Biography

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 went out on the 30th December and has since won two Golden Globes, including Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical. 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.