Taut film score recital gets 'Under the Skin'

January 8, 2015 3:49 PM

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Mica Levi's score for "Under the Skin," the eerie 2013 film about alien seduction, leaves more of a sonic imprint than the voice of the unnamed protagonist who guides the action. The young British songwriter-composer, known to pop audiences through her group Micachu & the Shapes, gave life to that work Tuesday night when she conducted her tense, minimal music alongside the Jonathan Glazer-directed film at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles.

While the film's mysterious creature, inhabited with blank-slate disaffection by Scarlett Johansson, explored the Scottish countryside and its random randy men, Levi guided the 24-piece Wordless Music Orchestra through ever-morphing sheets of woozy, unsteady strings and the occasional synthetic drum...

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