BFA in Music Composition,
MFA, California Institute of Arts
Gary Chang has been scoring films since 1984, and has over 100 film music projects, including nineteen feature films to his credit. In the early 1980’s, Chang worked as a studio musician with artists such as Robbie Robertson, Al Jarreau, Weather Report, and Herbie Hancock. He has also worked with film composers and on projects that include Henry Mancini, Patrick Williams, and Giorgio Moroder.
He has scored films for numerous directors including John Frankenheimer, Andrew Davis, Jonathan Demme, John Hughes, and Jan Egleson. His work also encompasses television, including multiple collaborations with Stephen King and John Frankenheimer.
As a guest lecturer in film music and music technology, Chang has been a Visiting Artist at many prestigious institutions, including The American Film Institute, University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California San Diego, and the Berklee College of Music.
Chang was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He received a National Endowment of the Arts Grant for Jazz composers in 1976 for his work Mr. Slick. In 2006, he was involved in bringing his electronic music to Italy during the Sanctuaries tour, which involved 5.1 performances of his ambient electronic music in churches in La Spezia, Portovenere, Rome, Benevento, and San Galgano. Since then, Sanctuaries has also been performed at Scream 2007, Los Angeles, and Club21 – Remaking the Scene, London, 2010.
For more information: www.garychang.net
Photo credit: Kyle Aaron Lacy BA ’07