Film Music: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis With the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Nick Cave and his bandmate Warren Ellis have made some of Australia's most indelible music with their bands Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Dirty Three. When Cave sits at the piano and Ellis brandishes his violin or viola beautiful worlds are created and stories told. The music can feel dangerous, frail, romantic and righteous.
That ability to conjure diverse and dynamic emotions, and do it with an array of instruments, has made the pair ideally suited to producing music for film. For the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival Cave and Ellis played scores from those films live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – now its Sydney's turn.
For two nights, they'll be joined by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at the Opera House Concert Hall.
Music from their first commissioned soundtrack, for the bloody Australian western The Proposition, will play alongside their many others, spanning indie flicks and Hollywood blockbusters.
They've scored the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road, heist thriller Hell or High Water, anti-western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, documentary West of Memphis and murder mystery Wind River. From 7.30pm.
Tickets for the first two performances have sold out. But there are still plenty available for the 9.30pm show on Monday December 9. If you're quick.