on Sunday 3rd October, 7pm (and same time on each consecutive Sunday). Accompanying the series will be a set of talks at the National Gallery hosted by each presenter as part of the Friday Lates programme – see link below for further details.
Having completed ‘Genius of British Art’ for Channel 4 Av is working on ‘Behind Close Doors’ a new BBC commission due out in October 2010.
THE SECRET DIARIES OF MISS ANNE LISTER
UK Broadcast date: 31st May 2010, 9pm BBC2.
The film is enjoying success in film festivals around the world. In London screenings have taken place at BAFTA and at the opening of the 24th BFI LLGF Festival 2010.
February saw the recording and mixing of the score to Anne Lister. The string orchestra was recorded in Berlin and the overdubs and mixes back in London.
The film has been chosen to open the 24th BFI LLGF Festival 2010 (screening at the Odeon Leicester Square on 17th March) and will be on some big screens around London.
The BBC2 TV broadcast date is still TBC. Will most likely be sometime in May..
Avshalom is now working on a landmark series for Channel 4 celebrating four centuries of British Art. The 6 x 1 hour episodes will be broadcast in late summer.
BBC ELECTRIC PROMS 2009
‘On Kingdom Of Rust …they added Ennio Morricone-esque gravitas or Catch the Sun where they were as uplifting as Polyphonic Spree, the Bulgarians made already fine songs even better, transforming the good to great, the earthbound to celestial.’ Evening Standard
‘The unique phrasing techniques used by the choir perfectly enhanced Doves soaring post Dance melodies, creating real moments of transcendental beauty on tracks like Kingdom of Rust and The Last Broadcast, and on final track There Goes the Fear pushed the band’s famous supersonic Samba wig out to a new zone.’ Julie Cullen, BBC Radio 6
‘…having Avshalom Caspi re-work some of the band’s tracks to incorporate the 40-strong London Bulgarian Choir. Third track ‘Firesuite’ was the first to receive this treatment, which served to emphasize the cinematic and epic nature of some of the Doves music.’ EMI
Great short film by Holly Murray documenting the creative process that went on in preparation for the Electric Proms gig.
Avshalom has teamed up with Doves and the London Bulgarian Choir, and is composing vocal arrangements for the choir to sing at Doves’ Electric Proms show at London’s Roundhouse on 22nd October 2009. The arranging work on this project is a challenge, the aim being to compose material for the choir which will remain true to the Bulgarian style of singing whilst still fitting within Western-style harmony and song writing structures. The combination is fantastic! Really enjoying this one…
Avshalom has been commissioned to compose Noitcelfer (‘reflection’ backwards) a piece which explores the idea of reflection – whether it be physical or metaphorical – through the means of music, sound and image. Written for string quartet, piano, harp, voice-over and electronics with visuals by artist / designer Assa Ashuach. To be performed on 12th September 2009, 8.30pm at the NNLS Hall in London.
9/11 PHONECALLS FROM THE TOWERS
Av is commissioned to compose the music for ‘9/11 Calls’. A documentary film about some of the many voice messages that were left by the victims who were trapped in the Twin Towers and how their families are living with their loss, the memories and grief. He will be recording the score with a string orchestra in Berlin at the end of August. TX on 6th September ’09, Channel 4.
JANUARY – APRIL 2009
Part of the BBC’s Poetry Season ’09, Avshalom has completed the score for the BBC documentary series ‘My Life In Verse’ of 4 episodes, 1 hour each, about British poetry. Episodes presented by Sheila Hancock, Rob Webb, Cerys Matthews and Malorie Blackman. Directed by Ian Macmillan, James Kent, Mark Halliley and Mark Bates. To be broadcast from Friday, 29 May 2009 – 19 June 2009 on BBC2.
Well done guys for getting the series nominated!
WORKING WITH PRODUCER JACKNIFE LEE ON SNOW PATROL’S ‘A HUNDRED MILLION SUNS’
After working on Bloc Party’s album. Avshalom is teeming up once more with producer Jacknife Lee, composing brass and choral arrangements for Snow Patrol’s new album, A Hundred Million Suns. With the Exmoor Singers of London and a great brass section put together by Hilary Skewes. Recording at Olympic Studios in Barnes sometime in late August. Album release date 28 October ’08.
After the success of their collaboration in the Electric Proms last October, Avshalom has been composing choral and brass arrangements for Bloc Party’s next album, Intimacy, produced by Jacknife Lee.
Release date 27 October ‘08
‘State of Consonance’
Avshalom is collaborating with artist / designer Assa Ashuach working on the audio-visual piece ‘State of Consonance’ to be exhibited at the Italian Cultural Center in London from the 24th Jan 2008 until 14 March 2008.
Av. was invited to play as a guest at Yasmin Levy‘s recent gig at Ronnie Scott’s in London, marking the launch of her magical new album Mano Suave, on which Avshalom has arranged the song Como La Roza.
BRICK LANE and CHAOTIC ANA, two films on which Av. has orchestrated/produced the music together with composer Jocelyn Pook, premiere in London in a few days. Go see these movies if you can – they’re both very good!
NOVEMBER 1 – LONDON FILM FESTIVAL – CHAOTIC ANA
Directed by Julio Medem.
NOVEMBER 3 – LONDON FILM FESTIVAL -BRICK LANE
Directed by Sarah Gavron
Here is a short video of an interview with BLOC PARTY’s drummer Matthew Tong – speaking of the upcoming collaboration with Avshalom and the choir once we’d all got into rehearsals.
Avshalom is currently working on choral arrangements and compositions for a special performance of Indie-Rock band BLOC PARTY. The concert will take place at the BBC’s Electric Proms festival (27 October). On this exciting project Av is collaborating again with the wonderful Exmoor Singers of London.