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About Roger

Roger Neill is a contemporary film and television composer, best known for his score to the Academy Award-winning film “Beginners” and his music for the long-running Fox animated series “King of the Hill.” Neill, who holds a PhD from Harvard in music, has a vast award-winning music catalog, including the scores to more than twenty feature films, hundreds of television episodes, video games, TV commercials, and even an operetta.

Roger’s recent projects include Amazon Studios hit series “Mozart in the Jungle,” based on the memoirs of Oboist, Blair Tindall. It stars Lola Kirke, Gael García Bernal and Malcolm McDowell. The second season is currently in production. For MITJ, Neill writes the original music, serves as music consultant and conducting coach, and arranged the main title, “Lisztomania.”

Other current projects include Chuck Lorre’s sit-com “Mom” for CBS-TV, and the feature films “20th Century Women,” for Mike Mills, and “Don’t Think Twice” for Mike Birbiglia.

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Roger Neill is a contemporary film and television composer, best known for his score to the Academy Award-winning film “Beginners” and his music for the long-running Fox animated series “King of the Hill.” Neill, who holds a PhD from Harvard in music, has a vast award-winning music catalog, including the scores to more than twenty feature films, hundreds of television episodes, video games, TV commercials, and even an operetta.

Roger’s recent projects include Amazon Studios hit series “Mozart in the Jungle,” based on the memoirs of Oboist, Blair Tindall. It stars Lola Kirke, Gael García Bernal and Malcolm McDowell. The second season is currently in production. For MITJ, Neill writes the original music, serves as music consultant and conducting coach, and arranged the main title, “Lisztomania.”

Other current projects include Chuck Lorre’s sit-com “Mom” for CBS-TV, and the feature films “20th Century Women,” for Mike Mills, and “Don’t Think Twice” for Mike Birbiglia.

His eclectic credits in film and television scoring span from Sofia Coppola’s “Marie-Antoinette,” to Paris Hilton’s “The Simple Life.” Other titles include “A Glimpse inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” “Tanner Hall,” and “Chicago Hope.” After scoring thirteen seasons of “King of the Hill,” Roger has continued to work in animation, scoring several series for adult swim on Cartoon Network.

Roger has become an in-demand composer for commercials, working with some of the biggest ad agencies throughout the globe with an impressive list of film directors, including Mike Mills (with whom he has collaborated several times for various campaigns), Roman Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, Rupert Saunders, Gus Van Sant and Mike Judge.

Roger has been worked extensively in game music, primarily in association with renowned game composer Jesper Kyd. Together they have collaborated on many blockbuster game titles, such as Assassins Creed: Revelations, Borderlands 2, Darksiders 2, State of Decay, Heroes and Generals, and many others. Jesper and Neill also collaborated on “Métal Hurlant Chronicles,” a Franco-Belgian science fiction television series.

As an arranger, orchestrator, conductor and collaborator, Roger has worked with a who’s who in the recording industry, including Beck, Michael Jackson, The Kronos Quartet, John Legend, Sondre Lerche, Mellow, Natalie Merchant, Spoon, Stereolab and David Sylvian. Roger has enjoyed a long-term relationship with the French electronica duo AIR, on record and on stage. He was conductor and arranger for a legendary orchestral concert with AIR at the Hollywood Bowl, followed by a similar concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.

Neill is a multi-instrumentalist and avid world music specialist, codified with studies in Swahili music in Mombasa and Zanzibar with Ahmed Sheikh Nabhany, considered the father of Kiswahili scholarship. Among the many instruments he plays are piano, acoustic and electric guitars and basses, a multitude of flutes and other wind instruments, exotic percussion, and an ever-increasing collection of fretted stringed instruments including the charango, cavaquinho, ukulele, dulcimer and dobro, among many others. All these instruments and more have figured prominently in Neill’s scores.

A Southern California native, Roger hails from El Cajon, a cultural backwater of eastern San Diego County where gun racks outnumber surf racks. He began play music at the age of nine, electric guitars in garage bands, flute in youth orchestras. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern California, followed by graduate studies at Harvard. Roger is the recipient of many ASCAP and BMI awards, as well as an Emmy for his work on King of the Hill, and an LA Weekly Theater Critics Musical of the Year Award for his operetta The Beastly Bombing.

Roger is represented by the Evolution Music Partners: (323) 790-0525.

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Credits

Film

Selected Credits

20th Century Women (Feature, 2016) Upcoming film directed by Mike Mills. Starring Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup, Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig.

Don't Think Twice (Feature, 2016) Upcoming film directed by and starring Mike Birbiglia. Also starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci and Chris Gethard.

9 Kisses (Short, 2014) Directed by Elaine Constantine. Starring Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon and Julianne Moore, amongst a cast of many other great actors

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (Feature, 2012) Directed by Roman Coppola. Starring Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette and Jason Schwartzman

Beginners (Feature, 2010) Academy award-winning romantic comedy-drama directed by Mike Mills. Starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurant

Tanner Hall (Feature, 2009) Independent drama directed by Tatiana von Fürstenberg and Francesca Gregorini. Starring Rooney Mara

Scar (Feature, 2007) Horror/crime thriller directed by Jed Weintrob. Starring Angela Bettis

Take (Feature, 2007) Crime thriller directed by Charles Oliver. Starring Minnie Driver and Jeremy Renner

Griffin & Phoenix (Feature, 2006) Remake of the 1976 film. Romance directed by Ed Stone and starring Dermot Mulroney and Amanda Peet

The Killer Within (Documentary, 2006) Directed by Macky Alston. Focuses on a Columbine-type crime that took place fifty years ago

The F Word (Feature, 2005) Mocumentary directed by Jed Weintrob and starring Josh Hamilton

On_Line (Feature, 2002) Drama film directed by Jed Weintrob and starring Josh Hamilton

Trixie (Feature, 2000) Comedy directed by Alan Rudolph, starring Emily Watson, Dermot Mulroney and Nick Nolte

Television

Selected Credits

Mozart in the Jungle (2014-) Created by Roman Copolla and Jason Schwartzman for Amazon Studios. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke and Malcolm McDowell

Mom (2014-) Created by Chuck Lorre for CBS. Starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney

King Star King (2013-2014)

King of the Hill (1997-2009)

The Simple Life (2003-2004)

The Weekenders (2000-2004)

A.U.S.A (2003)

UC: Undercover (2001-2002)

Chicago Hope (1999-2000)

Michael Hayes (1997-1998)

Renegade (1992-1996)

Arrangement and Orchestration

John Legend (2012) Orchestral arrangement of the song “The House I Live In” for documentary film campaign

Red Riding Hood (Feature, 2011) Orchestrator. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, score by Brian Reitzell and Alex Hedges

Stars of Track & Field (2009) Arrangements for album “A Time for Lions”

The Brothers Bloom (Feature, 2008) Orchestrator. Directed by Rian Johnson, score by Nathan Johnson

Stranger Than Fiction (Feature, 2006) Orchestrator. Directed by Marc Foster, score by Britt Daniel and Brian Reitzell

Marie Antoinette (Feature, 2006) Orchestrator and Historical Music Consultant. Directed by Sofia Copolla

C.Q. (Feature, 2001) Orchestrator. Directed by Roman Copolla

Air (2001) Arranger and Conductor for the album “10000 Hz Legend” and concert at Hollywood Bowl

Other Collaborations with artists include - the Kronos Quarted, Beck, David Sylvian, Jason Falkner, Natalie Merchant, Spoon, Sondre Lerche, Stereolab, Mellow

Musical Theatre

The Beastly Bombing

Julian Nitzberg and Roger Neill's hit musical. Winner of the LA Weekly Theater Critics Award for Best Musical of the Year, following a year-long sold-out run at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. Productions of The Beastly Bombing have been mounted in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Amsterdam.

Commercials

Roger has worked on many commercials for campaigns from Facebook, Axe, Dove, Hummer, TIAA-Cref, Lifesavers, Cisco, Tempur-Pedic and many more.

On these commercials, he has worked with many great directors, including Kathryn Bigelow, Mike Mills, Roman Copolla and Beatrice Leterrier.

For a full list of credits, go to

Awards

 

2008 - LA Weekly's Best Musical Award - The Beastly Bombing

2004 - ASCAP Award for Top TV Series - The Simple Life

1999 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program - King of the Hill

1998 - BMI TV Music Award - King of the Hill

 

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Contact


Roger Neill

E-mail: 
rogerneill@aol.com

Representation:
Evolution Music Partners
(323) 790-0525

Photo Credits: David Kashevaroff & Elmalie Mangona

Useful Links

Roger Neill at IMDb
The Beastly Bombing
Evolution Music Partners
ASCAP
Roger Neill on Soundcloud

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Orchestral Music

Sweeping Orchestral Cues. Big Band. Smaller Chamber Groups. 

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Electronic

Electronic, High-Paced Action Cues. Ambient Synth Soundscapes.

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Indie/Rock

Quirky indie cues. Soothing piano and light rock.