For the 35th edition of the Ghent Film Festival (7-18 October), Clint Mansell and Sonus Quartet will be performing atmospheric tunes from Darren Aronofsky films (Pi, Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain). Like Aronofsky in the film world, Mansell has garnered an immense cult following for his soundtrack work, known for its dark, hypnotic beauty. The concert will be held on 16 October in the theatre hall at the Vooruit.
Clint Mansell started out as the front man for British electronica-punk group Pop Will Eat Itself. He broke into the world of scoring when his friend, director Darren Aronofsky, hired him to write the soundtrack for Pi, his debut feature film. Since then, Mansell has scored Aronofsky's two other films, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain.
Mansell's unique sense of style is difficult to pin down, a mix of anything in the minor-key palette available to him, from swelling strings to heavy electric guitar and tribal drums. For his work on The Fountain, he teamed up with Scottish post-rock band Mogwai and Kronos Quartet to produce the most exquisite, powerful soundtrack experience of 2007. Not only did it win him Best Original Soundtrack at the World Soundtrack Awards, but also the Public Choice Award, voted by film music fans from around the world.
For his concert in Ghent, Mansell will be bringing a few special guests along: a rock band and Sonus Quartet, a string ensemble. They will be performing Aronofsky film tracks, complete with film clips pulsating in the background.