Abulele – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack out now from Intrada – Special Collection.

Vivid, exciting orchestral score by Frank Ilfman for first major Israeli fantasy feature! Makram Khoury, Yehuda Mor, Yoav Sadian Rosenberg star, Jonathan Geva writes, directs. Drawing inspiration from film world of Steven Spielberg, movie spins tale of young boy, grieving over loss of brother, finding new purpose in life upon discovery of large creature with glowing yellow eyes, power of invisibility. Composer Ilfman, director Geva are part of newer generation of Israeli film makers hoping to create larger-scale pictures that might play beyond Israel borders. Abulele is part of that new voice. Film has fantasy elements with creature effects and darker side with parallels to real life in Israel so Ilfman responds in kind. Resulting score has moments of poignancy, gentle melody as well as aggressive action sequences, darker suspense. Melodic portions offer rich harmonic vocabulary, action cues feature dynamic low brass & percussion rhythms. Both thematic and action-oriented cues get equal time under the spotlight. Gentle melody and sweeping variants play through “Prologue”, “The Legend Is True”, “We Are Friends”, “Adam’s Theme”, “Returning Home”, “End Titles” while dynamic rhythms and excitement play through “First Encounter”, “The Creature”, “The Assault”, “We Will Hunt It Down”. But Ilfman has yet one more musical trick up his sleeve: portions of score take two afore-mentioned styles into third direction with brittle yet playful idea that maintains melody while simultaneously offering rhythmic energy. “Meeting Abulele” highlights this mode. Ilfman states that score draws inspiration not from local ethnic colors but from bigger 80’s Hollywood fare with full symphonic scores on display. His score here offers welcome return to that now-mostly abandoned era of powerful symphonic film music. Another big plus: several lengthy cues afford overall score a degree of genuine coherency, rich musical architecture. Leading this pack are “It Will Come And Catch You” with meld of emotion, energy, “The Legend Is True” with warm harmonic vernacular on display, “We Will Hunt It Down” with dazzling array of dramatic, exciting ideas to savor. Great film score! Having Paul Golding record at world-class AIR Lyndhurst Studios in London is yet another big plus! Liner notes by Daniel Schweiger flipper-style cover design by Joe Siloryak allows listener to pick between mysterious darker artwork, brighter fantasy artwork. Matthew Slater conducts London Metropolitan Orchestra. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remain!


Wonderful session for the Legendary Pictures new logos fanfare. You’ll be able to hear the music later in 2018 when Legendary launch the new logo. We will also be posting the ‘Making Of’ film so watch this space!

Composed by Frank Ilfman, Orchestrated & Conducted by the Matthew Slater, recorded and mixed by Casey Stone at Abbey Road Studios and performed by the London Metropolitan Orchestra.


Frank Ilfman just wrap up his mammoth score for Jonathan Geva’s movie ABULELE. The film is produced by Eitan Mansuri for Spiro Films.

Featuring 70mins of original music, performed by the London Metropolitan Orchestra – orchestrated and conducted by Matthew Slater and recorded at Air Studios Hall.



“One of these modern releases happened to be a Death Waltz Recordings-released, colored vinyl pressing of the soundtrack for the 2013 suspense/horror film “Big Bad Wolves,” scored by Israeli composer Frank Ilfman. Ilfman has made his mark over the years composing a variety of films and television programs, predominantly revolving in the realms of documentaries, thrillers, and comedies, and his work is largely marked by a whimsical connection between emotion and melody.”

Read on, as we huff and we puff (not literally) with Mr. Frank Ilfman: