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Joseph Trapanese

Joseph Trapanese
Background information
Origin New Jersey, United States
Genres Film score
Occupations Film composer, orchestrator, arranger, conductor
Instruments Piano, keyboard, trombone
Years active 2006–present

Joseph Trapanese is an American composer, arranger, and producer. He works in the production of music for films, television, theater and concerts. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Film and television music

Trapanese collaborated with Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) on the soundtracks for the Walt Disney Pictures film Tron: Legacy for two years (from pre-production to completion). His arrangements for the soundtrack have been described as "resolutely grand"[1] and "stirring... ominous, hypnotic".[2] The BBC described the work as "a sophisticated integration of acoustic and electronic instrumentation... majestic… rich, solemn tones… saturnine orchestration and a muscular rhythm”.[3]

Original composition projects include Universal Studios's Oblivion (co-composed with Anthony Gonzalez of M83),[4] Disney XD's animated series Tron: Uprising,[5] Sony Pictures Classics's The Raid: Redemption (co-composed with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park), Sony Pictures Television's original web series The Bannen Way, the independent feature Mamitas (featured at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival),[6] and numerous scores for live action and animated films from UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. Trapanese contributed musical arrangements to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, What Happens in Vegas and Traitor. Alongside composer Daniel Licht, Trapanese produced and orchestrated the scores for seasons 3 and 4 of Showtime's original series Dexter, and provided orchestrations for seasons 5 and 6.

The 2012 teaser trailer for Iron Man 3 features Trapanese's composition Something to Fight For.[7][8]

Music collaboration with artists

Following his collaboration with Daft Punk on Tron: Legacy, Trapanese continues to work with artists in film scoring as well as album production. In 2013 he co-composed the score for Oblivion with Anthony Gonzalez of M83.[4] For The Bourne Legacy, Trapanese arranged a new orchestral version of Moby's "Extreme Ways".[9]

On October 18, 2011, M83's double-disc album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming released with five tracks arranged by Trapanese. Trapanese's work can be heard on "Intro", "Wait", "Soon, My Friend", "My Tears Are Becoming a Sea", and "Outro".[10]

Trapanese co-wrote and co-produced the song "Do or Die" with 3OH!3 from their forthcoming album.[11]

Music for live theater

The music Trapanese has produced for theater is performed primarily in New York City, most notably in productions by The Actors Company Theatre. Recent productions that he has provided music for include T. S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party, Arthur Miller's Incident at Vichy, Václav Havel's The Memorandum, and Edward Bond's The Sea. His music for the production of Milan Stitt's The Runner Stumbles was described by the New York Times as "Precise and evocative... wistful, ringing melodies”.[12]

Awards and honors

In 2009, Trapanese won ASCAP's Harold Arlen Film and Television Award, and won the first annual Jerry Goldsmith Award from UCLA in 2007. His concert music has been performed by Eighth Blackbird, the United States Air Force Band, and conducted by Alexander Mickelthwate and Vince Mendoza.


Trapanese completed his bachelor's degree in Composition at the Manhattan School of Music, and later an M.A. in Music for Visual Media at UCLA, with support from the Henry Mancini fund. His tutors include Giampaolo Bracali, Bruce Broughton, Paul Chihara, Roger Bourland, Jack Smalley, and Martin Bresnick, and he also engaged in brief studies with Louis Andriessen, Aaron Jay Kernis, Julia Wolfe, Mark Snow, and Ira Newborn. From 2008-2011, Trapanese taught the Electronic Music and Composition curriculum at UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music.[13]


External links

  • Official Website
  • Internet Movie Database
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