Harpa Award

The music in the film Faro (Sanctuary), composed by the Swedish Matti Bye, has won the Nordic Harpa Film Music Award. The award is for 10 000 euros. It was given to the composer at The Great Film Music Concert on Saturday 30th of August, in Espoo, Finland.

Mårbacka priset

Musikern och kompositören Matti Bye tilldelas 2014 års Mårbackapris. Bye får priset för att ha skrivit ny musik till stumfilmsklassiker som "Herr Arnes penningar", "Körkarlen" och "Gösta Berlings saga". "Matti Bye har med sin musikaliska kreativitet bidragit till att Selma Lagerlöfs författarskap hålls levande", skriver juryn i sin motivering.

Matti Bye Mårbacka Priset

Hydras Dream (Matti Bye & Anna Von Hausswolff):
The Little Match Girl (Denovali)

Hydras Dream is a special collaboration between the Swedish musicians ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF and MATTI BYE (winner of the Guldbaggen 2014 price for scoring the film drama "Faro" and composer of the film score for "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared"). The concept behind this project is to interpret stories, movies and myths into musical landscapes. For their debut album "The Little Match Girl", von Hausswolff and Bye construed the beautiful and melancholic story by H.C. Andersen of the same title. Asked about the reason for this particular choice, the two musicians state: "It was her tragic faith in the winter's cold that inspired us. She is freezing to death with no money and no comfort, she is all alone, dreaming of a warmer place. When death strikes her she is filled with magical illusions and dreams. Oddly enough, hypothermia and death are the only two comfort zones we experience in this story. Sad but beautiful."

Hydras Dream

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Matti Bye & This Forgotten Land (Joel Danell & John Henriksson),
Live at Café OTO, London March 3rd. 

Matti Bye Café OTO

Matti Bye Café OTO
Photos by: Dawid Laskowski

View more photos from the evening here:

Matti Bye: Bethanien LP (Tona Serenad)

Matti Bye - Bethanien

It began in 2010. If you were anywhere near Oranienstraße, you may have heard it as it traveled through the hallways of a Kreuzberg artist residence once used as a hospital, as it passed you by and continued across the canal, along the piers. The sound of Matti Bye carefully pressing the keys of an old grand piano. Its singing tones taking flight for all of Kreuzberg to hear. Illuminated by the stars of a clear winter sky. Illuminated by the beams of a scorching summer sun. Kreuzberg wasn't always like this.

In 1847, Kreuzberg's Bethanien hospital opened its doors to the public. If you didn't know better, you may have gone there for medical treatment. If you didn't know better, that is. Most did. If the sight of the makeshift, outdoor operating tables didn't change your mind, maybe a perfectly rational fear of infection did. If you still, despite even the notion of contracting some new disease, chose to enter, being denied treatment was still a possible out. Not because you weren't in need, but rather to teach you a lesson. A lesson of patience. Bethanien hospital was not one of repute.

In an otherwise war-torn Berlin, Bethanien was somehow spared. This, however, did little to improve its reputation. By the 1970s, the hospital yard had been taken over by squatters. The hospital itself was no longer in use and, in time, it developed into an artist residence.

It ended in 2013. Finally, the sound of Matti Bye playing his grand piano was captured. Gently accompanied by layers of shimmering, soaring soundscapes. Produced and tastefully engineered in the Wiener Futurismo studio by Joel Danell. The result is soulful, haunting and melodic. Matti Bye's Bethanien takes you, the listener, on a lyrical journey into the world of dreams and illusions.

Matti Bye started his career 25 years ago composing and doing live improvisations to silent film and early cinema. Using similar methods and given his special sensitivity and experience of playing face to face in contact to the screen he has now shifted a certain focus giving most attention to contemporary film and tv productions.

This year Bye received several prizes including two nominations and winner of Guldbagge for the music to the Film, Faro, plus the Nordic film music price; Harpa.

“We felt that the themes developments, the choice of a small orchestral ensemble, and the overall emotional counterpoint provided by the music in a movie, in which, voluntarily, there is very little dialogue, wonderfully fills the blanks that are purposely left by the director in the storytelling.

And this magical, emotional alchemy between the music and the images is, after all, what film music is all about", the jury comments about Matti Bye’s winning music.

Matti Bye has also collaborated and written filmscores for Jan Troell, Maria Larsson’s everlasting moments, where he also received a Guldbagge for 2009. Other recently films he made music for is "Pictures from a playground" a documentary about Ingmar Bergman and the comedy "One hundred man that climbed out a window and disappeared" (Centenarian).

He is a Regular performer and composer solo as well as with his ensemble to various silent film festivals and screenings around the world. This a a one of many work methods where Bye can and will continue his ever thirst of exploring new ways of developing the alchemy of sound and images.

Music for film:

  • 2013 – Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann (Felix Herngren)
  • 2013 – Faro (Fredrik Edfelt)
  • 2011 – Snigeln (short, Jan Troell)
  • 2011 – Bibliotekstjuven (TV series)
  • 2010 – Filmen var min älskarinna "…But Film is My Mistress"                (documentary about Ingmar Bergman)
  • 2010 – Sebbe (Babak Najafi)
  • 2009 – Bilder från lekstugan "Images from The Playground"                (documentary about Ingmar Bergman)
  • 2009 – Elkland (short)
  • 2008 – Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick "Everlasting Moments" (Jan                Troell)
  • 2008 – Mellan oss (short)
  • 2007 – Fritt fall (short)
  • 2006 – En uppstoppad hund (TV movie)
  • 2006 – Quinze (short)
  • 2006 – Brevbärarens hemlighet (short)
  • 2005 – Krama mig "Love and Happiness" (Kristina Humle)
  • 2005 – En god dag "A Good Day" (short)
  • 1999 – Vuxna människor (Felix Henrgren)
  • 1998 – Homo Sapiens 1900 (documentary by Peter Cohen)
  • 1995 – Sista skriket "The Last Gasp" (TV play by Ingmar Bergman)
  • 1924 – Gösta Berling Saga "The Saga of Gosta Berling" (Mauritz                Stiller)
  • 1922 – Häxan "Witchcraft through ages" (restored version: 2006)
  • 1921 – Körkarlen "Phantom Carriage" (Victor Sjöström)
  • 1920 – Erotikon (Mauritz Stiller)
  • 1919 – Herr Arnes Pengar "Sir Arnes´s Treasures" (Mauritz Stiller)
  • 1916 – Dödskyssen (short) (restored version: 2002)