Danna at the CFC Garden Party, on June 21, 2012
September 20, 1958|
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Mychael Danna (born September 20, 1958) is a Canadian film composer. 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 World Without End: Medieval Life and Death Part 1 and 2.
Life and career
Danna was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but his family moved to Burlington, Ontario when he was four weeks old. 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. 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.
Recent projects include Deepa Mehta's Water, Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies, Terry Gilliam's Tideland, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Little Miss Sunshine, Bennett Miller's Capote, Moneyball and Marc Webb's (500) Days of Summer.
|1989||Road to Avonlea||TV series|
|1989||One Man Out|
|1989||Without Work: Not by Choice||Short Film|
|1990||Still Life: The Fine Art of Murder|
|1991||Johann's Gift to Christmas||TV Short series|
|1991||Montréal vu par...||segment: "En passant"|
|1991||The Big Slice|
|1993||Hush Little Baby||TV movie|
|1993||Gross Misconduct||TV movie|
|1994||The Darling Family|
|1994||Narmada: A Valley Rises||Documentary|
|1995||Dance Me Outside|
|1996||Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story||TV movie|
|1996||Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love|
|1997||The Ice Storm|
|1997||The Sweet Hereafter|
|1998||At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story|
|1999||The Boondock Saints||With his brother Jeff|
|1999||Don't Think Twice||Short Film|
|1999||Ride with the Devil|
|2001||Hearts in Atlantis|
|2001||The Hire: Chosen|
|2001||Green Dragon||With his brother Jeff|
|2003||The Snow Walker|
|2003||Hulk||Additional cue "Mother"|
|2005||Eve and the Fire Horse|
|2005||Tideland||With his brother Jeff|
|2005||Water|| Background score only |
Genie Award for Best Original Score
|2005||Where the Truth Lies|
|2006||The Nativity Story|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine|
|2008||Lakeview Terrace||With his brother Jeff|
|2009||(500) Days of Summer||With Rob Simonsen|
|2009||The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus||With his brother Jeff|
|2009||The Time Traveler's Wife|
|2011||Camelot|| TV series |
With his brother Jeff
|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")
|2015||Sanjay's Super Team||Short Film|
|2015||The Good Dinosaur|
- "Canada's Awards Database". Academy.ca. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- "Convocation 2014: meet honorary grad Mychael Danna". Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "Mychael Danna to Score Wally Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’". Film Music Reporter. December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- Official Mychael Danna website
- Mychael Danna at the Internet Movie Database
- Danna talks about The Nativity Story
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