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Danny Elfman: Bio

Over the last 30 years, four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the industry. He has collaborated with such directors as Tim Burton, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, Ang Lee, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Brian De Palma, and Peter Jackson. Beginning with his first score on Tim Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Elfman has scored a broad range of films, including: Milk (Oscar nominated), Good Will Hunting (Oscar nominated), Big Fish (Oscar nominated), Men in Black (Oscar nominated), Edward Scissorhands, Wanted, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mission: Impossible, Planet of the Apes, 

A Simple Plan, To Die For, Spider-Man (1 & 2), Batman, Dolores Claiborne, Sommersby, Chicago, Dick Tracy, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland.

Elfman's recent work includes David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Tim Burton's Big Eyes, Errol Morris' The Unknown Known, Goosebumps for Sony Pictures, Fifty Shades of Grey, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass, Universal Pictures' sequel Fifty Shades Darker, and Tate Taylor's Girl on the Train. Up next for Elfman is The Weinstein Company's Tulip Fever and Universal Pictures' Fifty Shades Freed.

A native of Los Angeles, Elfman grew up loving film music. He travelled the world as a young man, absorbing its musical diversity. He helped found the band Oingo Boingo, and came to the attention of a young Tim Burton, who asked him to write the score for Pee-wee's Big Adventure. (25 years later, the two have forged one of the most fruitful composer-director collaborations in film history.) In addition to his film work, Elfman wrote the iconic theme music for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. He also composed a ballet, Rabbit and Rogue, choreographed by Twyla Tharp, a symphony Serenada Schizophrana for Carnegie Hall, an overture The Overeager Overture for the Hollywood Bowl, Iris-a Cirque du Soleil show at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre and most recently, Elfman's violin concerto No. 1 which will world premiere in Prague on June 21st. Danny Elfman's Music From the Films of Tim Burton had its concert premiere at London's Royal Albert Hall. "Having a particular style is not bad," says Elfman, "but I prefer to push myself in the direction of being a composer who you never know what he's doing next."
 

1 Intro
2 Frolic
3 Gamelan
4 Rag
5 Lyric
6 Finale
Danny & Twyla Interviews
Marilyn Manson and Danny Elfman & Tim Burton talk on Nightmare Before Christmas
Danny Elfman & Helena Bonham-Carter sing Nightmare Before Christmas at Royal Albert Hall

Sony Classical announces the release of Rabbit & Rogue. This Limited Deluxe Edition offers a variety of insights to the production of his first ballet score, including a bonus DVD with an exclusive interview with Danny Elfman. The composer commented - "The creation of this ballet score was done hand in hand with a remarkable woman, Twyla Tharp. Every note, every beat. She encouraged me, challenged me, cajoled me, and even fed me. It was one of the best times I have ever had working. For her trust in me I will be forever grateful. I dedicate this recording to her." Rabbit & Rogue is Danny Elfman's first ballet score, which he created for Twyla Tharps' choreography for the American Ballet Theater. By all accounts, Elfman wrote a score that wears his admiration for the Russian ballet masters, such as Stravinsky and Prokofiev, proudly on its sleeve.

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