The compelling drama series Alias Grace, based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name, traces the true-life story of Grace Marks, a young poor Irish immigrant servant and James McDermott, a stable hand, who were both convicted of murdering their employers in Upper Canada during 1843. Marks who was vindicated after three decades behind bars went on to become a notorious figure while McDermott was hung.
The inspiration for sibling composers Mychael and Jeff Danna's score was to create something that mirrored "the formal rigidity of British Colonial 19th Century society." An exquisite and compelling work, it translates both on screen and off, through the brother's choice of a chamber group to accompany them. The fleeting woodwinds and piano (along with the occasional church organ) create a beautifully romantic and dramatic persona that has an underlying darkness at its core reflecting the crime that underpins the series.
Mychael Danna's other credits include the Oscar-winning and Grammy-nominated Little Miss Sunshine, 500 Days Of Summer and Girl, Interrupted. Emmy-nominated composer Jeff Danna's film credits include The Good Dinosaur, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, Fracture, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck and Storks. Outside of film, the Danna brothers have had success worldwide with their orchestral Celtic albums which have all reached the Top 10 in the Billboard Chart.