Sony Music: "THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR" music by Herdís Stefánsdóttir


Sony Music announces the release of THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by Icelandic composer HERDÍS STEFÁNSDÓTTIR.  Available Friday, May 10, the soundtrack features music from the Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film, which will be released nationwide on Friday, May 17.

“Working with Ry on creating the score for The Sun Is Also A Star was a wonderful and smooth process,” says composer Herdís Stefánsdóttir of the soundtrack. “I immediately felt we had a musical connection, which helped create the themes for the film.  I was 7 months pregnant when I started writing the score and that made the experience very special for me. I was extra emotional and focused because of my situation, which I felt helped me overall in the creative process, and was able to write the music quickly and felt inspired by the story. I needed to write music that would evolve and mature with the characters in the film and the growing feeling of love. I mostly used a mix of ukulele, harp, electronics, flutes, strings and piano. The score was lighter in the beginning of the film, but as the drama progresses I brought in deeper sounds and more emotional instruments like the piano, cello and harp.”

In the film, college-bound romantic Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi) meet – and fall for each other – over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City.  Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push.  But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love?  With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.  A modern-day story about finding love against all odds, The Sun Is Also a Star explores whether our lives are determined by fate or the random events of the universe.

ABOUT HERDÍS STEFÁNSDÓTTIR... Herdís Stefánsdóttir is a composer of music for multimedia, a songwriter, and an electronic musician. Her compositional endeavors – installations in museums, dance, theatre, and a successful electronic music duet she is a part of – are establishing her as an expansive artist.

Herdís Stefánsdóttir graduated with a M.A. degree in film scoring from New York University in 2017. Since graduation, she has scored two American feature films and a few short films. Herdís interned for the Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson in Berlin while he was working on the film Arrival (2016), and she has scored numerous short films that have premiered at top-tier festivals around the world like Berlinale, TIFF, Sundance and Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Herdís formed East of My Youth, her electro-pop duet, in 2015. East of My Youth’s music has been described as “as sensual and addictive as getting your tongue frozen to a glacier of pure honey (jajaja music).” The duo has showcased at SxSW, Eurosonic Noorderslag, KEXP, Sonar Reykjavík and Iceland Airwaves.
 
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