The Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and the Society of Composers and Lyricists hosted a panel discussion Wednesday night celebrating Canadian composers with tunesmiths Amin Bhatia (“Anne with an E”), Darren Fung (“NOVA: Great Human Odyssey”), Alexis Marsh (“Animal Kingdom”) and Jeff Toyne (“Rogue”). Gold Derby moderated the Emmy event, titled “From Canada to LA: SOCAN All Star Composers,” at the Raleigh Studios Theater in Hollywood that was organized by Impact 24 PR.
Bhatia and his longtime collaborator Ari Posner received an Emmy nomination for their main title theme to “Great Ed” in 2006. The two are back in the running for “Anne with an E,” Netflix’s adaptation of the popular L.M. Montgomery book series about a 19th century girl (Amybeth McNulty) navigating her new life on Prince Edward Island. Doing “a Celtic piece” was something new for the duo, “but the fun comes in that challenge.” In their native Canada, Bhatia and Posner won the Canadian Screen Award for scoring the series “Flashpoint” (2013) and took a Gemini award in 2005 for the animated series “King.”
Fung competed at the Canadian Screen Awards for scoring the documentary “Lost Years” (2013). He could receive his first Emmy nom for “Great Human Odyssey,” the latest entry in PBS’s long-running nonfiction series “NOVA.” “I sat there in the cutting room and the footage blew me away,” recalls the composer. He then knew why the filmmakers wanted “orchestral music” to highlight man’s journey from Africa to the rest of the world.
Marsh is one half of the composing duo Alexis & Sam with Samuel Jones. Together they scored “Animal Kingdom,” TNT’s adaptation of the popular Australian film about a criminal family led by a domineering matriarch (Ellen Barkin). “It was really exciting for us to get to write for” the show, Marsh reveals. “The picture was just so inspiring that it was easy to write music for.”
Toyne is in competition for DirecTV’s “Rogue,” which focuses on an undercover detective (Thandie Newton) convinced that her actions led to the death of her son. When asked about his collaborations with showrunners, he divulges, “It’s our job to translate what we’re hearing and what they’ve already put in, because we’re working on somebody else’s project.” Toyne previously contended at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2013 for scoring the Lifetime movie “Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story.”
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