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About Michael Teoli

 

Michael Teoli is an award-winning film and theatre composer based in Los Angeles. Before graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he worked on Howard Shore's Music Team for The Lord of The Rings: Return of the King. Since then, he has scored/worked on the music for over 60 films.  His score to the feature, 41 won BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK at The Director's Chair Film Festival in Staten Island, NY.  

Teoli has composed three full-length musicals.  Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has enjoyed performances in Portland, Boston, Los Angeles and most recently concluded a sold-out run at the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) at an off-Broadway house.  Michael was the recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation ARC grant for CarnEvil: A Gothic Rock Musical that premiered at Sacred Fools Theater in 2011. The Werewolves of Hollywood Boulevard debuted at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival and received a BEST MUSICAL nomination.

Michael provided the Musical Arrangements and Music Direction for Doomsday Cabaret and Exorcistic: A Rock Musical Parody, each winning BEST MUSICAL at the 2012 and 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festivals respectively.  Michael will be arranging and music directing Skulduggery: A Musical Prequel to Hamlet which is scheduled to have it's world premier at The Sacred Fools Theater in 2016.

Michael's expertise in film scoring and composing for the stage combine as he has scored a number of plays including Neighborhood 3Hearts Like Fists and Absolutely Filthy which went on to win TOP OF FRINGE at both the New York and Hollywood Fringe Festivals.  Michael released his first album Absolutely Filthy Trax with music from the show.

 

 

 

 
  • Working with Mike on Criminal behavior was not only a smooth easy going process, it was also a learning experience as he is TRULY gifted in the art of making music and placing it EXACTLY where it should be to make your film's flow continuously smoooooth! It was an absolute please and honor to have worked with him!
    — Usman Sharif, Producer, "Criminal Behavior"
  • When I hired Michael, he not only created terrific music, but music which was absolutely perfect for my film. Michael is that rare artist who is exceptional at both creating and interpreting; the exact  blend of talents necessary for an outstanding film composer. I was extremely lucky to have found him.
    — Frank Stasio, Director, "Tilting At Skyscrapers"
  • Teoli’s progressive rock influences hover throughout and the score is an elaborate mix of sounds that reflect the dark psychology and seduction in the story. He has a way with a screaming rock ballad like “Pain” that sticks with you... One can already see that a cult following is imminent.
    — Ellen Dostal, Musicals in LA (On CarnEvil)
  • Michael combines professionalism with creativity to deliver great work on demand.  I enjoy collaborating with him and look forward to bringing him on my future projects.
    — Tommy Friedman, Director, "Neshima"
  • Teoli's work on my film, 'Criminal Behavior' was grand. His music helped me elevate the film's expression from a mere exploitation film to a solid independent feature- which was exactly what I wanted.
    — Warren Pemberton, Director, "Criminal Behavior"
  • Michael is one of the best collaborators I have ever worked with. He is absolutely dedicated to achieving your vision, but also unafraid to bring his own ideas to the table. His patience and professionalism throughout the long and often grueling process of scoring an independent film were remarkable, and he was always willing to work with my schedule and budget, while delivering musical quality and technical expertise that far exceeded my expectations.
    — Peter Hurd, Director "The Control Group"
  • Elizabeth Searle's book and lyrics, and Michael Teoli's music, are full of grit and spirit…This musical scratches beneath the glitz of ice-skating competitions and sharply reveals the darker side of the American Dream.
    — Deirdre Donovan, CurtainUp
  • Michael's such a good musician, but what's better is he really listened to my concerns. He assimilated my vision for a musical score into something that complimented Broadcast Blues so well. Many have commented on it.
    — Sue Wilson, Director, "Broadcast Blues"
  • I have had the pleasure to work with Michael on numerous projects. His talents always far succeed my expectations. Michael's skills as a composer and exceptional work habits makes him my first choice for any project. I would recommend Michael Teoli for any project.
    — Marc Fusco, Director, "After Roberto"
  • Michael is a passionate, talented and focused musician whose work as a Composer for music in my films has always been dead-on. He listened to us closely and he not only delivered what we wanted, but went above and beyond, adding his own musical interpretations that I as Director did not foresee. I recommend him highly. He is a valuable talent and collaborator
    — Christian De Rezendes, Director "41"
  • Michael Teoli's atmospheric music... highlight the spooky humor.
    — Steven Lee Morris, LA Weekly (On Hearts Like Fists)
  • Michael Teoli is the best and most talented composer I’ve worked with. He is an inspiring and generous collaborator who always delivers more than you bargained for.
    — Benjamin Mennell, Director, "Temecula"
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by Michael Teoli
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For inquires, contact Michael at michaelteoli@gmail.com or 603.475.3766.