Gustavo Dudamel keeps a busy professional schedule filled to the breaking point with conducting engagements in Los Angeles and Caracas, Venezuela, plus other major cities. Still, he's managed to find time in recent months to compose and conduct the score for an upcoming biopic of Simón Bolivar.
In a recent interview with The Times, Dudamel said he has completed scoring and recording the soundtrack to the movie "Libertador," which stars Edgar Ramirez as the South American revolutionary figure. The period movie, which follows Bolivar's life and military adventures, is awaiting a release date.
Dudamel, who conducts this week at the Hollywood Bowl, said the soundtrack was performed by members of the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir at recording sessions in Venezuela. (The conductor is the music director of the Bolivar Symphony as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic.)
The movie represents the first time that Dudamel has composed music for a feature film.
"I tried to not take away too much from the images," he said of his movie score. "It was a fantastic experience, but I'm not sure I would do it again."