Best Place to Score - 2010
Assembling a soundtrack for Brooklyn is easy as pie (or a slice of Junior's marble cheesecake)—all you need is five minutes and an iTunes account. The borough has inspired Steely Dan's "Brooklyn," Louis Prima's "Brooklyn Boogie," Sammy Cahn's "The Brooklyn Bridge," Jay-Z's "Brooklyn Go Hard" and "Brooklyn High" and "Brooklyn's Finest." But for the past several years, the Prospect Park concert series Celebrate Brooklyn! has achieved a much more difficult feat: In Music and Movies, BRIC commissions live scores to popular films. They've enlisted Yo La Tengo to accompany educational science videos, hired tabla master Karsh Kale to create music for Enter the Dragon, and appointed disco mavens Escort to lead the Purple Rain sing-along. A hillside full of purple-clad hipsters joining in squeaky voice to "When Doves Cry"—this is a beautiful thing. Last summer, BRIC offered three eclectic events: Carl Davis conducted the Brooklyn Philharmonic as Charlie Chaplin shorts played; DJ Tigerstyle remixed the classic Mother India; and jazz composer Marco Benevento hastened The Fall of the House of Usher. The Little Tramp, Bollywood, and Edgar Allan Poe. Yeah, that sounds like Brooklyn.