Hummie Mann

In the Shadows (2023)


When I was first introduced to Charline von Heyl’s Primavera 2020, I was struck by the sense of movement that the work projected.  Although the foreground images immediately grab one’s attention – much like a melody stands out in a piece of music – to me it is the background of the piece that gives the work its sense of motion, similar to a musical accompaniment texture. In the Shadows is my interpretation of this aspect of the work – the energy of the movement created by the background.


Canadian born composer Hummie Mann has worked primarily in film writing original scores for more than 50 feature and television projects.  His theatrical work includes the orchestral scores to Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Dracula, Dead and Loving It”, the children’s film “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” and the feature documentary “The Automat” for which he received a 2022 Critic’s Choice Award nomination for best documentary score.  His television work includes the mini-series “P.T. Barnum” starring Beau Bridges, the mini-series remake of “In Cold Blood” starring Eric Roberts and Anthony Edwards, and the Norman Jewison produced series “Picture Windows” – winning the Emmy Award for Best Dramatic Underscore for the episode “Language of the Heart” directed by Jonathan Kaplan.  Suites of his film scores have been performed in concert and in May 2023 the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra devoted an entire evening to Mann’s film music.  He also composed 70 minutes of music for the live performance of “Van Helsing’s Dracula” – an immersive Circus Dinner Theater production in Los Angeles.  Besides the 7 soundtracks that have been released of his film scores, Dragon’s Domain Records has released the first 2 volumes of “The Hummie Mann Collection”.  Excerpts of his film scores have been viewed on You Tube more than 10 million times.

Besides his composing work, he also teaches film scoring at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, which he created.  In 2015 he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Salford, England and has been a guest lecturer at schools in the US and also has taught seminars in Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Beijing and Dakhla (Morocco).