Keefus Ciancia

Keefus Ciancia

Invariably pushing music to places beyond the norm, veering flawlessly in and out of contrasting musical genres, Keefus Ciancia has worked as a composer and producer on numerous standout productions, including the BAFTA and Emmy award winning Killing Eve and True DetectiveThe FallStrangerlandThe Ladykillers and London Spy.

Keefus and co-composer David Holmes won the BAFTA Original Music Award in 2019 for their score to Killing Eve and their music has recently been nominated a second time in the BAFTA 2020 Awards. They also received an Ivor Novello in 2016 for Best Television Soundtrack for their score on the TV series, London Spy. Keefus was nominated for an Emmy for True Detective in 2019 and also received an Emmy nomination for his work with Everlast for co-writing and producing the theme song for the hit television series Saving Grace.

Keefus is a pianist, raised playing classical music yet influenced by two older musician brothers who broadened his listening palette to a wild, eclectic array of sounds forming his love and attraction to film scores early on. He moved to Los Angeles and began to work with Lonnie “Meganut” Marshall from LA’s underground scene of burgeoning bands. Marshall and Ciancia started the multi genre experimental group ‘Weapon Of Choice’ that flourished for three albums. During that time, he recorded for the West Coast hip-hop scene with artists Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, South Central Cartel and E40.

In the early nineties, Keefus met singer Jade Vincent and together they formed their own 10-piece experimental film-noir big band, ‘The Jade Vincent Experiment’ later to become Vincent & Mr. Green. The band’s dream-like noir, electronic sound led them to famed musician/producer T Bone Burnett. T Bone became his mentor and together they co-composed/produced several projects including The Coen Brothers Film, The Ladykillers, Cassandra Wilson’s Thunderbird, Wim Wenders Don’t Come Knocking and three seasons of HBO’s series, True Detective.

David Holmes and Keefus met in 2012 and went on to score several projects together including Killing Eve, The Fall, London Spy, Mindhorn, The Motel Life, Good Vibrations and Diana. Together with Jade Vincent, they formed the band Unloved who’s first score collaboration was Edgar Wright’s mini-series, Brandon Generator for Microsoft and they currently contribute to the music for Killing Eve.

Other solo film/television projects include Strangerland, Living in The Future’s Past, Criminal Activities, Eyewitness, As Above So Below, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, and Devil’s Gate.

He’s produced music for artists including Kimbra, Nikka Costa, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Cassandra Wilson, Benji Hughes, Everlast, A Fine Frenzy, Etienne Daho and with Jeff Bridges for his unique concept album, Sleeping Tapes of which he also composed and performed in the wild and abstract Mini-Series, Dreaming With Jeff.

In addition to just finishing up the score for season 3 of Killing Eve, Keefus is recording a new album with his band, Unloved to be released late 2020 and releasing the 2nd instalment of The Invisible Light, which includes Keefus, T Bone Burnett and Jay Bellerose.

Keefus now resides in Europe.

Television Drama
Directors: S J Clarkson, Stephanie Laing, Alethea Jones
Producers: Dean Bakopoulos, Liza Chasin
Starring: Augsuto Aguilera, Noma Dumezweni, Cristin Milioti
(Series 1,2 & 3)
(Co-scored with David Holmes)
Sid Gentle Films/ BBC
Directors: Damon Thomas, Jon East, Harry
Writers: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Luke Jennings
Producers: Colin Wratten, Elinor Day
Starring: Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw
*BAFTA Winner – Original Music 2019*
*BAFTA Nomination – Original Music 2020*
(Series 1,2 & 3)
(Co-scored with T-Bone Burnett)
Anonymous Content/ HBO
Directors: Nic Pizzolatto, Cary Joji Fukunaga
Producers: Carol Cuddy, Aida Rodgers
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Mahershala Ali
*Emmy Nomination - Outstanding Music Composition
For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special (Original Dramatic Score) - 2019*
(Co-scored with David Holmes)
Working Title / BBC
Director: Jakob Verbruggen
Producer: Guy Heeley
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Edward Holcroft, Jim Broadbent
*Ivor Novello Awards Winner –
Best Television Soundtrack 2016*
(Seasons 1,2 & 3)
(Co-scored with David Holmes)
Artists Studio/ BBC
Directors: Alan Cubitt, Jakob Verbruggen
Producer: Gub Neal
Starring: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan
(Season 1)
(Co-scored with T-Bone Burnett)
ABC Studios/ Lionsgate
Directors: Callie Khouri, Stephen Cragg
Producer: Geoffrey Colo
Starring: Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen
(Four Seasons and Title Track)
(Co-scored with Everlast)
Fox Television/ TNT
Director: Artie Mandelberg
Producer: Tricia Brock
Starring: Holly Hunter, Leon Rippy, Kenny Johnson
*Emmy Nominated and BMI Award Winner 2010*
EYEWITNESSUniversal Cable Productions/ NBC
Directors: Scott Peters, Catherine Hardwicke, Robert Lieberman, Kelly Makin
Producer: Steve Solomos
Starring: Julianne Nicholson, Tyler Young, James Paxton
(Co-scored with David Holmes)
Director: Tommy Lee Edwards
Producer: Tommy Lee Edwards
Starring: Julian Barratt
LIVING IN THE FUTURE’S PAST (12th Hour)Vision Films
Director: Susan Kucera
Producers: Jeff Bridges, Susan Kucera, Jim Swift
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Wesley Clark

DEVIL’S GATECaramel Films
Director: Clay Staub
Producers: Valérie d’Auteuil, Ian Dimerman, Scott
Starring: Amanda Schull, Shawn Ashmore
(Co-scored with David Holmes)
BBC Films
Director: Sean Foley
Producers: Jack Arbuthnott, Laura Hastings-Smith
Starring: Steve Coogan, Russell Tove, Essie Davis
STRANGERLANDWorldview Entertainment
Director: Kim Farrant
Producers: Macdara Kelleher, Naomi Wenck
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving
CRIMINAL ACTIVITIESCapacity Pictures/ Image Entertainment
Director: Jackie Earle Haley
Producers: Howard Burd, Wayne Allan Rice, Micah
Starring: Michael Pitt, Dan Stevens
AS ABOVE, SO BELOWLegendary Films/ Universal
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Producers: Patrick Aiello, Drew Dowdle, John
Jashni, Thomas Tull
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman
(Co-scored with David Holmes)
Ecosse Films
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Producers: Robert Bernstein, Suza Horvat,
Genevieve Lemal, Douglas rae
Starring: Naomi Watts, Cas Anvar, Charles Edwards
(Co-scored with T-Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars)
Motto Pictures
Directors: Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush
Producers: Julie Goldman, Ryan Harrington, Kristi
Jacobson, Lori Silverbush
Starring: Adam Appelhanz, David Beckman
(Co-scored with David Holmes)
Canderblinks Film and Music
Directors: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Producer: Bruno Charlesworth, Andrew Eaton,
David Holmes, Chris Martin
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, Richard Dormer, Liam Cunningham
(Co-scored with David Holmes)
Polsky Films
Directors: Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky
Producers: Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky, Ann Ruark
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning
THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAKESBrothers Dowdle Productions
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Producer: Drew Dowdle
Starring: Stacey Chbosky, Ben Messmer, Samantha Robson
K7Circle of Confusion/ HBO
Director: Christopher Leone
Producers: Laura Harkcom, Christopher Leone,
Lawrence Mattis
Starring: Jared Paul, Kai Leenox, Cheryl Bricker
(Co-scored with T-Bone Burnett)
Reverse Angle Pictures/ Sony Pictures
Director: Wim Wenders
Producers: Karsten Brüneg, In-Ah Lee, Peter
Starring: James Roday, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Majandra Delfino
Director: Lee Daniels
Producers: Lisa Cortes, Lee Daniels, Damon Dash,
Brook Lenfest, Dave Robinson
Starring: Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding Jr., Macy Gray, Vanessa Ferlito
(Music Producer)
Touchstone Pictures
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Tom Jacobson,
Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans
(Music Producer)
Columbia Pictures
Directors: Michael Mann
Producers: Paul Ardaji, A. Kitman Ho, James
Lassiter, Michael Mann, Jon Peters
Starring: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx
(Composer – Featured Song)
Columbia Pictures
Directors: Sam Raimi
Producers: Avi Arad, Lorne Orleans, Laura Ziskin
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst