"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..."
"...scored to the bleeding edge of hip."
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, Venice, and Sundance film festivals. In 2017, Vivek received a Daytime Emmy nomination in the category of "Outstanding Music Composition" for his animation scoring work.
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 study world affairs and affect them positively. His score for the Peabody Award-winning film American Revolutionary blends melodic chamber strings with expressive piano passages to frame the film's exploration of critical social movements seen through the lens of a revolutionary activist and philosopher. Vivek's brooding, passionate score for Children of Memory carefully fuses indigenous musical textures with his focused, yet sweeping compositional style to explore questions of how post-war societies can right the wrongs of the past. Accordingly, Vivek continues to seek out projects that lift the human spirit -- to challenge power structures and elucidate the human condition. His works, extraordinarily diverse in style, stand out among contemporary compositions for their depth of e xpression, brilliance of sound, and profoundly compassionate 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
2016 White Sun
2016 The Tom and Jerry Show (TV Series)
2015 The Parting Shot
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 Children of Memory
2012 Ashpordha (Audacity)
2012 Here and Away
2012 Lucifer's Crewcut
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 Wild Oranges
2005 Portland at Play
2005 Catch Up
2005 Moon Chasing
2005 Omar and Fiona
2004 Gidoo's Cosmic Crisis
2004 The Patsy
2003 Martha's Bakery
2002 Mysterious Lady
2001 The Flag
2000 Ace of Hearts
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