Max Richter, ‘The Leftovers’ Composer, Signs With Decca Publishing – Variety
German composer Max Richter, whose ambient, post-minimalist style has made him popular with directors as from Michael Scorsese to Michael Bay, is the first artist to sign a long-term, global publishing deal with Universal Musicâ€™s newly launchedÂ Decca Publishing.
Richter has been the composer of record on HBOâ€™s â€œThe Leftovers,â€ now in season three, and excerpts from his 10-hour album â€œOn the Nature of Daylightâ€ can be heard in Scorseseâ€™s 2010 filmâ€ Shutter Islandâ€ and 2016â€™s â€œArrivalâ€ (which its integral use to bookend the narrative resulted in Oscar disqualification for JÃ³hann JÃ³hannssonâ€™s score).
Richterâ€™s music was also a standout among Super Bowl 51 syncs, providing the evocative backing track to Paramountâ€™s promo for this summerâ€™s â€œTransformers: The Last Knight.â€ For all that, Richter is still a relative unknown in mainstream entertainment circles, something Universal and Decca plan to change.
â€œMax Richter is one of the most important composers working today and we are looking forward to bringing his remarkable music to a wider audience with this ambitious new collaboration,â€ Universal Music UK chairman and CEO David Joseph said in announcing the agreement.
For his part, Richter â€œliked the idea of being the first signing to Decca Music Publishing, as we agreed to take a fresh outlook on how we approach music publishing together, at a time when the rules are changing as to how music can engage with the multidimensional creative landscape of today.â€
Richterâ€™s nuanced, tonal work is also heard on Ari Folmanâ€™s 2008 Oscar-nominated animation film â€œWaltz with Bashir,â€ the Netflix series â€œBlack Mirror,â€ and the FX series â€œTaboo,â€ produced by the BBC.
Richter has also composed for theater, including Alan Cummingâ€™s critically acclaimed solo version of â€œMacbethâ€ on Broadway, art collaborations with photographer Darren Almond at the White Cube, and multiple ballet projects with resident Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor.
â€œItâ€™s an exciting time for neo-classical music, and I feel privileged to be working at the forefront of this movement with such a visionary composer as Max,â€ said Decca Publishing chief Natasha Baldwin, who will be coordinating closely with Universal Music UK and Universal Music Publishing Classical on appropriate projects.
Richter has already releasedÂ product through Universal Musicâ€™s Deutsche Grammophon label â€“ most recently, his groundbreaking 8Â½-hour-long â€œSLEEPâ€ album, which has sold over 100,000 copies, and the well-received â€œThree Worlds: Music From Woolf Works,â€ based on McGregorâ€™s impressionistic dance take on a trio of Virginia Woolf novels.
In addition to sync licensing, the new Decca Publishing will enhance Universal Music UKâ€™s other recent soundtrack composer initiatives, such as Globe Soundtrack and Score, a label services offering for filmmakers and composers launched in conjunction with Abbey Road Studios.
Hailed as an electro-acoustic polymath, Richter graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with renowned Italian experimentalist Luciano Berio. Richterâ€™s work blends formal classical training with modern technology.
He will be performing â€œThree Worlds: Music From Woolf Worksâ€ live for the first time as part of the Nocturne concert series at Blenheim Palace in England, outside Oxford, on June 16, and plans to give more performances of â€œSLEEPâ€ later this year.
Richter is represented by the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agencyâ€™s Andrew Zack.
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