Angelo Badalamenti is an acclaimed and prolific composer who has written some of the most unique film scores of our time. He is widely known for his long-standing collaboration with the director David Lynch, which has produced a creative and inspired body of work.
Angelo Badalamenti is an acclaimed and prolific composer who has written some of the most unique film scores of our time. He is widely known for his long-standing collaboration with the director David Lynch, which has produced a creative and inspired body of work. In addition to his music for film, Badalamenti has written distinctive themes for the television series Twin Peaks and Inside the Actors Studio, as well as The Flaming Arrow Torch Theme for The Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. He has collaborated with recording artists David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Tim Booth, Anthrax, LL Cool J, Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Della Reese, Mel Tillis, Julee Cruise, Marianne Faithfull, Dolores ORiordan, Liza Minelli, Roberta Flack and countless others. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Badalamenti studied composition, French horn and piano at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Masters degree. Following his classical training, he worked for five years as a music teacher in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, while spending summers performing as a pianist for shows. During this period he was also a busy songwriter and orchestrator for many popular performers. Angelo Badalamenti began working in film with his scores for Law and Disorder and Gordons War. In 1986, he was hired by a young David Lynch to be Isabella Rossellinis vocal coach for Blue Velvet. Badalamenti ended up scoring the film, writing the feature song Mysteries of Love with Lynch, and even appears onscreen in the piano bar scene. His close relationship with Lynch served as a springboard and since Blue Velvet Badalamenti has scored Lynchs films and projects, as well as those of many other preeminent directors. Badalamenti has received a Grammy Award for his theme to the groundbreaking TV series Twin Peaks.