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John brings his Passion Oratorio symphony concert to Poland in honor of Poland’s 1050 anniversary of Christianity and Pope Francis’ visit

John Debney’s critically acclaimed symphony, The Passion Symphony under the direction of John Debney, will have its Poland premiere June 26th in Lodj, Poland.  The concert coincides with the 1050th anniversary of Christianity in Poland and the Pope’s first visit to the country.  The Passion Symphony has been performed throughout the world including Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Rome, Italy; Cordoba Spain; Prague, Czech Republic; along with performances on NBC’s Today Show and the Late Show.

Posted January 7, 2016

John reunites with Jon Favreau to score Disney’s new adaption of The Jungle Book

John Debney returns to Disney with his original score to Walt Disney Pictures’ film adaptation of the “The Jungle Book.”  The film reunites Debney with Director Jon Faverau.  The composer and director previously collaborated on Elf Iron Man 2 and Zathura.  The new reimagining live-action film, The Jungle Book stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Bill Murray as Baloo, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyongo as Raska and Christopher Walken as King Louie.  The film is a combination of live-action and animation.  The film tells the classic story of an orphan boy raised in the wild by animals. The Jungle Book will be released on April 15, 2016.

Posted December 16, 2015

John to be featured speaker at Annual NRB International Christian Media Convention and Exposition

John Debney will be a special guest speaker at The Annual NRB International Christian Media Convention and Exposition in Nashville TN which takes place February 23 – 26, 2016. Debney was invited to discuss scoring faith based films including his Oscar nominated, Dove-winning score to The Passion of The Christ and his upcoming film The Young Messiah which opens in March 2016. Excerpts from his films will be shown and discussed. The following day will be the Nashville premiere of his upcoming film, The Young Messiah.  The NRB 2016 International Christian Media Convention & Exposition will take place at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center – Nashville, TN. The conference is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated to assisting those in the field of Christian communications.

Posted December 4, 2015

John scores the biblical drama The Young Messiah

John Debney is scoring  the biblical drama film The Young Messiah. The film, based on the Anne Rice novel “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt” tells the story of Jesus at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity. Ten years ago, Debney received worldwide recognition for his epic score to the biblical drama, The Passion of The Christ, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. The Young Messiah will be released on March 11, 2016 by Focus Features.

Posted November 4, 2015

John Receives Golden Score Award from ASMAC

Last night John was deeply honored to receive the Golden Score award from ASMAC (the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers) which was presented to him by legendary songwriter/composer Richard Sherman.  You can read an article about John receiving this prestigious honor in the Hollywood Reporter.

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After the awards ceremony (which included a live string quartet performance of a new Kevin Kaska-arranged medley of John’s music), John brought Paramount Pictures’ President of Music Randy Spendlove as well as other musicians up on stage to bring down the house with a few rock songs!

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Posted September 18, 2015

John to receive ASMAC’s 2015 Golden Score Award

John will be receiving the prestigious Golden Score Award from the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) on September 17, 2015.  Hosted by ASMAC President Chris Walden, the gala event will feature a silent auction, dinner, and an awards ceremony, as well as musical performances and other surprises. John will be presented the award by legendary composer/songwriter Richard Sherman.  Tickets are still available at the ASMAC website.

Posted September 8, 2015

John attended the Fifth Annual Transatlantyk Festival in Poland

John recently attended the Fifth Annual Transatlantyk Festival, held in Poznan, Poland. Founded by Oscar-winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Transatlantyk is one of the fastest growing contemporary festivals in Central Europe.

Posted August 15, 2015

John conducts Passion of the Christ Oratorio in Prague

This past Sunday, June 21, John conducted his Passion of the Christ Oratorio for its Czech premiere at the 57th Smetana’s Litomysl Festival. Attended by over 1,200 people, the music was performed by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and featured included soprano Alžběta Poláčková, mezzosoprano Lisbeth Scott, and tenor Aleš Briscein, as well as world renowned flautist, Pedro Eustache.  Click here for more details and photos!

Posted June 24, 2015