Dan Jones

Dan Jones – Composer Profile

dan_jonesDan Jones is a multi-award winning composer and sound designer. His most recent credits include the upcoming film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, Left Bank’s new thriller series The Replacement, BBC’s alternative history drama SS-GB, Kudos and BBC’s drama series Man in an Orange Shirt, The Hollow Crown starring Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch, and Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie. Other credits include Carnival’s The Lost Honour and Ecosse Film’s The Great Fire (both for ITV) as well as a long list of award-winning films, notably, Shadow of the Vampire which received two Oscar nominations, the critically acclaimed The Fear, starring Peter Mullan for C4, and The Tonto Woman which gained an Oscar nod in the short films category.

Dan himself was also long listed by Variety as an Oscar contender for his score for Shadow of the Vampire. In 2011 the scores for Channel Four/Carnival’s Any Human Heart won Dan both BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards as well as gaining double Emmy nominations.  Dan received his first Ivor Novello award for his score to the feature film Max, starring John Cusack and Noah Taylor. In 2012 he received the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Sound design for his work on the highly acclaimed, Kursk.

Equally comfortable in the throwing away of the rule book and experimenting with new forms in sound, music, words and narrative as he is nurturing beautiful luxuriant melodies, Dan’s music ranges from the minimal ambient layering as heard in the BBC’s Criminal Justice, to the sumptuous orchestral openness of The Matador’s Mistress, a tragic tale telling the story of one of Spains greatest bullfighters, starring Adrian Brody and Penelope Cruz.

Dan has continued to make a very big splash in the realms of Film and Television score with his compelling, rich, exciting and sensitive works for such projects as ITV’s Appropriate Adult, which told the story of the serial murderer Fred West (Dominc West) as told through the eyes of their lawyer played by Emily Watson, and Charlie Brooker’s Big Brother based zombie slasher for C4, Dead Set. As well as this Dan received notable further acclaim for his wonderfully dynamic and intelligent scores for a number of much lauded documentaries including David Attenborough’s Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life and The Life of Mammals.

Dan read music at Oxford, graduating with a first. He went on to study his art further at Canada’s Banff Centre, where he graduated in music theatre direction, and then went on to the Centro Ricerche Musicali in Rome, where he studied electro-acoustic composition

Film
ON CHESIL BEACHBBC Films
Director: Dominic Cooke
Producer: Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley
Starring: Emily Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Anne-Marie Duff
LADY MACBETHSixty Six Pictures
Director: William Oldroyd
Producer: Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Starring: Florence Pugh
B&BHummingbird Films
Director: Joe Ahearne
Producer: Jayne Chard
LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIEBBC Films
Director: John Dower
Producer: Simon Chinn
***2017 Ivor Novello Nomination: Best Film Score***
A MATADOR'S MISTRESSIberoamericana Film Produccion
Director: Menno Meyjes
Producer: Andres Vincente-Gomez
Starring: Adrian Brody, Penelope Cruz
TURN IT LOOSEPartizan
Director: Alistair Siddons
Producer: Peta Graf
THE TONTO WOMAN Knucklehead
Director: Daniel Barber
Producers: Matthew Browne, Belinda Lewin
***OSCAR Nominated***
IN TRANZITThema Productions
Director: Tom Roberts
Producers: Jimmy De Brabant, Michael Dounaev, Kamj Naghdi
Starring: Vera Farmiga, John Malkovich
LILACSThema Productions
Director: Pavel Lungin
Producers: Jimmy De Brabant, Michael Dounaev, Michael Schlicht
THE FOUR LAST SONGSBBC Films
Directors: Francesca Joseph
Producers: Ruth Caleb, Mate Cantero, Christopher Collins
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Rhys Ifans, Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Stevenson
MURDER BY NUMBERSSPG
Director: Mike Hodges
Producers: Paul Jalfon, Colin McCabe
Starring: Brian Cox, Amy Taubin, Richard Fleischer, Ridley Scott, David Fincher
JERICHO MANSIONSMilagro Films
Directors: Alberto Sciamma
Producers: Michael Lionello Cowan, Jason Piette, Jean-Marc Felio
Starring: James Caan, Genevieve Bujold, Jennifer Tilly
MAXPathe / H2O
Directors: Menno Mejyes
Producer: Andras Hamori
Starring: John Cusack, Noah Taylor
***IVOR NOVELLO Award Winner*
TOMORROW LA SCALA!BBC
Directors: Francesca Joseph
Producers: Ruth Caleb, Chris Collins
Starring: Jessica Stevenson
ANAZAPTABeyond Films
Directors: Alberto Schiamma
Producers: David Ball, Michael Cowan, Jason Piette
Starring: Lena Headey, Jason Flemyng
SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRESaturn Films
Director: E. Elias Merhige
Producer: Nicholas Cage, Jeff Levine
Starring: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Catherine Macormack, Eddie Izzard
***Double OSCAR Nominated***
THE WEEKENDGranada Film Productions
Director: Brian Skeet
Producer: Ian Benson
Starring: Gina Rowlands, Jared Harris, Brooke Shields
Television
THE REPLACEMENTLeft Bank Pictures
Director: Joe Ahearne
Producer: Nicole Cauverien
Starring: Morven Christie, Vicky McClure
SS-GBBBC Films
Director: Philipp Kadelbach
Producer: Patrick Schweitzer, Sally Woodward Gentle
Starring: Sam Riley, Kate Bosworth
MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRTKudos Film and Television
Director: Michael Samuels
Producer: Lisa Osborne
Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Julian Morris
DEARK HEARTITV Studios
Director: Colin Teague
Producer: Chris Clough
Starring: Tom Riley, Charlotte Riley
THE HOLLOW CROWN
(series 2)
Neal Street Productions / Carnival / BBC
Director: Dominic Cooke
Producer: Rupert Ryle-Hodges
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon
THE GREAT FIREEcosse Films
Director: Jon Jones
Producer: Gina Cronk
Starring: Daniel Mays, Perdita Weeks
LOST HONOURCarnival Films
Director: Roger Michell
Writer: Peter Morgan
Producer: Kevin Loader
Starring: Jason Watkins
THE FEAR C4
Director: Michael Samuels
Producer: Chris Thomson
Starring: Peter Mullan
THE TOWNBig Talk Productions / ITV Studios
Director: Colin Teague
Producer: Luke Alkin
Starring: Kelly Adams, Martin Clunes, Jon Foster, Julia Mackenzie
APPROPRIATE ADULTITV Studios
Director: Julian Jarrold
Producer: Lisa Gilchrist
Starring: Dominic West, Emily Watson
ANY HUMAN HEARTCarnival Films / C4
Director: Michael Samuels
Producers: Lyn Horsford, Lee Morris
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfayden, Hayley Atwood
***Winner of both BAFTA and IVOR NOVELLO Awards for Best Original Muisc***
***Double EMMY nominated***
CRIMINAL JUSTICEBBC
Directors: Otto Bathurst, Yann Demange, Luke Watson, Marc Jobst
Producer: Pier Wilkie
Starring: Ben Wishaw, Maxine Peake, Eddie Marsan, Sophie Okenado, Pete Postlethwaite
CHARLES DARWIN AND THE TREE OF LIFEZenith Entertainment
Editor: Pip Heywood
Producer: Sacha Mirzoeff
Writer / Presenter: David Attenborough
DEADSETZeppotron / C4
Director: Yann Demange
Producers: Charlie Brooker, Angie Daniel
Starring: Jaimie Winstone, Andy Nyman, Riz Ahmed
LEARNERS BBC
Director: Francesca Joseph
Producers: Luke Alkin, Ruth Caleb
Starring: David Tennant, Jessica Hynes
STRANGEBig Bear Films / BBC
Directors: Joe Ahearne, Simon Massey
Producer: Marcus Mortimer
Starring: Richard Coyle, Samantha Janus, Samantha Womack
THE LIFE OF MAMMALSBBC
Director: Mike Salisbury
Editors: Jill Garret, Joe Payne
Starring: David Attenborough
TRANCE Sky Pictures
Director: Joe Ahearne
Producer: Bill Shapter
Starring: Christopher Cazenove
SAHARAMandalay
Editor: Terry Tanner-Clark
Producer: Barry Clark
THE SEARCH FOR LONGITUDEWGBH
Director: Peter Jones
Producer: David Axlerod
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Patrick Malahide
VISIONS OF HEAVEN AND HELLC4
Director/Producer: Paul Carlin
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Dennis Potter
Theatre
In keeping with the tradition of British film composers, Dan is in great demand within both film and theatre. He regularly works at the National Theatre writing commissions for the Olivier and Lyttleton. Most notable of which in recent times was his sweeping orchestral score for Bijan Sheibani's sell out success The Kitchen. He is currently preparing for the much anticipated, epic and radical production of Antigone at the Olivier, helmed by Polly Findlay. Dan has written work for amongst many others, the RSC, the Donmar Warehouse, the Almeida, the National Theatre of Scotland. He wrote the music and sound designed Ivan and the Dogs which, nominated in last year's Oliviers, is now in rep at the Rustaveli Theatre in Georgia. He has pioneered the use of immersive surround sound with his own company, Sound&Fury, whose Kursk (which Dan co-directed) was a sell-out hit at the Young Vic Theatre in London before touring to the Sydney Opera House in 2011 and receiving a best production TMA nomination. Sound&Fury's new work Going Dark, also co-directed by Dan, will open at the Young Vic in March this year. In July, to mark a year's countdown to the London Olympics 2012, Dan was commissioned by the Mayor's office and LIFT, to create a beguiling and sometimes bewitchingly eerie new musical work played from Hot Air Balloons over London. One of the largest audio installations ever conceived and Co-created with artist Luke Jerram, Sky Orchestra was first launched in 2004 in Bristol and then by the RSC and Fierce as part of the Complete Works Festival in 2006. It has since toured to Switzerland, Canada and Australia where it opened the Sydney Festival in 2007 before becoming the launch event of the festivities marking the countdown to the London Olympics. It hit the international news headlines in every country in which it was performed. Other large scale artwork included Music for Seven Ice Cream Vans. First conceived in 2001 but, only commissioned in 2009 by the LIFT and Norwich and Norfolk Festivals, in a similar fashion to Sky Orchestra, the piece opened up a giant outdoor acoustic landscape using surround sound and antiphonal melodic patterns on a huge scale. Both works have been described as epic, gentle and haunting. His music and sound for Listening Posts, collaboration with Daphne Wright, has been running since 2004. Now in Cork as a permanent audio installation it further presents Dan as a leading exponent of the management of surround sound in large spaces having drawn equally upon his work within cinema, theatre and conceptual art.

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