Krakower Group Composer Spotlight: Kurt Farquhar

Today we are excited to spotlight Composer Kurt Farquhar, whose current projects include the highly anticipated CW show Black Lightning which premieres January 16, 2018!

What do you do with your limited free time?

Breathe at the beach and find amazing new food and wine! Indulge my political interests.

What is the most extreme thing you have ever wanted to do?

Become a television and film composer.

If you could travel to any period based on the music, when would you go?

I would go to the future for a period of music that I haven’t heard.

Influences-Current

James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, EDM

Influences-Past

Debussy, Charles Ives, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Ravel, Vaughn Williams, Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.

Favorite current composer?

James Newton Howard

Best scored movie you’ve ever seen?

Spartacus

What’s your composing method? (a) sitting at a piano (b) computer (c) pencil on manuscript paper (d) improvisation with musicians (e) other

B & A

When did you discover that you wanted to pursue TV and film music?

The late 80’s

What makes your sound unique?

A very strong use of melody and abstract sounds

How did you first get involved writing music? What challenged you most, and what rewarded you most, as your résumé evolved over the years?

I started writing at a very young age. I just did it, because other musicians that I really liked; also wrote! Many of them seemed to write around what they did best as players and I had the same intentions. When I later got into TV/Film composition, I found my true passion in being the emotional intention of the art of motion pictures. Music tells us what to feel and I’m perfectly made for a gig like that! I’m all emotion! I am most rewarded by the new opportunity each day to do what I do. My best job is ahead of me. My best experience has yet to come and I live in gratitude for all that led me here today!

What do you do to get away from it all? What do you like doing outside of the studio?

I love to cook food, eat food, talk about food and wine, shop for food and wine, discover unique restaurants and meet chefs. I love to hangout with my wife and kids. I love to travel!

Where is your favorite place to travel? Have these places ever influenced your work?

Bali Indonesia…yes!