Female film, TV and video game music composers will take the lead in a series She Scores on Scala Radio in association with The Ivors Academy, sharing their musical influences and inspirations.
Acclaimed screen composer and Ivors Academy Senator Nainita Desai, said:
“This International Women’s Day I’m going to draw inspiration from my fellow female screen composers, who are creating incredible soundscapes in a field that is still far too much a man’s world. I applaud them and their achievements, and thank Scala Radio and The Ivors Academy for bringing us this opportunity to get to know some of the most exciting composers working today.”
Following on from the first series last March, with guest hosts Pinar Toprak, Jessica Curry, Isobel Waller-Bridge and Nainita Desai, the new series broadcasting each Sunday at 6-8pm features the following guest presenters, who have been given free rein to curate their own personal music selections:
March 6th – Rachel Portman is one of the most accomplished and in-demand composers for the screen. The first composer to win a scoring Oscar – in 1997 for Emma – Rachel went on to receive two more Academy Award nominations, for Chocolat and The Cider House Rules. She was the first female composer to win a Primetime Emmy Award, for the film Bessie, and she was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Soundtrack Cologne awards, the first female composer to receive the honour.
March 13th – Germaine Franco is the first woman to score a Disney animated feature film with 2021’s Encanto, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score, among others. Germaine has provided the music for studio blockbusters, independent features, documentaries and television series as well as concert and choral music. Franco is the first Latina to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Score and to be invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Music Branch.
March 20th – Laura Karpman founded the Alliance for Women Film Composers, and was the first American woman composer to be inducted in the music branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. She has composed for film, television and video games, and has won five Emmy awards, including for the HBO series Lovecraft Country. Her recent screen work includes the Marvel What If…? series and she will score the sequel to Captain Marvel, called The Marvels, due for release in 2023.
March 27th – Composer, singer and one half of the genre-spanning duo Dead Can Dance, Lisa Gerrard has scored and contributed to numerous films such as Gladiator, Whale Rider, Layer Cake and The Insider. Her vocals can be found on film, TV and video game soundtracks such as Ripley’s Game, Heat, Man on Fire, The West Wing and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.