Aya Peard Media


Aug 29

STYRIA -- Feature film, Score by Marcello di Francisi, featuring Aya Peard

Going to a screening tomorrow night of Styria. The story is based on a 19th century novella, Carmilla, and is based intrue historic evidence, and is perhaps the true origin of the myth of vampirism--as an instigation to mass suicides, rather than the blood-sucking immortals that transform into bats we are accustomed to seeing. There is a great desciption on the movies Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/262270057/styria-based-on-sheridan-le-fanus-carmilla?ref=live So, i know all this, plus the fact that the amazingly talented Stephen Rea from "The Crying Game" and "V for Vendetta," two of my all-time favorite movies, is in it: .... It does look beautiful, featuring gorgeous locations and cinematography, colour grading, and of course, lovely troubled vampire girls. I will post more about the movie after I've seen it, but one more thing I'm sure of is that the score by the talented Marcello di Francisisi will be provocative and haunting! Marcello is known for his collaborations with Lisa Gerrard, among others, and it was an honor to sing with him. Creepy sociopath lesbian-vampire-blood oath-sensuality scenes, here I come !
Jun 17


What an amazing week, rehearsing, preparing, anticipating....finally meeting Merethe, playing with the orchestra, seeing Nick and Thomas so excited -- so much talent in the room! And...the Walt Disney Concert Hall, what an amazing venue. I have always loved seeing concerts there, but I never thought I'd see the audience from the stage! One thing I will say -- from the audience, it seems there is no bad seat in the house...from the stage, it is remarkable how close and intimate the audience feels! Nor have I ever seen the Disney Hall lit up the way it was for the show -- truly epic, and the following review describes.  I was very happy to share the pre- and after-show experience with Natalie Wilde again, after all our prep for the Nick Cave shows together -- AND, was very happy to see Marisa and Lauren, two of the awesome quartet who played Coachella with us, in the orchestra for the Two Steps from Hell Concert as well! I met so many amazing people -- including Reiko Nakano, the violin soloist / production manager (props for pulling that off!!), Petr, who is a joy to work with, and the wonderful Disney Hall staff....  It was truly an honor to see the talent and the fans, the hard work and the passion that Thomas, Nick and Merethe share, from up close, and to share the experience with them!  Here are a couple first reviews for your enjoyment....Shout out to Vince, from Make-A-Wish Foundation, who came to the show and whom we met afterwards, a lovely and wise young man. 
The Two Steps From Hell logo, "Music makes you braver "....nothing more true! 

Here is a link to the first official review, which includes an awesome photo gallery:

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