Gaute Storaas NORWAY
The magic opening of «The Jungle Book», where picture marries so beautifully to music, is one of my strong childhood memories. I was around eight, and I think I already then started to wonder if there were actual people doing this…. At some point, I understood that this music was created by living composers, not the dead guys in wigs in my father’s record collection.
Many years, and many detours later, I find myself very fortunate to be one of the composers working quite regularly in this field, although not in Hollywood, but in the northern corner of Europe.
Aesthetics and technology are constantly changing, but our main challenges stay pretty much the same: To set a tone, or a musical signature for the film, and to fulfill the dramatic requirements of the story. And hopefully, do it better with each project.
«Bröllop, begravning och dop» mini series, dir Colin Nutley 2019
«Halvdan Viking» Family film, dir Gustaf Akerblom 2018
«Cattle Hill» Animation, dir Lise Osvoll 2018
«Ted - a moon of my own» Biographical drama, dir Hannes Holm 2018
Nomination text HARPA nominated 2017 for his score for 'En man som heter Ove'
A MAN CALLED OVE is a riveting, dark comedy about a grouchy pensioner who tries to control his neighbourhood, only to be confronted with the lack of control as new people and forces invade his comfort zone. For this film, Gaute Storaas provides a playful score that underlines the duality in Ove's personality – from the strict march depicting his routine life to the tender orchestrations for piano, strings and woodwinds mirroring his heart beneath the gruff exterior. Storaas' score is firmly within a classical, European and Scandinavian tradition that is appropriately restrained when needed – emotional without being too melodramatic. The music develops wonderfully throughout the film, alongside the protagonist himself, ending on a heartbreaking, bittersweet note. The Norwegian jury considers this the best Norwegian film score of the preceding year.