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Biography: (updated 2012-03-02)
James Brett is an acclaimed composer who has established himself as a worldwide talent through his scores for TriStar Picture's Planet 51, NBC prime time series, Crusoe, and the sell out US/UK tours of the spectacular Walking With Dinosaurs. James' collaborative work as composer, conductor and orchestrator with Harald Kloser can be heard in the epic feature film 2012, directed by Roland Emmerich. James became an integral part of this creative team on the hugely popular 10,000BC.
His music will again be heard in arenas across the world in the highly anticipated and groundbreaking Batman Live Show, which premieres in July 2011. As well as this, to mark the global relaunch of Disney's Stores he was asked to write magical music designed to thrill both children and parents alike.
James' music for the horror feature Outpost, directed by Steve Barker, also showcases his talent and versatility. In addition, James has written, orchestrated and conducted for the 2007 releases of Transformers for DreamWorks and The Nanny Diaries for The Weinstein Company. James' previous projects include composing and writing arrangements for Alien vs. Predator (20th Century Fox), Ella Enchanted (Miramax), The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers (HBO) and 2 seasons of the cult TV show Hex for SKY. James' successful orchestral score for the Virgin Trains advertising campaign was nominated for the 2005 BTAA Craft Award (original music). Other commercial work this year alone includes Virgin Atlantic, two campaigns for Vodafone, Flora and Stella Artois.
After graduating from The Royal Academy Of Music in 1997 James was immediately hired by the acclaimed composer Michael Kamen. James' further contribution to film scores includes writing collaborations with Kamen on features such as The Event Horizon, What Dreams May Come, The Iron Giant, Frequency, X-Men The Movie, and the epic mini series, Band Of Brothers produced by Steven Spielberg. In this period James also co-produced and provided additional score on Paramount's Against The Ropes.
In 1999 James helped mastermind the ambitious and groundbreaking concert that saw Metallica pair up with The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as assistant Musical Director. The album has since sold over 5 million copies worldwide. In 2002 James went on to plan and execute, again as assistant Musical Director and in close partnership with the BBC, Party At The Palace (part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrations). This unprecedented and star-studded event was broadcast live to a multi-million audience worldwide with a gold CD in less than a week. James co-ordinated and arranged many of the collaborations both with traditional rock pairings and new orchestral interpretations.
Just prior to scoring the music for Walking With Dinosaurs, James attended the first of a series of high profile concerts at the Barbican in London, showcasing his new children's work The Sky Stone. James collaborated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Chorus and a 60-voice children's choir sourced from schools to participate in large scale public concerts. The aim of the work is to challenge ordinary schools to participate in large-scale public concerts and, through making music of the highest standard broaden their artistic horizons.
*Biography — www.jamesseymourbrett.com