Jeff Beal's The Long Road home
Varèse Sarabande has released The Long Road Home digitally and as a limited edition CD. The album features original music composed by Emmy®-Award winning composer Jeff Beal (BOSTON, House of Cards). The story: on April 4, 2004, the First Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was ferociously ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad-- a day that later came to be known as "Black Sunday." Based on Martha Raddatz’s best-selling book, The Long Road Home chronicles their heroic fight for survival, as well as their families' agonizing wait on the home front back in Texas.
Jeff Beal was clear on the importance of The Long Road Home. “When you do a story about real people you really want to get it right,” he said. “Film music is the language of the emotional journey that a character goes through. One of the things that I love about this series, is that it is not just a combat movie or about an ambush, it is about the soldiers’ lives. Each hour you learn about them, their wives, their kids. And unfortunately some of these guys don’t come back. It is great chance for us to see the level of sacrifice as well as the dignity and bravery these people have. This is their job and what they have to do is pretty amazing.”
Jeff Beal’s film music career began to take off with his work on the acclaimed film POLLOCK (2000). Beal writes, orchestrates, conducts, mixes and often performs on his own scores – no other artist’s brushstrokes touch his canvas. As an accomplished jazz musician, Beal uses his improvisation skills to read the emotional tone of a scene and compose music on the spot. “This process allows me to set up a world where anything can happen, but you don’t see it coming.”
A five-time EMMY® winner, Beal’s approach is a favorite for more sophisticated works. His TV credits include HBO’s ROME, CARNIVÀLE and the Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS. His documentary work includes BLACKFISH, WEINER, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, Oliver Stone’s THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS, and BOSTON the recently released documentary about the history of the Boston Marathon. Jeff’s upcoming film projects include SHOCK AND AWE (directed by Rob Reiner).
Recently, Jeff’s performing, conducting, and composing worlds have begun converging. He conducted The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in the premiere of HOUSE OF CARDS IN CONCERT (represented by Columbia Artists Management), with further performances in Miami, The Netherlands, and Denmark. He also led the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra for the premiere of BLACKFISH live-to-picture and conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra live for the premiere of BOSTON. In May several of his pieces were performed including “The Salvage Men” by The Apollo Chorus (Chicago), the Brooklyn Youth Chorus premiering his piece “The Fire Brand” at BAM, and Oregon Ballet Theatre premiering the ballet Terra, choreographed by Helen Pickett.
“This is a really intense piece of filmmaking,” said Beal. “That is what I love about being an artist. You want to feel something. The themes in THE LONG ROAD HOME are about brotherhood, community, and loyalty- things we all should celebrate. We need them now more then ever.”
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