Ramin Djawadi - "The Night King"
Ramin Djawadi is the German-Iranian composer of the stirring Game of Thrones score, which can be heard during the title sequence of HBO’s legendary fantasy TV series. The theme has quickly become Djawadi’s most memorable and popular work, covered countless times in many different musical styles.
Ramin was born in Duisburg, West Germany, to an Iranian father and a German mother.
After graduating with Honours from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Djawadi was first noticed by Hans Zimmer, who decided to recruit him for Hollywood.
He began his career working alongside the acclaimed film composer, making musical arrangements for films including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl(2003), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and The Island (2005).
Zimmer and Djawadi now share an ASCAP Award for Batman Begins (2005).
Originally, the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love composer Stephen Warbeck was signed to compose the music for Game of Thrones, but he was replaced at the last minute by Djawadi, best known at the time for Iron Man (2008) and Clash of the Titans(2010).
Djawadi notes that his fusion of ethnic, Middle Eastern and Romantic influences is what drew the Game of Thrones team to him.
Initially, Djawadi rejected the team's offer because it conflicted with a film he was currently working on.
However, he was later persuaded to take on the project and his work has garnered several industry awards, including Best Original Score for a Television Series at the 2016 International Film Music Critics Association, and Outstanding Music Composition For A Series at the 70th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Here, in this breathtaking moment that chills your bones like winter’s breath creeping down your back, he gives you the sense of brittle foreboding that comes with impending famine of an endless winter.
So today, with clouds covering our eyes, I choose Ramin Djawadi’s "The Night King" from Season 8, Episode 3 of HBO’s Game of Thrones as my, on brittle wings, with fear and excitement wrapped together, like the cold breath on the back of my neck, song for a, leap into the unknown, drop-catch, for the night was dark and full of terrors but now the dawn is rising, Monday.