EMMY® Award-winning composer Alex Wurman (The Amazon Series Patriot, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) is highly versatile with a broad musical palette. This cerebral composer is able to work with directors in many disparate genres, developing close relationships with writer/directors, such as Steven Conrad (The Promotion, Unfinished Business, Patriot), John August (The Nines), Jill Sprecher (Thirteen Conversations About One Thing), Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) and Ron Shelton (Play It To The Bone, Hollywood Homicide).
Wurman traverses the film-score landscape, whether writing critically-acclaimed music for an Oscar®-winning film, to supporting comedy with musical punctuation for box office giants, or capturing the essence of brainy ideas for indie films. This is exemplified by his eerie piano melodies of Confessions of A Dangerous Mind, groovy ’70’s themes for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, contemporary interpretations of French impressionism for Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, and soulful melodies combined with ethereal orchestrations for March of the Penguins. “Reviving the long-lost art of the theme-based score, Alex Wurman’s music is like a homer over the Green Monster,” said Robert Koehler (Variety) of the music for South Boston-set film What Doesn’t Kill You.
Crediting his talents to the result of both nature and nurture, Wurman hails from a family with generations devoted to the study and performance of music. The Chicago native’s father, Hans Wurman, was an arranger and composer, who pioneered the world of electronic music by recording intricate works on the first Moog synthesizer. As a youngster, Alex would spend afternoons at his father’s workplace; his love for the arts would secure him admission into the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts High School. He went on to study composition at the University of Miami in Coral Gables and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.
Eventually moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film scoring, Wurman immediately began scoring AFI student films. These valuable experiences proved to be the launching pad his independent career. Soon thereafter, assignments came his way as directors discovered a composer whose music lent depth to their projects, regardless of the genre.
This independent spirit has been called on for such varied projects as Run, Fatboy, Run, The Switch, Elf, Four Christmases, the TV series The Newsroom for HBO, and the docu-series Kingdom of Oceans. Wurman’s awards include being named best music twice at the world’s leading natural history film forum (The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival) for The Last Lions and March of the Penguins. He was nominated in 2008 for an EMMY Award for his work on Bernard and Doris. Wurman’s minimalist/20th century sculpted sounds for HBO Film’s Temple Grandin (starring Claire Danes) earned the EMMY in 2010 for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
Wurman currently writes the original score for the Amazon Series Patriot, which has been renewed for a second season.