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Mychael Danna
Mychael Danna
Mychael Danna in January 2020. Taken by Tyler Curtis.
Mychael Danna in January 2020. Taken by Tyler Curtis.
Background information
Born (1958-09-20) September 20, 1958 (age 62)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Composer
1987-present
Jeff Danna
Websitewww.mychaeldanna.com

Mychael Danna (born September 20, 1958) is a Canadian composer of film and television scores. He won both the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Score for Life of Pi. He has also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) in his work on the miniseries World Without End.

Life and career

Danna was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but his family moved to Burlington, Ontario when he was four weeks old.[1] He is the brother of fellow composer Jeff Danna. He has been scoring films since his 1987 feature debut for Atom Egoyan's Family Viewing, a score which earned Danna the first of his thirteen Genie Award nominations. He has won five times for Achievement in Music - Original Score.[2] Danna is recognized as one of the pioneers of combining non-Western sound sources with orchestral and electronic minimalism in the world of film music. This reputation has led him to work with such directors as Atom Egoyan, Deepa Mehta, Terry Gilliam, Scott Hicks, Ang Lee, Gillies MacKinnon, James Mangold, Mira Nair, Billy Ray, Joel Schumacher, and Denzel Washington. His soundtrack for Ang Lee's Life of Pi earned two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song Pi's Lullaby.

He studied music composition at the University of Toronto, winning the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship in 1985. Danna also served for five years as composer-in-residence at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto (1987-1992). Works for dance include music for Dead Souls (Carbone Quatorze Dance Company, directed by Gilles Maheu 1996), and a score for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Gita Govinda (2001) based on the 1000-year-old classical Gita Govinda, with choreographer Nina Menon. In June 2014, Danna was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of Toronto, for his career achievements in the field of music.[3]

Family

Danna's wife Aparna is of Indian origin; the couple have two sons. He is the older brother of composer Jeff Danna.

Recent projects

Recent projects include Dan Scanlon's Onward, Mimi Leder's On the Basis of Sex, Ang Lee's Life of Pi (film), Nora Twomey's The Breadwinner, Bennett Miller's Capote, Moneyball and Marc Webb's (500) Days of Summer.

Filmography

Year Title Notes
1987 Family Viewing
Caribe
1988 Murder One
Blood Relations
1989 Speaking Parts
Road to Avonlea TV series
One Man Out
Cold Comfort
Without Work: Not by Choice Short Film
Termini Station
1990 Still Life: The Fine Art of Murder
1991 The Adjuster
Johann's Gift to Christmas TV Short series
Montréal vu par... segment: "En passant"
The Big Slice
1993 Hush Little Baby TV movie
Gross Misconduct TV movie
Ordinary Magic
1994 Exotica
The Darling Family
Narmada: A Valley Rises Documentary
Dance Me Outside
1995 Johnny Mnemonic
1996 Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story TV movie
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
Lilies
1997 The Ice Storm
The Sweet Hereafter
1998 At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story
1999 The Boondock Saints With his brother Jeff Danna
Girl, Interrupted
Don't Think Twice Short Film
Ride with the Devil
Felicia's Journey
8MM
The Confession
2000 Bounce
2001 Hearts in Atlantis
Monsoon Wedding
The Hire: Chosen
Green Dragon With his brother Jeff Danna
2002 Antwone Fisher
The Guys
Ararat
2003 The Snow Walker
Shattered Glass
Hulk Additional cue "Mother"
2004 Being Julia
Vanity Fair
2005 Sohni Sapna
Eve and the Fire Horse
Tideland With his brother Jeff Danna
Water Background score only
Genie Award for Best Original Score
Capote
Where the Truth Lies
Aurora Borealis
2006 The Nativity Story
Little Miss Sunshine
Lonely Hearts
2007 Surf's Up
Breach
Fracture With his brother Jeff Danna
2008 Adoration
Management
Lakeview Terrace With his brother Jeff Danna
2009 (500) Days of Summer With Rob Simonsen
Chloe
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus With his brother Jeff Danna
The Time Traveler's Wife
2011 Camelot TV series
With his brother Jeff Danna
Moneyball
2012 Life of Pi Academy Award for Best Original Score
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Pi's Lullaby")
2013 Devil's Knot
2014 Transcendence[4]
The Captive
Tyrant TV series
With his brother Jeff Danna
2015 Sanjay's Super Team Short Film
Remember
The Good Dinosaur With his brother Jeff Danna
2016 Storks With his brother Jeff Danna
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk With his brother Jeff Danna
2017 The Breadwinner[5] With his brother Jeff Danna
The Man Who Invented Christmas
2018 On the Basis of Sex
2019 A Dog's Way Home
The Red Sea Diving Resort
After the Wedding
Guest of Honour
The Addams Family With his brother Jeff Danna
2020 Onward With his brother Jeff Danna
TBA Stillwater

References

  1. ^ "Life of Pi golden for Burlington's Mychael Danna". www.insidehalton.com. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Canada's Awards Database". Academy.ca. 2011-03-28. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Convocation 2014: meet honorary grad Mychael Danna". Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Mychael Danna to Score Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence'". Film Music Reporter. December 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Mychael & Jeff Danna to Score 'The Breadwinner'". Film Music Reporter. Film Music Reporter. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 2017.

Further reading

  • Coleman, Lindsay (2017). "Mychael Danna Interview". In Coleman, Lindsay; Tillman, Joakim (eds.). Contemporary Film Music: Investigating Cinema Narratives and Composiiton. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 187-193. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-57375-9_12.
  • Golub, Peter; Jarzebowski, Katy (2017). "Mychael Danna: Music as Metaphor". In Coleman, Lindsay; Tillman, Joakim (eds.). Contemporary Film Music: Investigating Cinema Narratives and Composiiton. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 195-219. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-57375-9_13.

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