Composed By: Lior Ron
Distributed by: Light Drop Music
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Pablo is a documentary about Cuban-born graphic designer Pablo Ferro. You may be asking yourself who Pablo Ferro is. Maybe you have never heard of the man before, but chances are you have seen his work. Ferro is the famously unknown film artist that created the opening sequences to such notable films as Dr. Strangelove, Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, Midnight Cowboy, A Clockwork Orange, Beetlejuice, L.A. Confidential, Philadelphia. The documentary spans the life of Pablo Ferro from his humble beginnings in Cuba to the artist he has become today.
The musical score of the documentary was created by Israeli-born composer Lior Ron who began his foray into music with the trumpet at the age of six. By sixteen he was touring with the Israeli National Youth Orchestra as their principle trumpet player and soloist. After years of performing, Lior Ron moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film scoring. He has created scores for trailers of such notable films as Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Pablo represents his feature film debut.
Originating in Cuba and emigrating to America, where he lived in such diverse locations as New York City and Hollywood, the musical score of Pablo was bound to have a mixture of musical styles. The score is mainly trumpet, guitar and percussion with a Spanish jazz feel. There are some small piano solos here and there and some bluesy guitars in Hal's Theme, but the listener mainly notices the amazing trumpet sequences and the percussion that is designed to keep the listener moving.
I loved the ethnic sound of the Pablo Soundtrack, celebrating Pablo Ferro's heritage, mixed with the jazz and blues influences of the eras which made him famous. For a debut feature film score, Lior Ron has presented quite an impressive bit of work, highly enjoyable as background music to the film, but even more so as a stand alone album. I can't wait to see what else he has in store for us.