Featured soloist on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close!

December 24 2011

This winter, Thibaudet can be heard on the score of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which opens on December 25, 2011 in New York and Los Angeles, and in January 2012 nationwide. Director Stephen Daldry’s previous work includes The Hours, The Reader, and Billy Elliot. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was filmed and the score was recorded in New York City.

As part of the recording sessions, Thibaudet spent four days working closely with Daldry, composer Alexandre Desplat, and the production crew. “I loved working with Alexandre Desplat,” Thibaudet says. “He’s so much in control of everything: he knows exactly what he wants, which is both helpful and inspiring.” Thibaudet’s time in the studio involved painstakingly watching scenes from the movie in order to produce just the right musical atmosphere. The emotions of the music and images had to be in sync in order to create a perfect artistic unity.

Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, and introduces young actor Thomas Horn. It tells the story of nine-year-old Oskar Schell, a precocious and sensitive Manhattanite. After Oskar’s father dies in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Oskar set outs to find the meaning of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. His adventures will take him throughout the five boroughs as he meets a kaleidoscope of characters and searches for meaning in a healing city. Thibaudet describes the score: “You have to create an entire mood, feeling and atmosphere, with your music. You need to tell a story with your notes at the the piano. It’s a huge challenge, but I love doing it. The score has a great atmosphere.  The piano is a little bit the voice of Oskar, the boy, so it changes with his moods. It’s reflective and nostalgic - not sad, but moody. The music kind of hangs there, very quietly. I find it timeless and quite magical.”