Netflix has released the single titled “Ravka” from the forthcoming soundtrack of the Original Series Shadow and Bone—based on the best-selling novels by Leigh Bardugo. The mystical and epic original score comes from composer Joseph Trapanese (Tron: Legacy, The Greatest Showman), who took great influence from fairytales, Russian stories, magic, and fantasy. The single track “Ravka” is available today, April 14, on all major streaming platforms and the Shadow and Bone Original Series Soundtrack will be digitally released on April 23, 2021—the same day the series launches on Netflix.
Trapanese was brought onto the project early on by Eric Heisserer (Showrunner, Executive Producer, Writer), Shawn Levy (Executive Producer), and Leigh Bardugo (Author, Executive Producer). He read the novels and scripts for inspiration and by the time the series entered post-production, he had written 40-50 minutes of music to contribute to the score. Joseph developed distinct themes for each character, giving each one their own sonic world in the valiant mystery tale of Shadow and Bone.
“Joseph had a monumental challenge ahead of him when he joined the team,” says Eric Heisserer. “Not only did he need to create a thematic space for each of our six lead characters in this debut season, but he also had to build a different musical language for the major regions of this invented world, most notably the kingdom of Ravka, loosely drawn from 1800s Czarist Russia. And what the rest of us soon learned was: Joseph could build all of that and more. The flourishes and flavors he gave to each piece linger with you long after the episode leaves the screen, and while he's embraced all that inspired the settings of the show, everything feels bespoke. I cannot separate the show from his score, and I'm in awe of him for it,” concludes Heisser.
Leigh Bardugo adds, “Joseph and I met up for coffee early on, and I knew pretty quickly that we were on the same page. We played Prokofiev favorites for each other and I inflicted some very pitchy renditions of old folk songs on him. I knew his work and how deftly he could transport a listener to a new world, but I had no idea what it would be like to hear him work his magic on Ravka and the Grishaverse. There's certain music that sparks imagination. Joseph's extraordinary work on Shadow and Bone not only helped to bring this world fully alive, but also changed the way I experience my characters' stories. I can't wait for audiences to share in that experience.”
Of the soundtrack, Joseph Trapanese remarks, “Nothing is more thrilling as a composer than to build a musical world to compliment an extraordinary and grand adventure like Shadow and Bone. Eric Heisserer, Shawn Levy, and Leigh Bardugo were incredibly generous with their time and guidance, inviting me to be a part of the series as soon as possible, so I could really get to know these characters and their stories as I wrote their themes. As the team was finishing on set, I was putting the final touches on extended suites and ideas for each character. It was incredibly rewarding to explore and expand these themes throughout the season, and I hope we get to continue exploring each corner of this world for many more episodes. I couldn’t be more excited or proud to share this score with you, and I’m grateful to the entire team at 21 Laps and Netflix for supporting our work through all the challenges of this past year.”
Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek score work for blockbuster films like Tron: Legacy, Straight Outta Compton, The Greatest Showman, Oblivion and the Raid series. As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with a number of mainstream musical acts. His first major break came in 2010 when he worked with Daft Punk on the sweeping digital soundtrack to Disney's Tron reboot/sequel. Trapanese followed that success by creating a score with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park for the American release of the 2011 Indonesian martial arts film The Raid: Redemption (he would continue without Shinoda in 2014 with The Raid 2). That same year, he helped with arrangements on a handful of tracks for M83's breakthrough hit Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, which led to the pair's collaboration on the 2013 Tom Cruise sci-fi epic Oblivion. For 2017's The Greatest Showman, Trapanese worked alongside Pasek & Paul and John Debney, producing songs and co-composing the score.
Notable scores include Shadow and Bone (2021), Finding Ohana (2021), Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge (2020), Project Power (2020), Lady and the Tramp (2019), Arctic (2019), Robin Hood (2018), Only the Brave (2017), the landmark rap biopic Straight Outta Compton (2015), and the second and third installments of the Divergent series, Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016).
Up next, Trapanese reunites with director Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick, Only the Brave) for his upcoming thriller Escape from Spiderhead, which marks their fourth collaboration in 11 years.
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