Hans the Musician
As well as being a talented actor, Hans follows a family tradition as a musician and songwriter.
He plays guitar, violin and harmonica, and writes and performs his own material. He sings the song "Live for Today" in the movie "Still Crazy". He can also be heard singing the song "Chained To Loving You" on the "Mojo" soundtrack. Hans learned the violin for his role as the violinist Jeno Varga in "Canone Inverso" and continues to play it to this day.
In May of 2019, Hans released his first CD - SAIL THE SEA
streaming and purchasing available on bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, and most online streaming services
Hans collaborated with his father Iain (Ado) Matheson on Ado's album "Out on The Islands" released in July 2003. Their second collaboration "The Healing Waves" was released in November, 2019
For information about this album,to listen to excerpts from some of the songs or order your copy (UK buyers)
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On Using Music in Acting
"In the film, Morvern soundtracks her life through her headphones that rarely seem to leave her head. Morton followed suit and utilised music to get into character. "An actor called Hans Matheson (a former boyfriend) who was also a musician, taught me to use music years ago," explains the actress, who took to listening to music on headphones constantly on set. "He would always listen to music for his characters obsessively, so I thought I'd try it, and it elevated every emotion for me. So this was good because I got to do it for real on the set."
From an article about Samantha Morton and the film "Morvern Callar' in Filmlink Magazine, Australia, September 2003
Music In Hans' Movies
Music plays a memorable part in many Hans movies, even those which aren't about musicians. Check out these composers and some of their other work.
HalfLight - original music composed by Brett Rosenberg. Interview here . Incidental Celtic music performed by The Bogtrotters
The Virgin Queen - original music composed by Martin Phipps. Vocal music performed by The Mediaeval Baebes also Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir.
Doctor Zhivago - original music composed by Ludovico Einaudi
Deathwatch - original music composed by Curt Cress, Chris Weller and Robert Lane
I Am Dina - composed by Marco Beltrami. Additional vocal music by Jorane
The Mists of Avalon original music composed by Lee Holdridge - additional vocal music "The Mystic's Dream" written and performed by Loreena McKennit
Canone Inverso - original music composed by Ennio Morricone
Still Crazy - original music composed by Clive Langer. "The Flames Still Burns" was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song - Motion Picture - (Mick Jones, Marti Frederiksen, Chris Difford ) in 1999.
Bodywork - original music composed by Dusan Kojic, Srdjcan Kurpel and Black Tooth.
Les Miserables original music composed by Basil Poledouris
Mojo - original music composed by Murray Gold. Soundtrack included tracks by Nick Cave, Beth Orton and Hans Matheson
Stella Does Tricks original music composed by Nick Bicat. P.J. Harvey's track "All I Want Is You" makes the swimming pool scene even more memorable.
Tube Tales and "The Future Lasts A Long Time" also feature interesting music.