"Vivek Maddala knows how to tell a good story. [His music] can put a lump in your throat or make you laugh out loud. His themes are timeless and universal...."
                                                                           -Steve Paulson, NPR

"Vivek's artistic vision is striking, cinematic, and beautiful..."
                                                                           -Tom Karsch, Turner Entertainment

"...scored to the bleeding edge of hip."
                                                                           -Roger Ebert, on Vivek's music from KABOOM

About the Composer

Vivek Maddala is an international award-winning composer and multi-instrumental performer. He has scored numerous feature films, theater & dance productions, and TV programs over the past decade. His music, which combines melodic symphony writing with modern ethnic textures from around the world, has been described as "an emotive frenzy of guitar, percussion, brass, woodwinds, and strings." He is a Sundance Institute Lab Fellow for film composition, and recently had work premiere at the Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, and Sundance film festivals.

In addition to scoring films, Vivek has produced music for a number of rock, jazz, and world music CD releases -- and his live performances collaborating with celebrated artists have enchanted audiences from around the globe. As a performer, Vivek journeys fluidly through diverse musical styles, and effortlessly between many instruments -- including drums, piano, guitar, and bass. He has also served as a guest conductor with renowned orchestras and chamber groups, performing work he has written for ballets and films.

Vivek has always sought to write music in the service of achieving social progress -- to comment on world affairs and to affect them positively. His score for They Turned Our Desert Into Fire blends North African percussion with shadowy string textures and haunting vocals to illuminate the film's story of humanitarian crises in North Africa. His brooding, passionate score for The Ace of Hearts invokes the broken social and economic structures that promote poverty and injustice in the US (and elsewhere around the globe). Accordingly, Vivek continues to seek out projects that lift the human spirit -- to challenge the function of war and elucidate the human condition. His works, extraordinarily diverse in style, stand out among contemporary compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and profoundly humanist nature.

When scoring films, Vivek speaks with his unique musical voice. In a field where so much music sounds uniform and alike, Vivek has developed a personal style capable of expansive power and color, yet with remarkable sensitivity and subtlety. His music supplements and strengthens the narrative and emotional components of the film, characterizing and framing the picture -- above all, serving the dramatic vision of the director. Elegant musical motifs and careful orchestration combine to give Vivek's music a distinctive flavor that moves gracefully between tradition and innovation; with equal parts euphoria and introspection; frantic while elegant; drunken yet precise; and utterly human.



Honors and Awards

  • Grand Prize in the Young Film Composers Competition (2000)
  • ASCAP Film Scoring Fellowship (2002)
  • International JPF award for Best Soundtrack Album of the Year (2005) - The Patsy
  • Electronic Musician 2007 Editor's Choice Award
  • Future Music ACE Award (2007)
  • Film & TV Music Award nomination (2007), Grasshopper
  • Gold Medal for Artistic Excellence, PCFMF, Wild Oranges (2008)
  • Gold Medal, Audience Favorite, PCFMF, Grasshopper (2008)
  • Sundance Composer Fellow (2008)
  • Gold Medal for Artistic Excellence, Audience Favorite, Park City Film Music Festival, They Turned Our Desert Into Fire (2009)
  • BMI Conducting Workshop (2009)
  • Council of Young Engineering Alumni Award, Georgia Tech (2010)
  • Best Music in Film Nomination, Madrid International Film Festival (2014)
  • Hollywood Music in Media Awards nomination, Original Score for Documentary: American Revolutionary (2014)

Notable Scores

    2015 The Parting Shot
    2015 Asha
    2015 Career Girl
    2014 Awake: The Life of Yogananda *
    2014 The Polygon
    2014 The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam
    2013 The Welcome Table Project
    2013 American Revolutionary *
    2013 I Will Find You
    2012 Highway
    2012 Children of Memory *
    2012 Ashpordha (Audacity) *
    2012 Here and Away
    2012 Lucifer's Crewcut
    2010 Kaboom *
    2010 Red Dust
    2010 HBO's "Funny or Die Presents" (TV)
    2009 A Journey in My Mother's Footsteps *
    2009 Warehouse 13 (TV Series, additional music)
    2008 Horizontal Leanings
    2008 Flash Gordon (TV Series, additional music)
    2007 They Turned Our Desert Into Fire *
    2007 Whispers from Poland
    2007 Walking Tall
    2007 Ice Spiders (co-composer)
    2007 Nuclear Hurricane (co-composer)
    2007 Flash Gordon (TV Series, additional music)
    2006 Grasshopper *
    2006 Wild Oranges *
    2005 Portland at Play
    2005 Catch Up
    2005 Mother
    2005 Moon Chasing
    2005 Omar and Fiona
    2004 Gidoo's Cosmic Crisis
    2004 The Patsy *
    2003 Martha's Bakery
    2002 Mysterious Lady
    2002 Equation
    2001 The Flag
    2000 Ace of Hearts *

    * indicates award winner


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