Nathan Barr Talks about Writing Music for True Blood

June 19, 2010

The score of True Blood is one of the many elements that plays an important part in making it the terrific show that it is. The talented Nathan Barr serves as True Blood’s composer, and that background music you hear when you watch is written and performed by him.

In an interview with the Danish website Serienjunkies, Nathan describes what it’s like working on the series and what his favorite moments have been.

Nathan knew going into the project that it would be special because Alan Ball was in charge and because the story is just so compelling. When asked what have been his favorite scenes to compose, he talked about how much he enjoyed “Cold Ground” (Season 1, episode 6). For the scene in which Sookie eats Gran’s last pecan pie, Nathan and singer Lisbeth Scott wrote the song “Take Me Home,” which has been one of the most emotionally moving moments in the entire show. He also loved the scene from “I Will Rise Up” in Season 2 during which Godric meets the sun.

Nathan had only praise to offer for his experiences working on True Blood, but he was asked what scene was the most difficult to compose for:

“Honestly, the show is so well crafted and acted that the scoring process is painless and totally organic. If I had to choose one scene that took quite a while to complete, it would be the scene where Amy is murdered during her V-enduced trip with Jason towards the end of the first season. This scene was a challenge because we are cutting back and forth from reality – where she is being murdered – and unreality – where she is “tripping” with Jason. To find one musical piece that seamlessly joined these two worlds, took a lot of work.”

Nathan’s work on True Blood certainly puts him among the ranks of the most talented composers these days. The sounds he has created for each mood and character are astounding, especially considering how varied it is! The characters are all so colorful and different, and the tone is constantly shifting, but the music always seems to fit perfectly.

SOURCE: seriesjunkies.de

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“Take Me Home” Singer Lisbeth Scott Discusses Her Recent Work

December 25, 2009

Lisbeth Scott, who lent her beautiful voice to “Take Me Home” from the True Blood soundtrack, also sang some of the music for James Cameron’s new blockbuster, Avatar. In an interview with the Atlanta Examiner, Lisbeth talks about working with some of the biggest composers in film and television, and why music is so important in her life.

She has collaborated in the past with award-winning composers like Hans Zimmer and John Williams. On Avatar, she was thrilled to work with James Horner for the first time. She has had great experiences with these composers:

“I loved working with them, because I feel I have a connection with them. I understand how they work, and I think they understand how I think and how I like to be creative.”

Lisbeth says that many times, she feels something in the music that indicates how she should approach the vocals.

She also describes the special working relationship she has with True Blood composer Nathan Barr:

Nathan and I have worked together a lot, and we really work together quite effortlessly, and most of the time we know what the other wants to do instinctively. We started working together, actually, on a small film a while back called The Virginian. After that, we worked on a couple of my releases and a bunch of his films. And when True Blood came along, there were several instances where a song was needed, and that was that. We work so well together, and it’s such a joy. It’s very organic and effortless.”

Among the projects that she has for the upcoming year, she will be doing something new with Nathan, but she did not get into specifics about it in the interview and is scheduled to perform The Passion of the Christ soundtrack in Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City in June.. She also mentioned that she was working on some stuff of her own, which can be found at www.lisbethscott.com.

Lisbeth offers her thoughts on music and why she does what she does:

“My feeling is, I came into the world with a voice, and I want to use it. I want to reach as many people as is physically possible because it fulfills me in my heart and I see how happy it makes people, and there’s nothing better than that! For me to work with such a beautiful piece of music in one of the most gorgeous places on Earth, I can’t really ask for more.”

We certainly appreciate her sharing her musical gifts with us and hope that her future work with Nathan Barr involves something True Blood-related!

SOURCE: examiner.com

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Nathan Barr Receives Two Nominations For HMMA

October 13, 2009

Nathan BarrNathan Barr, the accomplished man behind the exquisite music in True Blood has been nominated for two prestigious awards for his exemplary work. His nominations include the following: Best Original Score – TV (True Blood) and Best Original Song – TV, “Take Me Home” (True Blood) for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards to be held on Thursday,  November 19, 2009 at The Highlands in Hollywood & Highlands / Kodak Theater Complex in Hollywood, California.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) is a live red-carpet style awards show that recognizes and honors the talented individuals responsible for music in visual mediums, and the music of both mainstream and independent music artists worldwide for their compositions and recordings in all forms of media. It is the first music awards event to recognize and honor excellence in music supervision as well as the only red carpet style awards show in the world that includes a comprehensive interactive industry conference (MIMI Conference) which is designed to inform, educate, present opportunities and further the careers of all conference participants.

Moreover, the HMMA does not select nominees or winners based on record label affiliation, sales, radio play or popularity. It was created to equally recognize mainstream and independent music artists worldwide for their original music recordings.

For more details and ticket information, visit www.hmmawards.com

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True Blood Composer Nathan Barr and Vocalist Lisbeth Scott to Appear at LA Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala Event!

September 18, 2009

scott-6The 2009 LA Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Gala Event will have a strong True Blood presence with our favorite composer Nathan  Barr pairing up with the dulcet voice of Lisbeth Scott to perform the wonderful song, “Take Me Home”.  This is the song that Nathan and Lisbeth created to accompany the incredible ‘pie scene’ from True Blood’s first season episode “Cold Ground” and which is now available on Nathan and Lisbeth’s new True Blood (Soundtrack) CD.  In addition Nathan and Lisbeth will be introduced by series creator and producer Alan Ball!  There is even a rumored guest appearance by another True Blood cast member which we will reveal if/when their appearance is confirmed.

And the best news is that the event is open to the public and YOU can attend and hear Lisbeth and Nathan perform “Take Me Home” live!  According to their website the LA Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (LAGLCC) is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gay-allied businesses, professionals, and individuals, who have joined together to effect positive growth in ourselves, our work, our community and our future. Since it’s inception the LAGLCC has been a positive voice for the LGBT community. Their activities include dinners, webinars, political activism, and community outreach.

See www.laglcc.org for ticket information.

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The full press release appears below:

LOS ANGELES)– Eighty years after setting the stage for the first-ever Academy Awards, the Blossom Ballroom of Hollywood’s prestigious landmark, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Blvd.), will now play host to another significant awards celebration, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Gala, on Oct. 4.

The much-anticipated event will celebrate the achievements of L.A.-area businesses and organizations that have helped to garner or maintain a positive reputation as a member or ally of the LGBT (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender) community.

Scheduled to take place from 5 to 9 p.m., attendees of the 2009 Gala will catch prized glimpses of numerous television personalities including the event’s host Hal Sparks, True Blood creator and Executive Producer Alan Ball, Desperate Housewives’ Kathryn Joosten, Dallas’ Charlene Tilton, The L Word’s Daniela Sea, and Jennifer Elise Cox, well known for her over-the-top, comedic portrayal of Jan Brady in the Brady Bunch movie series. Guests will also be invited to view exclusive live musical performances by American Idol’s Frenchie Davis, True Blood composer Nathan Barr and vocalist Lisbeth Scott, and out Latin singing sensation Ben Roman.

Other appearances throughout the night include performances by the Bollywood Step dance troupe and the Balliamos Dance Studio, the country’s first same-sex dance studio; and a special presentation of the Raytheon Community Advancement Award by the founder of the NOH8 Campaign, Adam Bouska. Additional celebrity appearances will be announced at a later date.

In addition to a presentation of the Bud Light Young Business Professionals Scholarship, four major awards will be presented, including the Raytheon Community Advancement Award, Corporate Partner of the Year, Outstanding Fundraiser and Business of the Year. Red Carpet Press Arrivals and cocktail reception will start at 5 p.m., with the dinner and awards ceremony scheduled to run from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost to attend is $100 per ticket, and tickets can be purchased on LAGLCC’s official Web site, www.laglcc.org.

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