During this human pause, film composer Paul Cantelon (Everything is Illuminated, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, W, The Other Boleyn Girl, At Eternity’s Gate, The Visit and more) has been busy, releasing two collections of music, Repose and Wildwood. Both EPs are available as FREE DOWNLOADS on Bandcamp and include an option to donate with all the proceeds going to Los Angeles food banks.
“After witnessing the heroic efforts of the first responders as well as seeing those less fortunate struggling with the repercussions from the pandemic, I wanted to create something that might, in some small way, help bring them some respite from it all. As a writer of music for film, I am a small cog in a big,beautiful, machine of many moving parts and so stepping away from that amidst the quarantine has allowed me to reconnect with the simple pleasure of creating music for music’s sake.”
Repose is hopefully a small reflection of that moment as well as being music to help quiet the mind during these anxious times. Written as a series of sketches for a suite, Paul’s second quarantine release Wildwood was recorded during a visit to London where Paul and his daughter, harpist Florence Astley, performed together for the first time at Leighton House in Holland Park. An accomplished musician in her own right, Florence Astley studied harp at the Royal College of Music in London as well as piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff.