Edmonton Symphony to perform live at screening of “Great Human Odyssey”

Posted on: February 25, 2016

In Tuesday’s (2/23) Edmonton Journal (Canada), Fish Griwkowsky previews performances this week by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at a screening of the documentary The Great Human Odyssey. For the last year, composer Darren Fung, “a one-time Edmonton boy who now lives in Montreal [has] been working closely with Edmonton filmmaker Niobe Thompson … to take a full documentary, not just to a live theatre audience, but with a real orchestra performing its entire score…. Starting Thursday, three consecutive days of the specially re-edited documentary will take over the Winspear [Theatre], bringing together the musical and filmmaking team that … is nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards … including for Fung’s score, performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra…. The entire art-science project is all about sustainability, explains Thompson.” For the re-edited documentary, says Thompson, “We spent months in the edit suite. Darren’s recomposed the music…. It’ll be seeing a new, standalone feature documentary.” Says Fung, “The difference between doing this with a live orchestra and recording a film score is you’re doing this all without stopping…. There’s only about three times in the whole 80-minute show the orchestra’s not playing.”

Posted February 25, 2016