James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
Nicolas Yee's 'La La Land' Medley Wants to Melt Your Heart
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 02:36 PM
Damien Chazelle’s vibrant film La La Land has had the moviegoing world in the palm of its hand since its world premiere in Venice. A large part of that attention centers on the music, just as one would hope — it is a musical after all. And, it got an even larger profile after the announcement that the film garnered a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations. Sales for Justin Hurwitz’s film soundtrack skyrocketed, landing it in the No. 1 spot on the iTunes album chart.
Uploads of the film’s music have received millions of views on popular video sharing platforms, and there is no shortage of covers either. One of our favorites is from Nicholas Yee, the cellist sensation made popular by his arrangements of music from popular film and television works like Stranger Things. Here he embraces La La Land's jazz influences while delivering the music in the chamber package his fans have come to expect. Watch as he tenderly expresses the rosy and nostalgic soundscapes of “Mia & Sebastian’s Theme” and “Planetarium” before using pizzicato to give “A Lovely Night” a cool walking bassline.
If you’re a fan of the movie, how do you think Yee’s medley holds up?