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Mychael Danna

Mychael Danna has been scoring films since his 1987 feature debut, Atom Egoyan's Family Viewing, a score which earned him the first of his ten Canadian film award nominations. Danna is recognized as one of the pioneers of combining non-Western sound sources with orchestral and electronic elements in the world of film music. This reputation has led him to work with such acclaimed directors as Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), Ang Lee (The Ice Storm), Scott Hicks (Hearts in Atlantis), James Mangold (Girl Interrupted), Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and Joel Schumacher (8mm).

Danna studied music composition at the University of Toronto, winning the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship in 1985. He also served as composer-in-residence at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto. His works for dance include music for Dead Souls (Carbone Quatorze Dance Company, directed by Gilles Maheu 1996), and a score for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Gita Govinda (2001) based on the 1000-year-old classical Indian erotic poem, with choreographer Nina Menon.

Recent projects include Bennett Miller's 2006 best picture nominee Capote, Mira Nair's Vanity Fair, István Szabó's Being Julia, Deepa Metha's Water and this year's hit Little Miss Sunshine.

Danna is currently completing Universal's Breach, his second collaboration with Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) and beginning work on Sony's animated CGI-pic Surf's Up.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Mychael Danna Facts

BirthdaySeptember 20, 1958 (65)
BirthplaceWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Selected Filmography

Surf's Up
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