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Carter Burwell


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; No Country for Old Men; A Serious Man; and Burn After Reading, which earned him the International Film Music Critics award for Best Original Score for a Comedy Film. He also composed additional music for the Coens’ O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which brought him a BAFTA Award nomination.

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, Adaptation., and Where the Wild Things Are; 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 Howl; Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead; Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges (also for Focus Features); and John Lee Hancock’s The Blind Side.

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, Varèse Sarabande, Factory, and Les Disques de Crepescule.