Now available: Mason Bates’ PHILHARMONIA FANTASTIQUE, a new animated film by Gary Rydstrom and Jim Capobianco – Broadway World | Episode Movies

Platoon has released composer Mason Bates’ new animated film for Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra, a 25-minute concert for orchestra and animated film, available to rent or buy in 4K and surround sound audio on the AppleTV app and to stream apple music

Described by John Williams as “the greatest advance since Fantasia itself. A truly magnificent achievement,” the film is directed by seven-time Academy Award winner Gary Rydstrom (Titanic) and features the work of Jim Capobianco (Ratatouille, Mary Poppins’ Return). Philharmonia Fantastique celebrates Bates’ unique and magical style that intersects music and technology, and features a soundtrack performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edwin Outwater.

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Described by the San Diego Union Tribune as “a composition that could produce these two war horses [Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf or Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra] a race for their money,” Bates’ Philharmonia Fantastique portrays the four families of the orchestra, each with their own unique soundscapes and musical motifs: the slinky, sophisticated noir-jazz of the woodwinds; the lush romance of the strings; the aggressive techno fanfares of the Brass and the percussion section “Drum Circle” in all their diversity. Ultimately, the work’s message is one of unity: the orchestra’s various instruments are at their most powerful when working together as one giant instrument.

Guided by a magical sprite that takes the audience through the orchestra and even into the instruments themselves, the film blends traditional and modern animation styles as well as live-action films, crafted in nearly a year by multiple Oscar and BAFTA winning sound designers Gary Rydstrom of LucasFilm and Skywalker Sound, and Oscar-nominated Hollywood animator Jim Capobianco. The sprite interacts with both the conductor and the musicians on stage, linking stage and screen to create a compelling guide for the orchestra that beautifully illustrates the intricacies of how instruments work individually and collectively to produce such a large produce a wide range of sound. To look inside the instruments, the team used high-resolution special effects cameras, including probe lenses to look inside a violin, a flute and up close brass valves. The film also features a sound design consisting of woodwind key clicks, string instrument body taps and vintage analog synths.

“Music itself has always been a marriage of technology and art,” says Gary Rydstrom. “At Philharmonia Fantastique, we use both new and old technologies to explore how music comes together, how radically different sounds and techniques converge into the rich sound of an orchestra.”

Philharmonia Fantastique’s music pushes the boundaries of classical to incorporate elements of jazz and techno and has been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and American Youth Symphony given . The soundtrack was released on April 22, 2022 on Sony Classical and recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edwin Outwater at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center in Chicago from February 9-13, 2021.

Following premieres this year with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and San Diego Symphony, the Fall and Spring Concerts feature live North American performances by Philharmonia Fantastique with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic (Oct. 16), the Louisville Orchestra (November 12), Nashville Symphony (January 21, 23), Kansas City Symphony (January 29), New West Symphony (March 4-5), The Cleveland Orchestra (April 2), Utah Symphony (January 11 April). ) and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (April 30). The European premiere will take place on April 16, 2023 at London’s Southbank Center with the Aurora Orchestra, after which the work will tour internationally.

“Creating a new ‘Orchestral Guide’ has been an incredibly inspiring and challenging project,” says Mason Bates. “How can we present the magical wonders of the orchestra in a new way? For me, the path was the concept of ‘how they work’: how brass valves cut air, how strings vibrate when producing overtones, how woodwinds make music with clicks When an orchestra is playing, the integration of so much technology into a giant instrument is a true model for “unity in diversity”. All these disparate materials and technologies – and people – synchronizing to make beautiful music is a real model of how we should all behave as human beings.”

Movie Credits:
Music by Mason Bates
Directed by Gary Rydstrom
Written by Mason Bates & Gary Rydstrom
Animation directed by Jim Capobianco
Produced by Alex D. da Silva & Mason Bates
Executive Producers Jody Allen, Rocky Collins, Ruth Johnston and Mary Pat Buerkle
Performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Led by Edwin Outwater

Philharmonia Fantastique live performance calendar

November 12, 2022
The Louisville Orchestra
Louisville, Kentucky

January 21, 2023
Nashville Symphony
Nashville, Tennessee

January 29, 2023
Kansas City Symphony
Kansas City, MO

March 4 and 5, 2023
New Western Symphony
Thousand Oaks, CA

April 2, 2023
The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland, OH

April 11, 2023
Utah Symphony
Oren, UT

April 16, 2023
Aurora Orchestra
London, United Kingdom

April 30, 2023
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mason Bates, composer of the Grammy-winning opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, was the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ first Composer-in-Residence and Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2010-2015) . His symphonic music, promoted by legendary conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas and Leonard Slatkin, is the first to gain widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds, and he was recently named the most-performed composer of his generation in the American overview Music. His opera was hailed as one of the best-selling productions in Santa Fe Opera history and won the 2019 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. In 2018 he was named Composer of the Year by Musical America.

Both as a DJ and as a curator, he has become a visible advocate for bringing new music to new spaces, whether through institutional partnerships such as his residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or through his club/classical project Mercury Soul, bringing commercial clubs in transforms exciting hybrid musical events. He has also composed for films including Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of ​​Trees, starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts. He is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which teaches both composition and music technology.

Among the premieres in 2022 was a new piano concerto for Daniil Trifonov, commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A concert opener, The Rhapsody of Steve Jobs, premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra, is based on his Grammy Award-winning opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, hailed as one of the best-selling productions in Santa Fe Opera history. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs will receive its second production from Atlanta Opera in 2022 and will go to five other opera houses in the coming year. A new commission for The Metropolitan Opera with librettist Gene Scheer – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – will premiere at LA Opera in 2024 and at the Metropolitan Opera in 2025.

At Lucasfilms Skywalker Sound, Gary Rydstrom has scored and mixed for many films including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, A River Runs Through It, Toy Story, Quiz Show, Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, Punch-Drunk Love, Finding Nemo and Ready Player One. He has won seven Academy Awards for Sound and Sound Editing and Career Achievement Awards from both the Cinema Audio Society and Motion Picture Sound Editors. He directed two short films for Pixar Animation Studios, the Oscar-nominated Lifted and Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation. In 2015 he directed the animated feature Strange Magic for Disney/Lucasfilm. A native of Chicago, Gary is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema.

Jim Capobianco was nominated for a 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille. He then wrote and directed the short film Your Friend The Rat, found on the Ratatouille DVD, which won the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for Short Film. Jim followed YFtR in directing the critically acclaimed ending titles for Pixar’s 2008 release Wall•E. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, Jim started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation for The Lion King. After five years at Disney, Jim joined Pixar Animation Studios, where he has been an influence on the stories of many Pixar films over the past 19 years, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, UP and Inside Out. In 2009, Jim completed Leonardo, his first independent film, which is now in the permanent collection of MoMA NYC. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Jim co-founded the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, now in its 12th year. Now with Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Jim was most recently the 2D animation sequence director for Walt Disney Motion Pictures’ Mary Poppins Returns.

Founded in 2016 by CEO Denzyl Feigelson, Platoon is a boutique artist services company that identifies and mentoring exciting music talent from around the world and equips them with innovative tools and services to build careers and reach new fans. Platoon found their first success in 2016 when they signed the then-unknown Billie Eilish and helped lay the foundation for her rise to global stardom. After that it was BRIT award winner Jorja Smith’s Blue Lights before leading Nigeria’s Mr. Eazi to worldwide attention and acclaim. Platoon has since built an impressive roster of highly independent creative artists including Johannes Moser, Xuefei Yang, Oliver Zeffman, Rosey Chan and Daniel Pioro. Platoon’s team of employees has grown worldwide, from London to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin to the “Creative Lab” in Cape Town. Platoon’s creative spaces in London and Africa boast state-of-the-art recording studios while also being inspiring ecosystems for artists to collaborate openly, with Platoon also offering educational courses in music and marketing. Learn more at

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