Sony Music Masterworks today releases A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) by acclaimed composer MARCELO ZARVOS. Available everywhere now, the album features score music written by Zarvos for the romantic drama directed by Denzel Washington and with a screenplay by Virgil Williams. The soundtrack marks Zarvos’ second collaboration with Washington as a director, the duo having worked together previously on 2016’s acclaimed film Fences. Based on the book by Dana Canady of the same name, A Journal for Jordan debuts exclusively in movie theaters December 25 from Sony Pictures.
Of the soundtrack, composer MARCELO ZARVOS says, “A Journal for Jordan is a story about love, sacrifice and family that spans 20 years and is the most emotional and challenging score I’ve ever done. The music ranges from intimate to soaring, devastating and even humorous at times but always through the lenses of love in all its forms. Working with Denzel Washington again, having previously done Fences together, was amazing. He really knows how to empower a composer while also giving very clear directions. It felt like a really safe space to try out ideas, and I really couldn’t ask more from any collaborator.”
Directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A Journal for Jordan is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. A sweeping account of a once-in-a-lifetime love, the film is a powerful reminder of the importance of family.
Based on the book by Dana Canedy. Produced by Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Michael B. Jordan, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. Executive Producers are Molly Allen, David Bloomfield, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth and Richard McConnell. The film also stars Jalon Christian.
Acclaimed composer Marcelo Zarvos has scored a diverse variety of high profile film and television projects throughout his career. He is recognized for his trademark sound – a seamless blend of classical, orchestral, rock, electronic and various ethnic elements, that together create uniquely affecting and emotionally charged music for film, TV, modern dance and the concert stage. The Brazilian-born Zarvos began by studying classical music and later began delving into jazz, rock and world music.
Zarvos has scored more than 50 films and has an expert skill with layered stories and emotive undertones. He most recently scored A Journal for Jordan, directed by Denzel Washington with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, which is being released by Sony Pictures on December 25, 2021. He previously collaborated with Denzel Washington on the award-winning Fences which Washington directed and starred with Viola Davis.
Throughout his career, Zarvos has also collaborated with many other celebrated filmmakers including Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Please Give, Amazon series One Mississippi, The Land of Steady Habits), Barry Levinson (The Humbling, You Don’t Know Jack, Rock The Kasbah) and Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, the two-part HBO Sports documentary What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali which premiered on HBO in May 2019, the documentary The Day Sports Stood Still which premiered on HBO in March 2021 and The Guilty starring Jake Gyllenhaal which was released in select theatres by Netflix on September 24, 2021).
A classically trained pianist and composer, Zarvos earned his BFA from Cal Arts. He burst onto the film landscape in the early 2000s with his score for Kissing Jessica Stein and with the film adaptation of the John Irving novel, The Door in the Floor. Some of Zarvos’ credits include The Good Shepherd, The Words, Sin Nombre, Hollywoodland and American Ultra.
Twice nominated for Primetime Emmy® Awards (for You Don’t Know Jack and Taking Chance), Zarvos’ television work includes Too Big To Fail, The Big C, Extant the HBO movie Phil Spector, the Amazon series One Mississippi and Z: The Beginning of Everything, the limited series The Romanoffs for Amazon and the SHOWTIME series The Affair which aired for five seasons and Ray Donovan which aired for seven seasons.
Some of Zarvos’ recent projects include the acclaimed hit film Wonder starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay and directed by Stephen Chbosky which opened in November 2017; The Choice (based on the Nicholas Sparks novel); The Chaperone starring Elizabeth McGovern directed by Michael Engler and adapted by Julian Fellowes which opened in Spring 2019; The Best of Enemies starring Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson directed by Robin Bissell which was released in April 2019; Breakthrough starring Chrissy Metz and directed by Roxann Dawson which opened in April 1 2019; and SHOWTIME’S seven-part limited series The Loudest Voice produced by Blumhouse Television starring Russell Crowe which premiered in June 2019. Zarvos wrote the original score for Dark Waters starring Mark Ruffalo and directed by Todd Haynes which was released by Focus Features in November 2019. He also wrote the original music the feature film Penguin Bloom starring Naomi Watts directed by Glendyn Ivin (2021) for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award in Australia.
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