Danna, Mychael 1958–

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Danna, Mychael 1958–


Born September 20, 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; brother of Jeff Danna (a composer). Education: University of Toronto, graduated; trained in classical music.

Addresses: Agent—Vasi Vangelos, Artists Management, 16000 Ventura Blvd., Suite 605, Encino, CA 91436; Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, 13245 Riverside Dr., Suite 450, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

Career: Composer, musician, and recording artist. McLaughlin Planetarium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, composer in residence, 1987–92; Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, composer, 2000.

Awards, Honors: Genie Award nominations, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, best music score, 1988, for Family Viewing, 1990, for Speaking Parts, and 1990 (with Jeff Danna), for Cold Comfort; Genie Award, best music score, 1994, for Exotica; Genie Award nomination, best achievement in music for an original score, 1996, for Lilies; Genie Award, best music score, 1997, for The Sweet Hereafter; Genie Award nomination, best original song (with Sarah Polley), 1997, for title song, The Sweet Hereafter; Gemini Award nomination, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, best original music score for a dramatic series, 1997, for Road to Avonlea; Genie Award nomination, best music score, 1999, for Regeneration; Genie Award, best music score, 2000, for Felicia's Journey; Golden Slate Award nomination, Csapnivalo Awards, best original score, 2000, for The Sweet Hereafter; Gemini Award, best original music score for a program or miniseries (with Jeff Danna), 2002, for The Matthew Shepard Story; Genie Award, best achievement in music for an original score, 2003, for Ararat; Genie Award nomination, best achievement in music for an original score, and Leo Award, Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, best musical score for a feature-length drama, both 2004, for The Snow Walker; Television Music Award (with Jeff Beal), BMI Film and Television Awards, 2005, for Medium.


Film Work:

Song arranger and musician, The Sweet Hereafter (also known as De beaux lendemains), Fine Line Features, 1997.

Music producer, Bounce, Miramax, 2000.

Orchestrator and music producer, Hearts in Atlantis, Warner Bros., 2001.

Music producer, Monsoon Wedding (also known as Le mariage des moussons), USA Films, 2002.

Music arranger and producer, The Guys, ContentFilm/Focus Features, 2002.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Concert pianist, Speaking Parts, Zeitgeist Films, 1989.

Harmonium player, The Sweet Hereafter (also known as De beaux lendemains), Fine Line Features, 1997.



(With Tim Clement) Summerland, Fortuna, 1985.

(With Clement) Another Sun, Chacra Alternative, 1986.

(With Jeff Danna) Sirens, Hearts of Space, 1991.

(With Jeff Danna) Skys, Hearts of Space, 1992.

Celtic Twilight, Hearts of Space, 1994.

North of Niagara—Impressions Along the Bruce Trail, Hearts of Space, 1995.

(With Jeff Danna) A Celtic Tale—The Legend of Deirdre, Hearts of Space, 1996.

(With Jeff Danna) A Celtic Romance—The Legend of Liadain and Curithir, Hearts of Space, 1998.

The Best of Mychael Danna & Tim Clement, Oasis Productions, 1999.

Recorded The Electronic Orchestra, released by Harris; Elements, Harris; and (with Clement) A Gradual Awakening, Fortuna.

Soundtrack Recordings:

Exotica, Varese Sarabande, 1995.

Adjuster: Music from the Films of Atom Egoyan, Varese Sarabande, 1996.

The Ice Storm, Velvel, 1997.

Kama Sutra, TVT Records, 1997.

Lilies, Varese Sarabande, 1997.

The Sweet Hereafter, Virgin Records America, 1997.

8MM, Chapter III, 1999.

Regeneration, Varese Sarabande, 1999.

Hearts in Atlantis, Decca, 2001.

Antwone Fisher, Superb Records, 2002.

Ararat, Milan, 2002.

Green Dragon, Varese Sarabande, 2002.

The Guys, Sony Classics, 2003.

Shattered Glass, Thrive, 2003.

Being Julia, Varese Sarabande, 2004.

Vanity Fair, Decca, 2004.

Other soundtrack recordings of Danna's work include Bounce, Varese Sarabande; Family Viewing, Varese Sarabande; Felicia's Journey, Milan; Girl, Interrupted, TVT Records; Monsoon Wedding, Milan; Ride with the Devil, Atlantic; and Speaking Parts, Varese Sarabande.


Film Scores:

Metal Messiah, 1978.

Family Viewing, Zeitgeist Films, 1987.

Caribe, Miramax, 1987.

Blood Relations, Miramax, 1988.

Murder One, Miramax, 1988.

Walking After Midnight, 1988.

Still Life (also known as Art Killer Framed and Still Life: The Fine Art of Murder), 1988.

Cold Comfort, Republic, 1989.

One Man Out, Erik, 1989.

Speaking Parts, Zeitgeist Films, 1989.

Termini Station, Northern Arts Entertainment, 1989.

Without Work: Not by Choice, 1989.

"En Passant," Montreal vu par … (also known as Montreal Sextet and Six variations sur un theme), 1991.

The Adjuster, Orion Classics (also known as L'expert en sinistres), 1991.

The Big Slice, Academy, 1991.

Ordinary Magic, 1993.

Dance Me Outside, A-Pix Entertainment, 1994.

Exotica, Miramax, 1994.

The Darling Family, 1994.

Narmada: A Valley Rises, 1994.

Johnny Mnemonic (also known as Johnny Mnemonique), 1995.

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, Trimark Pictures, 1996.

Lilies (also known as Lilies—Les feluettes), Turbulent Arts, 1996.

Regeneration (also known as Behind the Lines and Renaissance), Artificial Eye, 1997.

The Ice Storm, Fox Searchlight, 1997.

(And title song, "Boy," and "Dog Track Drizzle") The Sweet Hereafter (also known as De beaux lengemains), Fine Line Features, 1997.

8mm (also known as 8 mm—Acht millimeter), Columbia, 1999.

Don't Think Twice (short film), Tangled Productions, 1999.

Felicia's Journey (also known as Le voyage de Felicia), Artisan Entertainment, 1999.

Girl, Interrupted (also known as Durchgeknallt and Durchgeknallt-girl, interrupted), Columbia, 1999.

Ride with the Devil, USA Films, 1999.

Bounce, Miramax, 2000.

Underscore, Hearts in Atlantis, Warner Bros., 2001.

The Hire: Chosen (short film), BMW Films, 2001.

(With Jeff Danna) Green Dragon, Silver Nitrate Films, 2002.

Monsoon Wedding (also known as Le mariage des moussons), USA Films, 2002.

Ararat, Miramax, 2002.

The Guys, ContentFilm/Focus Features, 2002.

Antwone Fisher, Fox Searchlight, 2002.

Songs "Mother" and "Young Scientists," Hulk, Universal, 2003.

Shattered Glass, Lions Gate Films, 2003.

The Snow Walker, First Look Pictures Releasing/Lions Gate Films, 2003.

Vanity Fair, Gramercy, 2004.

Being Julia (also known as Csodalator Julia), Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

Eve and the Fire Horse, Mongrel Media, 2005.

Aurora Borealis, entitled entertainment/Rick Bieber Productions/Front & Centre Productions, 2005.

Where the Truth Lies, ThinkFilm, 2005.

River Moon, 2005.

Television Music; Movies:

Johann's Gift to Christmas, CBC (Canada), 1991.

Gross Misconduct, CBC, 1993.

Hush Little Baby (also known as Mother of Pearl), USA Network, 1994.

Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story, CBC, 1996.

At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story (also known as Le combat de Sue Rodriguez), Lifetime, 1998.

The Confession, Cinemax, 1999.

Stranger Inside, 2001.

The Matthew Shepard Story (also known as L'affaire Matthew Shepard), NBC, 2002.

Television Music; Series:

Theme music, Medium, NBC, 2005.

Also composer for the series Road to Avonlea (also known as Avonlea and Tales from Avonlea), The Disney Channel.

Dance Music:

Dead Souls, Carbone Quatorze Dance Company, 1996.

Gita Govinda, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2001.


Danna's music from the 1994 film Exotica was also featured in the short film The Line, 2000.



Film Score Monthly, January, 1998; October, 2001.

Maclean's, October 27, 1997, p. 64.

Mix, May, 2002.

Music, May, 2002.


Mychael Danna Official Site, http://www.mychaeldanna.com, July 8, 2005.