WATERTOWER MUSIC RELEASES SOUNDTRACK
TO WARNER BROS. TELEVISION’S 11.22.63
WITH MUSIC BY GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE ALEX HEFFES
April 1, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA - WaterTower Music announced today’s release of the soundtrack to 11.22.63, the eight-part event series now streaming on Hulu from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, best-selling author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter and Warner Bros. Television that follows ordinary high school teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) on his mission of traveling back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. It features an original score by Alex Heffes.
Golden Globe nominee Heffes (The Last King of Scotland, Inside Job, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), who scored the eight-part series, discussed his approach to the music. “11.22.63 is a glittering gift for a composer. It’s so fantastically performed, written, and directed,” says Heffes. “Based on the remarkable book by Stephen King, the story weaves multiple tales that criss-cross Jake’s journey through time to the events in Dealey Plaza on that fateful day in November 1963. It’s a musical opportunity to establish themes that can reappear in many different guises. From “Harry’s Theme,” which was the first track I wrote for 11.22.63, to Sadie’s theme, which we initially hear on track 4 “Meeting Sadie and Seeing JFK” and then it comes all the way through the show in different guises and arrangements. Time itself even has it’s own theme, “The Past Pushes Back”, which is scattered in little Easter eggs throughout the score to give those who are listening really carefully a clue as to who might be an agent of the past pushing back against Jake, as he finds that changing the course of history is not so straightforward.
11.22.63’s executive producer Bridget Carpenter talked about Heffes and his contributions. “He has an extraordinary depth of range. He leapt into the world of this show and added a lyrical, thematic layer that lifted 11.22.63 into a truly sublime territory. Working with him on this project has been one of the most joyous collaborations of my career.”
The 24-track 11.22.63 Original Television Soundtrack is available digitally and can be purchased at iTunes.
The Hulu Original and Warner Bros. Television series 11.22.63 is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — but his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love, and the past itself, which doesn’t want to be changed. Episodes are now available to stream on Hulu.
Also starring Sarah Gadon, Cherry Jones, Lucy Fry, George MacKay, Daniel WebberT.R. Knight and Kevin J. O’Connor, with Josh Duhamel and Chris Cooper, the eight-part event series – based upon The New York Times best-selling 2011 novel by Stephen King – premiered on Presidents Day, February 15, 2016, on Hulu with the final episode airing April 4. J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk serve as executive producers. Academy Award®-winning director Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Black Sea) directs and executive produces the first two hours.
ALEX HEFFES biography
Alex Heffes was born in the UK and educated at a small specialist music school in London where he was immersed in music every day from an early age. After graduating from Oxford with a first-class degree, he worked as an arranger, then writer on projects covering the musical spectrum from steel band to symphony orchestra with artists such as Elton John and members of Blur.
It was his scores to Kevin Macdonald's Academy Award®-winning films One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland and BAFTA-winning Touching the Void that brought him international attention. Alongside his long collaboration with Macdonald, he has worked with many of cinema’s other top filmmakers such as Stephen Frears, Mira Nair, Peter Webber and Tim Burton. His reputation as a composer who is truly fluent with orchestral writing as well as electronics has given him a unique and varied output.
He received his first BAFTA nomination for his score to the HBO drama Tsunami: The Aftermath and has gone on to score across an incredible variety of genres including Charles Ferguson's Academy Award®-winning Inside Job; the horror film The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins; Catherine Hardwicke's fantasy movie Red Riding Hood; Peter Webber’s World War II drama Emperor; and Mikael Hafstrom’s action thriller Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also collaborated with director Tim Burton on his screen adaptation of Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Alex’s score to State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, was widely noted for his collaboration with classic British rock producer Flood.
In 2011, he was awarded ‘Discovery of the Year’ by the World Soundtrack Academy, and the following year his score to Justin Chadwick’s film Boy was featured at the opening ceremony of the Olympic velodrome at the London Olympics. In 2012, he won the Ivor Novello Award for best film score of the year for The First Grader starring Naomie Harris, also directed by Chadwick. In 2013, Alex received a Golden Globe award nomination for his score to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, which starred Idris Elba. His score featured vocals from South African legend Caiphus Semenya. Alex also travelled to Uganda while scoring The Last King Of Scotland to record and produce the bands that appeared in the film. In 2015, he scored the horse racing documentary Palio.
His solo album project Face To Face featured collaborations with artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Regina Spektor and Matthew Barley. His music has appeared in concert performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Oman Symphony Orchestra and at the London Jazz Festival.
Alex’s most recent credits include Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, which premiered at Sundance; and the Stephen Frears-directed Lance Armstrong biopic The Program. Other upcoming projects include the event series Roots, which premieres on the History, A&E and Lifetime networks in May; Disney’s Queen Of Katwe, starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o and directed by Mira Nair; and the Idris Elba thriller Bastille Day.
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