For twenty-five years, Canadian film composer Mychael Danna has created an extensive and varied body of work. His filmography includes multiple films with Atom Egoyan (Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe), Mira Nair (Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair), and the Best Picture nominees Capote, Little Miss Sunshine, and Moneyball. Another of Danna’s long-running creative partnerships is with Oscar-winning director Ang Lee for whom he scored The Ice Storm and Ride with the Devil. Danna’s latest work is on Lee’s new film Life of Pi, for which Danna has already received Critics Choice and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Score. In addition to writing the score, Danna’s work on the film also included writing the Oscar eligible original song “Pi’s Lullaby” with Indian singer Bombay Jayashri. In celebration of these accolades, I recently enjoyed a conversation with Danna while he was taking a break from working on Egoyan’s next film Devil’s Knot. Here’s what Danna shared with me about working with Lee, writing a score that included sounds and instruments from all over the world, and crafting Life of Pi.