Norwegian composer Mark Rayen Candasamy (b. 1986) studied at the University of Lillehammer, Norwegian State Academy, Winthrop University, and University of Agder where he completed his post-graduate degree in piano performance under the guidance of pianist Tellef Juva. In South Carolina, he studied composition and Beethoven-analysis with composer Leonard Mark Lewis, and in Kristiansand with Tatjana Ristic. At Lillehammer he studied film composition under the supervision of composer Halldor Krogh. In 2014, Candasamy was nominated for the International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA), acknowledged for his work on the docudrama "Anne & Alet", scored for large string orchestra. In 2015, he collaborated on the experimental classical music film "Sympho-Noir", which was recorded by the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and saxophonist Tove Nylund, and subsequently transformed into an innovative short film by director Stephan Hergel and cinematographer Vegard Landsverk. The woodwind trio Taffelpikene premiered a children's theatre production titled "Pingvinene" in mid-October 2015, set to Candasamy's music.
Candasamy has composed for film actively since 2008, resulting in cinematic features, documentaries, short films, and theatre. His film music has thus far been released by MSM/Kronos Records and Normann Records.
Anne & Alet
Film (Documentary) Composer A docudrama about the sisters Anne & Alet who killed several women with poison in the late 18th century. They were finally caught and judged to death by beheading.
Den Hengte Mannen
Film (Drama) Composer The hanged man is a child custody drama with thriller elements, situated on a small island off the southern coast of Norway. Down-to-earth fisherman Jon's long suffering marriage to local fortune teller Hedvig has finally collapsed, and frustrated with his wife's increasingly hard to ignore eccentricities, he takes their son and goes to live with his mother on another part of the island. The hanged man is a film that deals with themes such as fate, faith and coincidence, wrapped up in a exciting and intense drama. Written by Stephan A. Hergel
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IFMCA nomination (Best score for a documentary)
Norwegian Academy of Music
Lillehammer University College
Agder University College