Composer Natalie Holt collaborates with KASK & Conservatorium students for Film Fest Gent
Film Fest Gent releases a new FFG Session, this time with the British composer and violinist Natalie Holt, in which she plays her music from 'Loki' and 'Fever Dream' together with students from KASK & Conservatorium. In line with its musical DNA FFG has launched this new format in 2023 aiming to further promote film music as an art form. These Film Fest Gent concert sessions bring together experienced composers for screen and young musicians for an intimate live performance.
Natalie Holt is the internationally acclaimed composer set to host this FFG Session and has chosen to perform "Loki: TVA Theme" from the Marvel TV series Loki(Disney+). Natalie re-orchestrated the original score, which combines a traditional orchestra with vintage analog synthesizers, Scandinavian folk instruments and the eerie, unsettling electronic sounds of the theremin. For the FFG Sessions, she presents a new chamber music version of the score, showcasing her talent with this fresh and original adaptation.
The other piece that the students perform alongside Natalie Holt and composer and violinist Daniel Hart, is "Fever Dream", an ambient piece from a scene in the film Distancia de rescate (or Fever Dream, Netflix) by Claudia Llosa, where one of the characters is rowing a boat, having a nightmarish dream.
Multi-award winning composer Natalie Holt is known equally for large orchestral arrangements and intimate, textural and at times experimental electro-acoustic compositions. Enriched by her experience as a classically trained violinist, Holt’s work exists in the liminal space between orchestral, electronic and contemporary. Some of Natalie Holt’s recent works include Loki and Deadwater Fell (starring David Tennant). Her music can be heard on Wallander (starring Kenneth Branagh), the series Knightfall (starring Mark Hamill), and many more. She has also contributed additional music to Paul King’s Paddington. Holt’s distinction in her field was recognised by being made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2017. Natalie Holt was also a World Soundtrack Award nominee for the 2021 Discovery of the Year Award (with Infidel) and the Television Composer of the Year Award (for Loki - Season 1), and she became the first woman to score a live-action Star Wars project. In 2022 Natalie Holt, together with John Williams, was recognised at the World Soundtrack Awards with a nomination in the category Television Composer of the Year for her compositions for the Disney+ show Obi-Wan Kenobi.
In the coming weeks, the festival will launch another FFG Session with composer Daniel Hart.