Milan Records today releases THE L WORD®: GENERATION Q (MUSIC FROM THE SHOWTIME ORIGINAL SERIES) by composers HEATHER MCINTOSH and ALLYSON NEWMAN. Available everywhere now, the album features original score music composed by McIntosh and Newman for the SHOWTIME Original Series, which follows a diverse group of LGBTQIA+ characters in Los Angeles. Also included within the album, alongside the emotive score, is an antithetic electro-pop vocal track from Mr. Sister, entitled “Trouble Finds Me,” as well as an orchestral cover of Robyn’s “Show Me Love” from the Elegance String Quartet. The resulting 33-track collection perfectly complements the on-screen narratives of love, heartbreak, setbacks and success. Taking place 10 years after the events of the original groundbreaking series, THE L WORD®: GENERATION Q is currently in its second season and premiering new episodes available Fridays on-demand for all SHOWTIME subscribers.
Of the soundtrack, co-composers HEATHER MCINTOSH and ALLYSON NEWMAN say, “Our work as co-composers for THE L WORD®: GENERATION Q has been a dream realized. The collaborative process is a constant ebb and flow of musical ideas and feelings between us. Being accountable to one another for the work we produce has pushed us to be better composers. Working with show-runner Marja-Lewis Ryan has also been extremely rewarding. Our directive for the second season was to compose new material based solely on the feelings of family and connectivity that she wanted the show to evoke. It gave us remarkable freedom to explore and delve deeper. This enhanced the scoring process as a whole.”
“When the original THE L WORD® series aired, it was the first time I saw myself reflected in the media; it felt validating and gave me comfort in the knowledge that there was a whole queer community out there,” adds co-composer ALLYSON NEWMAN, continuing, “The fact that I am now a part of GENERATION Q is tremendously meaningful. Representation matters. THE L WORD® continues to push boundaries and provide a platform for queer voices to be seen and heard."
Based on the groundbreaking drama series THE L WORD®, season two of THE L WORD®: GENERATION Q continues to follow the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig), Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey), Dani Nùñez (Arienne Mandi), Micah Lee (Leo Sheng), Sarah Finley (Jacqueline Toboni), Sophie Suarez (Rosanny Zayas), Gigi Ghorbani (Sepideh Moafi) and Angelica Porter-Kennard (Jordan Hull) as they experience love, heartbreak, setbacks and success in L.A. Each new episode of the second season will be available on Fridays for SHOWTIME subscribers on demand. The first five episodes of season two will air Sunday nights, with the final five episodes of the season airing Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT up until its October 11 season finale. Season two is executive produced by showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons), along with series creator Ilene Chaiken, Kristen Campo, Allyce Ozarski, Maisha Closson and original series stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey. Emmy® winner Rosie O’Donnell (SMILF), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Emmy and Academy Award® nominee Griffin Dunne (HOUSE OF LIES, This is Us) and Vanessa Williams (Candyman) have signed on to guest star in multiple episodes.
Heather McIntosh started her musical career playing with the bands of The Elephant 6 Collective, Gnarls Barkley and Lil Wayne. She has played cello on records for Animal Collective, Norah Jones, Washed Out, Belle and Sebastian and St. Vincent and has performed on stage with a variety of artists, such as Bright Eyes, of Montreal and Cat Power. Following her touring days, she has been regularly composing music for film and television since 2011.
She is an alumna of The Sundance Institute Music & Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound; a 2014 Sundance Institute Time Warner Foundation Fellow; and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy, and her credits include Compliance and Z for Zachariah, directed by Craig Zobel; Faults and The Art of Self-Defense, directed by Riley Stearns; the series One Dollar for CBS All Access; Astra Taylor’s feature documentary What is Democracy?; The Quarry, directed by Scott Teems; and The L Word®: Generation Q with Allyson Newman.
Allyson Newman earned her Master’s degree in Composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her first feature film, Watermark, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. She then moved to LA to study film scoring at USC. Newman has been awarded both an Australia Council for the Arts Grant and an Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award. Newman scored the multi-award-winning documentary feature Limited Partnership that premiered on PBS Independent Lens in 2015. In 2016, Newman scored the Emmy®-nominated media series Her Story. In July 2017, Newman participated in the BMI Conducting Workshop and then went on to score Kusama-Infinity, which premiered at Sundance and was released theatrically around the world in September 2018. Newman collaborated with Oscar®-winning directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein to score State of Pride, which opened the SXSW Film Festival in 2019. In 2019, Newman scored Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, which had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. She is a member of the Television Academy and is on the leadership team for the Alliance for Women Film Composers.
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