Birdman @ Barbican Centre

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    Feel the heightened tension and unease in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman as composer Antonio Sánchez performs the award-winning score live to a screening of the film. A mix of intense jazz drumming and sparse percussive noise, Sánchez’s score adds an eerie feel to the film, propelling the action forward and hypnotising audiences. Responsive to the action on screen, each performance of the score is a one-off – even the original music was almost entirely improvised. Satirising the vanities of Hollywood actors, Tinseltown veteran Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), is a neurotic bundle of anxieties, bitter about his decline and other actors’ successes. Filmed in New York, the film is a tour de force of swooping long shots and fantastical flourishes. Sánchez is an accomplished jazz drummer who has toured with Pat Metheny and Dizzy Gillespie’s orchestra. His composition for Birdman won the BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Score, whilst the film won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.
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