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Composer Mica Levi on her Oscar-nominated score for 'Jackie'




British singer Mica Levi poses on the red carpet for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
British singer Mica Levi poses on the red carpet for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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In the new film “Jackie”, Natalie Portman plays iconic first lady Jackie Kennedy on the day her husband, President John F. Kennedy, is assassinated.

It’s a defining moment in American history, but also a deeply tragic moment in Jackie’s life.

Nailing that very specific tone is no easy feat. So director Pablo Larraín called on British composer Mica Levi to create a score to reflect Jackie’s grief and disorientation.

Levi is a classically trained musician, but is somewhat new to film composing. Known by her stage name Micachu, she’s been making experimental music and touring with her band, The Shapes, since 2008. She made a name for herself in film music first in 2015 with her eerie score for Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." 

John Horn recently caught up with Levi while she was in town. To start, we’ll hear the music cue that opens the film ”Jackie."

Click the play button above to hear the interview and music from the film!



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