Babelsberg and Indian Cinema – Celebrating the Legacies
The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg with over a hundred musicians performed orchestral interpretations of symphonic highlights from A.R. Rahman’s film compositions. It was for the first time that a hundred plus film orchestra performed the compositions of an Indian musician on his home ground!
This endeavour was to bring to the fore the elaborate musical orchestration that enhances the impact of a scene in a movie, or the movie as a whole. Artists and choir members from A.R. Rahman’s KM Conservatory joined the orchestra in a multi-city tour starting January 20th, 2012 in Mumbai, followed by Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.
More on the Concert Tour
The concert tour also marked the centenary year of the Studio Babelsberg and the year that Indian cinema began its journey – back in 1912.
The repertoire included symphonies from the scores composed by A.R. Rahman.
About Matt Dunkley: Conductor, Orchestrator, Composer
The compositions were specially arranged for this orchestral event by Matt Dunkley, a long-time collaborator with Rahman. Matt has a rich body of work for Hollywood film composers such as Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard and Clint Mansell. He has also conducted for prestigious orchestras in the UK and other parts of Europe, including the German Film Orchestra, Babelsberg in the recent past. For the first time, he played with Rahman on his home ground.