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Carter Burwell

Composer

For Joel and Ethan Coen, Carter Burwell has scored the films Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Man Who Wasn't There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, and No Country for Old Men. He also composed additional music for the Coens' O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which brought him a BAFTA Award nomination; and is beginning work on their newest film, Burn After Reading (also for Focus Features).

Mr. Burwell's other film scores include Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls, which earned him the [Nino] Rota Soundtrack Award at the 2000 Venice International Film Festival; Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich and Adaptation; Bill Condon's Kinsey and Gods and Monsters, for which he was honored by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association; John Lee Hancock's The Rookie and The Alamo; David O. Russell's Three Kings; Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine; David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's The Celluloid Closet; and Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

His work in the theater includes the chamber opera The Celestial Alphabet Event; Ariel Dorfman's play Widows; Henry Miller's The 14th Ward; and Mabou Mines' 1994 production of Mother. Mr. Burwell also wrote music to accompany William Burroughs' reading of his novel Junky for Penguin Audiobooks.

As a vocalist, accordionist, and synthesist, Mr. Burwell has performed with the Harmonic Choir, Big Joe, and the Litwinski Ensemble in New York City; as well as France, Italy, Germany, and Australia.

Recordings of his work are available on the following record labels; Universal Music, Virgin, Varese Sarabande, Factory, and Les Disques de Crepescule.