The shark attack news is piling up, summer is here and the most wonderful week of the TV year, Shark Week, brings all the mystery of the apex predator of the deep to your living room. Shark Week, television’s longest running and most anticipated summer event returns to Discovery Channel on Sunday, July 5 with the most hours of shark programming in its 28-year history.
This incredible footage deserves a majestic soundtrack to drive the narrative. Rejoice as Discovery Channel and Volkswagen of America, Inc. are partnering with Oscar nominated composer J. Ralph to debut the world premiere of “Theodora,” a soaring 151 piece symphonic work commissioned by Discovery Channel especially for Shark Week and to be released by Sony Classical and Rumor Mill Records in early July, 2015.
This artistic collaboration explores sharks and their place in the ocean’s ecosystem.
Scores from major motion pictures have often represented sharks as one-dimensional lurking in the ocean through music that grows louder and faster to signal danger. The “Sharks Rescored” microsite (SharksRescored.com) will go live July 5 and allow audiences to listen to and watch the full six and half minute performance of “Theodora,” a wholly new perspective that celebrates the majesty, awe and importance of sharks.
From the press release
Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Voices Choir and internationally acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell, the performance was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London and produced by J. Ralph with Arthur Pingrey.
J. Ralph is an Academy Award® nominated composer, producer and social activist from New York City who focuses on creating awareness and change through music and film. He has written and produced the music for more Oscar® winning/nominated documentaries than any other composer in the history of the Academy Awards®. J. Ralph’s music has sold more than 10 million records worldwide and reached the No.1 spot in over 22 countries. His career began with the signing to Atlantic Records as a recording artist and since then J. Ralph has written and produced the music for numerous Grammy Award winning artists, symphony orchestras, The United Nations, The President of The United States and more Oscar winning/nominated documentaries then any other composer in the history of the Academy Awards. Such films include Man On Wire, The Cove, Hell And Back Again, Chasing Ice, Finding Vivian Maier and Virunga. He is widely regarded for the original songs he writes and produces for these films including the Oscar® nominated “Before My Time” performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell.
“I am honored to collaborate with Discovery and Volkswagen to raise money and awareness for species extinction, oceanic preservation, and especially sharks,” said J. Ralph. “In a time when most music is made on a laptop, I am incredibly grateful that these two visionaries would go to such great lengths in assembling an orchestra of this magnitude and commission an original live work on this scale.”