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Lakeshore Records and 14th Street Music: "LANSKY" music by Max Aruj

Lakeshore Records and 14th Street Music have digitally released the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Vertical Entertainment’s crime drama Lansky, starring Harvey Keitel, Sam Worthington, and John Magaro. The album is comprised of poignant and reflective score by Max Aruj (The Ice Road, Crawl). The composer and writer-director Eytan Rockaway reunite for Lansky, having previously collaborated on the psychological-thriller The Abandoned. The soundtrack is available on all major platforms and the film is now playing in select U.S. theaters and On Demand.
In the film, David Stone (Sam Worthington), a renowned but down-on-his-luck writer, has the opportunity of a lifetime when he receives a surprise call from Meyer Lansky (Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel). For decades, authorities have been trying to locate Lansky’s alleged nine-figure fortune and this is their last chance to capture the aging gangster before he dies. With the FBI close behind, the Godfather of organized crime reveals the untold truth about his life as the notorious boss of Murder Inc. and the National Crime Syndicate.
“This was my second time teaming up with Eytan Rockaway. Having known each other better, we were able to delve even deeper creatively. He directs me in a way that enables me to create the best possible piece of music for each scene,” says Max Aruj.
He continues, “The film takes place in two time periods: Lansky in his earlier years, and him looking back at his life in the 80's. Given the time period, we decided to use some 80's, Vangelis colors as our palette, mixed with orchestra. Creating a sense of both darkness, and sentimentality was necessary to capture both sides of this complicated figure.”
“There was virtually no temp score, so we had to build the musical foundation from the ground up. In a drama especially it seems, there are so many different ways to score any given scene, so getting to that perfect version required patience and persistence. Working on Lansky really pushed me to dig deep to come up with a melody that encapsulates his whole life. He experienced both great triumph, and great sadness. He stopped at nothing to achieve his goals, but at great costs,” says Aruj.
Max Aruj (Crawl, This is Football) is a composer born and raised in Los Angeles. Aruj joined the Assassin’s Creed universe for Wrath of the Druids (2021). Another upcoming release this year includes Jonathan Hensleigh’s The Ice Road, starring Liam Neeson. Aruj co-produced Gryffin’s Deluxe orchestral album (2020). He composed additional music on Mission: Impossible - Fallout for Lorne Balfe, and on The Crown, for Hans Zimmer and Rupert Gregson-Williams. This past year he wrote additional music on HBO’s His Dark Materials.
Aruj’s latest episodic release is Empires of New York (CNBC), a series chronicling the meteoric rise of five icons, streaming on Peacock. Aruj is also a board member for Vox Artivism, a non-profit organization providing music education through project-based learning experiences for kids. He is the composer for Well Played Studios, a full-service VR/AR firm specializing in interactive content and gaming experiences.
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