Composers

Bruce Broughton

Composer Bruce Broughton has won 10 Emmys, with 23 nominations, most recently for his score for the HBO Film “Warm Springs.” He received an Oscar nomination for his score for “Silverado,” his first major film, and shortly afterwards received a Grammy nomination for the soundtrack for “Young Sherlock Holmes.”

Broughton’s television credits include the main title themes for “JAG,” “Dinosaurs” and “Steven Spielberg’s TinyToon Adventures,” as well as scores to numerous television mini-series, movies and weekly series such as “Dallas,” “Quincy” and “Hawaii Five-0.” He has composed scores for the major motion pictures “Tombstone,” (the remake of) “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” “The Boy Who Could Fly” and many others. He conducted and supervised the recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for “Fantasia 2000” and Broughton’s score for “Heart of Darkness” was the first orchestral score composed for a video game.

Bruce Broughton is the immediate past chair of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a board member of ASCAP and a past president of The Society of Composers and Lyricists. He is an adjunct professor in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television for the Thornton School of Music at USC and a lecturer in music composition at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

 

Peter Bateman

Composer, orchestrator and conductor Peter Bateman has contributed to a wide range of productions, ranging from Hollywood blockbuster movies “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “Epic” to acclaimed independent features like “Syrup.”

Bateman’s skills as an orchestrator are regularly called on by industry luminaries like Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard and Christopher Young. His recent orchestration credits include “Maleficent,” “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “After Earth” and “Killing Season.”

Bateman also has extensive experience in the world of video games, having helmed the score production for major titles like “Bioshock: Infinite” and “Bioshock II” for BAFTA-winning composer Garry Schyman, as well as tentpole releases by Warner Bros. Games for the scores to “Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor” and “Batman: Arkham Origins.” As conductor, he led the Northwest Sinfonia in the recording of the scores to both of these prestigious franchise titles.

Steve E. Williams

Steve E. Williams is a television, trailer, film and ad composer, producer and keyboardist. He has written music for the motion picture and television advertising campaigns of Disney/Marvel “Ant-Man”, Warner Bros. “The 33″, CW “Arrow”, “Reign”, ABC “Agents of SHIELD”, “American Crime”, “Nashville”, CBS “Elementary”, “NCIS”, “Criminal Minds” & “Blue Bloods”. Williams’ television credits include “The Game Awards 2016”, “48 Hours”, “A Current Affair”, “CBS Sports Spectacular”, National Geographic Wild, Discovery ID, NBC’s “Life”, “Jeff Probst Show”, MSNBC “Your Business” and extensive contributions to the sound of the BBC, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Warner as well as various documentaries including the CNN special “Voices of Auschwitz” featuring an interview with Steven Spielberg.

Williams’ unique sound can be heard on Billboard Top 100 singles and Top 10 club remixes. His diverse career includes teaming up with platinum artists and major songwriters as well as receiving five district ADDY and two Communicator Awards for trendy advertising music. His work has helped shape the brand identities of Saab, Mattel, Sears, Levi’s, Nokia/Vertu, Nissan, PF Changs, Chevy, the Dr. Phil Show, and more.

Garry Schyman

BAFTA-winning composer Garry Schyman is one of the world’s most celebrated voices in video game music, as evidenced by his award-winning scores to the “BioShock” game series, as well as dozens of hit games, films, and television productions.

Schyman has given the universe of “BioShock” (including “BioShock 2” and “BioShock Infinite”) its musical identity, paid playful homage to 50’s sci-fi in his score for the 2005 game “Destroy All Humans!” (followed by two sequels), accelerated the heartbeat in action games like “Resistance: Retribution” and “Dante’s Inferno” and nodded to the hypnotic style of Bernard Herrmann in the mystery game “Voyeur.” His film and television credits span every genre, and include classic series like “The A-Team” and “Magnum, P.I.”

Most recently, Schyman has entered the fantasy world of Tolkien for the adventure game “Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.”

Benoit Grey

Benoit is a seasoned trailer composer and orchestrator who has worked on films such as The Day After Tomorrow, Priest, The X-files and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Benoit: “I have been working with Jesper as an orchestrator for years so we know each other well and this collaboration is very exciting”. Jesper has recently teamed up with Benoit Grey to create a new explosive sound for Hollywood trailers.

BAFTA award-winning composer Jesper Kyd is renowned for creating unique hybrid scores with a diverse array of live instrumentation and manipulated sounds. Kyd has written scores for some of the biggest brands in video games including Assassin’s Creed, Borderlands & Hitman and also wrote the score for SyFy Channel’s 2014 TV Series Metal Hurlant Chronicles. Some of Kyd’s classic themes can be heard in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Assassin’s Creed Unity as well as Borderlands The Pre-Sequel.

“In many ways we are musically complete opposites and that really makes this partnership fun” says Jesper. “For this album I feed on raw creative energy and Benoit is great at adding that Hollywood trailer structure to my madness.”

Jeff Carruthers

Jeff Carruthers is a multi platinum composer, songwriter, producer, arranger, & sound designer. In 2014 he received a Grammy nomination for his work on the Dave Koz “Summer Horns” cd. He has composed and arranged many Billboard #1 singles and appeared on more than 50 top ten albums and has four Platinum & four Gold album awards.

Jeff Carruthers is a graduate of California State University Northridge. He has composed various movie, trailers, tv scores, commercials, in a wide variety of genres.

Jeff Atmajian

Born and Raised in Fresno, CA. Jeff began classical piano lessons at the age of 8 and then at 15 he began additional study of Traditional Jazz Piano and Progressive (Modern) Jazz Piano.

Jeff began writing music at the age of 14 and then received a composition degree at the California State University of Fresno. It was at this point that his love for symphonic and chamber music began to flourish. During these years he played piano for vocal groups and ballet classes, local theatre productions and the University Jazz band. In 1984 he was accepted into the first year of a special studies program at USC for film music. He moved to Los Angeles (Glendale) and supported himself by doing music copying, arranging, playing for dance classes and as pianist for two churches.
In 1986 he met English Orchestrator Christopher Palmer at a film scoring session in Los Angeles and from that contact came the start of what would be a dual life of living and working in LA and London.]

He has had the pleasure of working on many projects through which he has met Andre Previn, Neville Marriner, Christopher Plummer, Richard Attenborough, Al Pacino, Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron and many other noted names in the classical and film world. He has worked as orchestrator for many composers including Chris Young, George Fenton, Marc Shaiman, James Newton Howard, Rachel Portman and Gabriel Yared.
Jeff has worked on over 160 films as orchestrator and also often conducts. Some notable titles are: “Groundhog Day”, “The American President”, “Chocolat”, “The Sixth Sense”, “The Dark Knight” and “Maleficent”.

Jeff divides his life between his homes in Venice Beach and London.

Ryan Andrews

Ryan Andrews is a Los Angeles-based composer and musician. His work has been featured in theatrical advertising campaigns for films and video games such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Hercules, The Expendables 3 and the Call of Duty series. He has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of acclaimed artists, including jazz legend Lyle Mays, Iranian icon Dariush Eghbali, Broadway star Lauren Kennedy and country phenom Frankie Ballard.

Born in Chicago and raised in Michigan, Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance and Spanish from Western Michigan University and his Master’s in composition and production from the University of Miami. While a student, Ryan was the recipient of eleven Downbeat Student Music Awards and was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award in 2012.

Sunna Wehrmeijer

Emmy-nominated Sunna Wehrmeijer, born and raised in the Netherlands, is a Los Angeles-based composer for film and television. Her style is both unique and versatile, and has allowed her to move with ease from contributing music to some of the biggest Hollywood blockbuster movies of recent years, to helming smaller independent productions requiring a distinctive musical voice.

Sunna’s impressive additional music credits already span several Ridley Scott productions, including ‘Robin Hood’ (2010), and the iconic ‘Prometheus’ (2012). Her music can also be heard in Joe Carnehan’s 2011 box-office hit ‘The Grey’ starring Liam Neeson, and the 2013 JFK biopic ‘Parkland’. She collaborated with world renowned recording artist Moby on his latest album ‘Innocents’, doing arrangements for several hit tracks. In 2013, her vocals were the featured sound of James Newton Howard’s score to the box-office runaway hit ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’.

Randy Gist

Los Angeles based composer and saxophonist Randy Gist is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As a composer he has had the privilege of writing the music for the theatrical campaigns of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Despicable me 2,Olympus has Fallen, Elysium, Evil Dead (2013) and many others. Randy has also arranged for the CostaRican National Orchestra.

As a saxophonist Randy has toured with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” , has performed with Aloe Blacc, has been featured numerous times on the Foxhit TV show Glee, and performed on the soundtrack to Pixar’s Epic.

Randy has a bachelor’s degree in music from Western Michigan University and a master’s in music composition at the University of Miami.

Nathan Whitehead

Nathan Whitehead is a composer for film, television, and video games. Nathan has collaborated with many of Hollywood’s top composers and has contributed music and arrangements to The Last Ship, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Gears of War: Judgment among others. Recently he completed scoring the feature films The Purge: Anarchy and By the Gun.

Some of Nathan’s earliest musical impressions sprang forth from the cassette player in the family van. His parents’ travel tape collection marinated his developing brain in rock and country music from the 60s and 70s and one particularly curious cassette, Movie Hits Vol. 2, scored the family van trips with the music of Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, The Godfather, and more. This amalgamation of music, sound, and daydreaming in the car formed the basis of Nathan’s musical experiments for years to come and planted the seed that music can take you on a journey.

Nathan began his career in Hollywood working for a film sound design company by day while feverishly writing music nights and weekends. This eventually led to writing additional music and arrangements for several film and video game projects including Pride and Glory, Epic Mickey, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Your Highness, and the two latest installments in the Gears of War franchise.

Nathan is originally from Tennessee and makes award-winning cornbread. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

Robert Allaire

Robert Allaire is an award winning composer whose scores for television, film, and video games have garnered accolades from LA Weekly, The New York Times, and Animation Magazine.

His unique style has been heard in over 200 episodes of television, including Emmy-winning American Horror Story and NBC’s reboot of the classic Ironside.

His work for film spans numerous narrative, experimental, and documentary genres, and his collaboration with experimental filmmaker Betzy Bromberg on her hypnotic And the Night Illuminated the Night was described by the New York Times as “wonderfully scored” and selected as one of their best films of 2011.

In the video game world, Robert has worked closely with composer Garry Schyman (Bioshock, Dante’s Inferno) both as a co-composer and synth programmer. He was tapped to infuse a classic synth sound into Schyman’s Goldsmith-esque score for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and has also contributed electronics and percussion to Schyman’s music for the famous
Where The Hell is Matt? videos, which on YouTube have captured over 70 million views.

Jack Wall

Composer Jack Wall is best known for his rich, cinematic scores for popular video games including “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” “Mass Effect” and “Myst,” and is the co-founder of The Game Audio Network Guild. He received BAFTA and Spike TV VGA nominations for his work on “Mass Effect 2.”

A frequent speaker/instructor at USC, UCLA, Expressions Center for New Media, The Los Angeles Recording School and Berklee Online, Wall is also the co-creator of Video Games Live and served as its Music Director/Conductor from 2005 through 2010. In this position, he performed with more than 50 of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the London Philharmonia Orchestra.

Wall released last summer’s “Lost Planet 3” on his own record label, Lost in Sound Records. He is currently collaborating with composer Trevor Morris writing music for the hit show “Reign” on the CW, music directing “Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera” and scoring several major projects.

Craig Stuart Garfinkle

Award-winning music producer and Emmy-nominated composer Craig Stuart Garfinkle’s work can be heard in feature films, video games, trailers, documentaries, multimedia, television, commercials, on stage and on CDs. His music has been featured in hundreds of film and television projects, including “The Office,” “Fringe,” “Lost,” “The Sopranos” and “America’s Got Talent.”

Garfinkle is perhaps best known for his musical contribution to more than 160 film trailers, often with partner Simone Benyacar (of The Ant Farm). Some of the trailers in which his music can be heard are: “Red,” J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek,” “Sin City,” the final three “Harry Potter” films, “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” “Spider-man III,” “HALO II,” ” James Bond, A Quantum of Solace” “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”

Garfinkle has just completed composing his 30th film score for the family drama, “It’s Dark Here,” starring Illeana Douglas, Bubba Lewis and William Mapother. He is currently composing for the iconic video game “World of WarCraft” and its upcoming expansion “Warlords of Draenor.”

Eddie Wohl

Los Angeles based composer and record producer Eddie Wohl was an original member of the iconic New York based Scrap 60 Production team. Coming out of the NYC club/band scene he has spent many years honing his craft as a songwriter and a musician.

As a composer he’s won 3 Emmy Awards and has thousands of placements on TV including The Superbowl, The Superbowl Pre Game show, the NFL on CBS, NBA on NBC, The Olympics, The NHL, NCAA Basketball and PGA Golf on CBS. He’s also scored numerous promos for Judge Judy, Inside Edition, Today In NY and various NBC News affiliates across the country.

As a producer Wohl has sold in excess of 6 million records. His credits include Fuel, Anthrax, Smile Empty Soul. Ill Nino, World Fire Brigade, H20, 36 Crazyfists and Jesse Malin. Records that he’s produced embody performances by Bruce Springsteen, Robby Krieger, Roger Daltrey, Chino Moreno, Jakob Dylan, Kara Dioguardi, Josh Homme, Chris Shiflett, Jada Pinkett Smith and Dimebag Darrell.

Gerard K. Marino

Composer Gerard K. Marino’s body of work includes scores for video games, feature films, film trailers, commercials and television programs. He is perhaps best known as the principal composer for Sony PlayStation’s award-winning “God of War” franchise. His orchestral suite of “God of War” themes debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and continues to be performed by top-shelf orchestras on around the world.

Marino’s video game credits include “The Amazing Spider Man,” “DC Universe Online” and “The Punisher,” among others. His music can be heard in the trailers for “Sex Tape,” “Muppets Most Wanted,” “Cars 2,” “Walking With Dinosaurs,” “Superman Returns” and many more.

Derek Jones

Grammy nominee Derek Jones studied all aspects of music from performance to film scoring to engineering at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in music.

Since settling in L.A., he has recorded, edited, mixed, and helped produce over 350 albums of music for use in TV and Film, in every style and format imaginable. He’s worked as a producer, sound engineer and mixer with artists such as David Hollister, DJ Quik, Javier, Stacie Orrico, The Apex Theory, Jeff Lorber and Robben Ford. He has also been active in the Film and TV industry as a composer and as a re-recording mixer for TV shows and indie feature films.

In his work, as in his life, Derek always strives for perfection, never settling for anything less.

Jesper Kyd

BAFTA award-winning composer Jesper Kyd is renowned for creating unique hybrid scores with a diverse array of live instrumentation and manipulated sounds. Kyd has written scores for some of the biggest brands in video games including Assassin’s Creed, Borderlands & Hitman and also wrote the score for SyFy Channel’s 2014 TV Series Metal Hurlant Chronicles. Some of Kyd’s classic themes can be heard in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Assassin’s Creed Unity as well as Borderlands The Pre-Sequel.

Jesper has recently teamed up with Benoit Grey to create a new explosive sound for Hollywood trailers. Benoit is a seasoned trailer composer and orchestrator who has worked on films such as The Day After Tomorrow, Priest, The X-files and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Benoit: “I have been working with Jesper as an orchestrator for years so we know each other well and this collaboration is very exciting”.

“In many ways we are musically complete opposites and that really makes this partnership fun” says Jesper. “For this album I feed on raw creative energy and Benoit is great at adding that Hollywood trailer structure to my madness.”

Zain Effendi

Hollywood Music & Media Awards’ “Best New Composer,” Zain Effendi, is making a name for himself as a solo film composer, having recently won a Telly award for his score to the film “Zombeo & Juliecula.”

Under the wing of Hans Zimmer, Effendi contributed to the scores for “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Holiday,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar 2: Escape
From Africa,” “Frost/Nixon” and more.

His recent projects include Neil Gaiman’s latest animated film, “The Price,” directed by
Christopher Salmon, “Pleiades” directed by Angel Mario Huerta for Bad Robot Productions and the short films “Tinker Bell” and “Planes” for John Lasseter at DisneyToon Studios.

Jim Dooley

Composer/songwriter Jim Dooley has made his mark in film, television, video games and interactive media. In 2008, he won his first Emmy for “Best Original Music Composition for a Series” for ABC’s cult favorite “Pushing Daisies.” Among the projects he has worked on for DreamWorks are the hit animated features “Madagascar” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” their spin-off short, “A Christmas Caper” and the Academy Award-winning “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” In 2012 two projects featuring Dooley’s music were nominated for Academy Awards: the animated short “Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare,” and the live action short “The Buzkashi Boys.”

Jim Dooley is a graduate of New York University. After college, he studied the art of film composing with prolific scoring legends Elmer Bernstein, Christopher Young and Leonard Rosenman. During his tenure with Media Ventures (now Remote Control Productions), he collaborated with Hans Zimmer on DreamWorks’ “Gladiator” and acted as an additional composer, arranger and orchestrator on such notable features as Columbia Pictures’ “The Da Vinci Code,” Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” DreamWorks’ “The Ring” and many others.

Dooley recently completed original music for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey “Legends,” which is currently touring.

Sergio Jiménez Lacima

Sergio Jiménez Lacima, nominee for Best Original Score at the 2014  Goya  Awards, is a prolific composer and conductor for films, TV, video games and concert music.

Nominated for myriad awards during and since graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music, Lacima has recently contributed original music to the feature films “Wax,” “Viral” and “Slice 3.” He wrote the original score for the television documentary series “Capacitados” for TVE (Spanish  National  Television);  and provided additional  music for the video game “Call of Duty: Black  Ops  II.”

Lacima’s orchestrations include the first season of the Spanish television program “Isabel” and string arrangements for “Palosanto,” the most recent album from Latin rock star Enrique Bunbury.

Todd Haberman

Todd Haberman has come a long way since scoring the short that won Coca Cola’s first ever “Refreshing Filmmaker’s Award.” He is a versatile composer whose music has been featured in television, feature films and video games.

Haberman has composed for ABC’s “666 Park Ave” and “Body of Proof,” NBC’s The Firm” and “Flash Forward” and contributed to WB’s hit “Arrow.” His contributions can be heard in the feature films “Transformers 3,” “Fast 5” and “Hop,” among others.

Haberman recently finished working on Silver Nitrate’s comedy feature “The Hungover Games” and is currently composing the score for the action-comedy film “Bad Ass 3” while contributing to NBC’s “Revolution.”

Yoshiro Hayata

Yoshiro Hayata is a multifaceted composer/arranger who writes in styles ranging from jazz and classical, to pop and rock, as well as film music.

Yoshi attended the University of Miami, FL and earned a Master’s degree in music composition / arranging.  His works have been performed by numerous orchestras including the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Florida Southwest Symphony, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Seoul Soloist Jazz Orchestra. He has been an arranger for Latin-Grammy award winner Nestor Torres, has had a track in the trailer for The Raid 2, and has also composed and produced dozens of songs for theatrical companies in Tokyo. He has won two awards from Downbeat Magazine for his arrangement and engineering.

Yoshi is originally from Hiroshima, Japan and currently resides in Kawasaki, a suburb of Tokyo.

John Massari

John Massari is a cherished American film composer whose recent works include the world’s first virtual reality feature-length film, “Jesus VR: The Story of Christ”. The epic emotional score for this film will connect audiences with a historic first-ever, powerful virtual reality experience. This project holds deep, spiritual meaning for Massari.

Massari has a rare gift for creating memorable music across a wide range of genres. He also has a reputation for being exceptionally collaborative, which has made Massari the “go to” film composer for producers and directors. Massari combines his training as a classical composer, along with his strong passion for new contemporary music genres which he easily adapts to each assignment.

Creating music for iconic brands such as Disney, HBO, MGM and Sony Pictures, Massari’s innovative gifts have proven greatly versatile. He has the ability to flawlessly cross genres in projects ranging from purely narrative documentaries and drama to quirky comedy and sci-fi/horror.

Film music’s powerful influence drew him to explore creating original music at age 6 as he began training on piano, trumpet and contra bass. While performing in student orchestras and rock bands, Massari studied musical composition privately at Chapman University. At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) earning the Frank Sinatra Music Award for composition, studying composition and orchestration with Henri Lazarof, and David Raksin as well as private studies with Dr. Albert Harris.

Massari was mentored by composers Jerry Fielding, David Rose, and Mark Snow while privately studying composition with Leonard Stein at the University of Southern California (USC).

Margaret Maria

With her masterful skills as an extraordinary cellist merging with the intuition of a gifted creator, Margaret Maria is a unique and exciting new voice in the world of music. In 2011, Margaret Maria decided to change her career from her professional post as cellist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada to follow her dream of composing and producing her own music. Enchanten Productions proudly released Enchanten (2012) which received a 55′th Grammy Entry Nomination; Enchanten Rising (2013); her web- collaborative album Piancelle (2013) which received a 56’th Grammy Entry Nomination; and Enchantress released December 2014. Working in the contemporary Classical, New Age, Instrumental, Cinematic, and Steampunk genres, Margaret Maria creates stunning new music with her phenomenal cello playing at the heart of it. Her 2 children’s albums, A Cello for Chelsea (2005) and Zara the Maggini (2006) were her first creative musical stories that incorporate her narration, musical compositions, and arrangements, into delightful performances that sparks the imagination of children and adults alike. Her 8th album, Carried By An Angel, a love story told through music was just released October 2017.

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