June 02, 2011

Angelo Badalamenti and Alf Clausen to be Honored at ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

26th Annual Awards Celebration Salutes Top Film & Television Composers of 2010

Angelo Badalamenti

Angelo Badalamenti

Alf Clausen

Alf Clausen

New York, NY, June 2, 2011: Composers Angelo Badalamenti and Alf Clausen will be honored at the 26th Annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, taking place June 23, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Badalamenti will be presented with the distinguished ASCAP Henry Mancini Award and Clausen will receive the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award. The composers of the most performed film and television music of 2010 will also be honored at the invitation-only event.

"We're very proud to celebrate the achievements of Angelo and Alf at our event this year," said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. "Angelo's musical contributions to film and television are of the highest artistic order - unique, memorable and totally in sync with the vision of the great directors he has worked with. Alf Clausen's decades of scores for The Simpsons and other TV programs and films are as endlessly inventive as the imaginations of the shows' writers and animators - it takes a lot of serious work and thought to compose, arrange and conduct such wonderfully happy music."

Director David Lynch will present Badalamenti with the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award, which is awarded to composers in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music. Previous recipients include Bruce Broughton, Carter Burwell, John Debney, Mark Isham, Quincy Jones, Michel Legrand, Randy Newman, James Newton Howard, Johnny Mandel, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore, Alan Silvestri and Hans Zimmer.

The ASCAP Golden Note Award is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Mark Snow, Andre Previn, Garth Brooks, Jos´┐Ż Feliciano, Dennis McCarthy, Alan Jackson, Jay-Z, Tom Petty and Stevie Wonder.

Among those being honored in the Top Box Office Films category are John Debney for Iron Man 2, Valentine's Day and Yogi Bear, James Newton Howard for The Last Airbender, Salt and The Tourist, Randy Newman for Toy Story 3, Trent Reznor for The Social Network, Trevor Rabin for The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Pharrell Williams for Despicable Me and Hans Zimmer for Inception and Megamind.

Some of the honorees in the Top Television Series and Most Performed Themes and Underscore categories include Sean Callery (24, Bones and Most Performed Themes and Underscore), Jeff Cardoni (Undercover Boss, CSI: Miami and The Defenders), Michael Giacchino (Lost, Undercovers and Most Performed Themes and Underscore), Ron Jones and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), Jimmy Levine (Glee, Rizzoli & Isles and Royal Pains), Walter Murphy (Family Guy and Most Performed Themes and Underscore) and David Vanacore (Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Nicaragua, Undercover Boss, Ghost Hunters and Most Performed Themes and Underscore).

The complete list of winners will be announced on June 23rd.

Angelo Badalamenti is an acclaimed and prolific film and television composer of haunting music, praised for dark, dreamy melodies that evoke passionate emotions. Widely known for his collaboration with the director David Lynch, Badalamenti has also written distinctive themes for the television series Twin Peaks and Inside the Actors Studio as well as The Summer Olympic Games. He has collaborated with many leading recording artists, including David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Anthrax, Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Mel and Pam Tillis, Julee Cruise and Marianne Faithfull.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Badalamenti studied composition, French horn and piano at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, earning a Masters degree. He later worked as a music teacher in Brooklyn, spending his summers performing as a pianist for shows. At the same time, he was also a busy songwriter and orchestrator for many popular performers. His film career began with scores for Law and Disorder and Gordon's War. In 1986, he was hired by a young David Lynch to be Isabella Rossellini's vocal coach for Blue Velvet. Badalamenti ended up scoring the film and writing the feature song "Mysteries of Love" with Lynch. Since Blue Velvet, Badalamenti has scored Lynch's films and projects, as well as those of many other leading directors.

Badalamenti received a Grammy Award for his theme to the groundbreaking TV series Twin Peaks, while the soundtrack album from Twin Peaks has achieved gold status in 25 countries. He received BAFTA's Anthony Asquith Award for his score for The Comfort of Strangers. Other Badalamenti honors include Golden Globe nominations for The Straight Story and Mullholland Drive, three Emmy Award nominations for Twin Peaks, and Cesar Award nominations for A Very Long Engagement and The City of Lost Children.

Best known for his scoring and songwriting for the hit television series The Simpsons, Alf Clausen received his training at North Dakota State University, the University of Wisconsin and Boston's Berklee College Of Music, earning degrees in Arranging and Composition. He began his musical career as a French hornist and bassist, going on to become an instructor at Berklee.

Clausen has composed for several television series and movies of the week, including The Simpsons (for which he received two Emmy awards, five Annie awards, three International Monitor Awards, twenty additional Emmy nominations and four additional Annie nominations), Moonlighting (for which he received six Emmy nominations), Alf (no relation), Bette, Police Story and Wizards & Warriors. Clausen has also been the musical director, composer and arranger for numerous television variety shows including The Donny & Marie Show, Mary and The Mary Tyler Moore Variety Hour. His feature film credits include Half-Baked and Number One With A Bullet and he contributed additional music and orchestrations to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dragnet, Splash, and Weird Science to name a few.

His CD credits (as songwriter, conductor and producer) include the hit Rhino Records releases The Simpsons: Songs In The Key Of Springfield: Original Music From The Television Series and Go Simpsonic With The Simpsons: More Original Music From The Television Series. His music is featured on the Universal Studios Tram Tour 2000. He has also composed music for his own big band, The Alf Clausen Jazz Orchestra, and for the bands of Buddy Rich, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Ray Charles, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton & Denny Christianson.

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