FILM

Kyle Shepherd Film Composer Biography

Kyle Shepherd is one of South Africa’s most celebrated pianists & composers of his generation.

Internationally recognised for his distinctive compositional style & performances, has made a huge impression on debut as a film score composer for the critically-acclaimed film, Noem My Skollie / Call Me Thief – South Africa’s official entry to the 2017 Academy Awards – for which he has earned a nomination for the 2017 South African Film & Television Award [SAFTA] for Best Achievement in an Original Music Score in a Feature Film.

Emotionally driven melodies, atmospheric minimalism and textural soundscapes, underscoring a visual narrative, have always been something I’ve thought about as a serious avenue for music-making. While composing for film differs to composing for my own solo work, in that it offers the luxury of emotional anonymity, I feel very close to stories and visuals as a stimulus for composition. The scope of the script, vision of the director and performances of the actors and actresses, is what, to me, evokes the sound palette. When I hear music or read a script, my focus is on hearing or reading what is between the notes or words, paying close attention to the emotional disposition of the character in a scene. Then my job is to create sonic scaffolding for those emotions and to deliver it to the audience in the most understandable way regardless of the complexity of the on-screen narrative,” explains Shepherd.

“With his score of Noem My Skollie / Call Me Thief, Kyle Shepherd has forged the emotional spine on which the rest of the film’s emotional journey rests on. Sparse and delicate; haunting and melancholic – this aural journey permeates the inner life of a complex character. But it is never without hope – and in the end rewards us with a deep sense of cathartic resolution. If you don’t finish it with a lump in your throat, you don’t have a heart.” – Daryne Joshua (Director)

Daryne JoshuaDirector, Noem My Skollie / Call Me Thief

FILM CREDITS

Film Score Composed by Kyle Shepherd

Produced by David Max Brown and Moshidi Motshegwa (Maxi-D Productions), Noem My Skollie / Call me Thief, a moving crime drama set in Cape Town in the late 60’s was written by John W. Fredericks and directed by Daryne Joshua. Released in September 2016, the film was South Africa’s official entry to the 2017 Annual Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and is also a nominee for the 2017 South African Film & Television Awards [SAFTA] for Best Film.

Featuring the following music tracks by Kyle Shepherd:Xam Premonitions, Cry of the Lonely, Doekom, The Seeker, Langarm, Senegal, Xahuri, Die Maan Skyn So Helder (Traditional), City Monk Desert Monk, Die Goema, Images of You, Cape Flats,  & Dark Cities. 

A documentary produced and directed by Nadine Cloete.  Action Kommandant is based on the untold story of the young South African revolutionary freedom fighter, Ashley Kriel. The film made its international debut release to critical acclaim at the ‘Seattle International Film Festival’ in May 2016 and its local South African debut at the prestigious ‘Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival’ in June 2016 where it won the Festival audience award for Best South African Film following record screenings.

OTHER FILM CREDITS & FEATURES

Four Corners [2013]

Featuring Bobbejaan / Minstrels Go to Court by Kyle Shepherd

A feature film, Directed by Ian Gabriel. Produced by Giant Films & Moonlighting Films. Four Corners is a multi-thread, coming of age crime drama set in a unique and volatile South African sub culture. At times raw and violent, at other times touching and true, the four lives of Farakhan, Leila, Tito and Gasant converge around Ricardo, weaving universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption. It was South Africa’s official entry to the 2014 Annual Academy Awards in the category for Best Foreign Language Film.

Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements [2011]

Featuring music by & interview with Kyle Shepherd

A documentary film, produced, filmed and directed by Angela Ramirez, Sara de Gouveia & Calum MacNaughton, Mama Goema explores the music & sound of Cape Town and its historical influences.

The Uprising of Hangberg [2011]

Featuring Original Music by Kyle Shepherd

A documentary film by Dylan Valley & Aryan Kaganof. The film, a complex portrait of parallel lives thrust into violence, explores the aftermath of police brutality on the Hout Bay community.

The Exhibition of Vandalism [2010]

Featuring music / sound improvisational performances by Kyle Shepherd & the late Zim Ngqawana

A documentary film, documenting a healing ceremony performed by Zim Ngqawana and Kyle Shepherd in the ravaged body of the Zimology Institute for higher learning in January 2010. The film was directed, filmed and edited by Aryan Kaganof of the African Noise Foundation.

AFRIKAAPS [2010]

Featuring Kyle Shepherd in music performances composed in collaboration with Jitsvinger, Blaq Pearl, Emile Jansen and Shane Cooper for the musical theatre production, Afrikaaps.

A documentary film by Dylan Valley based on the musical theatre production Afrikaaps, a Glasshouse / The Baxter Theatre production, directed by Catherine Henegan.  Afrikaaps, is a cutting-edge contemporary hip-hopera about the story of Afrikaans, tracing its origins back to 1600’s and its evolution into the 21st century. It employs glitches, scratches, beats and rhymes to traverse time, whilst also referencing the rich musical landscape of traditional Cape styles like Ghoema and Kaapse Klopse.

Kyle Shepherd has composed a world-class orchestral film score for Noem My Skollie / Call Me Thief which quite magnificently portrays and enhances the highly emotionally charged moments that permeate the film. I’m sure that the music will linger in everyone’s minds and that this soundtrack will be enjoyed for a very long time.” said film producer, David Max Brown.

Film director Daryne Joshua was equally thrilled about Shepherd’s contribution to the film’s success. “With his score of Noem My Skollie / Call Me Thief, Kyle Shepherd has forged the emotional spine on which the rest of the film’s emotional journey rests on. Sparse and delicate; haunting and melancholic – this aural journey permeates the inner life of a complex character. But it is never without hope – and in the end rewards us with a deep sense of cathartic resolution. If you don’t finish it with a lump in your throat, you don’t have a heart.”

David Max Brown (Producer) & Daryne Joshua (Director)

Noem My Skollie / Call Me Thief

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Now Available via Major Digital Platforms including: itunes-logobw30

Maxi-D Productions are proud to announce the digital release of the original motion picture soundtrack of their film, Noem My Skollie / Call Me Thief.

The original soundtrack composed by the internationally-renowned South African pianist and composer, Kyle Shepherd, is now available for purchase, worldwide, on all major digital retail platforms via Gallo Record Company.

Produced by David Max Brown and Moshidi Motshegwa (Maxi-D Productions)in association with M-Net, kykNET the NFVF and the DTI and distributed by Ster Kinekor Entertainment, Noem My Skollie / Call me Thief, a moving crime drama set in Cape Town in the late 60’s was written by John W. Fredericks and directed by Daryne Joshua. The film is South Africa’s official entry to the 2017 Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) in the category for Best Foreign Language Film. A box office hit in South Africa since it was released to critical acclaim in September 2016, it can still be viewed at Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro theatres.

COMPOSER:

Original Score and Orchestration: KYLE SHEPHERD

MUSICIANS:

Orchestra: The ONYX NOIR String Ensemble

Conductor: Brandon Phillips

Orchestra Administration: Madré Loubser

First Violin: Lucia Scott, Jesse Groenewald & Anneri Senekal, Second Violin: Elina Koytcheva, Kaylin Levendal & Matthew Stead, Viola: Jan-Hendrik Harley & Yechan Park, Cello: Dane Coetzee & Colette Brand, Double Bass: Donat Pellei & Johannes Visser

Piano: Kyle Shepherd, Electric Bass: Shane Cooper, Guitar: Reza Khota

ORCHESTRA RECORDING SESSION:

Producer: Shane Cooper

Recorded at: Stellenbosch University Studios

Scoring Stage: Endler Hall

Recording Technicians: Gerhard Roux & Tim Ter Huurne

Recording Assistants: Aret Lambrechts, Ben Ludik & Dawid de Villiers

Facilities Manager: Nicky Fransman

Recording Studio Executive Producer: Winfried Lüdemann

Production Manager: Lerienne Roux

Mixed at: Stellenbosch University Studios

Mixing Engineer: Gerhard Roux

Piano Technician: Paul Tizzard

TRACK LISTING

  1. AB’s Theme (Part 1) – 03:32
  2. Opening Theme – 01:54
  3. The Young Ones (Brotherhood Theme) – 00:30
  4. Knife Fight Outside Nightclub – 01:53
  5. Second Story In Prison – 03:23
  6. AB and Gimba’s First Sentencing – 01:52
  7. AB and Jenny’s Theme – 01:22
  8. AB and Mamma Bible Reading – 02:38
  9. The Young Ones (AB’s Tattoo) – 01:09
  10. Taxi Driver Murder – 02:50
  11. Hippie se Yard – 00:53
  12. AB is Innocent – 03:36
  13. AB’s Theme (Part 2) – 05:28
  14. Third Story In Prison – 05:03
  15. The Young Ones (Forming Gang Theme) – 00:40
  16. Ballie – 02:26
  17. AB’s Theme (Part 3) – 01:31

Total Duration 40:32