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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Bucket List: Film Music Festival in Krakow

My dearest honey buns,

When you get to see Diego Navarro and hear live from a wonderfully talented orchestra the soundtracks of your favourite movie series... When you see Hans Zimmers favourite cello player working on her magic both on the normal and electric cello... that's when you know you had an amazing journey in the land of dreams come true... Ever since I came to Krakow 4 years ago, and I first learned about this Festival, I wanted to be a part of it and go to one of the Gala's one day. Each year something would happen and I would not be able to go. My heart was sinking more and more :( But this year I said I would buy the tickets even if I would not make it - but we did! And it was a dream come true! 
 The Film Music Festival in Krakow (FMF), organised by the Krakow Festival Office and RMF Classic, is a captivating showcase of the highest quality musical interpretations of the moving image and one of the most important festivals in the world of film music. Performed by leading musicians and orchestras in Europe and the world, the festival provides a unique concert experience by setting it to live screenings of the world’s most spectacular films, well-known for their dazzling cinematography, top-class direction, enthralling plots, and emotive acting (source). 
FMF is an important industry event, the sight of international and Polish premieres, which often take place in the presence of world-class directors and composers. The Festival hosted, among others, Oscar winners: Elliot Goldenthal, Tan Dun, Howard Shore, Jan AP Kaczmarek; eminent composers: Joe Hisaishi, Shigeru Umebayashi, Don Davis, Alberto Iglesias, Trevor Morris, Michal Lorenc, Wojciech Kilar, Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Abel Korzeniowski, Eric Serra; film directors: Tom Tykwer, Julie Taymor, and Tomas Alfredson. In 2014, Elliot Goldenthal, Garry Schyman, Johan Söderqvist, Dario Marianelli, Patrick Doyle, Gustavo Santaloalla, and Hans Zimmer graced the Festival stage (source). 
Game of Thrones, The Borgias, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, Lost, Time of Honour, WatahaWhich of these TV dramas is your favourite? Well guess what? I was lucky enough on the 30th of May 2015, during the 8th Edition of the Film Music Festival in Krakow - The TV Series Gala - to listen all their lovely soundtracks directed by the wonderfully talented Diego Navarro. The International Series Gala was held at Tauron Arena Kraków, featuring a review of the most popular productions of recent years. An important point of the programme - for me at least, as I am a huge fan of drama series and this series in particular - was the performance of the double-Emmy awarded soundtrack from Downton Abbey penned by John Lunn. The Scottish composer took the stage to perform the solo part of his own suite. The concert was performed by Sinfonietta Cracovia, the Polish Radio Choir, and the outstanding Nordic soloists Einar Selvik and Hilda Örvarsdóttir. The musicians were led - as I have mentioned before - by the Spanish conductor Diego Navarro

For me it was a night I will not forget. I was glad I could be there and share these amazing scores with the one I love. I may have been a been feverish and coughed from time to time but I would not have missed it for the world! I really do hope that next year I will be able to join in #FMF again in their wonderfully constructed journeys in the land of sound and dreams come true :) I can mark out one of my Bucket List points now :)

P.S. HINT - KRAKOW ARENA - If ever you will have a concert at the Tauron Arena and it will end up late - as this one did, after midnight - make sure you bring your own car as you will hardly have any chance to catch any cab or bus. Take into consideration the Arena is huge! The Gala we have been to gathered over 10.000 people. Imagine that and then you will understand why I say that ;) - I would not recommend leaving before the show ends though! That is very unproper!

Yours truly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves OSTs & FMF :)