The Best Scores of 2000February 26, 2001
VENICE, the Los Angeles' Arts and Entertainment Magazine, published an article by Daniel Schweiger "The Best Scores of 2000". "It (year 2000)
was just pretty bland overall, except when the composers cared enough to do something beyond the temporary sound track. To be original. To make
soundtracks that elevate the story instead of just living with it." The author lists, and shortly elaborates, on the following composers' work:
Clift Martinez (Traffic), Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard (Gladiator), Maurice Jarre (Sunshine), Dan
Jones (Shadow of the Vampire), Ennio Morricone (Mission to Mars), Air (French pop-duo) (The Virgin Suicides), James Newton Howard (Dinosaurs;
Unbreakable; vertical Limit), Wojciech Kilar (The Ninth Gate), Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Lost Souls), and Jeff Beal (Pollock).
Here's what Mr. Schweiger writes:
"Kaczmarek's Lost Souls is a romantic excercise in damnation. This subdued, chillingly beautiful score is as horiffic as it is tragic, especially in its piano melodies that would be right at home in Dracula's castle, a far better place for it than the film itself."
Internet chat with JanFebruary 16, 2001
Jan will be a guest host of an Internet chat in STOP KLATKA, one of the Polish premiere web sites devoted to film.
PICTURE: Portrait of Jan taken during his recent visit to Poland by Judyta Papp
News updateFebruary 9, 2001
Jan travels to Poland, where he will continue his work on Quo Vadis and help promote Aimée & Jaguar during the film's Polish premiere.
Interview with JanJanuary 8, 2001
Jan granted Dariusz Janczewski an interview.
Lost Souls and Quo VadisOctober 11, 2000
Lost Souls premieres in the Graumans Egyptian Theatre.
Lost Souls opens on October 13th. CD will be in stores on October 17th.
Jan is in the process of writing music to "Quo Vadis", Roman-era epic based on the Nobel Prize winning novel by Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz. The film will be the bigest production in the history of Polish cinematography. Premiere is scheduled for September of 2001.
PICTURE: Scene from Quo Vadis
New Project. "Edges of the Lord", will be directed by Yurek Bogayevicz and will star Haley Joel Osment and Willem Dafoe.
"Aimee & Jaguar" is playing in selected theaters and is distributed in the US by Zeitgeist Films.
CD is not available in the US.
News updateJune 5, 2000
In June of this year, Jan accepted a visiting scholar position at the Getty Research Institute, starting preparations for the new piece exploring his experience of living at the edges of the Latin Alphabet: Poland and California.
Aimée & JaguarDecember 20, 1999
Aimée & Jaguar earns nomination for the 57th annual Golden Globe Awards in the Best Foreign Picture category.