March 20, 2023

How Germaine Franco Brought the Sounds of Colombia to Her Studio

KUSCs Brian Lauritzen and Germaine Franco

Brian Lauritzen is the weekday afternoon drive host on Classical KUSC and host of the nationally-syndicated radio broadcasts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Brian Lauritzen.

Jeffrey Freymann.

Germaine Franco talks with Brian Lauritzen about composing the rating for the Oscar-winning Disney movie Encanto, their 60th animated feature. She needed to create a musical world influenced by the noises and rhythms of Colombia, which would match the tunes by Lin Manuel Miranda. The story informs of the Madrigal household, whose members have magical gifts– other than for Mirabel.

For the project, because of Covid, she wasnt able to travel to Colombia for research study. Instead, she brought Colombia to her studio, in the kind of books, all sort of musical recordings, and several unique instruments belonging to the area. Having gotten her musical start as a percussionist, Franco (who likewise became part of the musical team for the Pixar movie Coco) states both rhythmic and melodic concepts are linked to the different characters.

Hit play below to listen to Part 1 of our interview with Germaine Franco. .
Struck play listed below to listen to Part 2 of our interview with Germaine Franco. .

Jeffrey is an arts manufacturer for KUSC and our sister station, Classical KDFC, in San Francisco.