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Hans Zimmer is one of the biggest film composers working in the industry today.  He won an Academy Award for his work on The Lion King, and has been nominated for six other films including Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, and As Good As It Gets. With The Last Samurai he celebrates his 100th film score, and SoundtrackNet had an opportunity to talk with Hans a few weeks ago during a rare break in his busy schedule working on Something's Gotta Give.<br><br>You've scored many projects during your career, and The Last Samurai is being touted as your 100th film score…<br><br>Well, I'm terrible with math, so I'm not doing the counting. It could be more, it could be less – but apparently it's the 100th.<br><br>So how did you get involved with the project?<br><br>If you're lucky enough to get nominated for an Oscar, you get invited to the Oscar nominee's luncheon where they hand out these little nomination certificates. There are usually 150 people standing there, and people are invited up in alphabetical order, starting with the As. By the time they get to the Cs, everybody's already back at their table chatting and eating, and while the first people called get thunderous applause, you can imagine what it's like when your name starts with Z!<br><br>So Ed Zwick and I were standing there, waiting at one of these luncheons about four years ago, and we started talking to each other. I asked him what he was working on and he told me about this movie called The Last Samurai, which I thought sounded interesting and I asked him to send me a script. After the script arrived, I didn't hear from him for a long time and I thought he'd forgotten about me, not thinking about how difficult it is to set up a samurai movie these days. The other thing I liked about the project was that Tom Cruise was involved, so it was like returning home, since I've scored a bunch of his movies – I knew we were going to have a good time.<br><br>Did it end up that way?<br><br>Ed and his editor Steve Rosenblum are such gentlemen, so together and professional, and they basically did one cut of the film, screened it, and everyone loved their work. So after this, they had plenty of time to come and hang with me, and while I usually love the re-cutting process because it's a diversionary tactic to keep the director and editor out of my life, these guys were great to have around. <br><br>Of course, my sense of paranoia made me think that something was going wrong all the time, waiting for the other shoe to drop, as it were, but it never happened. Ed phoned this morning and I thought, "Oh my god – rewrite!" It's just how my brain works. But I think he and I feel a bit odd now: we've been seeing each other every day for months, and suddenly we're done. I completely understand why people have a problem finishing a movie, because there's something really nice about the process – completion is far more boring.<br><br>For Samurai, you used Japanese percussions and ethnic woodwinds, without getting too 'Japanese'.<br><br>My problem is that I feel Japanese music is really inaccessible to Western ears, and I was really struggling with this film initially, trying to figure out what I was doing. This idea popped into my head for using Western-style themes, but applying a Japanese aesthetic to them, which sounds great of course, until I had to ask myself what I meant! Actually, I think it's just my way of not overloading certain things with too many colors, or being geometrically precise about my cues and not making them too flowery.<br><br>The Tom Cruise character is one of those nasty drunks at the beginning, who obviously has some serious problems he's trying to deal with, or not deal with. He's obnoxious and restless, suffering sleepless nights and is very un-Tom. For me, this character's journey was about his need to earn tranquility and peace, so within the score there's this very romantic, overblown and passionate theme. It's like a juvenile way of dealing with life and death – the pain and liebestod.<br><br>However, to contrast with these very relentless themes, there are a number of stark, formal and sober pieces, because I wanted to take Tom's character on a journey. He comes from America and ends up in this foreign place where he doesn't speak the language or understand the culture. But at the end of the movie, I want the audience to think that there isn't a more beautiful place for him to be, that he is at home in Japan and finally at peace.<br><br>There are many useless acts of bravery we do out of misguided romanticism, and this movie is full of courageous and dignified acts of bravery. So I wanted to play off these acts, since both the American and Japanese cultures have a concept of heroism, and I just wanted to see if I could play with the nature of the two different concepts.<br><br>So you didn't want to do the stereotypical Japanese thing...<br><br>Absolutely not! Take Akira Kurosawa's Ran, for example, which has this brilliant score where Takemitsu writes Western music, but with an Eastern accent. Somebody asked me a few days ago why As Good As It Gets was European – why did I write a European score for a quintessentially American story? For me, it's because Jack Nicholson was crazy in the movie, and I felt one of the great things about America is how they always think we Europeans are crazy. So by writing a European-styled score, it's my way of saying that Jack is crazy, but it's alright!<br><br>How do you feel about people who criticize your work for not fitting into the time period, like Gladiator?<br><br>The reason I take these jobs is because I'm interested in foreign cultures, and every time I get to work on a movie I'm thrown into the adventure of whatever that culture is, the time, and wherever the story's taking place. So one of the things I'm very careful about is not to be historically correct to the culture, but, on the other hand, not to insult the underlying aesthetics of that culture either. I remember watching Chariots of Fire and thinking how brilliantly the music worked, never missing that it wasn't period instruments! I grew up listening to Bach played by a symphony orchestra – it's the wrong sized orchestra with the wrong instruments, but I don't think that's the point.<br><br>With Gladiator, Pietro Scalia brought in a CD saying "this is Ancient Roman music," and I said, "Says who? You went to the Ancient Roman music store and bought an Ancient Roman music CD? Bullshit!" We're not anthropologists. Look at he costumes Ridley Scott had: they were more Napoleonic than Roman, which was perhaps fitting since Napoleon had stolen all of his good ideas from the Romans regarding how to make his generals look cool – and so did Hitler! So I got criticized for making the "Entry into Rome" cue too Leni Riefenstahl – but that was the joke! I am allowed to have a sense of humor in my music!<br><br>Earlier this summer your credit on Pirates of the Caribbean was "Score Overproduced by". What was the deal with that?<br><br>Well, I thought honesty was a virtue! But seriously, Jerry Bruckheimer quite rightly asked me not to give him "that old-fashioned Pirate music," and Gore Verbinski, who I adore and did The Ring with, said, "Well, it is a pirate movie, so we have to disguise it." In the end, I spent a day and a half writing tunes, Klaus Badelt wrote a lot of stuff, and we rolled up our sleeves, got drunk, behaved in a debauched way, and produced a score!<br><br>There was a lot of criticism regarding that score, but in the end it had to serve the film - which it did. You seem to get a lot of criticism on any project you do.<br><br>I had the misfortune of going onto the Film Score Monthly web site recently to look something up and vanity made me type in my own name. I suddenly realized that you can't ever get it right. Who do people want me to be? The guy that writes Matchstick Men? Or the guy that writes The Rock? Or the guy that writes Driving Miss Daisy? My need is ultimately to write for myself. I mock myself and I'm ironic about the way I speak about it because if I take it too seriously, it would be a pompous and boring thing to do. But at the same time I take each note I write very seriously – none of them are random.<br><br>The Internet Movie Database always lists you as being attached to multiple projects, so I was curious, what's Sharktail?<br><br>I complained to Jeffrey Katzenberg that I couldn't cross any more Red Seas, or deal with any more horses that can't speak – I wanted to do one of the fun animated movies instead. There's also a hip-hop element in Sharktail, and I haven't been there yet, so it's new territory! King Arthur is still in production, and I literally just got the first bits of footage just before you came here.<br><br>Are you working on all of these projects simultaneously?<br><br>I'm thinking about them! I'm also working with Jim Brooks on his new comedy, Spanglish.<br><br>And speaking of comedies, you recently did Matchstick Men for Ridley, which had a very Nino Rota vibe to it....<br><br>And I gave him credit! I thought, what if Nino had written the theme and I was just doing the variations? But I bet I'm going to get criticized for that because it's not like Gladiator.<br><br>So when did you last have a vacation?<br><br>Well, I went to Japan for a couple of days at the end of November for the Japanese premiere of Samurai, but look, I love what I do! In January I'll travel to Morocco because Ridley will be shooting his next movie, Kingdom of Heaven, so that's like a holiday!<br><br>My family and I are going away at Christmas, and what we used to do would be to rent a house in the mountains and go on these skiing holidays. It would be a crappy house, not as nice as the one we live in, my wife was still going to the market, and we're still washing our plates – so it wasn't a vacation, it was a lot of work! It's taken us a long time, but we just figured it out: we're not practical with vacations – we're staying at hotels! But while the Zimmer family isn't talented when it comes to vacations, we're talented when it comes to work!<br><br>I sat through Samurai the other day, and for the first time watched the whole movie from top to tail with everything finished and completed. It felt really good, better than a vacation. But luckily there were enough things wrong for me to think that I learned something from the experience, and now I can't wait for the next project to try these new ideas out.<br><br>The soundtrack to The Last Samurai is available from Elektra Records, and the film is currently in theaters. Matchstick Men is available on Varese Sarabande Records.<br><br>With thanks to Chet Mehta at Chasen & Co, Jason Cienkus at Warner Brothers, and Nina Lynch and Mark Wherry at Media Ventures for helping with this interview. And, of course, special thanks to Hans.Mulan get his release... through Disney+, 4th September.Mulan is being released on sept 4th. Can't wait to hear Harry's score!!!!Here's an interview about Last Samurai from Soundtrack.net https: //www.soundtrack. net/content/article/?id=112You can find an interview with Hans on his process for TLS on soundtrack.net somewhere, back in 2003 or 2004
The tracklist they posted has 58 tracks and yours contains only 54<br>interesting thing, He never really spoke about Last Samurai. but you have to realize, even when He speaks, its not always the truth. <br><br>The only thing I know, in 2013 doing press for Rush, He really said the hardest job was Last Samurai, well its not true according to himself, if you watch the behind the scenes stuff from Matchstick Men from 2003, right there He says that he was working on 3 huge films, (tears of the sun / Pirates / last samurai) and Mathstick men was the absolute hardest for him.<br><br>also Ed Zwick talks about working with Hans on the dvd commentary sometimes, but nothing really fancy.<br><br>Im sure there is an interview for this film with him, since he was at the premierI am struggling to find an interview where Hans speaks about this soundtrack. Does it even exist? <br>I spent the last hours digging but nothing. I always desired to hear some comments about it, like he does for the other works he's done.<br>I know it's a far stretch for Hans To release docu scores, but am really curious as to what Brave Miss World, Believer and Jalous of the Birds sound like...<br><br><br>@Mephariel<br>You can find Great Bear Rainforest on bleedingfingersmusic.com under Anze RozmanMondo only offered to send me a return label and a refund. No info yet on if they plan to fix it. :-/
Mine arrived today and is definitely sped up.LOL klaus badelt hardly composed pirates 1You know what? I love the booklet credits! Klaus Badelt is the same guy who scored Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.Thanks Hybrid soldier for the good news<br>I can't wait to see the documental film and hear the score of lorne balfe & hans zimmer.A score will be released.<br><br>You can always count on Lorne for that. It's in the works.
What was the last Zimmer documentary score that they released outside of BBC? <br><br>I am still waiting for The Great Bear Rainforest.I hope they can the soundtrack release for "Rebuilding Paradise" composed by Hans zimmer & Lorne balfe, including an original song for the film. I hope there is a possibility that they will release the score.How to get this at all?Any news about Rebuilding Paradise soundtrack?@Hybrid:<br>Any news about a release for Ron Howard "Rebuilding Paradise" soundtrack by Hans ans Lorne. The documentary airing today. Any info will be much Appreciated.
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THE MAN

Hans Zimmer’s interest in music began early when he moved to the UK and met established film composer Stanley Myers where they collaborated on films such as My Beautiful Laundrette. In 1988, Hans’ solo work for Rain Man earned him his first Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Score.

From this point Hans has scored more than 120 films which have, combined, grossed over 24 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. He has been honored with an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes®, three Grammys®, an American Music Award and a Tony® Award. His most recent Academy Award nomination for Interstellar marks his 10th career Oscar nomination. In 2003, ASCAP presented him with the prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement for his impressive and influential body of work. He also received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010. In 2014, Hans was honored with the Zurich Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

THE SHOW

The 2017 tour comes back by popular demand from the 2016 shows across Europe. The sell out shows were rapturously received by critics and the public alike. Incredibly in a Hollywood career that has spanned decades, these were Hans’s first full shows and were made even more special by the appearance of two of Zimmer’s collaborators guitarist Johnny Marr and Pharrell Williams.

Like the Hammersmith shows, ‘Hans Zimmer Live On Tour’ will be a visual spectacular designed and lit by the world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman. Marc has worked with everyone from Pink Floyd to Nine Inch Nails to Barbra Streisand and is responsible for the lighting of the Empire State Building in New York. The Hans Zimmer show will not only sound unlike any other it will also look unlike any other





14 April 2017 - Los Angeles, CA (United States) - Microsoft Theater
16 April 2017 - Indio, CA (United States) - Coachella
19 April 2017 - San Francisco (United States) - Bill Graham Civic
21 April 2017 - Las Vegas (United States) - Park Theater
23 April 2017 - Indio, CA (United States) - Coachella
29 April 2017 - Auckland (New Zealand) - Vector Arena
02 May 2017 - Sydney (Australia) - Qudos Bank Arena
04 May 2017 - Melbourne (Australia) - Rod Laver Arena
06 May 2017 - Brisbane (Australia) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
10 May 2017 - Perth (Australia) - Perth Arena





16 May 2017 - Helsinki (Finland) - Hartwall Arena
18 May 2017 - Stockholm (Sweden) - Ericsson Globe
20 May 2017 - Oslo (Norway) - Telenor Arena
22 May 2017 - Copenhagen (Denmark) - Forum Copenhagen
24 May 2017 - Leipzig (Germany) - Leipzig Arena
26 May 2017 - Gdansk (Poland) - Ergo Arena
28 May 2017 - Lodz (Poland) - Atlas Arena
30 May 2017 - Krakow (Poland) - Tauron Arena
01 June 2017 - Budapest (Hungary) - Papp Laszlo Sports Arena
02 June 2017 - Bratislava (Slovakia) - Ondrej Nepela Arena
04 June 2017 - Prague (Czech Republic) - O2 Arena
06 June 2017 - Vienna (Austria) - Stadthalle D
09 June 2017 - Frankfurt (Germany) - Commerzbank-Arena
11 June 2017 - Paris (France) - AccorHotels Arena
13 June 2017 - Dublin (Ireland) - 3Arena
15 June 2017 - London (United Kingdom) - The SSE Arena, Wembley
16 June 2017 - London (United Kingdom) - The SSE Arena, Wembley
17 June 2017 - Liverpool (United Kingdom) - Echo Arena
18 June 2017 - Glasgow (United Kingdom) - SSE Hydro Arena
20 June 2017 - Antwerp (Belgium) - Sportpaleis
21 June 2017 - Amsterdam (Netherland) - Ziggo Dome
23 June 2017 - Vienne (France) - Theatre Antique
24 June 2017 - Nîmes (France) - Arenes
26 June 2017 - Zurich (Switzerland) - Hallenstadion
27 June 2017 - Zurich (Switzerland) - Hallenstadion
29 June 2017 - Milan (Italy) - Mediolanum Forum
13 July 2017 - Dallas (United States) - Verizon Theater
14 July 2017 - Houston (United States) - Smart Financial Center
16 July 2017 - Nashville (United States) - Ascend Amphitheater
18 July 2017 - Atlanta (United States) - Verizon Amphitheater
21 July 2017 - Columbia (United States) - Merriweather Post Pavilion
22 July 2017 - Philadelphia (United States) - Wells Fargo Center
23 July 2017 - Mashantucket (United States) - Foxwoods
25 July 2017 - New York City (United States) - Radio City Music Hall
26 July 2017 - New York City (United States) - Radio City Music Hall
28 July 2017 - Canandaigua (United States) - Constellation Brands PAC
29 July 2017 - Boston (United States) - Boch Center
30 July 2017 - Montreal (Canada) - Bell Center
01 August 2017 - Toronto (Canada) - Air Canada Center
03 August 2017 - Cincinnati (United States) - US Bank Arena
04 August 2017 - Chicago (United States) - Allstate Arena
06 August 2017 - Denver (United States) - 1STBANK Center
09 August 2017 - Berkeley (United States) - Greek Theater
11 August 2017 - Los Angeles (United States) - Shrine Auditorium
12 August 2017 - San Diego (United States) - Viejas Arena
13 August 2017 - Santa Barbara (United States) - Santa Barbara County Bowl

7 October 2017 - Seoul (South Korea) - Olympic Stadium


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Mohammed Zain reply Replies: 0 || 2017-03-12 15:43:17
Any chance for a concert in India??

Mk reply Replies: 2 || 2017-03-08 00:55:46
I just found out, that Johnny Marr's Son - NILE MARR Will Tour with Hans Zimmer on tour 2017. So no Johnny Marr Unfortunately But my guess his Son Will be as good as the legend!


Ds2017-03-09 00:41:59
Or maybe both Marr will be present?


Mk2017-03-09 20:33:17
No, Johnny is going to work on A new album... his Son is his replacement.

Liz reply Replies: 0 || 2017-03-07 20:07:48
Does anyone know if they're going to play Manchester?

ei18 reply Replies: 2 || 2017-02-21 06:03:56
Will his Coachella performance be different from his other US tour dates? In his interview with Billboard it says it will be 90% Christopher Nolan, but wasn't if this was a mistake or not? Do you know anything Hybrid?


Ds2017-02-21 18:30:03
Well that's strange. 90% seems a lot.

What they'll get in Coachella will be, for sure:
Pirates of the Caribbean (maybe not the "Marry Me" segment)
Lion King
The Dark Knight
Inception

Probably Interstellar as well, judging by the interview.
They could possibly include Man Of Steel and/or Amazing Spider Man 2 (even though many people don't know it and hate the movie).
They should definitely include Crimson Tide.
And Angels & Demons because the arrangement is so spectacular, but I don't know, far from his most famous score.

Can't wait to see some videos on youtube!


Mephariel2017-02-28 00:16:25
If it is 90% Nolan, I wonder if he will give us a sneak peek of Dunkirk.

Radik reply Replies: 3 || 2017-02-21 22:11:10
So Live on Tour 2016 blu-ray/cd still nothing...

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Klem2017-02-22 23:38:47
I really just can't wait one more day !! :'(
No information ?


Mk2017-02-23 16:29:35
Don't count on it before the new tour is over!


Klem2017-02-25 01:35:08
So why it was announced for the 2017/02/14 ?

erjuancho reply Replies: 0 || 2017-02-23 13:08:06
Any more dates in London? Thanks!

Frank reply Replies: 0 || 2017-02-21 11:27:09
Hi. Can someone please tell me if this concert in Europe will be any different than the concert from last year or not? Does anybody have a tracklist for 2017?

Michael Poleschuck reply Replies: 3 || 2017-02-14 16:43:18
By the way, what do you think, will are there new faces in the band? I wish to see all Zimmer's proteges on the one stage.


Hybrid Soldier2017-02-14 16:49:33
There will be quite a few changes in the band, for many reasons...


Michael Poleschuck2017-02-14 16:52:24
A few changes? And it's a secret, for now, right?


Kristoff2017-02-14 23:21:07
Bring Lorne Balfe!!!!!

Dean reply Replies: 0 || 2017-02-14 16:19:01
I saw HZ at Wembley last April. Any plans heading to Boston, USA?

Jayne reply Replies: 1 || 2017-02-10 11:12:02
Hi, is it possible to say if the wonderful percussion theme from True Romance will be performed at Wembley concert? My daughter chose the music to walk down the aisle at her marriage last May. I spend many an our in my car listening and reliving the experience. I'd love to buy the family tickets so we can all experience it again. Many thanks


Memphis2017-02-10 13:40:47
I'd put good money on them playing it. They did at the concerts last year and in 2014. It goes perfectly with Rain Man and both go down very well with audiences. Hans seemed to have so much fun on the drums too!
They never confirm the set list, as I guess things can easily change, but I can't see them not playing it at Wembley!

Hybrid Soldier reply Replies: 4 || 2017-02-08 22:13:28
I finally created some proper page for the new tour !

All comments & stuff, right here !


Joshua2017-02-09 19:07:32
Like the page Hybrid! Will the "Revealed" show be different from the "Live" show, or are they pretty much the same show?


Hybrid Soldier2017-02-09 19:17:00
It's the same thing, the production just decided to use the HZR name in the US / Oceania because it's the first time he performs there, while he already did in Europe...


Joshua2017-02-09 19:52:29
Awesome, thanks for the info. Can't wait!


Raul2017-02-10 07:30:25
Hi Hybrid,
Is there any chance that Hans comes to México soon?

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