Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist Kris Bowers creates genre-defying music that pays homage to his jazz roots with inflections of alternative and R&B influences. In 2011, Bowers won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, which earned him a record deal with Concord Jazz, who later released his debut album, Heroes+Misfits. In 2014, the album opened at number one on the iTunes jazz chart, followed by iTunes naming him as an ‘Artists to Watch’. In 2015, he was selected to participate in the Sundance Film Composers Lab at Skywalker Sound, followed by being selected in 2016 to perform at the White House for International Jazz Day.
In 2018, Bowers collaborated with Emmy and Academy Award-winning director Peter Farrelly and Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali on their critically acclaimed Green Book. Bowers’ work on Green Book led to a nomination for ‘Best Score’ at the 2019 Critic’s Choice Awards, followed by Bowers receiving the prestigious ‘ROBIE Pioneer Award’ from the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Bowers also scored Monsters and Men, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and now appears in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix miniseries, When They See Us; most recently, that score has been EMMY nominated. Bowers’ original music and lyrics are featured in Madden NFL 19: Longshot, as well as the forthcoming Madden 2020. The Juilliard-educated pianist has established himself at the forefront of Holly-wood’s emerging generation of genre-defying composers, and throughout his career, Bowers has consistently championed an art practice guided by multi-disciplinary collaboration. Bowers currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancée.
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