Precision and flexibility are the two mantras of Louise Tremblay and James Gelfand, two very prolific creators who’ve composed the music for more than 60 films and 200 series episodes throughout their career; they’ll receive the Screen Composer of the Year Award at the 30th Montréal SOCAN Awards Gala on Sept. 22, 2019, at La Tohu. Their open-mindedness, talent, and rapid turnaround time have built their stellar reputation in the screen music industry. For a decade, the duo (and couple) have scored an average of six feature films or documentaries per year, making sure that they deliver lucid, straightforward works for the commissions with which they’re tasked. Among their most recent and memorable tour de force creations for Canadian productions are Girls’ Night Out, Final Destiny and Darwin. We met at their home in Montréal’s West End – which is, in large part, a composing and recording studio – to learn more about how they started collaborating, and their four-handed creative process.
The song “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus was without a doubt the hit of the summer. That gave us the idea to bring together Matt Lang, winner of the Country Music Award, with FouKi and Claude Bégin of Alaclair Ensemble, winners of the Hip-Hop/Rap Award, all to be presented during the 30th SOCAN Awards Gala in Montréal, on Sept. 22, 2019, at La Tohu. What are their respective accomplishments? What’s their take on “Old Town Road”? Is such a collaboration possible in Québec? What do country and rap have in common, according to them? We asked them all of these questions on the rooftop of SOCAN’s Montréal offices.
In an exclusive interview on the occasion of his new instrumental album Crowing Ignites, out Sept. 20, 2019, iconic singer-songwriter and SOCAN member Bruce Cockburn discusses what he learned about composition and guitar at the Berklee School of Music, his approach to guitar tone, and “playing ignorant.”