Composer ‘La La Land’ to hold first solo concert in Korea

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Composer ‘La La Land’ to hold first solo concert in Korea

Film Composer Justin Hurwitz / Courtesy of JIMFF
Film Composer Justin Hurwitz / Courtesy of JIMFF

By Kwak Yeon-soo

Justin Hurwitz, the composer who wrote the original soundtracks for 2014 indie film “Whiplash” and 2020 musical drama film “La La Land,” will hold his first-ever solo concert in Korea in August.

The American musical director will visit this year’s Jecheon International Music and Film Festival (JIMFF), scheduled for August 11-16 in Jecheon City, North Chungcheong Province. Hurwitz received the Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award, according to the JIMFF organizing committee.

From 2006 to 2016, the award was given to film musicians whose achievements have undeniably shaped the history of Korean film music. From 2017 to 2019, the award was given to outstanding Asian film composers such as Kawai Kenji from Japan, Tan Dun from China, and Lim Giong from Taiwan.

Since 2020, the JIMFF Organizing Committee has expanded the scope to include international film composers to recognize the most influential talents across the world.

“Hurwitz’s win marks a fresh start for the award while celebrating the Korean fan-favorite films for which he wrote original music,” the committee said.

Upon accepting the award, Hurwitz was quoted as saying by the committee, “It is a great honor to receive the Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award, and I am very happy to attend JIMFF this summer.”

Hurwitz studied composition and orchestration at Harvard University and is known for his longtime collaboration with Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle.

He wrote the original scores for films such as ‘La La Land’, ‘Whiplash’ and the Neil Armstrong biopic ‘First Man’ which made him an acclaimed composer and won him multiple awards at the Oscars, BAFTAs Awards and Critics’. Choice Movie Award.

In 2017, he won Best Original Score and Best Original Song at the Golden Globe Awards and Oscars, respectively, cementing his position as a rising star in film music.

As the only music-themed film festival in Korea, JIMFF strives to share the diversity of local films. Unlike 2020 when it was held as an online event, or 2021 when it juggled online and offline schedules, the festival will return as a full-scale offline event to meet the audience. It will offer various celebratory programs, including the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the festival’s key musical event, “One Summer Night”.

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