: (Updated 2012-04-30)
Los Angeles-based film composer Miriam Cutler has been writing, producing, and performing music for over 20 years. Her evocative scores have graced numerous narrative features and award-winning documentaries, as well as television, corporate videos, cartoons, and even two circuses. She's known for her versatility, her soulful integration of world music styles, and her enthusiasm for working collaboratively.
Cutler began her musical career as a singer/horn player in several bands, including the popular MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF THE OINGO BOINGO. She also led THE NEW MISS ALICE STONE LADIES SOCIETY ORCHESTRA and the jazzy SWINGSTREET, writing most of their music and arrangements, producing several recordings, and touring with them. Her love of jazz also led to a stint co-producing albums for Polygram-Verve including Joe Williams (nominated for a Grammy), Nina Simone, Marlena Shaw, and Shirley Horn. Miriam has served on documentary juries including the first-ever World Cinema Documentary competition at Sundance, The Independent Spirit Awards, International Documentary Association Awards, and American Film Institute's Film Festival Awards. She also serves on the Board of The Society of Composers and Lyricists and has been an advisor for the Sundance Institute’s Composers Lab.