CT and Ezra visiting Tottenham Hotspur before their first home game of the season against QPR (via @SpursOfficial)
They should’ve come to Stamford Bridge instead!
«The music playing when you first file into the Cort Theatre to see “This Is Our Youth” is no mere canned, off-the-shelf tune. It’s an original by a Grammy Award winner.
“I try to take every project — whether it’s an album, making just one song or doing a score like this — and enjoy it for what the limitation are and how that sets you free in other ways,” says Rostam Batmanglij, whose “Modern Vampires of the City” won the Grammy this year for best alternative album.
Batmanglij has written five classical pieces for the play — two each that bookend Acts 1 and 2 and a longer song for when theatergoers noisily arrive, rustling their Playbills and chatting. He put plenty of thought into each.
Batmanglij took inspiration from the play’s setting on the Upper West Side, which he got to know while majoring in music at Columbia University. He asked himself: What instrument is most associated with the neighborhood? He decided on a piano. So he started experimenting.
Batmanglij often records himself playing melodies with his iPhone and it turns out that Memo 471 on his device became the skeleton of one song. When he plays it, a lovely piano riff emerges, betraying the composer’s classical roots.
“I studied classical music at college so, for me, this is almost more of what I was trained to do then what I do for a living,” he said. “I hear it in everything, and I think it’s a part of all the music that I make.”
Batmanglij may be a novice when it comes to writing for the stage, but he’s penned music for films, including 2011’s “Sound of My Voice” and a piano piece for 2013 “The East,” both directed by his brother, Zal.
He said he’s loved collaborating with new people and using a different part of his brain. He also hopes the music he’s written for Broadway will have another life and even won’t rule out returning one day to write a musical.
For now, though, his day job is calling: He’s got a song coming out soon with Charli XCX, and he’s always collaborating with his Vampire Weekend bandmates. “I’ve definitely enjoyed this project a lot, but I also feel like the world of songs is calling me,” he said.»
-Vampire Weekend Member Makes a Broadway Play Sing (via abcnews
"There are some Blur songs I can sing on the piano, but this is one which is impossible to do without the man I wrote it with." (x)
This just recently happened at the Latitude Festival.