Famed Hollywood composer to offer inside look at movie music

Composer Harry Gregson-Williams

Prolific Hollywood composer Harry Gregson-Williams, whose movie scores include “Shrek” and “The Martian,” will offer a rare, behind-the-scenes look at his home studio and his approach film music at a free event April 19 at Beall Concert Hall.

The multimedia presentation begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. No RSVP or ticket is necessary.

Gregson-Williams’ long list of film and television credits include work on Disney’s live-action “Mulan,” “The Meg” directed by Jon Turteltaub, and “The Equalizer 2,” starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua.

His original music is currently heard on the soundtracks for “The Last Duel” and “House of Gucci,” both directed by Ridley Scott, and the HBO series, “The Gilded Age” which he scored along with his brother and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams. He also scored three of the “Metal Gear Solid” games and garnered several awards for his work on “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.”

"Harry Gregson-Williams is undoubtedly one of the greatest film composers of our times,” said UO professor of composition and theory Rob Kyr. “His presentation regarding his musical approach to the visual medium will be a revelation for all those who attend. Not to be missed!”

Gregson-Williams composed on all four installments of the animated blockbuster “Shrek” franchise, garnering a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award nomination for the score of the first film. He also received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score for Andrew Adamson’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”

He has collaborated multiple times with directors Ridley Scott, including “The Martian” and “Kingdom of Heaven”; Joel Schumacher, on “The Number 23” and “Phone Booth”; Ben Affleck, on “Gone Baby Gone”; Tony Scott, on “Unstoppable” and “Man on Fire”; Niki Caro, on “Mulan” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife”; and Jon Favreau on “Cowboys and Aliens.”

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