Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner singer/composer Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) and film composer Marcello De Francisci have joined forces to bring you their first collaborative album work titled “Departum”. These collections of pieces are filled with lyrical soundscapes, which have been orchestrated with vocal chants, cimbalom, guitars, percussion, modern instruments and orchestra. An effort that took two years in the making moreover a collective journey inspired by ancient world cultures (Mesopotamia, Europe & Asia).
Included with the CD comes an embedded MP3 download version of the album with 2 bonus tracks and electronic artwork booklet as well.
Over a career that takes in almost two decades with Dead Can Dance, award-winning movie soundtracks and a series of acclaimed solo and collaborative albums, Lisa Gerrard has established herself as one of Australia's most ground-breaking and in-demand artists. Singer, composer and actress in El Nino de la Luna (a film which she also scored), Lisa brings a vision that is both precise and all-embracing to everything she does.
It is a musical journey that began in the early 1980s when she and fellow Australian Brendan Perry formed Dead Can Dance, one of the world's most original bands whose proud boast is that they never fitted into any neatly manufactured genre or predefined pigeonhole.
With Lisa's otherworldly voice counter-poised by Brendon's mellifluous tones, from the outset, they thought nothing of setting discordant electric guitars and dark, rolling bass lines against cellos, trombones and timpani.
Over nine albums between 1984 and 1995, the duo's musical canvas expanded with every release to take in a timeless mix of world music influences, medieval chants, folk ballads, baroque stylings, Celtic flavours, electronics, samples and anything else that took their fancy.This mosaic of musical influences is perhaps less surprising in the light of Lisa's childhood in Melbourne, where she recalls Greek, Turkish and Irish melodies "oozing into the streets" of her neighbourhood.
In 1995 came her first solo album, The Mirror Pool on which she was accompanied by the Victoria Philharmonic Orchestra. Again, it's an album that defies categorisation, causing one impressed but perplexed reviewer to describe it as "ambient, orchestral, folk and new age all at the same time."
Duality, a collaboration with Pieter Bourke followed in 1998 and again transcended musical eras and genres. Next came the stunningly beautiful Immortal Memory, a collaboration with the Irish composer, Patrick Cassidy which further explores the boundaries of Lisa's musical ambition.
Her recent album, The Silver Tree, again shifted into new territory; an album in every way sentient and ethereal. In recent years Lisa has also become a much sought-after composer of soundtracks. In many ways this has been a logical progression. Much of the work of Dead Can Dance had a cinematic quality that led to the group's music being used in the cult movie Baraka, TV commercials and even a car chase scene in Miami Vice.
Among the many films and documentaries she has scored or contributed to are Gladiator, Insider, Whale Rider, Black Hawk Down, Heat, Ali, King Arthur, Tears Of The Sun, The Mist, Salem's Lot, A Thousand Roads, Ashes & Snow, Layer Cake, El Nino de la Luna, Balibo, Henry Poole Is Here, Solo, Playing For Charlie, Ichi & Oranges & Sunshine. Lisa has received Golden Globe nominations for Insider and Ali and Oscar Nominations for Gladiator and 4 International awards for Whale Rider. In 2009, she founded her own record label, Gerrard Records, with the intent to empower and support unsigned, unrecognised artists the world over.
MARCELLO DE FRANCISCI
Marcello De Francisci is a composer who provides music to the feature film, theatrical movie trailer, commercial and interactive game industry. In 2006 he was awarded the G.A.N.G. award for best music score for Sony Computer Entertainment's "God of War" game. His music has been used in major theatrical movie trailers such as "Prince Of Persia" (Walt Disney - Bruckheimer Films), "Monsters Vs Aliens" (DreamWorks), "Seven Pounds" (Sony Pictures), "Night At The Museum" (20th Century Fox), "Mission Impossible III" (Paramount Pictures),"National Treasure" (Touchstone Pictures - Bruckheimer Films),"The Guardian" (Touchstone Pictures), "Hellboy" (Universal Pictures) and Jet Li's "Hero" (Miramax) to name a few. His recent collaboration with "Dead Can Dance" (Academy Award nominee & Golden Globe Winner), singer/composer Lisa Gerrard (Gladiator / The Insider / Black Hawk Down & Man on Fire) has awarded him credits as a composer on soundtrack scores for films such as "Balibo", "Tears Of Gaza" and the upcoming motion picture for Icon Pictures titled "Oranges & Sunshine" starring Emily Watson & Hugo Weaving.