Carter Burwell

Carter Burwell

Carter Burwell creates film scores and other stuff, much of which is listed under projects.

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Carter Burwell will be performing with GE Smith October 17 at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY, on a bill with Ralph Gibson and Dan Rizzie. He'll be playing some pieces he's never performed live, including "Bella's Lullaby" and music from No Country for Old Men and Carol.



Carter's most recently released film score is to Mr. Holmes, directed by Bill Condon, starring Ian McKellen as the aging Sherlock Holmes. The soundtrack is being released by Lakeshore Records.

He recently completed four scores to films that have not yet been released. Legend is written and directed by Brian Helgeland (with whom he worked on A Knight's Tale), and stars Tom Hardy as the gangsters Reg and Ron Kray, darlings of the London tabloids in the 1960's. Todd Haynes' film Carol is based on the book by Patricia Highsmith and stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Anomalisa is an animated film adaptation of a play that Charlie Kaufman wrote (under the pen name Francis Fregoli) for the Theater of the New Ear project, starring David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan.The Family Fang is directed by Jason Bateman, with a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the book by Kevin Wilson., starring Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Christopher Walken.

He's currently working on The Finest Hours. Directed by Craig Gillespie, starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana and Ben Foster. It's the true story of a 1952 U.S. Coast Guard rescue. In one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast, an oil tanker is split in half off the coast of Cape Cod. On a small lifeboat four members of the Coast Guard set out in frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.



Above is video of a 90-minute discussion entitled "Art of the Score" between Carter Burwell, Alec Baldwin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel, sponsored by the World Science Festival and the New York Philharmonic.

Radio Burwell plays a random playlist of Burwell compositions. The current playlist includes about a dozen pieces that aren't available anywhere else, such as live performances.