Must be the most ambient music gig I’ve ever been too.
The performance came complete with a projector screen which displayed behind the musicians – usually to a pleasant, modern effect with the exception of one or two rather odd and intense mini-films.
The piano player was incredible, as was the quartet he had accompanying him on stage – there is nothing like a good cello player.
The pieces contained a lot of tension, mainly illustrated on the strings, and Mansell clearly has a gift for arranging up to 7 musicians on stage.
He played the pieces he is most famous for – electronica infused film soundtracks (eg Black Swan, The Wrestler), and the audience was enthralled. I also saw some little kids there which was great. My favourite piece was accompanied by a beautiful dance slide show (much better than aforementioned freaky singing face one.)
It was his Pi and Requiem for a Dream Soundtrack (Darren Aronofski) in 2001 which propelled Mansell to international attention and he has gone on to win 3 Best Original Scores Awards and has been nominated in 12 BAFTA categories.