Nathan Barr

Nathan Barr is a unique breed of composer. In addition to writing his scores, he also performs all of the instruments heard in many of his compositions. Skilled in many styles and genres ranging from orchestral to rock, Barr is known for his collection and inclusion of rare and unusual instruments from around the world, such as human bone trumpets from Tibet, dismantled pianos, a rare Glass Armonica and gourd cellos, among many others.

Barr, who currently writes and performs the music for all four seasons of HBO's True Blood, has scored more than 25 feature films. This year, he is composing original music for the upcoming action-comedy 30 Minutes Or Less, starring Jessie Eisenberg, directed by Ruben Fleischer of Zombieland. The film opens nationwide Aug. 12, 2011.

Most recently, he scored The Ledge, a drama/thriller directed by Matthew Chapman, starring Liv Tyler, which premiered in Sundance and will be released this spring by IFC FILMS.  Barr is also a regular collaborator with director/producer Eli Roth and has scored Cabin Fever, Hostel, Hostel 2, and The Last Exorcism.

Nathan began studying music in Tokyo, Japan at the age of four. He grew up surrounded by eclectic music ranging from Kabuki Theater to the sounds of his mother performing on the koto and piano, and his father playing the banjo, guitar, and shakuhachi. His interest in the art form was further influenced by extensive travels around the world, where he experienced music ranging from Bali's Kecak Orchestras to China's Beijing Opera. Barr went on to study at Skidmore College, and toured Italy and Switzerland with the Juilliard Cello Ensemble in the summer of 1993.

Visit his website here.

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